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Local businesses look for employees at job fair

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VIENNA — There was a silent but consistent theme at Friday’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center. It was “immediate openings, looking to fill immediately.” There were 27 businesses at 24 tables — many had double digit numbers of ...

Proposal would raise tobacco use to 21 years old

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MARIETTA — Tobacco 21 is looking down the road, so to speak. When people begin smoking at a young age, they are more likely to acquire a lifelong addiction, according to medical studies, and Washington County Health Commissioner Dick Wittberg believes that raising the minimum age for legal ...

Sunrise service planned for Sternwheel Festival

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MARIETTA — On the Sunday of Sternwheel seven pastors will speak and sing in the celebration of Christ. “We’re ecumenical,” said Pastor Kenneth Brown, of the Marietta Community Church. “Different people are bringing different pieces of the puzzle as this focuses on celebrating Jesus, ...

Sternwheel Festival opens for its three-day run

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MARIETTA — Even in its 43rd year, the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival still welcomed some newcomers to the annual riverfront event as it kicked off on Friday. The Ohio Arrows, a northeast Ohio RV club, ventured down for the weekend for their first experience of the paddleboat festival. ...

Warner to discuss election security at national meeting

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PARKERSBURG — The secretary of state of West Virginia has been asked to speak at a national meeting on election security. Mac Warner will discuss what the state has accomplished at the National Election Security Summit on Monday and Tuesday in St. Louis, Mo. Topics at the meeting, to be ...

Williamstown Elementary School cornerstone ceremony slated

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WILLIAMSTOWN – The cornerstone for the new Williamstown Elementary School will be laid 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 by the Grand Lodge of West Virginia AF&AM. The Masonic ceremony, organized by the Williamstown Lodge No. 129, will be held at the school, which is under construction at the ...

Gallery: Edison Middle School delivers food

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Edison Middle School’s sixth-grade Empowerment Class, led by teacher Katie Radcliff, gathered produce out of the school’s community garden to donate and deliver to the food pantry at Old Man Rivers. This Empowerment class is part of a program which encourages students to take ownership ...

Entrepreneur Center opens at WVU-P

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PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Entrepreneur Center, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, hosted its grand opening on Thursday evening in the Workforce and Economic Development Building on campus. Chad Crumbaker, West Virginia ...

Wood County Sheriff’s Department needs recruits

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Sheriff’s Department and many other law enforcement agencies are having difficulties finding recruits as people are not considering law enforcement as a possible career option. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens appeared before the Wood County Commission ...

Office of Drug Control Policy losing leaders, experience

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CHARLESTON — In a very quick and quiet move, a senior official with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources was granted approval to begin looking for another job, leaving an oversight position for a state agency charged with the state’s drug response leaderless. On ...

Comment period opens on Lane Farm landmark status

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission will accept comments on the nomination of the Isaac Franklin Lane House to the National Register of Historic Places in a meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Williamstown Public Library, 201 West Fifth St. The meeting is open to the ...

3 charged with murder in Ohio man’s death

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Staff Report ATHENS — Three people were charged with murder and kidnapping and a fourth with helping bury the body in Athens County, authorities said. The body of Christopher Meadows, 23, of Shade, Ohio, missing since July 25, was found Tuesday in a grave in the woods near Shade, according ...

Captains prep for today’s Sternwheel Festival opening

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MARIETTA — There’s a certain language among river folk. “We can talk boats, and places and parts no matter what,” said Bill Richards, 68, of Oak Grove. Richards and his brother-in-law Paul Flagg, 75, of Florida, were excited to tour a couple of the paddleboats down at the Ohio ...

2 arrested, 10 pounds of marijuana found

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From staff reports PARKERSBURG — A call to check on the welfare of a woman this week resulted in two arrests and the confiscation of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana. Parkersburg Police responded to 1024 Avery St., Apt. 2, Monday after a third party expressed concern about resident ...

Harvest of Hope delivers 1 million pounds of food

Community News

MARIETTA — The Washington County Harvest of Hope celebrated an achievement on Aug. 9. It has saved one million pounds of food and distributed it to numerous agencies serving the hunger needs of the community. Each week, the Harvest of Hope refrigerated truck travels throughout the valley ...

Local Out of Darkness Walk set for Sept. 22

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Staff Report PARKERSBURG — Suicide Prevention Week will be observed Sept. 9-17, leading to the annual Out of Darkness Walk on Sept. 22 to raise awareness of the issue. Resources and services are available for residents who believe they are having a mental health emergency, said Tristam ...

Wood County Schools recruiting bus drivers

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools Transportation Department will hold open tryouts for bus operators Sept. 15 at Erickson All-Sports Facility. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon and will give those interested a chance to drive a school bus in the Erickson parking lot. Applications can be ...

Burt Reynolds dead

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Burt Reynolds, the star of numerous movies including "Deliverance," "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights," has died, Associated Press said. He was 82.

Habeb to receive Governor’s Service Award

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PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman who created a non-profit group to help community cats will be honored today with a Governor’s Service Award. Kandi Habeb 15 years ago created the Save a Kitty Feral Cat Program. Habeb will receive the Governor’s Service Award during a presentation ...

Justice: ‘We need a great commerce leader’

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CHARLESTON — More than 80 days since Woody Thrasher resigned amid controversy as commerce secretary, Gov. Jim Justice said it is time for a permanent leader at the department, but finding that new leader was proving to be a challenge. Justice addressed questions about the Department of ...