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Arrest warrant issued for Pomeroy woman

MARIETTA — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Pomeroy, Ohio, woman who failed to appear in Washington County Common Pleas Court Wednesday for sentencing. Meranda D. King, 23, last known address 32565 Rose Hill Road, was scheduled to be sentenced for aggravated possesion of drugs, ...

Sears closing Grand Central Mall store

VIENNA — The Sears store at the Grand Central Mall will be closing in early December, according to an email Tuesday from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corporation. ‘‘We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store at ...

Stormwater committee meets

PARKERSBURG — The city’s Stormwater Committee looked over possible sites for retention systems and discussed contracting with the Parkersburg Utility Board to clear blocked and damaged lines during its second meeting Tuesday. An item on the agenda to consider a budget revision to fund ...

RISE making steady progress

CHARLESTON — Since June, the West Virginia National Guard has made progress in getting people who lost their homes during 2016 flooding into houses and trailers, but it acknowledged it remains months from meeting every need. That’s according to Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer, who gave a ...

Sponaugle renews challenge to Justice residency

CHARLESTON — A petition to compel the governor to reside in Charleston was refiled on Tuesday by a member of the House of Delegates. Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to order Gov. Jim Justice to reside in the seat of government as required by the ...

Veterans Museum receives donation

PARKERSBURG — The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley has received $1,000 from a local real estate company to support the work of the museum. Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate places flags throughout the community over July 4 to honor servicemen and veterans and donates 10 cents for every ...

Parkersburg preserve named community forest

PARKERSBURG — Johnson T. Janes Nature Preserve in Parkersburg has been recognized as a Community Forest of the Old-Growth Forest Network. On behalf of the city of Parkersburg, Turner Sharp, a Parkersburg Tree Commission member, and City Planner Sam Tuten traveled to Kanawha State Forest ...

Senior citizens group seeks comments on changes

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Senior Citizens Association Inc. is seeking comments from the public about the pending changes of the 914 Market St. congregate meal site. At a recent meeting of the association’s Board of Directors, the board voted to temporarily suspend social activities in ...

Audits find issues with state mine safety agency

CHARLESTON — The state agency that performs mine inspections is unable to explain increases in mine injury rates, while another agency in charge of state parks doesn’t have the resources to keep up on maintenance. Those were the determinations of two audits submitted to the Joint ...

Dems, secretary of state’s office debate settlements

PARKERSBURG — Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates and the secretary of state’s office Tuesday responded to each other over the settlements of nearly $1 million for four former employees who were terminated when the secretary took office. Democrats called the firings by ...

Gupta next to leave Health and Human Resources

CHARLESTON — Dr. Rahul Gupta, who headed the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and supervised the Office of Drug Control Policy, is the next high-profile Justice Administration official leaving. Gupta will join the non-profit March of Dimes as its senior vice president and chief medical ...

Williamstown discusses speed limit

WILLIAMSTOWN — In Williamstown’s previous city council meeting, Jim Crawford, a resident of Four and a Half Street and a Williamstown firefighter/EMT, brought up his concerns on the speed limit on Four and a Half Street near the Yellow Jackets Sweets and Eats restaurant. “I think we ...

Three hospitalized from house fire in Lowell

LOWELL — Three people were injured in a house fire in Lowell early Monday morning. Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Department Chief Josh Harris said the department was called out at 4:08 a.m. Monday on a report of smoke coming out of a house at 307 Fourth St. Harris said a fire truck arrived ...

Local volunteers train for hurricane disaster relief

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross Northwest West Virginia Region on Monday dispatched its Emergency Response Vehicle with Chip and Jan Pickering, husband and wife, for training in Charleston, W.Va., Sharon Kesselring, executive director, said. The Red Cross in West Virginia is ...

Rain to stop today; Ohio River may rise

PARKERSBURG — The rain from the remnants of Florence stopped in Parkersburg and the surrounding area during mid-afternoon Monday after raining throughout the night, heavily at times. By 9:45 a.m. Monday, Parkersburg had received 1.67 inches and 1.97 inches by noon. The rain was forecast to ...

Sears closing Grand Central Mall store

VIENNA — The Sears store at the Grand Central Mall will be closing in early December, according to an email today from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corporation. ‘‘We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store at ...

Mac Warner critical of lawsuit settlements

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia secretary of state is outraged and frustrated over the out-of-court settlements of four wrongful termination lawsuits filed against him in 2017. Twelve of the 16 employees terminated in January 2017 sued Mac Warner last year and four recently settled with the ...

Coal lobbyists request lower severance tax rate

CHARLESTON — A coal mining lobbyist group is asking for a lower severance tax rate for coal, while two organizations representing natural gas interests are asking to keep their severance tax rates the same. The Legislature’s joint standing committees on energy and finance heard from ...

Poverty increases in W.Va.

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s poor are being ignored while recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows more residents lived in poverty in 2017 than the year before, according to a state group. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of income, poverty and health ...

High water creates road hazards

MARIETTA — Despite Tropical Depression Florence’s entrance into the Mid-Ohio Valley Monday, the hazardous weather outlook remained mild. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office kept a lookout for high water on county roads, but only heard reports of wind pulling throughout the county ...