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Parkersburg City Council finalizes budget

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council approved a nearly $34 million budget Monday after allocating an additional $130,000 to add a slide at the City Park pool. An attempt to remove raises for department heads was voted down before council, acting as the Committee of the Whole, referred ...

AG sues diocese, former bishop, says pedophiles knowingly hired

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced he has filed a suit alleging the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks for those working at the Diocese’s ...

Belpre Schools looks to future of education

BELPRE — Belpre school officials will spend the next several months seeking community input on the future of Belpre City Schools. Superintendent Jeff Greenley and Treasurer Lance Erlwein on Monday presented the first in a series of public forums to help guide a shift in curriculum for the ...

Wood County revenue little changed from last year

PARKERSBURG — Wood County is preparing to start the work of drawing up its 2019-2020 budget. The Wood County Commission heard budget requests last Thursday and Monday from all the elected officials and department heads. Officials have said they have not seen a significant increase in ...

County offices make presentations to commissioners

PARKERSBURG — A number of county offices are requesting additional people and/or raises in their budget requests to the Wood County Commission. Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens and Wood County Circuit Court Clerk Carole Jones appeared before the ...

Sound the Alarm smoke detector program kicks off

PARKERSBURG — Many numbers were thrown around at a press conference Monday for the Sound the Alarm program spearheaded by the American Red Cross Northwest West Virginia Region. The most significant was six local people were saved from death in a fire as a result of the smoke detectors ...

Lowell man dies after car strikes house

From staff reports WATERTOWN — A Lowell man lost his life Monday after crashing a Subaru Forrester into a Watertown Township home. David F. Davis, 49, of Lowell, was reportedly headed southbound on Ohio 339 when he drove off the right side of the road and struck a house. “The car was ...

Man arrested on multiple drug charges

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was arrested on multiple drug charges Friday after allegedly fleeing from police. According to criminal complaints filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Myron Alton Pringle, 42, of 1520 17th St., Parkersburg, was arraigned Friday on three counts of delivery ...

HEPC interim chancellor stepping down

CHARLESTON — The Higher Education Policy Commission is holding a special meeting on Friday an anticipation of the resignation of the commission’s interim chancellor. According to an announcement from the HEPC released Monday, the commission will meet Friday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss ...

Ohio man arrested after police chase

PARKERSBURG — An Ohio man was arrested early Sunday morning after wrecking while fleeing from police in a vehicle reported stolen out of Belpre. Christopher Corey Griffin, 35, was arrested on a charge of fleeing with reckless disregard, according to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County ...

Fiber Artisans Fair weaves past, present together

MARIETTA — Weaving heritage skills of the past into the present was the goal of the first ever Campus Martius Fiber Artisans Fair held at the museum on Saturday. Fiber artisans of all sorts gathered at Campus Martius demonstrating a wide variety of hand skills including spinning, knitting, ...

Organizers anything but blue over Marietta music festival’s success

MARIETTA — The sounds of blues, jazz and folk music filled the Lafayette Hotel on Friday and Saturday during the 28th annual River City Blues Festival in Marietta. There were five national acts — many multiple award winners — featured during the festival as well as six additional acts ...

Burnworth called back to judge’s bench

MARIETTA — Only two and a half months into retirement and a familiar face is back on the bench in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Retired Judge Randall Burnworth was assigned this week to fill in for Common Pleas Judge John Triplett who at the beginning of March began experiencing ...

Washington County Public Library still rolling with bookmobile

LOWER SALEM—The Washington County Public Library wants everyone in the county to have access to their collection of books and media, regardless of how far away they live from one of their branches. Andrea Ralston, outreach services manager for the library, said their bookmobile program has ...

Marietta officials mulling changes to River Trail rules, street laws

MARIETTA — New definitions in state laws took effect this month, and now Marietta City Council must look to update city ordinances concerning both rules of the road and of the River Trail. “We need to look at how other cities have responded to the changes, after they were enacted in ...

Marietta College lecture to make science of food more digestible

MARIETTA — The term “ecosystem” brings to mind vast and complex interacting environments such as forests or sea beds, but the individual bodies of humans also are ecosystems. Dr. Jack Gilbert has made the human microbiome his life’s study, with research in recent years showing that ...

Help available for West Virginians with gambling addiction

CHARLESTON — March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and a statewide problem gambling treatment group is urging anyone who feels their gambling activity may be crossing a line to get a free anonymous screening. The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, which operates ...

Huge turnout makes Parkersburg Art Center’s Art-O-Rama a rousing success

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center saw a record number of attendees to the 11th annual Art-O-Rama event on Saturday. “Our final count today was over 600 people in attendance at Art-O-Rama, which is over 200 more visitors than we have had in previous years,” said Jessie Siefert, ...

Grand Central Mall’s Safety Day serious fun for kids, first responders

VIENNA — Kids were excited to learn safety at the Grand Central Mall’s eighth annual Safety Day on Saturday. Hundreds of families gathered at the mall for the free event, which included indoor and outdoor activities aimed at helping kids and families learn about bicycle, fire, water and ...

Blue ribbon higher education panel pushes legislation quietly

CHARLESTON — The Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education hasn’t had a full meeting since December and never met the deadline for their final report. Yet, a number of their proposals were pushed during the 2019 legislative session. These include a $12.8 million budget increase ...