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History Alive! seeking proposals for characters

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Humanities Council is soliciting applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures for its History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living from any period of history are eligible for ...

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection approved the proposal by the owners of Intercontinental Import-Export Plastics to begin cleanup of the site where its warehouse burned to the ground in October.

IEI fire investigation continues

PARKERSBURG — Although IEI Plastics has been given the go-ahead to start cleaning up the site where its warehouse burned to the ground in a fire that lasted nine days, investigators aren’t ready to say what caused the blaze. “For the most part ... we are done with the scene,” said ...

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Williamstown High School senior Bethany Wager, left, and sophomore Mara Rinehart, right, stand next to the gingerbread house they hope to submit to next week’s 2017 Gingerbread Festival at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Their creation is the home featured on the show “Full House,” only decorated for Christmas and entirely edible.

Williamstown High School students design, build gingerbread houses

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown High School students put their baking and engineering skills to the test, preparing gingerbread houses for the 2017 Gingerbread Festival. The competition runs from Dec. 10-27 at the Blennerhassett Hotel with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Students in ...

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Parkersburg News and Sentinel announces new jobs site

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley employers and job-seekers can now find the best tool for their searches at jobs.newsandsentinel.com, as The Parkersburg News and Sentinel unveils its new job board, in partnership with RealMatch. “Our newspaper’s commitment to providing local businesses ...

Man shot on Laurel Creek Road

PARKERSBURG — Owen Franklin Turner, 53, was treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and then transferred to a Morgantown hospital after being shot Friday at his residence at 2731 Laurel Creek Road, off Old St. Marys Pike, an official said. The sheriff’s office received a call ...

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Pat Minnite of PM Company speaks to the audience Thursday during the annual Spirit of Giving celebration. The charitable program in its 10th year has raised $116,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

PM Company gives to Mid-Ohio Valley agencies

VIENNA — A charitable program that has become a yuletide tradition in the area has broken all previous records, the company said. The PM Company’s 10th annual Spirit of Giving program has resulted in $116,000 to be distributed among local nonprofit agencies and groups. More than $50,000 ...

Parkersburg realtors group helps communities

VIENNA — The Parkersburg Area Association of Realtors, Community Service Committee held its largest ever fundraiser for giving back in the communities it serves, the group said. The realtors group held a live auction, which raised $10,000, on Nov. 14 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The ...

Two arrested on drug charges in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Two people were arrested on drug offenses Thursday after a raid by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force at a 30th Street residence, according to the chief of police. The Parkersburg Police Department S.W.A.T. team assisted the task force with a search warrant shortly before 4 ...

Calhoun County man charged with attempted murder

GRANTSVILLE — A Calhoun County man is in custody at the Central Regional Jail at Flatwoods following a shooting Thursday afternoon on Walker Road in Calhoun County. Thomas Cain, 52, of Chloe, was charged with attempted murder after Scott Butler, 40, also of the Chloe area, was shot, said ...

St. Marys man sentenced to prison in drug case

CLARKSBURG — A Pleasants County man was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison on a methamphetamine distribution charge. Roger Dale Doehring, 54, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty in August to one count of distribution of meth, aiding and abetting, according to a release from United States ...

Mercer to serve on Parkersburg Homecoming Advisory Board

PARKERSBURG — A city councilman from Parkersburg was named to the Parkersburg Homecoming Advisory Board. Appointed was Councilman Bob Mercer, 3rd Distict councilman. Mercer said he was interested in serving and helping the homecoming, according to President Michael Cottrell. “Upon ...

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Tags sit unclaimed on a Salvation Army Angel Tree in Green Acres on Front Street. The Salvation Army has about 60 more children in the program than it had last year.

Salvation Army seeks angels in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Salvation Army in Marietta has set up Angel Trees in six locations, starting out with a total of 355 tags, each representing a child who will need help to have a good holiday season. Wanessa Moore of the Salvation Army said Friday the tags are being claimed by generous ...

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A group of students at Marietta Middle School, from left to right, Katryna Temesvary, Elyse Macatol, Sophie Evans and Chamille Herb, prepares a poster about Hungary to be presented at Friday’s general assembly of the Southeastern Ohio Model United Nations in Athens.

Marietta Middle School students attend Model United Nations

MARIETTA — More than 20 Marietta Middle School students have been researching distant parts of the world since September to prepare them for the Southeastern Ohio Model United Nations. Faculty adviser and social studies teacher Chris Porter sat in a noisy classroom on the second floor of ...

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Sister Lillian Sleight celebrates her 100th birthday at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg.

Celebration as Sister Lillian Sleight turns 100

PARKERSBURG — “When our belief gets pale and weak, there comes a person out of that need who is shining and warm and everyone living who has come in contact with her reflects a little of that light. “And so they gathered on Sunday, Oct. 15 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg, ...

Final reading: Fire, police fee increases on council agenda

PARKERSBURG — Members of the public will get an additional opportunity to weigh in on proposed increases to the municipal police and fire fees at Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting. The agenda for the meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the ...

Man shot on Laurel Creek Road

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting today at 2731 Laurel Creek Road, off Old St. Marys Pike. A male, whose name has not been released, was shot at a residence on Laurel Creek Road, said Sheriff Steve Stephens. The sheriff’s office received a call ...

Wood County Commissioners Robert Tebay, Jimmy Colombo and Blair Couch during Thursday’s meeting. The commission approved a $175,164 bid for a Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) system to Zuercher Technologies of Sioux Falls, S.D. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Commissioners OK public safety system

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission approved a bid for a public safety system for the Wood/Wirt County E-911 Center. The commission unanimously awarded the bid for the Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) system Thursday to Zuercher Technologies of Sioux Falls, S.D., for $175,164. The ...

One dead, one wounded in home invasion attempt

BIG BEND — An attempted home invasion Tuesday in Calhoun County left the owner dead and one suspect critically injured. Lt. C.A. Parsons with the West Virginia State Police said one man is under arrest and three more are being sought in connection with a home invasion and shooting early ...

Receiving the highest bid of $4,250 at the Festival of Trees was
“Where Flowers Bloom, So Does the Spirit of Christmas,” which tied for first place in the most original category. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Festival of Trees auction raises more than $28K for Easter Seals

PARKERSBURG — The Festival of Trees raised more than $28,000 for the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center Thursday night at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Prices paid for the trees, wreaths and mantel pieces ranged from less than $200 to more than $4,000. For 2017, there were 34 trees, eight ...