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Ohio River Sweep set for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Many hands will make for light work Saturday during the annual Ohio River Sweep. Volunteers will assemble around 9 a.m. Saturday at Point Park where organizers will dispatch them to locations in the area to remove trash from the riverbank. “We really want this to be a ...

Third person sentenced in Washington County overdose case

MARIETTA — Alicia Miller, 34, of 4534 State Route 60, McConnelsville, Ohio, was the third person in an overdose case from last November to be sentenced Wednesday, for possession of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony, and breach of recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. Last fall task force ...

ER overdose bills pass House vote

WASHINGTON — Two bills proposed by a West Virginia congressman intended to lessen usage of narcotic painkillers passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was the lead sponsor of House Resolution 5176, the Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms Act, ...

Bill would force release of report on PFAS

WASHINGTON — An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill pending in the Senate would force the public release of a report on safe levels of perfluorinated chemicals, also known as PFAS, in drinking water. The amendment by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., was cosponsored by Sen. Joe ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

PARKERSBURG — “Little of Shop of Horrors” opens Friday at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg. The show is about Seymour Krelborn, a mild-mannered assistant in a flower shop who finds a plant that grows into a talking voracious man-eater. Seymour names it Audrey II after a co-worker on ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival begins Friday

PARKERSBURG — The 23rd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, fun, entertainment and activities at City Park in Parkersburg. This year’s festival runs from Friday through Sunday with free admission all weekend. The hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 ...

Mid Ohio Valley Players to hold final show of the season

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Players will present the final show of the 2017-2018 season for three weekends in June. “The Ladies of Harmony,” by Ron Hill, is directed by Rod Poling and sponsored by WesBanco. The show will be presented Friday and Saturday, with additional performances ...

Civil War Reenactment Weekend to be held

WILLIAMSTOWN — The third annual Henderson Hall Civil War Re-enactment Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday. Carlin’s Battery D, a re-enactment group which participates in numerous re-enactments, will co-host the event. More than 100 blue- and gray-uniformed participants are expected. All ...

Mike Penn art on display at downtown Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Mike Penn art exhibit may be viewed through the month of June at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., in downtown Parkersburg. The exhibit is open during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Penn was a new contributor ...

The Janes to perform in Parkersburg City Park today

PARKERSBURG — The Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series will feature The Janes today at 7 p.m. at Parkersburg City Park in the bandshell. In case of rain, the concert will be relocated to the horseshoe pit shelter. The Janes are comprised of Mary Eddy, Carry Wilson, Amanda ...

West Virginia Tourism Office wants visitors to explore state

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Tourism Office has launched a new campaign to get visitors into the Mountain State. “Since we launched the new campaign in April, we have received a lot of great feedback,” Chelsea Ruby, tourism commissioner, said. “It’s inspired newfound state pride ...

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Artsbridge Music in the Park The Janes is the featured band 7 p.m. today in the Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series Parkersburg City Park in the band shell. In case of rain, the concert will be relocated to the Horseshoe Pit Shelter. The Janes are comprised of Mary Eddy, Carry ...

Parkersburg City Council rejects election changes

PARKERSBURG — Proposed changes to municipal elections were rejected by Parkersburg City Council Tuesday, after strong words from citizens and council members alike. The first reading of an ordinance to place on the November ballot the question of whether council elections should be ...

Parkersburg, DEP reach agreement on Pennzoil land

PARKERSBURG — The city has reached a voluntary remediation agreement with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to address a piece of property slated to be part of its multi-use trail. The land in question is approximately 5.37 acres near 19th and Keever streets. It ...

Senators demand EPA release results of perfluorinated chemicals study

PARKERSBURG — U.S. senators from Ohio and West Virginia have signed a letter demanding the release of a federal study about the levels of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water supplies. A dozen senators on Tuesday sent the letter to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental ...

Wood BOE approves Erickson bathroom funding

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education approved funding for a project at Erickson All Sports Facility and will be expanding a program to provide free meals at the county’s schools following votes during Tuesday’s meeting. The board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve ...

Firefighters, church to offer smoke alarms

PARKERSBURG — City firefighters and volunteers from a downtown church will fan out Saturday to offer free smoke alarms and educational material to residents. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said he was approached about a month ago by Trinity Episcopal Church member Jeff Stump about ...

STEM professors outline plans

MORGANTOWN — One West Virginia University program is on a mission to train the state’s next generation of science, technology, engineering and math teachers. Those teachers in turn will energize a new legion of grade and high school students to embrace science and technology, said Ann L. ...

Women in Leadership Conference registration deadline is today

PARKERSBURG — The deadline to register is today for the Women in Leadership Conference scheduled 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 22 at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna Keynote speaker is Rebekah Mathis-Stump, chief operating officer of Ethos Leadership, whose presentation is titled ...

Auction raises money for educational projects

VIENNA — An auction and garden party on Monday at the home of Toby Pfalzgraf raised more than $1,400 for projects that support women’s education. The fundraiser was a project of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Chapter Z. P.E.O. has a mission of promoting educational ...