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Wood County Commission discusses election security

MARIETTA — Security for the Washington County Board of Elections, Then and Now certificates and a $500,000 transit grant were all discussed Thursday morning at the weekly meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Washington County IT Director Donnie Rader said as of June ...

Parkersburg South grad writes novel

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg South High School graduate has written his first book. “Death’s Dairy” is about Death, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and his battle with the seven deadly sins to save his girlfriend, Jane Greene, said Alex Snider of Parkersburg. Greene was ...

Sisters Health Foundation announces priority changes

PARKERSBURG — The Sisters Health Foundation on Thursday announced new priority areas, including a two-decade commitment targeting mental health and addiction. The new priority areas are Healthy Eating, Active Living; Thriving Neighborhoods; and Mental Health and Addiction, said Renee ...

Little Kanawha RC&D awards grants

PARKERSBURG — More than $17,000 in conservation improvement grants has been allocated by the Little Kanawha RC&D to local agencies. Funding went to those in the district’s service area applying for assistance with land- and water-related projects in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, ...

House Democrats call for West Virginia to legalize cannabis

CHARLESTON — Democratic members of the House of Delegates said Wednesday that if the state legalizes and regulates cannabis use, the state won’t have to beg for border counties in other states to join West Virginia. They’ll willingly come, the lawmakers said. Delegates Shawn Fluharty, ...

Wood, Wirt schools see spike in flu cases

PARKERSBURG — Wood and Wirt county schools have seen a rise in absences due to flu and illness in recent weeks, officials said Wednesday, but the season isn’t expected to peak until the end of next month. Julie Bertram, director of health services for Wood County Schools, said while the ...

School calendar bill meets defeat in West Virginia’s House

CHARLESTON — Another effort by Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, to limit the annual school calendar for every county failed Wednesday in a narrow vote. House Bill 2433 would have required the school year to start no earlier than Sept. 1 and end no later than June 7. Counties that needed to start ...

Manchin: Witnesses needed for fair impeachment trial

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said it’s hypocritical for the Senate to criticize House members’ quick handling of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and then not take time to call witnesses at an impeachment trial. The Senate on Wednesday began the pre-trial ...

McKinley swings at MLB pitch

WASHINGTON — A West Virginia congressman is going to bat for minor league baseball teams that could be eliminated under a realignment plan by Major League Baseball. Forty-two minor league clubs would be impacted, including three in West Virginia and one in Ohio. Major League Baseball and ...

Calhoun County Park expanding stargazing opportunities

GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun County Park in Grantsville is working on expanding its amenities and appealing to more stargazers as a popular destination to study the stars. About 10 years ago, astronomers started flocking to the area after finding Mount Zion on maps of the darkest areas of the ...

Dominion Energy gives to Habitat for Humanity

PARKERSBURG — Dominion Energy presented Habitat for Humanity with a $5,700 check Wednesday morning to help fund a home being built on south side. “The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is honored to support Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley as it provides safe, warm homes to ...

Jackson Middle School student places third in art exhibition

VIENNA — A student from Jackson Middle School received third place in the Almost Heaven Governor’s Art Exhibition at the Capitol Complex in Charleston. Kaelin Morris’ entry was titled “Scenic West Virginia.” She is an eighth-grader at Jackson Middle School. Students, who submitted ...

Warrant issued for jail escapee

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Correctional Center and Jail reported having an escaped inmate on Wednesday. In a press release issued at 3:46 p.m., the center stated there was an “escaped inmate from Parkersburg Correctional Center.” Jeremy Dean Johnson, 28, removed his leg monitor around ...

Parkersburg High School graduate advances on ‘Jeopardy!’

LOS ANGELES — After winning Wednesday night’s episode, Parkersburg High School graduate Joshua Swiger has advanced to tonight’s “Jeopardy!” quiz show. Swiger, a 1996 graduate of PHS who lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, won $16,400 in his opening episode Wednesday. Swiger defeated the ...

Blennerhassett Island Museum lecture series to start

PARKERSBURG — The Winter Lecture Series at Blennerhassett Island Museum of Regional History will kick off Sunday and run each Sunday through February. The museum is located at 137 Juliana St., corner of Juliana and Second streets. The four-week series will be held 2 p.m. on consecutive ...

Russian ballet to perform in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Russian National Ballet, performing in North America since 1999, will be featured in the Marietta College Esbenshade Series at a sold-out show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Peoples Bank Theatre. Founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, the ...

‘RENT’ tour coming to Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — The “RENT 20th Anniversary Tour” will be on stage at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center for one show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. “RENT” follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out their principles. The ...

‘The Playboy of the Western World’ opening at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Madison Roe of Waterford has been cast in the Marietta College production of “The Playboy of the Western World: An Irish Comedy.” The show opens 8 p.m. Friday in the Friederich Theater in the Hermann Fine Arts Center where other shows are scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Feb. ...

Artsbridge hosting Britain at Winter Music Series

VIENNA — Britain will perform in the Artsbridge Winter Music at the Mall concert series at 2 p.m. Sunday in center court at the Grand Central Mall. Britain performs 60s and 70s classic rock music. Its repertoire consists of songs by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the ...

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Seafood Dinner PARKERSBURG — A seafood dinner will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The menu includes baked fish and cold or fried shrimp. The event is open to the public. Call in orders for takeout at 304-428-1474. *** Breakfast Buffet NEW MATAMORAS ...