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Celebrate Recovery Day honors life after addiction in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Washington County Behavioral Health Board and the Right Path for Washington County have joined forces to fight the tough, life-long battle against addiction. On Saturday, many of those who are in that fight, and their loved ones, came together at Muskingum Park in ...

High school seniors register to vote in West Virginia

CRAIGSVILLE — The seniors of Richwood High School in Nicholas County walked into a classroom to sign papers. They weren’t registering for clubs, or sports or even to select the next homecoming king and queen. These students were signing up to exercise a fundamental part of keeping a ...

Residents savor a Taste of Marietta

MARIETTA — The Taste of Marietta, one of the city’s newest events, kicked off Saturday in the 200 block of Putnam Street in downtown Marietta. The event was a fundraiser put on by the Ely Chapman Education Foundation, to help its scholarship funds. Gary Williams, the development ...

Parkersburg man discusses his journey to sobriety

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man is celebrating sobriety by telling his story for others to see there is hope in what may seem a hopeless situation. “There is another way to live,” said Mark Powers, 56, who in December will be sober for five years. “There is hope.” National Recovery ...

Creative Camp to offer fun, heritage skills

MINERAL WELLS — Heritage skills, arts and crafts and educational classes will be offered at Creative Camp at the Wood County 4-H Campground in October. Creative Camp, which is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the 4-H Campground on ...

Parkersburg South’s Speaking Patriots racking up national wins

PARKERSBURG — There’s no arguing the Parkersburg South High School’s Speaking Patriots have spent the past two weeks racking up some impressive wins. Earlier this month, the South speech team placed third at the season opener national tournament at the University of Kentucky. Michelle ...

Simply Sophia’s Merle Norman makes move to Vienna

VIENNA — A local cosmetics and skin care boutique has moved into a separate studio on Grand Central Avenue in Vienna. Simply Sophia’s Merle Norman, which offers Merle Norman products, has moved from Lee’s Studios to 506 Grand Central Ave. in the former location of the Gold Mark Party ...

Doyle sisters making big impression at J.P. Henry’s

PARKERSBURG — The Doyle sisters are making quite an impression at J.P. Henry’s restaurant in Parkersburg. Faith Doyle, Grace (Doyle) Colunga, Temperance Doyle and Harmony Doyle, all of Parkersburg, are waitresses, bartenders and hostess at J.P. Henry’s. Faith, 35, a bartender and ...

SECUR O&G invests millions into Tyler County effort

SISTERSVILLE — A company providing environmental services to the oil and gas industry has invested about $5 million in a facility in Tyler County. The SECUR O&G facility, approved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and designed for the environmentally ...

Glenville State College professor sets book in asylum

GLENVILLE — A professor at Glenville State College has written a book set in an asylum. Fred Walborn’s “Two Days at the Asylum” is set four days prior to a moon landing and takes readers on a tour of an asylum. Day One is ‘community day’ when the public was permitted to visit ...

Volcano Days to be held Sept. 28-30

VOLCANO — The 30 annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Sept. 28-30 at Mountwood Park, just off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of food ...

Washington County man facing sex abuse charges

MARIETTA —The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Fleming man on charges involving sexual abuse of three juvenile females. Kyle J. Palmer, 32, of Fleming, was arrested on charges of rape, a first-degree felony, sexual battery by a parent or guardian, a third-degree felony, ...

Oglebay Park in Wheeling a refuge for Florence evacuees

WHEELING — Oglebay Park opened its doors for 20 evacuees displaced by Hurricane Florence. Wilson Lodge over the weekend offered complimentary accommodations to those who needed a place to go after the storm hit the Carolinas. James Hess, who was raised in Valley Grove, of Surfside Beach, ...

Marietta College’s Perruci pens second book

MARIETTA — A professor at Marietta College has written his second book. “Teaching Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice” by Gama Perruci, a McCoy professor and Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center, was co-authored by Sadhana Warty Hall, deputy director of the Rockefeller Center ...

WVU astronomer tuning in to cosmic radio bursts

MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia University astronomer is looking for the origin of fast radio bursts coming from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. Sarah Burke-Spolaor, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has accepted a distinguished fellowship with the Canadian ...

WVU schedules Economic Outlook Series

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research will begin its fall Economic Outlook Series in October with the first of five events that will run through mid-November. The bureau in the College of Business and Economics will present its West Virginia ...

WVU-P, Marshall University reach deal on MBA program

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Marshall University have approved an agreement for students to earn a Master of Business Administration from Marshall. Under the agreement, students at WVU-Parkersburg who earn an undergraduate degree with a 2.5 or greater grade ...

FirstEnergy Corps. dividend unchanged

AKRON — The Board of Directors of FirstEnergy Corp. Tuesday declared an unchanged quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend will be payable Dec. 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 7. FirstEnergy is among the nation’s ...

Glenville State College bluegrass student nominated for IBMA award

GLENVILLE — A Glenville State College student has been nominated for Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Alan Tompkins also was nominated for the award in 2016 and 2017. He is enrolled in Glenville State’s new online bluegrass music degree ...

Glenville State College makes the grade as top ten regional college

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College has improved its ranking among the top regional colleges for 2019, according to U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for its southern region. Glenville State was tied No. 10 in Top Public Schools Regional Colleges South and tied No. 52 in ...