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Smith Orthodontics giving free braces to teachers

PARKERSBURG — Smith Orthodontics is showing its appreciation to the teachers who have worked hard to educate kids, both online and in person. During January and February, teachers can register for a chance to receive braces free of charge. The free treatment includes all exams, x-rays, ...

Stauffer to campaign to remain West Virginia GOP chairman

CHARLESTON — The acting chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party announced Friday he will run for chairman of the state party. Roman Stauffer became acting chairman earlier this month after Chairman Melody Potter resigned for family reasons. A new chairman to finish her term will be ...

Northwest Territory, Artsbridge plan virtual concert

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will present a virtual concert featuring Northwest Territory at 7 p.m. Thursday on Facebook. Northwest Territory is a local Americana and bluegrass band. The concert on the Artsbridge Facebook page is sponsored by Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory. The ...

West Virginia Capitol to host second Justice inauguration this afternoon

CHARLESTON — Inaugural ceremonies will be held this afternoon at the Capitol in Charleston where the governor and other constitutional officers will take the oath of office. Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. on the North Side of the Capitol and will include the swearing in of Gov. Jim Justice, ...

Justice takes oath for second term

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice with his wife Cathy at his side took the oath of office for a second term on Friday. The oath, administered by Chief Justice Evan Jenkins of the West Virginia Supreme Court, also was given to Secretary of State Mac Warner, Auditor J.B. McCuskey, Treasurer Riley ...

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, baseball’s Home Run King, dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died ...

Water line leak in Williamstown impacts residents

A water line leak in Williamstown will cause water to be shut off city-wide Friday and a boil water advisory which will extend through Monday morning, according to a social media post from Mayor Paul Jordan. City employees became aware of the leak on a main water transfer line around 6 a.m. ...

Justice applauds West Virginia BOE for standing by decision to re-open schools

CHARLESTON — As West Virginia’s two teachers’ union file lawsuits to block a state Board of Education mandate for in-person school, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he applauded board members for holding their ground. “I am really happy our schools have reopened for in-person learning. ...

Wood County says Naik companies delinquent with fire fees

PARKERSBURG — The owners of companies involved in the 2017 IEI Plastics fire are at the top of a list of companies that have not kept up with payments of the Wood County Fire Fee. On Thursday, the Wood County Commission released a list of the Top 10 Highest Unpaid Fire Fees from 2016 to ...

COVID-19 vaccinations continue in Wood County as residents hope to register

PARKERSBURG — Hundreds more people received their initial COVID-19 vaccine doses Thursday in Wood County. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s clinic at the Center for Early Learning at West Virginia University at Parkersburg served 530 people ages 65 and older, said Carrie Brainard, ...

Roane General Hospital adds antibody treatments

SPENCER — Roane General Hospital in Spencer is working towards a healthy community by offering services to prevent and treat COVID-19. The hospital announced the arrival of the two antibody treatments that help COVID patients Wednesday. “Monoclonal Antibody treatment has been shown to ...

West Virginia confirms four Mid-Ohio Valley COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Four more people from Wood and Doddridge counties have been confirmed as deaths from the virus in the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Statewide, another 14 people have died from the ...

West Virginia Division of Highways buys six new dump trucks

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Highways has six new clean diesel dump trucks acquired through the cooperation of the state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation. Environmental Protection through the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act acquired $317,241 to ...

MOV Climate Action praises court decision on Affordable Clean Energy Rule

PARKERSBURG — A local environmental group supports a federal court’s ruling overturning a Trump administration rule that loosened regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule promulgated last year by the Environmental ...

Metz pleads guilty to falsifying signatures

CHARLESTON — A former Morgantown resident who admitted to falsifying signatures to become a candidate for Morgantown City Council in 2019 pleaded guilty to the felony Thursday in Monongalia County Circuit Court, Secretary of State Mac Warner said. Timothy Aaron Metz, 44, was investigated ...

Ward named to Environmental Protection post

CHARLESTON — Harold Ward has been named secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection by Gov. Jim Justice. Ward was the deputy secretary of operations and director of the Division of Mining and Reclamation where he oversaw all operational components of the Department ...

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil ...

Truck damages utility pole, power disrupted

Electrical service has been disrupted in the area of Seventh and Williams streets in Parkersburg where a truck has damaged a utility pole. Police and firefighters are at the scene. About 40 customers have been affected and service is expected to be restored later this morning, according to the ...