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Marietta City Council has second day of budget hearings

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council spent the second day of budget hearings Wednesday reviewing the financial impacts of the opioid crisis. The three departments’ budgets covered were the police and fire departments and the law director’s office. Law Director Paul Bertram explained that ...

Hamlin outlines medical marijuana industry

MARIETTA — As an industry, medical marijuana has become a permanent fixture in Ohio, but its economics are complex and creating a regulatory framework for it has been a long journey through some unexplored territory. Mark Hamlin was put in charge of helping create that framework for the Ohio ...

Parkersburg Utility Board discusses expenses, bids attorney farewell

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board on Wednesday approved an agreement for a computer and software upgrade, discussed the replacement of an expensive piece of equipment from a flooded pump station and said goodbye to longtime attorney George Zivkovich. The board voted 4-0, with ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg receives ‘clean’ audit

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg received an exceptional audit report which school officials pointed to as proof that cost-saving initiatives the school has implemented are helping to keep the institution financially sound. The Board of Governors voted to accept the ...

Marietta marker to recognize Civil War general

MARIETTA — A Pennsylvania native who became a general in the Civil War and later a government official in Marietta will be recognized with a marker. The city of Marietta and the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley will dedicate the historical marker for William Pitt Richardson, 25th ...

West Virginia Supreme Court overturns embezzlement texts ruling

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court Monday overturned an order from the Jackson County Circuit Court suppressing text messages between a defendant and an accountant in an embezzlement case. Cathy Brown of Ripley is accused of embezzling about $306,000 from the Hartley Oil Co. The ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to present ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’

PARKERSBURG — In honor of the upcoming holiday season, the Actors Guild of Parkersburg will be presenting “A Christmas Story: The Musical” for four weekends in November and December. The musical is based on the classic holiday comedy movie “A Christmas Story” from 1983. The show ...

Holiday in the Park displays ready

PARKERSBURG — The annual Holiday In the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg will kick off with a lighting ceremony Saturday and will remain open through Dec. 31. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the City Park horseshoe pits where Santa Claus will be handing out ...

Friends of the Lower Muskingum River prep fundraiser

MARIETTA — A year of accomplishments in making a significant river substantially better will be highlighted Saturday night at the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River annual dinner and auction in Marietta. The group, a nonprofit established in 2002, is dedicated to conserving land and ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to perform on Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will present “A Percussive Surprise” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett School. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students for the show, which will feature percussionist Lisa Pegher as guest artist. Tickets are available ...

Ohio Valley Opry to hold performances

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio — November is traditionally set aside to feature local talent at the Ohio Valley Opry, and this year’s lineup is sure to be a crowd favorite. Appearing will be Ohio’s premier old-time string band the Wayfarers. Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers ...

Groups receive conservation grants

HARRISVILLE — The Friends of the Hughes River Watershed and the North Bend Rail Trail have received grants from the Little Kanawha Resource Conservation Development Council. The Friends received $1,000 for an education wetland area near Harrisville. The group works with North Bend State ...

Vienna man charged with drug trafficking

VIENNA — A Vienna man was charged with drug trafficking after an early morning traffic stop on Wednesday, the Vienna Police Department said. At 3:45 a.m. police officers stopped a 2005 Honda for a traffic violation in the 1100 block of 46th Street, the department said. Ryan Matthew Dailey, ...

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Christmas Jazz GLENVILLE — The Glenville State College Jazz Band will hold its annual Christmas Concert 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The concert will begin with traditional jazz favorites from a variety of styles including swing, Latin and rock, among others. The ...

First reading of Parkersburg floodwall fee repeal passes

PARKERSBURG — City Council on Tuesday approved the first reading of an ordinance to eliminate the floodwall fee, with some members questioning whether the perceived relief is worth the cost. The fee is projected to generate $82,500 in the current fiscal year, but that amount would be cut ...

Fire department at fire

PARKERSBURG The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a fire in a garage apartment near 17th and St. Marys Avenue at about 5 a.m. today. It was the fourth fire reported to the department today. St. Marys in the vicinity was blocked to traffic. Read the story in The News and Sentinel on ...

Wood BOE considers cost of Erickson bathrooms project

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education has asked for options on completion of new bathrooms and concession stands at Erickson All-Sports Facility after bids came in over budget. The board has requested Superintendent Will Hosaflook bring information to the Nov. 27 board meeting, ...

Marshall hat, note get tribute on TBN

BARBOURSVILLE — Freda Kimsey, formerly of Wood County, believes everyone should know that Marshall University is a special place. In September she mailed a Marshall hat and a letter about Marshall University to the Huckabee show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), requesting the hat ...

Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley gives awards at annual banquet

PARKERSBURG — Business and individual awards were presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley at Tuesday evening’s Dinner and Awards Banquet. Attendees enjoyed a social before a dinner provided by Valley Catering at the Parkersburg Art Center. “We are truly ...

No changes in Wood County election results

PARKERSBURG — With the provisional and absentee ballots counted there were no changes in any of the races from last week’s election, but problems were discovered during the canvassing process which county officials addressed. The Wood County Commission met Tuesday as the election ...