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Apollo mission anniversary sparks nostalgia for Wood County native

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PARKERSBURG — Among the key moments in American history was 50 years ago today when man first landed on the moon. On July 20, 1969, Americans watched their TV sets with wide-open eyes as astronaut Neil Armstrong took those first steps on the lunar soil, the culmination of a pledge made by ...

Heat, humidity do not stop fairgoers in Mineral Wells

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MINERAL WELLS — Hundreds of people made their way to the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition in Mineral Wells Friday even though the heat index remained well above 100 degrees for most of the day. Bob Lockhart, member of the Wood County 4-H Livestock Chair, said extra high ...

Parkersburg City Council to talk budget revisions

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PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider a pair of budget revisions, two alley vacations and the rescheduling of its August sessions when members meet Tuesday. The agenda for the meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, includes a ...

Pope reprimands former Bishop Bransfield

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WHEELING — Pope Francis has issued a series of disciplinary measures against former bishop Michael Bransfield, including barring him from living in West Virginia. Bransfield, who resigned from his position within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in September, was found by a ...

Williamstown Ice Cream Social weathers summer heat

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley is known for its sense of community, and the people did not disappoint for Williamstown’s 74th annual Ice Cream Social on Friday. “I was a little worried about the weather but it is looking like we are having a good turnout,” said Williamstown ...

Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club holds Safety Town event

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club held its first “Safety Town EXTREME” Friday, bringing safety reminders and tips to a wide range of children. The event was for club members ages 6-18 and officials say it was a refresher to the lessons taught to younger children in the ...

Former Sentinel journalist publishes mystery novel

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PARKERSBURG — A writer from Fairmont who worked for The Parkersburg Sentinel in the early 1970s has published his first mystery novel. “Time Capsule” by Marshall Scott Shields is a fictional story involving two newspaper reporters and a decades-old secret they uncover by ...

Civic Life Institute educates on problem solving

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PARKERSBURG — People from five continents learned ways of having a community discussion to solve problems in their communities during workshops Thursday and Friday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The West Virginia Center for Civic Life (WVCCL) developed the public sessions to ...

High school farmers recognized

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WESTON — Last Saturday, Ben Smith of Ravenswood was recognized by state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for winning the National FFA Proficiency Grain Production award at the National Convention last fall. Another student group recognized for national honors was Tyler County FFA in ...

Ravenswood team places fourth in state

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CEDAR LAKES — The 91st annual West Virginia FFA State Convention was held recently at Cedar Lakes in Jackson County. Statewide the organization has 6,469 members in 83 chapters. This past year FFA in the state has grown by 1,100 students, officials said. The Ravenswood High School FFA ...

Power outage delays activities at West Virginia Interstate Fair

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MINERAL WELLS — An almost three-hour power outage caused significant delays to events at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Thursday. Jeff McElfresh, president of the 4-H Livestock Chairs, said the power outage kept fans from operating in the Beef Barn, forcing the ...

Parks group considering land purchase at Mountwood Park

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VOLCANO — The Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission is looking at buying land it leases near Mountwood Park. The property includes some of the park’s horse riding trails. The commission also is looking at extending the lease for an organization providing addiction recovery ...

Warner urges caution when using photo editing apps

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CHARLESTON — The office of the secretary of state of West Virginia Thursday issued what it called an “urgent public notice” cautioning the use of applications on social media that utilize artificial intelligence to alter photographs. Privacy and security concerns have been raised in ...

Ohio, Washington County officials discuss election in Marietta

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MARIETTA — The Ohio secretary of state toured the Board of Elections office in Washington County where the cost of upgrading elections equipment, cybersecurity and more participation in elections were among the issues discussed. Secretary of State Frank LaRose asked Wednesday about backup ...

Parkersburg Art Center to host dog show

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PARKERSBURG — The “Bow Wow Meow” dog show will be 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Parkersburg Art Center. Registration is $10 per dog and there's a category for every dog, the art center said. Prizes will be awarded to the top dog in each of the five categories: Best Smile: The Mona Lisa ...

Wood County Schools hosts training for West Virginia teachers

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VIENNA — Teachers from throughout West Virginia attended mathematics training this week at Grand Pointe Conference Center. Wood County Schools hosted the West Virginia Department of Education training session, with about 300 educators representing the state’s 55 county-based school ...

Washington County Commission moves to buy voting equipment

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MARIETTA — The Washington County Board of Commissioners signed a purchase agreement for long-awaited voting equipment during their meeting Thursday morning. In 2018, Ohio lawmakers approved a Voting Equipment Acquisition Program, which set aside more than $114 million to purchase new ...