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February 21, 2015 UP: To the area’s highway crews for the difficult work they have put in this past week. more »»

Crude Oil Transport

February 20, 2015 As one woman affected by the train derailment and ensuing violent explosions in Mount Carbon, W.Va., put it, if you live in West Virginia, you live near railroad track. more »»

Great Futures

February 19, 2015 Congratulations to Alyssa Jenkins, Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year, who will now advance to higher-level competitions, as part of the program that promotes service to the club,... more »»

Give Help

February 18, 2015 It is cold, again, today, folks. Tomorrow’s temperatures will plunge to levels that will prompt double-takes at the thermomete. more »»

Biting Dogs

February 17, 2015 Proposed legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that would put more responsibility for dog bites on dog owners is on its way to being introduced this month, and should get plenty of support from... more »»

Securing Children

February 16, 2015 Legislation introduced in Ohio would make it a primary offense for kids under age 15 to be in a vehicle without a car seat, booster seat or seat bel. more »»


February 15, 2015 It is not always easy for West Virginians in need to quickly access or understand the range of social services in place to help them — especially in an emergency. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

February 14, 2015 DOWN: To Mountain State Athletic Conference representatives who this past week voted not to allow Parkersburg, Ripley, Princeton and Woodrow Wilson high schools to leave the conference. more »»

Helping Others

February 13, 2015 A couple of young people from Wood County are showing the rest of us how it is done, when it comes to selflessly helping others. more »»


February 12, 2015 Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says he is considering a Senate run against Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016. more »»

Drug Court

February 11, 2015 West Virginia’s drug court system has now advanced 1,000 graduates, in a program officials say has saved taxpayers $21 million per year. more »»


February 10, 2015 Federal budget proposals can be used to deceive both members of Congress and the American people. more »»

Human Trafficking

February 9, 2015 Human trafficking is a nationwide problem — it includes crimes such as sex trafficking (brothels, advertisements, hotels or motels, for example) and labor trafficking (domestic help and, perhaps... more »»

Outstanding Organization

February 8, 2015 Parkersburg residents familiar with the traditional “Steak and Burger Dinner” to benefit the Boys and Girls Club annually are in for a treat this year, as the organization has revamped the event and... more »»

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February 7, 2015 DOWN: To the on-time departure rate for Silver Airways, which dropped to 49 percent in January from 57 percent in December. The airline, which flies from Wood County Airport to Washington, D.C. more »»

Prevailing Wage

February 6, 2015 A working bill to repeal prevailing wage rates has been advanced to the West Virginia Senate floor, and senators should do their best to make it a success. more »»

End of Program

February 5, 2015 Changes in federal regulations and funding will mean the end of a program that has been an asset to communities fighting the tidal wave of drug abuse that has swept into the area. Because the U.S. more »»

Spencer’s Landing

February 4, 2015 Vienna officials appear to be moving quickly with the Spencer’s Landing project planned for the former Johns Manville property. more »»

Pregnant Smokers

February 3, 2015 A program to encourage pregnant smokers to permanently quit is gaining traction in Summit County, Ohio, and should be considered—with some modification—by other counties. more »»

Prevent Dropouts

February 2, 2015 AmeriCorps is sending four volunteers to three local schools — Waverly Elementary, Williamstown Elementary and Williamstown High School — as part of a program meant to prevent students from dropping... more »»



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