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Wood County Commission candidates focus on finance, job growth

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PARKERSBURG — The candidates running for the Wood County Commission want to keep the county’s finances under control and help create opportunities for job growth. Republican incumbent Robert Tebay will be facing Republican Roger Brown and Republican Sam Baker for the six-year term. No ...

Early voting begins in 2020 primary election

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PARKERSBURG — People will be able to cast their ballots today as early voting gets underway at the Judge Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg. Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes and his staff have been preparing for people to begin voting in the 2020 primary, which had to be delayed because of ...

City Park fountain project running again

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PARKERSBURG — If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be just about time to turn on the water at the replacement Jackson Memorial Fountain in City Park. Instead, a crew from Alan Stone Co. in Williamstown on Tuesday started pumping muddy water out of the space where the previous ...

Mass transit levy for bus service on ballot

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From staff reports PARKERSBURG — Voters in Parkersburg and Vienna will decide on the renewal of a mass transit levy for bus services through the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority. The levy, which is for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022, will raise about $2.8 million a ...

Utility board approves budget, bylaws

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a 2021 budget and board bylaws. The board met online Tuesday to approve the items, but had little discussion prior to the votes. The $16.6 million budget is similar to the previous year, but includes a 1.6 percent ...

Teams adapt recovery effort to pandemic

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ELIZABETH — Those in recovery would agree that socializing with their peers, sponsors and therapists is one of the most important things. However, with face to face interactions no longer possible, some are struggling though this unique and difficult time. Some clients of the Wirt County ...

Justice, Thrasher spar over debates, inmates

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CHARLESTON — With the primary election just two weeks away, the campaigns of Gov. Jim Justice and former Commerce Department Secretary Woody Thrasher heated up Tuesday over the issue of debates and over TV ads critical of the state’s release of several inmates over coronavirus ...

Six candidates running for spot in U.S. Senate

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Three Republicans and three Democrats are running for U.S. Senate. On the republican ticket are incumbent Shelley Moore Capito, Larry Eugene Butcher and Allen Whitt. Democrats running are Richard N. Ojeda II, Paula Jean Swearengin and Richard Allen Robb. Early voting started on Wednesday. ...

Candidates seeking seats in U.S. House of Representatives

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Two Democrats and one Republican are running for U.S. House of Representatives in District 1 and two Republicans and one Democrat are running in the 2nd Congressional District. In District 1 on the Republican ticket is incumbent David McKinley. Democrats running are Natalie Cline and Tom ...

Mail carrier charged with tampering with five ballot applications

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CHARLESTON — A plot to change the primary party ballot preferences of people filing requests for absentee ballots was uncovered by state and federal investigators with a mail carrier facing charges. According to Bill Powell, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, and state ...

Carnival, bingo delayed to 2021

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PARKERSBURG — The carnival and bingo sponsored by American Legion Post 15 held over the July 4 holidays at City Park will not be held this year because of the pandemic, officials said Tuesday. The decision was made Tuesday morning to not hold the annual celebration because of the COVID-19 ...

Parkersburg native maintains aircraft at sea

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ATLANTIC OCEAN — A Parkersburg native is serving aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. Petty Officer 3rd Class Calvin McQuain is an aircraft maintainer aboard the Nimitz-class USS Harry S. Truman. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day was on Sunday. McQuain reported to ...

Pandemic concerns change Memorial Day observances

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PARKERSBURG — Memorial Day Weekend for 2020 was unlike those of the past. There were no parades in Wood County, most events had to be cancelled and many restaurants are still not opening their dining halls due to coronavirus concerns. Public pools were not open and many parks were still ...

Parkersburg mayoral field to narrow from 6 to 2

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PARKERSBURG — Four Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their parties’ nominations to serve as mayor of Parkersburg for the next four years. *** Mike Cottrell Party: Republican Age: 59 Address: 2310 Neale St. Family: adult son and daughter Occupation: retired as engineering ...

Candidates vying for Districts 8, 9 seats

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PARKERSBURG — Dealing with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing educational needs and business development are among the concerns for those running for the West Virginia House of Delegates Districts 8 and 9. In the 8th District race, incumbent Republican Bill Anderson ...

Six candidates seek District 10’s open seats

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PARKERSBURG — The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as economic development and education continue to be a concern for the candidates running for the West Virginia House of Delegates District 10. There are six candidates running for the three available seats, including incumbents ...

Culvert replacement, road work to affect traffic

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Calhoun County Road 3, Annamoriah Road/Mt. Zion Road, will be closed today for a culvert repalcement, West Virginia Division of Highways said. The road will be closed at milepost 8.89 where crews will be working between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Jared Evans, District Three maintenance ...

Catholic Churches resume Mass after pandemic suspension

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WHEELING - Roman Catholic churches across West Virginia celebrated mass this weekend after more than two months because of the pandemic. All parishes in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston were authorized by Bishop Mark Brennan to resume in-person church services after submitting reopening ...