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West Virginia not affected by J&J pause

CHARLESTON — Health officials in West Virginia stressed Wednesday the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts are largely unaffected by the pause in the use of the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Dr. Clay Marsh, the state coronavirus czar, said the number of Johnson and Johnson ...

Pajama Party: Annual event puts smiles on faces of critically ill kids

PARKERSBURG — This Friday, April 16, is “National Wear Your Pajamas to Work” Day and Casey Cares Foundation is celebrating this quirky day by hosting its sixth annual Biggest Pajama Party. To celebrate, the foundation is encouraging kids and adults both to wear pajamas to work, school ...

In-person graduation in May for WVUP

PARKERSBURG —West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be holding an in-person graduation ceremony in May, its first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. College President Chris Gilmer informed the university’s Board of Governors of the plans during their regular meeting on ...

Library to hold next History Scavenger Hunt

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library through the Genealogy Department will hold its semi-annual History Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28, May 1, May 5 and May 8. In October, the library held its first Fall 2020 History Scavenger Hunt at Henderson Hall. ...

Wood County resident among latest tallied virus deaths

Staff Report CHARLESTON — A resident from Wood County is among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed Wednesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported the death of a 65-year-old man from Wood County in the department’s ...

McKinley leads forum on protecting pipeline jobs

CHARLESTON — While President Joe Biden is pitching a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package to Congress, First District Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., reminded people one of Biden’s first acts as president was canceling an infrastructure project with possible repercussions for ...

Two W.Va. virus deaths reported Tuesday

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Two deaths from the virus were reported Tuesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, a 73-year-old woman from Ohio County and a 77-year-old woman from Wyoming County, the department said. The total number of deaths in West Virginia stands ...

J&J vaccine paused; W.Va. follows CDC in waiting for review

CHARLESTON — Use of Johnson and Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine will be paused in West Virginia until a federal review takes place, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement Tuesday ...

Wood BOE approves new instructional materials

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Schools Board of Education approved new instructional materials for English and health courses and recognized students for completing i-Ready lessons and recent competition winners from the Wood County Technical Center on Tuesday. A team of classroom teachers ...

Listening Place educates on child abuse

PARKERSBURG — Blue and silver pinwheels are on display around the area to symbolize happy childhoods and bright futures for victims of child abuse during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The Children’s Listening Place is educating the community about its mission to ensure ...

Parkersburg Utility Board approves proposal for bond refinancing

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board voted Tuesday to refinance bonds through the investment banker that originally issued them after considering proposals from local banks. The move is expected to save the utility upward of $400,000 by refinancing at a lower interest rate the bonds ...

Three new businesses coming to Vienna

VIENNA — Work is underway at the sites of three new businesses along Grand Central Avenue. The PM Company announced recently that a Chipotle Mexican Grill will be built at the former location of the Vienna Walmart fuel station. The area is fenced off and foundations have been poured, said ...

CDC, FDA recommend pause in J&J virus shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused all Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration according to the recommendation today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Clinics scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson ...

West Virginia officials voice faith in vaccines

CHARLESTON — The faith-based community can take a leadership role in encouraging residents to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus, state officials said Monday. “Many parishioners are watching the heads of the parishes, whether it’s the pastors or the reverends or the ...

Belpre City Council welcomes new police officer

BELPRE — A new officer has joined the Belpre Police Department and was presented to Belpre City Council on Monday evening. Council held its regular meeting Monday evening. Due to COVID-19 cases, the Belpre City Building has been closed since Nov. 18, with all business conducted by mail, ...

West Virginia reports eight COVID deaths over weekend

CHARLESTON — No deaths from the virus were reported from Sunday to Monday mornings to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the state said on Monday. Eight additional deaths were reported over the weekend from the virus from Friday morning to Sunday morning, according ...

Wood County Commission discusses status of dilapidated properties

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission discussed dilapidated properties on Monday and took action to begin the process of demolishing a couple. Wood County Compliance Officer Sarah Robinson briefed the commission on properties where action may need to be taken and others where action will ...