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Trump rallies his supporters during trip to Pennsylvania

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — President Donald Trump predicted Tuesday in 42 days he will repeat his performance of 2016 and win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. “I’m all for fracking,” he told the crowd. “My opponent is against oil, guns and God.” The Republican incumbent in the ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to perform ‘Clue’ online

PARKERSBURG — It will be a dark and stormy night and the scene for murder at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg when “Clue: Stay-At-Home Edition” is performed online at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available on the Guild website at www.actors-guild.com and are $18.95 per device, ...

Morgantown bar owners file new federal lawsuit over closure orders

CHARLESTON — Lawsuits continue to pile up for Gov. Jim Justice with Morgantown bar owners challenging an executive order indefinitely shutting them down due to COVID-19 coronavirus infections among university students. Wheeling attorney Martin Sheehan filed a complaint in the U.S. District ...

WVU students heading back to in-person classes Monday

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University will resume in-person undergraduate classes on the Morgantown campus beginning Monday, the university announced Wednesday afternoon. “The data drove our decision and I am so delighted all indications are we can safely return to in-person ...

Virus claims two more lives in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Another two people have died from the COVID-19 virus, raising the total number of dead in West Virginia to 319, the Department of Health and Human Resources said Wednesday. The department reported there have been 525,236 total confirmatory laboratory results received for the ...

Pleasants County Middle School awaiting test results

ST. MARYS — Pleasants County Middle School is still awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test after one of its teachers was in close contact with a positive case, according to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. The teacher was having symptoms and as soon as she realized she had been in ...

Manchin: GOP rushing court process

WASHINGTON — A West Virginia senator said Wednesday he will not be voting to set a precedent if a Supreme Court nomination is made before the election. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he is not planning to vote at this time for any nominee to fill the vacancy out of concern the Senate will ...

Parkersburg man receives Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man received an award Wednesday for volunteerism from an organization with roots to the sacrifice of four U.S. Army chaplains in World War II. Jerry Smith received the Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for his volunteerism ...

Warner: 4,700 West Virginians register to vote

CHARLESTON — More than 4,700 people updated their voters registration or registered to vote on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day in the United States, Secretary of State Mac Warner said. The state processed 4,738 transactions on Tuesday, a record for a single day’s activity through ...

Parkersburg man gets prison sentence in methamphetamine case

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man was sentenced Monday to federal prison as a result of federal charges related to the trafficking of methamphetamine and the possession of a firearm while involved in drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. James Daniel Canty, 60, was ...

Bridge inspection to close lanes on I-77

PARKERSBURG — Bridges will be inspected today and Friday in Wood County, the West Virginia Division of Highways said. The inspection of the Rockport I-77 Bridges northbound and southbound in Wood County will require northbound and southbound lane closures, the division said. The bridges ...

Parkersburg City Council discusses B&O tax, property abandonment

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council met Tuesday evening to discuss issues such as the Business and Occupation Tax, street legalization of ATVs and UTVS and city abandonment of several properties. The council meeting opened with recognition of Alice Ansel, a Parkersburg resident who saved ...

Wood Schools to retain blended learning format

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education announced at its Tuesday night meeting that Wood County schools will continue to use the blended learning format for the foreseeable future. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said even though Wood County students and faculty have been following ...

Five more die of COVID-19 in West Virginia

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Five more people have been confirmed to have died from the COVID-19 virus over a 24-hour period in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said Tuesday. The state reported in its 10 a.m. Tuesday update of the deaths of an 89-year-old man from ...

Law enforcement honored at Belpre PD awards dinner

BELPRE — Several members of the Belpre Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies were recognized Tuesday for their service to the community over the last year. Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams organized an awards dinner Tuesday at the Main Street Napoli’s in Belpre to ...

Vienna VFD responds to illegal burn

VIENNA — A brush fire quickly spun out of control on a property in Vienna on Tuesday evening. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department received a 911 call around 5 p.m. that large pillars of smoke could be seen close to Ohio Valley University and Rosemar Road in Vienna. However, that was not the ...

WVUP students mark National Surgery Technologists Week

PARKERSBURG — Students from West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Surgical Technology program will be visiting healthcare centers as part of National Surgical Technologists Week. The students will visit clinical sites at Camden Clark Medical Center, Marietta Memorial Health Systems, ...

Hartleben to oversee Solid Waste Authority, Recreation Commission

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Solid Waste Authority and the Wood County Recreation Commission will soon he headed by a co-director to oversee both agencies. Andy Hartleben will be taking on that role, starting Oct. 5, officials announced. Hartleben has been chief deputy for the Wood County ...

Two charged with drug possession

PARKERSBURG — Two Parkersburg residents were arrested over the weekend and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. One of the two also was charged with a prohibited person with a firearm after he was previously charged with multiple felonies. According to a ...