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High water reported in Washington, Wood counties

PARKERSBURG — Heavy rains hit throughout the area Wednesday with high water reported in areas of Wood and Washington counties. The National Weather Service in Charleston reported that by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1-1.7 inches of rain had fallen in Washington County while a quarter of an inch ...

Police announce prostitution arrests

PARKERSBURG — Four women affiliated with two local massage parlors have been arrested by Parkersburg Police on prostitution charges. According to a release from Police Chief Joe Martin, the department received anonymous information that improper activity was going on at Hot Stone Massages, ...

Committee eyes proposed changes to Senate education reform package

CHARLESTON — Members of the House Education Committee are considering making changes to several of the big-ticket items in the state Senate’s education reform legislation. The committee met Wednesday morning and afternoon to look at a strike-and-insert amendment to Senate Bill 451, the ...

West Virginia finally knows how many vehicles it owns

CHARLESTON — An effort by the West Virginia Legislature to determine how many state-owned vehicles are on the road has finally yielded an answer. “You’ve seen the new gold-and-blue license plates out there,” said House Government Organization Chairman Gary Howell, R-Mineral. “Today, ...

Alabama man charged with abduction

PARKERSBURG — Yashar King, 19, of 3349 Buckboard Road, Montgomery, Ala., was arraigned Wednesday in Wood County Magistrate Court on a charge of abduction, after allegedly taking a 14-year-old girl from the Grand Central Mall. The criminal complaint states that King met up with the juvenile ...

Petty family hopes for leads in murder case

PARKERSBURG — Eleven years ago this month, the body of Judith Lynn Petty was found in the charred remains of a building on a family farm in Wood County. No one has been brought to justice to answer for the murder which has ripped the family apart these past 11 years. Despite each passing ...

Photo Gallery: Cosmetology school students visit Franklin Elementary Center

PARKERSBURG — A partnership between a local elementary and a cosmetology school provided free haircuts Wednesday for dozens of students. Fifty-five students at Franklin Elementary Center received haircuts courtesy of students and instructors from the Artisan School of Cosmetology. School ...

Marietta Aquatic Center season pass unchanged

MARIETTA — Rates at the Marietta Aquatic Center will not increase this year, city officials said. A season pass at the center for Marietta residents is $95 for youth ages 3 to 17 and seniors, $105 for adults and $215 for a family of four. Non-residents must pay an additional $5 in each ...

Mid Ohio Valley Players to present ‘Same Time, Next Year’

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Players will present the romantic comedy, “Same Time, Next Year,” starting this weekend. Show times will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $7 for youth ...

Artsbridge hosting Gregory Sams Sr. display

PARKERSBURG — During the month of February, the public is invited to stop by Artsbridge to see the woodwork of local artist Gregory Sams Sr. Artsbridge is located at 925 Market St. and the lobby hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sams is a lifetime resident of the ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to host Tony DeSare

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will host crooner Tony DeSare this Sunday in Parkersburg. The concert will be 3 p.m. at Blennerhassett School, 448 Jewell Road, Parkersburg. DeSare and his band will join Music Director Lawrence Loh and the Symphony for a afternoon filled ...

Freezin’ for a Reason benefit set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The seventh annual Freezin’ for a Reason will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Parkersburg Point Park Marketplace where participants will jump into a 25-foot pool filled with cold water to benefit the West Virginia Special Olympics. “We have a lot who come to just ...

Chocolate Party to benefit EVE Inc.

MARIETTA — Putting a weakness for chocolate in the service of a good cause is a rare opportunity. It’s coming around Sunday when the Chocolate Party at Glenwood opens to the community with chocolate for all. The party, being held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Glenwood Retirement Community ...

Great American Home Show coming to Vienna this weekend

VIENNA — It will be a Do-It-Yourselfers paradise during the 2019 Great American Home Show. Area homeowners planning a variety of projects in the coming year will have the chance to examine a wide range of products and services available locally during the annual show that will be held ...

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Purse Bingo PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir will sponsor a Vera Bradley Purse Bingo 5:30 p.m. Friday in the high school cafeteria. The event is a fundraiser for the choir’s participation in April in a competition in New York City. New 2019 spring patterns and ...

Contour maintains 100 percent completion rate

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport’s new carrier continued its strong performance in January. “Contour is still at 100 percent completion rate,” airport Manager Glen Kelly said during Tuesday’s monthly Wood County Airport Authority meeting. The Tennessee-based ...

House takes up education omnibus bill

CHARLESTON — Despite an attempt Tuesday to stop the bill, the House of Delegates received the state Senate’s massive education reform package, vowing to review the legislation in a “deliberate manner.” The House received a message from the Senate Tuesday morning announcing the passage ...

No warehouse registration legislation for second year

CHARLESTON — Those still waiting on legislation to prevent another warehouse fire like what happened in Wood County in 2017 will have to wait a little longer. Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, said he will not be introducing legislation this year to require warehouses to keep up-to-date ...

Couch: Eramet addressing noise concerns

PARKERSBURG — Possible solutions are in the works to address a noise coming from Ohio that is impacting Wood County residents, a Wood County commissioner said. Wood County Commission President Blair Couch attended a meeting last week with officials from Eramet as well as the City of Vienna, ...