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Climate change talk planned

PARKERSBURG — Jean Ambrose and Giulia Mannarino, vice chairmen of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action and recently certified members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, will debut “Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project,” a presentation on climate change effects and solutions, at Mid-Ohio ...

Teen of the Week: Bibbie loves to serve her school

PARKERSBURG — Hamilton Middle School 8th-grader Kasie Bibbie is a leader at her school, a quality she hopes to eventually bring to a classroom of her own. The 14-year-old is Hamilton’s Student Council president, and said she works daily to help improve the school. “I started student ...

Kayla Lynch, center, teen director at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, leads boys and girls in a project to make homemade dog treats Monday at the club on Mary Street in Parkersburg. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

‘Million Members Million Hours’ community service campaign begins

PARKERSBURG — Youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg pledged to do at least one hour of community service this year and many got started on their pledges with activities Monday afternoon at the club on Mary Street. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the club hosted ...

Belpre BOE appoints Mike Miller

BELPRE — The Belpre Board of Education has named Mike Miller as its newest member. Miller was appointed Monday to fill the vacancy left by former board member Bob Wallace, who did not run for re-election in November. Miller was one of three candidates who applied for the open seat. Miller ...

Feds reject sale of Pleasants Power Station

PARKERSBURG — The sale of the Pleasants Power Station has been denied. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected the proposed purchase of the plant by Monongahela Power Co. and Potomac Edison Co. in a decision issued Friday. Mon Power’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan, accepted ...

The photo of the cardinal by Sharon Carper of Parkersburg was purchased by Wild Birds Unlimited for its advertising and marketing. (Photo Provided)

Local photographer sells nature photos to Wild Birds Unlimited

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman has sold two nature photos to a company that markets a nationwide line of bird seed and bird-related products. Sharon Carper, whose avocation is photography, in 2016 shot the photographs of a tufted titmouse and a male cardinal at her former residence on ...

The band The World is a Beautful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die will headline the Undercurrent Winter Festival in Marietta on Feb. 10. (Photo Provided)

Area talent headlines Undercurrent Winter Festival

MARIETTA — The lineup is now set for the Undercurrent Winter Festival at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta next month. The festival, designed to showcase the area’s music talent, will be Feb. 9 and 10 at the Marietta theater, 222 Putnam St. The doors open at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 with music ...

The Hades Ladies, the Mid-Ohio Valley’s Roller Derby team, competes in a bout during league action. (Photo by Grath Photography & Design)

Roller Derby boot camp, games planned soon

MARIETTA — Get your roller skates out. Roller Derby boot camp and competition are beginning soon. Roller Derby boot camp (open skate) will be held on Wednesdays at Marietta Roller Rink, 922 Front St., at the Washington County Fairgrounds Feb. 7, 21 and 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No ...

Mom Prom tickets on sale Friday

PARKERSBURG — Tickets go on sale Friday for the fifth annual BrAva Mom Prom to benefit families impacted by childhood cancer. The event sponsored by BrAva Fight, a childhood cancer awareness and fundraising group, will be held April 27 in the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County ...

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Karen Henderson clings to her husband Ted Henderson on Friday while at breakfast at the Busy Bee in Marietta. Ted has taken care of Karen for the last four years as her dementia has progressed into Alzheimer's.

Marietta man opens up about caring for Alzheimer’s-stricken wife

MARIETTA — There’s a constant hum coming from her mouth. She paces, step, slow step, step. She rubs her small cupped hands together, a vacant expression on her face. “It makes you mad at God for a while ... Why not me instead of her?” says Ted Henderson, 69, of ...

Judge sets bond for Parkersburg man who fled from police

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man injured while trying to escape authorities after a high-speed pursuit Thursday was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on Saturday. Jason Michael Bernard, 44, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arraigned on charges of obstructing an ...

West Virginia auditor makes transparency push

CHARLESTON — State Auditor John B. McCuskey has announced partnership with his office and the administrators, and members of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, to include posting of all the Court’s spending data on the State Auditor’s Office “OpenGov” transparency website ...

Courses on farming scheduled in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Beef Association and the WVU Extension Services will offering a series of Farmers Short Courses each week from Jan. 18 to March 22. The courses are open to the public and free of charge. Each session will start at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Fort Boreman Room of the ...

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Members of local emergency crews prepare to recover the body of Robert Smith Jr. from Laurel Creek.

Man’s body recovered from Laurel Creek

PARKERSBURG — About an hour after searches resumed recovery efforts Saturday, the body of a second passenger was found in a Jeep that was swept away by high waters along Laurel Creek on Friday. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the body of Robert Smith Jr., 56, was found by a member of ...

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Wood County Schools 2017-18 National Board Certified Teachers were honored last week by the Wood County Board of Education. The teachers are, from left, Whitney Dobson, Blennerhassett Elementary School; Janette Emrick, Martin Elementary School; Koral Fleming, Franklin Elementary; Sara Klesel, Parkersburg South High School; Lisa Smith, Blennerhassett Elementary; Alisha Smithberger-Nichols, Blennerhassett Middle School; and Tiffany Spellman, Fairplains Elementary.

Seven Wood County educators gain National Board Certification

PARKERSBURG — Seven local teachers have achieved National Board Certification, bringing the county’s total to 101 nationally certified educators in Wood County Schools. The Wood County Board of Education last week recognized the teachers for achieving the certification, which places them ...

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Mike Cundiff has been named the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter of the Year for 2017.

Mike Cundiff named Vienna Firefighter of the Year

VIENNA — Three years ago Mike Cundiff had never thought of volunteering for fire fighting duty, but he was looking for something to keep active and he decided to look into it. Fast forward three years and he is the Vienna Firefighter of the Year for 2017. Cundiff has lived in Vienna for ...

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Architectural Interior Products is looking to expand this year.

Mid-Ohio Valley company makes acquisitions to expand reach

PARKERSBURG — A local company which specializes in products and services for commercial building projects has made two acquisitions in the last year aimed at increasing its share of the market. Architectural Interior Products is a multi-state supplier of commercial building products located ...

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Rick Shriver sweeps the newly installed floor of his family barn as renovations to turn the hay barn into a destination winery and Amish goods shop take place Tuesday.

McConnelsville barn becomes winery, store

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio—New life, new skills, there’s quite a bit of new in the 127-year-old structure off of Parmiter Road. That’s where for the last three years Rick Shriver, 63, has worked to revamp the place where he spent his childhood baling hay into that will soon be a place of ...

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The Paris-based International Energy Agency predicts a “decade of stagnation” for the coal industry despite the rescission of Obama-era environmental regulations.

International Energy Agency discusses regulation plans

WHEELING — The International Energy Agency does not believe President Trump’s plans to overturn Obama-era environmental regulations will do much to bolster coal markets, as the Paris-based organization predicts a “decade of stagnation” in demand for the carbon-rich mineral. The agency ...