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Parkersburg Urban Renewal Authority votes on properties

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Urban Renewal Authority this week accepted recommendations from the Development Department on which of its properties to sell and which ones to hold onto as members look toward a more concerted effort to redevelop blighted areas. Of the properties held by the ...

Deitzler, Azinger led campaign spending

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PARKERSBURG — Two candidates for the House and Senate from Wood County spent more than $49,000 in the 2018 election, according to the post general campaign financial disclosures filed with the West Virginia secretary of state. Democrat Harry Deitzler for the 10th District in the House of ...

Lohr receives 12 years in prison for home invasion

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MARIETTA — A New Matamoras man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a home invasion that resulted in an injury by gunshot. Robert Lohr, 27, of 817 Grandview Ave., pleaded guilty on Nov. 21 to five felony charges and a gun specification tied to one of the ...

Authorities looking for property stolen from Wood County church

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau is looking for property stolen from a church. The sheriff’s office began an investigation on Dec. 16 regarding a breaking and entering and larceny at Tri County Worship Center on Slate Creek Road in Rockport. According to ...

Warner raises concerns over third party business filings

Business

CHARLESTON — A third-party group encouraging business to file their state-required annual reports with it for a fee is raising concerns with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. Businesses operating in West Virginia are required to register with the secretary of state and then ...

Marietta students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

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MARIETTA — The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has come a long way since its inception in 1983. Dianna Hively, detective and D.A.R.E. officer for the Marietta Police Department, said the focus of the program isn’t just about keeping youth away from drugs. “It’s not ...

Parkersburg man pleads guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charge

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PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in West Virginia to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, the U.S. attorney said. Nicholas Easton, 29, entered his guilty plea before Judge Irene C. Berger of the Southern District of West ...

Ohio pedestrian’s death under investigation

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LOGAN, Ohio — Troopers from the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on U.S. 33 near milepost 09 in Hocking County. Approximately 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, Jerry R. Phillips, 50, of Nelsonville was driving a 2018 Ram pickup westbound ...

Parkersburg group backs carbon emissions measure

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby has endorsed a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives it said would reduce America’s carbon emissions, improve health and save lives and create 2.1 million jobs over the next decade. The Energy Innovation ...

Incoming Belpre Schools superintendent meets with residents

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BELPRE — The Belpre Board of Education held a “meet and greet” with Jeffrey Greenley, the new superintendent of Belpre City Schools, Wednesday at the Stone Administration Building. Greenley, who was approved Monday during the last board meeting of 2018, will begin Feb. 1 and will replace ...

Hobby Lobby plans store in Vienna

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Hobby Lobby, a nationwide company selling crafting supplies and items for hobbyists, is locating in Vienna, the company said. The company will locate in the former Kmart on Grand Central Avenue, the company said. "At this time, we can confirm that a lease has been signed in Vienna (former ...

West Virginia veterans nursing home owes vendors millions

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CHARLESTON — A nursing facility managed by the state Department of Veterans Assistance owes more than $5 million to vendors, according to the governor’s office. Gov. Jim Justice announced the accounting error at the Veterans Nursing Home Facility in Clarksburg in a press release, sent ...

Wood County students honored for PSAT scores

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday recognized four students for achieving high scores on the Practice SAT. This marks the first year all freshmen and sophomores in Wood County Schools were required to take the practice exam. Juniors statewide take the SAT in the ...

Sock collection surpasses goal

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VIENNA — Many people take for granted having warm socks to wear in the winter. But Jon Six knows that not everyone is so fortunate to have a pair of warm socks. Six, owner of Jon Six Hair Company in Vienna, is leading a drive this month to collect socks for homeless people. The sock ...

Volunteers prep meals for Wood County seniors

Community News

PARKERSBURG — A local hotel, its staff and a group of volunteers donated their time and collected donations so many area seniors could have a good Christmas holiday meal this week. The Wood County Seniors Association partnered with the Comfort Suites Hotel in Mineral Wells to help sponsor ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots reports successful 2018 campaign

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PARKERSBURG — Despite facing an early issue, the Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots is having another successful year with its 2018 campaign, an official said. The campaign was faced with the closing of the local Toys R Us store, which had been a national corporate sponsor. But, “the Mid-Ohio ...

Chemours donates $10K to Blennerhassett Island Historical Foundation

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PARKERSBURG — A local chemical company has contributed $10,000 to the Blennerhassett Island Historical Foundation. The funds, presented on Wednesday to the foundation Board of Directors, will be used for the preservation of Blennerhassett Island. “The island hosts thousands of visitors ...

FCV sponsors Veterans Memorial

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RIPLEY — In keeping with its support for local communities and its respect for the American armed forces, Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) is a key sponsor of the rededication of the Veterans Memorial located at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, officials said. The original ...

Shoplifting suspect caught after pursuit in Vienna

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VIENNA — A Vienna Police officer was in the right place at the right time to apprehend a shoplifting suspect Wednesday afternoon. Patrolman Gregory R. Britton said he was traveling on Grand Central Avenue around 12:43 p.m. when he saw a man running across the busy street from Sam’s Club. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley churches to host Christmas dinners

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in ...