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Parkersburg man absconds from home confinement

Local News

PARKERSBURG — A man on home confinement has absconded, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office reported on Thursday. Stefin Richard Pappas, 46, 1216 23rd St., absconded from home confinement on Wednesday, the department said. Pappas was ordered on home confinement as a condition of bond by ...

Child injured in Wood County mower accident

Local News

MINERAL WELLS — A 6-year-old girl was taken by helicopter to a Morgantown hospital Wednesday evening after an accident involving a riding lawnmower. The accident occurred around 7:53 p.m. Wednesday at a residence on Chesterville Road in Mineral Wells, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens ...

Washington County Commission signs natural gas contract

Local News

MARIETTA — On Thursday, the commissioners signed a three-year contract with Houston, Texas-based Constellation Newenergy LLC, to supply all of the county government’s natural gas starting July 31. Commission President David White said they received the contracts at the beginning of the ...

Outdoors: Justice announces improved trout stocking

Local News

CHARLESTON — Beginning the week of April 15, the state of West Virginia has implemented an improved stocking method, the Division of Natural Resources said. The division is stocking the same number of trout in the same number of locations, but the key difference is rather than dumping the ...

Outdoors: West Virginia DNR issues bear reminder

Local News

CHARLESTON — Spring is here and black bears will be coming out of their winter hibernation and looking for food, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources said. Feeding black bears is a violation of state law and is a misguided disservice to the animal, Colin Carpenter, black bear ...

Outdoors: Spring gobbler season under way in West Virginia

Local News

West Virginia’s four-week spring gobbler season opened April 15 and runs through May 11. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day with a season bag limit of two. The one-day youth season will be held April 13, the Saturday before the regular season. Youth 8-18 can harvest one ...

Outdoors: West Virginia DNR staffers receive recognition

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Two members of the staff of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have been recognized by the state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for their efforts in game management, conservation, enforcing wildlife laws and promoting hunter safety. Wildlife Manager Michael Craig ...

BREAKING NEWS: One dead in Plum Street fire

Community News

PARKERSBURG — A person was found dead inside a Plum Street house that caught fire this morning. The fire at 3617 Plum St. was reported around noon. Just before 12:30 p.m., Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said a body had been located and the investigation was just getting ...

Attorneys, Washington County Sheriff seek removal of prosecutor

Local News

MARIETTA — Local attorneys and law enforcement are heading a public call for the removal of Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings. Retired Judge Janet R. Burnside, of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, was assigned by the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday to preside over the civil ...

Justice, transportation officials give update on secondary roads

Local News

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and officials with the state Department of Transportation and Division of Highways want the public to know that work has started on repairing West Virginia’s secondary roads. Justice, DOT Secretary Byrd White and DOH Acting Commissioner Jimmy Wriston briefed ...

Belpre High School principal on leave, retiring

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BELPRE — Belpre High School Principal Dennis Eichinger is on leave and has filed notice of his retirement, according to Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley. “Our principal recently announced he has resigned for retirement purposes, so he will be on leave for the remainder of ...

Parkersburg Utility Board looking at Garfield Avenue leak fix

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board on Wednesday approved an agreement to evaluate options for repairing a leak that could affect water pressure and fire hydrant flow in the downtown area. The board voted 3-0, with members Greg Herrick and Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce absent, to ...

Report: West Virginia needs to diversify economy

Business

PARKERSBURG — The area could benefit from downstream industries using the state’s natural gas products to make a variety of products, a group of economic students told community and business leaders. Also, other new businesses can diversify the state’s economy, the group ...

Fire destroys Belpre home, kills two dogs

Local News

BELPRE — No people were injured, but two dogs were lost in a house fire at 162 Second Lane, Belpre, Tuesday afternoon, Little Hocking Fire Chief Mike Chevalier said. “The home was fully engulfed when we arrived,” he said. Renters lived in the house. It took crews, who arrived on scene ...

WVU-P plans Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

Local News

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month by hosting the local Clothesline Project and encouraging participation in the Wailing Window Project and Denim Day during the week of April 22. The Clothesline Project, supported by the WVU ...

Frontier Board of Education discusses kindergarten, consolidation

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NEW MATAMORAS — The bright light of achievement and the dim prospects for the fiscal future bookended the monthly meeting of the Frontier Local Schools Board of Education Wednesday night. Newport Elementary School received recognition from the Ohio Department of Education for academic ...

Parkersburg company’s threads used in ‘Game of Thrones’

Business

PARKERSBURG — The premiere for HBO’s final season of “Game of Thrones” on April 14 was possibly the most anticipated television event of the year, if not of all time. In addition to its compelling narrative, the popular show has been praised for its highly-detailed production that ...