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West Virginia Senate rules in favor of intermediate court of appeals

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate rendered a verdict on an intermediate court of appeals, approving a bill Wednesday that would create the new court. Senate Bill 275, creating the West Virginia Appellate Reorganization Act, passed 19-15 Wednesday. It heads to the House of Delegates ...

Marietta BOE, teachers reach tentative contract

MARIETTA — The Marietta Education Association and Marietta City Schools Board of Education have reached an agreement on a tentative contract. Terms were not disclosed. The agreement was announced late Tuesday night following a meeting to continue negotiations with assistance from a ...

Wood County resident among COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — One person from Wood County was confirmed as a death from the COVID-19 coronavirus Wednesday morning from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state confirmed the death of a76-year-old male from Wood County, according to the Wednesday morning pandemic ...

Vienna’s Mayor Rapp announces kayak launch at Spencer’s Landing

VIENNA — A major project for Spencer’s Landing in Vienna has been approved through the Federal Lands Access Program, officials said. Planned in Vienna is a new kayak launch at Spencer’s Park near the Gold Star Families Monument on the Ohio River. The project cost is $350,000. The ...

Catalytic converters, shopping cart thefts prompt new arrests

PARKERSBURG — Crimes involving the theft of shopping carts and catalytic converters brought in two additional Parkersburg men into custody this week. As previously reported, two were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony and ...

Two Parkersburg men arrested in strangulation incidents

PARKERSBURG — Two men were arrested this week after allegedly strangling their girlfriends. In August 2020, Dustin Michael Halko, 29, 708 13th St., Parkersburg, allegedly strangled his girlfriend during an argument, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate ...

FAFSA, Promise Scholarship deadlines are March 1

PARKERSBURG —West Virginia is seeing a decline in Promise Scholarship applications as the deadline to apply is coming up. According to a press release from the WVU Extension Service, the state has seen more than a 40 percent decline in the number of Promise Scholarship applications compared ...

Parkersburg City Council receives proposed municipal budget

PARKERSBURG — Mayor Tom Joyce presented a $38.2 million proposed budget to Parkersburg City Council on Tuesday. The 2021-22 spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 projects a decrease in business and occupation tax revenue of approximately $725,000 from this year’s estimate ...

Wood BOE reports $3M funding drop due to low enrollment

PARKERSBURG — Due to decreased enrollment in Wood County Schools, Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the district will receive fewer funds for the 2022 fiscal year during the Wood County Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday. The district’s state aid fund will be reduced by $3 ...

State BOE approves return to in-person instruction

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education approved unanimous decisions Tuesday that PreK-8 students will return to in-person instruction five days a week and grades 9-12 to attend five days a week in person for counties that are not red. During a press conference Friday, Gov. ...

Changes to aboveground storage tank law would exempt some tanks

CHARLESTON — A change proposed to the law regulating aboveground storage tanks would exempt certain tanks used by the oil and natural gas industry if approved by the West Virginia Legislature. The House Energy and Manufacturing Committee took up House Bill 2598 on Tuesday, which would ...

Officers: Man arrested after high-speed car chase

PARKERSURG — A Newcomerstown man was arrested over the weekend after inciting a high-speed chase with Parkersburg law enforcement. Michael Dean Webb II, 29, 16457 Liberty Road, Newcomerstown, fled from officers following a report of a suspicious person or vehicle parked on Hill Street, ...

Parkersburg woman arrested in weekend car theft

GRANTSVILLE — A Parkersburg woman was arrested over the weekend after allegedly stealing and wrecking a truck from Jackson County. Amanda Rena Dickerson, 36, 814 8th St., Parkersburg, admitted to taking the truck but alleged she lent the truck from her “sugar daddy,” according to a ...

11 new COVID deaths reported

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Eleven additional deaths were confirmed from the virus in the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Tuesday. The total since the pandemic began a year ago is 2,274 residents, the ...

Downtown PKB meeting to be virtual

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB’s annual meeting will take place Thursday on Facebook Live. Anyone interested in joining in can do so via Downtown PKB’s Facebook page at 4 p.m. Thursday. The session will start with a brief business meeting, followed by a review of accomplishments of 2020 ...

Justice town hall pushes elimination of income tax

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice hosted a virtual town hall Monday regarding his proposal to eliminate the state personal income tax and answered questions from the public. Justice said the elimination of income tax will not only be beneficial to reduce the tax burden on residents, but will ...

West Virginia’s COVID numbers at lowest since November

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continues to see drops on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to a succussful vaccination effort. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the number of positive cases over a 14-day period between Feb. 8 and Feb. 21 was ...