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City Park splash pad slide closed for repair

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PARKERSBURG — One slide at the new splash pad in City Park is closed until a replacement component is installed, possibly as soon as today, following a child’s injury Sunday. Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce discussed the situation prior to Tuesday’s City Council meeting, in which the ...

State seeking volunteer drivers for West Virginia veterans

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PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is teaming with the Disabled American Veterans organization to provide transportation to medical appointments for West Virginia veterans. West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis held a ...

Senate bill’s passage frustrates educators

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PARKERSBURG — Local educators say they are disappointed with the West Virginia Legislature’s endorsement of a controversial education bill. In special session this week, the West Virginia Senate Monday approved a revised education omnibus bill from the House of Delegates, which creates ...

Precinct consolidation targets confusion at polls

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Clerk’s Office doesn’t expect a significant cost savings from a plan to consolidate voting precincts. Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes said the move is designed to cut down on confusion at the polls and streamline the process. ‘‘Even though we would be ...

Inaugural Cruise-In set for Thursday

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MARIETTA — A Thursday car show, sponsored by The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, will feature a raffle for a two-night stay at a renown Pennsylvania resort. Cruise-In will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Marietta Times at 700 Channel Lane. Registration, open to all makes, ...

Energy Express mentors children during summer

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ST. MARYS — In 1993, the West Virginia University Extension Service and AmeriCorps recognized that rural and low-income children in the state weren’t getting enough food during summer when school was out of session. But to ensure the kids got meals from one of the 80 programs across the ...

W.Va. joins in national effort against robocalls

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CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia joined a national initiative announced Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission to fight illegal robocalls. Operation Call it Quits is described as a major crackdown on illegal robocalls, including credit card interest rate reduction services, ...

Wood County man pleads guilty to federal gun charge

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CHARLESTON — A Wood County man who operated a pawn shop in Mineral Wells pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal gun charge, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. Alonzo Clark Nichols, 38, entered a guilty plea to possession of an unregistered machine gun. In January, Nichols was a ...

Court upholds Blair murder conviction

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ATHENS, Ohio — In a decision filed June 21, the Fourth District Court of Appeals of Ohio affirmed the conviction of aggravated murder against William David Blair, 56, of Athens, Ohio. Blair was found guilty of aggravated murder, an unspecified felony, and burglary, a felony of the second ...

Safetytown program wraps for summer

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MARIETTA — After more than four decades, thousands of Marietta area children have experienced Samuel R. Cook Safetytown. What can’t be measured is the number of injuries the nine-day summer program has prevented or lives it has saved. The program has become a Marietta ...

Feds praise West Virginia for income growth

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia received national praise Tuesday for leading the nation in personal income growth for the first three months of 2019. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, West Virginia led the nation in the first quarter of 2019 with a ...

Washington Sheriff

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Washington Sheriff MARIETTA — Washington County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports June 24: * On June 17, a dog belonging to Stephanie Morris, 803 Front St., Marietta, got loose from her residence and ran onto a neighbor’s property and charged toward a Meals on Wheels ...

Wood County Commission considers voting precinct consolidation

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Clerk’s Office wants to consolidate the number of voting precincts in the county from 69 to 38. Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes and deputy clerk Melody Ross appeared before the Wood County Commission Monday to present the first draft of their ...

Boys and Girls Club starts program in Belpre

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BELPRE — The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County will be offering a satellite program in Belpre beginning with the new school year in August. Rebecca Johnson, executive director of the club in Marietta, gave a report at Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council regarding the new ...

State Senate passes House education omnibus bill

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate passed the House of Delegates’ remake of the Senate’s education reform package on Monday. The Senate gaveled in Monday afternoon to consider House Bill 206, the 155-page education omnibus bill passed June 19. The vote was 18 for and 16 ...

Technical Center connector hallway raises concerns

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PARKERSBURG — Officials say a hallway connecting Parkersburg South High School to the Wood County Technical Center was included in the facilities bond call but left out of a later technical document, and must now be completed as a separate project. Renovation and expansion of the tech center ...

Big Lots to celebrate new mall store

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VIENNA — The new Big Lots store in Vienna will have a grand opening celebration on July 26. The store, at the former Toys R Us location near the Grand Central Mall, will reflect a new format, which is part of a broader initiative to reposition the brand as a community retailer, organizers ...

AEP Ohio clears trees to make way for new poles

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MARIETTA — Trees are coming down this week along one of Marietta’s thoroughfares. Colegate Drive from Ohio 60 to Greene Street saw a crew marking and trimming trees Monday—work American Electric Power Ohio says will continue to make way for 23 new poles along the road. “They will ...

Elizabeth author wins awards with latest works

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ELIZABETH — Two recent works by a local author have received awards. “Pivot” by Debbie Richard of Elizabeth, an illustrated volume of poetry published in January by Adelaide Books of New York, received a Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review and was the 2019 New York Book Festival Honorable ...

Oil and gas rep details positive aspect of industry

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PARKERSBURG — A better job needs to be done communicating the positive impacts of the oil and natural gas industry, a representative of a business association said on Monday. The tax revenue generated for schools in Doddridge County is a benefit from a robust oil and natural gas industry, ...