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Pleasants County Middle School awaiting test results

ST. MARYS — Pleasants County Middle School is still awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test after one of its teachers was in close contact with a positive case, according to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. The teacher was having symptoms and as soon as she realized she had been in ...

Manchin: GOP rushing court process

WASHINGTON — A West Virginia senator said Wednesday he will not be voting to set a precedent if a Supreme Court nomination is made before the election. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he is not planning to vote at this time for any nominee to fill the vacancy out of concern the Senate will ...

Parkersburg man receives Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man received an award Wednesday for volunteerism from an organization with roots to the sacrifice of four U.S. Army chaplains in World War II. Jerry Smith received the Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for his volunteerism ...

Warner: 4,700 West Virginians register to vote

CHARLESTON — More than 4,700 people updated their voters registration or registered to vote on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day in the United States, Secretary of State Mac Warner said. The state processed 4,738 transactions on Tuesday, a record for a single day’s activity through ...

Parkersburg man gets prison sentence in methamphetamine case

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man was sentenced Monday to federal prison as a result of federal charges related to the trafficking of methamphetamine and the possession of a firearm while involved in drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. James Daniel Canty, 60, was ...

Bridge inspection to close lanes on I-77

PARKERSBURG — Bridges will be inspected today and Friday in Wood County, the West Virginia Division of Highways said. The inspection of the Rockport I-77 Bridges northbound and southbound in Wood County will require northbound and southbound lane closures, the division said. The bridges ...

Parkersburg City Council discusses B&O tax, property abandonment

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council met Tuesday evening to discuss issues such as the Business and Occupation Tax, street legalization of ATVs and UTVS and city abandonment of several properties. The council meeting opened with recognition of Alice Ansel, a Parkersburg resident who saved ...

Wood Schools to retain blended learning format

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education announced at its Tuesday night meeting that Wood County schools will continue to use the blended learning format for the foreseeable future. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said even though Wood County students and faculty have been following ...

Five more die of COVID-19 in West Virginia

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Five more people have been confirmed to have died from the COVID-19 virus over a 24-hour period in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said Tuesday. The state reported in its 10 a.m. Tuesday update of the deaths of an 89-year-old man from ...

Law enforcement honored at Belpre PD awards dinner

BELPRE — Several members of the Belpre Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies were recognized Tuesday for their service to the community over the last year. Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams organized an awards dinner Tuesday at the Main Street Napoli’s in Belpre to ...

Vienna VFD responds to illegal burn

VIENNA — A brush fire quickly spun out of control on a property in Vienna on Tuesday evening. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department received a 911 call around 5 p.m. that large pillars of smoke could be seen close to Ohio Valley University and Rosemar Road in Vienna. However, that was not the ...

WVUP students mark National Surgery Technologists Week

PARKERSBURG — Students from West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Surgical Technology program will be visiting healthcare centers as part of National Surgical Technologists Week. The students will visit clinical sites at Camden Clark Medical Center, Marietta Memorial Health Systems, ...

Hartleben to oversee Solid Waste Authority, Recreation Commission

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Solid Waste Authority and the Wood County Recreation Commission will soon he headed by a co-director to oversee both agencies. Andy Hartleben will be taking on that role, starting Oct. 5, officials announced. Hartleben has been chief deputy for the Wood County ...

Two charged with drug possession

PARKERSBURG — Two Parkersburg residents were arrested over the weekend and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. One of the two also was charged with a prohibited person with a firearm after he was previously charged with multiple felonies. According to a ...

Calhoun County officials to choose engineering firm for water, sewer study

GRANTSVILLE — The Calhoun County Commission will hold a special meeting today to select an engineering firm to conduct a study of water and sewer services in the county for insight of what needs to be improved. About six months ago, the commission voted to allow the Mid-Ohio Regional Council ...

Mobile Census station today at Piggly Wiggly

PARKERSBURG — Representatives with the U.S. Census Bureau will post a mobile station from 2-6 p.m. today at the Piggly Wiggly, 100 23rd Street, Vienna, where people who have yet to respond to the Census. Residents will receive assistance and have their questions answered about the ...

Senators reverse positions on election-year vacancy

Ohio’s and West Virginia’s U.S. senators are taking different positions from 2016 over the election-year confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. Republicans Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of Ohio support proceeding with the confirmation process of President Donald ...

Direct loan for Brooke County Power project approved

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved the Brooke County Power project for a direct loan to help the natural gas plant become closer to a reality. According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the board of directors for the West Virginia Economic ...

19th Amendment: Celebrating 100 years

The 19th amendment was ratified 100 years ago this year and while things are now easier for women to vote, it wasn’t always that way. Karen Pawloski, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said early voting has tremendously helped women vote. “They can come in during ...