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Citizens Bank celebrates artwork from Belpre High School students

BELPRE — Artwork by Belpre students went on display Saturday in an exhibit which will change at various times through the school year. Citizens Bank along with Artsbridge hosted a meet and greet Saturday at the Belpre Citizens Bank location, inviting local residents to come and check out ...

West Virginia eyes greyhound racing, subsidies

WHEELING — A majority of West Virginians want greyhound racing eliminated and oppose the $15 million in subsidies the industry receives from the state, according to a survey commissioned by an anti-greyhound racing group. The survey sanctioned by Grey2K USA Worldwide was conducted by ...

KMA Auto opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — Marietta’s newest auto sales enterprise offers an unusual twist: pre-owned car shopping with a showroom experience. Marni Matheny and Kevin Hall have decades of experience in selling cars and trucks, and the two decided to join forces for a new venture. They bought the ...

Ryan Fitzer new owner of family insurance agency

VIENNA — Ryan Fitzer has become the third generation of the Fitzer family to own Intra-State Insurance Agency in Wood County. His grandfather Fred Fitzer and uncle Al Hawkins founded the insurance agency in 1983. Ryan’s father, Eric Fitzer, later joined Hawkins as an owner of Intra-State ...

United Bank donates $1M to hospital

MORGANTOWN — United Bank marked West Virginia University’s third annual Day of Giving with a $1 million donation to the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower. United Bank representatives presented a check to WVU Medicine Children’s officials Wednesday at the current Family Resource ...

Crews demolish Doddridge County opera house

WEST UNION — The former opera house in West Union is now a phantom with its demolition. The Silas P. Smith opera house, built in 1900, was razed on Wednesday, its demolition approved by the Doddridge County Commission this summer. An architect from Thrasher Group in Beckley determined it ...

House on Millgate Drive steeped in history

MARIETTA — Just off Ohio 60, up a steep one-lane road and private drive is an English Tudor home many people may not know exists, although it is tied to some of the most historically well-known residents of Marietta. The house is on Millgate Drive and was built in 1915 by William Mills for ...

Mid-Ohio Valley communities readying Christmas parades

PARKERSBURG — The final weekend of November and the first weekend of December will feature holiday parades in several local communities. The cities of Belpre, Marietta and Williamstown will feature night-time lighted parades to kick off the holiday season on Nov. 30. The cities of Vienna ...

WVU-P ranks eighth in U.S. for military support

PARKERSBURG — WVU Parkersburg has again been recognized for its support of veteran and military students by Military Times. The publication ranked the college No. 8 on its annual “Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges” list. Military Times “Best for Vets” survey is an ...

Wood County, Parkersburg officials hold homelessness roundtable

PARKERSBURG — City and county officials met with representatives from three-dozen area agencies Thursday night to discuss homelessness in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Officials held a press conference Friday to talk about the roundtable, which was held at the Judge Black Annex in downtown ...

Wood County BOE to discuss computer virus, student parking

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets Tuesday to receive updates on construction projects, computer virus removal and student parking. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open ...

Arsonist Noah Rutter receives judicial release

MARIETTA — After seven months in prison, convicted arsonist Noah Rutter was granted judicial release Friday morning by Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi. Rutter, 21, of 6500 Germantown Road, Lower Salem, was sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court in April to four ...

Parkersburg committee to discuss tax-rebate plan

PARKERSBURG — A tax rebate program intended to encourage development and economic growth will be discussed 5 p.m. Tuesday by the Finance Committee of Parkersburg City Council. Also on the agenda is a revision to the Community Development Block Grant Budget to assist, among other things, a ...

Athens County woman dies from injuries from crash

ATHENS — A woman injured in an accident on Monday on U.S. 33 died Friday morning, the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Frances C. Stover, 58, of The Plains died at Grant Medical Center in Columbus where she was flown by medical helicopter after the accident near Athens, ...

Belpre BOE set to meet Monday

BELPRE — The Belpre City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. Monday in the Stone Administration and Early Learning Center in Belpre. The meeting is open to the public. The board will receive a video presentation from Belpre High School counselor Jen Miller on ...

Out MOV plans candlelight vigil in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Out MOV will host a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bicentennial Park at Third and Market streets as part of the 20th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event will honor those lost to anti-transgender violence in 2019 in the U.S., Jeanne Peters, ...

West Virginia DEP recognizes Ravenswood for environmental efforts

RAVENSWOOD — For the second year in a row, Ravenswood was awarded the Clean Community Award from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Criteria for the award are broken down into 10 categories, according to Katrena Ramsey, superintendent for Ravenswood Parks and ...

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department receives traffic safety award

GRANTSVILLE — The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department received its first Community Traffic Safety Award during the AAA East Central luncheon in Bridgeport Thursday. According to Sheriff Jeff Starcher, AAA sends out a questionnaire each year to see what programs in are in place to improve ...

Rev. Ken Calebaugh honored in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Rev. Ken Calebaugh and wife, Pat, were honored this past Sunday in a celebration at the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown at 314 West Fifth Street. The 76-year-old Calebaugh was bestowed the honor and title of Pastor Emeritus, while Pat, a retired Williamstown ...