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Wood County Schools launches new site, mobile app

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools new app and website went live Wednesday as part of an overhaul of communications with parents and the community. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the schools website can still be reached at www.woodcountyschoolswv.com or www.woodcountyschoolswv.net, but ...

Fire damages Belpre home

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BELPRE — A fire Tuesday evening damaged a home on Walnut Street, but no injuries were reported. The Belpre Volunteer Fire Department around 10 p.m. was dispatched to 713 Walnut St. where firefighters found flames and heavy smoke. The block was temporarily shut down as firefighters doused ...

Highmark donates face coverings to city workers

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PARKERSBURG — Highmark West Virginia has donated face coverings to city workers in Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and preserve valuable personal protective equipment. “Highmark West Virginia appreciates the hard work and dedication ...

New Wood County Courthouse steeple put in place

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PARKERSBURG — The skyline of Wood County changed Tuesday as the new steeple for the Wood County Courthouse was lowered into place. Just after noon, the crane lifted the 7,000 pound, 17-by-19-foot 6-inch steeple from the ground outside the courthouse and lifted it above the bell tower and ...

Trial date set for firefighters’ longevity pay lawsuit

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PARKERSBURG — A 2021 trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed by Parkersburg firefighters over a reduction in wages city officials say was simply the correction of an error. Attorneys representing the city and firefighters Wayne White, Michael Wood and Joshua Gandee appeared before Wood ...

Justice releases plans to end fiscal year with balanced budget

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CHARLESTON — As the fiscal year for 2020 came to a close Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice released two executive orders to ensure the state ended the year with a balanced budget as required by law. The plan is to release further information at today's coronavirus briefing. In the first executive ...

Parkersburg High School unveils secure entrance

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School will have a new secure entrance for parents and visitors this fall. The new entrance is the last phase in a series of increased safety measures at the school. “The secure entrance has always been a goal, even back in 2013 when I was assistant ...

Airport Authority approves roof renovation fee

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Wood County Airport Authority held a special meeting Tuesday morning when it approved the fee to renovate the roof of the main terminal and general aviation building. The cost of the repairs are lower than what was anticipated. “We’re way below what they evaluated ...

Parkersburg Catholic High School hires new principal

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic High School has a new principal for the 2020-21 school year. Catholic Schools this week announced Mary Caren “M.C.” Heffner will take the helm at Parkersburg Catholic on July 1. “I am excited to become the principal of Parkersburg Catholic High ...

Volunteers sought for Market Street cleanup

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PARKERSBURG  — They’re going to clean up this town. Volunteers will muster at 9 a.m. Sunday at 13th and Market streets for a mass clean up of Market from 13th to its end near the courthouse, organizers said. “Come join us to make the major street in downtown Parkersburg look great,” ...

State agency reports positive COVID case

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CHARLESTON — A state agency tasked with monitoring threats reported a threat of its own Tuesday after an employee tested positive last week for the coronavirus. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Tuesday that an employee of the Intelligence Fusion Center tested positive after ...

Two suspects plead not guilty in death of Karen Yeager

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Staff Reports PARKERSBURG —Two out of three men left accused in the death of Parkersburg resident Karen Yeager in September have pleaded not guilty. Dominick McClung, 18, in custody at the Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Center in Boone County, pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder, robbery, ...

Three-vehicle crash leads to drug arrest

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PARKERSBURG — A Wood County teen involved in a three-vehicle accident was arrested on a felony drug charge Monday. According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Logan Skylar Hall, 18, 115 S. Hazel St., Washington, W.Va., was charged with one count of possession of ...

Wood County man sentenced for federal drug offense

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CHARLESTON — A Wood County man was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Monday said. Joshua Michael Conger, 41, of Parkersburg, also will serve five years on ...

Crews to add new steeple to Wood County Courthouse today

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PARKERSBURG — The new steeple for the Wood County Courthouse is expected to be lifted into place today. Crews spent Monday getting the site ready outside the courthouse, assembling a crane that will be used to lift the 7,000-pound structure into place this afternoon. Pieces of the crane ...

Parkersburg mayor delays employee raises

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PARKERSBURG — A 2 percent pay raise for City of Parkersburg employees that was supposed to take effect Wednesday has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Tom Joyce announced Monday morning his decision to delay the wage increase approved by City Council for the 2020-21 fiscal ...

Young adults driving spike in COVID-19 cases in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON — Much like other states across the nation, West Virginia is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases driven partly by young adults in their 20s. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources’ coronavirus dashboard, 17 percent of the state’s positive COVID-19 ...

Sheriff: Jackson County man fatally shoots niece while cleaning gun

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COTTAGEVILLE — An 11-year-old girl died Friday evening after her uncle misfired a gun he was cleaning in their residence, authorities said. According to a criminal complaint filed with the Jackson County Magistrate Court, Andrew Scott Jackson, 36, 9 Fisher Mobile Home Park, Cottageville, ...