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Glenville State College students join CEFTS Honor Society

GLENVILLE — Four Glenville State College Land Resources students have been inducted into the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools Honor Society. Heather Moore, Lexi Pletcher, Marc Radcliff and Katlyne Rollyson are working on their associate’s of science in forest technology and ...

Alderson Broaddus University to hold 150th commencement

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Alderson Broaddus University will celebrate its 150th commencement May 8 at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in Clarksburg. Commencement ceremonies also will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing. Alderson Broaddus was established in 1871. With the 2021 ...

Marietta College student earns Stickell Internship

MARIETTA — Marietta College Junior Autumn Heddleston of Belpre is continuing a positive trend of Marietta College students earning a prestigious Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship. Heddleston, who will intern with Caterpillar’s Oil & Gas division this summer, is the fourth ...

Three honored at Davis & Elkins College

ELKINS — Students from the area have received academic achievement awards at the annual Honors Convocation at Davis & Elkins College at Elkins, W.Va. Allie Taylor of Parkersburg received the Academic Achievement Award in Sport Science. Samantha Kirk, Harrisville, received the Academic ...

Bridge bidder presents proposal to Parkersburg City Council

PARKERSBURG — The company looking to buy the Memorial Bridge pitched Parkersburg City Council on Thursday on an approximately $50 million rehabilitation plan to keep the span operational for at least 50 years. After hearing the proposal from United Bridge Partners, council members ...

Two killed in accident at fire scene in Reno

MARIETTA – Two people were killed Thursday night at a fire scene near Reno where a fire truck struck two pedestrians, the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The accident happened on County Nine Road where a truck from the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department was at a ...

McClung receives life sentence in Parkersburg woman’s murder

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the September 2019 murder of Karen Yeager. Dominick McClung, 18, was sentenced before Wood County Circuit Judge Jason Wharton in Wood County Circuit Court for the first-degree murder of Yeager, 68, whose body was ...

Yeager murder case extends beyond her two killers

PARKERSBURG — A man charged for helping to get rid of evidence in the murder of a Parkersburg woman in the Fall of 2019 has entered into a plea agreement. Eric Dillon, 30, in custody at the Huttonsville Correctional Center, recently pleaded guilty before Wood County Circuit Judge Jason ...

Capito: Passage of water infrastructure bill a positive sign for larger deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While negotiations continue between U.S. Senate Republicans, Democrats, and the White House on an infrastructure package, lawmakers got a head start on a key drinking water and wastewater package that could bode well for future discussions. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore ...

West Virginia reports another COVID death

CHARLESTON — One person was confirmed as a death from the COVID-19 coronavirus Thursday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said. The department confirmed the death of a 69-year-old man from Harrison County. The death count since the virus began last year was ...

Fundraisers look to set pace for Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s

WILLIAMSTOWN — Fundraisers are being developed as a prelude to the Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The in-person walk will be held Sept. 18 at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown and follow all local safety guidelines. For information about the walk or those interested in ...

Belpre BOE hires new head football coach

BELPRE — A football standout from The Ohio State University was named Thursday as the new head football coach at Belpre High School. The Belpre City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Jimmie Bell III during a special meeting Thursday morning when the board also approved a new ...

Wood County Commission approves COVID-19 relief

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission approved over $200,000 to be made out to local attractions/nonprofits who were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. During its Thursday meeting, the commission unanimously approved $235,383.38 for 17 local entities to help with expenses and other ...

Criminal complaint details Parkersburg drug investigation

PARKERSBURG — This week’s drug bust resulting in the arrest of seven people from Parkersburg stemmed from an investigation beginning in November. The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force began a drug trafficking investigation and this month, the task force intercepted a conversation from a ...

Volunteers planting 600 trees for Arbor Day

PARKERSBURG — Over 600 trees will be planted today in the community in celebration of Arbor Day. Monpower, a local FirstEnergy company, collaborated with Community Bank of Parkersburg and Wood County 4-H Camp to bring about 10 volunteers to Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells this morning to ...

Pitch, Hit and Run set for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg will play host Saturday to a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition for children ages 7-14. It’s scheduled for noon Saturday at the club, 1200 Mary St., Parkersburg. Participants should register online at ...

Missing Amesville teenager found safe

ATHENS — An Amesville teen reported missing last year has been identified and is safe, Athens County authorities said. Serah Bellar was 16 when she was reported missing on April 3, 2020, according to a release from Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith and Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. A ...

Shuttered Wood County schools up for auction

PARKERSBURG — Two former Wood County school buildings and their property will be up for purchase in a public auction Friday. After being closed down in the spring of 2020, the former Worthington and McKinley Elementary schools will be auctioned off to the public. Worthington will be the ...

Belpre names new football coach

Jimmie Bell III today was named the new head football coach at Belpre High School. The unanimous decision was made a special meeting of the board of education this morning. Bell, of Youngstown, Ohio, played at The Ohio State University under Coach John Cooper and was on the 1997 Rose Bowl ...

McClung gets life for murder

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the September 2019 murder of Karen Yeager. Dominick McClung, 18, was sentenced by Wood County Circuit Judge Jason Wharton for the first-degree murder of Yeager, whose body was found under the Fifth Street Bridge ...