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Local volunteers train for hurricane disaster relief

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PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross Northwest West Virginia Region on Monday dispatched its Emergency Response Vehicle with Chip and Jan Pickering, husband and wife, for training in Charleston, W.Va., Sharon Kesselring, executive director, said. The Red Cross in West Virginia is ...

Rain to stop today; Ohio River may rise

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PARKERSBURG — The rain from the remnants of Florence stopped in Parkersburg and the surrounding area during mid-afternoon Monday after raining throughout the night, heavily at times. By 9:45 a.m. Monday, Parkersburg had received 1.67 inches and 1.97 inches by noon. The rain was forecast to ...

Mac Warner critical of lawsuit settlements

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia secretary of state is outraged and frustrated over the out-of-court settlements of four wrongful termination lawsuits filed against him in 2017. Twelve of the 16 employees terminated in January 2017 sued Mac Warner last year and four recently settled with the ...

Coal lobbyists request lower severance tax rate

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CHARLESTON — A coal mining lobbyist group is asking for a lower severance tax rate for coal, while two organizations representing natural gas interests are asking to keep their severance tax rates the same. The Legislature’s joint standing committees on energy and finance heard from ...

Poverty increases in W.Va.

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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s poor are being ignored while recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows more residents lived in poverty in 2017 than the year before, according to a state group. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of income, poverty and health ...

High water creates road hazards

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MARIETTA — Despite Tropical Depression Florence’s entrance into the Mid-Ohio Valley Monday, the hazardous weather outlook remained mild. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office kept a lookout for high water on county roads, but only heard reports of wind pulling throughout the county ...

Wood County working on Westbrook deed agreement

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials are working out the final wording of an agreement for Westbrook Health Services to have the deed over the Amity Center to qualify for money to improve the center. Commissioner Jimmy Colombo heard from Westbrook chief financial officer Marvin Boyce and ...

Belpre BOE looks at report card

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BELPRE — Officials say the state report card for Belpre City Schools contains items to celebrate and concerns to address, both of which will be done in the coming months. Director of Instruction Bernie Boice spoke Monday to the Belpre City Schools Board of Education and said the state ...

Washington State Community College enrollment numbers fall short

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MARIETTA  — Fall enrollment at Washington State Community College fell just short of its budgeted goals, with drops in several programs but a solid increase in Health Sciences Technologies, which now accounts for more than a third of the credit hours taken at the college and nearly a third ...

Lawmakers briefed on sports betting

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CHARLESTON — Sports betting is alive at two West Virginia casinos with more to follow, but lawmakers are concerned about recent staff turnover at the West Virginia Lottery Commission and attempts to circumvent the will of the Legislature. The Joint Standing Committee on Finance met Monday ...

On the Record

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Wood Sheriff PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports Sept. 17: * On Sept. 14, Aaron E. Abbott, 32, of Delta Road, Sandyville, was issued a citation for driving on suspended and no proof of insurance. * On Sept. 14, Elizabeth Kidd, 34, of ...

Teachers, school service personnel hold unity rally in Charleston

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CHARLESTON — Hundreds of teachers, school workers, public worker retirees, lawmakers and candidates, and supporters rallied on the front steps of the State Capitol Building on Sunday with a simple message for Republican legislators: they plan to remember in November. The Unity Rally drew ...

Harvest Moon Festival reaps high turnout

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PARKERSBURG — Although it was in the 80s on Sunday, many people who came out to the Harvest Moon Festival at City Park were thinking about fall and the upcoming holiday season. With warm temperatures and the remnants of Tropical Storm Florence still to the south, many people still made ...

W.P. Snyder Jr. marks 100 years on rivers in Marietta ceremony

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MARIETTA — The historic W.P. Snyder Jr. is 100 years old and a Re-Christening Celebration was held Saturday at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. The community event included a ceremony, picnic and live entertainment. Built in 1918, the W.P. Snyder Jr. was used many years for towing ...

Runners, walkers hit track for Marietta McDonald’s Half Marathon

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MARIETTA — The third annual Marietta McDonald’s Half Marathon was held Saturday with feet hitting the pavement in four separate races. Runners of all ages participated in the event that helps provide funds for Marietta’s Gold Star Memorial Park on Harmar Hill that honors those who paid ...

Trial date set in Kevin Rings case

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MARIETTA — At a motions hearing Friday morning in Washington County Common Pleas Court, a special judge, Patricia Cosgrove, reserved her decision but set a trial date in the case of Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings. Rings is accused of sexual imposition and coercion related to a ...

Marietta Troop welcomes girls into ranks as Scouts go coed

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MARIETTA — The scouting motto is to be prepared. And now that school is back in session and the hard push to recruit new cubs to the scouting program has begun, this year leaders are prepared to serve a wider audience of both genders. “I had my first girls join back in the winter as ...

Ohio to pay for new Washington County voting machines

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MARIETTA — Concerns earlier this year that Washington County might need to spend $750,000 or more on new voting equipment have been laid to rest after Gov. John Kasich signed authorization for the state to underwrite the cost of the machines throughout Ohio. Washington County voters, ...

West Virginia residents can report stream blockages

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CHARLESTON — Due to the potential for high water and stream blockages in the coming days, anyone with a blockage impacting their home or property that’s caused by Hurricane Florence is encouraged to call 1-866-UC-FLOOD (823-5663) to report it to the West Virginia Conservation Agency. ...