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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals presents reduced budget

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, being mindful of the spending controversies over the last 15 months, presented lawmakers a budget request several million dollars less than the previous fiscal year. Chief Justice Beth Walker went before the Senate Finance Committee ...

Bill for public safety fee alongside wireless E-911 fees raises concerns

CHARLESTON — After agreeing to make changes in light of a Federal Communications Commission report that dinged the state for raiding E-911 fees, the Justice administration is poised to increase the amount it takes from counties by creating a new public safety wireless fee. Senate Bill 289, ...

Justices hear appeal arguments in Marcellus shale case

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in an appeal of a lower court decision by residents who claimed Marcellus shale drilling has denied them the enjoyment of their property. Deborah G. Andrews, Rodney and Katherine Ashcraft, Gregg D. ...

GOP delegates want $10M for Trump wall

PARKERSBURG — Three Republican delegates say they’ll introduce a bill to divert $10 million to the federal government for President Donald Trump’s wall on the southern border with Mexico, a move called a political stunt by the Democratic Party chairman. The money would come from the ...

Minor facing hearing for school shooting threat

VINCENT — A minor is facing proceedings in Washington County Juvenile Court this week after allegedly making shooting threats at her school. Warren Local Schools discovered the threat—which indicated there would be a shooting Monday— scrawled on a middle school bathroom trash can lid ...

Local movie to have casting call Saturday

PARKERSBURG — A local production company making a new science fiction movie will hold a casting call on Saturday in Parkersburg. “Virt” will be the fourth feature film by Dizzyboy Productions. The movie will be set in one of the busiest cities in the United States “where crime is ...

Wood County Commission wants accounting of state court funds

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is looking for an accounting of money the county has paid into a fund for the Adult Drug Court that is under the supervision of the state Supreme Court. Wood County Commissioners Blair Couch and Jimmy Colombo talked with Wood County Circuit Judge ...

Man allegedly provided weapons to youths

PARKERSBURG — One person was arrested over the weekend after allegedly providing guns to a group of youth involved in a dispute. According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Zachary Eugene Hagar, 20, of 2025 Robinson Hill Road, Marietta, was charged Sunday with ...

Higher Education Policy Commission presents budget

CHARLESTON — Even as the governor’s commission looking at West Virginia’s college and universities considers eliminating it and transferring some of its responsibilities to another agency, the Higher Education Policy Commission presented its budget to lawmakers Monday. The House Finance ...

Attorney general pitches moving Medicaid Fraud Unit

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants lawmakers to turn over the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office. The Senate Finance Committee heard from Morrisey during his office’s annual budget presentation Monday afternoon. The office has requested a budget of ...

Second suspect charged in fall Roane County murder

From staff reports SPENCER — A Roane County man was arrested Friday and charged with a November murder in Spencer. Sandyn Alex Tawney, 22, of 103 Looney St., Spencer, is being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder at the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods. He’s accused ...

Belpre City Council faces personnel changes

BELPRE — As Belpre City Council held its first meeting of 2019 on Monday, members learned about personnel and representation changes which could occur this year. Mayor Mike Lorentz said the first two weeks of January saw the retirement of the city’s public works director and one of the ...

Poll: West Virginians support Trump’s border wall

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — More than half of West Virginians support the wall at the Mexican border and about half blame the Democrats in Congress for the government shutdown, according to a new poll by Orion Strategies. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they support spending $5 ...

Manchin: McConnell should allow vote to end shutdown

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — A West Virginia senator has called the government shutdown a “manufactured political stunt.” With a declaration of a national emergency off the table by President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should allow the appropriation bills to ...

Parkersburg Utility Board lifts boil water advisory

PARKERSBURG — The boil water advisory for Parkersburg came to an end Sunday evening. Eric Bennett, general manager for the Parkersburg Utility Board, issued a press release around 6:30 p.m. saying the boil water advisory had come to an end. The boil water advisory started on Thursday and ...

Proposed West Virginia bill worries 911 officials

PARKERSBURG — Wood County 911 officials are worried that a proposed bill being considered by the state governor’s office would cut into 911 funding. Wood County 911 Director Rick Woodyard recently told the Wood County Commission that a bill that could be presented to the West Virginia ...

Residents show heart with benefit craft fair in Beverly

BEVERLY — A craft and vendor show was held Saturday to help raise money for a couple of Congenial Heart Walks this year. The event was held in the Waterford Township Community Building in Beverly. “We are raising money for our congenital heart walks,” said Heart Walk Team Captain Deanna ...

Vinyl records prove a sound investment for flea market vendor

MARIETTA — Tucked into the corner of the Rinky Dink Flea Market in Marietta is a time machine that transports its visitors to an era before digital music. It doesn’t need a flux capacitor to work, just a plug to power the vintage stereos and turntables that produce the sounds of the ...

Declining insect populations bug Marietta College entomologist

MARIETTA — Popular wisdom suggests that mild winter weather means lots of bugs in the spring. To some extent that’s true, but for scientists there’s a bigger issue at stake. Dave McShaffery is the Ebenezer Baldwin Andrews Chair of Natural Sciences in the department of biology and ...

Blighted property an issue for Marietta neighborhood

MARIETTA — The house was built in 1915, the year before the start of World War I. Public records are spotty for the next several decades, but B.B. and Hattie Marquis are shown as the house’s occupants on the 1928 voters’ list. From about 1956 to 1973, Edgar and Freda Morgan owned the ...