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Ohio to see changes in laws

Business

MARIETTA — As Ohio heads into 2019, several new laws in the state could have an impact for residents of Washington County. Changes in child support payments, a minimum wage increase, violent offender registries and tax law changes to spousal support payments are all soon going into effect. ...

Somerville Fabricators marks 50th anniversary

Business

MINERAL WELLS — Somerville Fabricators has reached the half-century in business mark. It’s been a family owned operation from the beginning as Ralph Somerville founded the company in the garage of his house. From the beginnings of the garage, Somerville Fabricators has moved into two ...

Wheeling Island, Mardi Gras open sports books

Business

WHEELING — After months of waiting, local sports betting fans can now place wagers at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack as on Thursday the facility officially opened its sports book. The Wheeling casino and its sister facility — Mardi Gras Casino & Resort at Cross Lanes, W.Va. — ...

Marietta, Parkersburg theaters to continue seasons

Community News

PARKERSBURG — With the start of 2019, the Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will be presenting the second half of their seasons with a variety of comedies and dramas. The upcoming Guild shows are: * “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” will be the annual ...

Marietta man faces kidnapping, domestic violence charges

Local News

MARIETTA — A Marietta man was arrested Wednesday on charges involving alleged domestic violence and kidnapping. Jonathan David Harshberger, 31, of Marietta, was placed under arrest at his home on Wednesday, for the charges of kidnapping a first degree felony, two counts domestic violence ...

Authorities arrest Mineral Wells woman for arson

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PARKERSBURG — A Mineral Wells woman was arrested Thursday on a charge of first-degree arson. Courtney Lea Klaseen, 31, of Mineral Wells, was arrested on the charge and arraigned before Wood County Magistrate Robin Waters on Thursday. She was being held in the North Central Regional Jail on ...

West Virginia gas prices drop; trend continues downward

Business

CHARLESTON — Gasoline prices in Northern West Virginia are nearly nine cents cheaper this week at $2.304 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report on Thursday. Statewide, gasoline is about seven cents cheaper this week in West Virginia at $2.33. Nonetheless, the ...

Star Plastics marks lost-time safety goal

Business

RAVENSWOOD — On Nov. 29, Star Plastics marked five years with no lost-time incidents, an accomplishment company officials say underscores its emphasis on safety. Now their goal is to break the record of seven years without such an incident, set in the late 1990s. “We’ve been working ...

Mountaineer fans gather to watch bowl game

Local News

PARKERSBURG — With 64 televisions throughout the building, with one in every booth and plenty mounted to the walls, JP Henry’s was packed on Friday night for the Camping World Bowl game featuring the West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Syracuse Orange. “No matter where you ...

Former Parkersburg police chief Dale Eaton dies at 86

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A former Parkersburg police chief who is credited with modernizing the Parkersburg Police Department during his tenure has passed away. Dale V. Eaton, 86, of Parkersburg, passed away Friday. His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike ...

Red Kettle campaigns wrap up short of goals

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Fewer locations resulted in fewer donations for the Salvation Army of Parkersburg during this year’s Red Kettle campaign. But even though the annual fundraising effort fell nearly $20,000 short of its $175,000 goal, officials with the organization are grateful for the ...

Grieving mother continuing billboard effort

Local News

MARIETTA — The pain of her son’s death a year ago has barely diminished for Lenora Lada, and she has taken the same measure this month as she did in the wake of his passing during December 2017, an act to ensure he will not be forgotten. Lada has rented a billboard overlooking Ohio 60 in ...

Meigs County raid ends with drug seizure, arrest

Local News

CHESHIRE, Ohio — Authorities in Meigs County served a search warrant at a residents in early morning hours Friday, arresting one person and seizing a large amount of drugs, money and firearms. In a press release issued Friday afternoon by Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, shortly after ...

Thrive food pantry serves Parkersburg area families

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A food pantry located in downtown Parkersburg has served more than 200 area families since August and is working to provide even more services for those in need. Thrive: A Community Empowerment Center is located at 325 7th St. in downtown Parkersburg and provides the ...

Wood County Commission discusses humming sound from Ohio

Local News

PARKERSBURG — As a sound continues to emanate from the Eramet plant in Washington County that is being heard in Vienna, local people are turning to their elected officials to see what can be done. The Wood County Commission has received complaints from Vienna area residents of the noise, a ...

Congress considering national sports betting legislation

Local News

CHARLESTON — With all of West Virginia’s casinos now online with sports betting, the industry’s next gamble will be with just how — or when — the federal government will get involved. U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York, announced the introduction Dec. ...

West Virginia DOE suspends Roane County High School teacher

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SPENCER — A Roane County High School teacher’s state certification has been suspended for a year following multiple school-level suspensions for inappropriate behavior. West Virginia Superintendent Steven Paine signed the order Dec. 13 suspending the teaching certification of Michael L. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley businesses report strong Christmas sales

Business

PARKERSBURG — ­Many local businesses reported having a good Christmas sales season. Many reported sales were up over previous years and that sales remained steady right up to Christmas. “Our Christmas season was very brisk and very good,” said Tina Salmans, co-owner of Mulberry Lane ...