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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to hold performance

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PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will present its next performance, “A Night at the Oscars,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett School. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available at wvsop.org and some tickets will be available at ...

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History event MARIETTA — Brown Baggin’ Thru History will be held noon Friday at Campus Martius Museum. The guest speaker will be Randy Modesitt, director of Henderson Hall, who will speak about “The Henderson Women.” The program is free due to support of the Washington County Public ...

GOP meets today to fill Belpre council vacancy

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BELPRE — The Belpre Republican Central Committee will meet 2 p.m. today at the Belpre Municipal Building to appoint someone to serve an unexpired term on City Council. The vacancy was created when Larry Martin resigned from council. Among nominees for the vacancy are Susan Abdella, William ...

Wood Schools to consider reducing ‘walker zones’

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PARKERSBURG — Officials are considering changes to bus routes which would allow more students to ride to school in hopes of combating truancy. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said bus routes are constantly being evaluated and tweaked based upon the needs of individual school ...

State superintendent to retire

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CHARLESTON - West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine announced Wednesday that he will retire from his position effective June 30. According to a release Wednesday morning from the state Department of Education, Paine's departure could come earlier if the West Virginia Board ...

Fatality reported in auto accident

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PARKERSBURG - Several northbound lanes of Interstate 77 are closed as crews try to recover a truck which went over an embankment between the Staunton and 7th Street exits. Few details were immediately available, but crews indicated at least one fatality. One northbound lane remains open. ...

Capito to oppose Trump impeachment, censure

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PARKERSBURG — The Republican senator from West Virginia Tuesday said she will vote to acquit President Donald Trump. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito also said she will not support the resolution from fellow West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, to censure the president, calling it “a weak ...

Four candidates for Parkersburg City Council District 4

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of five stories previewing the Parkersburg City Council primary elections that will appear throughout the week. PARKERSBURG — Outside of the mayor’s race, the largest number of municipal candidates is in Parkersburg City Council District 4. Incumbent ...

PUB approves water main repair payment

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From staff reports PARKERSBURG — An interim repair to a failed downtown water main has nearly wrapped up. The Parkersburg Utility Board voted 4-0 Tuesday, with Vice Chairman John Lutz absent, to approve the second pay estimate for the $184,635 project to connect pipe to a water line ...

Airport Authority discusses improvement projects

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Improvement projects were discussed Tuesday morning at the Wood County Airport Authority meeting. Projects to be completed this year include the runway renovation in June and the installation of LED lights for the main runway. Glen Kelly, airport manager, said the airport ...

Potato chip maker produces special bag honoring veterans

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PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee Potato Chip Company in Parkersburg began producing a special bag of its original potato chips this week that honors veterans and those in the military. The company is donating 10 percent of the cost of a bag of these chips to the United Service Organizations ...

Marshall alumni group providing scholarships

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VIENNA — The Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter is now accepting applications for its $1,000 freshman scholarships. Since 2009, the alumni group has awarded 81scholarships. Students attending high schools in the following counties who will be attending Marshall ...

Williamstown City Council approves stop sign, submits mowing bids

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Council approved on first reading adding a stop sign at Henderson Avenue and West Eighth Street, making it a three-way stop, on Tuesday. This was brought up at the last council meeting by Police Chief Shawn Graham, who feared that the increased traffic that ...

Ravenswood council OKs lease for medical cannabis dispensary

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RAVENSWOOD — Discussions were in full swing at Tuesday night’s Ravenswood City Council meeting regarding raising terms of mayor and council members and the potential of a medical cannabis dispensary in town. The room was full of city officials and community members who came to voice ...

Parkersburg works to get a handle on stormwater issues

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PARKERSBURG — City officials have their work cut out for them if they want to upgrade an aging storm sewer system to avoid pipe failures. The City of Parkersburg spent more than $400,000 to reline 1,400 linear feet of stormwater pipes in 2019 out of a system that includes approximately 74 ...

Effort to discharge Defend the Guard Act fails in tie

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CHARLESTON — An effort Tuesday by Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, to get a piece of legislation that would prohibit West Virginia’s National Guard reservists from serving in non-declared war zones failed in a tie vote. A motion by McGeehan to discharge House Bill 2732, the Defend the ...

Co-defendants plead guilty to child abuse

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters accepted a plea from Ricky Wayne Joy Jr. and co-defendant Keisha Clark to charges of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Joy, no address available, pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury ...

W.Va. Supreme Court affirms decisions

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued nine memorandum decisions Monday, two of them upholding rulings from area courts. One unanimously affirmed Brandon Charles Greiner’s October 2018 sentence in Wood County Circuit Court to concurrent prison sentences of three to ...

Belpre prepares for Census education effort

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BELPRE — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Belpre, the Belpre Complete Count Committee and the United States Census Bureau joined in a ribbon cutting on Jan. 30 to symbolically open the education phase of an effort to return a complete count from the 2020 Census. Data from ...

Fridays at the Library gardening workshops slated

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VIENNA — The annual Fridays at the Library gardening series starts Friday at the Vienna Public Library. The educational series is celebrating its sixth year and will be held noon to 2 p.m. every Friday in February at the Vienna Library. Gardening enthusiasts, experts and beginners are ...