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October 1, 2007
Parkersburg News and Sentinel


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Wood County’s second largest community, Vienna is also one of the fastest growing in West Virginia. Situated just north of Parkersburg, Vienna is primarily a residential community. Most jobs in the town are in the retail and dining sectors.

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Located across the Ohio River from Marietta, Ohio, Williamstown, W.Va., is a small but thriving community that boasts schools, businesses, parks, recreation and affordable housing.

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Mineral Wells
Located at the intersection of Interstate 77 and West Virginia 14, Mineral Wells is a small but thriving community south of Parkersburg, W.Va.Many restaurants and motels have located in the area because of the presence of the interstate.

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To the west is the Ohio River, and to the east the city of Parkersburg, the quaint community of Lubeck sits on land along West Virginia 68 that was once owned by George Washington.

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North Hills
The small community of North Hills became a town when it was incorporated in 1979. The area is primary a residential community for people working in nearby cities.

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Situated along West Virginia 68, Ravenswood, WV offers a front row seat to the on goings of the Ohio River. This inviting small community is home to a little more than 4,000 residents and is claimed as the "Gateway to scenic West Virginia."

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Located at the intersection of Interstate 77 and Route 33, Ripley is a quaint and attractive community that serves as the seat of Jackson County government.

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Tracing its roots back to the first president, Washingoton is home to some of the largest industrial plants in the area.

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Old blends with new in this historic river town that first gained fame as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. Its location at the confluence of two rivers, the Ohio River and the Muskingum River, as well as its access to railways and byways, has made Marietta a center for business, education, recreation and industry in Southeastern Ohio for centuries.

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The Ohio River and two major motor routes converge in Belpre where a keen sense of history meshes with a large industrial base and a growing effort to attract tourists.

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If you want the sweet nostalgia of yesterday and promise of tomorrow, visit Barlow.
The village is a perfect blend of old and new.

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The village, founded in 1789 by 19 families, is located on the banks of the Muskingum River.
The main route to Beverly is Ohio 60. It's located about 20 miles north of Marietta. Farming is a staple in this community, as is industry. Local plants serving the area include American Electric Power, Globe Metallurgical and Lang Masonry. Two chambers of commerce serve the area, the Beverly-Waterford Chamber and Muskingum Valley Chamber.

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This rural village lies between two ridges on the banks of the Muskingum River. Served by Ohio 60 and one traffic light, this third settlement of the Northwest Territory was founded in 1788 but wasn't fully settled until 1795. Lowell once thrived with a tannery, brickyard, saw and flour mills until the flood of 1913 swept through the community wiping out many of these industries. The village is now home to an elementary school, park, grocery store and several independent businesses including a funeral home.

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New Matamoras
Ohio 7 runs through the heart of this Ohio River community that took its name from the Battle of Matamoras during the Mexican-American War. The village was founded in 1846 and sits in the northeast corner of Washington County.
Originally called just Matamoras, the name was changed to New Matamoras in 1861 by the U.S. Post Office to avoid confusion with a town called Metamora in Fulton County.

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