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Parkersburg City Council passes attendance restriction

Local News

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

Local News

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

Local News

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 ...

Protocols set for Wood County courts to reopen

Local News

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Circuit, Magistrate and Family Courts are set to open back up to in-person hearings on Monday. In the most recent order issued by the chief justice, the Supreme Court adopted protocols for the reopening of the courts to in-person hearings. In an effort to ...

Lubeck Elementary School parade

Local News

LUBECK — Lubeck Elementary School held a student parade Wednesday, thanking educators for their efforts during the COVID-19 shutdown. Teachers lined up along the school as families drove by, many students holding up handmade signs thanking teachers. Schools throughout the area have been ...

Camden Clark Medical Center restarting elective surgeries

Business

PARKERSBURG —WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center will be restarting elective surgeries this coming week with new procedures in place as the hospital deals with the pandemic. Since many elective operations were suspended in March as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic grew and impacted ...

Wood County library ready to begin providing curbside service

Local News

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg and Wood County library branches will begin curbside service on Monday. Director Brian Raitz said the service is being offered at their Emerson, South and Williamstown locations. “For people who request materials online or by telephone they can come and pick ...

Belpre BOE to meet Monday

Local News

BELPRE — The Belpre City Schools Board of Education will meet 5 p.m. Monday in regular session at the district’s Stone Administration Building. Due to ongoing restrictions caused by COVID-19, the physical meeting will allow only board members and administrators to attend. The meeting will ...

Wood County Recreation Commission delivers 2020 update

Local News

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission on Friday issued an update for programs in 2020 because of the pandemic. While all youth athletics programs for the summer of 2020 have been canceled, including the summer playgrounds, the commission’s board of directors “will be ...

Towering Above

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PARKERSBURG — Work has begun on the restoration of the Wood County Courthouse’s bell tower. Crews from Murray Sheet Metal have put scaffolding inside the tower and are starting to move materials in place. The plan calls for installing a pyramid-like crown on top of the tower like one the ...

Helping Shave Lives

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PARKERSBURG — About $6,000 was raised Friday at the Hair-Raising Fundraiser at Wincore Windows and Doors to buy personal protective equipment for WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Ten employees agreed to have their beards or hair cut for pledges for donations. Among those was Harley ...

FCC funds a signal boost for Coplin Health Services

Business

ELIZABETH — In an effort to enhance telehealth services, Coplin Health Systems was awarded $274,432 from the Federal Communications Commission. The funds are the first from the FCC to be awarded to the state for the COVID-19 telehealth program, according to Sarah Barton, senior projects ...

Newberrys named News and Sentinel Golden Anniversary Couple

Community News

WASHINGTON W.Va. —For a Washington, W.Va., couple, their faith in God has been instrumental in their 50 years of marriage. David and Jean Newberry are the Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Golden Anniversary Couple for the month of April. They were married April 25, 1970 at the Church of ...

FirstEnergy Corp. recognized for workforce diversity

Business

AKRON — For the second consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. has been recognized by DiversityInc as being in the top six utilities in the nation for its workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives, moving up one spot this year from fifth to fourth place. In addition, the company ranked ...

The Health Plan names Kairis chief medical officer

Business

WHEELING — Dr. Ed Kairis has been named chief medical officer of The Health Plan, a health maintenance organization. Kairis will provide leadership and direction to medical directors and clinical operations and will report to Jeff Knight, president and chief operations officer. He also ...