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DHHR building in downtown Parkersburg to be remediated for possible mold

PARKERSBURG — Already undergoing an exterior renovation to address leaks, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources building in downtown Parkersburg is about to be remediated for potential mold as well. “We want to provide safe workplaces for our employees and for the ...

Clearwater Facility idled for evaluation

WEST UNION — Antero Resources has idled its Clearwater Facility at Greenwood near the Ritchie-Doddridge county line for evaluation purposes. Al Schopp, Antero Chief Administrative Officer and regional senior vice president, said Friday the Antero Clearwater facility had been idle since ...

Washington County Board of Health meeting’s action voided

MARIETTA — Action taken at a recent Washington County Board of Health meeting was voided Friday, as the meeting was found to have not met open meeting law requirements. Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil advised the District Advisory Council Friday morning that since the last meeting ...

Parkersburg City Council considering URA change

PARKERSBURG — The city’s Urban Renewal Authority would consist of appointees from related industries and other citizens, rather than all nine council members, under a resolution before Parkersburg City Council Tuesday. The agenda for the meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council ...

Wood County BOE to meet Wednesday in regular session

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will discuss state testing scores and honor principals from high-performing schools at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the board will discuss ...

Former Borg-Warner workers driving efforts to celebrate Wood County plant

MINERAL WELLS — The history of the Mid-Ohio Valley is hoped to be more readily available to residents as the former employees of the Borg-Warner plastics plant try to raise funds to restore artifacts from the plant and to work toward a space for them to be displayed. On Friday morning, ...

Warren High School students hit right note with choir

VINCENT — Four students from Warren High School will participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association All State Choir. They are Chloe Rader, Grace Randall, Aaron Edgell and Jeremy Lee. About 160 choral students and 80 band students from across the state of Ohio have been chosen to ...

Justice bans most outdoor burning in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued a ban on most outdoor burning due to drought conditions and reduced water supply levels in some communities. The ban is effective immediately and will remain in effect until conditions improve and Justice rescinds the ...

Pepper gets surprise 88th birthday party at Vienna McDonald’s

VIENNA — Don Pepper arrived Friday morning at the McDonald’s in Vienna expecting to eat breakfast and talk with friends. Surprise! Later in the morning, friends arrived with a birthday cake and card in celebration of Pepper’s 88th birthday on Friday. The group sang “Happy ...

Bransfield home sold to fund aid for abuse victims

WHEELING — The home of the former Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been sold and the money will be placed into a fund to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The home once owned by Michael J. Bransfield, who retired last hear amid allegations lavish ...

Belleville native wins photography award

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — In conjunction with the Appalachian Heritage Writers Project and the Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University, Belleville native Randi Ward was announced as the winner of the 2019 Appalachian Anthology Photographic Art Award. The award will be ...

Calhoun sheriff appoints reserve deputy

GRANTSVILLE — The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, upon approval of the County Commission, has appointed its first Reserve Deputy, Jerry Howell, as part of the Reserve Deputy Unit. According to Calhoun County Sheriff Jeff Starcher, the program is set up for volunteers to provide ...

WVU Medicine hospitals recognized as Most Wired

PARKERSBURG — Nine WVU Medicine hospitals, including Camden Clark Medical Center, have earned the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives 2019 HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9, the second highest achievable recognition, on the domestic and ...

Starr speaks at Wood County Day

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Day at Marietta College dinner and planning meeting was held Sept. 10. Erica Starr, assistant director of alumni relations and volunteer programs at Marietta College, spoke to the local alumni group about Wood County Day at Marietta College set for Oct. 26. ...

16-year-old charged with murder in family members’ deaths

PARKERSBURG —A 16-year-old girl has been indicted in the murders of two family members who died in a fire in May. An indictment charging Madison Wine with first-degree arson and murder in the deaths of Robert Taylor, 58, and his wife, Charolette, 52, was unsealed Thursday in Wood County ...

First retail liquor store opens in Belpre

BELPRE — State and local officials attended the ribbon-cutting Thursday morning for the first retail liquor store in Belpre. In partnership with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control and the JobsOhio Beverage System, Kroger opened an OHLQ store near its main location off Washington ...

Washington County Commission discusses Coffman hiring

MARIETTA — The hiring of Roger Coffman as the Washington County Health Department administrator was discussed during the Washington County Commission meeting Thursday morning. Bruce Kelbaugh, president of the Washington County Board of Health, met with commissioners and immediately wanted to ...

Parkersburg man faces attempted murder charge

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man will face an attempted murder charge in allegedly attacking his estranged wife. Noble Issac Gibson, 39, unknown address, Parkersburg, appeared before Wood County Magistrate Robin Waters Thursday where probable cause was found for a charge of attempted murder ...

Murder suspect’s case sent to Wood County grand jury

PARKERSBURG — A suspect in the murder of a 68-year-old Parkersburg woman waived his preliminary hearing in Wood County Magistrate Court Thursday afternoon. Michael Wayne Leadmon, 22, 3201 Broad St., Parkersburg, appeared before Wood County Magistrate Brenda Marshall on a charge of murder in ...

Tom Azinger to receive award from Wood County GOP

PARKERSBURG — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates will receive the William P.A. Nicely Award recognizing lifetime achievement and dedication to service from the Wood County Republican Party. The award will be given to Delegate Tom Azinger, R-Wood, at an awards banquet slated for ...