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Tech test delays 911 switch to digital system

MARIETTA — The switch over to digital by Washington County 911 emergency dispatch has been delayed because of defective equipment. Lt. Rich Hays, 911 coordinator for the county, said the problem was uncovered during testing around Aug. 18. The server, which Hays said was a new design, was ...

Guidance counselor addresses Wolf Creek BOE

WATERFORD —The Wolf Creek Board of Education Monday night at Waterford High School heard a detailed presentation from part-time guidance counselor Beth Morris about student activities and her job. Morris said the job elements of being a school counselor have broadened significantly in ...

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The Valley Gem and the Major sternwheelers raced along the Ohio River Sunday towards the end of the 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta.

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival races to a finish

MARIETTA — The 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival came to a close Sunday with sternwheeler races and a huge classic car show in downtown Marietta. The three-day festival concluded with over a dozen of the featured sternwheelers taking to the Ohio River for four races and what organizers ...

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The Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club held its annual “Round the Island” Race on Sunday at Williamstown.

Kayakers paddle around Buckley Island

WILLIAMSTOWN — The sounds of kayak paddles slicing though the Ohio River water and a backdrop of sternwheelers lined up on the Ohio River Levee across the river under a clear blue sky set the scene for the start of the fourth annual “Round the Island Kayak, Canoe and SUP Race” on ...

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Second- and third-graders at Washington Elementary School play on the playground. A lot of the equipment dates back to the 1960s and a new project with a goal of $875,000 would address some of the issues, creating a community use park with a Northwest Territory theme.

Playground at Marietta school focus of fundraising effort

MARIETTA — A lofty project in the Mid-Ohio Valley has kicked off new fundraising efforts and a social media campaign with the safety and enjoyment of all community children as the main motivator. The Northwest Territory Community Playground campaign has hopes to raise approximately ...

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The Ghodsi home in Vienna served as the backdrop and site for the Pink by Poolside fundraiser Friday evening.

Pink by Poolside charity event breaks records

VIENNA — It was a record-breaking night in Vienna on Friday as a record 350 tickets were sold for Camden Clark Foundation’s fifth annual Pink by Poolside fundraiser. The event at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi raised a record $45,000 to provide free mammograms and ...

Blood drives aim to bolster Mid-Ohio Valley’s tapped reserves

MARIETTA — With summer coming to a close the need is high for blood donations. “I do need more people to sign up because people have been on vacation over the summer,” said Linda Miller, organizer of the Lowell drive to be held at the volunteer fire department on Sept. 18. “There’s ...

Water projects to impact service in Belpre

BELPRE — Water customers in some parts of Belpre will be affected by planned projects this week, according to the Belpre Public Works Department. Beginning Tuesday, city workers will replace the aging water booster system serving residents of Congress Road. The project should require no ...

West Virginia University professor to speak at Ohio Valley University

VIENNA — A professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health will discuss the campaign against substance abuse in his native Iceland at a meeting sponsored by the Parkersburg Area Drug Free Community Coalition 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Roberts Chapel of the Stott’s ...

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Edison Middle School sixth-grader Trenton Byrd, left, and eighth-graders Logan Ford, center left, Hayden Coull, center right, and Caleb Lucas, right, begin harvesting cabbage Friday at the school’s student-run community garden.

Edison Middle School students bringing in harvest

PARKERSBURG — Edison Middle School’s community garden has seen a bumper crop this summer, and students are hurrying to bring in the harvest. A group of middle schoolers were digging up potatoes Friday as well as picking squash, zucchini, tomatoes and cabbage. All said they were ...

Parkersburg City Council may go back to one public forum

PARKERSBURG — Three months after voting to split the public forum in two, Parkersburg City Council will consider on Tuesday whether to return it to one session. That resolution — sponsored by six council members, four of whom voted to divide the forum — is on the agenda for the council ...

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A flock of ducks floats in the water next to the Pearl Anne.

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival basks in sunshine, family-friendly fun

MARIETTA — The 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival continued Saturday under sunny skies at the Ohio River Levee in downtown Marietta. The three-day festival concludes today with more music, concessions, vendors and sternwheeler races. A full day of performances at the entertainment barge ...

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This photo taken by the IHOP project manager show the progress of the restaurant which is set to open in early November.

Marietta IHOP still in the works

MARIETTA — Despite a small snag in the construction timeline, plans for an IHOP restaurant in Marietta are still moving forward and officials say pancakes are on the way as soon as November. “We’re very excited for this restaurant, this will be our first franchise in Ohio,” said Tommy ...

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Mannon Gallegly, professor emeritus of plant pathology at West Virginia University, holds his 1963 tomato, dubbed the people’s tomato.

West Virginia University researchers create new tomatoes

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University has named two new varieties of tomatoes created by school researchers to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. West Virginia ’17A and West Virginia ’17B were developed by Mahfuz Rahman ...

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West Virginia small business coach Marsa Myers honored

PARKERSBURG — Marsa Myers, business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development Center in Parkersburg, received official recognition as West Virginia’s 2017 State Star during the America’s Small Business Development Center national conference on Sept. 5 in Nashville. The award ...

Business fundamentals workshop scheduled in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23, in Room 100-B of the Workforce & Community Education Building at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Business Coach Marsa Myers ...

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The 2017 Leadership Academy Graduates in the Camden Clark Medical Center’s Laurence B. Mallory Leadership Academy are, from left, front:  L-R:  Kevin Dixon, Microbiology general supervisor; Debbie Life, infection preventionist; Natalie Collins, nursing manager Cardiac Services; Chris Childress, clinical manager/antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist. Back row: Jennifer Colvin, clinical quality nurse specialist; Cathi Emerick, ambulatory and support services manager; Kiz Metz, CCPC business manager; and Cindy Ankrom, director of patient financial services.

Camden Clark Medical Center leadership academy graduates class

PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Medical Center Laurence B. Mallory Leadership Academy has graduated its 11th class of employees selected to participate in the year-long development program. The Leadership Academy, led by Nancy Brooks, director of Organizational Development and Supportive ...

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Demonstrations of various crafts are a popular part of the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair.

Ripley to host Mountain State Art and Craft Fair

RIPLEY — For a second year, the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will bringing thousands of people to West Virginia during the crisp autumn days of September after decades in the summer heat of early July. Now entering its 55th year, the fair, which is known as “An Appalachian ...

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Jerry West when he was a basketball player at West Virginia University.

Jerry West calls state, West Virginia University foundation of his success

PARKERSBURG – Perhaps the most famous Mountaineer of all, Jerry West credits his Hall of Fame career as an NBA player, a celebrated tenure as a basketball executive and the opportunity to travel the world to his home state and his alma mater. "That place is the foundation of any success I've ...

West Virginia University’s affiliated campuses offer regional services

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University System boasts several affiliated campuses in the state. West Virginia University is best known for its Morgantown campus, located 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pa., near West Virginia's northern border. The WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center ...