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West Virginia Department of Education to tackle student absenteeism

CHARLESTON — The superintendent of West Virginia schools has a message for parents: make sure your students are in school. Superintendent Steven Paine Thursday morning delivered a report on chronic absenteeism in West Virginia public schools during a regular meeting of the state Board of ...

Gee, former WVU governing board member push to eliminate HEPC

CHARLESTON — Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education are concerned that West Virginia University is wielding too much influence on a proposal to replace the Higher Education Policy Commission. Commission members met by conference call Thursday to discuss a ...

Municipal Planning Commission to mull annexation

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission today will consider the proposed annexation of territory into the city of Parkersburg. The area includes portions of 20th Avenue and Willoughby Drive, from 19th Avenue south to 20th, 20th from the easterly right of way of Earl Street east to ...

Marietta City Council finalizes income tax increase

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council passed the final piece of the income tax increase Thursday night. Finance Chairman Mike Scales explained Thursday that the enabling legislation followed the three-part process the city initiated this summer. “First we asked the voters,” he explained, ...

Wood County Schools payroll checks delayed

PARKERSBURG — A delay in the arrival of digital files slowed the issuance of Wood County Schools direct-deposit payroll checks on Thursday. Superintendent of Schools Will Hosaflook said he was aware of the problem in the wee hours of the morning. “The problem was on the banking ...

Children Services members weigh in on Washington County merger

MARIETTA — Five employees from Children Services and a former board member voiced their concerns about the upcoming merger between their organization and Washington County Job and Family Services at the commissioners meeting on Thursday. After a request to re-appoint Children Services board ...

Group offers climate change lessons in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A local environmental group is teaching students about the dangers and human costs from climate change. Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action will be at Blennerhassett Middle School today when the science and impact to the environment and to people will be explained to students, said ...

Dr. George Tokodi puts mustache on the line for a cause

MARIETTA — Dr. George Tokodi is willing to part with his mustache of 47 years. But first, $15,000 must be raised by early February for a new roof at St. Mary Catholic School in Marietta. Tokodi, a longtime orthopedic surgeon in Marietta and supporter of St. Mary Catholic School, said he ...

Service groups attend Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans Resource Fair

MARIETTA — Local military veterans were presented with 35 organizations Thursday at the Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans Resource Fair, all prepared to meet needs of those in the military and their dependent families. The fair was held in the commons of Washington State Community College, ...

Marietta woman dies after single-vehicle crash

MARIETTA — A Marietta woman died after a single-vehicle crash on Ohio 7 Thursday. Sheree Fulton, 59, of Marietta, was initially found with a faint heartbeat by Reno’s squad Thursday before being transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital. “We’re still investigating whether she died ...

Mental health service to aid at-risk youth in Washington County

BARLOW — Some students in Washington County schools need specialized help and opportunities that teachers in large classrooms can’t provide. A Hopewell Health Centers program, Reach youth treatment centers, has set up a new facility in Barlow to help give those students a better chance ...

Former corrections officer pleads guilty to sexual battery

MARIETTA — A nurse and corrections officer formerly employed at the Washington County Jail pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery Thursday in connection with a relationship she had with an inmate over the summer. Michelle Kiefer-Erb, 42, was originally accused of four counts and ...

Fire crews respond to blaze in Pennsboro

PENNSBORO — The Pennsboro, Ellenboro and Harrisville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a well pad fire near the intersection of Burton and Short Run roads in Pennsboro on Thursday night. Workers were present at the site, which is owned by Antero Resources, when a production unit ...

Belpre Holiday Lights Parade seeks entries

BELPRE — The Belpre Holiday Lights Parade, scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 24, is accepting entries. All entrants must be illuminated with lights that reflect the holiday spirit. Parade applications are available at the Belpre City Building at 715 Park Drive, the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce ...

Four fires keep crews busy in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Fire Department was busy Wednesday morning with four fires in about three hours. The fires occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 5:15 a.m., Fire Chief Jason Matthews said. No injuries were reported, he said. The first was reported at 2:30 a.m. at 613 Lulu St. where ...

Pay check issue in Wood County Schools

PARKERSBURG - A delay in the arrival of digital files has caused the slowing of the issuance of Wood County Schools payroll checks today, officials said. Wood County Superintendent of Schools Will Hosaflook stated this morning he was aware of the problem. "The problem is on the banking side," ...

Roy Clark, guitar virtuoso, dies

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) – Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark ...

Justice: Tax revenues above projections again

CHARLESTON — There was no press conference, no celebratory video and no Hawaiian leis handed out, but that doesn’t mean West Virginia’s October tax revenue numbers were bad. According to the most recent numbers from the governor’s office, October marked the seventh month in a row that ...

Wood County superintendent calls for increased oversight of fundraising groups

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook is calling for more oversight of community groups raising money for area schools. Hosaflook told the Wood County Board of Education Tuesday boosters and other school-affiliated groups were not following state code that requires ...

Belpre High School students in on ground floor of construction effort

BELPRE — A group of Belpre High School students is encountering the place where education meets the real world in a project brokered by Building Bridges to Careers. Memorial Health System operations and construction manager Kevin Hudson said his role in the project started in the summer, ...