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Memorial Bridge toll collections resume Wednesday

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Living in Belpre and working in Parkersburg, Tracey Wilson usually crosses the Memorial Bridge eight to 10 times a week. It’s been happening less with stay-at-home orders in place and jobs like Wilson’s as a hair stylist on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the ...

Parkersburg City Council approves first reading of B&O tax break

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PARKERSBURG – City Council this evening approved the first reading of an ordinance granting a business and occupation tax exemption for businesses as they try to rebound from COVID-19 restrictions and closures. B&O tax is collected on gross sales and receipts. If approved on final ...

Gordmans hopes to find buyer before shuttering stores

Business

MARIETTA — Gordmans will close its stores, including the Marietta location, if it is unable to find a buyer after Stage Stores voluntarily filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Stage Stores, which owns Gordmans, Peebles and Goody’s, closed the Peebles location at 450 Pike Street Suite G and ...

Belpre High School Class of 2020

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BELPRE — Belpre High School recognized its seniors with a parade Friday and held a hybrid/virtual graduation ceremony Saturday for its Class of 2020. Seniors decorated vehicles and held up signs Friday during a parade through the city. Friends, family and community members stood along the ...

Calhoun County sees COVID-19 cases

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GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun County now has two confirmed COVID-19 cases after months of having none. According to a press release from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, the first positive case was reported May 15. The second case was reported on May 16, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department ...

Rhodes: Workers ready to man Wood County voting sites

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PARKERSBURG — Officials believe they will have enough poll workers for the primary election on June 9. Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes appeared before the Wood County Commission on Monday to give an update on election preparation. “We have enough to fill the positions,” he said. Early ...

WVU-P launching program to help students ‘Ascend’

Business

PARKERSBURG — A program at West Virginia University at Parkersburg to help students earn certificates and associate degrees by increasing financial, academic and personal support will be starting this fall, university officials announced Monday. In a Zoom presentation, university officials, ...

Teenager succumbs to injuries from auto accident

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MALTA — A 15-year-old child died Friday from injuries in an accident that occurred on Wednesday night, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Marietta Post said. The juvenile attempted to jump onto the front of a moving 2008 Hyundai Elantra driven by Tanisha E. Viney, 18, of McConnelsville on Upper ...

Wood County group working to preserve rural cemeteries

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PARKERSBURG — May is Wood County Rural Cemetery Month and the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society works in partnerships with cemeteries and caretakers for their upkeep and restoration. Evan Frees, a member of the Historical Society and the society’s cemetery chairman, can be ...

Excess deaths measure a work in progress as CDC revises metric

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PARKERSBURG — The CDC last week revised a metric that showed higher-than-expected death statistics around the country but whose accuracy was inconsistent from state to state. A report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of April showed approximately ...

Tolls back on Wednesday morning

Local News

PARKERSBURG - Toll collection on the Memorial Bridge will resume Wednesday morning. The City of Parkersburg stopped charging tolls March 22 as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many toll collectors are 65 or older, a group more susceptible to serious ...

More counties off hotspot list

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CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice Monday announced the removal of counties from the hotspot list, the opportunity for local governments to apply for grant funding and a list of additional businesses set to reopen over the next few weeks during his pandemic briefing on Monday. Justice said ...

Parkersburg City Council passes attendance restriction

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PARKERSBURG — City Council on Friday approved a resolution temporarily limiting the public’s in-person access to its meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency by a 7-1 vote. It would have been 7-2, but no one could hear Councilman J.R. Carpenter. Like the May 5 council meeting, this ...

Myers marking third decade as a Vienna firefighter

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Raymond Myers, a Vienna native and third-generation Vienna volunteer firefighter, is celebrating 30 years with the fire department. Myers is Captain of rescue at the VFD. “I remember when Raymond joined this department. In all these years, he has worked 72 percent of the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley sees new coronavirus cases

Local News

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (MOVHD) announces that three of the region’s six counties have new positive COVID-19 cases. Calhoun County has another new case for a total of two cases. Wood County added one new positive COVID-19 case, to bring the total positive cases ...

Wood County Schools works to connect students for summer, fall

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools is taking steps to ensure students have access to technology and the Internet this summer and fall. The Wood County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a nearly $1.5 million purchase order for iPads. With the purchase, the district will now have 12,000 ...

Parkersburg pitches COVID-19 cuts

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council will be asked to consider budget revisions representing a “worst-case scenario” of nearly $2 million in general fund revenue lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic when they meet Tuesday. Also on the agenda is a proposed B&O tax exemption to help ...