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WVU-P expands student count

PARKERSBURG — Everyone who takes a class at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be considered a student, whether in a degree program or taking a class to obtain job skills, officials said Wednesday. WVU-P President Chris Gilmer told the school’s Board of Governors that a task ...

Wood BOE meeting continues during power outage

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education’s first meeting of 2019 was darker than expected Tuesday evening after a blown transformer knocked out power for a section of Parkersburg. About 20 minutes into Tuesday’s meeting at the Wood County Schools Central Office at 13th and ...

Parkersburg City Council approves pilot tree program

PARKERSBURG — A pilot program to split the cost of removing potentially hazardous trees with property owners was approved Tuesday by Parkersburg City Council, but a proposal to do the same for commercial properties on sidewalk repair was sent to committee. Under the program, the city ...

Contour posts strong first month at airport

WILLIAMSTOWN — Enplanements exceeded expectations in Contour Airlines’ first month of service at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. Airport Manager Glen Kelly said during Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting that he’d projected 270 enplanements based on ticket sales ...

Delegates seek U.S. Supreme Court review of impeachment decision

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates wants the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at an opinion that put a stop to impeachment trials against justices of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, announced Tuesday evening that the House filed a ...

Parkersburg High breezes by rival South

PARKERSBURG — PHS forward Shay-Lee Kirby had seen enough. With her top-ranked Big Reds trailing rival and No. 10 ranked Parkersburg South by eight early in the third quarter, the Austin Peay commit decided PHS was not dropping a home game to the Patriots. Her personal 9-0 scoring ...

Gilmer brings team building program to WVU-P staff

PARKERSBURG — President Christopher Gilmer begins his first semester next week as the inaugurated president of West Virginia University-Parkersburg. On Tuesday, the faculty and staff got an example of a program he has demonstrated at other schools he has served at – Building ...

Possible Sears liquidation would affect Kmart stores

MARIETTA — Marietta may have one less option for shopping after news of a potential shutdown of Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holdings, was released on Tuesday. The news likely means Kmart stores will close, including the one in Marietta. The closing would mean the loss of jobs in ...

Justice announces historic revenue numbers

CHARLESTON – As Gov. Jim Justice prepares for the start of the legislative session and his third State of the State address, he has good tax revenue numbers brag about. Justice, joined by officials with the state Department of Revenue, announced at a press conference Tuesday the tax revenue ...

GOP leaders in Senate, House lay out agenda

CHARLESTON — Tax reform for seniors, expansion of high-speed internet and projects to grow a qualified workforce were among proposals promoted Tuesday by the Republican leaders of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House ...

Williamstown discusses official website, parking

WILLIAMSTOWN — The city of Williamstown will have an official website up and running later this week, according to council member Marty Seufer at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting. The website will give the public access to city codes, stormwater information, agenda topics for ...

Wind knocks out power, creates problems in area

PARKERSBURG — Power was knocked out in sections of Wood County Tuesday night as a cold front moved in from the west bringing gusty conditions to West Virginia at about 6:30 p.m. Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour caused the outages, primarily with trees and branches contacting power ...

Belpre BOE says goodbye to Superintendent Dunn

BELPRE — The Belpre Board of Education Monday said goodbye to outgoing Superintendent Tony Dunn while planning ahead for the year to come. Dunn, 59, retires at the end of this month. He has been superintendent in Belpre for eight years and has spent 32 years in education. He will be ...

Chief Justice Walker updates lawmakers on reforms

CHARLESTON — New Chief Justice Beth Walker told lawmakers Monday that the problems discovered over the last year at the state’s highest court have been fixed, with more changes expected soon. All five justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeal appeared before the Joint Standing ...

New report highlights needs of state-owned hospitals in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — A new report said the state needs to consider a commission to look at partially or fully privatizing the state’s seven hospitals. The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia released a report Monday morning calling for the creation of a Hospital Facilities Authority to look ...

Wood BOE to discuss roofs, middle school soccer

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will gather tonight for its first meeting of 2019. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. today at Wood County Schools Central Office at the corner of 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public. The board will receive ...

County commission considers sales tax

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commission will be supporting a bill that could be introduced at the West Virginia Legislature that would give counties more local control, including setting a 1 percent sales tax to bring it in line with local municipalities. Discussions have been occurring ...

Man held at gunpoint charged with burglary

PARKERSBURG — A man was charged with burglary Saturday after being held at gunpoint by a resident of the house he’d entered. According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Parkersburg Police responded to a burglary report in the 1000 block of Laird Avenue around ...

Man charged with child neglect

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was charged with two counts of child neglect after allegedly passing out while doing drugs with his two young children in the house. Parkersburg Police responded to a report of a possible overdose Monday morning at 611 1/2 Bird St., according to a criminal ...

Options for Sears store site being considered

From staff reports VIENNA — No plans have been announced yet for the space vacated in December by Sears, but one possibility is the potential demolition of that portion of the Grand Central Mall. If that happens, a new structure could be on the horizon, but no final decision has been made, ...