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Father’s Day car show in Marietta an engine for family bonding

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MARIETTA — There was a time in America, especially midwestern America, when fathers and sons (and less often in those days, daughters) who could barely talk about anything serious to each other could form deep relationships over the dirt, busted knuckles, swearing and solid satisfaction of ...

Police recruitment a struggle for Mid-Ohio Valley small towns

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PARKERSBURG — Police departments in small towns across the area are having problems filling open positions on their rosters. The lack of applicants coincides with a recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal government’s primary source of justice statistics, that the ...

Roller derby continues in Marietta

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MARIETTA — They come from all age groups and occupations, but they all love roller derby. They are the Hell’s Orchard Roller Derby, a charter member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, also known locally as Hades Ladies. The home rink is the Marietta Roller Rink. Players ...

Ripley to host Mountain State Art and Craft Fair on July 4-6

Community News

RIPLEY — The 2019 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-5 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel ...

Berdine’s Five and Dime a glimpse into the past

Business

HARRISVILLE —Tucked into a side street in Harrisville is a portal in which visitors can transport themselves to a simpler time. A time when everything a person needed was located within the confines of their local five and dime. Since 1908, Berdine’s Five and Dime has been providing ...

Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building nears completion

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MARIETTA — After months of construction, the Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building is nearly finished and taking bookings for late summer. The building, a project of the Broughton Foundation, is intended to provide a unique venue for meetings, receptions, family events and other ...

West Virginia University researchers eye fresh water usage

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MORGANTOWN — Water is the essence of life. And electricity. Power plants across the country utilize more than four times as much water as all U.S. homes and account for 41 percent of total water withdrawals, according to federal data. Now, with the aid of a $400,000-Department of Energy ...

Battle joins United Bankshares Inc. West Virginia Board

Business

PARKERSBURG — H. Dill Battle III has been appointed to the United Bankshares Inc. West Virginia Board. An attorney, Battle is a member at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, and chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. United Bankshares is a $19.6 billion regional ...

Gum named Employee of the Year at Glenville State College

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GLENVILLE — The staff librarian and archivist at Glenville State College has been named the 2019 Staff Employee of the Year. Jason Gum’s nominators called him friendly, respected, humble and a skilled collaborator. “I was grateful for being acknowledged by my colleagues in such a ...

Vienna VFD Ice Cream Social fills Spencer Park

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VIENNA — Hundreds of people gathered in Spencer Park on Friday evening for the 78th annual Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream Social. Along with ice cream, the social featured cakes, pies, cookies, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, pop, water, games for the kids and hot dogs ...

Changes coming to Wood County Relay for Life

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Next year’s Wood County Relay for Life will have a new format organizers hope will encourage more attendance. Those in attendance at Tuesday’s Relay Team Wrap-Up Celebration in Parkersburg City Park voted to move the 2020 event from an overnight affair to a 6 p.m. to ...

Parkersburg planning commission approves rezoning request

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PARKERSBURG — The city’s Municipal Planning Commission on Friday approved a request to rezone a parcel that has long been used for commercial ventures but remains classified as residential. The application to rezone 1208 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg, was made by Dave and Cinda Fleming, of ...

NASCAR, victorious Truex honor Nick Null at Coca-Cola 600

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­ CHARLOTTE — Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t the only name to cross the finish line first at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. Nick Null’s name (CPO Null) was on the windshield of the No. 19 Toyota that Truex was driving for Joe Gibbs Racing when he won the ...

Marietta man to remain in mental health facility

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MARIETTA — The manufacturer of a set of explosives found both in Marietta Municipal Court and in a private home in 2016 will remain in the care of Appalachian Behavioral Health following a hearing Friday. Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi held a further commitment hearing ...

Lott receives community control in drug case

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MARIETTA — A Vienna woman caught stealing more than 800 Hydrocodone pills from a Marietta pharmacy last year was placed on community control rather than sentenced to prison. Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi sentenced Kaitlin Lott, 28, of 902 27th St. to two years of ...

Myers receives 18 months in prison for assault with brick

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MARIETTA — A Marietta man was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for hitting a man in the face with a brick in July 2018. Zachary Allen Myers, 29, of 100 State St. pleaded guilty in May to a fourth-degree charge of aggravated assault. “This is the maximum sentence on this ...

Suspect in Marietta robbery faces federal charges

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MARIETTA — A suspect in a December armed robbery at Rite Aid in Marietta has been indicted on federal charges, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania said. Arthur Lee Worthy II, 21, of Columbus was one of three Ohio men indicted by a grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges ...

Washington County Commission OKs contract for renovations

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MARIETTA — Four bids were received Thursday by the Washington County Commission for renovations to the law library on the first floor of the courthouse. Proposals were from: T&M Contractors of Macksburg with a base bid of $192,673; Promanco of Marietta with a base bid of $189,016; ...

Shakespeare, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to hit Marietta stages

Community News

MARIETTA — The Pioneer Summer Theatre at Marietta College will present “Romeo and Juliet” and “Bye Bye Birdie” in June and July. Nine shows will be presented of the two productions – five of “Romeo and Juliet” and four of “Bye Bye Birdie” – starting with “Romeo and ...

Kiwanis of North Parkersburg honors students with scholarships

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PARKERSBURG — Scholarship winners from Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School Key Clubs were recognized at a recent meeting of Kiwanis of North Parkersburg. Receiving the Alice and Jack Meyers Scholarship at Parkersburg South is Faith Adebulu, who will attend Case Western ...