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Most local paving projects due to wrap up in a week

PARKERSBURG — The majority of the city’s 2020 paving project is scheduled to wrap up a week from today. Schedules for asphalt rejuvenation and paving of many city streets have been released, although the timing of repaving on Fairview Avenue, from Cadillac Drive to Seventh Street and ...

People of all ages take time to enjoy New Era Kite Festival Saturday

MINERAL WELLS -- The weather cooperated Saturday and even pitched in some winds to help celebrate the annual New Era Kite Festival in Mineral Wells. "We really lucked out with wind," said Max Barker, President of New Era Kite Club. This year was the eleventh year for the event which is ...

Covid-19 numbers continue rising

Staff Reports PARKERSBURG -- The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department continues to encourage individuals and businesses to heed the governor's mandate to wear a mask indoors and to take precautions when traveling as Wood County cases continue to rise. The MOVHD reported 17 new positive cases in ...

Parkersburg police looking for shooting suspect

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Police Department is looking for a resident of Toledo, Ohio, in connection with a shooting Friday afternoon. A warrant has been issued for Farrell White, 47, 909 Wall St., Toledo, on a charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Lt. Greg Collins with ...

Wood County COVID-19 cases continue climb

PARKERSBURG — The number of COVID-19 cases in Wood County continues to rise, particularly at a senior living facility between Parkersburg and Vienna. On Tuesday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced six residents and two employees of Wyngate Senior Living Community had tested ...

Parkersburg business owners express concerns about homeless population

PARKERSBURG —Local business owners say they continue to have problems with the homeless population. People coming onto their properties during business hours, loitering, bothering customers and other concerns have been regularly occuring, they say. T.R. Hathaway, owner of Superior Toyota ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh role in emergency pandemic response

CHARLESTON — While some lawmakers see Gov. Jim Justice’s use of executive powers as evenhanded during the pandemic emergency, others would like to see more legislative involvement, particularly when it comes to the $1.25 billion in federal dollars the state has received. Ever since the ...

Justice names Amjad as new state health officer to replace Slemp

CHARLESTON — A Beckley-based physician is the new West Virginia health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, the governor announced on Friday. Dr. Ayne Amjad replaces Dr. Cathy Slemp. “We have picked up an incredible West Virginian,” Justice said as he announced the ...

Wood County BOE set to meet on Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet in regular session 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district office to receive an update on a fall re-entry plan and online programs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, residents are asked to virtually attend through the Zoom meetings app. A full ...

Calhoun County officials tackling jail fees, saying no to alcohol

GRANTSVILLE — The Calhoun County Commission is paying down its jail bill and voted to keep the county dry. Commission President Chip Westfall said the county has an outstanding jail bill from a few years back, but is paying it off. The commission was able to pay off the bill for last year ...

Sistersville Ferry back after 2019 closure

SISTERSVILLE — The Sistersville Ferry is back on the river after its closure for the 2019 season due to staffing issues. Pilot Bo Hause returned and is excited to continue to honor and respect the history of the ferry and the town of Sistersville. The July 4 weekend was the debut of the ...

A Fond Farewell

PARKERSBURG — Though COVID-19 ended the school year early for area students, Edison Middle School is still celebrating those moving on to high school this fall. Edison recognized its rising 8th graders as they moved on to Parkersburg South High School. Officials posted a congratulations ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2M in PPP loans

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to help pay its administrative staff and every active priest working in West Virginia during the coronavirus pandemic. The request was not unusual as numerous dioceses across ...

Mid-Ohio Valley reopening to tourists

MARIETTA — Tentative tourism reopened June 25 at Campus Martius Museum and the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. “We’ve adjusted Friday hours to add an opening between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. for those at high-risk (due to coronavirus),” said Naomi Schock as she wiped down the front counter of ...

Parkersburg High School graduate writes book about London underworld

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg High School graduate with family ties to the underworld in London has written a book about it. Scott Clark writing as S. Clark Kray wrote about his grandfather, Alfred Kray, in “Alfie Kray — The Asset,” a fictionalized account from the real-life ...

River City Farmers Market eyes downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — The River City Farmers Market has paid for a street closure permit proposing to bring its more than 2,000-body Saturday foot traffic downtown Marietta from the Washington County Fairgrounds. “Our proposal is to start on Aug. 1 with our vendors parking diagonally on Second Street ...

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal receives safety honor

PARKERSBURG — Tri-State Roofing &Sheet Metal Company, a commercial and industrial full-service roofing, sheet metal, and HVAC company in Parkersburg, was recently honored by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association with the SMACNA Safety Excellence Award. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley beekeeper expresses little worry over ‘murder hornets’

MARIETTA — Asian hornets, nicknamed ‘murder hornets,’ were found in North America late last year, but local beekeepers say they aren’t worried. Kenny Bach, president of the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers Association, said he’s personally not concerned unless someone physically brings one ...

Grizer to perform with River Cities Symphony

Lyric soprano Barbara Grizer performs arias from Mozart’s Zauberflote, Puccini’s La Boheme, and several others. Originally scheduled to play live in Sicily this summer, the River Cities Symphony is proud to welcome her back to the area. This Facebook live event takes place on Sunday, July ...