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Coronavirus

Banks face rush of applications for aid

PARKERSBURG — The nation’s banks were still receiving guidance late Thursday evening on the $349 billion federal loan program aimed at helping small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday morning, the floodgates opened. “We received some of the guidance Thursday ...

Airport Authority discusses inspections, projects

WILLIAMSTOWN — Inspections, project updates and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed during Tuesday morning’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting. As of Tuesday morning, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport reported 10 cancellations due to the temporary closure of the ...

Local women continue mask-making effort

MARIETTA – Devola resident Ingrid Baumann has been sewing masks for the last two or three weeks, although she has no idea how many. “I’ve made hundreds. I lost count after the first 75,” she said with a laugh. Baumann said she started sewing the masks because her husband works in ...

Spencer Farmer’s Market to open, but with modifications

SPENCER — Some farmers markets will remain open for business to provide quick and safe access to fresh produce even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spencer Farmer’s Market is set to open April 25 with a few modifications from previous years. To put the focus on essential items, only ...

Wood Schools meals delayed until Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools is adding a location to a list of meal distribution sites throughout the county. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said this week’s meal distribution will occur from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. today. The distribution sites will include the parking lot of Vienna ...

Collaborative sponsors virtual Easter Egg contest

Staff Report PARKERSBURG - Being stuck at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t stifle creativity. The Arts and Culture Collaborative of the Mid-Ohio Valley is accepting entries for Egg Hunt MOV 2020, a virtual Easter Egg design contest open to all children and adults ...

Judge upholds state’s plan by Corrections Department

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Policies and procedures for the coronavirus response in prisons and jails by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation have been upheld by a federal judge in Charleston. U.S. District Court Robert C. Chambers rejected arguments by Mountain State ...

Gov. Justice tightens social distance requirements in some counties

CHARLESTON — Health officials said the state is seeing positive signs that efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus are working, but counties with the most cases are now under stricter stay home and social distancing regulations. Gov. Jim Justice and state officials held their daily ...

County officials want input on early inmate release

PARKERSBURG — The sheriff and prosecuting attorney of Wood County both want to be consulted before any people are released early from jail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans are being formulated at the state and federal level that could release non-violent offenders from jail early as ...

Commissioners discuss issues from COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission continues to mull the challenges facing the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission discussed a variety of issues at its Monday meeting, including the local homeless population, the opening of the county’s new drive-thru facility on ...

Wood Schools looks to recognize Unsung Heroes

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools is looking to recognize some of the educators and staffers who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 shutdown. Superintendent Will Hosaflook created the Unsung Heroes page for people to submit the names and deeds of Wood County Schools employees ...

Point Park concert organizers announce slate

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB is once again making plans for concerts on the river, as well as what to do if we’re all still practicing social distancing come showtime. The slate for the Main Street organization’s annual free concert series at Point Park includes four bands paying homage to ...

Minnie Hamilton Health System gives update on hospital procedures

GRANTSVILLE — Although Calhoun County has not yet seen any positive COVID-19 cases, Minnie Hamilton Health System provided an update on the state of their medical care. For the past three weeks, residents have had access to the COVID-19 tests, according to Eric Ritchie, chief operations ...

Ohio State Troopers visit seniors at nursing homes

MARIETTA — Members of the Ohio State Patrol’s Marietta Post have begun visiting local nursing care facilities and visiting with residents through the windows while maintaining safe social distancing, said Lt. Chris Chesar of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Patrol. “We are looking ...

Wood County reports more COVID-19 cases

PARKERSBURG — Over the weekend, four new positive COVID 19 cases were reported to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department as of Sunday. This brings the total to 13 cases in Wood County, officials said in a press release. The MOVHD response team previously reported two cases in Roane County ...

Servpro gives back to first responders during crisis

PARKERSBURG — Jay Miller and Steve Seckman, owners of Servpro Restoration Wood, Ritchie and Pleasants County, are using their expertise to help the community during the COVID-19 outbreak by sanitizing first responder vehicles for free. “We have a product that kills viruses and bacteria ...

Leonhardt: West Virginia food supply adequate, safe

WHEELING — The food supply in West Virginia is ample, fresh and safe, according to the state commissioner of agriculture. As the coronavirus outbreak continues, Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt and his office are responsible for assuring safe food is getting where it needs to ...

Mid-Ohio Valley educators concerned for student mental health

PARKERSBURG — Educators are reaching out to students to provide counseling and mental health services during the COVID-19 quarantine. Being stuck at home all day and unable to spend time with friends and loved ones can be rough at any age, but educators say these times can be especially ...