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Apprenticeship programs available in Wood County

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PARKERSBURG —West Virginia provides free apprenticeship programs to prepare participants for work in well-paying jobs. Wood County is home to several building trades union apprentice programs, including Carpenters, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Electricians, Laborers, Millwrights, Roofers, ...

Marietta Main Street to hold anniversary party

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MARIETTA — “Main Street was founded on passion.” That is the phrase emblazoned on the website for Marietta Main Street, a powerhouse organization whose mission over the past five years has been to revitalize and celebrate downtown Marietta. A party is planned on April 18 to celebrate, ...

MOVement Fitness Center to open in Marietta in May

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MARIETTA — Imagine a space where both parents can get in cardio and weights while their three children play soccer, volleyball or enjoy a playground year-round. Sounds like a big city dream. But with an indoor turf soccer field, tri-purpose basketball/volleyball/pickleball court, batting ...

Blennerhassett Island to open May 1

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PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2018 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. Park spokesman Pam Salisbury said the new season will see the continuance ...

Warren High School prepares for 57th art show

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VINCENT — Molly Denton and Aaron Place first encountered the Warren High School art show when they were students. Now both teach art at their alma mater and are preparing for the 57th show. Place, 40 and a teacher for 15 years, said the show will go up through the extensive hallways of the ...

Allie LaForce to speak at Ohio University commencement

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ATHENS — Allie LaForce, a 2011 Ohio University graduate and Emmy-nominated reporter and anchor for CBS Sports and Turner Sports, will deliver Ohio University’s 2018 Spring Commencement address on May 5. LaForce graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University’s nationally recognized Honors ...

Pulitzer-prize winner writes memoir, cookbook

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Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer-prize winner and a best-selling author of books such as “All Over But the Shoutin’” that focuses on the stories of his family. The Mid-Ohio Valley might also remember him as the author of “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story.” In his latest book, ...

Pearl S. Buck lecture slated for April 29 in Charleston

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CHARLESTON — “Pearl S. Buck: Past, Present, and Future” will be presented by John Cuthbert at the West Virginia Humanities Council’s 2018 Little Lecture Series 2 p.m. April 29 at the MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston. Admission is $10 and includes ...

Tyler County, Paden City tudents earn honors for academic efforts

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SISTERSVILLE — Students from Tyler County and Paden City schools were honored for academic excellence last week during the Peoples Bank Academic Awards Ceremonies. Both events on Tuesday and Thursday were held at Tyler Consolidated High School near Middlebourne. The students in grades 5-12 ...

Vienna City Council approves first reading on public forums

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VIENNA — Two ordinances concerning comments during council meetings were introduced during Thursday’s meeting of the Vienna City Council. First was an ordinance to require a council comment section appear on all council agenda and a time for comments to be heard at all regular and special ...

Parkersburg City Council to consider paving funds, lay levy

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PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider allocating money for the annual paving project 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, a week earlier than usual so the city can meet state code’s ...

Wood County Board of Education to meet Tuesday, Wednesday

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet in special session to approve levy rates for 2018-19 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the central office at 13th and Plum streets. The meeting is open to the public, but those wishing to speak must prepare a comment card prior to the start ...

Photo Gallery: Fluffy Friends

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Kyleigh Hawes, 20, relaxes with her Great Pyrenees pups, Jasper, left, and Elleigh Maye, right, Friday morning at City Park in Parkersburg. Jasper, however, became more affectionate than expected and licked Hawes’ face several times before she was able to put an end to the moment. Despite ...

Woman sentenced for role in Marietta home invasion

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MARIETTA — The last of five people involved in a home invasion last year on Franklin Street was sentenced Friday morning. Kattie Bishoff, 26, whose address was given as 2997 Pleasant Ridge Road in Marietta, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with a provision that she enter an in-patient ...

Parkersburg Fire Deparment makes plans for construction

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Fire Department will have to make some adjustments when construction starts on the first of three new fire stations, hopefully this summer. Architect Pickering Associates plans to put the project to replace the 85-year-old station 2 out to bid in May, around ...

Photo Gallery: A Day at the Park

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School Leadership Class members helped with a cleanup of City Park Friday. Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said “the class approached the city about the cleanup; we didn’t have to approach them. We’re always looking for groups to help with cleaning the ...

Belpre Board of Education to hold levy information meeting

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BELPRE — The Belpre Board of Education on Monday will hold an informational session about the district’s proposed emergency levy. The board is asking voters to approve a 10-year emergency operating levy which will generate $1.5 million a year for the district. The election is May ...

Facebook pulls posts regarding drug sales

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WASHINGTON — Facebook tweeted drug sales are “strictly prohibited” and thanked a U.S. representative from West Virginia who questioned its founder about opioid ads on the social media company. Rep. David McKinley, R-1st, questioned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week ...

Camden Clark Medical Center gala to aid infants

Community News

VIENNA — A charity gala will be held tonight in Vienna to help the smallest victims of the opioid crisis. WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center is having its “Vegas Baby!” charity gala at 6:30 p.m. today at the Parkersburg Country Club, which will be transformed into a miniature Las ...