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Coronavirus

Organizers nix Parkersburg art exhibit over COVID-19 concerns

PARKERSBURG — A public art exhibit scheduled this weekend at City Park has been canceled and rescheduled, an organizer said. The Art of Freedom was moved to September over concerns with the rising number of coronavirus cases in Wood County, organizer Wendy Tuck said. Local artists, ...

Governor may mandate face masks

CHARLESTON - As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said he is seriously considering mandating face masks and coverings in buildings. Speaking Thursday during his final coronavirus briefing before the start of the July 4 weekend, Justice ...

Manchin takes to airwaves to criticize Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act plans

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Parkersburg receives $2.2M relief fund reimbursement

PARKERSBURG — The City of Parkersburg received a $2.2 million reimbursement from the state for police and fire wages and benefits. Mayor Tom Joyce announced Wednesday evening that the West Virginia C.A.R.E.S. Act Coronavirus Relief Fund provided the city this week with $2,201,986.94 for ...

Mid-Ohio Valley school districts weigh feedback on return

MT. ZION — County school districts are working together with parents, teachers and administrators to discuss options for students to return back to school in the fall. Calhoun, Pleasants and Jackson Counties will use the feedback from these groups along with guidelines from the state to ...

Highmark donates face coverings to city workers

PARKERSBURG — Highmark West Virginia has donated face coverings to city workers in Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and preserve valuable personal protective equipment. “Highmark West Virginia appreciates the hard work and dedication ...

Parkersburg mayor delays employee raises

PARKERSBURG — A 2 percent pay raise for City of Parkersburg employees that was supposed to take effect Wednesday has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Tom Joyce announced Monday morning his decision to delay the wage increase approved by City Council for the 2020-21 fiscal ...

Young adults driving spike in COVID-19 cases in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Much like other states across the nation, West Virginia is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases driven partly by young adults in their 20s. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources’ coronavirus dashboard, 17 percent of the state’s positive COVID-19 ...

Justice: West Virginia’s active coronavirus cases still overreported

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice remained upset Monday about the number of active cases of COVID-19 on the website that tracks the data in West Virginia and again defended the forced resignation of the state’s health officer. Justice, speaking Monday during a coronavirus briefing at the ...

Doddridge, Roane counties mulling new school year

WEST UNION — As the middle of summer break arrives, school districts are coming up with a re-entry plan for students to start their fall semesters. Officials in Doddridge and Roane counties are hoping to get as close to a five-day model as possible. Adam Cheeseman, superintendent for ...

Wood County officials discuss reopening court amid COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials are getting ready for the county’s circuit court to resume trials in July, just as COVID-19 infections are starting to see a rise again. The Wood County Commission discussed how the courts would be opened after receiving guidance on the matter from the ...

Belpre BOE votes to reduce RIF

BELPRE – The Belpre City Schools Board of Education last week approved a reduction in its reduction-in-force and a roof replacement project. The board met Thursday and the meeting was broadcast through YouTube. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no members of the public were allowed to attend the ...

Parkersburg YMCA offering educational fun with Club-Ed day camp

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg is filling an educational need for children that was caused by the pandemic. While summer is a break from school for children, this year is different as schools had to shut down early. The unmet academic need compelled the YMCA of Parkersburg to offer ...

Wendy’s fanchisees donate $110K to Mid-Ohio Valley nonprofits

PARKERSBURG — The owners of local Wendy’s franchises on Monday donated $110,000 to a total of 27 organizations in the communities they serve. Wendpark owners Kim and Ray Blackburn donated $10,000 for each of their 11 Wendy’s locations across Wood, Pleasants and Wetzel counties in West ...

West Virginia Supreme Court gives green light to jury trials

CHARLESTON — Jury trials may resume in West Virginia, the West Virginia Supreme Court said on Monday. The court on Friday issued its guidelines for judges and circuit clerks to use to protect the health and safety of employees, litigants, witnesses, jurors, attorneys and the public. “The ...

Big Red-Letter Day

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School held its Class of 2020 graduation ceremony Friday at Stadium Field. The school had delayed graduation by a month due to restrictions concerning COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Students Friday were limited in the number of family members in ...

Yellowjackets Take Flight

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High School held its Class of 2020 commencement ceremony Saturday at the WHS football stadium. Despite wind and some rain, family and friends gathered to see WHS seniors graduation. The graduation ceremony had been delayed by a month due to restrictions from ...

Wood County sees surge in COVID-19 cases

PARKERSBURG — After weeks of only adding one or two cases per day, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announces 15 new positive cases and one probable have been identified in Wood County since Thursday, for a total of 75 positive cases, plus the five probables to date. Most of the new ...

As July Fourth nears, recreational activities open in most states

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air, as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened, while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

Parkersburg mayor postpones raises in light of pandemic

PARKERSBURG — An approved 2 percent raise for City of Parkersburg employees will be put on hold for at least three months as officials work to determine the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Tom Joyce announced the move in a press release this morning. "I believe waiting and ...