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Wood County man sentenced to prison on federal gun charge

CHARLESTON — A Wood County man was sentenced to prison for a federal gun charge, the United States attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said. Robert Adams, 34, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. ...

United Bank challenges Parkersburg schools to raise funds

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and United Bank raised more than $2,000 in a challenge for students and fans of Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South high schools to see who could donate the most money leading up to the gridiron showdown between the cross-town ...

Michael Nau to perform in Nelsonville

NELSONVILLE — Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville is hosting Michael Nau for a backstage performance today at 8 p.m. This show is general admission and audience members will sit on the Stuart’s stage with the performer. Ticket buyers will enter through the breezeway at the East ...

West Virginia BOE approves Wood County school closure plan

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to close three Wood County elementary schools in the spring of 2020. At the state board’s regular meeting Wednesday in Charleston, members voted 7-1 to approve the closure of McKinley and Worthington elementary ...

Charter schools policy placed on 60-day comment period

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Board of Education will place a proposed charter schools policy on public comment for the next 60 days. The board this morning approved placing the 47-page policy on public comment, but doubled the usual amount of time to give both board members and the public ...

West Virginia lawmaker pushes Justice to take on vaping issue

PARKERSBURG — A senator from Monongalia County has asked the governor to declare a public health emergency over the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. Sen. Bob Beach in a letter to Gov. Jim Justice requested he instruct the state Department of Health and Human Resources through the Bureau ...

Marietta group receives downtown signage survey

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council’s regular committee meetings continue this week irrespective of budgetary hearings. Wednesday, Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee met jointly with Streets Committee to hear preliminary findings from Marietta Main Street downtown signage ...

Parkersburg luncheon honors veterans

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Moose Lodge Women’s Auxiliary 543 held a lunch Wednesday for local veterans. Around 45 veterans attended the annual lunch put on by the lodge’s women’s auxiliary. “We have been doing this for four years and it continues to grow,” said Debbie ...

West Virginia joins effort to expand court services for veterans

CHARLESTON — West Virginia has joined states supporting the expansion of specialized court services for veterans. Attorneys general from 41 states sent a letter to leaders in the U.S. Senate encouraging the adoption of the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019, House Resolution ...

Alzheimer’s Resource Fair offers info, insight

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg hosted its first Alzheimer’s Resource Fair on Wednesday as part of a senior project by student John Kavanagh. Kavanagh is a sociology, communications and literature major and decided to put on the fair for his senior project because ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg readies performance

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will present “Violin or Fiddle?” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets and information are available by calling 304-485-4200 or ...

Rhodes to display photos at downtown Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Damon Rhodes photography exhibit will be on display through November at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Rhodes took up photography as a hobby over 30 years ago. Although he has had no formal training, he ...

Frazier, American Pops Orchestra to perform at WVU-P

PARKERSBURG — The American Pops Orchestra under the direction of Parkersburg native Maestro Luke Frazier next week will perform in local schools and at a free public concert at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The orchestra will present “An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” in the ...

Band and Wind Ensemble to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — “Bach, to the Standards,” the fall concert of the Marietta College Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Peoples Bank Theatre. The concert, free and open to the public, will include work by the greatest wind band composers of the early to ...

Children compete at annual Holly Days Pageant in Vienna

VIENNA — The Vienna Holly Days Christmas Pageant was held on Nov. 2 at the Vienna Senior Health & Wellness Center. “This year was super successful; we saw 67 contestants,” said Linda Kern, pageant director and event coordinator. Children ages one month and up, along with Ms. and ...

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Baked Steak Dinner PARKERSBURG — A public baked steak dinner will be held 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. Call in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Pancake breakfast WASHINGTON, W.Va. — The Washington Lions Club will hold a pancake and sausage ...

President Trump’s public impeachment process starts today

CHARLESTON — With the start of the public impeachment inquiry today of President Donald Trump, one of West Virginia’s U.S. senators said she will be watching with interest. The House Intelligence Committee will meet 10 a.m. today and will hear sworn testimony from Bill Taylor, acting ...

State board votes to close three Wood County schools

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Board of Education by a 7-1 vote has approved a plan to close three Wood County elementary schools at the end of this school year. Voting against was Miller Hall, vice president of the board. Members of the Wood County Board of Education and administrators ...

Wood County Schools midterm grades delayed

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials will delay school midterms until later in the month as the school system continues to repair damage from a computer virus. However, officials say online tools to check grades and allow students to work on lessons from home were not affected by the ...

Broughton owner Dean Foods files for bankruptcy

MARIETTA — The company which owns Broughton Foods in Marietta has filed for bankruptcy and the impact locally is uncertain. Dean Foods Company, based in Dallas, announced Tuesday it and substantially all of its subsidiaries have initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in ...