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Ohio targets Gallia County’s distracted drivers

GALLIPOLIS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation Friday announced a Distracted Driving Safety Corridor on Ohio 7 in Gallia County. Faced with a growing issue of distracted driving, the new corridor in Gallia County will go from just south of Ohio 218 to ...

Parkersburg City Council considers homelessness No. 1 priority

PARKERSBURG — Addressing the effects of homelessness on the community was identified Friday by Parkersburg City Council members as the top priority for 2021. “Right now we’re fighting an uphill battle, and if it’s not the No. 1 thing, none of us is going to have a whole lot to ...

Justice sworn in for second term as West Virginia’s governor

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice laid out an optimistic future for West Virginia on Friday in an all-but-traditional Inaugural Day address as he was sworn in as the first elected Republican governor since 1997. “Over and over and over, we are showing the world just how great we really truly ...

Memorial Health System offers COVID-19 treatments

MARIETTA — Memorial Health System is continuing to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a number of treatments as well as having efforts underway to get people vaccinated. Like other healthcare facilities across the country, the Memorial Health System (MHS) which operates Marietta ...

Williamstown issues boil water advisory

WILLIAMSTOWN — The City of Williamstown is asking residents to operate under a boil water advisory until Monday morning due to Friday’s repair of a water line in the 500 block of Victoria Avenue and Sixth Street, according to a social media statement by Mayor Paul Jordan.

Virus claims seven more in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — While a new statewide online vaccination scheduling system starts Monday morning, West Virginia officials announced Friday seven additional deaths from the virus, raising the number of confirmed dead to 1,856 people since the pandemic began. Friday’s update of new confirmed ...

Kraton Polymers makes substantial gift to United Way

PARKERSBURG — Kraton Polymers is leading with the largest workplace giving campaign so far in the 2020-2021 campaign in the nine-county service area of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley. During the company’s three-month-long United Way campaign, Kraton employee pledges, along ...

Campus Martius Museum readies February events

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum will hold a pair of events in early February at the museum at Second and Washington streets. The monthly Brown Baggin’ Thru History will continue Feb. 5 at noon. The program is free due to the support of the Washington County Public Library. ...

Brown joins ethics complaint against Cruz, Hawley

WASHINGTON — An Ohio senator has joined an ethics complaint against Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley over their behavior related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. All Democrats, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tina Smith of ...

Marietta restaurateur dishes on successes, challenges of opening amid COVID

MARIETTA — Bright Middle Eastern music pours through the speakers, delightful pastries, chocolates and fresh bread are assorted in cabinets and an exposed brick entrance gives way to posh booths where hearty dishes are seemingly endless. TLV is an Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant with a ...

Beverly, Waterford businesses adapt to pandemic life

BEVERLY — It’s been a little over 10 months since the COVID-19 pandemic upended most aspects of daily life. Business around the Muskingum Valley had to adjust then and keep adapting throughout the year to safety recommendations, changes in customer habits and inventory issues. After ...

Memorial Health System, Medical Mutual extend contracts

MARIETTA — Memorial Health System and Medical Mutual have renewed their commercial and Medicare Advantage contracts, extending a 22-year partnership to September 2023. Memorial Health System will continue to be an in-network provider for patients insured by Medical Mutual. This guarantees ...

Truist Financial reports Q4 2020 earnings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Truist Financial Corp., created in December 2019 with the merger of BB&T and SunTrust Banks, has reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020. Net income was $1.2 billion, up 74.9 percent, compared to the fourth quarter last year. Earnings per diluted common share ...

FirstEnergy receives recognition for outage restoration

AKRON, Ohio — For the 15th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. has been recognized for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute. FirstEnergy has earned the Emergency Recovery Award for safely and efficiently restoring service to more than 800,000 of its New Jersey ...

Mid-Ohio Valley credit counseling board makes Frawley president

PARKERSBURG — Tom Frawley has been elected board president of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley effective January. “I am honored to accept the position of board president for CCCS,” Frawley said. “Their commitment to and practice of helping people facing ...

Marietta College Land and Energy Management alumni make history

MARIETTA — Morgan Rich Mallett, class of 2018, and Charles (Chas) E. Miller IV, class of 2017, are the first Marietta College Land and Energy Management graduates to pass the Registered Professional Landman Exam, according to assistant professor Tina Thomas. The College added the major in ...

Malta Dynamics donates thousands of masks to help students

MALTA, Ohio — A local company helped welcome back students from holiday break by donating another 5,000 masks to schools in Washington, Morgan and Noble counties. At the beginning of the school year, 1,500 masks were donated to area schools and Malta Dynamics of Malta said it is continuing ...

Feds award grant to Marshall University effort

HUNTINGTON — The U.S. Economic Development Administration has announced a $975,000 grant to support the new Aviation Technology and Maintenance Program, a collaboration of Marshall University, Mountwest Community and Technical College and the Robert C. Byrd Institute. The program at ...

WVU-P preps new batch of student teachers

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University at Parkersburg spring 2021 student teacher candidates are making the final transition from student to professional by sharing the classroom with experienced teachers in Jackson, Wirt and Wood counties The college’s Education Division has presented ...