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Truck driver injured in crash in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A truck driver was transported to the hospital after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday at Juliana and Fourth streets. According to Lt. S.L. Bunner, with the Parkersburg Police Department, Chaney Douglas, 56, of Washington, was found to be at fault but ...

Shop Local ‘May Madness’ event set for Saturday in Belpre

BELPRE — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s May Shop Local Saturday, called “May Madness,” the first in a yearly series of Belpre Area shopper events, is set for Saturday, according to Karen Waller, chamber executive director. The Chamber of Commerce with iHeart Media invites area ...

Nelsonville Music Festival opens June 6

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House is presenting the 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival June 6-9 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. The festival has four days of music featuring many bands on multiple stages all weekend long, along with camping, ...

Parkersburg Art Center to hold events

PARKERSBURG — A pair of events will be held this weekend at the Parkersburg Art Center. The ladies of the Parkersburg Art League of the Parkersburg Art Center (PAC PALs) will hold their biennial Princess Party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at ...

Smoot Theatre to present concert on Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will present their final concert of the year at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth St., in downtown Parkersburg. The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted. The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre ...

Hidden Marietta explores secret spaces

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street is teaming up with the Hidden Marietta Tour Company to host a downtown tour called “Hidden Places, Secret Spaces” which takes guests through typically off-limits sections of Marietta’s historic buildings, such as basements or upper floors. This ...

Strawberry Festival to benefit Marietta church

MARIETTA — The eighth annual First Congregational United Church of Christ Strawberry Festival will take place this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Fellowship Hall and will offer a slice of much of what makes Marietta great. Kay Maidens, a member of the church and organizer of ...

Rendezvous on the River recreates frontier life

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is presenting frontier life from the 18th and 19th centuries this week. The annual Rendezvous on the River began Wednesday and runs through Saturday. The rendezvous, put on by the West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association and ...

Parkersburg woman who bought gun illegally pleads guilty to identity theft

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg woman pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in connection with illegally obtaining a firearm, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. Erica Nicole Blake, 36, pleaded before Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. On Nov. 10, 2017, ...

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Spring concert PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir Spring Concert is 7 p.m. today in the school auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. *** Baked Chicken Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked chicken dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of ...

Wood BOE: Five schools will be recommended for closure

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook said he will recommend closing at least five schools to keep the district from exhausting its savings by the end of 2020. No formal vote was taken at Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting, but board members ...

Parkersburg City Council amends motorized bike ordinance again

PARKERSBURG — Another City Council agenda with the proposed motorized bike ordinance, another amendment, another “final” reading at an upcoming meeting. But it might not end there. Parkersburg City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to add a requirement that riders of motorized bicycles ...

Legislature to meet Monday on vetoed bills

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature will reconvene in special session Monday. The announcement from House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Mitch Carmichael did not include an agenda. It said the special session will resume at 2 p.m. Monday. The agenda is anticipated to ...

Awards presented during National Police Week ceremony

PARKERSBURG — National Police Week activities were held Tuesday in Parkersburg with the annual presentation of awards and the laying of wreaths at the police memorial in front of city hall. Receiving the Penny McLain Half-Unit of the Year Award was Haley Board, wife of Parkersburg Police ...

Henderson Hall to host songwriters Friday night

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is welcoming back San Marcos, Texas-based songwriters Adam and Chris Carroll on Friday evening at Henderson Hall. “This will make our sixth time hosting the Carrolls,” said MOVAMS founder Steve Tuck. “We were excited to get ...

Two educators named to district debate committee

PARKERSBURG — Two Wood County speech and debate team coaches are among five new members appointed this week to the West Virginia District Speech and Debate District Leadership Committee. Michelle Talbott at Parkersburg South High School has been named district chair and Lori Zyla at ...

iBelieve program helps students develop skills

MARIETTA  — Despite the presence of 16 high school students, the room was silent for the 30 minutes allotted to the task. Divided into groups of four, the students were concentrating on finishing jigsaw puzzles, the catch being that only one, “the communicator,” was allowed to ...

Airport getting $8M for runway work

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport’s runway will be resurfaced thanks to $8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding was announced Monday afternoon in a joint release from U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., both of ...

Wood BOE meets tonight

PARKERSBURG — The Woood County Board of Education meets tonight to approve the fiscal year 2020 budget and to approve summer programs and personnel changes. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Wood County Schools Central Office at the corner of 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. ...