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Volunteers help clean banks along Ohio River

PARKERSBURG — Trash ranging from pieces of paper and aluminum cans to a discarded folding chair and a propane tank were among items collected Saturday in the annual Ohio River Sweep at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg. John Reed, director of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority and the ...

Little Hocking woman inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

BELPRE — A local clinical psychologist continues her work in helping seniors and others. Gail J. Rymer of Little Hocking was recently inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. “Dr. Rymer has helped many in her community feel loved, feel valued and remain engaged with the world ...

FirstEnergy using drones to find nesting birds

PARKERSBURG — Aerial drones are being used by the electric company to inspect the nests of protected birds of prey. The drones offer a fast and safe way to survey locations where the birds have started nesting on utility poles and other electric equipment, without disrupting the birds by ...

Noble County: Third in unemployment in Ohio but suffering a labor shortage

CALDWELL, Ohio — The first businesses that comes into view after the off-ramp from I-77 in this Noble County community are a Pilot truckstop and a McDonald’s restaurant, both bearing prominent signs that read “hiring.” The county that ranks third in the state in unemployment — the ...

Two-hour Trips From the MOV: Tuscarawas County features historic sites

Situated north of the Mid-Ohio Valley and south of Canton, Tuscarawas County in Ohio has several small towns that are full of history to explore. While last year’s feature explored the Bolivar-Zoar area and parts of the Sugarcreek area, this year the cities of Dennison and New Philadelphia ...

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair to be July 4-7

RIPLEY — The 56th annual Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 7 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-7. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel and $5 for youth. ...

Marietta’s Fair Housing Board to hold summit July 20

MARIETTA — What is fair housing? This question is the heart of a planned summit to be held in Marietta next month. Marietta’s Fair Housing Board, alongside sponsors from the Marietta Board of Realtors and the Southeastern Ohio Legal Services office, will host a full-day educational event ...

Destroyed trees become art in East Muskingum Park

MARIETTA — Perl Totman is continuing to make enduring art out of the wreckage left by the emerald ash borer. The beetle destroys ash trees, and the remnants of once-mighty trees can be seen standing in East Muskingum Park. But rather than cutting the dead giants down to the ground, the ...

Studio O-Y-O to hold open house in Marietta

MARIETTA — Emily West, licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher, announces the official Open House event for her new wellness business in downtown Marietta, Studio O-Y-O: Health in Harmony at 217 Scammel Street on July 6. The doors of Studio O-Y-O officially opened on May 4. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival opens

PARKERSBURG — The 23rd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival kicked off Friday night with the theme “Funky Friday,” starting three days of entertainment, food and fun at City Park in Parkersburg. The free festival continues from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today and noon-6 p.m. Sunday ...

Carmichael: Gov. Justice should not resign

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has the president of the West Virginia Senate on his side over calls for his resignation. “In this case I wholeheartedly agree with the governor,” President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Friday. The Democratic Caucus on Thursday issued a statement ...

Parkersburg City Council adds forum for members

PARKERSBURG — When Parkersburg City Council meets on June 26, the usual public forum will be followed by time for council members to address items not on the agenda. As originally written, the resolution approved at Tuesday’s meeting would have given each council member up to two minutes ...

Committee to investigate RISE flood relief program

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature’s joint Committee on Flooding will begin its examination of the RISE West Virginia flood relief program during next week’s interim meetings in Charleston. In a memo to House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, committee ...

Municipal Planning Commission OKs easement release

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission on Friday approved a request to vacate utility easements on an 18th Street parcel so the property owners can build a garage. Parkersburg City Planner Sam Tuten said he could not recommend vacating the easements because a sanitary sewer lateral ...

Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg helps with hospitals

PARKERSBURG — The Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg is dedicated to helping Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Shriners Hospitals for Children staff are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric ...

Vienna City Council continues debate over Spencer’s Landing

VIENNA — During Thursday’s Vienna City Council meeting, the status of the project to convert the former Johns Manville site to Spencer’s Landing took much of the time under the new council comments section of the meeting. Councilman Roger Conley asked if there was an update on the risk ...

Jerry Traylor, motivational speaker and author, dies in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Jerry Traylor, motivational speaker, author and an inspiration to many for his determination in overcoming physical challenges, died Sunday in a Phoenix Hospice center. Traylor, 63, was diagnosed a year ago with cancer. He fought his cancer up to the end with his signature ...

Parkersburg High School graduate Diana De Rose, Rose Garden part of new CD

LOS ANGELES — The Rose Garden’s album from 1967 and 14 previously unissued songs by the band were recently “restored and remastered” into “A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection” CD. The lead singer/guitarist/background singer for The Rose Garden, a folk rock ...

Ravenswood police officer involved in shooting

RAVENSWOOD — Police say a Jackson County law enforcement officer was involved in a shooting Friday evening. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the shooting at the intersection of West Virginia Routes 2 and 56 stemmed from a traffic incident Friday evening. Boggs said the officer was ...

West Virginia DOH moving Superload through Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Division of Highways announced an 18-foot wide by 248-foot long Superload will be moving through the area today, according to David C. Smith, District Three traffic engineer. The route will begin around 8 a.m. today at the West Virginia/Ohio state line at ...