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Parkersburg Catholic wins semifinal in state B-ball tourney

The Parkersburg Catholic High School boys basketball team has won the semifinal game this morning against Wheeling Central Catholic High School 61-50 and will play for the state Single A championship at noon Saturday. Parkersburg Catholic's Cade Ullman had 27 points, Jeb Boice had 18 and ...

Vienna City Council continues budget efforts

VIENNA — Vienna officials reached an agreement on the most-debated portion of the upcoming city budget and will meet in special session Tuesday to finalize the $9 million spending plan. The final, balanced version of the budget must be submitted to the state before March 28. Although there ...

Wood County Commission approves Pleasants DRC operation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission voted Thursday to include the operations of the Pleasants County Day Report Center under the Wood County Day Report Center. The commission voted unanimously to approve the measure. The Day Report Centers are a Substance Abuse Rehab Clinic and ...

Wood County Commissioners hear budget requests

PARKERSBURG — Many county officials did not ask for a lot in their budget requests for the upcoming 2019-20 budget, indicating they understood the county’s finances would be tight again. Wood County Assessor David Nohe, 911 Director Rick Woodyard, IT Administrator Chris Whittaker, ...

Parkersburg files petition for fountain funds

PARKERSBURG — The City of Parkersburg asked a judge this week to allow funds dedicated to the repair and maintenance of a damaged historic fountain in City Park to instead be used to replace it. Parkersburg City Attorney Joe Santer filed the petition in Wood County Circuit Court, but it ...

Vice President Pence tours training facility in Harpers Ferry

HARPERS FERRY — The vice president of the United States Wednesday toured a training facility in West Virginia where he urged listeners to “stand up for border security.” Vice President Mike Pence was joined by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and ...

Investigation into West Virginia Supreme Court concludes

CHARLESTON — An investigation into the state Supreme Court justices has concluded, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said on Thursday. “Absent new information or new allegations of impropriety or illegality, based on the information we have investigated and ...

Institute offers programs for retired seniors

MARIETTA — One human faculty that doesn’t blunt with age is curiosity. If anything, in retirement interests broaden, no longer directed along a narrow career path. To satisfy those who seek intellectual and cultural adventure, the Institute for Learning in Retirement has in its 27-year ...

West Virginia AG lists top consumer complaints

CHARLESTON — Internet and telephone services were among the the top consumer complaints received in 2018 by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division for Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties. The list is ...

Grand Central Mall to hold Safety Day Saturday

VIENNA — Grand Central Mall is holding its eighth annual Safety Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event includes indoor and outdoor activities aimed at helping kids and families learn about bicycle, fire, water and pedestrian safety, first aid and CPR and more. Children can explore ...

Outdoors: Boating classes and online courses available

COLUMBUS — From March 17-23, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators are encouraging boaters to “Spring Aboard” by enrolling in a boating education course. “Education is key to having a safe and enjoyable day on the ...

Outdoors: West Virginia lakes, streams stocked with fish

ELKINS — The following lakes and streams were stocked the week of Feb. 25, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources said. Bear Rocks Lake, Beech Fork Tailwaters, Big Sandy Creek, Blackwater River, Brandywine Lake, Brushy Fork Lake, Buckhannon River, Buffalo Creek (Logan), Buffalo ...

Outdoors: Record yellow perch caught

CHARLESTON — An angler from Ravenswood has caught a new state-record yellow perch, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced. The fish was caught by Clinton Mills of Ravenswood on Feb. 24 while fishing from a boat on Summersville Lake in Nicholas County. The yellow perch ...

Outdoors: West Virginia DNR’s K-9 teams fill many roles

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Forestry Investigative Unit uses special tools proven effective in tracking down arsonists, missing children and lost hikers. They are the crime-fighting dogs of Forestry’s K-9 teams. Assistant State Forester Don Kelley began working with ...

Parkersburg City Council reviews police, fire budgets

PARKERSBURG — After reviewing the Police and Fire department spending plans Wednesday, Parkersburg City Council will look to wind up hearings on the proposed $33.8 million municipal budget with potential amendments Monday. The Police Department is expected to see a $347,374 net increase ...

Condemned downtown Parkersburg building to be razed

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center has acquired an old building in downtown Parkersburg that was condemned three years ago. The Art Center purchased the Oeldorf building at 809 Market St., which was the site of J. Wetherell and Sons Jewelers that closed in 2011. The plan is to ...

Justice to take from bond funds for secondary road repairs

CHARLESTON — Despite concerns raised over the last few months, Gov. Jim Justice plans to use multiple sources of funds, including Roads to Prosperity bond funds, to repair the state’s crumbling secondary road system. Justice made the announcement Wednesday morning during a press conference ...

Justice names friend, employee as acting transportation secretary

CHARLESTON — The person taking the place of Tom Smith, the recently fired secretary of the Department of Transportation, is a friend, a former employee and a campaign donor to Gov. Jim Justice. During a press conference Wednesday to announce additional funding for secondary road maintenance, ...

Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair set for Friday

VIENNA — The Parkersburg News & Sentinel will hold a Job Fair 11-2 p.m. Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center, 1500 Grand Central Ave. in Vienna. More than two dozen companies will participate in the free event, some conducting interviews at the site during the fair, according to ...