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Humane Society of Parkersburg closes to public

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PARKERSBURG — The Humane Society of Parkersburg has closed to the public indefinitely. “While we wanted very much to keep the shelter open during this crisis and just restrict the areas that were accessible by the public, recent events related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ...

Recovery community offers resources

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PARKERSBURG — Despite the canceling of meetings and other gatherings, the recovery community still has other resources and people available to help them. Patrice Pooler, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, said its clients are staying on track by spending quality time ...

Mid-Ohio Valley counties limiting access to courthouses

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PARKERSBURG — Several of the surrounding counties are either closing their courthouses to the public or limiting access and encouraging online or phone inquiries due to the COVID-19 virus. In Calhoun County, the courthouse is locked and all patrons have to be buzzed in for access. ...

Washington County church marks milestone

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MARIETTA — The congregation of the Tunnel United Methodist Church has been through many changes over the years, but they are celebrating a milestone. They have been in their current, and third, facility for 50 years. Tunnel UMC is located behind Warren Elementary School on Ohio ...

Athens hospital limits visitors

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ATHENS — OhioHealth, which includes O’Blenness Hospital in Athens, effective immediately has restricted one visitor per patient per day over precautions with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Among restrictions: * Patients will be limited to one visitor per day with the one exception being both ...

Marshall University puts commencement on hold

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HUNTINGTON — Online instruction at Marshall University will continue beyond a previously announced date and commencement has been postponed, both because of the escalation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Instruction exclusively delivered online or through other alternative learning ...

Wood County BOE meets online to discuss virus

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held its first virtual meeting Thursday, receiving an update on the pandemic which made the remote meeting necessary. Board members joined Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook on a video call Thursday evening to discuss COVID-19, ...

Federal tax deadline extended to July 15

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump’s direction “we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All ...

Coronavirus case confirmed in Jackson County

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RIPLEY -- West Virginia now has seven confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the latest in Jackson County, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Look for the full story in Saturday’s newspaper.

Justice tests negative for coronavirus

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CHARLESTON — Potentially bringing the coronavirus crisis closer to the seat of government, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he has tested negative for the respiratory illness. In order to limit the number of people in the Governor’s Reception Room at the state Capitol, Thursday’s briefing ...

Vienna City Council approves sending budgets to state

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VIENNA — Thursday evening Vienna City Council approved sending its 2020-2021 General Funds and Coal Severance budgets to the State Auditor’s Office for approval on a five to two vote. The Coal Severance budget was unchanged from last year at $27,200, which normally gets transferred to the ...

Belpre City Schools to provide meals starting Monday

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BELPRE — Belpre City Schools will begin delivering meals to 11 locations Monday for all Belpre youth. Superintendent Jeff Greenley said Thursday officials would be calling families and would post flyers throughout the town outlining all of the times and places where meals will be ...

Entities weigh pandemic response

Business

PARKERSBURG — While restaurants and facilities like gyms in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to close, other establishments continue to assess the best way to do business amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley ReStore in Vienna, that ...

Memorial Health System gives advice on COVID-19

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MARIETTA — Memorial Health System has some advice for dealing with the COVID-19 virus for the Mid-Ohio Valley. Memorial Health System asks that any patient experiencing flu-like symptoms call their primary care provider, use the MemorialCareNow app or call the 24/7 nurse line at (844) ...

Land donation to Old Man Rivers pays for new truck

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PARKERSBURG — In memory of a loved one, the Winans family donated three parcels of land to the mission at Old Man Rivers. The first piece of land was recently sold and the proceeds went to purchase a new truck and to assist with operations. When asked what prompted Jim, Dave, Sam and ...

Humane Society of Parkersburg seeks donations

Community News

PARKERSBURG — While the COVID-19 virus affects humans, furry friends remain untouched by its effects. But animals in the Humane Society of Parkersburg can still use a hand. “At this point, we are seeing minimal impact from the COVID-19; however, we are taking things one day at a time,” ...

Wood County Courthouse limits hours

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Courthouse will now have limited hours due to concerns from the growing COVID-19 pandemic. During an emergency meeting Thursday, the Wood County Commission unanimously voted to designate limited hours for public access to the courthouse and the portion of the ...

West Virginia closes DMV offices statewide

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PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has closed offices statewide due to growing COVID-19 concerns. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by both the CDC and West Virginia Department of Health ...

Parkersburg limits city building public hours

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PARKERSBURG — Starting today, the Parkersburg Municipal Building will only be open to the public 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as city officials continue efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Tom Joyce said it’s a precautionary measure as the city has not experienced “an impactful level ...