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Wood Schools prepares for RIF process

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools has lost nearly $6 million in state funding during the past five years due to loss of enrollment, officials said Tuesday, which will likely lead to further reductions in staffing. The information was presented to the Wood County Board of Education Tuesday ...

Analysis: Men twice as likely to die from overdoses

PARKERSBURG — Males are twice as likely to die from overdoses than women, among other findings, according to the 2016 overdose fatality analysis released on Tuesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health. The “2016 West Virginia Overdose ...

Legislation targets employees’ final paychecks

CHARLESTON — When an employee leaves a job, employer-provided property such as uniforms, tools, phones and other items must be returned, regardless if the vacancy is created by resignation or termination. Potential tension between parties further complicates the matter. A solution is being ...

Wheeling student first reported child flu death in state

PARKERSBURG — Local hospital and school officials are reporting a continued flu activity in light of the first reported pediatric flu death in West Virginia. The child was a student at the Ritchie Elementary School in Wheeling where Ohio County Health Officer Dr. William Mercer said an ...

Slider indicted in 26-year-old murder cold case

MARIETTA — A 26-year-old cold case murder of a Marietta teen has moved into the forefront in Noble County with an indictment for aggravated murder. “I had just hoped that I didn’t leave this world without knowing what had happened. I got my wish I guess,” said Helen Francis, 60, of ...

Deem touts single-member district proposal

CHARLESTON — A Wood County delegate spoke in favor of a bill this week that would create 100 single-member House of Delegates districts and eliminate the multi-member districts, one of which he serves. Delegate Frank Deem, R-10th, of Wood County addressed the full House Monday from the ...

Red Tent Winter Retreat slated

MARIETTA — The second annual Mid-Ohio Valley Red Tent Winter Retreat will be held at the Betsey Mills Club, 300 Fourth St. in Marietta, on Feb. 10 and 11. Cat Bigley, producer of the winter retreat, describes the event as “the ultimate self-care guidance and experiences, all under one ...

Ritchie grand jury indicts 12

HARRISVILLE — The Ritchie County Grand Jury indicted a dozen people this week. David W. Neely, 45, of 913 East Myles Ave., Pennsboro, was indicted on one count of soliciting a minor via computer and five counts of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor. The incidents took place ...

Former principal charged with domestic battery

VIENNA — A former Parkersburg High School principal was arrested Monday on a charge of domestic battery and a bond violation. Charged was Pamela Goots, 60, of Vienna, Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said. “There was a domestic incident at the Goots residence,” Pifer said. “It was ...

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation offers wellness programs

MARIETTA — The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation is offering small companies a perk usually associated with private health insurance — wellness programs for workers. It’s free to workers and their employers. At a presentation Tuesday morning at Washington State Community College, ...

Drug suspects plead guilty to conspiracy

PARKERSBURG — Three of four suspects arrested on drug charges in July pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court. Damon James, 45, of Detroit; Shantell Renee Kirk, 28, of Sacramento, Calif.; and Keiyerra Ophelia-Monai Patterson, 22, of Detroit, pleaded guilty ...

Parkersburg men plead guilty to drug charge

CHARLESTON — Two Parkersburg men pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal heroin conspiracy, said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Joseph Reeder-Shaw, 32, and Bernard Spann, 34, entered their guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, Stuart said. Reeder-Shaw ...

Man charged with retaliation against deputies

PARKERSBURG — One man was charged with retaliation against a government official and two women were arrested on obstructing charges Tuesday after Wood County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported domestic dispute. Deputies were called to 588 Burnthouse Road, Parkersburg, around 7:15 ...

Wolf Creek BOE appoints Scott Lang to vacant seat

WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Local Schools Board of Education has appointed a 40-year-old project engineer and Waterford High School graduate to a vacant board seat. Scott Lang, who was one of seven applicants for the post, was named the new board member at a special meeting Monday morning. ...

Teen of the Week: Dixon puts a spin on success

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Middle School 8th-grader Ainsley Dixon has a flair for the dramatic and the baton skills to back it up. Dixon has been twirling for seven years now, and constantly works to better her skills. “I practice three days a week, every week,” she said. “If ...

Conley: Vienna needs to get its financial house in order

VIENNA — About 80 people gathered Monday night to ask questions and vent about how Vienna’s city government has been spending money over the last few years. During a meeting at the Vienna Community Building, Councilman Roger Conley said he wanted to get out information about city ...

Wood County Commission seeks Home Rule sales tax

PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials are supporting a bill in the West Virginia Legislature that would establish a Home Rule county sales tax. The bill, HB 3099, was introduced by Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, on Jan. 10. The bill was co-sponsored by Delegates Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock; Zack ...

Public forum formats differ

PARKERSBURG — Following an amendment at its January meeting, people speaking during the public forum at tonight’s Parkersburg City Council meeting will only be able to address items on the meeting’s agenda. It’s the third change to the format in the last year and one of multiple ways ...

Martin Elementary School program rewards attendance

PARKERSBURG — With the help of a Wood County Board of Education member, Martin Elementary School is working to improve student attendance with a series of incentives. Principal Julie Gibson said for the past nine weeks the school has offered a weekly drawing for two gift cards for students ...

Washington County Commission rejects OEPA sewer offer

MARIETTA — Tears and cheers broke out Monday as a swing vote officially pitted the Washington County commissioners against the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Attorney General’s Office in a dispute over sewering Devola. “I believe now is not the time to surrender,” ...