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Wood BOE to discuss WHS athletic facilities

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets tonight to receive information on a capital improvement project and a presentation on Williamstown High School’s athletic facilities. Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for Wood County Schools, said he will ...

John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, discusses the economic impact the opioid crisis has had on West Virginia during an academic media day event Monday at the university. (Photo by John McCabe)

Opioid epidemic generates multiple costs, says expert

MORGANTOWN — Current medical and criminal justice costs incurred in fighting the national opioid crisis represent just the tip of the iceberg, says one research expert. In addition to health care costs, such as substance abuse treatment, and the costs incurred in processing an illegal drug ...

Bill Holbert, left, and Steve Metheny take a break after moving six boxes of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to the loading entrance of Emmanuel Baptist Church Monday. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Operation Christmas Child collections begin

PARKERSBURG — Christmas for a child in a foreign country began Monday as Operation Christmas Child collections started coming in to area collection points. There are 15 collection points in 11 counties in West Virginia, according to Janice Childers, who oversees the collection within those ...

Clark to head Marietta-Washington County CVB

MARIETTA — A new executive director will soon be in place at the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the board of directors announced on Monday. Deana Clark, of Beverly, is slated to lead the tourism promotion efforts for the county starting on Dec. 4. She is the ...

A rendering of the cardiology building to be built at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center along Garfield Avenue. (Photo Provided)

Ceremony planned for new Camden Clark Medical Center building

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center will be holding a groundbreaking Thursday for its newest medical office building. The 1 p.m. ceremony will commemorate the construction of the building that will be a partnership among Camden Clark, Parkersburg Cardiology Associates ...

Turkey Trot set for Nov. 23

PARKERSBURG — Prior to sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, hundreds of people will run or walk through City Park during the 39th annual Turkey Trot in Parkersburg. The race starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 and follows the same course as previous years. The registration fee is $13 in advance and ...

Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz swore in two new officers in the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department at Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council. Lorentz, far left, and Fire Chief Tony Cronin, far right, stand with newly promoted Captain Bryan Harpold, center left, and newly promoted Lieutenant Jerry Hampton, center right. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Belpre Council discusses wastewater plant

BELPRE — Belpre officials are working on plans for an expensive but necessary equipment replacement project at the Belpre Wastewater Treatment plant. At Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council, an ordinance authorizing the city’s safety-service director to advertise for bids for a new ...

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Louisa Westfall, of Vienna, and JoAnne Shirey, of Vienna, look at various pieces of art Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center for the “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art” show and sale. People were able to buy original pieces of art on a 6X6-inch surface for $20 each.

Parkersburg Art Center makes big waves with small pieces

PARKERSBURG — People from all over the area got a chance to pick up some small pieces of art in time for the holiday season. The “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art” show and sale was held Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. The exhibit included around 2,600 works that are all six ...

Photo by Wayne Towner
Father Christmas was portrayed in his Victorian costume by Eybie Eyberg during the Trees of Our Heritage opening reception Sunday at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

Blennerhassett Museum shows Christmas spirit with tree display

PARKERSBURG — The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History is hosting an exhibit of Christmas trees decorated in the holiday traditions of different countries and themes through Dec. 22. The opening reception for the annual Trees of Our Heritage Christmas tree exhibit was held Sunday at ...

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Veterans walk down Putnam Street during Saturday’s annual Marietta Veterans Day Parade.

Marietta honors area veterans with parade

MARIETTA — The annual Marietta Veterans Day Parade and ceremony gave the community a chance to honor and recognize its veterans on Saturday. The parade started at Fourth and Butler streets, continued on to Putnam Street, then on to East Muskingum Park for a short ceremony. Ninety-nine ...

Vienna native Paul Dooley to appear on ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’

LOS ANGELES — Actor Paul Dooley, a Vienna native, has a “substantial part” in tonight’s TV show “The Good Doctor” on ABC at 10 p.m. Dooley said he will be appearing in five or six scenes as a patient in the hospital in the TV drama. It is a substantial part, Dooley told the News ...

Wirt County fire claims man’s life

ELIZABETH — One man died in a Wirt County fire Friday. Elizabeth/Wirt County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Settle said the department was called out to the fire off Pee Wee Road at 9:27 a.m. Friday. “At the time of the call we were told the trailer had been destroyed,” he said. ...

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St. Marys’ running back Jaiden Smith keeps his balance after juking Doddridge County’s Logan Gogan during the Blue Devils’ 44-14 win over the Bulldogs in a Class A first-round playoff game Saturday inside Bill Hanlin Stadium.

St. Marys moves on to second round

ST. MARYS — West Virginia’s Class A high school football playoff matchup between No. 12 Doddridge County and No. 5 St. Marys was close for a half before the final outcome was decided. Tied 6-6 coming out of the locker room, the defending state champion Blue Devils exploded for 38 ...

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U.S. Army veterans Junior Ray Linch, left, and Rick Raab place a wreath at the Gold Star Memorial at Spencer’s Landing in Vienna on Saturday. The two men are among those featured on the memorial, which was dedicated just after Veterans Day 2016 and served as the location for Saturday’s Vienna Veterans Day service.

Mid-Ohio Valley residents gather to honor veterans

PARKERSBURG — Throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, area residents and veterans gathered Saturday to celebrate Veterans Day and remember the sacrifices made and the costs paid by veterans throughout the history of the United States of America. In Parkersburg the ceremony at City Park followed ...

State officials do not know what is in warehouses

PARKERSBURG — The IEI Plastics warehouse fire in south Parkersburg will encourage legislation next year addressing shortfalls in state law, officials said. The fire at the warehouse, the former Ames shovel plant on Camden Avenue, burned and smoldered about a week, raising issues of air ...

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Chef Chad Winebrenner, right, makes the first prize bread, Cranberry Nut Bread with Filling with Patricia Burdine, of Williamstown.

Taste of The Valley features cook book contest winners

PARKERSBURG — Area food and cooking enthusiasts gathered to learn more about their passion and how to make recipes that were this year’s award winners in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook contest at the Taste of The Valley on Saturday. Chef Chad Winebrenner said this year’s ...

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After the Fire: Fire put spotlight on Naik properties

PARKERSBURG — The Naik group of companies has operated plastics warehouses and facilities in Wood County for more than a decade, sometimes garnering attention with new ventures. For the most part though, buildings on Depot and Jeanette streets, Staunton Avenue, Gateman Drive near the ...

The end of property that runs for about a block along the edge of Depot Street. The other side of the property abuts the rail yard.

After the Fire: Huge facility sits near rail yard and downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Buildings at 625 and 822 Depot St. were acquired by Naik’s Evergreen Holdings LLC in its multimillion-dollar purchase of the Gateman Group in 2011. That purchase was announced with fanfare at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. “Acquisition of the Gateman Group ...

814 Jeanette St.  sits between Jeanette Street and the rail yard to the south.

After the Fire: Multiple structures hold a variety of plastic material

PARKERSBURG — Evergreen Holdings LLC purchased the building at 814 Jeanette St., a long structure adjacent to a CSX rail line, and 821 Jeanette St., a smaller building across the road, in June 2011, at the same time as the Naik Group of Industries purchased the Gateman Group. The purchase ...