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Gerald Board reminisces about police work

PARKERSBURG — A retired police chief for the city of Parkersburg was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Blennerhassett Lodge No. 3. Gerald Board, born and raised in Parkersburg where he graduated from Parkersburg High School, began his career with ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair continues today

MINERAL WELLS — The 2019 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition continues today through Saturday at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair features live music, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, 4-H activities and track events for ATVs, trucks and ...

Marietta Sweet Corn Festival begins on Friday

MARIETTA — For a buck an ear, the community is invited to gorge on the renowned sweet treat of the summer this weekend. “Like a pirate, but on the river,” laughed Mark Doebrich, after checking that the tents went up in East Muskingum Park Tuesday. “You can eat cheap, the sweetest ...

Oak Grove Car Show to benefit rec area

MARIETTA — Fans of sunshine, food, play and classic cars will have a chance to experience all that Sunday morning at the Oak Grove Recreation Center. The volunteer group that looks after the community park is holding its ninth annual car show at the park Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked steak dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at The Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St., Parkersburg. The event is open to the public. Call in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Williamstown Ice Cream Social WILLIAMSTOWN — The 74th annual Williamstown ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition kicks off

MINERAL WELLS — The warm temperatures didn’t hamper the kickoff to the 2019 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Tuesday. Even though temperatures peaked just under 90 degrees, hundreds of people gathered together for fun in Mineral Wells. A big part of the exposition is ...

Suit over Justice’s residency moves forward

CHARLESTON - A lawsuit brought by a member of the House of Delegates asking a judge to require Gov. Jim Justice reside in the state capital will continue on according to an order released Wednesday. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King rejected a motion Wednesday by attorneys for Justice ...

Diocese hires auditor, lay group suspends campaign

PARKERSBURG – A Catholic lay group has suspended its campaign to withhold donations to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston after the archbishop Wednesday announced a new independent auditor has been appointed with among its first priorities being a "thorough audit of all diocese ...

Student speaks to Board of Education on school consolidation proposal

PARKERSBURG — Community members and educators continue to voice concerns over the possibility of school closures. The Wood County Board of Education met Tuesday in regular session to approve personnel changes and a meeting schedule for the 2019-20 school year. The board also heard from a ...

Williamstown council weighs pay raise for city workers

WILLIAMSTOWN — The proposed 50-cent raise for city workers, to go into effect retroactive to July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year, passed on first reading at Tuesday’s Williamstown City Council meeting. This would increase everyone’s annual pay by $1,000, said council member ...

Horses part of therapy program for local students

GUYSVILLE, Ohio — Ride with Pride has grown in its second year. This is an equine-assisted activities and therapy program for youth who receive physical and occupational therapies in educational settings. The program is held at Dutch Pines Equine in Guysville, Athens County. Jess ...

Marble King part of White House showcase

From staff reports WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Paden City marble manufacturer represented West Virginia Monday at the White House in the Made in America Product Showcase. Marble King Inc. was selected to participate in the third annual showcase at the White House, which began Monday on the south ...

Vienna man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

PARKERSBURG — Eric Marshall, 41, of 308 59th St., Vienna, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court to sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, count two of the indictment. As part of the plea agreement, Marshall was dismissed on two counts of sexual abuse in the first ...

Warren BOE gets update on building program

VINCENT — The Warren Local Schools Board of Education Monday approved a resolution for the removal of a gas line at the site where a school is being built. The board approved a resolution to allow Superintendent Kyle Newton to contract for the line’s removal. The district is building ...

Man arrested on prostitution charge involving a minor

MARIETTA — Joe Eugene Robinson, 47, of 4570 Laurel Ridge Road, Lowell, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of compelling prostitution, said Washington County Sheriff’s Office. On May 23, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Detective Bureau began an investigation into possible ...

Senators, interior secretary tour wildlife refuge center

DAVIS, W.Va. — West Virginia’s two U.S. senators and the secretary of the Department of the Interior Monday toured the site of a new wildlife refuge visitors center at Davis. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito toured the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Monday morning with ...

Bill directs study of storage hub

WASHINGTON — A bill directing the Department of Energy to study the national and economic security benefits of a proposed Appalachian Storage Hub was passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. The Appalachian Energy for National Security Act was sponsored by ...

Keeling hired as Belpre Elementary School principal

BELPRE — The Belpre Board of Education has hired Lauren Keeling as the new principal of Belpre Elementary School. The board unanimously approved the appointment Monday evening. The three-year contract begins Aug. 1, but Keeling will start as principal at the school today. “I am so ...

Wood BOE meets tonight

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets tonight to approve personnel changes and a meeting schedule for the 2019-20 school year. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the district’s 13th and Plum streets offices. The meeting is open to the public. ...

Cornelius to sue over removal from Wood County Republican Executive Committee

CHARLESTON — After being denied his appeal of his removal as a chairman and member of the Wood County Executive Committee, Rob Cornelius announced Monday his intent to sue the state’s chief elections officer. In a statement Monday, Cornelius, still styling himself as chairman of the ...