Local News

Draft of maintenance code reviewed

Marietta City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee met Thursday to go over a 20-page draft for a new property maintenance code for city buildings. The draft was the product of 10 months of work by the appointed ad-hoc code committee Councilwoman Sarah Snow and Council ...

Wood County Commission supports rail trail land purchase

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission will act as a fiscal agent so a group can purchase two miles of former railroad tracts to be turned into trails. The commission unanimously approved to act as the fiscal agent for the North Bend Rails To Trails Foundation as it applies for money to ...

China Energy plans to invest $83B in W.Va.

PARKERSBURG – Lindsey Piersol at the Wood County Economic Development Office did a happy dance when she learned of the $83.7 billion development deal with a Chinese firm announced Thursday morning by the state Department of Commerce. Greg Kozera of Shale Crescent USA would have done a happy ...

Warren district views vision of new schools

Vincent —Members of the Warren Local Schools community witnessed the next step in the $61 million school rebuilding project Thursday night with a presentation by representatives of the project design firm and its engineering company. After six hours of consultation earlier in the day with ...

Wood district installs AEDs at three high school stadiums

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools has installed automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, at its three high school sports stadiums. Two AEDs will be available at each stadium, one at each concession stand and a second depending on the individual stadium, said Julie Bertram, health ...

Stockport man killed in Ohio 60 fatal crash

From staff reports A Stockport man was killed Wednesday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Ohio 60 south of Lowell, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The crash occurred about 5:09 p.m. in Adams Township, according to the patrol. Michael Montgomery, 46, was pronounced dead at the ...

Around Town

Falling the focus of O’Neill program The O’Neill Center is offering “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” on Thursdays, beginning on Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. Sessions will be held for six weeks. This is a free program. A workbook is provided and healthy snacks are served. ...

Wood County will send IEI fire bills to state

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is collecting the final billings for the IEI Plastics warehouse fire to present them to the state next week. The commission plans to hand in its completed billing for the fire response to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public ...

Wreck on I-77 kills one, injures another

Special to The Times WILLIAMSTOWN -- A woman was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 77 and a man was taken to Columbus with life-threatening injuries. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the wreck happened around 2:03 a.m. A black 2004 Dodge Ram pickup ...

No water problems found after IEI fire

PARKERSBURG — Testing of local water ways and sources has continued in the aftermath of the IEI Plastics warehouse fire that burned Oct. 21-29 with no major problems found. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Kenneth Siders sits on the witness stand in Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi’s courtroom Wednesday to hear the parameters of being a registered Tier II sex offender.

Victims’ mother: Sitter in sex case ‘violated’ trust

A sexual predator from Belpre was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Kenneth Dale Siders, 68, of 347 Everson Road, Belpre, was indicted in October for six felonies: ¯ One count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
This map shows the coordinates identified by the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control as the center of a two-mile radius within which a new contract liquor agency may be established in the next 18 months.

Alcohol in Belpre

Belpre may soon have its own access to spirituous liquor sales thanks to the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control. The state agency recently announced it’s accepting applications for 15 to 20 new contract liquor agencies to be established across the state, including ...

Behavioral Health Board to make plans for new revenue

Jim Raney spent the afternoon Wednesday driving around Washington County in his pickup taking down signs that urged voters to support the Nov. 7 mental health levy. It was the aftermath of success in an election that finally gave the Washington County Behavioral Health Board the local ...

W.Va. waiting for complete list of warehouse contents

By Evan Bevins and Jeffrey Saulton Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday released documents submitted by Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics about the contents of its facility that burned for more than a week, but ...

Potential plans for 3rd St. revamp

Marietta's engineering department fielded questions from city council members Wednesday concerning an Ohio Department of Transportation administered project to begin in 2018. "The total project is a resurfacing and ADA curb ramp project," explained City Engineer Joe Tucker during a public ...

Special prosecutor assigned to Rings case

From staff reports According to documents filed at the Washington County Clerk of Courts Wednesday, a special prosecutor has now been assigned in the case investigating Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings. Retired Summit County Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove appointed Ohio Attorney General ...

Wood Schools waiting for state on missed days

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials hope to have word this week on whether days lost to the IEI Plastics warehouse fire will be waived by the West Virginia Department of Education. Wood County Schools was closed for a week after a fire broke out Oct. 21 at the Intercontinental ...

Around town

Muskingum Valley Baptist day of hymns Muskingum Valley Baptist Church, 825 Tice Run Road, Rinard Mills, will be having an afternoon of worship tunes, hymns and revival in the country. Gabe and The Holy Sweats will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday; there will be a mixer before the show at 1:30 ...

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A day to honor veterans

The annual recognition of Veterans Day will see parades across the nation and the Mid-Ohio Valley. “I’m going to be somewhere in the parade, I wouldn’t miss it,” said Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews. “I know we’ve had this for at least 50 years... it’s just right that people ...

Saturday events will recognize area’s veterans

From staff reports A number of other parades and ceremonies are planned for Saturday in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. ¯ The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg will hold its annual Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1829 ...