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Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department purchases extrication equipment

PENNSBORO — A grant to the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department has enabled the agency to purchase extrication equipment. The department received $7,000 from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for the purchase of a combi-tool for the rescue division. The device was delivered on Monday ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival announces acts

BELPRE — The entertainment at this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival will feature a mixture of old and new music. The 86th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival will be Aug. 2-4 at Civitan Park in Belpre, with three days of entertainment, rides and other activities and attractions. Chuck ...

Officials look at trees in Marietta’s Muskingum Park

MARIETTA — A city official has responded to a former councilman’s warning a tree in Muskingum Park is a safety hazard. The safety department and the tree commission are doing what they can within the constraints of budget and resources to remove hazardous trees, Safety-Service Director ...

Reader’s Theater gives boost to seniors at O’Neill Center

MARIETTA — Seniors involved in theater improve their cognitive and social abilities. Acting helps people express their emotions, does not require previous training and increases social interactions, according to the National Institute on Aging. It is the perfect way for seniors to be social ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to hold pledge drive

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will kick off its fifth annual pledge drive on July 21. The fundraiser generally raises $5,000 for the organization as volunteers spend two days calling supporters and members asking for donations of $25 or more. The pledge drive will wrap up Aug. ...

American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia seeks relief volunteers

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia needs you. The agency needs more disaster relief volunteers, particularly with being in hurricane season, said Todd Wines, disaster program manager for the Red Cross. Available volunteers could be deployed to a disaster ...

Police seek accident victim’s name

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying a pedestrian killed in an accident early Saturday morning on Interstate 77 at Parkersburg. Sgt. Brett Pickens said the accident happened at 4:46 a.m. Saturday on I-77 at milepost 177.4 just north of the U.S. ...

West Virginia lawmakers hear testimony about Supreme Court computer use

CHARLESTON — The former director of technology for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals gave lawmakers an account Friday of state computers being used for personal use by a justice already under federal investigation. The House Judiciary Committee met for the second day of hearings ...

Mitch Carmichael addresses Mountaineer Breakfast Club

PARKERSBURG — Four years with a Republican majority in the Legislature, the spring teachers strike and more were discussed when West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael addressed the Mountaineer Breakfast Club Friday. But one topic Carmichael, R-Jackson, declined to go into was the ...

West Virginia districts target synthetic opioids

PARKERSBURG — The U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Northern districts of West Virginia are among 10 districts around the country to launch a program targeting synthetic opioids. Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high ...

Drug court returns to Washington County

MARIETTA — Funding is in place to install a drug court in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas by year’s end, and it will mark the first time the specialized court has been in the county in a decade. A previous court ran from 2004 to 2008 before funds dried up. The court focuses on ...

Vienna increases recycling fee by 35 cents

VIENNA — In a unanimous vote, Vienna City Council on Thursday amended the ordinance on the city’s recycling collection fee. Mayor Randy Rapp said the new contract for the recycling was awarded to the low bidder, which happens to be the current recycling hauler, Haul Away Trash of Mineral ...

West Virginia AG: Lawsuit brings drug policy reform

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration caused sweeping reform to national drug policy. The DEA, as a direct result of the lawsuit, sent a finalized rule to the Federal Register requiring greater input and ...

Wood County Democrats meeting today

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its first Policy and Community Group Forum 9 a.m.-noon today in the basement of the First United Methodist Church, 1001 Juliana St. Local experts, candidates and representatives from community groups will make ...

Woman pleads not guilty to harming animals

MARIETTA — A woman accused of locking up a dog and a cat in a house in Salem Township and then abandoning the animals pleaded not guilty Friday morning at an arraignment in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Alexis Moore, 33, was released by Judge Mark Kerenyi on a recognizance bond, with ...

Marietta marks anniversary of Northwest Ordinance of 1787

MARIETTA — Every year Marietta pays homage to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, a visionary document which established the governing framework for the new territory north of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi and south of the Great Lakes. It was a vast territory, and Marietta was its ...

National Youth Science Camp delegates scaling new heights

BARTOW, W.Va. — Steve Blasberg used a projector on top of a picnic table. He carried three pens in his pocket. One was red. He is a teacher. A white-bearded and bespectacled mathematician, Blasberg described how to use math to predict a person’s chances of dominant or recessive genetic ...

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to host reading camp

PARKERSBURG — The sixth annual reading camp at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 903 Charles St., is scheduled 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday July 30-Aug. 3. The free reading camp is for children in grades 1-4 during the last school year who are at least one grade level behind in ...