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Washington County proposal would raise tobacco age to 21

MARIETTA — The Washington County Health Department is looking for input on a proposal to increase the legal purchase age of tobacco from 18 to 21 in local communities. “What we’re looking at behind this is tobacco use rates in Washington County,” said Washington County Health ...

Washington County senior volunteers honored

MARIETTA — They drive people to medical appointments, grocery stores and hair dressing appointments, package up meals for the hungry, assist at public health clinics and help people prepare their income tax returns, among many other things. Volunteers for RSVP —Retired Senior Volunteer ...

Parkersburg man gets one to five years for sexual assault

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man accused of forcing himself on a teenage girl was sentenced to one to five years in prison Monday in Wood County Circuit Court. Phillip J. Wilson Jr., 32, currently in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree ...

WSCC board approves update of 2018-2020 completion plan

MARIETTA — The Washington State Community College board of trustees approved an update of the college’s completion plan for 2018-2020 at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon after being told by the vice president of academic affairs that seven of the 12 items undertaken had been completed ...

Wood County employee asked to report for DOC interview

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is seeking information on possible issues impacting personnel at the Wood County Holding Center once they are under the employ of the West Virginia Division of Corrections. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens told the commission Monday that one of the ...

Why not Pleasants County?

St. MARYS — Pleasants County wants you. The Pleasants County Development Authority on Monday announced the residency pilot program to attract and retain residents by offering up to $1,000 for a family to buy or build a home in Pleasants County and up to another $500 for children enrolled in ...

Two people arrested in alleged kidnapping

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was kidnapped at gunpoint early Sunday morning and was eventually able to get away. The people who allegedly took him have been arrested and arraigned. In a report made by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Jacob Brumbaugh had gone over to the residence ...

Marietta to consider putting increase on ballot

MARIETTA — Fiscal strength and public trust go hand-in-hand. That’s what this new grouping of Marietta City Council is learning as they look to the future finances of the city. On Thursday they will vote to put another income tax increase proposal on the November general election ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival wraps up successful 23rd year

PARKERSBURG — The 23rd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival came to a close Sunday amongst really warm temperatures, but an appreciative crowd. The weekend-long festival drew crowds in the thousands for a wide range of entertainment, activities, foods and products from a ...

Re-enactments bring Civil War to life at Henderson Hall

BOAZ — The boom of cannons, the crack of rifles and pistols and the smell of gunpowder filled the air Sunday at Henderson Hall in Boaz as Union and Confederate forces skirmished in a field below the historic home. The third annual Henderson Hall Civil War Re-enactment Weekend was held ...

Kids get hooked on fishing at derby in Buckeye Park

MARIETTA — With near perfect weather Saturday, 77 young anglers up to the age of 18 took part in the 13th annual Buckeye Park Fishing Derby in Marietta. The catch and release derby gave kids that have never fished before a chance to learn and others a chance to hone their skills. The ...

Mobile service office to help area vets with Marietta visit

MARIETTA — A group of professional problem solvers for veterans is coming to Marietta near the end of the month. The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will spend the entire day at the local DAV post on June 26. “It’s literally an office on wheels, a big truck that ...

Artsbridge readies Phil Lee concert

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is welcoming back Phil Lee with special guest The Ben Davis Jr. Band on June 28 at 7 p.m. at Artsbridge, 925 Market St. in Parkersburg. “This was one of our best received shows in 2015,” musical coordinator Jeff Fox said. “It ...

FEMA officials looking at Washington County storm damage

MARIETTA — Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are touring Washington County this month, looking at damage done by severe storms in February that closed many township and county roads. The rain, flooding, mud slides and wind caused enough destruction to qualify the county ...

Shriners International honors Parkersburg member

PARKERSBURG — A local Shriner has received the Shrine Director Staff Member of the Year Award for 2018 from the Shrine International. Robert “Bob” Galland, of Parkersburg, received the award during the Nemesis Shrine Director Staff annual appreciation dinner that was attended by four ...

Menelik Lodge awards four scholarships

PARKERSBURG — Four high school graduates have each received a $300 scholarship from the Menelik Lodge 74 Free and Accepted Masons. They are Makenzie Allman from Parkersburg High School, Bayley Collins from Belpre High School, Victoria Myers from Federal Hocking High School and Gillian ...

Parkersburg YMCA slated to host child safety camp

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg YMCA is hosting a child safety camp from 9 a.m. to noon on June 23. The camp is designed to teach children safety techniques, small craft safety, personal water safety, pool safety, beach safety, basic water rescue, sun safety, responding to emergencies, plant ...

Cultures of the world converge on Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — Despite higher than normal June temperatures, the first full day of the annual Mid-Ohio Multi-Cultural Festival had City Park alive and buzzing with different types of music, food and art Saturday. Cassandra Fortney, volunteer coordinator for the festival, said Saturday was ...

Collaboration set to tackle Mid-Ohio Valley’s opioid crisis

More than 300 people were killed by drug overdoses in the Marietta-Parkersburg area in the last four years, contributing to a crisis ravaging the Mid-Ohio Valley. As journalists who try to bring you meaningful news that helps create better communities, we’re troubled that our reporting has ...

Vienna father offers up advice for raising a family

VIENNA — For Bruce Rogers there is a simple formula for fathers to raise their children. One is to be honest and the other is to take them, not send them, to church every week. Rogers, who is also a Vienna City Councilman, has two children, one son and a daughter, both living out of state. ...