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Arrest prompts safety reminder about social media

While a Kent man remained in the Washington County Jail Monday following arraignment with the assignment of a $200,000 bond in Marietta Municipal Court, local law enforcement and behavioral health experts hope to remind parents of just how quickly children can fall prey to sexual ...

Mask mandate for West Virginia

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the Capitol, said he will sign an executive order ...

Beverly blast

People celebrate the Fourth of July fireworks Saturday night near the football field at Fort Frye High School in Beverly. The community was one of the few in the area that went ahead with fireworks this year. Vehicles filled various parking lots in the village so that people could watch the ...

Volunteers turn out for clean up project

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — As heat soared to 95F on Sunday, volunteers gathered to make downtown Parkersburg a little prettier. “We’ve had a couple dozen volunteers of all ages divided up on Market Street,” said Jane Burdette, chairman of the Junior League of Parkersburg’s ...

Churches begin holding in-person services

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Around town

Volunteers needed at two local museums Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museums are accepting volunteers. Orientations will be held July 29 at 10 a.m. to learn about Campus Martius Museum and July 29 at 2 p.m. to learn about the Ohio River Museum. No experience or subject knowledge required. ...

Heat wave not ending anytime soon

Anyone hoping the heat and humidity will abate soon should prepare instead to hunker down in the air conditioning. Robert Hart, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va., said it will be quite a while before the area gets a break from the heat. "It looks like ...

OVU placed on accreditation probation

A —Ohio Valley University was placed on probation this week by its accrediting authority over concerns about the school’s financial status and enrollment numbers. The school has a year-and-a-half to address the issues before a planned evaluation in December 2021 and vote on whether to ...

Around town

Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museums are accepting volunteers. Orientations will be held July 29 at 10 a.m. to learn about Campus Martius Museum and July 29 at 2 p.m. to learn about the Ohio River Museum. No experience or subject knowledge required. Both sessions will meet at Campus ...

Food pantry spotlight: New Matamoras Food Pantry

The New Matamoras Food Pantry has been assisting residents for about 13 years. Pastor Dennis Williams, who pastors New Matamoras United Methodist Church and Sardis UMC, and oversees Salem Hall UMC and Mount Olive UMC, has been director of the pantry for nearly seven years. "I enjoy it," he ...

Local beekeepers not worried about murder hornets

Asian hornets, nicknamed 'murder hornets,' were found in North America late last year, but local beekeepers say they aren't worried. Kenny Bach, president of the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers Association, said he's personally not concerned unless someone physically brings one to the area. ...

Wood BOE president suggests bond

PARKERSBURG —­Wood County Board of Education President Rick Olcott is asking officials and community members to consider the future of Wood County Schools’ sports facilities. Olcott presented an overview of athletic facility issues at the board’s June 23 meeting, saying the board has a ...

Wood County COVID numbers continue climb

PARKERSBURG — Wood County headed into the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a total of COVID-19 cases in the triple digits. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department on Friday afternoon announced there has been a total of 114 cases since March, with 59 of them considered active, meaning an ...

Gov. Dewine releases guidelines for reopening schools

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released Thursday both a 17-page requirements guide and a 36-page planning guidefor reopening K-12 schools this fall amid increasing cases of coronavirus in the state. "We have an obligation to educate our children and keep them safe," the governor said, noting he and ...

Belpre man gets at least four years in prison for sex crime

A Belpre man received a mandatory four years of prison with the potential for up to six years at a sentencing hearing Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Andrew J. Neal, 38, of 601 Barclay St., was arrested in April on a charge of rape of a victim under the age of 13 along with ...

Support shown for market relocation

A crowd of 13 gathered before Marietta City Council and city administrators Thursday to support the proposed relocation of the River City Farmers Market to half a block of Second Street and recognize the retirements of long-standing city employees and a retired legislator. The farmers market ...

Sons of American Revolution hold Independence Day program

Although the Fourth of July parade was canceled this year, the Sons of the American Revolution still celebrated the holiday Thursday afternoon. The SAR held a short ceremony at the Start Westward statue in Muskingum Park. Two members of the SAR color guard participated, while Marietta Chapter ...

Commissioners hear concerns about Devola sewer project

A resolution for an Ohio Water Development Authority loan agreement led to a contentious meeting of the Washington County Commission Thursday morning. Devola resident Glenn Pawloski questioned the resolution, which allows the commission president to apply for, accept and enter into an Ohio ...

Wood County sees rise in Covid cases

PARKERSBURG – On Thursday, June 25, Wood County had a total 59 positive COVID-19 cases, by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s count. As of Wednesday, that number had jumped to 86, an increase of nearly 46 percent. “Right now, I think we’re at a point where it’s either going ...

Around town

Township Road 98, Eddy Ridge, located in Lawrence Township, will be closed starting at 8 a.m. Monday for landslip repair. The closure is estimated to last through July 10 and the road will be closed 24 hours per day. There will be no thru traffic. • For information: Washington County ...