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Community members and educators are collecting food and making plans on how to feed students during a statewide schools shutdown later this week. (Photo Provided)

Community plans food drive for students

PARKERSBURG — Community members and educators are collecting food and making plans on how to feed students during a statewide schools shutdown later this week. The state’s teacher and service personnel unions announced Saturday they would initiate a work stoppage Thursday and Friday ...

Air Force recruiter Staff Sgt. Joshua Ewing’s recruiting office is located in the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Ewing joined the office in early November from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Air Force recruiter takes active role in community

PARKERSBURG — Six years ago Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Ewing described himself as “a 20-year-old guy working three jobs, going to college and having $25,000 in school debt.” His older brother Cody, on the other hand, was in the Air Force. His story to his younger brother, “The Air ...

W.Va. AG warns against price gouging

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning against price gouging during a state of emergency. Laws prohibiting price gouging took effect Saturday when the governor declared a state of emergency in all 55 counties of West Virginia after heavy rainfall ...

Delegates unaware of impeachment discussion

CHARLESTON — At least three local lawmakers say they are unaware of any impeachment discussion in the House of Delegates of a sitting Supreme Court justice involved in a purchasing controversy. Senate Resolution 44, which was on the agenda as unfinished business before the Senate on Monday, ...

Deschaine named superintendent of Catholic schools

WHEELING — A Michigan educator has been named the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Mary Ann Deschaine will begin in August, the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield said on Monday. “I am honored to have been selected for this position in the Diocese ...

Hundreds seeking jobs fill rooms at BridgeValley Community & Technical College in South Charleston for the W.Va. Construction Trades Job Fair on Friday.  More than 50 organizations and potential employers were present to speak with job seekers. (Photos by West Virginia Press Association)

Construction Trades Job Fair attracts hundreds

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Thousands of jobs are expected to be created in the highway construction industry in West Virginia this year due in large part to the funds created by the Roads to Prosperity Bond passed by voters last fall. Hundreds seeking those jobs participated at the Construction ...

Frontier BOE discusses playing field

NEW MATAMORAS — Some of the playing field infrastructure at Frontier Middle and High School is in rough shape, and the Frontier Local Schools board of education, along with several local residents, had a discussion at Monday night’s board meeting about what can be done to fix it. The ...

Marietta attorney Ray Smith delivers a closing argument in his role as prosecutor in “History on Trial,” a mock re-enactment of a 1920s bootlegging case held in the Washington County Courthouse on Monday. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

Prohibition Era trial re-enacted

MARIETTA — The prosecution got another shot at Alice Harman on Monday, nearly 100 years after her original arrest, but Harman walked free. Harman was the defendant for the second “History on Trial,” organized by The Castle museum and played out in Courtroom A of the Washington County ...

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A view of Point Park from the Fort Boreman overlook shows the Ohio River nearly covering the gazebo at the Point and covering streets near the river in Belpre. The river crested Sunday morning about 4 feet above the flood stage of 36 feet.

High water remains an issue throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

MARIETTA — Though the Ohio River crested at 37.94 feet in Marietta at 1 a.m. Sunday and reports of water receding throughout the day came in, the Marietta Police Department and Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp confirmed water was still rising on Fourth, Pike and Greene streets as of ...

West Virginia educators, school systems preparing for work stoppage

CHARLESTON — Teachers and service personnel will be keeping a close eye on West Virginia legislators this week as the state’s 55 county school systems prepare for a two-day work stoppage. The walkout, planned for Thursday and Friday of this week, was announced by state teacher and service ...

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Steve Free, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was the featured speaker/performer for the third lecture of the 2018 Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series held Sunday at the Blennerhassett Museum.

Steve Free talks Appalachia folk music at Blennerhassett Museum

PARKERSBURG — Music can come from any number of influences, a folk singer told those gathered Sunday at the Blennerhassett Museum. Steve Free, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was the featured speaker/performer for the third lecture of the 2018 Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series. Free is an ...

