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Opioid crisis adds to issues for W.Va. agencies

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CHARLESTON — The agency charged with investigating abuse and neglect cases involving children is having issues keeping up with increased caseloads as the opioid crisis continues. Lawmakers on the Post Audits Subcommittee heard a report Tuesday from the Legislative Auditor’s Office on Child ...

Report: Cities, towns missing out on tax revenue

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CHARLESTON — Cities and towns in West Virginia are being stiffed on tax revenue by subcontractors working on state projects, according to the Legislative Auditor’s Office. In a letter released Tuesday to Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, Post Audit Division ...

Children’s museum planned for downtown Parkersburg

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PARKERSBURG — The former Masonic Temple at Ninth and Market streets is the planned site of the Children’s Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The museum will be aimed at children up to 8 years old, with an emphasis on subjects of local interest and science, technology, engineering, arts and ...

Thieves target mailboxes in Wood County

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a rash of thieves targeting rural mailboxes. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said someone has been targeting mailboxes along local highways and taking mail searching for checks or birthday or holiday cards with checks ...

West Virginia lawmakers discuss delay over Tourism Development Act

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CHARLESTON — A simple special session wasn’t so simple after the House of Delegates put the brakes on an extension of a tourism tax credit program set to expire at the end of the year. On Monday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 2001 to extend the Tourism Development Act to 2026. The act was ...

Sigma Pi fraternity members indicted in Ohio U student death

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ATHENS, Ohio — Indictments were handed down recently in relation to the death of a Ohio University student through the alleged hazing by members of a fraternity. On Nov. 12, 2018, Ohio University student Collin Lewis Wiant, 18, died at 45 Mill St., Athens, where members of Sigma Pi ...

Wood Sheriff

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports Nov. 19: • From Nov. 15-17, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office answered 168 calls including: six traffic stops; nine area checks; three warrant services; 10 complaints by phone; 11 intrusion alarms; one mental ...

Parkersburg Police

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Police Department released the following reports Nov. 19: • On Nov. 18, the Parkersburg Police Department responded to 108 calls for service. • Gina Hand, of Parkersburg, was arrested Nov. 18 on charges of disorderly conduct, petit larceny and failure to ...

United Bankshares buys Carolina Financial

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PARKERSBURG — Getting into the market in the Carolinas has been a goal for the chairman and CEO of United Bankshares. United and Carolina Financial Corp. Monday announced a definitive merger agreement worth $1.1 billion, creating a combined organization with about $25 billion in assets, ...

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department gets new equipment

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GRANTSVILLE — New equipment was recently acquired by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. The department was able to obtain new firearms, Tasers and batons, said Sheriff Jeff Starcher. Starcher said replacing the equipment was a priority for the past two years. The sheriff’s ...

Calhoun County Middle School seeks state grant

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MOUNT ZION — Calhoun County Middle High School is hoping for grant money to fund a new HVAC system, a roof, lighting and a safer school entrance. School Superintendent Kelli Whytsell pitched the need for the project to the state School Building Authority Monday afternoon. Whytsell is ...

Belpre school counselors present academic, social programs

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BELPRE — Belpre City Schools counselors are working to help students deal with anxiety and girls to feel more confident through several in-school programs. Officials with Belpre City Schools counseling office gave an overview of academic and social programs during Monday’s Belpre City ...

Wood County prepares for cleaning park cannon

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commission is looking at options to clean up the “Long Tom” cannon and how they want to display it at Fort Boreman Park. Parkersburg City Council recently approved a resolution that would trade the historic cannon at City Park for the county’s half of ...

Wood Magistrate

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Magistrate Court released the following reports Nov. 18: • Melvin G. Jessop, 55, Parkersburg, was arraigned on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and violation of a domestic violence protective order and bond was set at $26,000 surety. • Matthew Ryan Hunt, ...

Williamstown Police

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The Williamstown Police Department released the following reports on Nov. 18: Nov. 12: Joseph Green, 19, Clarksville, Pa., was cited for speed 49/35 on West Third Street. A 16-year-old Marietta female was cited for a red light violation at West Third Street/Highland Avenue. Nov. ...

Festival of Trees to spruce up Blennerhassett Hotel

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PARKERSBURG — Volunteers came together at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg on Sunday to begin to decorate Christmas trees for the upcoming 2019 Festival of Trees. Teams of people, representing local businesses, organizations and themselves, gathered Sunday at the hotel in ...

Gala raises funds, awareness for St. John Central School

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CHURCHTOWN — The St. John Central Home and School Association Gala was held Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Churchtown, with the school’s first gala serving as a fundraising event that gave guests a wonderful night out. “We started planning this around three months ...