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Belpre BOE to look at new elementary principal

BELPRE — The Belpre School board will meet Monday to consider hiring a new principal for Belpre Elementary School. The board meets at 5 p.m. Monday in the Stone Administration and Early Learning Center in Belpre. The meeting is open to the public. Belpre Elementary Principal Joy Edgel ...

WVU-P honors Bateman at Oakland mansion

PARKERBURG — Alethea Bateman was born to be a nurse, said Kathy Frum. Bateman is great at caring for people, great at giving comfort; she is tenacious and courageous and has a heart of gold, Frum said. Bateman of Parkersburg, a nurse at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and an ...

Bargain hunters drawn to Market Street Yard Sale

PARKERSBURG — Almost 15 years ago, Leon Miller said a friend of his asked if he would be interested in cleaning out her basement if she let him keep everything in it. “It was completely full,” he said. After the job was done, he said his wife, Terri, asked him what they were going to ...

Vienna well work advances

VIENNA — Wells seven and eight are getting closer to being back in commission for the City of Vienna, according to Craig Metz, public works director for the city of Vienna, at the Vienna Utility Board meeting Friday. “It’s been moving right along,” Metz said. At last month’s ...

Apples are a welcome donation at shelter

PARKERSBURG — When the Rev. Frank Miller, director of Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, received a call from the Jackson County Community Foundation saying it had six pallets of West Virginia-grown red delicious apples to donate, he said he knew he had an opportunity to help a lot ...

OVU announces staff promotions

Staff Report VIENNA — Ohio Valley University Friday announced two administrative promotions. Sarajane Frock has been named director of admissions and Lindsay Cole has been named chief financial officer. Frock began at Ohio Valley in 2014 as an event coordinator and was asked to join ...

West Virginia continues concealed carry pacts with states

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia attorney general has affirmed concealed carry recognition agreements with seven states, including Virginia. The affirmation means Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee and Utah will continue to recognize concealed handgun licenses issued to ...

Boats on display as Riverfront Roar opens

MARIETTA — The sleek boats were parked in a diagonal line on Front Street as the sun sank toward the western horizon. Hundreds of people ambled on downtown streets, admiring and photographing the boats and chatting with their drivers. The city was getting casually warmed up for ...

Gardner named Warner’s deputy press secretary

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg High School graduate Friday was named deputy press secretary for the secretary of state of West Virginia. Jennifer Gardner, daughter of Philip and Morrey Gardner of Parkersburg, will replace Erin Timony, who moved to Georgia to be closer to family, Secretary of ...

Beverly man charged in store robbery

MARIETTA — A man Friday was charged with robbing a store where he worked at in Beverly. Luis Alfonso Ambrocio-Bautista, 34, Beverly, is being held on $250,000 bond at the Washington County Jail after his arrest by deputies of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office around 1 a.m. Friday on ...

Marietta man sentenced for heroin trafficking

MARIETTA — A 38-year-old Marietta man received 60 days in jail for trafficking in heroin Friday, after pleading guilty to the fourth-degree felony in May. Edward “Pooh” Murphy Jr. of 204 Brandy Drive, was arrested in April 2018 and charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, a ...

Splash pad repair work begins

PARKERSBURG — A repair to the Parkersburg City Park splash pad is under way. Representatives of Aquatix, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of the splash pad, were on-site Thursday to work on the tube slide, where at least two children have reportedly been injured since the $1.3 million ...

Wood County BOE hires middle school principals

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education hired two new principals during a special session Thursday morning. The board unanimously hired Jeff Kisner, assistant principal at Parkersburg High School, as principal of Jackson Middle School, and Janet Sears, assistant principal at Edison ...

Institute to explore problem solving

PARKERSBURG — In today’s world, the idea of people having conversations to find solutions to problems may seem strange, but an event at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is trying to get people to talk to each other about the problems facing the community. Jean Ambrose appeared ...

Jackson Park to get new playground equipment

VIENNA — Jackson Park will be getting five new playground pieces this summer, according to Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp. The Vienna city accepted a bid of $22,896 from Davis Athletics for the playground pieces at Thursday’s council meeting. The new equipment, which is to be ordered ...

Ruble’s sternwheelers raised from Ohio River

BELPRE — A pair of partially sunken sternwheelers have been raised from the muck in which they’ve been mired along the bank of the Ohio River for more than a year. Belpre resident Dave Ruble said his boat, the Blennerhassett, sank in January 2018 after ice in the river “knocked some ...

Group wants contributions withheld from diocese

PARKERSBURG — An organization in West Virginia has encouraged parishioners to withhold contributions to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston pending a new and independent financial audit. Lay Catholic Voices for Change, based in Morgantown, in June sent a letter and email to Archbishop ...

Pre-candidates file campaign finance reports

CHARLESTON — Pre-candidates for the House of Delegates in Wood County have filed their 2019 second quarter campaign finance reports with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. The report, filed online, covers the period from March 30 to June 30 and was due Monday. In the 10th ...

Ritchie County to take over Cairo election duties

HARRISVILLE — Cairo Mayor Gary Haugh asked the Ritchie County Commission on Thursday to incorporate the municipal election into the county’s May 2020 primary election process. The main reason is so the county can take over the polling duties, Haugh said. “We couldn’t hire enough ...

State Schools Superintendent Paine turns down salary increase

CHARLESTON — Hours after a rebuke from the West Virginia Senate’s top leader, State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine announced Thursday he would not accept a pay increase. Paine released a statement Thursday afternoon, a day after the state Board of Education approved a $4,170 salary ...