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Prayer rally honors veterans, first responders

PARKERSBURG — In times of peace and trouble, many people have answered the call to serve their communities, their states and the nation. Many people gathered Sunday afternoon at City Park for the fourth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Prayer Rally for Veterans and First Responders. After recent ...

Avery Street Historic District volunteers work to beautify area

PARKERSBURG — A group of volunteers weeded, edged along sidewalks, removed dirt from sidewalks and picked up trash along Avery Street on Saturday. The Avery Street Historic District residents, including a city councilman, hope this initial effort to clean up and beautify a downtown area ...

Current events spark memories for Reno woman

RENO — Though she was only 7 years old at the time, Val Hoover, of Reno, vividly remembers her family’s turmoil during and immediately following World War II. The separation of immigrant families that has dominated the news recently brought those thoughts back to the forefront of her ...

Man arrested for burglary in Vienna

VIENNA — The Vienna Police Department arrested a Parkersburg man early Sunday morning in connection with an alleged residential break-in. The VPD reported that about 1 a.m. Sunday police responded to a burglary in progress call at a Vienna residence. Officers arrived within two minutes of ...

Marietta sees little risk in joining drug lawsuit

MARIETTA — Like most long shots, Marietta’s participation in a massive lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors involves little risk for a potential windfall. Marietta City Council received a presentation June 27 from Marietta attorney Ethan Vessels, a partner in Fields, Dehmlow ...

Crews respond to house fire on Emerson

VIENNA - Fire crews have responded to a house fire on Emerson Ave. and have closed part of the road. The fire was reported at 4807 Emerson Ave. around 12:30 p.m. today. Crews from Williamstown, Waverly and Vienna responded. The 4800 block was closed temporarily. Crews said the fire was ...

Organizers pleased by turnout at annual Riverfront Roar

MARIETTA — For 18 years the sound of power boats on the Ohio River has come to mean one thing and one thing only, the return of the Riverfront Roar. On Saturday the first full day of the annual event, organizers said while they had no exact count they were happy with the number of people ...

Elizabeth-Wirt VFD ice cream social beats the heat

ELIZABETH — Hundreds gathered in Elizabeth on Saturday for food, fellowship and ice cream as the Elizabeth-Wirt County Volunteer Fire Department held its 40th annual Ice Cream Social. Just down the street from the social, the West Virginia Division of Forestry also marked the grand opening ...

WVU holds majority on blue ribbon commission

CHARLESTON — Out of the 14 members appointed so far to a new commission looking at higher education, about a third are connected to the West Virginia University Board of Governors. About another fifth were board members of a former media empire ran by the governor’s senior adviser. Gov. ...

Joe Momma’s Kitchen opening

MARIETTA — After building a community-minded food mission, Joe Momma’s is expanding from take out and delivery lunches to a full restaurant space. “We were in Oak Grove for four years,” said Sarah Sauls, who with her husband Eric has built the business from the small kitchen of Oak ...

Gallery: Kids Fest

PARKERSBURG — About 2,000 area children turned out for the 15th annual Kids Fest sponsored by the Liberty Street Church of God at City Park on Saturday. Organizers said Saturday’s weather was perfect for the event that was downscaled slightly from previous years. Nancy Harrell, wife of the ...

Interstate Fair to run through July 21

MINERAL WELLS — The 2018 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition will feature five days of live entertainment, activities, carnival rides and other attractions on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair, which begins July 17 and runs through July 21, will also feature track ...

Smith receives new certification

VIENNA — Matthew Smith recently received a Master Myoskeletal Therapist diploma in massage that he has been working on for a few years. His training consisted of 210 hours of study with the “Dalton Gang” online through nine courses and five hands-on workshops in Florida, Ohio, Costa ...

WVU professor helps test Einstein theory

By WVU TODAY MORGANTOWN — Einstein’s theory of gravity, general relativity, predicts that all objects fall in the same way, regardless of their mass or composition. But does this principle also hold for objects with extreme gravity? An international team of astronomers, which includes ...

Woodcraft names Bigger president, COO

PARKERSBURG — Jack Bigger has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer effective July 1 at Woodcraft. Bigger has served as vice president of sales and marketing at Woodcraft since his promotion in June 2017. “In his new position, Jack will be responsible for all aspects of ...

Brown unveils ‘Augie’s War’ at book signing

CLARKSBURG — John H. Brown, author of “Augie’s War,” his first novel, recently welcomed friends and family to the book signing at Wonder Bar and Steakhouse, Clarksburg. Brown gave a sincere “thank you,” to his helpers, especially to his wife, Debbie, in the creation of Augie’s ...

Two-Hour Trips: Fairmont is center of state, history

Located in the middle of West Virginia, Fairmont, a small college town with a lot of historic flavor, hosts Prickett’s Fort State Park. Started through volunteer initiative in 1974, the rustic log fort is a 1976 re-creation of the orginial fort built in 1774, a refuge for several ...

WVDNR accepting public commenting

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on three proposed rules. Rule 58CSR12 designates a new section of the New River where a rental services area is allowed. It introduces safety qualifications for general outfitters and guides that ...

Airport authority recommends new carrier

WILLIAMSTOWN — The planes would be different but the destination the same if an agreement is secured with a new carrier to provide service at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority, the airport’s marketing arm, voted 7-0 Friday morning to ...

Nashville hits Parkersburg for Point Park Concert series

PARKERSBURG — July’s edition of the Point Park Concerts on the River series brought the Nashville sound to the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday with Tim McGraw tribute artist Adam Tucker and his band the Shotgun Riders. Unlike June’s show that was forced inside under the threat of rain, the ...