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Global pandemic sends Marietta High School student home to Spain

MARIETTA — A Spanish exchange student at Marietta High School was forced to cut her time in Ohio short after fears of COVID-19 sent her home. Alejandra Gutierrez Portilla, 16, a junior at Marietta High School and exchange student through the ICES exchange program, was living with Jessica ...

Officials working to confirm COVID-19 cases in Roane County

PARKERSBURG — Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Roane County, and one confirmed case in Wirt County, have been reported to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. The MOVHD response team will be contacting all individuals identified as being connected to the case, said MOVHD ...

Mid-Ohio Valley gyms sweating it out online during COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — While the coronavirus has shut mostly everything down and social distancing is the norm, for a lot of people that means the loss of their routine of going to the gym. But many gyms in the Mid-Ohio Valley decided to take the gym to the people — online. “When we realized ...

Food truck ready to serve the Mid-Ohio Valley in crisis

BELPRE — While many scramble to get food on the grocery store shelves, carryout restaurants and fast-food remain available to feed a family. But there’s a branch out there that is still at the public’s service many might not think of - food trucks. Bill Richardson, owner of Q Wagon ...

Florists, venues see weddings, corporate events cancel

PARKERSBURG —While the COVID-19 virus brings the world to a halt, many businesses are feeling the effects. One especially impacted has been the weddings and corporate events industry, including venues and florists. Keith McClung, owner of Crown Florals, said so far he has had one wedding ...

Couple postpones wedding over coronavirus concerns

VINCENT, Ohio — For one Mid-Ohio Valley couple, the coronavirus meant postponing an important date — their wedding. “Yesterday I literally had a mental breakdown because I had gotten all these notifications,” said Mariah Mason, about the ever-changing coronavirus situation. “I ...

Parkersburg takes down City Park hoops as cities monitor virus measures

PARKERSBURG — People weren’t keeping far enough apart at the basketball courts in City Park, so Parkersburg officials removed the temptation. They “were failing to abide by the physical distancing guidelines, and after repeated notification many failed to comply, so I as mayor elected ...

Wood County Schools announces meal sites

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will have 15 feeding sites Tuesday when it reopens its student meals program. Volunteers will be distributing boxes containing five days of meals at locations throughout the county. Students must be present for meals to be provided. The distribution will ...

False report of COVID-19 death frustrates Justice

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice was not in a good mood Friday during his weekly coronavirus briefing after a COVID-19 death was falsely reported to the Department of Health and Human Resources on Friday morning “This just makes me flat mad, that’s all there is to it,” Justice said from ...

West Virginia sees coronavirus cases increase to 96

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed Friday that 20 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 96. New cases were identified in Berkeley, Greenbrier, ...

Jackson County officials keep public apprised on virus

RIPLEY — The Jackson County Health Department is keeping the community informed on the latest updates about seven confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon. The Jackson County Health Department creates a live video nearly every day to provide an update of the status of the COVID-19 ...

Churches turn to drive-in model during pandemic

WAVERLY — For the past five years, Williamstown resident Rock Wilson has been working to bring an open-air, drive-in church to the community. Similar to a drive-in move theater, Wilson got the idea for Crossroads Open Air Sanctuary after attending a drive-in church in Daytona Beach, ...

One fatality reported in Wood County car crash

MINERAL WELLS — One fatality was reported and two people were taken to the hospital following a two-car crash at 4827 Elizabeth Pike in Mineral Wells at 10:50 a.m. Friday. According to Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens, Ezra Lee Carder, 20, of Elizabeth, was pronounced deceased at the scene ...

West Virginia elections officials preparing for May 12 primary

PARKERSBURG — The chief elections officer in Wood County is preparing in case replacement poll workers are needed because of COVID-19 no-shows. County Clerk Mark Rhodes said several poll workers have said they will work election day if absolutely needed. “But they don’t want to,” he ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation working with groups to provide aid

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is mobilizing to support nonprofits and communities in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our key role right now is to identify local needs and gaps in funding, and to assemble and apply funds where they are most critically ...

Wood County, some Washington County students to receive Burger King coupons

PARKERSBURG — Charton Management, which operates the local Burger King Franchise, and Hall Financial Advisors have joined together to provide students with 2,000 free student meal coupons. Wood County, Marietta, Belpre and Warren public schools that have been set up to provide free lunches ...

West Virginia forms rare disease advisory panel

CHARLESTON — A bill creating a rare disease advisory panel was signed into law Wednesday by the governor of West Virginia. The West Virginia Council on Rare Diseases will advise state agencies, legislators and other groups involved in the treatment of rare diseases and promote the ...

West Virginia readies additional resources for those in need during outbreak

CHARLESTON — As the coronavirus continues to spread, the state is offering a number of services to support people in need, as well as businesses and the unemployed. State officials briefed the media on services during a daily briefing Thursday at the Capitol in Charleston. Bill Crouch, ...

House passes $2.2 trillion stimulus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic. The House approved the sweeping measure by ...