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Former Sentinel journalist publishes mystery novel

PARKERSBURG — A writer from Fairmont who worked for The Parkersburg Sentinel in the early 1970s has published his first mystery novel. “Time Capsule” by Marshall Scott Shields is a fictional story involving two newspaper reporters and a decades-old secret they uncover by ...

Civic Life Institute educates on problem solving

PARKERSBURG — People from five continents learned ways of having a community discussion to solve problems in their communities during workshops Thursday and Friday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The West Virginia Center for Civic Life (WVCCL) developed the public sessions to ...

High school farmers recognized

WESTON — Last Saturday, Ben Smith of Ravenswood was recognized by state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for winning the National FFA Proficiency Grain Production award at the National Convention last fall. Another student group recognized for national honors was Tyler County FFA in ...

Ravenswood team places fourth in state

CEDAR LAKES — The 91st annual West Virginia FFA State Convention was held recently at Cedar Lakes in Jackson County. Statewide the organization has 6,469 members in 83 chapters. This past year FFA in the state has grown by 1,100 students, officials said. The Ravenswood High School FFA ...

Power outage delays activities at West Virginia Interstate Fair

MINERAL WELLS — An almost three-hour power outage caused significant delays to events at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Thursday. Jeff McElfresh, president of the 4-H Livestock Chairs, said the power outage kept fans from operating in the Beef Barn, forcing the ...

Parks group considering land purchase at Mountwood Park

VOLCANO — The Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission is looking at buying land it leases near Mountwood Park. The property includes some of the park’s horse riding trails. The commission also is looking at extending the lease for an organization providing addiction recovery ...

Warner urges caution when using photo editing apps

CHARLESTON — The office of the secretary of state of West Virginia Thursday issued what it called an “urgent public notice” cautioning the use of applications on social media that utilize artificial intelligence to alter photographs. Privacy and security concerns have been raised in ...

Ohio, Washington County officials discuss election in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Ohio secretary of state toured the Board of Elections office in Washington County where the cost of upgrading elections equipment, cybersecurity and more participation in elections were among the issues discussed. Secretary of State Frank LaRose asked Wednesday about backup ...

Parkersburg Art Center to host dog show

PARKERSBURG — The “Bow Wow Meow” dog show will be 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Parkersburg Art Center. Registration is $10 per dog and there's a category for every dog, the art center said. Prizes will be awarded to the top dog in each of the five categories: Best Smile: The Mona Lisa ...

Missoula Children’s Theatre schedules ‘Aladdin’ auditions

MARIETTA — Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre local youth production of “Aladdin” will be held 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the Peoples Bank Theatre on Putnam Street in Marietta. The show will be presented at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. July 27 at the theater. Auditions will be for ...

Wood County Schools hosts training for West Virginia teachers

VIENNA — Teachers from throughout West Virginia attended mathematics training this week at Grand Pointe Conference Center. Wood County Schools hosted the West Virginia Department of Education training session, with about 300 educators representing the state’s 55 county-based school ...

Washington County Commission moves to buy voting equipment

MARIETTA — The Washington County Board of Commissioners signed a purchase agreement for long-awaited voting equipment during their meeting Thursday morning. In 2018, Ohio lawmakers approved a Voting Equipment Acquisition Program, which set aside more than $114 million to purchase new ...

Pomeroy to host blues bash along Ohio River

POMEROY, Ohio — Two nights of live music and a local craft beer festival will highlight the 19th annual Big Bend Blues & Brews Bash, which takes place July 26 and 27 at the Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio. Affectionately called “The Bash” by blues aficionados, this ...

Parkersburg High School Ice Cream Social set for Aug. 9

PARKERSBURG — The Ice Cream Social at Parkersburg High School will be held 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Stadium Field. Announcements will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be available for pre-sale and at the gate. A ticket includes a serving of ice cream and dessert. Big Red football ...

Memorial Health System health fair is today

MARIETTA — The Memorial Health System Live Memorial Well Health Fair will be held 8-11:30 a.m. today at the Marietta First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta. The fair will include discounted multiphasic screenings (optional) from 8-11 a.m., refreshments and exhibitors ...

West Virginia’s top Republican women to meet in August

LEWISBURG — Women leaders in the West Virginia Republican Party will participate in a panel discussion at the state party Summer Meeting & Donor Leadership Retreat in August. They are Delegate Amy Summers, R-Taylor, majority leader in the House of Delegates; Sen. Patricia Rucker of ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair weathers storms, forecast of excessive heat

MINERAL WELLS — Evening thunderstorms tried to dampen the spirit of the 2019 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Wednesday, but the fairgoers celebration in Mineral Wells continued after the rain stopped and continued into the night. The rain and storms at the fair stopped the ...

Trump says U.S. downed Iranian drone

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions. NBC News reported Trump said the USS Boxer “took defensive action” against an Iranian drone that ignored multiple warning calls.