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Efforts to limit out-of-state travelers raises concerns

CHARLESTON — An executive order requiring all out-of-state visitors from coronavirus hotspots in the U.S. and around the world to self-quarantine after entering West Virginia is raising some eyebrows and questions. Gov. Jim Justice and state officials held an abbreviated virtual press ...

St. Joseph’s Recovery Center offering remote options for mental health

PARKERSBURG — St. Joseph’s Recovery Center Tuesday started offering telehealth services to residents who are mentally impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. ‘The reason is to help those who do not have a mental health provider during this crisis,” said Jordan Granus, program ...

Public Service Commission alters waste pickup

PARKERSBURG – Commercial trash haulers in West Virginia do not have to pick up bulk items or waste that is not in garbage bags under an order issued this week by the Public Service Commission. It’s part of an effort to reduce the chances of exposing sanitation workers to the COVID-19 novel ...

Health departments posting updates online

RIPLEY — The Jackson and Doddridge County Health Departments are using social media to provide updates of a different nature. Although the Jackson County numbers are not reflected in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the Jackson County ...

Dave Couch Golf Tournament organizers extend registration deadline

PARKERSBURG — The annual Dave Couch Golf Tournament has extended the deadline to register to May 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an organizer said. “It’s all due to the coronavirus,” said Tournament Director Dave Cyrus. Dave Couch was a Wood County businessman and Wood County ...

Missionaries return from Honduras

PARKERSBURG — The group of 16 missionaries from the Morgantown Church of Christ that arrived in Honduras on March 14 to spend a week in the Central American country finally made it home on March 27. The group included an Ohio Valley University student, Brandon Brammer; a recent graduate who ...

Parks make changes for distancing

WEST UNION — Although outdoor activity is encouraged during times of quarantine, several parks are making changes to encourage social distancing. As of last week, Doddridge County Park suspended all group activities and meetings through April 30 including campers. Playgrounds and public ...

PUB looks to keep operators on the job

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board has staggered shifts and is looking at utilizing retired workers to ensure water and wastewater plant operators remain on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic. The board held its regular meeting via teleconference Tuesday to follow social ...

Local colleges finishing semester online

PARKERSBURG — Local colleges are moving coursework online for the rest of the semester as some are starting to formulate plans on how to handle spring commencement. Officials from West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Ohio Valley University, Marietta College and Washington State Community ...

Secretary LaRose clarifies Ohio voting requirements

MARIETTA — The Ohio Secretary of State took to Twitter late Monday night to remind Ohioans that they don’t need a printer at home to request an absentee ballot. “You can make your own form to request a vote-by-mail ballot,” tweeted Frank LaRose. “Just write down all the ...

Athens County has first COVID-19 death

MARIETTA — The region has lost its first victim of COVID-19, one of Ohio’s 55 confirmed deaths from the virus, as of Tuesday. “We’ve only had three (confirmed) cases in Athens County, and have sadly lost one of those individuals now,” said Dr. James Gaskell, Athens County health ...

Athens man arrested after high-speed chase

ATHENS — Jacob Allen, 34, of Athens was arrested Saturday after a high-speed chase in Athens County, the sheriff’s department said. According to a press release from the Athens County Sheriff’s Department, the office received a tip regarding the whereabouts of Allen, who had several ...

Agency warns of virus-related scam

Staff Report COLUMBUS — An agency in Ohio is warning consumers about a scam from people working the fears over the coronavirus and asking for sensitive personal information. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency has received reports of scam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be ...

Justice to out-of-state travelers: You will self-quarantine

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced additional measures Monday aimed at limiting out-of-state travelers from coronavirus hotspots — especially from places like New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — from spreading the virus further in West Virginia. Justice announced an executive ...

Justice closes campgrounds

CHARLESTON - In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order Tuesday closing private campgrounds after previously closing state campgrounds, cabins, and lodges. The order, which goes until effect at midnight, closes all private campgrounds in ...

Marietta pursuit ends in Boaz crash

BOAZ — A high-speed pursuit in Marietta ended in the backyard of a Boaz home. Marietta Police Department Chief Rodney Hupp said around 9 a.m. Monday an officer noticed “suspicious activity” in a silver Chevy in Marietta and went to speak with the driver and three passengers. The ...

Guardsmen to aid MOVHD

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department will have National Guardsmen assigned to them to help with case investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic. During Monday’s regular meeting of the Wood County Commission, Commission President Blair Couch announced that the Health ...

Kanawha County woman casts first digital vote of primary

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman last week became the first person with a disability to electronically vote from her home in West Virginia. Belle resident Terra Muncy cast the first vote Friday for the primary election, which is May 12, doing so from the comfort of her front porch in a ...

Multiple fires reported Sunday

RIPLEY — In the peak of fire season and due to Sunday’s high winds, several brush fires and a structure fire occurred in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday at 3415 Hudson St., Fire Chief Jason Matthews said. The ...

Labor group donates eye protection

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia and Appalachian Laborers’ District Council continued its community assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic by donating eye protection to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. The donation consisted of 30 pairs of safety glasses and three pairs of ...