Vienna residents Joe Brookover, left, and Paul Yeater, right, presented the council with a petition they circulated in opposition to proposed rate increases for water and sewer service. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Vienna Council discusses utility rate hike

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VIENNA — A discussion during Thursday’s meeting of the Vienna City Council of a proposed water and sewer service increase found few opposed to the concept of an increase, but they differed on how to fix the deficit. Mayor Randy Rapp said the reason for the increase came from the only ...

Gov. Justice pushes for road bond approval

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said the upcoming vote for the state road bond referendum will be one of the most important votes residents in the state will ever make. Justice, Chief of Staff Mike Hall, Transportation Secretary Tom Smith and other officials representing tourism, education ...

Justice plans town halls in Parkersburg, Ripley

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PARKERSBURG — Gov. Jim Justice brings his Roads to Prosperity Road Bond Referendum tour to the Mid-Ohio Valley today. The governor is scheduled to hold town hall meetings in Parkersburg and Ripley on the $1.6 billion road bond. He says approval of the measure in an Oct. 7 special election ...

Drug trafficking investigation leads to 11 arrests

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MARIETTA — Officials say they have cut the head off the proverbial snake of a major drug trafficking network in Southeastern Ohio supplied through family in Columbus. A press conference to announce the investigation and subsequent arrests was held in Wesley Township Thursday. “We ...

Lubeck resident Terri Fleak and her daughters, Abrianna, 4, and Addy, 1, walk through Point Park Thursday, checking out the sternwheelers lined up for this weekend’s Riverfest. Multiple sternwheelers are docked at the park for Riverfest, a free, family-friendly event that kicks off tonight, with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Gallery: Preparing for Riverfest

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Multiple sternwheelers are docked at the park for Riverfest, a free, family-friendly event that kicks off tonight, with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. They will include a wreath-laying in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the late Doug McLain, longtime Parkersburg Police ...

Partial closure of floodwall gate planned

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PARKERSBURG — The city’s floodwall will be inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next week, a process that will include partial closure of a gate that’s one of the reasons the structure has an “unacceptable” rating. All floodwall gates are required to be tested periodically, ...

Parkersburg firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 1714 Oak St. at 8:58 a.m. Thursday as smoke billows from the attic. (Photo Provided)

Generator catches fire, damages Oak Street home

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg firefighters found smoke coming from the attic of a two a and half-story house at 1714 Oak St. at 9:01 a.m. Thursday. The occupants were safely out of the house when the fire department arrived, said Fire Chief Jason Matthews. The occupants said they had just ...

Commissioners want recreation commission info

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is looking to get an update on what is happening at the Wood County Recreation Commission from the three board members the county appoints to the board. Sean Andrews appeared before the commission Thursday to be sworn in as one of the commission’s ...

Two sentenced in circuit court

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Two individuals were sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday. * Kyle Winston Prall, 23, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after his guilty plea to a bill of information charging him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Judge ...

Marietta Home Health and Hospice aide Dusty DeLancey, left, helps longtime volunteer Marge Stacy show off her cake during an early birthday celebration at the hospice office Thursday. Stacy turns 91 on Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Shawver)

Marietta Home Health and Hospice honors longtime volunteer

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MARIETTA — Every Thursday Marge Stacy travels from her home in Lowell to Marietta where she volunteers with Marietta Home Health and Hospice. On other days Stacy may be found singing with her chorus group for residents at area nursing homes. This weekend she’ll be traveling to ...

On the Record

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Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — On Sept. 14 the following reports were released by Wood County Magistrate Court: * Korey Lee Riel, 27, 402 Parmaco St., Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of knowingly maintaining or keeping a vehicle for keeping controlled substances, was sentenced to ...

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Parkersburg City 
Councilmen, from left, Eric Barber, Jeff Fox, Zach Stanley, Bob Mercer and John Reed 
listen to discussion about the city’s police and fire pension liabilities and how to fund them.

Parkersburg Finance Committee backs tax

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PARKERSBURG — Members of City Council’s Finance Committee Wednesday recommended enacting a dedicated 1 percent sales tax to address the city’s police and fire pension liability. It was one of four options presented by Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce and Finance Director Eric Jiles to raise ...

10 arrested on drug charges in Washington County

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WESLEY Twp. - Ten people were arrested in Washington County on drug charges today, with 15 additional arrests expected in surrounding counties, as the result of an investigation by the Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force and with aid from the Athens County Sheriff's Office and the ...

Poll workers needed in Wood County for Oct. 7 vote

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PARKERSBURG — Alternate poll workers are needed for the Oct. 7 statewide special election on the Roads to Prosperity Amendment of 2017, which will authorize the state to issue up to $1.6 billion in bonds for road projects over the next five years. To be eligible, a poll worker must be a ...

Marietta church seeks more solar panels

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MARIETTA — An anonymous donor has challenged the community to be more environmentally conscious with a promise of a matching grant for solar panels. “The panels that power our sanctuary have room for a few more,” said Katherine Hawbaker, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist ...

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David Wells, founder and chief executive officer of Chocolate Jazz Foundation, announced “Wine and Jazz on Market Street” will take place Sept. 30 on Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets in Parkersburg. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m.

Jazz concert set for Market St.

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PARKERSBURG — The sounds of smooth jazz will fill the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street on Sept. 30. The gates open at 4 p.m. and music will be from 5-9 p.m. during the free “Wine and Jazz on Market Street” festival, said event organizer David Wells of Vienna, founder and chief ...

W.Va. chooses SAT as 11th-grade assessment

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CHARLESTON — All West Virginia high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the statewide summative assessment in spring 2018, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. The College Board was selected Wednesday as the successful bidder following a competitive review ...

Five PHS students named National Merit semifinalists

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PARKERSBURG — Five Parkersburg High School students are among thousands of students nationally named this week as 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Wednesday announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual ...