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Proposed Parkersburg real property tax rebate plan referred by council

PARKERSBURG — The Finance Committee referred a proposed real property tax rebate plan to the full City Council Tuesday after voting to extend its benefits. Under the ordinance submitted to the committee by Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce’s administration, property owners who build new or make ...

Opioid crisis adds to issues for W.Va. agencies

CHARLESTON — The agency charged with investigating abuse and neglect cases involving children is having issues keeping up with increased caseloads as the opioid crisis continues. Lawmakers on the Post Audits Subcommittee heard a report Tuesday from the Legislative Auditor’s Office on Child ...

Report: Cities, towns missing out on tax revenue

CHARLESTON — Cities and towns in West Virginia are being stiffed on tax revenue by subcontractors working on state projects, according to the Legislative Auditor’s Office. In a letter released Tuesday to Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, Post Audit Division ...

Children’s museum planned for downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The former Masonic Temple at Ninth and Market streets is the planned site of the Children’s Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The museum will be aimed at children up to 8 years old, with an emphasis on subjects of local interest and science, technology, engineering, arts and ...

West Virginia draft legislation tackles flood construction contracts, hiring

CHARLESTON — Members of the Joint Committee on Flooding got a sneak peek Tuesday of legislation meant to help how the state spends money, bids out projects, and hires people during a state of emergency. Attorneys for the committee presented three draft bills Tuesday evening during a meeting ...

Thieves target mailboxes in Wood County

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a rash of thieves targeting rural mailboxes. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said someone has been targeting mailboxes along local highways and taking mail searching for checks or birthday or holiday cards with checks ...

West Virginia lawmakers discuss delay over Tourism Development Act

CHARLESTON — A simple special session wasn’t so simple after the House of Delegates put the brakes on an extension of a tourism tax credit program set to expire at the end of the year. On Monday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 2001 to extend the Tourism Development Act to 2026. The act was ...

Sigma Pi fraternity members indicted in Ohio U student death

ATHENS, Ohio — Indictments were handed down recently in relation to the death of a Ohio University student through the alleged hazing by members of a fraternity. On Nov. 12, 2018, Ohio University student Collin Lewis Wiant, 18, died at 45 Mill St., Athens, where members of Sigma Pi ...

United Bankshares buys Carolina Financial

PARKERSBURG — Getting into the market in the Carolinas has been a goal for the chairman and CEO of United Bankshares. United and Carolina Financial Corp. Monday announced a definitive merger agreement worth $1.1 billion, creating a combined organization with about $25 billion in assets, ...

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department gets new equipment

GRANTSVILLE — New equipment was recently acquired by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. The department was able to obtain new firearms, Tasers and batons, said Sheriff Jeff Starcher. Starcher said replacing the equipment was a priority for the past two years. The sheriff’s ...

Calhoun County Middle School seeks state grant

MOUNT ZION — Calhoun County Middle High School is hoping for grant money to fund a new HVAC system, a roof, lighting and a safer school entrance. School Superintendent Kelli Whytsell pitched the need for the project to the state School Building Authority Monday afternoon. Whytsell is ...

Belpre school counselors present academic, social programs

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools counselors are working to help students deal with anxiety and girls to feel more confident through several in-school programs. Officials with Belpre City Schools counseling office gave an overview of academic and social programs during Monday’s Belpre City ...

Wood County prepares for cleaning park cannon

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commission is looking at options to clean up the “Long Tom” cannon and how they want to display it at Fort Boreman Park. Parkersburg City Council recently approved a resolution that would trade the historic cannon at City Park for the county’s half of ...

Festival of Trees to spruce up Blennerhassett Hotel

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers came together at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg on Sunday to begin to decorate Christmas trees for the upcoming 2019 Festival of Trees. Teams of people, representing local businesses, organizations and themselves, gathered Sunday at the hotel in ...

Gala raises funds, awareness for St. John Central School

CHURCHTOWN — The St. John Central Home and School Association Gala was held Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Churchtown, with the school’s first gala serving as a fundraising event that gave guests a wonderful night out. “We started planning this around three months ...

Gospel Mission shoebox effort working to spread Christmas cheer

MARIETTA — Even in the throes of recovering from an unfortunate accident, one of the west side’s good samaritans is determined to keep giving. “It’s been a long healing process, but I’m doing pretty good now in physical therapy,” said Candy Waite, founder of the Gospel Mission Food ...

Marietta Community Foundation marks 45 years of giving

MARIETTA — It’s been 45 years since the Marietta Community Foundation was established, but the foundation just keeps getting better, says those who keep it running. As part of National Community Foundation Week, MCF held a ribbon cutting Friday at their Putnam Street office in celebration ...

Girl Scouts wield power with science, imagination at WVU-P

PARKERSBURG — The Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council enjoyed a magical Saturday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg by embracing the Wizarding World of Girl Scouts magical arts and sciences. Participants, who came from 45 counties in West Virginia, nine in Ohio, three in ...