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Safe driving program a sobering experience for teens in Parkersburg

Local News

PARKERSBURG — With prom season and graduation approaching, area teens had the chance to experience the dangers of drinking and distracted driving in a safe environment. Long-time local State Farm Insurance agent dan McPherson organized the annual Teen Safe Driving Program on Saturday in ...

Jane Irvine to retire as head of Artsbridge

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge Executive Director Jane Irvine will step down this fall after more than four years as head of the arts education agency. Office Manager Amanda DeBarr Stevens will become the new director, Irvine said. The director and office manager positions, both of which are ...

Study pushes completion of Parkersburg to Pittsburgh rail trail

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Only 22 miles of gaps remain in the West Virginia portion of a planned 238-mile rail trail from Parkersburg to Pittsburgh, according to a feasibility study recently released by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and local trail partners. Filling those gaps in Wood, Harrison and ...

Award-winning photographer opens portrait studio in St. Marys

Business

ST. MARYS — Award-winning photographer Becky Nichols has opened the new Becky Nichols Portrait Studio in St. Marys. Nichols is best known for magazine-style portraiture. In March, she received a bronze award in the teen-senior division of the Portrait Masters photography competition, which ...

Bent Barbell Club growing stronger at new location

Business

PARKERSBURG — Tim Hagan left the Washington DuPont property around 7 a.m. April 10 for the last time. He left to put a full-time effort to make his business a full-time business. Hagan, 33, is the owner of the Bent Barbell Club on Seventh Street. Hagan moved the business there after it had ...

Parkersburg native’s project receives film award

Community News

PARKERSBURG — A video by a Parkersburg native won an award at the Blackbird Film Festival in Cortland, N.Y. Season two of “Karmic” created by Parkersburg native Scarlet Sheppard was named Best Web Series at the festival held April 20-22. “Karmic” is a 14-episode sitcom for the web ...

United Bankshares marks record earnings

Business

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares has announced record earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were a record $61.7 million as compared to earnings of $38.8 million for the first quarter of 2017. Diluted earnings per share were 59 cents for the first ...

U.S. Census issues county reports

Local News

MARIETTA — The U.S. Census Bureau last week issued its annual report of county business patterns for all counties in the nation, showing employment and payroll activities through the end of 2016 for private sector companies. In Washington County, the data shows a continuation of ups and ...

River City Farmers Market encourages businesses

Business

MARIETTA — Local farmers are hoping to encourage entrepreneurship in the next generation. Teens like Danielle Sistrunk and children like Ruth Fagan and Ashton Newland are already on board at the River City Farmers Market, selling their wares and learning the ropes of owning a business. But ...

Highmark West Virginia rep among 12 to receive recognition

Business

PARKERSBURG — A customer service representative from Highmark West Virginia has received one of 12 Jefferson Awards for Public Service from Highmark Health. Cheri McCollum of Albany in Meigs County is a senior customer service representative and a volunteer emergency medical technician with ...

Events slated at Henderson Hall

Community News

BOAZ — After opening to visitors for the season in March, Henderson Hall will begin holding a series of special events the first weekend in May. Henderson Hall is located at 517 Old River Road in Boaz. The Victorian-era Italianate the home is one of the few surviving, intact historic ...

Marietta High School honors students, teachers

Local News

MARIETTA — It was a night for honoring achievement and a night for sentiment. At the annual Marietta High School Academic Excellence Awards ceremony and dinner, 44 students in the Class of 2018 who earned a 3.5 grade point average or above were given awards and the opportunity to thank ...

Attorney to present program at Parkersburg Country Club

Local News

VIENNA — Nationally acclaimed attorney Charles D. “Skip” Fox IV will present a day-long program of continuing education on May 24 at the Parkersburg Country Club for area lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, financial planners and banking professionals. Presented by the Mid-Ohio ...

Calhoun County school receives honor

Local News

GRANTSVILLE — Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Calhoun County was honored Thursday by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia as a recycling champion. The coalition makes these awards possible in collaboration with the state’s 50 solid waste authorities. Recycling champions reach ...

Belleville native part of Shepherd University anthology

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Belleville native Randi Ward is among the photographers, poets, essayists and fiction writers published in the 2018 volume of Shepherd University’s Anthology of Appalachian Writers. Ward, who lives in Wood County, contributed four poems— “Peonies,” “Feeding Time,” ...

April is Autism Awareness Month

Local News

MARIETTA — One in 68 children is diagnosed with it. That’s one in 48 boys and one in 189 girls who are “on the spectrum.” But what is autism and what does a life with the spectrum disorder amount to? “The numbers continue to grow,” said Susan Tilton, superintendent of the ...

Marriage Licenses

News of Record

MARIETTA — The following people recently picked up marriage licenses at the Washington County Courthouse: * Joseph John Tasch, 29, of Parkersburg, and Becky Nicole Dennis, 27, of Fleming, April 20. * Keenan Nicholas Hayes, 26, and Miranda Dawn Tanner, 23, both of Belpre, April 18. * Jon ...