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Peoples Bank names Tyler Wilcoxen executive vice president

Business

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank has appointed of Tyler Wilcox as executive vice president, south regional president. “With more than 11 years of executive experience at Peoples Bank, Tyler brings top-level expertise to this new role,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president and chief ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce announces speaker for dinner

Business

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the keynote speaker for its 2019 annual dinner on March 11 at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College. J.B. Bernstein is a sports marketing pioneer and the co-creator of “The Million Dollar Arm,” a reality show ...

Shentel Foundation commits $50K to Leadership West Virginia

Business

CHARLESTON — The Shentel Foundation, part of Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., has made a $50,000 commitment to Leadership West Virginia over the next five years. The contribution makes the foundation the first diamond sponsor of the program in 2019. “Shentel looks forward to this ...

WVU researchers examine hospital readmissions

Business

MORGANTOWN — A widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot, according to new research from West Virginia University. Physicians and nurses use the L.A.C.E. index to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because ...

Marietta College playing host to career fair

Business

MARIETTA — Marietta College, Washington County Career Center, Washington State Community College, Jobs and Family Services and Building Bridges to Careers will hold Career Connect, a career fair to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in the Mid-Ohio Valley, on April 4, 8 a.m.-noon for ...

Parkersburg Utility Board director discusses recent water issues

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Utility Board Director Eric Bennett dealt with discolored water throughout Parkersburg from Jan. 10-13. He said Wednesday’s discolored water in the downtown area was an isolated incident and a not a repeat of last week. “The system was very weak with all the ...

Kids in Crisis: Counselor says schools need to teach social skills

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Every day, Jefferson Elementary Center counselor Aaron Ellis greets students the same way: “Good morning Earthlings.” “I give them the ‘Earthling Test.’ Everyone on the planet has the same five basic needs: Food, water, oxygen, shelter and love,” Ellis said. ...

Parkersburg City Council to meet Tuesday

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A meeting of the Urban Renewal Authority and a public presentation on federally designated opportunity zones will precede Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting. The Urban Renewal Authority, which consists of all nine council members, will meet at 5:30 p.m. in council ...

Father of child who overdosed sentenced for robberies, child neglect

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison Friday for a string of robberies he said were linked to the death of his infant daughter by a drug overdose nearly two years earlier. “That was my little girl,” Jason Lee Story, 39, said to Wood County Circuit ...

Williamstown traffic stop prompts search, drug arrest

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WILLIAMSTOWN — A traffic stop by the Williamstown Police Department Friday resulted in a find of more than 100 grams of heroin, the police chief said. Stalins Anthony Simon, 47, Charleston, was arrested by officers after a traffic stop off Highland Avenue on the entrance ramp to Interstate ...

Priority bills for House speaker, Senate president near votes

Local News

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers are moving fast to pass two bills that have been high on the priority list for the leaders of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2005 creating the Broadband Expansion Act of 2019, a major ...

Shows feature artwork by Parkersburg High School alumni

Community News

PARKERSBURG — A series of one-man art shows featuring Parkersburg High School alumni will be on display this year at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg. Ken Gilbert, who taught art at Parkersburg High School for 27 years, said he has tapped into the more than 200 of his former ...

Washington County Commission approves projects

Local News

MARIETTA — The Washington County commissioners approved two capital projects Thursday put forth by Tim Marty, superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Three projects were discussed, but a proposal to clean and waterproof the exterior of the bottom two floors of the Washington County ...

Wood County officials discuss property cleanup

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Dilapidated properties in Wood County are being cleaned up while the property owners of others are still being sought to see what they are willing to do. Wood County compliance officer Sarah Farnsworth appeared before the county commission Thursday to give an update on cleanup ...

Committee sends budget revisions to Parkersburg City Council

Local News

PARKERSBURG — The Finance Committee referred a host of mid-year budget revisions to the full City Council Thursday, including an additional $420,000 in municipal sales tax revenue, more than $200,000 to replace a historical fountain damaged in City Park and a $60,000 reduction in user fee ...

Parkersburg resident files papers for gubernatorial bid

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has filed precandidacy papers to run for governor of West Virginia in 2020. The 46-year-old Jody Murphy previously worked for the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pleasants County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pleasants County Development ...

Wood County grand jury indicts 78

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A couple accused of abusing their disabled adult son and a man charged with attacking and sexually assaulting his girlfriend were among 78 people indicted this week by the Wood County Grand Jury. Christina Boyles, 40, and her husband Herbert, 40, both of 501 32nd St., Lot A3, ...

Mother sentenced to time served on child neglect charge

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A woman charged in the 2016 death of her 9-month-old daughter from a fentanyl overdose was sentenced Thursday to time served. Amanda Adorante, aka Amanda Story, 26, was not at the home when her daughter came into contact with the drug, defense attorney Courtney Ahlborn said ...

Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg adds naloxone for first aid

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PARKERSBURG — The Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg has a new lifesaving device available, thanks to a partnership with Westbrook Health Services. Ben Shuman, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, announced Thursday the club will now stock naloxone as part of ...