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Coronavirus

Pandemic concerns change Memorial Day observances

PARKERSBURG — Memorial Day Weekend for 2020 was unlike those of the past. There were no parades in Wood County, most events had to be cancelled and many restaurants are still not opening their dining halls due to coronavirus concerns. Public pools were not open and many parks were still ...

Parkersburg mayoral field to narrow from 6 to 2

PARKERSBURG — Four Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their parties’ nominations to serve as mayor of Parkersburg for the next four years. *** Mike Cottrell Party: Republican Age: 59 Address: 2310 Neale St. Family: adult son and daughter Occupation: retired as engineering ...

Six candidates seek District 10’s open seats

PARKERSBURG — The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as economic development and education continue to be a concern for the candidates running for the West Virginia House of Delegates District 10. There are six candidates running for the three available seats, including incumbents ...

Catholic Churches resume Mass after pandemic suspension

WHEELING - Roman Catholic churches across West Virginia celebrated mass this weekend after more than two months because of the pandemic. All parishes in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston were authorized by Bishop Mark Brennan to resume in-person church services after submitting reopening ...

Marietta celebrates high school graduates

MARIETTA — When it became apparent that a traditional high school graduation wasn’t going to happen, Marietta High School principal Chad Rinard and his staff sprung into action. The virtual graduation released at 3 p.m. today on Facebook, on the original date and time slated for ...

As summer begins, fair organizers weigh options for 2020 celebrations

While Memorial Day weekend typically marks the unofficial beginning of summer for most Americans, fair season almost always signifies the conclusion of it as people gather in August and September for livestock auctions, carnival rides, outdoor concerts and fair food. With the COVID-19 ...

Little Hocking Elementary School maintains parade

LITTLE HOCKING — Students and teachers of Little Hocking Elementary School rang out the end of the school year with signs, bells and horns during their end of the year parade Saturday. “It’s hard to see them just from a distance but I am glad they are doing well,” said Christin Kidd, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department gives COVID-19 update

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has not had a new positive COVID-19 case since May 20. The West Virginia Bureau of Public Health stated Saturday at Governor Justice’s press conference their dashboard would now add a column for Probable Cases. The column included the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority cancels meeting

PARKERSBURG — The regular meeting of the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, has been canceled, according to a press release from the authority. Officials said it is being canceled due to continuing COVID-19 concerns. People with questions or ...

Justice: Eastern Panhandle cases isolated

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice says officials have determined a surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle was due to isolated issues and additional actions by the state are not necessary at this time. Justice held a daily briefing Friday concerning state efforts ...

Wood County summer school moves online

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will move to an online learning platform as part of the “Bridge, Connect, Communicate, Educate” summer school plan. Christie Willis, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools, said the district typically provides Title I Summer ...

Wood County BOE to meet Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, in person and online. The meeting will be through the Zoom meetings app. A full agenda and link to the meeting can be found on the Wood County Schools website at www.woodcountyschoolswv.com under About Us: Board Docs: ...

Parkersburg finance director projects decrease in revenue

PARKERSBURG — As Parkersburg tries to get ahead of expected revenue losses caused by the pandemic, Finance Director Eric Jiles this week explained how he arrived at the proposed budget reductions approved by City Council. “What our goal was is to get that budget to a point where we can ...

Parkersburg residents spotlight candidates with MOV Public Forum

PARKERSBURG — With candidates in the 2020 primary unable to interact with voters at events or canvass door to door because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkersburg residents Jennifer Bryant and Kim Van Rijn are trying to fill the void. Both women regularly attend Parkersburg City Council ...

Solvay Special Polymers to match employee relief donations

PARKERSBURG — Solvay Specialty Polymers in Belpre is matching contributions from its employees to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support pandemic relief in the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We welcome partnerships from civic-minded companies like Solvay Specialty Polymers,” Judy ...

Festivals, concerts and other gatherings in flux

As the nation approaches its summer months, the threat of festivals, concerts and events being canceled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak is imminent. Though some states are beginning to enter into the first stages of their reopening plans, the immediate future for live entertainment is ...

Highmark extends COVID-19 coverage

PITTSBURGH — Highmark has announced that members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not have to worry about paying cost-sharing such as deductibles, coinsurance and copays through Sept. 30. The health insurer had initially made the decision to waive ...