Local officials disagree with homelessness report data

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PARKERSBURG — At least two local people involved with the homeless say they haven’t seen the decreases cited in a report Thursday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agency’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress said the number of persons ...

Washington County gets $1M refund

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MARIETTA — Some good news in the form of more than $1 million to be refunded to local schools, municipalities and townships was announced at Thursday’s weekly meeting of the Washington County Commissioners. Bill McFarland, Washington County auditor, made the announcement and explained ...

Dan McPherson shows the cover of his latest Christmas book “Buddy Bunny and Mac Moose,” and stuffed animals of the main characters. McPherson will sign copies of his books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grand Central Mall near Santa Claus. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

McPherson publishes fifth Christmas book

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PARKERSBURG — An unlikely friendship between a moose and rabbit is the latest Christmas story from a local author who has written five fiction books about the Christmas season. Dan McPherson, of Washington, W.Va., and a local State Farm agent, has written five books and the latest is ...

Paul Taylor demonstrated the didgeridoo for third- and fourth-grade students. (Photo by Erin O'Neill)

Australian artist entertains elementary school students

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MARIETTA — Students from Warren and Little Hocking elementary schools were treated to a visitor from “down under” Thursday and learned a little bit about the only continent that is also a country. “I know a little bit about kangaroos but that’s about it,” admitted Warren ...

Fall W.Va. turkey harvest drops

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PARKERSBURG — The 2017 fall turkey harvest in West Virginia was down more than half from last year, the Division of Natural Resources said on Wednesday. Hunters killed 948 turkeys this year, 54 percent fewer than in 2016 and 23 percent below the five-year average, the division said. “As ...

A hand-decorated ornament graces a Christmas tree while transplant recipients and the families of donors talk in the background at the annual Memorial Health System Gift of Life holiday gathering Thursday. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

Annual celebration honors organ, tissue donation

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MARIETTA — It was a gathering of people who escaped death, blindness and lives of disability, a group with the common experience of getting a second chance. The Memorial Health System Gift of Life annual holiday gathering was held Thursday night at Marietta Memorial Hospital, bringing ...

Marietta court adds case manager

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MARIETTA — Marietta City Council authorized a new case manager position within the Marietta Municipal Court’s Probation Department Thursday. The new position, established at $15.14 an hour plus benefits, will be paid for through a Probation Incentive Grant. Council introduced and passed ...

On the Record

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Washington Sheriff MARIETTA — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports Dec. 4: * On Nov. 30, David L. Cline, 1944 Briggs Hill Road, Belpre, reported his home entered and firearms removed. This case remains under investigation. * On Dec. 1, Deputy Zide ...

Suspects sought in Calhoun County murder

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BIG BEND — Police expect to make additional arrests today in the home invasion and murder of a Calhoun County resident Lt. C.A. Parsons with the West Virginia State Police said one man is under arrest and three more are being sought in connection with a home invasion and shooting early ...

Franken quits

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from Congress in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. "I may be resigning my ...

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Police: Man, woman abandoned young boy on Parkersburg street

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PARKERSBURG — Two Parkersburg residents have been charged with felony child neglect after allegedly abandoning a 7-year-old child on 13th Street. Britney Ann Willis, 32, of 1011 18th St., Parkersburg, was arrested Monday and arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on a charge of child ...

Manchin, Capito push for C.H.I.P.

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WASHINGTON — Both U.S. senators from West Virginia are urging Congress to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. C.H.I.P., which covers more than 20,000 children in West Virginia and 9 million nationwide, expired on Sept. 30. The five-year reauthorization of the 20-year-old ...

Marietta assault suspect captured in Parkersburg

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PARKERSBURG — A Marietta man accused of throwing tools at his girlfriend and striking her in the head faces charges on both sides of the Ohio River after being apprehended Wednesday morning in Parkersburg. Jason Anthony Dick, 39, of 124 Tennis Center Drive, Apt. 3B, Marietta, was arrested ...

LGBTQ+ forum discusses Washington County changes

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MARIETTA — Following a weekend meeting in Marietta, members and advocates of the LGBTQ+ community in Washington County are moving forward on a wish list to help support residents here. On Saturday, a group discussed ways to combat discrimination, promote safety and increase resources for ...

Democratic senators call on Franken to step down

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. senator from Ohio wants Sen. Al Franken, who is facing allegations from women that he harassed them or engaged in sexual misconduct, to resign. “I have listened to them. I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life,” Democratic ...

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Members of the Tramps Motorcycle Club pose with Marietta Police officer AJ Linscott during a past toy run to raise money for children in the foster care program.

Tramps Motorcycle Club readies annual toy run in Marietta

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MARIETTA — Thanks to a tradition that has been going on for 35 years, children in foster care won’t go without this Christmas. The Tramps Motorcycle Club has been hosting its annual parade and toy run for several decades, according to Donnie Washburn, whose father, Buck McGowan, was a ...