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Annual Ohio River Sweep Saturday at Point Park

PARKERSBURG —The annual Ohio River Sweep will be held Saturday in Parkersburg and other communities along the river’s length. Locally, volunteers will assemble around 9 a.m. Saturday at Point Park where organizers will dispatch them to locations to remove trash from the riverbank. The ...

Author to discuss book about public hanging

RIPLEY — On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ripley branch of the Jackson County Library, Merrilee Matheny, of Liberty, will be signing copies of her new book “Swift Justice: the Story of John Ferguson Morgan and the Last Public Hanging in West Virginia.” Matheny said the ...

Wright speaks about health care trends

VIENNA — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center held its first physician service awards and retirement recognition dinner at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna on Tuesday. Over 40 community physicians were honored for years of service, ranging from five to 47 years, and another 14 ...

House Dems seek end of education session

CHARLESTON — Citing the repeat of mistakes made during the regular session and the growing feud between Gov. Jim Justice and Republicans in the Senate, Democrats in the House of Delegates called Tuesday for an end to the special session on education betterment. House Minority Leader Tim ...

Gold Star: Parkersburg monument dedicated

PARKERSBURG — As the last living U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams gets a lot of attention when he comes to town. But when Williams stepped to the microphone Monday as the dedication of the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in ...

Wood BOE suspends PHS principal; vote came after second public apology

PARKERSBURG - A principal accused of plagiarizing a graduation speech was suspended tonight after giving a public apology to the Wood County Board of Education. The board voted 4-1 to suspend Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss for five days without pay. Board member Debbie ...

Naiks fined on one citation, another dismissed

PARKERSBURG — The Naik companies were fined Monday for one citation and another was dismissed related to inspections of their facilities by the Parkersburg Fire Department. Fire Chief Jason Matthews issued 20 citations on eight Naik properties in December as a result of inspections of their ...

Wood Schools continues trauma care training

PARKERSBURG — Officials say helping children who are dealing with traumatic life experiences requires educators to better understand how to respond rather than react to disruptive student behavior. Wood County Schools on Monday held a second day of Classroom Emotional Response Training, ...

Belpre deals with Farson Street landslips

BELPRE — Belpre City Council approved an emergency resolution to deal with a pair of landslips on Farson Street at Monday’s regular meeting. Council unanimously approved all three readings of a resolution accepting the best low bid for the repair project and giving the safety-service ...

Group pens book offering advice on writing

TERRA ALTA, W.Va. — A new book “Writerly Advice” has been written by members of West Virginia Writers Inc. Several of the writers for this book live in the Parkersburg area. “Writerly Advice” is designed to tell you how to write a book, from start to finish. The writers presents a ...

Wood County deputies honored

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Sheriff’s Department promoted one of its own and honored three deputies for their efforts in saving lives. A ceremony was held Monday morning at the Wood County Courthouse to honor four deputies. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said it was a “joyous but ...

Anglers take West Virginia Bass Tournament’s bait

ST. MARYS — The winners of the 36th annual West Virginia Bass Tournament barely missed reaching the top spot last year, but came back this year to win the overall prize. Ed Dennis and Wes Kemper of the Logan, Ohio, area won the two-day tournament with a combined weight of 16.74 pounds in ...

A Republican Senate leader calls for governor’s resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A top West Virginia Republican is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to resign. Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said Monday the Republican governor should step down to deal with the many court cases that have dogged his businesses. Blair is chairman of the Senate finance ...

Dragon Boat Excursions hopes to make a splash in Muskingum River

MARIETTA — The MOV’n Dragons Organization held its first of six Muskingum River Dragon Boat Excursions on Saturday, launching from the Marietta High School Boat House dock on Gilman Avenue. Thirteen new paddlers took to the water Saturday with hopes that many more participants will ...

Marietta Board of Education hires administrators

MARIETTA — The Marietta City Schools board of education approved hiring of two administrators Friday morning at a special meeting. Bernie Boice, previously director of instruction for Belpre City Schools, was hired as district testing director and special education supervisor, a new ...

New department store set to open in Marietta

MARIETTA — The biggest space in the Lafayette Square shopping center is changing tenants, with a grand opening scheduled for June 27. The Peebles Department Store will close in mid-June for 10 days to be replaced by a Gordman’s outlet. Both store brands are owned by Stage, which also ...

Washington County educators, libraries stress importance of summer reading

MARIETTA — Summer may be fun in the sun for most children, but for many, summer also means a regression in their reading skills. Local educators and libraries are trying to help keep students interested in reading this summer through reading programs and getting parents involved. “The ...

Williamstown High School graduate member of winning WVU robotic team

MORGANTOWN — Ian Hostottle, a Williamstown High School graduate, was a member of West Virginia University’s robotic drilling team that finished first on June 6 in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge, the team’s second top finish in three years. Persistence, ...

Novak recognized by League of Women Voters of Wood County

PARKERSBURG — A departing member of the League of Women Voters of Wood County was recognized by the organization’s board of directors. Nancy Novak, who served the local and state Leagues, is relocating with her husband, Ernie, to the Philadelphia area at the end of June. Novak has been a ...

LGBTQ, supporters proudly turn out for Parkersburg picnic

PARKERSBURG — Almost a thousand people went out to celebrate pride and express themselves at City Park in Parkersburg for the second annual Pride Family Picnic and PRIDEfest on Saturday. “We have come a long way in 50 years and we have a long way to go for the next 50 years,” said ...