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Fire destroys Parkersburg home

PARKERSBURG — An early-morning fire Friday destroyed a house on Seventh Street and forced the closure of several blocks of road. The fire broke out at around 7:30 a.m. in a home at 1851 Seventh St. at the corner of Celia and Seventh streets. Early reports indicated no one was in the house ...

Parkersburg City Council to weigh budget revisions

PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider a number of mid-year budget revisions and a request from Mayor Tom Joyce to amend a request for proposals to purchase the Memorial Bridge when it meets Tuesday. Budget revisions affecting a total of $782,501 will be considered first by the Finance ...

Multiple car crashes reported in Parkersburg Friday

PARKERSBURG — With rainy weather in the forecast, the Parkersburg Police Department is urging people to be cautious and pay extra attention on the roads. “We have been very busy responding to a multitude of wrecks today,” Sgt. G. Powers with the Parkersburg Police Department said ...

Sen. Manchin: Trump trial needs witnesses

CHARLESTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Friday said he has never before been a juror in a trial, but now sits as one of 100 jurors in the third impeachment trial in U.S. history, the trial of President Donald Trump. “I have never been called for jury duty, so this is a truly unique ...

W.Va. Senate committee rejects bill to remove helmet requirement for autocycles

CHARLESTON — Senate Bill 298 in the West Virginia Legislature would have changed state code addressing autocycles and eliminated the helmet requirement. But the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that discussed SB 298 rejected the bill, citing rider safety. Sponsored by Sen. ...

Fire destroys Wirt County home

MUNDAY — A residence at 298 Piggott Place in Munday in Wirt County was deemed a total loss from a fire Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported, officials said. According to Wirt County Fire Chief Steven Settle, the call came in at 1:16 p.m. Thursday. The structure was a seasonal ...

Camden Clark Medical Center nurses get their own special deliveries

PARKERSBURG — Pleasant surprises arrived less than 24 hours apart this month for two nurses at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Good friends and co-workers Brittany Walters and Kaitlin Hinzman, both labor and delivery nurses in the Women’s and Children’s Special Delivery Unit ...

Wirt County library becomes a hot spot for internet access

ELIZABETH — As of Wednesday, members of the Wirt County community now have access to Wi-Fi hotspots through the Dora Bee Woodyard Memorial Library in Elizabeth. Efforts to receive the hotspots started last September, according to Breanna King, library director. They were made available by ...

Judge dismisses charges against Godwin

PARKERSBURG — On Tuesday, Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton dismissed the indictment of Graham Elliot Godwin, who was charged with conveying false information concerning terrorist acts in March 2019. Godwin, 28, was charged following an email sent to television station WTAP about ...

Comfort Keepers collects 5K pounds of food for seniors

PARKERSBURG — Donations to the Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s annual Feed Seniors Now food drive set a new record. The drive that started in October collected more than 5,000 pounds of food items in familiar red barrels placed by Comfort Keepers at partner locations around the ...

Alzheimer’s advocates to take their message to West Virginia lawmakers

CHARLESTON — Advocates from across West Virginia will speak on behalf of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, caregivers and families at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual State Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Charleston beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 in the Governor’s Cabinet and ...

Parkersburg High school graduate a rear admiral in U.S. Navy

PARKERSBURG — A graduate of Parkersburg High School has been promoted to rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. Stephen D. Barnett, a native of Columbia, Tenn., graduated from Parkersburg High in1995. He was promoted to rear admiral on Jan. 17 in a ceremony at the Navy Museum at the Washington Navy ...

Recovery Point to hold graduation ceremony

PARKERSBURG — Recovery Point in Parkersburg at noon today will hold its Transitional Silver Chip graduation ceremony at the Grace Baptist Church. Eighteen men during the ceremony will be recognized for graduating from the long-term, residential recovery program where participants must be ...

More candidates file for West Virginia election

PARKERSBURG — Candidate filings for West Virginia’s primary election continued Friday. Bill Weld, Canton, Mass., Republican, filed for U.S. president. Weld served two terms as governor of Massachusetts. Three people filed for governor: Douglas Hughes of Logan, Democrat; Charles R. Sheedy ...

Wood County Commission continues talks on business tax exemption

PARKERSBURG — With the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 8 to exempt business inventory from taxation, local officials are waiting to see how the legislation could impact the area. The resolution, as presented, would exempt manufacturing machinery and tangible property purchased on or ...

Vienna departments submit budget requests

VIENNA — Budget season is underway for Vienna, and seven city department budgets were presented at Thursday’s Vienna City Council meeting. Most line items in each budget presentation saw minor to no change, but there were a handful of notable requests. Vienna’s city code inspector Kevin ...

Seventh Street house engulfed by blaze

PARKERSBURG - City firefighters responded to a fire this morning at the corner of Celia and Seventh streets. Flames were visible through the roof and windows of the two-story frame house as smoke billowed into the air. At least one person was taken from the scene in an ambulance. Check back ...

Marietta City Schools considering changes to district

MARIETTA — The administration of Marietta City Schools is moving ahead with ideas to make the district more compact while delivering an improved education, according to reports from a meeting held Thursday afternoon. The meeting, called by administration and attended by district staff ...

Six Calhoun County students exposed to unknown powder

GRANTSVILLE — A powder that caused officials to lock down two Calhoun County schools Thursday was determined not to be harmful, officials said. “We appreciate your understanding today as we took precautionary measures to work through an incident that took place on the buses this ...