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Floodwall fee on Tuesday Parkersburg City Council agenda

PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance eliminating the floodwall fee on Tuesday. During a special meeting on Oct. 29, council amended a budget revision involving the carryover from fiscal year 2017-18 to allocate $80,000 to the stabilization fund. ...

Salvation Army outlines activities for Wood County commissioners

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Salvation Army offers a variety of assistance to many different types of people in the community. Major Matthew Riley, who has commanded the Parkersburg Salvation Army for over two years, appeared before the Wood County Commission recently to discuss what the ...

Wood County crash sends two to hospital

ROCKPORT — Around 7 p.m. Friday, a white Ford Focus crashed while heading north on Interstate 77 in southern Wood County. The crash occurred at mile marker 164, near the Rockport exit. The driver lost control of the vehicle while taking a right hand curve in wet road conditions, said Deputy ...

Special session called to impeach Justice Loughry

CHARLESTON — Allen Loughry, justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, is about to be impeached for a second time. Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation Friday afternoon calling the West Virginia Legislature into special session Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. Unlike the previous ...

West Virginia Senate files petition for rehearing on Workman case

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate is calling on the state Supreme Court of Appeals to fix a decision that has caused a constitutional crisis between the legislative and judicial branches. Attorneys for the Senate filed a petition for rehearing Nov. 5 after an all-appointed circuit judge ...

Sen. Capito visits Sistersville Elementary School

SISTERSVILLE — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was at Sistersville Elementary School Thursday hosting one of her Girls Rise Up events. This is Capito’s 16th Girls Rise Up event overall but her first in Tyler County. Capito launched Girls Rise Up in 2015 after she became the ...

Veteran, barber reflects on life

FOLSOM, W.Va. — Army veteran, former barber and Folsom, Wetzel County resident Sam Lively was born July 28, 1927. He recently shared some of his memories and lessons he has learned through his decades of life. Lively was one of 12 children and graduated from Smithfield High School in ...

Marietta church, rehab form unique partnership

MARIETTA — God’s mysterious ways put Ryan Miller’s new church and its congregation of 45 in an obscure corner of an industrial park on the eastern edge of Marietta two years ago. It was several months before the first worshipper from the rehab clinic across the highway came through the ...

Blennerhassett Middle School opens media, technology center

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Middle School’s new science and technology classes are in full swing thanks in part to a newly renovated media and technology center. This past summer, officials began a major overhaul and construction project on the school’s former library. This fall, the ...

Senior citizens center issues topic at Wood County Commission meeting

PARKERSBURG — There are trust issues between the people who use the Wood County Senior Citizens Center and those who govern it, a Wood County commissioner said Thursday. The commission hosted a meeting, at the request of state Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, after being contacted by local ...

Vienna City Council approves budget revisions

VIENNA — Vienna City Council on Thursday approved the budget revisions sent by the finance committee. There will be a transfer of $8,450 from contingency to fix a tractor with an engine problem, $1,000 from the Park Fund to account for $1,000 cut from the Park Materials budget to pay for ...

Prosecutors seek more time for Loughry’s new trial motion

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia is asking for an extension of time to file a response to a second motion from state supreme court Justice Allen Loughry. U.S. Attorneys Philip Wright and Gregory McVey filed their motion Wednesday in U.S. ...

Marietta City Council reviews sewer lawsuit

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council reviewed future steps in the sewer lawsuit against the Washington County Commissioners Wednesday. The lawsuit is founded in a breach of contract by the commissioners to sewer Devola and Oak Grove residences in accordance with a schedule outlined in the May ...

Photo Gallery: Waverly Elementary School holds veterans celebration

WAVERLY — Waverly Elementary School welcomed two-dozen veterans Thursday as part of the school’s Veterans Celebration. The 24 veterans in attendance hailed from all branches of the military and eras of service. Schools and communities throughout the area are recognizing veterans this ...

Muskingum Township trustees to replace member

MARIETTA — During the weekly meeting of the Washington County Commissioners, the passing of a Muskingum Township trustee on Monday was noted. Commissioner David White said he had known Robert Dunbarger since middle school and was shocked to hear of his death. “It’s a tragedy for the ...

Next steps ahead for Washington County rehab centers

MARIETTA — Legal opinions are needed and a possible reopening of negotiation is on the table for residential substance abuse treatment in Washington County. On Monday, Oriana House leadership met with parents of St. Mary Catholic School to discuss the nonprofit’s intent to open a ...

‘Heathers: The Musical’ opens at Marietta College tonight

MARIETTA — The Marietta College theater department production of “Heathers the Musical” opens tonight at the Hermann Fine Arts Center with a cast of 17 and a five-piece band. It sets to music the independent film of 1988 that took a bleak but darkly comic look at the stereotypical high ...

Washington County court hears pleas, holds sentencing

MARIETTA — The Washington County Common Pleas Court had multiple pleas and a sentencing this Tuesday and Wednesday. * Freddy Dale Taylor Jr., 47, of 729 Ninth St., Marietta, pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from an arrest after a traffic stop on Feb. 5 of this year. During the ...