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Mid-Ohio Valley VFDs receive federal grants

WAVERLY — Two Mid-Ohio Valley volunteer fire departments will use federal funds to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses for their members. They’re among more than a dozen departments sharing in $3 million in grants, according to a release from the office of Sen. Shelley Moore ...

IEI fire cause remains unknown

PARKERSBURG — State officials offered a “final” report on last year’s fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue Thursday, but a big question remains unanswered after 10 months. “As of right now, the fire is undetermined in cause and will stay ...

West Virginia DOH plans new Jackson County rest stop

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Transportation intends to turn a damaged rest area on Interstate 77 into a truck parking area and establish a new rest stop in Jackson County. That was one of several projects discussed Thursday during a presentation by DOT personnel on the Roads ...

Artsbridge Fund Drive kicking off on Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The annual Artsbridge Fund Drive kicks off Saturday. The Artsbridge mission statement says “Igniting the Arts within the Mid-Ohio Valley.” All funding received stays here in the community, Artsbridge said in a press release. The newest and fastest growing program is called ...

Wood County receives bid to clear trees

PARKERSBURG —The Wood County Commission has received one bid to cut 10 acres of trees at Veterans Park. The commission opened a bid to do the job for $80,000 from Whitetail Tree Service in Waverly during Thursday’s commission meeting. The job was being bidded so the commission can meet ...

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicates Vienna home

VIENNA — Eva Roton Thursday was handed the keys to her new home as Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its102nd house at 1119 17th St., the first Habitat home built in Vienna since 2001. “Thank you Habitat for everything,” said Roton. “I never thought I would be a ...

Bells across West Virginia to honor Rosie the Riveters

CHARLESTON — Bells will ring across West Virginia, the country and some European nations on Labor Day to honor the American Rosie the Riveters movement. Rosie the Riveters were women who worked in U.S. defense plants during World War II. After 10 years conducting interviews, holding events ...

Photo Gallery: Rachel’s Challenge

PARKERSBURG — The Rachel's Challenge program is designed to address topics such as bullying, suicide and school violence.

Belpre man charged with using obscene matter to seduce minor

PARKERSBURG — A 12-year-old girl who alerted her parents about a message she received on a social media site led to the arrest of a Belpre man, according to Wood County Magistrate Court records. John P. Howerton, 18, of Belpre was arraigned Thursday in magistrate court on a charge of using ...

Marietta College president appointed to Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board

MARIETTA — Marietta College President Bill Ruud will be appointed to the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board after two of the three Washington County Commissioners voted in favor of the proposal by executive director Andy Kuhn. Ruud was interviewed by Commissioners Ron Feathers, Rick ...

Marietta officials discuss emergency capital expenditures

MARIETTA — Emergency capital expenditures for the year were discussed Thursday by the Marietta City Council Finance Committee. “The way (previous Councilman Tom) Vukovic had us structure this was knowing sometimes there are capital expenses that need to get done,” Assistant ...

Stuff the Bus program donates school supplies to Mid-Ohio Valley students

PARKERSBURG — Area businesses, individuals and sponsors donated and collected 8,280 pounds of school supplies for local schools in August. As part of the Stuff the Bus program, 459 teachers received school supplies to hand out to students in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Every August, the need for ...

Pink by Poolside fundraiser set for Sept. 7

VIENNA — The Pink By Poolside fundraiser at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi will be held 7-10 p.m. Sept. 7. Proceeds from the evening provide free mammograms and related diagnostic testing for uninsured and underinsured area residents, said Kim Couch, executive director of the ...

West Virginia Supreme Court denies Blankenship access to November ballot

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Wednesday denied a petition to order the Secretary of State to place Constitution Party candidate Don Blankenship on the November ballot for U.S. Senate. The high court heard arguments Wednesday morning between Blankenship’s attorney, ...

No threat found after alarm at Washington County Career Center

The Washington County Career Center has been placed on lockdown due to its Emergency Alert System sounding. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports there is no threat at this time but the building was evacuated as a precaution while each classroom was checked and cleared. At at a ...

Hanshaw to be West Virginia’s next speaker of the House of Delegates

CHARLESTON — It’s been almost 100 years since a Republican succeeded another Republican as speaker of the House of Delegates, but that happened Wednesday as the House of Delegates elevated Delegate Roger Hanshaw to the podium. Hanshaw, a two-term Republican from Clay County, beat House ...

W.Va. Deputy Fire Marshal: IEI fire cause ‘undetermined’

PARKERSBURG — The cause of the IEI warehouse fire on Camden Avenue that burned for 10 days and sent smoke into the region's air remains unknown. West Virginia Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said this morning at the fire site on Camden Avenue that despite months of investigation, ...

Parkersburg High School to hold community meeting tonight

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School will hold a community meeting tonight to talk about a new anti-bullying program. Today PHS will begin Rachel’s Challenge, a national program designed to address topics such as bullying, suicide and school violence. The program is named for Rachel ...