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Wood County Circuit Court in the process of going paperless

PARKERSBURG — Since the first case was filed with the Wood County Circuit Court in 1799, a lot of paper has been used to document every order, motion and decision, but that era is over. Carole Jones, clerk of Wood County Circuit Court, said on Dec. 20, 2017, the order came from the ...

Gravel, potholes help make for bumpy ride on Ohio 60

MARIETTA — Dozens of drivers who have to travel Ohio 60 between Devola and Beverly have noticed damage to their vehicles they say is due to an ongoing construction project. “It just feels like you’re driving on a gravel road, the whole way from the bottom of Marsh Run Hill to ...

Marietta cycling enthusiasts hope to gain traction with informational series

MARIETTA — Local adventure enthusiasts have kicked off a series of shop talks to encourage new activity on the local trails and rivers. “We’re calling it ‘The More You Know,’” said Lincoln Smith, service manager of the Marietta Adventure Company. “I’m doing the flat fix class ...

Officials identify man killed in Parkersburg fire

PARKERSBURG — Authorities have identified the man who died Friday as a result of a fire. Fire Chief Jason Matthews said Sunday the victim was identified as Darius G. McCumbers, 47, of 1208 Camden Ave., Apt. A, Parkersburg. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. Friday and the Parkersburg Fire ...

Parkersburg detective, state trooper hunt child predators across West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Travis Wolfe had been a Parkersburg Police patrolman for about two years in 2001 when he overheard detectives talking about a case involving computer hard drives. They told their superior it would cost about $800 apiece for a private company to forensically search the drives ...

Campus Martius program digs into Washington County’s past

MARIETTA — Visitors to Campus Martius got a trip back to the pre-history and history of the area when local archaeologists shared their findings of arrowheads and other stone tools made by the earliest settlers. During the annual “Digging the Past — Archaeology Day” program on ...

New chapter in works for downtown Parkersburg’s Dils Center

PARKERSBURG — For decades, the Dils department store was a retail destination in downtown Parkersburg. Then, it served as a banquet and convention center, with offices for a number of businesses and agencies. After a few years in limbo, the building has a new owner, The Dils Center LLC, ...

Iddings Trucking closing

MARIETTA — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago, a local trucking company has closed its doors for good. Iddings Trucking, located at 741 Blue Knob Road, received a motion to convert to Chapter 7 after it was thought the company might be able to pull through. The U.S. Bankruptcy ...

ABBA tribute band, family show on tap in Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — A number of shows will be featured in January and February at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg and the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. At the Smoot, tickets and information are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at smoottheatre.com. At ...

Civil War letter hints at underwater telegraph line in Ohio River

PARKERSBURG — A local Civil War expert hopes a discovery in a soldier’s letter could shed light on whether an underwater telegraph line was laid in the Ohio River at Parkersburg. A submerged line under the Ohio River, which would have been high-tech in the era of the Civil War, would ...

Marietta company aids in safe cleanup

MARIETTA — When the public safety authorities, such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police, have left the scene of a violent crime or accidental death or injury, another type of work begins that doesn’t get much public attention: The cleanup. It’s specialized work ...

Camden Avenue blaze claims first fire death of 2018

PARKERSBURG — After extinguishing an apartment fire on Camden Avenue, the Parkersburg Fire Department discovered the city’s first fire fatality on Friday. Parkersburg Fire Department Capt. Brian Drake said a neighbor smelled smoke at about 5 p.m. and called for help. He said when the ...

Armstead announces he won’t seek re-election

CHARLESTON — West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, Friday announced he will not seek re-election this year. Armstead made the announcement Friday on his Facebook page. “After much prayer and thought, I have decided that I will not be running for re-election to ...

Vienna continues budget presentations

VIENNA — Budget presentations continued Thursday during a special meeting of Vienna City Council. Among those heard by council were from the mayor’s office and city council. Norm Harris, director of the parks department, presented budgets for the parks department. Harris said the parks ...

Wood County Board of Education meets Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss food service accounts, personnel reviews and receive an update on Wood County Schools facilities bond projects. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. at Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in ...

Parkersburg City Council readies agenda for Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider a grant application for firefighting equipment and changes to the rules governing city parks when it meets Tuesday. The meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building. If approved by ...

Former Ohio State Highway Patrol commander sentenced to month in jail

MARIETTA — A former Ohio State Highway Patrol commander found guilty of theft and still facing federal charges of cyberstalking and deprivation of rights under color of law, will spend the next month in the Delaware County Jail after sentencing Friday. William P. Elschlager, 48, of 305 ...

Friends, family gather in Marietta to remember overdose victim

MARIETTA — The billboard reads “Trey’s Life Mattered,” and it was clear Friday night that it mattered to many people. More than 30 friends and family, along with an unexpected stranger, gathered in sight of a billboard on Ohio 60 near Colegate Drive purchased by Trey Moats’ mother, ...

Cornerstone Healthcare joins WVU Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — After nearly a quarter century as an independent doctors practice, Cornerstone Healthcare became part of the WVU Camden Clark Medical Center in November. Dr. Stephen Hanna, president of Cornerstone and a family practice doctor, said the decision was made in 2017 and became ...

More file paperwork for Wood County elections

PARKERSBURG — Two more people have filed to run in county elections, according to the Wood County Clerk’s Office. Justin Raber filed to run for Wood County Board of Education, District B, and Bob Buchanan filed to run for Conservation District Supervisor. The filing period opened Jan. ...