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Parkersburg URA approves sale of Market Street lot

PARKERSBURG — Acting as the Urban Renewal Authority, Parkersburg City Council this week approved the sale of a downtown parcel where a dilapidated three-story building was torn down last year. Hughes Properties LLC, which owns multiple properties downtown, offered the city $20,000 for ...

Parkersburg City Council members briefed on stormwater efforts

PARKERSBURG — Since 2018, the city of Parkersburg has relined 3,169 feet of storm sewer lines. That’s less than 1 percent of the 74 miles of stormwater lines beneath Parkersburg. “Not all 390,000 feet of storm system may need to be lined, but at this time, we don’t even have a ...

West Virginia House committee asks Frontier for broadband progress documents

CHARLESTON — A committee in the House of Delegate charged with improving West Virginia’s broadband infrastructure is seeking documents from Frontier Communications on its progress. The House Technology and Infrastructure Committee voted Wednesday to submit a formal request for ...

Capito weighs in on minimum wage hike, COVID relief bill

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito favors discussion on raising the federal minimum wage, but she doesn’t think a proposed increase should be part of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package now before Congress. Capito, R-W.Va., spoke on the stimulus package, raising the minimum wage and ...

Coroner presents report to Wood County Commission

PARKERSBURG — Wood County saw decreases in some causes of deaths over the last year, even as the COVID-19 pandemic was happening. Wood County Coroner Mike St. Clair appeared before the Wood County Commission on Thursday to give his annual report on deaths that occurred in Wood County in 2020 ...

West Virginia COVID cases top 8,000 as downward trend continues

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the virus hovered a little over 8,000 as of Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said. Active cases were at 8,020, continuing a downward trend, the lowest since Nov. 11, the department said in its Thursday morning pandemic update. ...

Crews replace rotting logs at Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum

PARKERSBURG — Work is underway at the Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum in City Park to replace rotting logs and stabilize the 19th century structure. A crew with Wiley Log Homes of Botetourt County, Va., have been onsite since last week removing rotting logs, replacing them with new ones ...

Medical cannabis company outlines health mission

RAVENSWOOD — Mountaineer Integrated Care, the medical cannabis company that will soon grace the streets of downtown Ravenswood, shared its mission to improve the health of West Virginians on its Facebook page. As a business that grows, processes and dispenses medical cannabis in West ...

West Virginia Power baseball team joins Atlantic League

CHARLESTON — A professional baseball team in West Virginia has joined the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and will continue to play at Appalachian Park in Charleston, the club announced. West Virginia Power will join the Lexington Legends going into the new Major League Baseball ...

Vienna approves street sweeper purchase, police pay raises

VIENNA — Vienna City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a mid-size street sweeper, increased the pay of all Vienna Police Department officers and renewed several members of the Planning Commission during Thursday’s regular council meeting. A much-needed upgrade to the street ...

Day of Giving raises funds for Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College raised more than $227,000 during its fifth annual Day of Giving held on Founders Day on Feb. 14. Day of Giving is an online fundraising program encouraging alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends to make a gift of $5 or more. This year’s ...

West Virginia House measure could impact user fees

CHARLESTON — An amendment to a bill meant to exempt state workers from city user fees would now repeal all user fees, potentially putting cities in a cash crunch. The House Political Subdivision Committee approved an amendment Wednesday to House Bill 2256 — prohibiting cities from ...

Justice hosts second town hall on tax reform

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice spent a second day selling his ideas to phase out the personal income tax, with bills expected to be introduced by the end of the week and as early as today. “Probably (today) I’ll have it to the Legislature, and I hope that they concur and agree what ...

West Virginia Senate rules in favor of intermediate court of appeals

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate rendered a verdict on an intermediate court of appeals, approving a bill Wednesday that would create the new court. Senate Bill 275, creating the West Virginia Appellate Reorganization Act, passed 19-15 Wednesday. It heads to the House of Delegates ...

Marietta BOE, teachers reach tentative contract

MARIETTA — The Marietta Education Association and Marietta City Schools Board of Education have reached an agreement on a tentative contract. Terms were not disclosed. The agreement was announced late Tuesday night following a meeting to continue negotiations with assistance from a ...

Wood County resident among COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — One person from Wood County was confirmed as a death from the COVID-19 coronavirus Wednesday morning from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state confirmed the death of a76-year-old male from Wood County, according to the Wednesday morning pandemic ...

Vienna’s Mayor Rapp announces kayak launch at Spencer’s Landing

VIENNA — A major project for Spencer’s Landing in Vienna has been approved through the Federal Lands Access Program, officials said. Planned in Vienna is a new kayak launch at Spencer’s Park near the Gold Star Families Monument on the Ohio River. The project cost is $350,000. The ...

Catalytic converters, shopping cart thefts prompt new arrests

PARKERSBURG — Crimes involving the theft of shopping carts and catalytic converters brought in two additional Parkersburg men into custody this week. As previously reported, two were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony and ...