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‘Stop the Bleed’ taught at Marietta church

MARIETTA — A Stop the Bleed training program was held Monday at the First Congregational Church. Stop the Bleed was developed by the American College of Surgeons and the Committee on Trauma to give laypersons the tools to stabilize injuries after an active-shooter situation. It has ...

Parkersburg man charged with kidnapping, assault

PARKERSBURG — A man is being held without bond after allegedly holding his pregnant girlfriend against her will and assaulting her over four days at their Parkersburg home. Adam Corey Abbott, 29, of 2602 Broad St., Parkersburg, was charged Friday with kidnapping, second-degree sexual ...

Foster care bill of rights legislation advances

CHARLESTON — A bill aimed at clarifying the rights of foster children and foster parents passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but the House Finance Committee will need to review it before the full House can vote on it. House Bill 4092 creates the foster children’s bill of rights ...

House Republicans spar over changes to certificate of need exemptions

CHARLESTON – A bill to make changes to certificate of need exemptions unanimously passed the House of Delegates Tuesday, but not before a lawmaker accused Republican leadership of not pushing for a full certificate of need repeal. House Bill 4108, which passed 99-0, would eliminate the need ...

Boys and Girls Club celebrates life of Martin Luther King Jr.

PARKERSBURG — The Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg celebrated Monday the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by teaching kids about “The Power of Actions & Words.” The Boys and Girls Club has celebrated Martin Luther King Day for more than 20 years, starting as a community ...

Marietta College Day of Service inspired by Dr. King

MARIETTA — Light snow was falling on the Marietta College campus Monday morning as hundreds of students made their way to the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. No classes were scheduled, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but other duties beckoned. The students were volunteer ...

Mobile absentee voting proposed for people with disabilities

CHARLESTON — A mobile phone app used by deployed military service members to vote overseas could be the answer for helping people with disabilities and the blind to vote absentee, though concerns were raised Monday about potential hacking. Senate Bill 94 was introduced Jan. 8 by Senate ...

Democrats push for middle school CTE programs

CHARLESTON — Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature are calling for students statewide to participate in career and technical education at an earlier age. Sen. Glenn Jeffries, D-Kanawha, Delegate Andrew Robinson, D-Kanawha, and Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, announced Monday they ...

MOV Fellowship Home hopes to expand pantry

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home is working on a campaign to raise funds for an expansion of its food pantry. The Fellowship Home is a residential recovery program for those who struggle with substance abuse issues. Clients alternate chores and it’s the responsibility ...

Concern over new building code changes voiced at public hearing

CHARLESTON — Opponents of a change to a fire code for new-home construction spoke Monday morning during a public hearing before the West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee. House Bill 4276 is a rules bundle for the State Fire Marshal updating the State Building Code. The bill ...

Commerce Secretary sees need for regionalization of economic development

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s economic development efforts need more regionalization, the state Commerce Department secretary said. The 44 agencies operating in West Virginia can “get in each other’s way,” Secretary Ed Gaunch said. Regionalization is the best way to foster greater ...

Lecture explores diversity in children’s lit

MARIETTA — As parents and educators select literature for their growing children, where is diversity in that decision-making process? That question was the underlying theme of a lecture on representation in children’s literature provided by Raven and Ben Cromwell, education and English ...

Ellis: King’s faith, message relevant as ever

PARKERSBURG — Finding hope in disruptive times was the focus of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day service Sunday at Zion Baptist Church in Parkersburg. The service started with excerpts from King’s various speeches from the Civil Rights Era and included impressions of King and his ...

Marietta Ice Festival shapes up nicely

MARIETTA — Hundreds of people bundled up for the Marietta Ice Festival on Saturday to see ice sculptures on display in downtown Marietta and to see a live ice sculpture being created. With temperatures in the mid 40s, the race with time was on for the unique four-hour event. Seventeen ...

Even in winter, farm work continues to crop up

MARIETTA — Winter for farmers is a time for reflection and planning, and one important element in both of those is determining what was successful and what wasn’t in the previous growing season. It’s a busy time of the year for Marty Clark. Clark, who works in a variety of roles at the ...

Attorney: Claims against Belpre Shell plant steady decades later

BELPRE — People who worked at the Shell Plant (now Kraton, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell) in Belpre before 1981 still have avenues open for compensation claims if they are diagnosed with mesothelioma or another medical condition related to asbestos exposure. Recent advertising that ...

Parkersburg’s synthetic ice rink sees real success in first weekend

PARKERSBURG — The kickoff weekend for the new Parkersburg Synthetic Ice Skate Rink was a hit, seeing hundreds of people Friday and Saturday. Vicki Marshall, director of the Wood County Recreation Commission, said that by 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the rink, which opened at 2 p.m., had seen 90 ...

Armstead discusses work over breakfast in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Tim Armstead, Chief of Justice for the West Virginia Supreme Court, who is running for re-election to the Division 1 seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, spoke Saturday at the Mountaineer Breakfast at Golden Corral in Parkersburg. Armstead, a Republican, was ...

First week of 2020 candidate filing period in the books

CHARLESTON — The first week of the candidate filing period for the 2020 primaries and general election is in the books, with more than 202 candidates for statewide office filing between Saturday and Monday, Jan. 13. Saturday culminated with a mass filing of candidates led by community ...

Virginia county seems unlikely to secede despite West Virginia invitation

WINCHESTER, Va. — The cordial invitation West Virginia extended to Frederick County to join the Mountain State won’t likely amount to anything, but the idea of Virginia’s northernmost county jumping the state line certainly has people talking. Online responses to a recent Winchester Star ...