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Budget session covers downtown lighting, outside agencies

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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

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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 ...

Diocese completes Bransfield investigation

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WHEELING — A preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and financial improprieties by the former bishop of the Roman Catholic Wheeling-Charleston Diocese is completed, the diocese announced on Monday. The Vatican on Sept. 13 announced the retirement of ...

Lawmakers petition U.S. Supreme Court on impeachment authority

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CHARLESTON — Adding another wrinkle to the long-running impeachment scandal involving justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the state Senate is joining the House of Delegates in seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of the legislature’s impeachment authority. State ...

Wood County Commission begins work on next fiscal year

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission began the budgeting process for the next fiscal year, reviewing its income and expenditures on Monday. “Our revenue seems to be in line with what we had last year,” Commission President Blair Couch said. Last year, the county approved a $21.6 ...

Vienna man joins W.Va. Soccer Association Hall of Fame

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PARKERSBURG — A Vienna man has been inducted into the 2019 Class of the West Virginia Soccer Association Hall of Fame. John W. Newton and four other referees were inducted during ceremonies March 3 at the Marriott Inn in Morgantown. The others were Dr. Doug McKinney, Ray Petrisin, Paul ...

Belpre council passes budget first reading

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BELPRE — Belpre City Council took the first step in approving its municipal budget for the coming year. At Monday’s regular meeting, council unanimously approved the first reading of the annual appropriation ordinance for calendar and fiscal year 2019, with two more readings to take place ...

Judge denies motion to dismiss in abuse case

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PARKERSBURG — A motion to dismiss one of 18 charges against a Vienna man accused of sexually abusing a child for several years was denied Monday. Eric L. Marshall, 41, appeared before Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters on a motion to dismiss a charge of distribution and ...

On the Record

News of Record

Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — Wood County Magistrate Court released the following reports March 11: * Jason Lee Bartimus, 43, of 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, was arraigned on charges of shoplifting less than $500 and possession of a controlled substance and released on a $750 personal ...

Campus Martius Museum serves up dinner and a killer show

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MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum in Marietta has a history of having entertaining murder mystery events. On Saturday evening, Campus Martius held its annual Murder Mystery Dinner inside the main area of the museum. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Campus Martius and Ohio River ...

Preliminary investigation into bishop complete

Community News

A preliminary investigation of allegations against Bishop Michael Bransfield has been completed, said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, apostolic administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The five-month probe was into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and ...

Ohio University VR effort offers lesson on handling overdoses

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MARIETTA — Imagine walking into a classroom, dorm room or office and realizing a person there has overdosed. Maybe you notice the needle in their arm, perhaps you call 911, maybe you clear their airway or try to administer CPR. Someone might pull out their phone and start filming, or they ...

Washington County survey shows rise in homelessness

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MARIETTA — A recent homeless count in Washington County found 23 people living on the streets or in shelters, but those leading the count say the number of homeless is probably much higher. On Jan. 22, the Continuum of Care Committee did a point and time count of the homeless population in ...

Marietta High School, Ohio University partner for health class

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MARIETTA — Ten high school seniors in Marietta are preparing for both a state certification they can use after graduation and for a teaching opportunity with their peers in May. “We’re in the planning stages of a ‘What the Health? Day,’” explained Marietta High School Teacher Kim ...

WVU-P inducts founders of Delta Mu Delta honor society chapter

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PARKERSBURG — The inaugural members of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business have been installed at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The society inducted 23 founding student members and 13 honorary members. Inductees took the official oath of membership and were ...

Marriage Licenses

News of Record

MARIETTA — The following people applied for marriage licenses recently at the Washington County Courthouse: ∫ Jeremy Michael Self, 38, and Megan Lee Neal, 37, both of Stockport, on March 1. ∫ Jeffrey Ernest Weber, 48, and Teresa Kay Branham, 49, both of Marietta, on Feb. 26.