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Jackson, Wood residents die of COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Three people from the region are among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed on Friday, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources. The state confirmed the deaths of two 87-year-old men from Jackson County and a 63-year-old man from Wood County. ...

Parkersburg sees major increase in treatment facilities

PARKERSBURG — Five years ago, with overdose deaths rising and the opioid epidemic in the spotlight, Wood County had just 30 state-licensed, residential substance abuse treatment beds. Today, there are 283, about a quarter of the total number in West Virginia, according to state and local ...

Parkersburg planning commission tables alley request

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission of Parkersburg voted to table a request to abandon an incorrectly platted alley and said goodbye to the Parkersburg development director and city planner. According to the staff report to the commission, the approximately 285-foot, unimproved ...

Parkersburg authorities make drug, grand larceny arrests

PARKERSBURG — Drug sales and a stolen vehicle were among charges from this week’s arrests. On Thursday, law enforcement responded to Ohio River Outdoors on Emerson Avenue following a call about a shoplifting, according to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court. Shawn ...

Parkersburg YMCA teams up with In Step Coaching

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg in December partnered with Jordan Thornhill, owner of In Step Coaching, to offer on-site athletic training services for youth. In Step Coaching is a high-performance sport and fitness training facility in Belpre serving the Mid-Ohio Valley in athlete, ...

Vienna officials need responses to survey

VIENNA — The city of Vienna is looking to solve some stormwater issues residents have been bringing to their attention. The city has enlisted the assistance of Burgess and Niple to complete a study for the Stormwater Master Plan to help figure out where the issues lie, what causes them and ...

Camden Clark Medical Center expands services

PARKERSBURG — As they have continually dealt with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the WVU Camden Clark Medical Center has also made a number of advances and improvements to medical care locally over the last year. Throughout the pandemic, Camden Clark continued to focus on all of its ...

Memorial Health System boosts care in cancer, open heart services

MARIETTA — As the Memorial Health System has dealt with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the health system is adding new services and expanding care throughout the area, especially in the treatment of cancer and open heart services. Memorial, which operates Marietta Memorial Hospital, the ...

Marietta salon finds bigger, aims for better with new shop

MARIETTA — After a ceiling collapse in early January, Trina Rataiczak had to find a new home for her hair salon, Peace Love Scissors. She had opened the Gilman Avenue site on May 15 after hair salons were shut down in March due to COVID. “It was just a leak,” Rataiczak said. “We ...

Parkersburg Family Dollar ready to reopen after renovations

PARKERSBURG — Family Dollar at 609 Division St. in Parkersburg will hold a grand reopening in the renovated store on Saturday, Feb. 20. The renovated store includes $1 Dollar Tree merchandise, additional freezers and coolers and an expanded selection of food, beauty and essentials, household ...

XPO Logistics president to speak at webinar

MARIETTA — XPO Logistics President Troy Cooper, a 1991 graduate of Marietta College, will participate in a webinar of the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley at noon March 9. Cooper, who earned a bachelor’s of arts in accounting from Marietta College, will speak about “A C-Suite View ...

Parkersburg church recognized for work with Samaritan’s Purse

PARKERSBURG — A local church received an award earlier this month recognizing its work over the past decade with the Samaritan’s Purse organization. Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg has been a drop-off location for shoeboxes that are collected, filled and shipped to needy children ...

SFW helps recapitalize Caron Products

MARIETTA — SFW Capital Partners has completed a recapitalization of Caron Products and Services Inc. of Marietta, a leading provider of laboratory equipment used in small- and large-molecule drug development and manufacturing, cell and gene therapy and academic research. SFW is a specialized ...

Judge delays sentencing in bank robbery case

PARKERSBURG — The sentencing for William Edward “Billy White Shoes” Johnson, 55, of Lancaster, Ohio, has been delayed after a motion was filed for Johnson’s attorney to withdraw from the case. Known for a history of bank robbery, Johnson was arrested last October after allegedly ...

Governor eases pandemic restrictions in West Virginia

CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that COVID-19 regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores and schools will be eased due to plummeting coronavirus cases and increased vaccinations. Justice said he was issuing a series of executive orders Friday to ...

Wood County officials mull trial locations

PARKERSBURG — County officials are still looking into alternative venues to conduct upcoming trials. Wood County Commissioner Robert Tebay on Thursday asked Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure if court officials have given any more consideration to holding trials at the Smoot Theatre in ...

Vienna City Council hears more budget presentations

VIENNA — Vienna City Council continued to hear outside agency budget presentations during a special council meeting held Thursday at the Vienna City Building. Mayor Randy Rapp said Thursday’s meeting was the last to hear budget and funding requests from city departments and outside ...