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Wood BOE meets Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will discuss virtual school and the district’s re-entry plan in a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Office, 13th and Plum streets. The meeting is open to the public, though masks are required and social distancing will be ...

Washington State receives $100K from Memorial Health Foundation

MARIETTA — Washington State Community College has received a grant of $100,000 by the Memorial Health Foundation to enhance the nursing work force through its Education and Advancement to Registered Nurse initiative. E.A.R.N. is an in-demand job advancement program to meet the immediate ...

Charges filed against three in separate cases

PARKERSBURG — Two individuals were arrested and charged with grand larceny on Thursday and one individual was arrested and charged with two counts of malicious wounding in Parkersburg. Travis Burr Collins, 44, 3505 Elm Street Apartment 11, Parkersburg, has been charged with grand larceny, ...

Ohio County lawsuit challenges Justice executive orders

CHARLESTON — Even though Ohio County is in the gold on the County Alert System color-coded map, a group of local businesses and two unidentified parents are seeing red when it comes to Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the ...

Auxiliary donates over $77K to Camden Clark for patient care

PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Auxiliary has donated $77,343 to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. The donation was in multiple equipment purchases for enhanced patient care, including 17 Philips Vital Sign machines, two Smart Beds for the Ambulatory Infusion Center and an Elite Touch ...

Sisterville Ferry to offer private cruises

SISTERSVILLE — For the first time, the Sistersville Ferry is offering October cruises for anyone wishing to book a private event. Normally the ferry season ends at the end of September but pilot Bo Hause said they decided to offer the private cruises as an opportunity to bring in more ...

W.Va. sees 253 new COVID-19 cases

Staff Report More than 250 new cases of the virus were received in West Virginia over the 24 hours from Thursday to Friday morning, the Department of Health and Human Resources said its 10 a.m. Friday update. Three more deaths from the virus also were confirmed over the 24-hour period, ...

Wood County Adult Learning Center moves to St. Joseph’s Landing

PARKERSBURG — After a one-year stay on Market Street, the Wood County Adult Learning Center relocated to the sixth floor of St. Joseph’s landing at 600 18th St. over the summer. Combining the two previous locations known as Lincoln and Lakeview Adult Learning Center in the summer of 2019, ...

Williamstown library sponsors ‘Storywalk’

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Public Library has created a “Storywalk” area at Fenton Park to inspire children to read more often. The project was installed over Labor Day weekend after Nancy Morehead, the librarian at the public library, was granted permission by city council at its ...

Planning commission clears way for Mister Bee expansion

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission on Friday approved the abandonment of part of the unimproved right of way for West Virginia Avenue for an expansion project by the West Virginia Potato Chip Co., makers of Mister Bee potato chips. The company petitioned the city to abandon a ...

Parkersburg South receives Thespian Relief grant

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School has received a $500 grant from the Educational Theatre Foundation’s new Thespian Relief Fund. Fifty grants were awarded in two categories: $500 for schools to start or renew a thespian troupe and cover lifetime fees for 10 students; and $1,000 to ...

Dimex to add over 50 full time jobs

A local company will be adding more than 50 full-time jobs between now and December for its production area. “We would love to find candidates who are experienced extrusion operators on either profile or calendaring lines,” said Diana Davis, human resources manager for Dimex Corporation. ...

Morrison named premier Bryant dealer fourth year

Staff Reports MARIETTA – For the fourth consecutive year, Morrison Inc. has been recognized for its commitment to excellence with a spot in the 2020 Circle of Champions by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. Morrison is one of only 15 dealers in Ohio to achieve the status and in the ...

Opera house marks 20th anniversary

Staff reports McCONNELSVILLE — September marks the 20th anniversary of the first performance of the Ohio Valley Opry at the Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville. Since owners and operators Marvin and Deana (Bennett) Clark met in 1988 at a country music festival in Morgan County, the two ...

Local man writes to help people find happiness

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has written a book he hopes will encourage people to find happiness. “Leah, a Love Story” is taken from the Bible, William J. Henry said. The book is his third. “I guess it is an opportunity to help people who feel they have to rely on other people for ...

Former Parkersburg Catholic High School principal sues Diocese

PARKERSBURG — In a lawsuit filed in Wood County, the former principal at Parkersburg Catholic High School is claiming he was wrongfully terminated for reporting complaints against a priest to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and for firing the football coach. John Golebiewski, represented ...

Wood County Schools to stay on blended format

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will continue to use the blended learning format in the foreseeable future according to Superintendent Will Hosaflook, despite the county entering the “yellow” zone phase after reports released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources ...

Compliance officer discusses dilapidated properties

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission discussed a number of dilapidated properties on Thursday and what needs to happen with it. The commission met with Wood County Compliance Officer Sarah Robinson to discuss issues with the condition of the properties at 17 Smitherman Rd, Washington; ...

New candidate enters mayoral race for Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A new candidate has entered the general election race for Mayor of Parkersburg. Mark Alan Meredith, 52, submitted his write-in form on Sept. 15, 2020, which was the last day to file, according to documentation from Parkersburg City Clerk Connie Shaffer. Meredith was one of ...

Murder charge among grand jury indictments

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — A man was indicted by the Wood County Grand Jury on Thursday for the murder of his brother. William Nutter, 40, North Central Regional Jail, was charged with the May 10 murder of Charles Ryan Cottle, 29. Cottle was shot nine times, according to the Parkersburg ...