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Benefit to be held for Juliana Square Historic District

PARKERSBURG — A benefit for the Juliana Square Historic District will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Herceg Home, 112 13th St., the second consecutive year the outdoor event has been held at the residence. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.smoottheatre.com or by calling the Smoot ...

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Reuben Dinner PARKERSBURG — A Reuben dinner will be held 6 p.m. Friday at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call in for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Pancake and Sausage Breakfast WASHINGTON, W.Va. — The Washington Lions Club will hold ...

Sex offender fighting extradition in Wood County court

PARKERSBURG — A convicted sex offender is fighting extradition to Indiana, where he faces 46 years in prison. Jefferson Robert Griffin Jr., 68, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, was arrested by Wood County Sheriff’s deputies in June on a fugitive from ...

West Virginia enhances victim notification system

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia has enhanced the Victim Information and Notification Everyday network, officials said on Wednesday. The Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation also adopted and expanded the system’s new and enhanced features to all 10 correctional facilities ...

Service academy programs slated

WASHINGTON — Four programs for West Virginia students interested in an appointment to a United States military academy will be held beginning Saturday. The schedule for the 2019 Fall Academy Days sponsored by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. David McKinley is: * Eastern Panhandle: 2 p.m. ...

Justice appoints Trenton Barnhart to House seat

CHARLESTON — For the first time in 13 years, Pleasants County will have a native representing most of the county as well as all of Ritchie County in the 7th District House of Delegates. Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that Trenton Barnhart of St. Marys will replace Jason Harshbarger as a ...

Belpre Schools gets improved grade on state report card

MARIETTA — Two Washington County school districts advanced one grade, two fell one grade and two remained the same in the 2018-19 state report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education last week. Belpre City and Warren Local districts went from a D to a C overall, Frontier Local ...

Gallery: Going to Market

A pop-up Farmers Market was held Friday at Van Devender Middle School in Parkersburg. Though the market has made appearances at elementary schools throughout the area, Friday marked one of the first times it has been held at a middle school. Students were each given $4 in wooden coins which ...

Tributes pour in for Miller, Roane County

PARKERSBURG — A coordinated effort to wear Roane County High School maroon in tribute to the late Alex Miller, his teammates and community spread around West Virginia and beyond Tuesday. The death of the 17-year-old senior who collapsed during the Raiders’ game against Clay County Friday ...

Phil Lee to perform at Ohio Valley Rowing Club

PARKERSBURG — What kind of man proclaims himself the “Mighty King of Love?” One can find out on Friday as Phil Lee returns to the Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series in Parkersburg. And if the whole “King of Love” theme sounds a little ornery, then one isn’t too far from ...

Manchin pushes for homeless children assistance

PARKERSBURG — Student homelessness is being addressed by a United States senator from West Virginia. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Tuesday said he spoke to Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Department of Education about innovative ways to address student homelessness. “Secretary DeVos and ...

Thrasher calls on Senate to reject transportation nominee

CHARLESTON – As the West Virginia Senate gears up to approve Gov. Jim Justice’s appointments and wrap up its portion of the special session called seven months ago, one of Justice’s primary challengers is calling on senators to give a thumbs down to the new head of roads. Engineer and ...

Local cities, county designate Constitution Week

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission adopted a proclamation designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week from the James Wood Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR commemorated similar proclamations from Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, Vienna Mayor ...

Marietta College hosts College Night event with regional recruiters

MARIETTA — Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities spoke to high school and middle school students during the annual College Night at Marietta College. Admission recruiters from schools including Fairmont State University, Davis and Elkins College, Cleveland State ...

Belpre sees increase in school enrollment

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools has seen an increase in enrollment this year, officials said Monday. During Monday’s Belpre Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jeff Greenley said the school system saw a modest increase in enrollment, but did not believe any staffing adjustments ...

Reward offered in death of PHS graduate

PARKERSBURG — A crime-solvers group in Ohio Monday offered a $10,000 reward for information about an incident where a former Parkersburg resident was killed when a log fell atop her. Victoria Keup Schafer, 44, a photographer in Chillicothe, Ohio, died on Sept. 2, Labor Day, while taking ...

Steam car tour arrives

PARKERSBURG — Area residents will have several opportunities to see steam-engine cars this week in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Midwest Steam Car Tour, organized by Herb de la Porte of Elyria, Ohio, arrived in Marietta on Saturday and traveled in Marietta on Sunday. The 17-steam car tour ...

Three nominated for House of Delegates from Ritchie, Pleasants counties

CHARLESTON — Three nominees have been sent to Gov. Jim Justice to fill the vacancy in the House of Delegates from Ritchie and Pleasants counties. The three are former delegate Lynwood “Woody” Ireland of Pullman, Dan Boley of St. Marys and Trenton Barnhart of St. Marys. The vacancy was ...

Communities show support for family of Roane County football player

SPENCER — The community of Roane County suffered the loss of Alex Miller, a 17-year-old senior on the Roane County High School football team, Friday evening during the Raiders’ game against Clay County. Miller collapsed during the game and was immediately given medical attention that ...

Garrett replaces Lowe on Wirt County Commission

ELIZABETH — Wirt County native Nikki Garrett was appointed as a county commissioner on Sept. 3 after the passing of Commissioner Robert Lowe in early August. Garrett shares a love for the county that prompted her decision to become a part of the Wirt County government. “I love people, ...