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Coronavirus

Patriot Day

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School held its 53rd commencement Thursday at Erickson All-Sports Facility. The school’s graduation ceremony was delayed for a month after a statewide shutdown of schools to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Due ...

Three Parkersburg Police Department employees test positive for virus

PARKERSBURG — Two Parkersburg Police officers and a civilian employee of the department have tested positive for COVID-19. The city was notified of the test results Thursday afternoon, Mayor Tom Joyce said. The officers, both of whom work in the Detective Bureau, and civilian employee “are ...

West Virginia to end fiscal year with small surplus

CHARLESTON — When the 2020 fiscal year ends Tuesday, West Virginia could still end up with a small surplus after sweeping state agencies for cash and utilizing excess Medicaid dollars. Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday how the state plans to avoid a budget deficit due to the economic effects ...

Justice gives more details on Slemp resignation

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Friday that he appreciated the work of Dr. Cathy Slemp, the state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, but he had lost confidence in Slemp, causing her to submit her resignation Wednesday. “To tell it straight up like it is, ...

Coronavirus hits Washington County especially hard

MARIETTA — Washington County has the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases, which officials say is mainly due to the outbreak in nursing homes, as compared to neighboring counties. At 120 cases, Washington County has the most cases of its neighbors with Noble at six, Meigs at 10, Monroe ...

Pandemic sinks Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

MARIETTA — The pandemic has claimed another popular festival for this year in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Organizers of the 45th Ohio River Sternwheel Festival said the show will not be held in September, but will return in September 2021. “While we tried to remain optimistic that there was a ...

Camp Crawdad employee tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Camp Crawdad at the DuPont Employees Recreation Club temporarily closed Friday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. In an email sent to parents Friday, officials said the camp would remain closed through July 7 to allow for cleaning and an assessment by the Mid-Ohio ...

Shell helps fuel Wood County Senior Citizens program

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Senior Citizens has received a $10,000 fuel card from Shell for its Meals on Wheels program, officials said on Friday. The card is among $50,000 distributed for programs in five cities in the United States. Shell is a supporter of the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 ...

Experts note increase in overdoses during pandemic

Health professionals around the country are preparing for an addiction crisis after the pandemic concludes, whenever that might be. Ohio has been discussing the possibility of a surge in overdoses since the pandemic began, Kristen Cardone, executive director of the Huron County Board of Mental ...

Vienna Public Library adapts to weather pandemic

VIENNA — COVID-19 has hit many businesses and events this year. As a way to bring normalcy to summer 2020, the Vienna Public Library is offering programs and services such as curbside and contactless pick up, browsing the library by appointment and a virtual summer reading program for all ...

Parkersburg Police officers tested positive for virus

Two Parkersburg Police officers and a civilian employee of the department have tested positive for COVID-19, city and health department officials said Friday. The employees have not been at work since testing positive for the virus, Mayor Tom Joyce said. Read the story in The Parkersburg News ...

Joyce: New City Park pool slide on hold

PARKERSBURG — Delays because of the novel coronavirus and a higher-than-expected installation cost mean the speed slide Parkersburg City Council funded for the City Park pool won’t be installed this summer, Mayor Tom Joyce said. Council allocated $130,000 in the fiscal year 2019-20 budget ...

Experts brief West Virginia on economic toll of coronavirus

CHARLESTON — State and national economists believe West Virginia’s financial recovery from the coronavirus business shutdowns will happen, but it will be a slow recovery. The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research held a virtual update Thursday on the state’s ...

Officials weigh political effects of shutting down again

PARKERSBURG — With COVID-19 cases rising in spots around the country while businesses reopen and people resume activities, public officials might have to consider reimposing recently lifted sanctions even if that comes with a political cost. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, elected in 2016 as ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to air performances this evening

MARIETTA — The Man of Steel and the country’s most famous axe murders will be featured in today’s presentation of WMOVP Radio Theatre, the Mid-Ohio Valley Players online social-distancing theater alternative developed because of the pandemic. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The ...

Slemp resigns after Justice criticizes virus statistics

CHARLESTON — Dr. Cathy Slemp, the state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health who helped guide the state’s coronavirus response, resigned Wednesday after being openly criticized by Gov. Jim Justice earlier in the day. In a press release Wednesday afternoon from the ...

Washington County Relay for Life off due to pandemic

BELPRE — The Washington County Relay For Life has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic, officials said. The event was originally scheduled for May 15 at Civitan Park in Belpre, then postponed until July 10 because of the pandemic. Now it has been canceled, Carmen Hathaway, ...

Singer with Parkersburg ties looks to hit a high note

PARKERSBURG — A New York City singer and songwriter with ties to the Mid-Ohio Valley is taking his act on the road and plans a show in Parkersburg. Will Lockhart, who goes by Willie Lock, used to do about 100 shows a year in the Big Apple and its environs, but the pandemic and the measures ...

Spencer City Pool open with precautions

SPENCER — The Spencer City Pool opened last weekend and is offering summer fun in the sun with all the necessary restrictions and guidelines in place. The Spencer Facebook page has guidelines posted for all patrons. The maximum capacity is 100 and if someone exits and the pool has reached ...