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Wood County Circuit Court holds sentencings

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PARKERSBURG — Two sentencings took place in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday. * Michael Lee Haught, 45, 197 Mike St., Washington, W.Va., was sentenced to one to five years in prison with credit for 185 days served after his guilty plea to a charge of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle ...

Two Parkersburg residents sentenced in federal heroin case

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PARKERSBURG — Three defendants including a man and woman from Parkersburg who where implicated in a federal heroin conspiracy were sentenced this week, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. Jennifer Benson and Bernard Spann of Parkersburg on Thursday were sentenced to 71 and 60 months in ...

Mid-Ohio Valley sites part of 155 West Virginia tourism list

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PARKERSBURG — In honor of West Virginia’s 155th birthday Wednesday, the state Tourism Office released a list of 155 places to go and things to do, including more than a dozen in the Mid-Ohio Valley. West Virginia became a state June 20, 1863, and is celebrated annually as a state ...

Summer storms drench the Mid-Ohio Valley

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PARKERSBURG — For a second day in a row a summer storm complete with rain, thunder and lightning swept through the Mid-Ohio Valley Wednesday leaving high humidity in its wake. Wood County 911 reported no major storm-related damage out side of downed power lines. A large-area power outage was ...

Former Wood County Sheriff Lee Bechtold dies at 91

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PARKERSBURG — Former Wood County Sheriff Lee Bechtold, 91, died Tuesday and he leaves a legacy of turning the sheriff’s department into a professional force, former colleagues said. Bechtold was sheriff from 1969-1973 and 1977-1985. Those who knew and worked for him praised his ...

Feds release study about chemicals in water supply

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PARKERSBURG — A federal study on the levels of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water supplies was released Wednesday and suggests lower exposure levels than recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency two years ago. The draft toxicological profile of perfluoroalkyls — ...

Officials weigh in on Justice Allen H. Loughry II indictment

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CHARLESTON — Reaction Wednesday to the indictment of a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice included calls for his immediate resignation. Justice Allen H. Loughry II, 47, of Charleston was accused by a federal grand jury in an indictment unsealed Wednesday with 16 counts of mail ...

Celebration offers glimpse of renovated Stephenson Mansion

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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Day on Wednesday was the backdrop for the dedication of a local home with ties to the history of the state and nation. The Stephenson Mansion on Seventh Street, also known as Oakland, has undergone two years of renovation by the West Virginia University at ...

Washington County Special Olympians, police carry torch

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MARIETTA — Running with faith over fear, a hardy group of Washington County residents is headed to Columbus this weekend to compete in the state Special Olympics, despite losing a core member of the team last week. “She passed away the day before our last practice,” said Coach Rachelle ...

United Way ‘Day of Action’ begins today

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PARKERSBURG — United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley today will rally hundreds of volunteers throughout the community for the Day of Action. The annual event brings together volunteers of all ages to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities on the ...

Charges, trial date change for Dowler, Blosser

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MARIETTA — The state’s case against two Washington County residents alleged to have kept a sexually explicit and obscene journal about acts they might commit with their infant son has been transferred from Washington County Common Pleas Court to Marietta Municipal Court the week the two ...

Shakespeare play hitting stage in Marietta park

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MARIETTA — With stage lights spiked into the soft soil of East Muskingum Park, and boulders, logs and other maritime props laid up against the steps of the gazebo, some actors milled around the set and mugged for one anther while some stood still as their costumes received last minute ...

Marietta Summer Theatre Festival opens

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MARIETTA — The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival opens today featuring a dozen summer stock actors from Wisconsin to New York leading productions of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.” The theatre festival opens with “Twelfth Night” ...

Pride Family Picnic to be held at Parkersburg’s City Park

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Pride will be hosting a Pride Family Picnic from noon-5 p.m. June 23 at City Park in Parkersburg. In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month, the group is hosting a family-friendly day of activities that are free and open to the general public. “Parkersburg Pride ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival looking for participants

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BELPRE — The Belpre Homecoming Committee has announced registration details for participation in events associated with this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival to be held at Belpre’s Civitan Park from Aug. 2-4. Registration forms for the annual parade, the pageants and as ...

Open Sky Arts Collective to perform at Parkersburg church

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PARKERSBURG — Open Sky Arts Collective, a Christian arts group from Kansas City, Mo., comprised of mostly recovering drug addicts, is performing Friday through Sunday at the Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd, 903 Charles St., in Parkersburg. A neighborhood “parade” is scheduled for 1 ...

Glenville State College to hold ribbon cutting for music center

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GLENVILLE — The Glenville State College Bluegrass Program has relocated to the Pioneer Stage, 10 East Main St., which will be the college’s Bluegrass Music Education Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held 6 p.m. today to help kick-off the West Virginia State Folk Festival. During ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked steak dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. Cost is by menu pricing. Take-out orders are available by calling 304-428-0331. The event is open to the public. *** St. Marys Downtown Yard Sale ST. MARYS — The St. Marys ...

Happy birthday, West Virginia

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GFWC Parkersburg and South Parkersburg Woman’s Club members hosted a summer reading encouragement activity — WV Reads — in City Park in Parkersburg on Tuesday, to begin celebration of West Virginia’s birthday a day early. Woman’s Club Education Committee member Jayne Whitlow reads Dr. ...