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Sandy Hook Promise visits Fort Frye school

BEVERLY — When people react to the news of school shootings, many immediately think of security measures to keep violence out of buildings. Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit founded by families of children killed in the Connecticut elementary school shootings nearly six years ago, has the ...

Washington County Commission to hear plan for broadband

MARIETTA — Next Thursday’s public hearing of the Washington County Commissioners may have an impact on the internet speed the rural residents of the county receive. Agile Networks, an internet provider based in Canton, is scheduled to propose a public/private partnership with the county. ...

Marietta authorizes water line planning

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council met Thursday to authorize the launch of engineering plans for both new water lines and new asphalt on Harmar Hill. The focus of the 2019 project is Lancaster and Alta streets, and council authorized city administration to contract with WSP USA to design ...

Cutler woman sentenced for cocaine trafficking

MARIETTA — A Cutler woman was sentenced to 60 days in jail and addiction treatment Thursday for trafficking in cocaine. Susan Harvey, 44, of 11722 State Route 555, apologized before her sentencing Thursday before Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi. Harvey had pleaded guilty ...

Authorities find pipe bomb in vacant Athens County home

ATHENS, Ohio — Deputies said a pipe bomb was found Thursday at a vacant house in Athens County. Athens County sheriff’s deputies went to the 700 block of Radford Road in Athens for a complaint about an open door at a vacant house at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. When deputies went inside, they ...

Block party set for Saturday at Jefferson Elementary Center

PARKERSBURG — The City of Parkersburg is collaborating with the Parkersburg Art Center for a Community Block Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of Jefferson Elementary Center, 12th and Plum streets. Event organizers and volunteers will paint a mural on the street at Jefferson ...

Wood County Democrats plan headquarters open house

VIENNA — An open house for the new Wood County Democratic Party headquarters will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the lower level of Serenity Coffee House and Cafe, 1903 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. “We invite the community to check out our new headquarters and meet the candidates while ...

Solar generator class set for Saturday in Marietta

MARIETTA — A class on building a small solar generator will be held 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Third and Putnam streets. The workshop is sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta with ...

Ground broken for new Parkersburg fire station

PARKERSBURG — Ground was broken Wednesday on the first of three planned new fire stations in Parkersburg. “We’ve spent countless hours ... to get us here today,” Fire Chief Jason Matthews said at the 16th and Covert Street site where fire station 2 stood for 86 years until last week. ...

Gihon Elementary School to kick off physical fitness program

PARKERSBURG — Gihon Elementary School is preparing to kick off its Fuel Up to Play 60 program which encourages students to engage in physical activity and make healthy food choices. The program is funded through an alliance of the American Dairy Council and the NFL, and this marks the ...

Marietta officials review city finances before budget talks

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council reviewed the state of city finances Wednesday prior to beginning 2019 budget discussions in executive session. The general fund sits at $883,216.41 with the final quarter of the year facing city officials to pay bills and employees. “We’ll be looking ...

Willis shares writing advice at Wood County Public Library workshop

PARKERSBURG — Meredith Sue Willis, novelist and teacher, provided a writing workshop and reading from her new novel “Their Houses” Wednesday night at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library. Willis was born and raised in Harrison County, W.Va., and teaches novel writing at New ...

Gov. Justice cites increase in tourist spending

MORGANTOWN — Research from a West Virginia travel impacts study shows traveler spending in the state grew at a rate above the national average in 2017, 3.9 percent compared to 3 percent, according to speakers Wednesday at the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism in ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Red Cross volunteers give aid in North Carolina

PARKERSBURG — A crew from this area has been deployed to North Carolina for disaster relief from Hurricane Florence. Red Cross volunteers will work in shelter, feeding, in-kind contributions and technology for communications in and of the disaster area, said Sharon Kesselring, executive ...

Warner: Use caution when giving to relief

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia secretary of state Wednesday cautioned residents before making donations to charities for Hurricane Florence relief. Scam charities will use natural disasters like Hurricane Florence to take advantage of people’s willingness and eagerness to help those ...

Red Cross offers shelters, relief

PARKERSBURG — Disaster relief from the American Red Cross continues around the clock in the impact zone from Hurricane Florence, the organization reported on Wednesday. More than 8,100 victims were housed overnight Tuesday in 94 Red Cross and community shelters, Sharon Kesselring, executive ...

Taste of Marietta slated for Saturday

MARIETTA — Those traveling down Putnam Street on Saturday will have to make a detour around the newest event in the Pioneer City—and may want to stop for a bite. From 5-10 p.m., The Taste of Marietta - Taking it to the Streets fundraiser will be held in the 200 block of Putnam Street in ...

Belleville Homecoming Festival runs Friday through Sunday

BELLEVILLE — The 2018 Belleville Homecoming Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Belleville Community Center on West Virginia 68 South at Belleville in southern Wood County. The three-day festival will feature entertainment, activities, games and attractions, including music by this ...

Historic marker dedication set for Saturday in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Col. Jesse Hildebrand Historical Marker Dedication will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #67 Hall, 161 Front St.The event is sponsored by Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #67 and Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley. It will be open to ...