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City Park Gold Star monument to be dedicated Monday

PARKERSBURG — The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at City Park, across from the pond, will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Monday. Ground was broken April 16 for the monument designed to honor those who have sacrificed their lives to protect the United States and the families they left ...

Wood County Board of Education to begin consolidation planning Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets Tuesday evening to begin the merger and consolidation process in Wood County Schools. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s central office on 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public. ...

Child in hospital after incident at City Park pool

PARKERSBURG — CPR was performed on a 6-year-old child Friday afternoon at the Parkersburg City Park swimming pool after he swallowed water and stopped breathing. Capt. Brian Drake with the Parkersburg Fire Department said a nurse and lifeguards were on the scene and began CPR immediately on ...

PFAS research offers clue to heart disease treatment

MORGANTOWN — Chemicals found in nonstick cookware, cleaning products and paint may help lead to new treatments for heart disease in diabetic adults, according to a West Virginia University epidemiologist’s research. Kim Innes of the WVU School of Public Health and her colleagues recently ...

Lori: Healing requires new bishop

WHEELING — The next bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston should “embody Christ’s spirit of humility, compassion, care and concern and service,” Archbishop William Lori said. The call by Lori for a new bishop comes following a week where church leaders admitted they ...

Opinions mixed on next steps for Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

WHEELING — Opinions are mixed about what should happen to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston after new revelations about Michael J. Bransfield’s conduct while bishop here were made public this week. Some called for the diocese to reform from within while others asked the ...

House fire closes section of Parkersburg thoroughfare

PARKERSBURG — A fire in an electric baby swing spread throughout a house at 1810 E. Seventh St. on Friday, a Parkersburg fire official said. The fire forced responders to shut down Seventh Street for several blocks while crews extinguished the blaze, said Capt. Brian Drake with the ...

Fruth Pharmacy names Elizabeth boy winner of Baby Face contest

PARKERSBURG — A baby from Elizabeth was a winner in the fourth annual Fruth Pharmacy Baby Face Event. Zayn Sheppard, son of Bernadette and Steve Holbert of Elizabeth, was 6 months old at the time of his selection in April. Each year Fruth Pharmacy chooses four babies to represent the ...

Volunteers sought to place flags throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Real Estate Center is looking for volunteers to help place 10,000 American flags in various locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley to celebrate Independence Day. Each year, the business provides 10,000 American flags to place in the community ...

Contamination prompts Harrisville boil water advisory

HARRISVILLE — On Friday, a water problem occurred on East Main Street in Harrisville causing water contamination affecting the entire water system, including Pullman, Washburn/Mahone area and Chevaus de Frise area. Conditions indicate there is a high probability that water may be ...

Barlow-Vincent Safetytown event makes life lessons for area children

BARLOW—For 25 years, youngsters in the Warren Local school district have been gathering to learn about safety as part of a week-long Barlow-Vincent Safetytown. “We teach them several things about safety, from farm safety, stranger safety, swimming safety, bike safety and fire safety,” ...

Major landslide forces closure on Ohio 60

MARIETTA — Ohio 60, a major traffic artery connecting Marietta to communities north of the city, was shut down for about 15 hours Friday after a massive landslide. The road was closed about 1 a.m. Friday just north of Devola between Arends Ridge Road and Bear Creek Road. The Ohio Department ...

West Virginia program offers grants to curb youth gambling

CHARLESTON — The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, the group that operates the state's 1800GAMBLER helpline, is offering grants of up to $5,000 each to community groups to prevent youth gambling. Problem gambling affects thousands of West Virginians, the help network said. ...

Pollution Control Standards for Ohio River see revisions

PARKERSBURG — An Ohio River environmental commission has revised the Pollution Control Standards for industrial and municipal wastewater discharges into the river. The 2019 revision was approved by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission Thursday after lengthy consideration and ...

Wharton grants Parkersburg fountain money request

PARKERSBURG — A judge on Thursday approved the City of Parkersburg’s petition to use money earmarked to repair the damaged Jackson Memorial Fountain at City Park to instead replace it. Built in 1906, the fountain was struck by high winds in October, causing the upper bowl to separate from ...

Seventh Street closed for fire

The 1600-1700 block of Seventh Street in Parkersburg has been closed for a house fire. Crews from Parkersburg are on scene.

Parkersburg City Council to consider earlier meetings

PARKERSBURG — Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting will convene at 7:30 p.m., but future sessions might begin earlier. A resolution on the upcoming agenda would move the starting time to 6 p.m. The change was proposed by Council President Mike Reynolds, who sponsored it along with ...

Justice company, federal officials reach agreement on penalty

CHARLESTON — One of the companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice is coming to the rescue of another company that faced an ultimatum Thursday to explain how it planned to pay a massive contempt penalty. According to an order filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West ...

Vienna water wells work to finish by October

VIENNA — On Thursday, Craig Metz, public works director for the city of Vienna, informed the city’s utility board that the refurbishing of water wells seven and eight along River Road had started and should be completed by October. Metz said the wells had been shut down since high levels ...