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First Fridays to be a fall fest

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This month's First Fridays event will feature a taste of fall, with a theme of Fall Fest and plenty of family-friendly activities. West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be sponsoring Friday's event from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Marietta. Laura Pytlik, owner of Wit and Whimzy on Front ...

Wood County Schools eyes energy use plan

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials are considering upgrading area schools to be more energy efficient after a recent survey showed hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential savings. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the survey was conducted by CMTA Energy Solutions, which ...

Parkersburg proclaims Purple Light Night Month

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PARKERSBURG — People are asked to light up their porches purple to remember those affected by domestic violence. On Monday, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce met with local advocates for victims of domestic violence and signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 4 to Nov. 4 as Purple Light Night Month ...

Ox roast to be held Saturday

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MINERAL WELLS —The annual Wood County 4-H Ox Roast will be held 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Pit roast beef will be served with mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade barbecue sauce, green beans, roll, dessert and drink – all for $10. All proceeds support the upkeep of the Wood County 4-H ...

Continued service

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When a U.S. military veterans return home from service, they often still bear the marks of their training. "It's in the discipline, the loyalty, the character building," said Retired Marine David Smith, 83, of Marietta, "I think that every individual, male and female ought to serve." Smith ...

Grand jury includes meth, heroin indictments

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Methamphetamine and heroin charges dominated the most recent round of the Washington County Grand Jury indictments, released on Tuesday. They included several indictments for a Newport man accused of illegally owning many guns and trafficking methamphetamine. Reed M. Byers, 25, of 25 Maple ...

Police seek ID after death at Indian Acres Park

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Update: Marietta Police said the man has been identified and his family has been notified of his death. Marietta Police are asking for help identifying a man who died Tuesday afternoon in Indian Acres Park. According to police, the man collapsed on his bicycle while collecting cans at the ...

Bringing science to life

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The room at Putnam Elementary School is at the east end of the building, just off the main corridor. Inside, the walls are covered with displays of bones, shells and skeletons, with a demonstration exhibit for magnetic forces, with a showcase of insects. Crowding out from the walls are a ...

Collin Raye concert to benefit foster families

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Children committed to foster care have their lives disrupted in ways that need to be witnessed to be imagined. No matter how kind, sympathetic and welcoming their new, temporary homes are, nothing can make up for what they've lost. The Washington County Foster Families Foundation is an effort ...

Around town

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The Beverly United Methodist Women's annual Fall Rummage and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. A "Bag Sale" will begin at 3 p.m. The church is located at 700 Park St. and is handicapped accessible. • For information: 740-984-2100. Putnam Congregational Church, 707 ...

Williamstown High School to move track events off campus

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High School announced this week it will move all home track meets off campus for the 2019 season due to a deteriorating and unsafe track. Officials Tuesday said the school will still have a track season, and all meets, including the Fenton Relays, will still take ...

Enplanements drop as airport awaits OK of new carrier

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WILLIAMSTOWN — With 11 flights canceled and higher fares from perceived lame-duck carrier Via Air, enplanements at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport took a nose dive in September. Just 165 passengers boarded flights out of the airport for the month, 141 less than during the same period ...

Leaders learn to be flexible in all circumstances

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My family moved to Malaga in 1961. The old farm house only had three bedrooms so sleeping arrangements were cramped at times. Mom and Dad claimed one bedroom upstairs and Joe and I had separate beds in the other upstairs bedroom. Sylvia and Jack slept in the downstairs bedroom. Jack was 5 and ...

Sheriff’s office to move into former commissioner space

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office hopes to utilize additional space in the Washington County Courthouse Annex by the end of the year. Major Brian Schuck explained Monday that the offices of the investigative unit, forensic unit and some administration are moving from Fourth Street in ...

Juggler teaches Warren students an engineering lesson

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VINCENT – Juggling has captured imaginations on a level with magic for centuries, but the craft has changed in recent years, with jugglers pushing the edge of what's possible with the manipulation of objects. Greg Kennedy started his demonstration at Warren Middle School for more than 100 ...

Around town

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There will be a special meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held at Warren Middle School Band Room, 70 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for the purpose of having a work session relating to the Ohio School Facilities construction ...

Marietta council reviews fund requests

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Marietta City Council’s Finance Committee reviewed $38,909.13 in transfer and appropriation requests Monday. Those five requests will be voted upon at Thursday’s regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St. The first $20,000 is needed to cover remaining ...

Belpre flowers recognized by AIB

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BELPRE — The Belpre in Bloom program was recognized among the honors presented Saturday at the 2018 America in Bloom National Awards Program’s symposium and awards celebration in Lexington, Ky. Belpre received a 4-star rating out of a possible 10 stars and received special recognition for ...

Emergency alert test set for Wednesday

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PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, the West Virginia Broadcasters Association, wireless carriers and others will participate in tests of the Emergency Alert ...