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Marietta meeting discusses school safety, security

MARIETTA — A meeting called by a group of Putnam Elementary School parents Tuesday night brought out many of the same divided opinions about school safety and security that were evident at a meeting organized by Marietta City Schools in late March. The loosely organized gathering, attended ...

Teen of the Week: Root to pursue neurosurgery

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School freshman Athena Root has her mind set on treating the brain. “I want to go into neurosurgery. I think that the brain is really interesting,” she said. “If I go into neurology, I can also focus on mental illness.” Root, 15, said she ...

Ravenswood student’s artwork gets accepted at Tamarack

RAVENSWOOD — “Real life is real life but drawing can be anything you want it to be,” says Josie Carmichael, a sophomore art student at Ravenswood High School. Josie, daughter of Jason and Jodi Carmichael of Ravenswood, recently had her charcoal drawing of her grandfather Steve ...

Extreme Weather: 911 hub in emergency

PARKERSBURG — In a dimly lit room, surrounded by television monitors turned to the weather channel and other weather radar sites, sits a group of people whom 911 Director Rick Woodyard calls “the first first responders people who have an emergency will talk to.” The voice at the other ...

Extreme Weather: Be prepared for anything

PARKERSBURG — “Be prepared,” may be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but the American Red Cross urges residents to do so in the event of an emergency. Now, says Sharon Kesselring of the Parkersburg area American Red Cross, it’s even easier to do so. “The first thing I recommend is ...

Extreme Weather: Flood of 1913 was destructive in MOV

PARKERSBURG — The Flood of 1913 was one of the most destructive floods to ever hit the Mid-Ohio Valley. The flood stands out in the Mid-Ohio Valley for causing millions of dollars in damage and was the highest in recorded history. The flood caught many by surprise. ‘‘They knew it ...

Extreme Weather: 2010 tornado killed one; destroyed homes

BELLEVILLE — On Sept. 16, 2010, a tornado touched down at Belleville, killing one person and damaging or destroying several homes and properties in southern Wood County. Prior to crossing the Ohio River, it also touched down in Athens and Meigs counties in Ohio, including the communities ...

GOP hopefuls spar in Wheeling

WHEELING — All six Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in West Virginia say they support the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and some say mental health issues are most often to blame for gun-related deaths. The Senate GOP hopefuls took the stage Monday night for a debate at Wheeling ...

County, state officials to discuss fire site cleanup

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission will be meeting with state officials on Thursday regarding the cleanup of the IEI Plastics fire site and the status of other area sites where plastics are being stored. Commissioners announced that representatives of the West Virginia Department of ...

Grae-Con says Swope didn’t file proper bid

PARKERSBURG — Grae-Con Construction is contesting the project bids on the new Williamstown-area elementary school, saying the winning company did not file all the required information. Grae-Con was the second-lowest bidder on construction of the new Williamstown-Waverly Elementary School, ...

Belpre Council considers Tiano for grant-writing post

BELPRE — Local grant writer Toni Tiano met with members of Belpre City Council on Monday night to discuss her past work and answer questions from council members. Mayor Mike Lorentz said he has been in discussion with Tiano since council approved its municipal budget, which provided $12,000 ...

League of Women Voters plays host to state Senate, House office-seekers

PARKERSBURG — The League of Women Voters allowed candidates for the West Virginia State Senate and the House of Delegates to sum up their candidacy in four minutes Monday in Parkersburg City Council chambers. League of Women Voters vice president Kathy Stoltz said the format was being ...

Fort Frye BOE renews staff contracts

BEVERLY — The Fort Frye Local Schools Board of Education renewed several staff contracts and hired one new teacher Monday. Eight five-year contracts, seven three-year contracts, four two-year contracts and six one-year contracts were renewed at the board’s regular meeting, including the ...

Work begins on opening nonprofit cafe in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Manna Community Cafe will be a restaurant unlike any other in Marietta. The brainchild of Harvest of Hope founder Karen Kumpf, the nonprofit cafe will offer a range of payment methods: Buy off the menu, pay what you can afford or eat in exchange for doing work in the cafe. ...

Wood County students hear brass instruments

PARKERSBURG — From cattle horns to conch shells to hunting horns, the evolution of modern brass instruments was demonstrated for all Wood County fifth-grade students at the April 17 performance of the OhioBrass Quintet at Blennerhassett School Auditorium. Founded and led by Ohio ...

Marietta BOE wants coaches job descriptions

MARIETTA — The approval to hire several athletic coaches for Marietta City Schools was postponed by the board of education at its meeting Monday night, with board president Doug Mallett leading a push to wait until the board has job descriptions of the coaches to examine before voting on ...

Three arrested on drug charges in Meigs County

POMEROY, Ohio — Several people were arrested Friday on drug charges by Meigs County authorities. Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reported that on Friday deputies with his office worked an interdiction operation in conjunction with the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force in Meigs ...

Sunny weather graces Marietta environmental celebration

MARIETTA — The 19th annual Marietta Community Earth Day Celebration was held Saturday with beautiful weather on the Armory lawn in downtown Marietta. The celebration, which is sponsored by Peoples Bank and the Marietta Recycling Center, is always scheduled the same week as Earth Day, an ...

Residents help clean Parkersburg neighborhoods

PARKERSBURG — A number of people commemorated Earth Day on Sunday with a community clean-up event. Around 25 people, including a number of candidates running for local and state offices, gathered at First Presbyterian Church at the end of Juliana Street and broke up into smaller groups to ...

Law enforcement weighs in on Washington County pursuits

MARIETTA — In less than a week, two high-speed chases have led local law enforcement through county roads and city streets. The pursuits that begin when a driver failed to pull over for an officer cause concern among many area residents, who worry about pedestrians and other drivers on the ...