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Parkersburg mayor to declare ‘Back the Blue Day’

PARKERSBURG — Mayor Tom Joyce plans to issue a proclamation slating a day to honor local law enforcement during Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting. A copy of the “Back the Blue Day” proclamation was included with the agenda for the meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in ...

Massage parlors, barber shops and salons see business surge

By OGDEN NEWSPAPERS Hair cuts. Massages. Tattoos. Pedicures. Manicures. These were just some of the luxuries lost as businesses faced mandatory shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet as states began to reopen last month, most areas saw the resurgence of these businesses as longtime ...

Person killed in Boaz house fire

BOAZ — One person is dead following a Friday morning house fire. The fire was reported around 3 a.m. Friday, according to Williamstown Deputy Fire Chief Paul Jordan. It happened at a residence in the 1800 block of Williams Highway. The cause of the blaze is being investigated by the West ...

Wood County COVID cases continue rise

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced multiple new positive COVID-19 results for the six-county area it covers over the weekend. An additional 17 cases in Wood County brings the total number since March to 178. Two more were added in Wirt County, whose previous four ...

Washington County schools eye reopening plans

MARIETTA — If Washington County reaches a Level 4 purple designation for the Ohio coronavirus alert system by the Ohio Department of Health, schools would close their doors and fully switch to remote learning. A joint statement was released by the Marietta-Belpre Health Department, ...

Suspect in St. Marys High School threat case found competent

MARIETTA — One of the Marietta residents who allegedly made threats against a St. Marys High School administrator was found competent to stand trial Friday. Nicholas R. Massey, 19, of 290 Ridgewood Court, Apt. G, was indicted on one count of inciting to violence, a third-degree felony, and ...

Vienna council votes down golf cart ordinance

VIENNA — Vienna City Council did not pass the ordinance for usage of motorized carts (golf carts) on second reading Thursday. The ordinance would have allowed people to legally ride golf carts in the city on secondary streets. Some of the highlights the ordinance included were: anyone on ...

Most local paving projects due to wrap up in a week

PARKERSBURG — The majority of the city’s 2020 paving project is scheduled to wrap up a week from today. Schedules for asphalt rejuvenation and paving of many city streets have been released, although the timing of repaving on Fairview Avenue, from Cadillac Drive to Seventh Street and ...

People of all ages take time to enjoy New Era Kite Festival Saturday

MINERAL WELLS -- The weather cooperated Saturday and even pitched in some winds to help celebrate the annual New Era Kite Festival in Mineral Wells. "We really lucked out with wind," said Max Barker, President of New Era Kite Club. This year was the eleventh year for the event which is ...

Covid-19 numbers continue rising

Staff Reports PARKERSBURG -- The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department continues to encourage individuals and businesses to heed the governor's mandate to wear a mask indoors and to take precautions when traveling as Wood County cases continue to rise. The MOVHD reported 17 new positive cases in ...

Parkersburg police looking for shooting suspect

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Police Department is looking for a resident of Toledo, Ohio, in connection with a shooting Friday afternoon. A warrant has been issued for Farrell White, 47, 909 Wall St., Toledo, on a charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Lt. Greg Collins with ...

Wood County COVID-19 cases continue climb

PARKERSBURG — The number of COVID-19 cases in Wood County continues to rise, particularly at a senior living facility between Parkersburg and Vienna. On Tuesday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced six residents and two employees of Wyngate Senior Living Community had tested ...

Parkersburg business owners express concerns about homeless population

PARKERSBURG —Local business owners say they continue to have problems with the homeless population. People coming onto their properties during business hours, loitering, bothering customers and other concerns have been regularly occuring, they say. T.R. Hathaway, owner of Superior Toyota ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh role in emergency pandemic response

CHARLESTON — While some lawmakers see Gov. Jim Justice’s use of executive powers as evenhanded during the pandemic emergency, others would like to see more legislative involvement, particularly when it comes to the $1.25 billion in federal dollars the state has received. Ever since the ...

Justice names Amjad as new state health officer to replace Slemp

CHARLESTON — A Beckley-based physician is the new West Virginia health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, the governor announced on Friday. Dr. Ayne Amjad replaces Dr. Cathy Slemp. “We have picked up an incredible West Virginian,” Justice said as he announced the ...

Wood County BOE set to meet on Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet in regular session 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district office to receive an update on a fall re-entry plan and online programs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, residents are asked to virtually attend through the Zoom meetings app. A full ...

Calhoun County officials tackling jail fees, saying no to alcohol

GRANTSVILLE — The Calhoun County Commission is paying down its jail bill and voted to keep the county dry. Commission President Chip Westfall said the county has an outstanding jail bill from a few years back, but is paying it off. The commission was able to pay off the bill for last year ...

Sistersville Ferry back after 2019 closure

SISTERSVILLE — The Sistersville Ferry is back on the river after its closure for the 2019 season due to staffing issues. Pilot Bo Hause returned and is excited to continue to honor and respect the history of the ferry and the town of Sistersville. The July 4 weekend was the debut of the ...

A Fond Farewell

PARKERSBURG — Though COVID-19 ended the school year early for area students, Edison Middle School is still celebrating those moving on to high school this fall. Edison recognized its rising 8th graders as they moved on to Parkersburg South High School. Officials posted a congratulations ...