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Wood BOE receives construction update

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown High School’s new middle school classrooms are expected to be completed by the start of school, but officials say the middle school auditorium will not be finished until the end of September. Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for the ...

One MOV woman among COVID-19 fatalities

Staff Report Two women from Wood and Berkeley counties are the latest fatalities in the pandemic, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Tuesday said. The deaths of an 87-year old woman from Wood County and a 47-year old woman from Berkeley County raises the total number ...

WVU announces reopening protocols for students, staff

CHARLESTON — Campus life for students, professors and staff at West Virginia University will be different in the age of COVID-19, but WVU President Gordon Gee is encouraging the campus community to hang in there. “As we near the end of July, we are over halfway through the year, I am ...

Belpre BOE gives information on virtual school

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley says parents must weigh the pros and cons of in-person learning versus virtual school for their students as the district prepares to reopen at the end of August. Parents are asked to indicate by Aug. 3 whether their children will ...

Woman charged with defrauding elderly relative

HARRISVILLE — A Ritchie County woman was arrested last week after fraudulently using a 78-year-old female family member’s finances for around $16,000 in purchases. According to a criminal complaint filed with the Ritchie County Magistrate Court, Sally Ann Frederick, 29, 635 Cooper St., ...

Justice aims to help fairs, festivals shut down due to pandemic

CHARLESTON — After being halted, allowed to resume, and halted again, Gov. Jim Justice announced plans Monday to help state fairs and festivals shuttered due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. “It is essential that we preserve our arts and expand our arts, because that is who we are,” ...

Marietta man charged with murder of infant son

MARIETTA — Michael Anthony Dawson Jr., 31, of Marietta was arrested Sunday and charged with the murder of his 2-month-old son, Gannon. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said during a press conference Monday afternoon that deputies responded to a 911 call at Dawson’s home at 101 ...

Doddridge County reports first two COVID-19 cases

WEST UNION — In the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers, Doddridge County saw its first two positive cases and the Vienna Public Library had an employee test positive, resulting in the closure of the library for two weeks. According to the Doddridge County Health Department, despite the first ...

Warner announces absentee ballot plans for November election

CHARLESTON — Those wishing to vote absentee in the November general election due to the novel coronavirus can still do so according to West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, with a new online portal launching next month to make applying easier. But don’t expect to automatically be ...

Belpre City Schools holds online public forum

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools held an online public forum Monday to discuss this fall’s reopening plans. The planned opening on Aug. 24 will follow numerous state and federal guidelines to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Superintendent Jeff Greenley led ...

Wood County Commission seeks meeting with PSC

PARKERSBURG — Wood County commissioners want to talk to a member of the West Virginia Public Service Commission about rate increases for local water and sewer systems. Under state law passed in 2015, rates for the nine largest public service districts in the state are set by the ...

Mineral Wells residents rebuild bridge lost to flooding in 2015

MINERAL WELLS — A bridge destroyed in a flood five years ago has been replaced by a Mineral Wells homeowners group. The flood occurred July 12 and 13, 2015, when the bridge and part of Woodridge Drive was taken out by a swollen Little Tygart Creek. Homes also were damaged. “After five ...

Ravenswood man facing sexual abuse charges

RAVENSWOOD — A Ravenswood man was arrested last week and is being charged with incest and sexual abuse by a parent after reports of abuse to a 17-year-old girl. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, an investigation took place on John Franklin Lawson, 51, 814 Cypress St., ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s still in the works

PARKERSBURG — Planning continues on the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Mid-Ohio Valley that is planned for Sept. 19, according to the planning committee. Officials in Marietta, Parkersburg and Vienna declared June to be Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The committee, which ...

Four months into the pandemic, businesses struggle to adapt to the new normal

In April, Ogden Newspapers reached out to a plethora of businesses around the country to hear their stories about how they were coping with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some expressed concern over if their business could survive without knowing what the future held, while others noted ...

Marietta man accused of killing baby son

A Marietta man has been charged with the murder of his 2-month-old son, Washington County authorities said on Monday. Michael A. Dawson, 101 Longacre St., was arrested on Sunday for the murder of his son, Gannon, who died on July 25. Emergency crews responded to Dawson's home on July 23 when ...

Flexibility key as schools look to reopen in the fall

The spring of 2020 was unlike any semester for school districts around the country. And while plans for the upcoming school year are still in flux, many expect the return to classes to be just as different as educators deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and experience gleaned from an ...

Justice sets school reopenings

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order Friday paving the way for colleges and universities to institute reopening plans and officially setting Sept. 8 as the start of K-12 education, even as teenagers and college students lead the spike in coronavirus cases. Public and ...