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Parkersburg City Council approves budget revisions

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council on Tuesday approved a series of budget revisions totaling more than $1.5 million. The budget revisions were broken down for council members during a Finance Committee meeting prior to Tuesday’s regular council session. Finance Director Eric Jiles ...

Wood BOE hears off-campus learning presentation

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education received a presentation from the Curriculum and Instruction Department about off-campus learning options for the second semester inside the Wood County Technical Center in south Parkersburg on Tuesday evening. Presented by Director of ...

Audit knocks agency for losing track of $25M loan program

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority lost track of a $25 million venture capital loan program and has little to show for success according to a new report. The West Virginia Post Audit Division released a report Tuesday highlighting the failures of the EDA’s $25 ...

No injuries reported in two Parkersburg fires

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PARKERSBURG — Two fires at vacant structures impacted different areas of Parkersburg on Tuesday. At approximately 4:12 p.m., the Parkersburg Fire Department and ambulance services were dispatched to the scene of a fire and arrived three minutes later at a vacant four-unit apartment complex ...

Overturned truck blocks traffic on U.S. 50

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CAIRO — A tractor trailer box truck was overturned early Tuesday morning which blocked the entire westbound and partial eastbound lane along U.S. 50 at Myers Fork in Ritchie County. According to Cairo Fire Chief Zach Foster, the call came in at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and when the department ...

Judge denies restraining order against W.Va. school re-opening plans

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CHARLESTON — An attempt by West Virginia’s two teachers’ unions to block the current school re-entry plans for public schools was blocked by a judge Tuesday. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ruled Tuesday against a request for a temporary restraining order against the West ...

Controversy erupts over selection process for new delegate

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CHARLESTON – The effort to replace the former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who was charged for taking part in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol Building three weeks ago has created a controversy of its own. Jeff Maynard, the chairman of the Wayne County Republican ...

Challenges to Gov. Justice’s pandemic orders continue

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CHARLESTON — A group of Morgantown bars that closed during the summer and fall by order of Gov. Jim Justice is appealing an order granting a motion to dismiss while a case filed by a Putnam County couple is on track for trial in 16 months. Both cases challenge executive orders issued by ...

Cairo installs new emergency siren

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CAIRO — A new emergency siren was installed last week for the Cairo community after it went without one for about a year. A siren dating back to the World War II era sits atop an old bank building in Cairo and Fire Chief Zach Foster said the owners of that building, the Ritchie County ...

Bipartisan progress among Manchin’s goals

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WHEELING — United States Sen. Joe Manchin takes over as Senate Energy Committee chairman today — a post that could empower West Virginia’s voice as the new Biden administration sets forth its energy policies. The moderate Manchin, D-W.Va., also could provide deciding votes in an evenly ...

Wood, Jackson residents among COVID-19 deaths

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CHARLESTON — Two people from Wood and Jackson counties are among the confirmed deaths Tuesday from the virus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Statewide, another 29 deaths were confirmed from Monday to Tuesday, raising the count since the pandemic ...

Active COVID cases continue decline in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON — Total and active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia are on the decline for the second straight week, according to an analysis of data released Monday by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The total numbers of positive COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period between ...

Justice: Vaccination registration system going smoothly

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CHARLESTON — Monday’s rollout of a new pre-registration system to notify West Virginians when vaccines are available is working, state officials said. “This morning we became the first state in the nation to launch a COVID vaccine pre-registration system,” said Gov. Jim Justice during ...

Vaccination clinic set for Thursday

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PARKERSBURG — A free appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination clinic for residents 65 and older will be held Thursday in Wood County with appointments based on the existing waiting list, the state said Monday. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Virginia University at ...

Officials: Weekend Wood County death reports spanned six weeks

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PARKERSBURG — Thirteen COVID-19-related deaths of Wood County residents announced over the weekend took place between Dec. 9 and Jan. 22. Although the death confirmations were announced Saturday and Sunday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources during its daily ...

Mid-Ohio Valley schools adjusting to life in the COVID era

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WEST UNION — Area school districts are continuing to adapt to COVID-19 and are working to vaccinate teachers. In Pleasants County, remote learning days were moved to Fridays to allocate time for teachers and staff to receive their shots. Students will attend in person Monday through ...

Belpre City Council OKs measures, hears update on senior center

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BELPRE — The Belpre Senior Center could open for limited services beginning Feb. 1, Mayor Mike Lorentz told Belpre City Council at its regular meeting Monday evening. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Belpre City Building has been closed since Nov. 18, with all business conducted by ...