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Marshall University puts commencement on hold

HUNTINGTON — Online instruction at Marshall University will continue beyond a previously announced date and commencement has been postponed, both because of the escalation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Instruction exclusively delivered online or through other alternative learning ...

Wood County BOE meets online to discuss virus

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held its first virtual meeting Thursday, receiving an update on the pandemic which made the remote meeting necessary. Board members joined Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook on a video call Thursday evening to discuss COVID-19, ...

Federal tax deadline extended to July 15

WASHINGTON (AP) — The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump’s direction “we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All ...

Coronavirus case confirmed in Jackson County

RIPLEY -- West Virginia now has seven confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the latest in Jackson County, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Look for the full story in Saturday’s newspaper.

Justice tests negative for coronavirus

CHARLESTON — Potentially bringing the coronavirus crisis closer to the seat of government, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he has tested negative for the respiratory illness. In order to limit the number of people in the Governor’s Reception Room at the state Capitol, Thursday’s briefing ...

Vienna City Council approves sending budgets to state

VIENNA — Thursday evening Vienna City Council approved sending its 2020-2021 General Funds and Coal Severance budgets to the State Auditor’s Office for approval on a five to two vote. The Coal Severance budget was unchanged from last year at $27,200, which normally gets transferred to the ...

Manchin: Work on third coronavirus stimulus package needs to start now

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate are waiting on Republican leadership to show them the language for the third coronavirus package being to provide relief to workers. Manchin said Senate Democrats are waiting on Senate ...

Belpre City Schools to provide meals starting Monday

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools will begin delivering meals to 11 locations Monday for all Belpre youth. Superintendent Jeff Greenley said Thursday officials would be calling families and would post flyers throughout the town outlining all of the times and places where meals will be ...

Entities weigh pandemic response

PARKERSBURG — While restaurants and facilities like gyms in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to close, other establishments continue to assess the best way to do business amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley ReStore in Vienna, that ...

Memorial Health System gives advice on COVID-19

MARIETTA — Memorial Health System has some advice for dealing with the COVID-19 virus for the Mid-Ohio Valley. Memorial Health System asks that any patient experiencing flu-like symptoms call their primary care provider, use the MemorialCareNow app or call the 24/7 nurse line at (844) ...

Land donation to Old Man Rivers pays for new truck

PARKERSBURG — In memory of a loved one, the Winans family donated three parcels of land to the mission at Old Man Rivers. The first piece of land was recently sold and the proceeds went to purchase a new truck and to assist with operations. When asked what prompted Jim, Dave, Sam and ...

Humane Society of Parkersburg seeks donations

PARKERSBURG — While the COVID-19 virus affects humans, furry friends remain untouched by its effects. But animals in the Humane Society of Parkersburg can still use a hand. “At this point, we are seeing minimal impact from the COVID-19; however, we are taking things one day at a time,” ...

Wood County Courthouse limits hours

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Courthouse will now have limited hours due to concerns from the growing COVID-19 pandemic. During an emergency meeting Thursday, the Wood County Commission unanimously voted to designate limited hours for public access to the courthouse and the portion of the ...

West Virginia closes DMV offices statewide

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has closed offices statewide due to growing COVID-19 concerns. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by both the CDC and West Virginia Department of Health ...

Parkersburg limits city building public hours

PARKERSBURG — Starting today, the Parkersburg Municipal Building will only be open to the public 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as city officials continue efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Tom Joyce said it’s a precautionary measure as the city has not experienced “an impactful level ...

Vienna River Road Race among event cancellations

PARKERSBURG — Organizers, citing the COVID-19 coronavirus precautions, have canceled next month’s running of the Vienna River Road Race. “It’s disappointing,” said Lou Molinaro, organizer in chief of the race. The race cancellation is among postponents announced on Thursday, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport manager reports operations running smoothly

WILLIAMSTOWN — Airport Manager Glen Kelly says the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport has yet to see any negative impact from the COVID-19 situation. The practice of sanitizing all primary contact surfaces started in January when the virus became more widespread around the world, Kelly said. ...

Wood County 2020 Census prep on hold two weeks

PARKERSBURG — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the 2020 Census preparation is being put on hold for two weeks. In a press release from Pam Brust, Wood County courts coordinator and the point person for the county’s Census preparation, operations will be suspended until the beginning of ...

Parkersburg makes adjustments for COVID-19 concerns

PARKERSBURG — Mayor Tom Joyce made parking free in portions of downtown Parkersburg Wednesday and closed some restrooms at city parks in response to ongoing COVID-19 issues. Shifting parking to free 15-minute intervals from Eighth to Third Street on Market Street and Juliana to Market on ...

DMV offices closing effective today

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will close to the public beginning Thursday in accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources regarding ...