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Garden Party MARIETTA — The Castle, a historic house and museum on Fourth Street in Marietta, will be hosting its annual Garden Party from 7-9 p.m. today in the Castle courtyard. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door or online at mariettacasle.org/events. The Garden Party ...

Wood BOE suspends PHS principal

PARKERSBURG — A principal accused of plagiarizing a graduation speech was suspended Tuesday after delivering a public apology in front of the Wood County Board of Education. The board voted 4-1 to suspend Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss for five days without pay. Board ...

Wood County Schools officially begins consolidation process

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday unanimously approved moving forward with a schools merger and consolidation process. Officials say the district will look at closing and consolidating four schools before the start of the 2020-21 school year. While board members ...

Time stands still: Parkersburg council keeps meetings at 7:30 p.m.

PARKERSBURG — City Council meetings apparently will remain at 7:30 p.m. after three different starting times were rejected by one vote each. Three other resolutions and seven ordinances passed during Tuesday’s meeting, including approval of the 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant and ...

McKinley: Research, not elimination, needed on coal

PARKERSBURG — A former New York City mayor’s pledge to spend $500 million on the Beyond Carbon initiative would be better spent on research into cleaner-burning fuels, a West Virginia congressman said Tuesday. Michael Bloomberg Friday said he’ll spend the half billion dollars on the ...

Leaders learn from leaders

Participants in the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program appeared before the Wood County Commission on Monday. Commissioners explained what the county commission does and its duties. The students, who are involved in the eighth year of the program, are ...

Annual Ohio River Sweep Saturday at Point Park

PARKERSBURG —The annual Ohio River Sweep will be held Saturday in Parkersburg and other communities along the river’s length. Locally, volunteers will assemble around 9 a.m. Saturday at Point Park where organizers will dispatch them to locations to remove trash from the riverbank. The ...

Author to discuss book about public hanging

RIPLEY — On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ripley branch of the Jackson County Library, Merrilee Matheny, of Liberty, will be signing copies of her new book “Swift Justice: the Story of John Ferguson Morgan and the Last Public Hanging in West Virginia.” Matheny said the ...

Wright speaks about health care trends

VIENNA — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center held its first physician service awards and retirement recognition dinner at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna on Tuesday. Over 40 community physicians were honored for years of service, ranging from five to 47 years, and another 14 ...

House Dems seek end of education session

CHARLESTON — Citing the repeat of mistakes made during the regular session and the growing feud between Gov. Jim Justice and Republicans in the Senate, Democrats in the House of Delegates called Tuesday for an end to the special session on education betterment. House Minority Leader Tim ...

Gold Star: Parkersburg monument dedicated

PARKERSBURG — As the last living U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams gets a lot of attention when he comes to town. But when Williams stepped to the microphone Monday as the dedication of the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in ...

Wood BOE suspends PHS principal; vote came after second public apology

PARKERSBURG - A principal accused of plagiarizing a graduation speech was suspended tonight after giving a public apology to the Wood County Board of Education. The board voted 4-1 to suspend Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss for five days without pay. Board member Debbie ...

Naiks fined on one citation, another dismissed

PARKERSBURG — The Naik companies were fined Monday for one citation and another was dismissed related to inspections of their facilities by the Parkersburg Fire Department. Fire Chief Jason Matthews issued 20 citations on eight Naik properties in December as a result of inspections of their ...

Wood Schools continues trauma care training

PARKERSBURG — Officials say helping children who are dealing with traumatic life experiences requires educators to better understand how to respond rather than react to disruptive student behavior. Wood County Schools on Monday held a second day of Classroom Emotional Response Training, ...

Belpre deals with Farson Street landslips

BELPRE — Belpre City Council approved an emergency resolution to deal with a pair of landslips on Farson Street at Monday’s regular meeting. Council unanimously approved all three readings of a resolution accepting the best low bid for the repair project and giving the safety-service ...

Group pens book offering advice on writing

TERRA ALTA, W.Va. — A new book “Writerly Advice” has been written by members of West Virginia Writers Inc. Several of the writers for this book live in the Parkersburg area. “Writerly Advice” is designed to tell you how to write a book, from start to finish. The writers presents a ...

Wood County deputies honored

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Sheriff’s Department promoted one of its own and honored three deputies for their efforts in saving lives. A ceremony was held Monday morning at the Wood County Courthouse to honor four deputies. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said it was a “joyous but ...

Anglers take West Virginia Bass Tournament’s bait

ST. MARYS — The winners of the 36th annual West Virginia Bass Tournament barely missed reaching the top spot last year, but came back this year to win the overall prize. Ed Dennis and Wes Kemper of the Logan, Ohio, area won the two-day tournament with a combined weight of 16.74 pounds in ...

A Republican Senate leader calls for governor’s resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A top West Virginia Republican is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to resign. Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said Monday the Republican governor should step down to deal with the many court cases that have dogged his businesses. Blair is chairman of the Senate finance ...

Dragon Boat Excursions hopes to make a splash in Muskingum River

MARIETTA — The MOV’n Dragons Organization held its first of six Muskingum River Dragon Boat Excursions on Saturday, launching from the Marietta High School Boat House dock on Gilman Avenue. Thirteen new paddlers took to the water Saturday with hopes that many more participants will ...