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Coronavirus

Election officials outline safety rules

About two dozen precinct elections officials met Thursday night to discuss how to keep people safe during in-person voting in the November election. Karen Pawloski, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said almost 400 people have signed up to be poll workers this ...

Ely Chapman adds classrooms to program

Pulling your hair out with round two of at-home virtual learning? “You see the posts on social media with parents joking that they need wine to get through another day of virtual school,” jested Alice Chapman, executive director of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation. “And you feel for ...

Three COVID-19 cases confirmed at Warren Middle School

The procedure updates were still in draft form Thursday when Warren Local Schools administration had to shift into direct action following confirmation of coronavirus cases within the consolidated campus. “I had to talk with a couple of superintendents today ... I wanted to ensure that I ...

Vienna Public Library open for 30-minute patron sessions

The Vienna Public Library effective immediately will open to the public for 30-minute sessions with no appointment necessary. Available services include browsing and check-out, curbside pick-up, faxing and on-site notary. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Hours ...

Livestock buyers turn out to support 4-H youth

The 2020 livestock sale at the Washington County Fair was much different from last year, but it didn’t stop buyers from supporting 4-H youth. In the past, there was a buyer’s dinner and exhibitors presented gifts to those who bought their animals. This year, exhibitors were asked to not ...

Washington County Career Center students return

Washington County Career Center students are back in class, but the lack of class time been a challenge. According to the restart Plan B, during blending learning, students will follow an alternating schedule where they will physically attend every other day. On the days they are not on ...

Peoples Bank Theatre surpasses fundraising goal during pandemic

With final tallies in and pledges counted, Peoples Bank Theatre expressed enthusiasm Wednesday for fundraising results, following Tuesday’s state release of the latest Ohio health order concerning entertainment venues. “When we started the campaign focusing on 100 days for 100 years, we ...

West Virginia Symphony cancels first half of season

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg is announcing the cancellation of the first half of its 2020-21 concert season in Parkersburg, in conjunction with the WVSO’s cancellation of its Charleston performances for the same period. Due to the continuing COVID-19 ...

Senior centers await governor approval to reopen Sept. 21

Even with eyes on Sept. 21, feet are tapping and ready for the senior centers and adult day center to be open in Washington County. “We submitted our guidelines and plan for review to the Ohio Department on Aging months ago and have received notice that it’s been approved by the ...

W.Va. allows bands at football games

PARKERSBURG — Not so fast. A day after the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission said in published reports that marching bands would not perform at high and middle school football games this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice announced forthcoming ...

Marietta BOE weighs first day results

“We had our first real day of school today, as real as we could possibly make it and by all accounts that I’ve heard it’s going fairly well,” opened Superintendent Will Hampton at Monday’s meeting of the Marietta City Schools Board of Education. “We’ve had kids in the building, ...

Commission campaign takes pandemic detour as candidates adapt

When Jamie Booth and Cora Marshall first started campaigning for one of the seats on the Washington County Commission, they never could have anticipated COVID-19. “It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve had to find new ways to spread my message,” Marshall explained. Marshall, who is a ...

Author pursues passion amid shutdown

VIENNA — Local author Joshua E. B. Smith says COVID-19 has forced a shift in his book sales after the pandemic caused conventions and venues throughout the region to cancel 2020 events. Smith, a life-long Wood County resident who lives in Vienna, has written and published four novels and has ...

Tech Training: Teachers learn how to livestream lessons

The veteran teachers of problem-solving, practiced solving new problems together in a math classroom at Marietta High School Thursday. “It is very rare that one of us learns something new, alone,” said Dani Moore, after spending an hour and a half with fellow members of the math ...

Survivors receive Relay tote bags

Although the Washington County Relay for Life was canceled this year, cancer survivors were still recognized. Debbie Cline, Relay volunteer, said Thermo Fisher Scientific always does the luminaria that light up Belpre’s Civitan Park during the Relay for Life. “Since we couldn’t do that ...

Plaintiff drops second Waverly lawsuit

PARKERSBURG — The attorney for a woman who sought an injunction to keep Waverly Elementary School in use in light of the pandemic said her goal was not to undo the Wood County Board of Education’s decision to close it. “She was never suing to reopen Waverly school, nor was she suing to ...

MOVP give ‘Ending Everyone Wanted’

The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will air another installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre 7 p.m. Friday with “The Ending Everyone Wanted,” a story about a professor from the future who helps Abraham Lincoln avoid assassination. The show, written by Will Anderson, is part of the Players’ social ...

Wood Schools differentiates COVID color systems

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials expressed concerns this week a statewide color-coded system for tracking the spread of COVID in West Virginia counties could cause confusion with the district’s color coded attendance system. Superintendent Will Hosaflook told the Wood County ...

Sewing bee seeks volunteers to bolster cloth mask supply

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and Artsbridge are teaming up to bolster the local supply of cloth masks. A sewing bee is planned for 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with sewing machines and materials provided for volunteers. “We just need ...