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Washington County Career Center FFA elects 2020-21 officers

MARIETTA — FFA at the Washington County Career Center has elected 2020-21 chapter officers. Members participating in the organization are students from the Landscape Construction & Turf Management program. The organization expands opportunities for classroom instruction to be applied to ...

Wood County officials mull two buildings for 911 Center

PARKERSBURG — Officials recently visited the former Suddenlink building in Parkersburg as another potential site to move the Wood County 911 Center, Wood County Commission President Blair Couch said Thursday. Couch was part of a group of local officials who toured the building near the ...

Wood County high schools report COVID-19 cases

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools were notified of two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at both Parkersburg and Parkersburg South High Schools by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department on Thursday. According to both releases from the district, the MOVHD is working with the schools to ...

Coronavirus claims life of Kanawha County man

CHARLESTON — One person has been confirmed to have died from the COVID-19 virus since Wednesday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported Thursday morning. The state reported the death of a 78-year-old man from Kanawha County in the 24-hour period since ...

Vienna City Council discusses technology updates, Spencer’s Landing

VIENNA — Vienna City Council Thursday approved the purchase of updated software and security cameras for the police and city Information Technology services and to proceed with a grant for a kayak landing at Spencer's Landing. Council unanimously passed new court software in line with ...

Parkersburg Police Department seeks information on two suspects

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two men. Brian Keith Sidwell, no age or address listed, was indicted by the Wood County Grand Jury in September on charges of delivery of a controlled substance causing death and delivery of a controlled ...

Volunteers to clean Wood County Poorhouse and Farm

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Parkersburg Fine Arts Committee will lead a community-wide volunteer initiative to clean the Wood County Poorhouse and Farm from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The clean up of the farm on the WVU Parkersburg main campus is in honor of the college’s Poorhouse Week ...

Minnie Hamilton Health Systems employees test positive for virus

GRANTSVILLE — Two employees with Minnie Hamilton Health Systems and the Calhoun County School System have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, officials said. Minnie Hamilton CEO Stephen Whited said an employee in the health system tested positive and two others are in quarantine due to ...

Artist Walk event continues Saturday

VIENNA — The Artist Walk sponsored by Artsbridge continues Saturday at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the parking lot by J.C. Penney, the show of local artists will be held every Saturday in October. It features 15 artists and their handmade art, with different ...

Drive-thru flu shot clinic set for Marietta

MARIETTA — The Washington County Health Department will hold a drive-thru flu shot clinic for children and adults from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at the health department, 342 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. The exit will be on Colgate Drive. Bring a form of payment such as an insurance card. Flu ...

Belpre flu shot clinic set for Saturday

BELPRE — Marietta/Belpre Health Department and Belpre City Schools are partnering to offer a Drive-Through Flu Vaccination Clinic from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Belpre Elementary School. The clinic is open to the public, and all individuals are asked to wear a mask to protect one another. ...

Reports show West Virginia incumbents have financial edge

CHARLESTON — The rise in COVID-19 cases during the summer and fall didn’t stop candidates for offices on the West Virginia Board of Public Works from raising the money they need to reach voters for the Nov. 3 general election. The third quarter campaign finance reports covering the period ...

Vernon Criss exceeds $48K in contributions

PARKERSBURG — A House of Delegates candidate for the 10th District in Wood County is approaching $50,000 in contributions for the 2020 election. Republican incumbent Vernon Criss for the year reported contributions of $48,648 and expenditures of $11,235, according to the 2020 3rd quarter ...

Drones take Parkersburg High School robotics program to new heights

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School robotics program took flight with a drone flying demonstration by students at Stadium Field on Wednesday morning. A relatively new program to the high school, it’s been nearly three years since the program was offered to students. PHS was able ...

State chosen for Hyperloop center

CHARLESTON - After spending nearly a year wooing executives with Virgin Hyperloop, the company selected West Virginia out of 17 other states for its certification center. Virgin Hyperloop will construct the Hyperloop Certification Center on 800 acres of land between Tucker and Grant counties. ...

Six accused of plotting to kidnap governor of Michigan, FBI said

DETROIT (AP) — Six men plotted to try to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her vacation home, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in federal court. Four of the six men had planned to meet Wednesday to “make a payment on explosives and exchange tactical ...

Second poll shows even tighter race for West Virginia governor

CHARLESTON — The second third-party poll on the 2020 race for governor released Wednesday shows a slightly tighter race between Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango. A poll released by Strategies Unlimited for anti-Justice group WV First shows ...