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Virus cases shoot up in Wood County

Local News

PARKERSBURG — Wood County's number of positive COVID-19 cases has nearly doubled in a little more than a week. According to a release this afternoon from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, there have been 114 positive cases since March, 28 of them recorded in the last two days. On ...

Parkersburg plans 2020 paving projects

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PARKERSBURG — The 2020 municipal paving project is set to go the extra mile — about 27 of them actually — with the use of a process aimed at rejuvenating rather than resurfacing some streets. The nearly $1.3 million project will see sections of Fairview and Camden avenues paved as well ...

Belpre man receives prison sentence in sexual battery case

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MARIETTA — A Belpre man received a mandatory four years of prison with the potential of up to six years at a sentencing hearing Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Andrew J. Neal, 38, of 601 Barclay St., was arrested in April on a charge of rape of a victim under the age of 13 ...

Belpre Homecoming succumbs to outbreak

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BELPRE — The Belpre Homecoming Committee has canceled all festival activities and entertainment for 2020, Chairman Kelly Cox said. “We had hoped that Ohio Gov. (Mike) DeWine would have had guidelines in place by July 1 to allow festivals to continue. Although county fairs are permitted, ...

Wood County Commission discusses moving jury trials

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission Thursday discussed holding jury trials from Wood County Circuit Court and Magistrate Court in the Black annex. Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton said changes have been made to the court rooms to adhere with social distancing and to comply with the ...

Ripley to celebrate 150th 4th of July with parade, concerts

Community News

RIPLEY — The City of Ripley will hold its 150th July 4th festivities this weekend, albeit with a few 2020 twists. Mayor Carolyn Rader said the city has adapted this year’s celebration to follow health and social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Even so, ...

Westbrook Health Services receives $2M grant

Business

PARKERSBURG — Westbrook Health Services has been awarded a $2 million Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic grant to expand and improve access to behavioral health care. The award over two years is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “The grant will ...

Organizers nix Parkersburg art exhibit over COVID-19 concerns

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PARKERSBURG — A public art exhibit scheduled this weekend at City Park has been canceled and rescheduled, an organizer said. The Art of Freedom was moved to September over concerns with the rising number of coronavirus cases in Wood County, organizer Wendy Tuck said. Local artists, ...

West Virginia rest areas to be open for holiday weekend

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CHARLESTON — All rest areas and Welcome Centers in West Virginia will be open this weekend for travelers over the July 4 holidays, the West Virginia Division of Highways said. The centers on I-64, I-68, I-77 and I-79 are being maintained during the pandemic as personnel are working on an ...

Governor may mandate face masks

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CHARLESTON - As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said he is seriously considering mandating face masks and coverings in buildings. Speaking Thursday during his final coronavirus briefing before the start of the July 4 weekend, Justice ...

Parkersburg receives $2.2M relief fund reimbursement

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PARKERSBURG — The City of Parkersburg received a $2.2 million reimbursement from the state for police and fire wages and benefits. Mayor Tom Joyce announced Wednesday evening that the West Virginia C.A.R.E.S. Act Coronavirus Relief Fund provided the city this week with $2,201,986.94 for ...

Mid-Ohio Valley school districts weigh feedback on return

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MT. ZION — County school districts are working together with parents, teachers and administrators to discuss options for students to return back to school in the fall. Calhoun, Pleasants and Jackson Counties will use the feedback from these groups along with guidelines from the state to ...

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 ...