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Mike Dull, of North Canton, Ohio, was demonstrating flint knapping at the annual Campus Martius Museum “Digging the Past — Archaeology Day.”

Campus Martius program digs into Washington County’s past

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MARIETTA — Visitors to Campus Martius got a trip back to the pre-history and history of the area when local archaeologists shared their findings of arrowheads and other stone tools made by the earliest settlers. During the annual “Digging the Past — Archaeology Day” program on ...

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Dils Center LLC managing partner Todd Stubbe said he’s excited about unfinished spaces like this kitchen area in the Dils building, which he said would be an ideal place for an underground concert event.

New chapter in works for downtown Parkersburg’s Dils Center

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PARKERSBURG — For decades, the Dils department store was a retail destination in downtown Parkersburg. Then, it served as a banquet and convention center, with offices for a number of businesses and agencies. After a few years in limbo, the building has a new owner, The Dils Center LLC, ...

Iddings Trucking closing

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MARIETTA — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago, a local trucking company has closed its doors for good. Iddings Trucking, located at 741 Blue Knob Road, received a motion to convert to Chapter 7 after it was thought the company might be able to pull through. The U.S. Bankruptcy ...

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ABBA tribute band, family show on tap in Mid-Ohio Valley

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PARKERSBURG — A number of shows will be featured in January and February at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg and the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. At the Smoot, tickets and information are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at smoottheatre.com. At ...

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Brian Kesterson, a local Civil War history expert, holds the letter Clarkson Fogg wrote from Camp Lightburn in 1861 in which he talks about “a submarine telegraph line” installed in the Ohio River at Point Pleasant. No proof is available, but it implies a submerged telegraph line, high tech by Civil War-era standards, was installed at Parkersburg, he said.

Civil War letter hints at underwater telegraph line in Ohio River

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PARKERSBURG — A local Civil War expert hopes a discovery in a soldier’s letter could shed light on whether an underwater telegraph line was laid in the Ohio River at Parkersburg. A submerged line under the Ohio River, which would have been high-tech in the era of the Civil War, would ...

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Ted Szabo, proprietor of Pawnee Maintenance, looks at some of  the firm’s equipment in its new headquarters on Rathbone Road in Marietta. The company announced recently it has expanded its services into crime and accident scene cleanup.

Marietta company aids in safe cleanup

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MARIETTA — When the public safety authorities, such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police, have left the scene of a violent crime or accidental death or injury, another type of work begins that doesn’t get much public attention: The cleanup. It’s specialized work ...

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Firefighters from the Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a fire in this apartment building at 1208 Camden Ave. Friday evening.

Camden Avenue blaze claims first fire death of 2018

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PARKERSBURG — After extinguishing an apartment fire on Camden Avenue, the Parkersburg Fire Department discovered the city’s first fire fatality on Friday. Parkersburg Fire Department Capt. Brian Drake said a neighbor smelled smoke at about 5 p.m. and called for help. He said when the ...

Armstead announces he won’t seek re-election

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, Friday announced he will not seek re-election this year. Armstead made the announcement Friday on his Facebook page. “After much prayer and thought, I have decided that I will not be running for re-election to ...

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Norm Harris, director of parks, presented his budget requests to Vienna City Council in a meeting Thursday.

Vienna continues budget presentations

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VIENNA — Budget presentations continued Thursday during a special meeting of Vienna City Council. Among those heard by council were from the mayor’s office and city council. Norm Harris, director of the parks department, presented budgets for the parks department. Harris said the parks ...

Wood County Board of Education meets Tuesday

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss food service accounts, personnel reviews and receive an update on Wood County Schools facilities bond projects. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. at Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in ...

Parkersburg City Council readies agenda for Tuesday

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PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider a grant application for firefighting equipment and changes to the rules governing city parks when it meets Tuesday. The meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building. If approved by ...

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Lenora Lada, mother of Trey Moats, and about 30 of Moats’ friends and family gathered Friday night to hold a vigil on what would have been his 27th birthday. He died of a drug overdose Dec. 2. A billboard overlooking the site of the vigil urges people to become familiar with the Good Samaritan law.

Friends, family gather in Marietta to remember overdose victim

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MARIETTA — The billboard reads “Trey’s Life Mattered,” and it was clear Friday night that it mattered to many people. More than 30 friends and family, along with an unexpected stranger, gathered in sight of a billboard on Ohio 60 near Colegate Drive purchased by Trey Moats’ mother, ...

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The members of Cornerstone Healthcare are, from left, Dr. David Cramer, Dr. Gabriella Olsen, Dr. Stephan Hanna, Dr. Joan Allman and Dr. William Cartwright.

Cornerstone Healthcare joins WVU Camden Clark Medical Center

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PARKERSBURG — After nearly a quarter century as an independent doctors practice, Cornerstone Healthcare became part of the WVU Camden Clark Medical Center in November. Dr. Stephen Hanna, president of Cornerstone and a family practice doctor, said the decision was made in 2017 and became ...

More file paperwork for Wood County elections

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PARKERSBURG — Two more people have filed to run in county elections, according to the Wood County Clerk’s Office. Justin Raber filed to run for Wood County Board of Education, District B, and Bob Buchanan filed to run for Conservation District Supervisor. The filing period opened Jan. ...

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Parkersburg native Brooke Glover is looking into the future as Swilled Dog Hard Cider prepares to place its ciders in cans.

Swilled Dog Hard Cider to be sold in cans

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FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, a West Virginia hard cider company that launched in January 2017, is changing the game for West Virginia cider this month, according to a company spokeswoman. At the end of January, Swilled Dog will be offering two varieties of its award-winning ...

C8 documentary to debut at Sundance Film Festival

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PARKERSBURG — At least one person interviewed for a documentary about C8 contamination in the Mid-Ohio Valley will attend its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “The Devil We Know” is about DuPont’s use of C8, also known as PFOA, to make Teflon at the Washington Works. A panel of ...

Marietta City Council advances River Trail project

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MARIETTA — On Thursday, Marietta City Council passed the final authorization needed to continue work on the River Trail out to Wal-Mart. Though the vote was 5-2, with Councilwomen Cindy Oxender and Cassidi Shoaf against, the ordinance passed with a suspension of second and third readings ...

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Sherry Wilson Braid, left, playing Patsy Cline, and Leslie McGoron, in the role of Louise Seger, rehearse for the Mid-Ohio Valley Players production of “Always ... Patsy Cline” continuing tonight at the players’ theater in downtown Marietta.

‘Always… Patsy Cline’ opens in Marietta

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MARIETTA — The story of Patsy Cline endures long after her short career, and the latest Mid-Ohio Valley Players production, which opened Friday and continues tonight, focuses on one detail of her iconic life — her relationship with a fan in Texas who became a lifelong correspondent. The ...