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Tristen Lockhart, 17, a junior at Belpre High School, hopes to become a professional firefighter after he graduates high school. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Tristen Lockhart takes wing as Belpre Eagle

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BELPRE — Belpre High School junior Tristen Lockhart is soaring high as the school’s feathered mascot. The 17-year-old suits up every week as the Belpre High School Eagle, leading cheers and entertaining the crowd at every Belpre High School football game and some basketball games. He also ...

On the Record

News of Record

Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — On Sept. 12 the following reports were released by Wood County Magistrate Court: * Brandon Philip Roush, 29, 106 Hoagland Road, Parkersburg, was arraigned on charges of uttering and fraudulent use of an access device and was released on a $25,000 surety ...

Parkersburg City Council may pull public forum resolution

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PARKERSBURG — A resolution to reduce the number of public forums at Parkersburg City Council meetings from two to one is expected to be removed from tonight’s agenda. Councilwoman Sharon Kuhl said Monday that she and three other council members were pulling their sponsorship of the ...

Former local residents deal with Irma

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PARKERSBURG — Some former Mid-Ohio Valley residents weathered the storm in Florida where Hurricane Irma wreaked devastation upon the Sunshine State. Vienna native Lauren Smith Heeren, a 2003 graduate of Parkersburg High School, lives in DeLand, Fla., about 30 miles west of Daytona Beach. ...

Belpre City Council members Daniel Law, left, and Judy Drake discuss issues at Monday’s council meeting. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Belpre Council amends levy

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BELPRE — Belpre City Council voted Monday to amend a 1.75 mill additional levy which will be on the ballot in November after learning the original resolution did not meet state code in Ohio. In July, council unanimously approved a resolution providing for the tax levy for provision of ...

Small plane lands safely on I-77 in Jackson County

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FAIRPLAIN — The pilot of a small airplane made a safe emergency landing on Interstate 77 in Jackson County Monday after experiencing an engine problem, an official said. The unidentified pilot, who is from the Charleston area, landed the two-seat J3 Cub, a light aircraft weighing about 1,400 ...

The Wood County Courthouse as it looks today. The Wood County Commission is considering applying for state grants to restore the belltower to what it looked like prior to the 1950s when the tower had a cap on it that formed a pyramid-like crown. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Wood County Commission discusses cost of belltower restoration

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is looking at options to restore the belltower on the Wood County Courthouse. Renting a crane apparently is one of the more expensive aspects to the proposed project. A preliminary estimate from an architect and engineer on the work has the job ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Sept. 23

Local News

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Walk to End Alzheimer’s-Mid-Ohio Valley will be held 8 a.m. Sept. 23 at Tomlinson Park. Check in is at 8 a.m. followed by entertainment from 8:30-9:30 a.m. by Plan B and an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. John D. Green from Froggy 99 will be the emcee. Speakers include ...

Wood County Board of Education meets tonight

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PARKERSBURG – Recognitions and presentations are on the agenda of the Wood County Board of Education which meets 6:30 p.m. today at 13th and Plum streets. The meeting is open to the public. The board will hear a presentation on the Wood County Teacher of the Year Mary Blaker by Brian Raitz ...

Poet Randi Ward, of Wood County, has collaborated with Faroese singer-songwriter Eivør Pálsdóttir to render the acclaimed artist’s tenth album, “Slør,” into English. (Photo Provided)

Belleville native Randi Ward renders Faroese album into English

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PARKERSBURG — Poet Randi Ward, of Wood County, has collaborated with Faroese singer-songwriter Eivør Pálsdóttir to render the acclaimed artist’s tenth album, “Slør,” into English. The folktronica album, Pálsdóttir’s commercial debut in the United Kingdom, was released by ...

Tech test delays 911 switch to digital system

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MARIETTA — The switch over to digital by Washington County 911 emergency dispatch has been delayed because of defective equipment. Lt. Rich Hays, 911 coordinator for the county, said the problem was uncovered during testing around Aug. 18. The server, which Hays said was a new design, was ...

Guidance counselor addresses Wolf Creek BOE

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WATERFORD —The Wolf Creek Board of Education Monday night at Waterford High School heard a detailed presentation from part-time guidance counselor Beth Morris about student activities and her job. Morris said the job elements of being a school counselor have broadened significantly in ...

On the Record

News of Record

Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — The following cases appeared in Wood County Magistrate Court on Sept. 11: * Kayla Nicole Davis, 26, of 73 Manor Drive, Mineral Wells, was arraigned on a charge of burglary and released on a $30,000 surety bond. * Shawn Aaron Cloninger, 30, of 3905 Eighth Ave., ...

Photo by Brett Dunlap
The Valley Gem and the Major sternwheelers raced along the Ohio River Sunday towards the end of the 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta.

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival races to a finish

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MARIETTA — The 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival came to a close Sunday with sternwheeler races and a huge classic car show in downtown Marietta. The three-day festival concluded with over a dozen of the featured sternwheelers taking to the Ohio River for four races and what organizers ...

Photo by Doug Loyer
The Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club held its annual “Round the Island” Race on Sunday at Williamstown.

Kayakers paddle around Buckley Island

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The sounds of kayak paddles slicing though the Ohio River water and a backdrop of sternwheelers lined up on the Ohio River Levee across the river under a clear blue sky set the scene for the start of the fourth annual “Round the Island Kayak, Canoe and SUP Race” on ...

Photo by Erin O’Neill
Second- and third-graders at Washington Elementary School play on the playground. A lot of the equipment dates back to the 1960s and a new project with a goal of $875,000 would address some of the issues, creating a community use park with a Northwest Territory theme.

Playground at Marietta school focus of fundraising effort

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MARIETTA — A lofty project in the Mid-Ohio Valley has kicked off new fundraising efforts and a social media campaign with the safety and enjoyment of all community children as the main motivator. The Northwest Territory Community Playground campaign has hopes to raise approximately ...

Photo by Tim Turner
The Ghodsi home in Vienna served as the backdrop and site for the Pink by Poolside fundraiser Friday evening.

Pink by Poolside charity event breaks records

Community News

VIENNA — It was a record-breaking night in Vienna on Friday as a record 350 tickets were sold for Camden Clark Foundation’s fifth annual Pink by Poolside fundraiser. The event at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi raised a record $45,000 to provide free mammograms and ...

Blood drives aim to bolster Mid-Ohio Valley’s tapped reserves

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MARIETTA — With summer coming to a close the need is high for blood donations. “I do need more people to sign up because people have been on vacation over the summer,” said Linda Miller, organizer of the Lowell drive to be held at the volunteer fire department on Sept. 18. “There’s ...

Water projects to impact service in Belpre

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BELPRE — Water customers in some parts of Belpre will be affected by planned projects this week, according to the Belpre Public Works Department. Beginning Tuesday, city workers will replace the aging water booster system serving residents of Congress Road. The project should require no ...