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Lubeck resident Terri Fleak and her daughters, Abrianna, 4, and Addy, 1, walk through Point Park Thursday, checking out the sternwheelers lined up for this weekend’s Riverfest. Multiple sternwheelers are docked at the park for Riverfest, a free, family-friendly event that kicks off tonight, with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Gallery: Preparing for Riverfest

Multiple sternwheelers are docked at the park for Riverfest, a free, family-friendly event that kicks off tonight, with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. They will include a wreath-laying in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the late Doug McLain, longtime Parkersburg Police ...

Marietta Home Health and Hospice aide Dusty DeLancey, left, helps longtime volunteer Marge Stacy show off her cake during an early birthday celebration at the hospice office Thursday. Stacy turns 91 on Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Shawver)

Marietta Home Health and Hospice honors longtime volunteer

MARIETTA — Every Thursday Marge Stacy travels from her home in Lowell to Marietta where she volunteers with Marietta Home Health and Hospice. On other days Stacy may be found singing with her chorus group for residents at area nursing homes. This weekend she’ll be traveling to ...

Partial closure of floodwall gate planned

PARKERSBURG — The city’s floodwall will be inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next week, a process that will include partial closure of a gate that’s one of the reasons the structure has an “unacceptable” rating. All floodwall gates are required to be tested periodically, ...

Parkersburg firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 1714 Oak St. at 8:58 a.m. Thursday as smoke billows from the attic. (Photo Provided)

Generator catches fire, damages Oak Street home

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg firefighters found smoke coming from the attic of a two a and half-story house at 1714 Oak St. at 9:01 a.m. Thursday. The occupants were safely out of the house when the fire department arrived, said Fire Chief Jason Matthews. The occupants said they had just ...

Commissioners want recreation commission info

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is looking to get an update on what is happening at the Wood County Recreation Commission from the three board members the county appoints to the board. Sean Andrews appeared before the commission Thursday to be sworn in as one of the commission’s ...

Two sentenced in circuit court

Two individuals were sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday. * Kyle Winston Prall, 23, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after his guilty plea to a bill of information charging him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Judge ...

Washington County Commission hears road stabilization project update

MARIETTA — The Washington County commissioners were briefed on the status of the Round 31 Combined Road Base Stabilization project during their meeting Thursday. The project that was presented to the commissioners last year was a joint effort of the Washington County Engineer, Barlow, ...

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Parkersburg City 
Councilmen, from left, Eric Barber, Jeff Fox, Zach Stanley, Bob Mercer and John Reed 
listen to discussion about the city’s police and fire pension liabilities and how to fund them.

Parkersburg Finance Committee backs tax

PARKERSBURG — Members of City Council’s Finance Committee Wednesday recommended enacting a dedicated 1 percent sales tax to address the city’s police and fire pension liability. It was one of four options presented by Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce and Finance Director Eric Jiles to raise ...

10 arrested on drug charges in Washington County

WESLEY Twp. - Ten people were arrested in Washington County on drug charges today, with 15 additional arrests expected in surrounding counties, as the result of an investigation by the Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force and with aid from the Athens County Sheriff's Office and the ...

Poll workers needed in Wood County for Oct. 7 vote

PARKERSBURG — Alternate poll workers are needed for the Oct. 7 statewide special election on the Roads to Prosperity Amendment of 2017, which will authorize the state to issue up to $1.6 billion in bonds for road projects over the next five years. To be eligible, a poll worker must be a ...

Marietta church seeks more solar panels

MARIETTA — An anonymous donor has challenged the community to be more environmentally conscious with a promise of a matching grant for solar panels. “The panels that power our sanctuary have room for a few more,” said Katherine Hawbaker, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist ...

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David Wells, founder and chief executive officer of Chocolate Jazz Foundation, announced “Wine and Jazz on Market Street” will take place Sept. 30 on Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets in Parkersburg. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m.

Jazz concert set for Market St.

PARKERSBURG — The sounds of smooth jazz will fill the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street on Sept. 30. The gates open at 4 p.m. and music will be from 5-9 p.m. during the free “Wine and Jazz on Market Street” festival, said event organizer David Wells of Vienna, founder and chief ...

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Guest speaker Tom Thelen visited Blennerhassett Middle School Wednesday as part of a two-day anti-bullying campaign in Wood County middle schools. The event was sponsored by Community Bank as part of its Community Cares outreach program.

Victim proof: Community Bank holds anti-bullying program for kids

PARKERSBURG —Students must be given the tools to deal with bullying, both for themselves and for others, a national anti-bullying advocate said Wednesday. Tom Thelen, author and founder of the Victimproof Bullying Prevention Program, visits schools throughout the country, talking to ...

W.Va. chooses SAT as 11th-grade assessment

CHARLESTON — All West Virginia high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the statewide summative assessment in spring 2018, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. The College Board was selected Wednesday as the successful bidder following a competitive review ...

Five PHS students named National Merit semifinalists

PARKERSBURG — Five Parkersburg High School students are among thousands of students nationally named this week as 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Wednesday announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual ...

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Parkersburg City Councilman Jeff Fox discusses proposed fireworks regulations during a Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday at the Municipal Building.

Committee sends fireworks ordinance to council

PARKERSBURG — The city’s prohibition against fireworks would be lifted four times a year under legislation forwarded to Parkersburg City Council by its Public Works Committee. At its meeting Tuesday afternoon, the committee voted 3-2 to send to the full council an ordinance requiring ...

Safety concerns topic of Marietta committee meeting

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee met Wednesday to discuss safety concerns on Ohio Street, an upcoming fundraiser at the Peoples Bank Theatre and a donation of repair services on Ellenwood Avenue. Terry Johnson, who spends his summers in a condominium on Ohio Street, ...

Marietta talks River Trail expansion

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss expansion of the city’s River Trail, which spans 3.28 miles, to add 0.84 mile and connect the trail to the city’s eastern-most stores such as Aldi and Wal-Mart to the downtown walking route. The trail runs from ...

Twins celebrate 90th birthdays

VIENNA — Twins Lindel Marshall Lantz and Lila Marshall Eagle celebrated their 90th birthdays at Lantz’s home in Vienna on Sept. 3. Four generations of family members were among the 40 family and friends attending the birthday celebration. Betty Augustine Rollins, of Parkersburg, who ...

Parkersburg City Councilman Mike Reynolds, left, speaks during Tuesday’s council meeting at the Municipal Building, as Councilmen John Reed and Zach Stanley listen. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Parkersburg City Council approves $750K for splash park

PARKERSBURG — A resolution to set aside $750,000 for a splash park passed in an 8-1 vote at Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting, though some citizens questioned the move. “If we have that kind of money, why aren’t we working on our infrastructure?” Nancy Wilcox, a former ...