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Oriana House employee caught in solicitation bust

MARIETTA — A former Oriana House Reserve Center employee is facing a felony charge in West Virginia. Randall Franklin Shepherd, 55, of 233 Dagg Road, Parkersburg, was one of the seven men arrested in Parkersburg at the beginning of the month following an undercover investigation into the ...

Parkersburg Art Center to host Art-O-Rama on Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be celebrating children and the arts on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with the annual Art-O-Rama, a free community arts day. “We invite other non-profit arts agencies to join us. We want to highlight all of the creative opportunities available ...

Tartan Day Tea set for April 6 at Unicorn Wine Guild

BELPRE — The Tartan Day Tea will be held 2 p.m. April 6 at the Unicorn Wine Guild and Tea Room at 1816 Washington Blvd. Proceeds from the tea fund the Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 at the Parkersburg City Park Pavilion. Tickets are $25 and reservations can ...

River City Blues Festival to rock Marietta Friday, Saturday

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society has focused all its efforts this year on Friday and Saturday. “We got rid of our February show to really focus on March and afford bigger acts,” explained Helen Holt, one of the members of the society. And so for the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to present ‘Precious Heart’

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will present “Precious Heart” for two weekends in March, beginning Friday at the Players Theatre at Third and Putnam streets. The shows will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, March 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. Sunday and March 24. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 ...

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner PARKERSBURG — The Knights of Columbus will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Fest at 6 p.m. today at 1010 Market St. The menu includes corn beef and cabbage, along with red potatoes, carrots and shepherd’s pie. The event is open to the public. Take-out is available by ...

Parkersburg City Council’s Public Works Committee amends pool rate hike

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council’s Public Works Committee reduced the administration’s proposed increases for pool admissions, creating separate rates for those who live in the city and non-residents. The amended ordinance was referred to the full council for a first reading in ...

Wood BOE approves PHS auditorium seating

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education on Tuesday approved installation of new seating in Parkersburg High School’s auditorium and the sale of the old chairs. Sue Steinbeck, president of the PHS Foundation board of directors, said replacement of the auditorium seating is the ...

Police wary of pedestrian safety near hospital facility

PARKERSBURG — Area law enforcement is urging people to slow down along Garfield Avenue as they approach the WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. With the opening of the new Parkersburg Cardiology Associates and the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute building at Clark Medical a little ...

Vienna discusses insurance options

VIENNA — Vienna Budget and Finance Committee members, department heads and Vienna City Council members all met with Mark Schwendeman, the city insurance broker, at the Budget and Finance Meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the city insurance options. The city insurance has been a very ...

Actors Guild outdoes itself for ‘The Game’s Afoot’ set design

PARKERSBURG — Many reasons there are to see “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays” on Friday or Saturday at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg. Not the least of which is the set designed by Technical Director Bartolo Cannizzaro, said Joe Reeves, assistant director of the play ...

Wood County Fireman’s Association honors Cothern

PARKERSBURG – A former chief of the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department was honored Monday at the Wood County Fireman’s Association monthly meeting as the 2018 Fire Fighter of Year by the Sons of the American Revolution Capt. James Neal Chapter. Bernard Cothern originally ...

Paden City drinking water contaminated by chemical

PADEN CITY — Residents of Paden City are drinking water contaminated by the presence of a chemical associated with dry cleaning facilities, city officials announced last week. Though officials maintained the contamination is not at dangerous levels, the chemical does present long-term ...

Obit request brings books to Neale Elementary

VIENNA — Neale Elementary School students received a donation of children’s books thanks to the final wishes of a longtime Parkersburg resident. Norma Lee Goudy Powell, 90, of Parkersburg, passed away Jan. 15 and in her obituary the family asked for donations to benefit area students. ...

All eyes on governor as Justice preps for highway funding announcement

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice is set to announce a plan for secondary road maintenance today, but a cloud hangs over the announcement with the firing of the Department of Transportation secretary. Justice is slated to announce a plan for accelerated maintenance and repairs, the details of ...

Murder charges among grand jury indictments

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — Two men were charged with murder in separate indictments returned Tuesday by the Wood County Grand Jury. Bernard Bell, 35, in custody at the State Correctional Institute Houtzdale, in Houtzdale, Pa., was indicted on charges of murder, robbery in the first ...

Junior League marks Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

PARKERSBURG — The Junior League of Parkersburg is using its 95th birthday to showcase what is being done to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, according to Juli Kerns, March Project chairman. According to the latest ...

Budget session covers downtown lighting, outside agencies

PARKERSBURG — The city of Parkersburg’s proposed 2019-20 capital budget includes $85,000 for artistic lighting improvements to the downtown area. Parkersburg City Council’s hearings on the $33.8 million spending plan continued Monday with discussion of those efforts for the ...

Roane superintendent signs contract extension

SPENCER — The Roane County Schools Board of Education has extended the contract of Superintendent Richard Duncan. The announcement was made during the board’s regular session Thursday by board President Jeffrey Mace. A contract extension had been presented to Duncan at the board’s ...