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Wood Magistrate

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Magistrate Court heard the following reports Aug. 16: * Kevin Ramsey, 31, 1804 23rd St., Parkersburg, was arraigned on the charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and retaliation against a public official; he was being held at the North Central ...

Washington County real estate transfers

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Adams Township * Glen L. and Jeanette R. Matthews life est. et al to Larry L. Matthews and Sherry Rossiter, P.O. Box 524, Beverly, land and parcels, affidavit. * Larry L. Matthews and Sherry Rossiter to Troy E. Fogle and Kala Fogle, 387 Bear Creek Road, Lowell, land and parcels, $46,715, quit ...

Point Park ceremony kicks off Parkersburg Homecoming Festival

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PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival kicked off Friday night at the Point Park Amphitheater. The festival began with opening ceremonies and a local music showcase at Point Park Amphitheater and the Kids Fest at Bicentennial Park featuring games and activities. Homecoming ...

Griffith found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

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PARKERSBURG — After three hours of deliberations Friday, a Wood County Circuit Court jury found Stephen Griffith guilty of involuntary manslaughter, count one, wanton endangerment involving a firearm, count two, and brandishing, count three. All three charges are misdemeanors. Griffith, ...

West Virginia group backs 3-digit suicide hotline effort

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PARKERSBURG — A state organization is supportive of a national three-digit suicide prevention hotline, a board member said on Friday. “It will take a lot of the burden off 911 call centers to begin with,” said Jason Ferrebee, a member of the board of the American Federation for Suicide ...

Dogs and their families go for a dip in Jackson Park Pool

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VIENNA — Dogs big and small came out with their owners to Jackson Park Pool for the annual Dog Swim event Friday. “All proceeds benefit the Parkersburg Humane Society,” said Parkersburg Humane Society volunteer Loretta Winans, who was working the entry. The event began at 5 p.m. with ...

Wood County Schools: Raw test scores show growth

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PARKERSBURG — Initial assessment scores show Wood County Schools students improving proficiency in nearly every category, but officials caution the raw scores likely will change by the time final numbers are released next month. Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook provided a ...

Nehlen meets with longtime friends James, Fahlgren

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PARKERSBURG — Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen visited his longtime friend Smoot Fahlgren at Fahlgren’s home in Wood County Friday. Fahlgren, a retired advertising company owner and executive who is in the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame, celebrates his 89th birthday today. Nehlen and ...

Pleasants County authorities capture alligator

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ST. MARYS — Pleasants County authorities apprehended an unusual suspect Thursday night — a three-and-a-half-foot alligator. According to a post on the Pleasants County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, an alligator was spotted along Middle Island Creek Road late Thursday night. A ...

Ripley, Ravenswood join Home Rule ranks

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RIPLEY — The mayors of Ripley and Ravenswood hope to enact 1 percent municipal sales taxes now that the cities are part of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule program. The Home Rule board on Wednesday voted to accept Jackson County’s largest municipalities into the program, along with ...

Wood County Schools begins new school year

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PARKERSBURG — Thousands of Wood County students were back in class Thursday for the first day of the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and administrators welcomed new and returning students Thursday morning at Wood County Schools 27 public schools. Superintendent Will Hosaflook and several ...

Carnival cancels Homecoming show, bouncy houses, etc. planned

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The company providing the carnival rides at the Parkersburg Homecoming that opens today has canceled, Woody Miller, Homecoming president, said. The Homecoming was informed Thursday afternoon of the cancellation, he said. The company said it didn't have enough staff to operate the rides, ...

Parkersburg manslaughter trial nearing its close

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PARKERSBURG — Closing arguments were presented Thursday on day two of the Wood County Circuit Court trial of Stephen Griffith, 35, 480 E. Maple St., Davisville, charged with involuntary manslaughter, wanton endangerment with a firearm and brandishing. The morning began with the state ...

Griffith found guilty on all counts

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PARKERSBURG — A Wood County Circuit Court jury has found Stephen Griffith guilty of involuntary manslaughter, wanton endangerment involving a firearm and brandishing. Griffith, 35, of Davisville, was charged in the May 7, 2017, shooting death of Chad Allen Hart, 38, of Parkersburg, outside ...

Fort Boreman Park cabin will be moved

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PARKERSBURG —The Wood County Commission is planning to move a historical cabin at the entrance of Fort Boreman Park to a new location to open up room for a new picnic shelter. Commissioners Blair Couch and Robert Tebay as well as Wood County Administrator Marty Seufer and Jeremy Cross, ...

Hancock County shooting spree leaves one dead, four wounded

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NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Authorities are still trying to figure out what triggered a shooting spree Wednesday evening in rural Hancock County that left one woman dead and four people wounded in a 30-minute crime spree that terrorized residents in the northern part of the county. On Thursday, ...

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on home in Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Habitat for Humanity broke ground Thursday evening on what will be its 106th home in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The house at 809 W. Fourth St. will be the second house built in Williamstown, according to Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio ...

Parkersburg High School course expands to Natural History

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PARKERSBURG — Daniel Jonas, a science teacher at Parkersburg High School, has always had a passion for creatures that are feared or persecuted in popular culture. It was this passion that inspired him during the 2015-2016 school year to take a leap and propose a program that is rare for ...

‘Care package’ company shuts down in scam settlement

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CHARLESTON — A company that the attorneys general from West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania said misled contributors about sending care packages overseas to U.S. troops has been shut down in a settlement with the states. Hearts 2 Heroes, based in Bunker Hill, W.Va., doing ...