Belpre resident killed in crash on Interstate 77

PARKERSBURG — A Belpre man was killed early Sunday morning along Interstate 77 in a traffic accident. David A. Wheeler, 40, was killed at 6:21 a.m. Sunday at the 183.6 milepost along the northbound lane of the interstate. Wood County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Brett Pickens said the previous night ...

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Senior Seth Rhoades of the Washington County Career Center took third place in the SkillsUSA competition on Saturday.

Students get revved for SkillsUSA Competition

MARIETTA — Some of the very best automotive/diesel students from the region’s high schools and career centers competed Saturday in a SkillsUSA Competition on the campus of Washington State Community College in Marietta. Eight students competed in the SkillsUSA Southeastern Region ...

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Criss Elementary School fourth-graders Kenslee LeMasters, left, and Alexis Starcher, right, hold up some of the more than 500 toothbrushes collected by Criss students which will be donated to children in Uganda. Students at Criss Elementary School gathered about $100 in change which will be used to purchase soccer balls for children in Uganda.

Wood County fourth-graders gather donations for Ugandan children

PARKERSBURG — Students from two local elementary schools are sending gifts overseas after learning sometimes our everyday things are luxuries others may never see. Fourth-graders at Mineral Wells Elementary School and Criss Elementary Schools held donation drives for children in Uganda, ...

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The 2018 Easter Parade Committee includes: left side, front to back, Sharon Coleman, Kiki Angelos, Sheilia Aldsworth, David Stephens, Joyce Stephens, Carrie Carlson, Sally Beckwith, and John Coe; right side, front to back, Debby Nesselroad, Jeremiah Runyon, Bob Marshall, Susan Abdella and Tom McCormick; and not pictured, Carole Hanlon, Jennifer Perkins, Tina Perkins, Tom Beckwith, Brenda Coleman, Sharon and David Longacre, Tiffany Waybright, Tracy and Guy Lynch, Daniel Miller, Rod Joachim, JJ Summerville and Monica James.

Easter Parade hopping through downtown Parkersburg March 24

PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. The theme this year is “Hop into Easter in the MOV” and the parade is open to all organizations, churches, schools and businesses. Participants are also ...

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David Starr will be performing in Parkersburg Thursday.

Unity Cafe to host music performance Thursday

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is providing its first show of 2018 on Thursday night featuring David Starr from Cedaredge, Colo., at the new Unity Cafe, 212 Seventh St. in downtown Parkersburg. Starr has a multi-faceted relationship with the music industry. He is a ...

Marietta native talks fun, work at PyeongChang Olympics

MARIETTA — For Marietta native Ben Fischer, the PyeongChang Olympics is mostly, but not all, business. Fischer is in the small mountain resort town as a reporter, covering the commerce side of the 2018 Winter Olympics for SportsBusiness Journal. The 35-year-old, originally from Marietta but ...

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Several stores along Front Street were preparing for flood water Saturday by moving merchandise out or putting blocks under displays to lift them above anticipated water levels. Others sandbagged their entrances such as Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children, left, and Dad’s Primitive Workshop, right.

Volunteers help downtown Marietta shops prepare for high water

MARIETTA — Volunteers converged on shops in downtown Marietta on Saturday as the Ohio River crest levels predicted by the National Weather Service in Charleston increased first to 38.7 feet and then to more than 40 feet during the afternoon. “This is the meaning of community,” said ...

West Virginia teachers, public employees plan statewide walkout

CHARLESTON — School teachers and public employees in West Virginia are planning a statewide walkout as they continue to protest low pay, projected hikes in health insurance costs and small proposed pay hikes. Media outlets report that the decision to hold the walkout this Thursday and Friday ...

Wood County Board of Education paid $6K for employee investigation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education spent $6,000 on an employee investigation conducted in the fall that resulted in no public disciplinary action. The board on Tuesday approved a payment of $4,984.22 to Hewett & Associates in Martinsburg, W.Va. On its website, the company ...