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Sponaugle comments on Justice filing

CHARLESTON – A recent filing in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals by Gov. Jim Justice to a residency case against him brought a chuckle to the person who filed the suit last year. George Terwilliger, Justice’s personal attorney, Friday asked the Supreme Court to throw out the ...

PEIA stable for now, but issues remain

CHARLESTON – The Public Employees Insurance Agency, which covers the health care of state workers, is in good shape in the short-term, but dipping into the $100 million Rainy Day Fund is a possibility toward the end of next fiscal year. PEIA Director Ted Cheatham briefed Tuesday the Select ...

Belpre BOE holds last meeting of 2019

BELPRE — The Belpre City Schools Board of Education ended its 2019 year by planning for the year ahead. The board met Monday to vote on a date and president pro tem for the first meeting of 2020. The board elects officers each year, and will hold its organizational meeting at 5 p.m. ...

Special session ends with passage of tourism tax credit renewal

CHARLESTON — After a nearly 30-day break to think it over, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Monday to extend a tax break for projects meant to boost tourism, ending the second special session of 2019. The House passed Senate Bill 2001, extending tax credits for certain ...

Lawmakers hear case for tax repeal

CHARLESTON — As it gets closer to the 2020 legislative session, the push is by state leaders and manufacturing interests to eliminate the business and inventory tax, even as overall tax revenues for the fiscal year remain 2 percent below estimates. The Joint Standing Committee on Finance ...

Pleasants County recognized for helping state initiative

ST. MARYS — Pleasants County and a member of law enforcement were recognized for their work with the statewide Handle With Care initiative. Handle With Care was created by Andrea Darr and the program came to Pleasants County in 2016, according to Amanda Mote, Social Service Attendance and ...

Delegates roll out clean water legislation in wake of ‘Dark Waters’

CHARLESTON — A group of Democratic lawmakers hopes to use the movie “Dark Waters” as a catalyst for stricter drinking water regulations in the 2020 legislative session. Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, held a press conference Monday to unveil legislation to identify sources of ...

First responders recognized for saving girl’s life in fire

PARKERSBURG — First responders were honored Monday for their efforts in saving the life of a 6-year-old girl in a Davisville fire in May. Six members of the East Wood Volunteer Fire Department and two members of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department were presented Lifesave Awards from ...

Warren BOE receives building project update

VINCENT — The Warren School district provided an update on its building project during Monday night’s board of education meeting. New elementary and high schools will be built. An update of the middle school was provided. Currently, the district is undergoing a change in its funding for ...

Winter storm leads to some school delays

PARKERSBURG — The edge of a winter storm passed over the Mid-Ohio Valley Sunday evening, leaving a trail of slush and ice and school delays. Wood County Schools Monday morning called for a two-hour delay due to icy road conditions and concerns over black ice, frozen patches of asphalt that ...

Former Sundowner owner gets reduced bond

MARIETTA — A Vienna man arrested in 2016 for the theft of more than $1 million remains in jail Monday with a modified bond of $500,000. Kendall Richards, 49, of 1740 Forest Hills Drive, Vienna, was to be sentenced in the courtroom of Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi on ...

Stepfather of burned girl charged with endangerment

From staff reports VINCENT — An 8-year-old Vincent girl remained in a Columbus hospital Monday after receiving first- and second-degree burns to her body when boiling water was poured on her to wake her up. The girl’s stepfather, Jimmy Lewis Miller Jr., 27, of 55 Spring Ave., Vincent, ...

Del. Isaac Sponaugle announces campaign for state attorney general

CHARLESTON — Isaac Sponaugle, a lawyer from Pendleton County and a member of the House of Delegates, announced his intentions Monday to become the state’s top attorney. In a room full of family, supporters and fellow lawmakers, Sponaugle said he would challenge Republican Patrick Morrisey ...

Historic Parkersburg home opens doors for Christmas tour

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society celebrated a year of accomplishments and was already looking to the future during its annual traditional Christmas Open House on Sunday. The Phelps-Tavenner House, located at 2401 Camden Ave. in south Parkersburg, is the ...

Fearing House celebrates Victorian Christmas

MARIETTA — The Fearing House in Harmar held its special annual Holiday Open House on Saturday to give guests a chance to take a step back in time during the holiday season and enjoy absorbing some local history. The Fearing House on Gilman Avenue in Harmar was built in 1847 for Henry ...

Tunnel United Methodist Church brings nativity to life

TUNNEL — Seeing a live nativity can quickly bring the true meaning of Christmas to the forefront. For the sixth year, Tunnel United Methodist Church has held its drive-thru nativity for the community to enjoy and reconnect with the story of Christ’s birth. With a solid line of vehicles ...

Washington County drug court notes successes

MARIETTA — It’s been almost a year since the Compass Recovery Program —Washington County’s drug court — began, and the program has seen several people succeed in their goals. “So far, we’ve had a bunch of successes,” said Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi. “We ...

Dorms at Marietta College saying goodbye to cable TV

MARIETTA — Starting Jan. 1, Marietta College students will no longer be able to watch cable TV in their individual rooms, a sign of the times coming to other higher education campuses as well. Tom Perry, vice president of communication and brand management for the college, sent out an email ...

WVU-P graduates cross into new stage at fall commencement

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg awarded 267 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degrees to 241 students at its fall commencement ceremony on Saturday. Fourteen of the graduates are current, full-time Hino Motors employees receiving Associates of Applied Science in ...

Applications for medical marijuana operations opening in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Nearly three years after its unorthodox passage in the West Virginia Legislature, the application period for medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensaries opens up this week. But the specific details on how the medical cannabis program will work are still being worked ...