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Marietta officials talk property maintenance code

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee met Thursday to go over a 20-page draft for a new property maintenance code for city buildings. The draft was the product of 10 months of work by the appointed ad-hoc code committee Councilwoman Sarah Snow and ...

Parkersburg City Council to recognize PSHS debate team

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg South High School debate team will be recognized with a Youth Achievement Award Tuesday at Parkersburg City Council. Council meets in regular session at 7:30 p.m. in chambers where a resolution to spend $40,000 to demolish a building at 806 Quincy St. is on the ...

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The Interfaith Amigos — Imam Jamal Rahman, left, Pastor Don Mackenzie, center, and Rabbi Ted Falcon, right — spoke, laughed and even sang to a group of about 300 people in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College.

Interfaith Amigos talk inclusiveness at Marietta College

MARIETTA — They’re on a mission, so to speak. The Interfaith Amigos offered an hour of humor, wisdom and insight for about 300 people who gathered in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College Friday night. The three clergymen — Imam Jamal Rahman, a Muslim Sufi minister, Pastor ...

China plans $83.7B for West Virginia shale development

WHEELING —The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s shale natural gas resources exceeds the total value of all goods and services produced in the state each year. That investment also would be more than double the approximately $35 billion total that West ...

Chinese investments could boost natural gas power plants

WHEELING — A natural gas-fired power plant in Brooke County could be one of the initial projects funded by the $83.7 billion that China Energy plans to spend in West Virginia. While in China Thursday, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher signed a memorandum of understanding ...

Weirton seen as ideal site for ethane cracker

WHEELING — Patrick Ford believes Weirton — roughly halfway between the Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. and the planned PTT Global Chemical project at Dilles Bottom along the Ohio River — is ideally positioned for petrochemical development. Upon learning of China ...

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Roger Watkins, 65, a U.S. Navy veteran from Belpre, takes a hug from his grandson Christopher Watkins, 7, at the veterans appreciation luncheon at Veritas Classical Academy Friday.

Veritas Classical Academy honors veterans with lunch

MARIETTA — Students of Veritas Classical Academy invited U.S. Armed Forces veterans to join them for lunch Friday in appreciation for their family members’ service. “It’s just nice to sit down and hear their stories,” said Ana Staudt, 13, of Marietta. “He fought for our country ...

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Children at Harmar Elementary School sing patriotic songs to honor their guest veterans on Thursday.

Washington County schools honor veterans

MARIETTA — Students, teachers, parents and veterans watched in silence as the colored balloons lifted into the bright blue and floated away over the Muskingum River. The Veterans Day ceremony at Harmar Elementary has concluded that way for many years, with a student releasing one balloon ...

Warren district views vision of new schools

VINCENT — Members of the Warren Local Schools community witnessed the next step in the $61 million school rebuilding project Thursday night with a presentation by representatives of the project design firm and its engineering company. After six hours of consultation earlier in the day with ...

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Tim Meeks of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council and Mark Abbott, president of the North Bend Rails To Trails Foundation, look at a map during Thursday’s meeting of the Wood County Commission as Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes looks on.

Wood County Commission supports rail trail land purchase

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission will act as a fiscal agent so a group can purchase two miles of former railroad tracts to be turned into trails. The commission unanimously approved to act as the fiscal agent for the North Bend Rails To Trails Foundation as it applies for money to ...

Wood County to send IEI fire bills to state

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is collecting the final billings for the IEI Plastics warehouse fire to present them to the state next week. The commission plans to hand in its completed billing for the fire response to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public ...

No water problems found after IEI fire

PARKERSBURG — Testing of local water ways and sources has continued in the aftermath of the IEI Plastics warehouse fire that burned Oct. 21-29 with no major problems found. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau ...

China Energy plans to invest $83B in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Lindsey Piersol at the Wood County Economic Development Office did a happy dance when she learned of the $83.7 billion development deal with a Chinese firm announced Thursday morning by the state Department of Commerce. Greg Kozera of Shale Crescent USA would have done a happy ...

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Vienna City Councilmen Bruce Rogers, left, and Roger Conley, right, listen during Thursday’s meeting of Vienna City Council.

Vienna City Council votes to revise budget

VIENNA — A budget revision to cover two expenses was at the top of the agenda for the Vienna City Council meeting Thursday. Finance Director Amy Roberts said the HVAC system in city hall has to be replaced and three bids were received for the work. She said the finance committee voted to ...

West Virginia waives school days lost to IEI fire

PARKERSBURG — State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine has decided Wood County Schools will not have to make up the five days lost in October due to the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse fire. Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint said he received a letter ...

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Parkersburg High School Athletic Director Chris Way, left, Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint, center left, retired teacher Monica Davis, center, Health Services Coordinator Julie Bertram, center right, and Safety Coordinator Don Brown, right, stand with a new AED unit which will be available during activities at PHS Stadium Field. Two AED units have been installed at each of the district’s high school stadiums.

Wood County Schools installs AEDs at stadiums

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools has installed automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, at its three high school sports stadiums. Two AEDs will be available at each stadium, one at each concession stand and a second depending on the individual stadium, said Julie Bertram, health services ...

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Monica McDonald, a lead respiratory therapist in the pulmonary respiratory area, sits with a monitor while Jessica Haugh demonstrates how a spirometry patient performs the level one test.

Mid-Ohio Valley hospitals monitoring IEI fire effects on lungs

PARKERSBURG — While some problems with the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics (IEI) fire are immediately evident, others are not so evident immediately, such as pulmonary problems. According to Susan Aufdenkampe, director of Respiratory Therapy at Camden Clark Medical Center, the ...

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Parkersburg South High School Prevention Resource Officer Todd Lambiotte reaches out to steady Mineral Wells Elementary School fourth-grader Natalie Alderman as she struggles to perform a balance test while wearing goggles that simulate intoxication.

Mineral Wells Elementary School focuses on drug awareness

MINERAL WELLS — Law enforcement and first responders visited Mineral Wells Elementary School Thursday as part of the school’s annual drug awareness program. The event gives students the chance to meet and talk with area law enforcement, fire and rescue officials to learn about the ...

Wreck on I-77 kills one, injures another

WILLIAMSTOWN — A woman was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 77 and a man was taken to Columbus with life-threatening injuries. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the wreck happened around 2:03 a.m. A black 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling ...

Stockport man dies in crash

LOWELL — A Stockport, Ohio, man was killed Wednesday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Ohio 60 south of Lowell, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The crash occurred about 5:09 p.m. in Adams Township, according to the patrol. Michael Montgomery, 46, was pronounced dead at the ...