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History Camp at The Castle

Local students are seeing history come alive this week during History Camp at The Castle in Marietta. The camp, which began Monday, will educate the children on what life was like from the 1830s through the 1950s. “They learn different activities related to different time periods. We move ...

Volunteers needed to assemble kits

PARKERSBURG — The current students, alumni and supporters of Parkersburg South High School are invited to Erickson All-Sports Facility today at 4 p.m. to put together kits to help people impacted by a house fire. The event is being put on by After the Disaster, in cooperation with the ...

Tom Azinger unsure about re-election bid

PARKERSBURG — A member of the House of Delegates in Wood County hasn’t decided whether he’ll run for re-election in 2020. “I don’t know,” Delegate Tom Azinger, R-10th, said on Tuesday. Azinger’s fellow delegates from the 10th District, John Kelly and Vernon Criss, are running ...

Teachers’ union to sue state over education reform law

CHARLESTON — Not content to let the new education reform law stand, the West Virginia Education Association announced today it would file suit to block the law in court. According to a press release today, the WVEA sent Attorney General Patrick Morrisey notice of its intent to sue the state ...

Leach explains de-annexation proposal to Wood County Commission

PARKERSBURG — Wood County commissioners felt their questions were answered adequately to move the matter of a proposed property de-annexation to a public hearing. The commission unanimously approved on Monday a motion to set a public hearing for Aug. 19 to determine whether the county would ...

Shooting under investigation in Ritchie County

One person was killed today in a shooting in a parking lot of a hardware store in Ritchie County, authorities said. The incident at the Ace Hardware in Pennsboro occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to the 911 center in Ritchie County. The sheriff's department and West Virginia ...

Wood County Schools replacing, repairing roofs

PARKERSBURG — Roof replacements and repairs are under way at several Wood County public schools, and officials hope to have the majority of work completed before school starts this fall. Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for Wood County Schools, said crews are ...

Perdue seeks seventh term as state treasurer

CHARLESTON — Settling rumors of retirement, Treasurer John Perdue announced Monday his campaign for an unprecedented seventh term as West Virginia’s chief financial officer. Perdue, joined on the steps of the Capitol Monday by family, friends and supporters, said he still loves West ...

State Schools Superintendent Paine responds to lawsuit

CHARLESTON — In federal court filings last week, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine and Assistant Superintendent Jan Barth disputed claims that the school officials pressured an educational testing company to drop a lobbyist due to hostile tweets. Paine and Barth filed a ...

Road Trip Masters highlights MOV

MARIETTA — In a 1968 Cadillac DeVille, two middle school teachers are spending their summer on the road to share small town food, adventures and history with a national audience. Marietta will be part of the next season of Road Trip Masters on the Discovery Channel, after a visit from ...

Hobby Lobby grand opening set for Monday

VIENNA — A new arts and crafts store in Vienna will help other businesses in the city, the mayor said on Monday. Hobby Lobby, a national chain of arts and crafts supplies store, will hold a grand opening of its new store from 9-10 a.m. Monday at the former Kmart on Grand Central ...

Man sentenced for sexual abuse of a child

MARIETTA — A 23-year-old Marietta man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. Lucas Trey Haynes was arrested April 1 for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl. He was originally charged with five ...

Vienna church shows recovering drug addicts can Thrive

VIENNA — A new church in Vienna is reaching out to those recovering from addiction. The Thrive Worship Center (the former Cornerstone Gospel Church), located at 3100 17th Ave., opened about four months ago and has a congregation of around 30 people. “Everyone here is dedicated to ...

Independence Day festivities carry into weekend in Marietta

MARIETTA — The annual Independence Day Celebration was held Saturday at the Washington County Fairgrounds giving the community a chance to get outside, and have some fun and enjoyment during the holiday weekend. The weather was hot and humid, but the threat of rain held off for most of ...

Lawsuit against Washington County Dog Warden advances

MARIETTA — Washington County Dog Warden Sgt. Kelly McGilton has been sued by a Marietta resident and the matter may soon go to court. The suit, which was filed Feb. 13 with the Washington County Court of Common Pleas, stemmed from an arrest in July 2018 when McGilton found a dog running ...

California man talks shantyboats during visit to Marietta

MARIETTA — The shantyboat Dotty answers its description exactly: it’s a small house on a hull. The Dotty, named for the grandmother of artist Wes Modes, is also a platform for rediscovering the history of people who lived by rivers in America. Modes, a California school teacher, is also ...

Advocates talk suicide prevention at D.C. forum

WASHINGTON — Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s West Virginia chapter participates in the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., where volunteers, field advocates and staff join together to make a greater difference in the fight against suicide. During their time ...

DePond artwork on display at Emmanuel Baptist Church

PARKERSBURG — John M. DePond, a 1980 Parkersburg High School graduate and former student of retired art teacher Ken Gilbert, is the next artist featured at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg. The exhibit is part of a series featuring former students of Gilbert at the church at 1710 23rd ...

North Bend programs show there’s more to park than hiking

CAIRO — Through Labor Day, North Bend State Park will provide multiple public programs designed to spark the interest about the environment, history and fun located within its borders. With most of the programs free to the public, the most people have to invest is the time it takes to ...