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Lauren Alexander, PA-C, joins Coplin Health System

PARKERSBURG — Lauren Alexander, PA-C, has joined Coplin Health Systems and will be caring for patients at the Parkersburg locations. Alexander earned her bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Akron in 2014, graduating magna cum laude. In 2016, she received ...

Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics welcomes Thomas and Fivecoait

BELPRE — Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics has welcomed clinician Natalie Thomas of Lowell and technician Brandon Fivecoait of Barlow to its full-time team. Thomas is a certified licensed prosthetist and orthotist seeing patients in Miller’s Ohio and West Virginia offices after moving ...

Fairmont State University plans spring ceremonies

FAIRMONT — Fairmont State University will hold spring commencement ceremonies April 23, 24 and 25 in the Feaster Center. Ceremonies have been approved in consultation with the Marion County Health Department to assure safe environments for all graduates, faculty, staff and university ...

Wood County Democrats thank community for successful food drive

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Democratic Party is thanking the community for a successful food drive on April 10 for the Jefferson Elementary Center. The drive was a resounding success, according to Judy Stephens, chair of the Democratic Party. “We were inspired to step up when we saw ...

Sunday’s Child: Anea

Meet Anea! Anea is 13 years old and is currently in the eighth grade. Some of her favorite things include anime, animals, shoes, superheroes and the Avengers series. Anea loves to read and submerge herself into the stories. Her favorite book genres are fantasy stories that feature vampires, ...

Robert C. Byrd Institute plans virtual expo focusing on health supplies

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and Advantage Valley with the West Virginia Development Office will sponsor a free virtual expo from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 to link small suppliers with major state healthcare providers. Participants in the West Virginia ...

Pike Street traffic to be subject to detour

PARKERSBURG — Detours will be in effect on W.Va. 14, Pike Street, beginning Monday where A.L.L. Construction will work on the tie in at W.Va. 14 and Hino/Conley Drive for the Mineral Wells/Pettyville Project, the Division of Highways said. Work will be done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Traffic ...

Middle schoolers get pottery, dance, theater experience with Arts Encounter

PARKERSBURG — Unable to visit the Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Art Center as in years past, Artsbridge brought those activities to the schools with the Arts Encounter program coming to Edison Middle School on Thursday. In a partnership between Wood County Schools and ...

Truck overturns on I-77, haz-mat teams called

Crews expect to remain on scene for several hours near the 164 mile marker of Interstate 77 where a truck overturned and its cargo leaked onto the surface along the southbound lanes. The single-vehicle accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Hazardous materials crews and state agencies have been ...

Westbrook to distribute free naloxone nasal spray

PARKERSBURG — Westbrook Health Services wants to place medication in the hands of people who may be able to use it to stop a fatal overdose. The nonprofit behavioral health care provider will hand out free naloxone nasal spray (name brand, Narcan) at four locations in Wood County during its ...

Parkersburg development director nominated

PARKERSBURG —Mayor Tom Joyce has nominated Development Projects Administrator Ryan Barber as the city’s next development director. Joyce informed Parkersburg City Council of his selection this week and asked them to confirm the appointment at their next meeting, scheduled for ...

WVUP changes graduation location

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg has changed the location of its in-person graduation ceremony in May as plans are continually being updated to be able to hold the event. On Wednesday, College President Chris Gilmer informed the university Board of Governors the ...

Fish Derby on line for Saturday at parks

PARKERSBURG — After a year’s hiatus, the Parkersburg Fishing Derby returns Saturday at City Park and Southwood Park. The 40th edition of the annual Fishing Derby, canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the ponds in both ...

Dept. of Ed settles suit brought by lobbyist

CHARLESTON — A lawsuit brought by a lobbyist against a former state schools superintendent and a current Department of Education official was dismissed Wednesday after a settlement between the parties was reached. According to a document filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the ...

‘Share Your Faith’ seminar starts today

PARKERSBURG — Encouraging people to share their faith is the focus of the 53rd Missions Conference today, Saturday and Sunday in Parkersburg. For 53 years, Christ United Methodist Church and during the last 15 years St. Andrews and other United Methodist churches have hosted missionaries ...

Commissioners to pay off debt on vehicles

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is planning to pay off some debt on around 19 cars it had purchased over the last few years. The county purchased the vehicles with help from its coal severance funds which had loans on the vehicles over three different lease periods, County Clerk ...

Divisions demolished

Crews from Bosley Construction began demolition work Thursday on the former Divisions Department Store at Division Street and Blizzard Drive in south Parkersburg.

Mon Power tree trimming work under way in several MOV counties

FAIRMONT — Mon Power has begun its 2021 tree-trimming program to clear vegetation around nearly 5,700 miles of power lines in an effort to enhance service reliability for customers in West Virginia. Work is already underway in Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wetzel and Wood counties, said Will ...

W.Va. records 16 virus deaths

From staff reports CHARLESTON — A 65-year-old Jackson County woman was among 16 West Virginians whose deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday. The deaths of individuals ranging in age from a 53-year-old Marshall County woman to a man from Wayne County and a woman from Brooke County, ...