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For many Mid-Ohio Valley residents, last week may have felt like the turning of many pages, as students returns to schools, larger numbers of residents began the vaccination process, and both a presidential and gubernatorial inauguration celebrated our democracy and the peaceful transition of power.

Ahead of his second inauguration Friday, Gov. Jim Justice Thursday applauded state Board of Education members for standing their ground against two teachers’ unions that filed lawsuits to block the mandate for in-person school. “I am really happy our schools have reopened for in-person learning. It’s going smoothly at this time,” Justice said

By Wednesday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said it had a standby list of 5,000 names for vaccinations. That list includes those who are 65 and older. Meanwhile, there were just 500 slots available at a clinic at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Parkersburg City Council heard a plan from Police Chief Joe Martin Tuesday, to think outside the box and develop an internship program that would train those who are ready to pass the required tests, but not quite ready to go to the academy and join the force. “We look at this as another tool toward recruiting the best police force we possibly can,” said Mayor Tom Joyce.

In Ravenswood, Mayor Josh Miller has a plan that would drive economic development in the area, starting with a marina and sports complex along the Ohio River. He believes that goal can be accomplished without turning to taxpayer dollars.

Monday, we learned of an effort the previous weekend to distribute nearly $13,000 in school supplies for Wood and Washington county teachers. The effort had been organized by Hall Financial Advisors of Marietta.

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