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Parkersburg greenhouse hopes to grow more than food

PARKERSBURG — In hopes of growing more than just fresh food, but also community ties and a road to recovery, Community Resources Inc. (CRI) has partnered with United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley to create Hope Grows, a Thrive-connected community garden. “Hope Grows will operate out of a ...

West Virginia report highlights economic changes

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia secretary of state released a report emphasizing economic growth and new business development. The report, available through the business statistics database on the West Virginia secretary of state website, spanned from August 2018 through July 2019. ...

Donatos Pizza to open in Marietta

MARIETTA — People who frequently visit Columbus may be aware of the Donatos Pizza franchise, but for those who haven’t heard of it, you’ll soon get your chance. Marietta resident Scott Hollister has his crews busy getting the shop together so it can be ready for opening in ...

Parkersburg News and Sentinel honored by West Virginia Press Association

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg News and Sentinel represented well on Aug. 3 in the annual West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. An awards banquet held at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown honored excellence in newspaper journalism throughout the state. “We are proud of the ...

Dirt track racing revs up Mid-Ohio Valley teens

PARKERSBURG — Two local girls are making a name for themselves in dirt track racing in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Karly Starcher, 14, of Waverly has been racing for six years in the mini wedge division. Ashley Simonton, 18, from Belmont, attends St. Marys High School and started racing in the ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to hold concerts

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg has a series of concerts scheduled for its 2019-2020 season. The concerts will be held in the auditorium at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road south of Parkersburg. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. All ...

Huntington Bancshares reports net income

COLUMBUS — Huntington Bancshares reported net income for the 2019 second quarter of $364 million, an increase of 3 percent from the year-ago quarter. Earnings per common share for the quarter were 33 cents, up 10 percent from the year-ago quarter. Tangible book value per common share as of ...

Five chosen as West Virginia Women in Agriculture

CHARLESTON — Five women have been chosen as 2019 West Virginia Women in Agriculture for their lifetime of work in the industry. The inductees will be honored Monday by Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt during a reception at the state fair. “Women now make up 38 percent of our ...

FirstEnergy Corp. honored with excellence award

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. has been honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business with a 2019 Excellence in Human Resources Award for its workforce diversity and inclusion programs. The award recognizes FirstEnergy’s efforts to increase diversity and establish an inclusive environment where all ...

Nine graduate from Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

Nine students from Wood County graduated in the latest class of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy, a program of the West Virginia Army National Guard. Graduation exercises for Class 1-19, the 52nd class of the program, were held in June at Camp Dawson in Kingwood where Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer ...

Wood County Schools creates online teacher position

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools has created a virtual school teacher position and hopes to see an increase in online enrollment. The Wood County Board of Education met Friday morning in special session to approve personnel changes ahead of the 2019-20 school year. Teachers return to work ...

Wood County BOE comments on Waverly bus routes

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Board of Education members say the length of bus routes from the Waverly area to the new Williamstown Elementary School falls within state guidelines. The board is considering closing Waverly Elementary School and merging it with Williamstown Elementary when a new ...

Parkersburg receives Municipal League honors

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Municipal League this week recognized Parkersburg’s efforts to address two longstanding issues with which many cities struggle — fire and police pension liabilities and stormwater retention. During the annual conference for the association of Mountain ...

Parkersburg paving start date delayed

PARKERSBURG — The start of Parkersburg’s paving project has been pushed back a few days by the contractor. Milling was originally slated to begin Monday, but that has been delayed until Thursday, City Engineer Adam Stout said in an email. This year’s project will focus on edge milling, ...

Murals bring vibrancy to downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Murals are gracing the walls of buildings in downtown Parkersburg. The Downtown PKB Arts and Culture Committee is spearheading the mural projects, said Jessie Siefert, managing director of the Parkersburg Art Center and chair of this committee. Downtown PKB and its ...

Parkersburg City Council to consider budget revisions

PARKERSBURG — A budget revision to cover expenses for designing and financing another new fire station is part of the agenda for the next Parkersburg City Council meeting. Council will convene at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building. The Personnel ...

Wood County Senior Citizens Association donate school supplies

PARKERSBURG — School supplies valued in the hundreds of dollars were donated Friday to Wood County Schools by the Wood County Senior Citizens Association. The box was so heavy, Superintendent of Schools Will Hosaflook needed help to load it onto a wheeled cart to take with him following a ...

Sunny weather breathes life back into Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival

MARIETTA — With clear skies and warm temperatures, families set off on adventures Friday by both land and river. “Even with a little bit of H2O last night, today’s numbers are still good,” said Eric Dowler, festival director for the 9th Annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival. ...

Marietta’s Food Truck Friday drives interest in local entrepreneurs

MARIETTA — The smell of food cooking and bright sunshine met those venturing out to the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta for Food Truck Friday. Misty Anderson, 51, of Barlow, and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, were in town and decided to stop by the trucks. “She had a ...

Ill feeling after West Virginia, Ohio hospitals announce closures

WHEELING — The governor of West Virginia on Thursday directed his administration “to dig deep to see what kind of help the state can offer” to prevent the closure of the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. The medical center and its affiliate East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins ...