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Martin elected Belpre Council President

BELPRE — Two contested races were featured on Tuesday’s primary ballot in Belpre, along with a single-ward vote which approved alcohol sales at a proposed restaurant. Two people were running for Belpre Council President, both incumbent Republicans. Based on Tuesday’s unofficial results ...

MOV Health Department seeks arms for shots

PARKERSBURG — In late January, Vienna resident Hal Foss, who is in his 70s, was concerned because he and his wife hadn’t received calls to schedule their COVID-19 vaccinations. They waited several weeks after registering on a local list without getting a response and also signed up with ...

Jackson, Tyler residents among COVID-19 deaths

From Staff Reports CHARLESTON — Residents of Jackson and Tyler counties are among the most recent COVID-19 fatalities announced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state recorded nine additional deaths attributed to the coronavirus from Monday to Tuesday ...

Medical cannabis products on track for fall

CHARLESTON — After years of setting up regulations, fixing a banking problem, selecting companies to handle all aspects of creating and selling products, West Virginia’s medical cannabis program could be ready for patients by the Fall. According to the Office of Medical Cannabis within ...

Charter school case gets hearing before state Supreme Court

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard argument Tuesday in a case brought by the state’s first charter school applicant after two county boards of education denied its application. The West Virginia Academy, a proposed charter school for the Monongalia and Preston ...

Sports in American Culture class makes strides at PHS

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School students who have an interest in sports have an opportunity to put that into the classroom in the new three-class elective Sports in American Culture. A couple of years ago, PHS Principal Kenny DeMoss encouraged teachers to find electives students ...

WVDEP weighs potential permit for plant in Pleasants County

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality held a virtual meeting Tuesday to address public comments on the potential construction of a methanol plant in Pleasants County. According to previous coverage, West Virginia Methanol Inc. ...

Decatur, Belpre pass levies to pay EMS staff

LITTLE HOCKING — Decatur and Belpre township residents passed additional levies Tuesday night to have paid EMS staff. “This levy passage was because we were attempting to put on a paid EMS crew 12 hours a day seven days a week,” said Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Chevalier, ...

Muskingum Township, Devola pass 5-year renewal levy

DEVOLA — The residents of East Muskingum Township and Devola passed a five-year renewal levy with almost 74 percent of the vote Tuesday night. The 1.5-mill levy is a renewal of a tax for the benefit of East Muskingum Fire District for the purpose of fire protection and emergency medical ...

Marietta renews three levies

RENO— Lawn signs leading up to the Marietta Township Recreation Center on Sandhill Road reminded voters Tuesday that the three renewal fire protection and emergency medical services levies were nothing new. Washington County Auditor Matthew Livengood concurred Tuesday with the ...

Two arrested in solicitation of a minor, drug sale incidents

RIPLEY — A Columbus man and Jackson County woman were arrested last month after separate incidents involving the solicitation of a minor and drug sales. On March 12, Jackson County Deputy Sheriff L.M. Casto responded to Statts Road in Ripley after a call reporting an out of control ...

Criminal complaint offers new details of Johnson murder

CHARLESTON — Additional details were released about the murder of Cheyenne Johnson of Jackson County who was allegedly killed last week by Michael Wayne Smith, 41, 1224 Britton Ridge Road, Charleston. According to a criminal complaint filed with the Kanawha County Magistrate Court, an ...

Capito tours infrastructure needs in W.Va.

CLENDENIN — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., made a trip to the small town of Clendenin on Tuesday, a poster child for the infrastructure needs of many communities across the state of West Virginia. Capito joined Clendenin Mayor Kay Summers on a tour of the small Northern Kanawha ...

W.Va. AG announces settlement over false claims

CHARLESTON — A settlement with a company to resolve allegations it falsely and aggressively marketed and promoted Suboxone, leading to improper use of state Medicaid funds, has been reached, the Attorney General of West Virginia sai. Indivior Inc. will provide West Virginia more than $5.2 ...

Justice pitches ideas to overcome vaccine hesitancy

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has several ideas for getting the remaining unvaccinated portion of West Virginia’s eligible population to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but very few specific plans to accomplish this goal. When asked about whether the state had a specific plan for vaccine ...

Wirt County moves to red on West Virginia COVID map

ELIZABETH — Wirt County is one of three counties classified as red on West Virginia’s latest COVID-19 map. Red is the most severe category of virus transmission, based on a rolling average of positive test percentages and infection rates over a seven- or 14-day period, depending on a ...

Parkersburg passes annual fiscal audit

PARKERSBURG — For the second consecutive year, the City of Parkersburg received an audit with an unmodified opinion and no findings. That means the review of the city’s financial statements for fiscal year 2019-20 accurately presents the city’s financial positions, according to a report ...

Annual Give Local MOV event boosts funds for local nonprofits

PARKERSBURG — Donations to local nonprofits go a little further today as part of the annual Give Local MOV event. Contributions made today through www.GiveLocalMOV.org allow participating organizations to earn significant matching funds and cash prizes. The Parkersburg Area Community ...

Police: Sissonville man confesses to Jackson County woman’s murder

SISSONVILLE — A Sissonville man was arrested Monday after admitting to murdering a Jackson County woman and putting her body in a water well, law enforcement officials said. The victim, Cheyenne Johnson of Jackson County, was killed near Kelly’s Creek in Sissonville by Michael Wayne ...

Ritchie County man gets a year in prison for manslaughter

HARRISVILLE — A Ritchie County man was sentenced to one year of prison for involuntary manslaughter after a 2019 car accident that killed a man. Benjamin Webb was killed in July 2019 after Dillon Seth Bishop, 22, lost control of his vehicle and hit Webb head on, according to Ritchie County ...