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Paul Jordan sworn in as Williamstown’s new mayor

WILLIAMSTOWN — Paul Jordan officially took office July 1, and Tuesday night was able to participate in his first city council meeting as mayor of Williamstown following being sworn in. The meeting was held at the Tomlinson Park picnic shelter closest to the city building in order to maintain ...

PUB considers Worthington sewer study

PARKERSBURG — Officials presented three possible plans Tuesday to the Parkersburg Utilities Board for expanding sewer services into the Worthington area of Parkersburg. The study was commissioned by the board in 2019 and looked at costs and challenges of bringing sewer services to housing ...

Minnie Hamilton CEO self-quarantining

GRANTSVILLE — Steve Whited, CEO for Minnie Hamilton Health System, reportedly was in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 during a small wedding ceremony but neither he nor his family members are showing symptoms. According to a news release from Whited, his family attended ...

State to study airport’s economic impact

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Md-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is participating in a statewide economic impact study that will analyze what the airport and its surrounding properties have to offer as an economic boost to the area. Airport manager Glen Kelly said although he has conducted his own study ...

Justice: Masks mandatory indoors after spike in coronavirus cases

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the Capitol, said he will sign an executive order ...

Wood BOE welcomes new member, new president

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held a statutory organizational meeting Monday to welcome a new member and named a new board president. At the beginning of Monday's meeting, Judge Jason Wharton swore in Judy Johnson, who was elected to a first term and Ron Tice who was ...

Officials consider electronic poll books

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission may apply for a grant to buy new electronic poll books for future elections. County Clerk Mark Rhodes appeared before the commission Monday for approval of the grant to pay for 70 new electronic poll books, one for each of the county’s 68 voting ...

Commission discusses COVID-19 spike

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is continuing to deal with the increase in local COVID-19 cases and when the county might expect its share of federal money the state has received to deal with the pandemic. During the commission’s regular Monday meeting, officials discussed the ...

One-A-Chord A Cappella Quartet to perform Thursday

The Artsbridge Summer Music Series featuring One-A-Chord A Cappella Quartet will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the band shell at City Park in Parkersburg. One-A-Chord A Capella Quartet, sponsored by DeBarr Trucking Co., is a blend of talent from Barnesville, Ohio, performing music from the 1950s ...

Wayne National Forest re-establishing native hardwood

NELSONVILLE — The Wayne National Forest is accepting comments on a proposal to harvest of about 3,000 acres of planted pine to encourage the re-establishment of native hardwood trees and the creation of young, brushy forest to provide a diverse wildlife habitat. The forest that regrows ...

Volunteers work to clean downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — As heat soared to 95F on Sunday, volunteers gathered to make downtown Parkersburg a little prettier. “We’ve had a couple dozen volunteers of all ages divided up on Market Street,” said Jane Burdette, chairman of the Junior League of Parkersburg’s Done In A Day ...

Masks mandatory indoors after increase in coronavirus cases

CHARLESTON - With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak last spring, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors effective at midnight this evening. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the ...

Parkersburg City Council candidates mull campaigning in a pandemic

PARKERSBURG —Parkersburg City Council candidate Wendy Tuck was looking forward to gathering with folks Saturday for an Independence Day-themed art exhibit at City Park. But with the number of local COVID-19 cases increasing, she postponed what would have been her first meet-the-candidate ...

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline surprises West Virginia officials

CHARLESTON — The companies behind the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project announced the cancellation of the project Sunday, taking state leaders by surprises. According to a statement from Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Sunday afternoon, the pipeline project to bring natural gas from ...

Parkersburg Care Center employee tests positive for COVID-19

PARKERSBURG - The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and Parkersburg Care Center announced this evening that an employee of the short- and long-term rehabilitation facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The worker originally tested negative in a screening of all employees on July 1 ...

U.S. churches holding in-person services as restrictions ease

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Man accused of raping 12-year-old Washington County girl

MARIETTA — A Kent, Ohio, man was charged Saturday with the rape of a 12-year-old girl at a location in Little Hocking, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. Jordan Ross Dieffenbach, 23, 1366 Elizabeth Court, Kent, is accused of arranging on Instagram to meet the girl at the ...

Parkersburg YMCA receives donation from Wendy’s

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg has received a charitable contribution of $2,500 from local Wendy’s restaurants for its Toddler Childcare and Club-Ed programs, both established to meet a need of the community during the pandemic. Wendy’s, in its commitment to sustaining a vibrant ...