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Local residents modifying jobs from fitness to counseling

For some local residents, the closing of businesses has led them to re-think how they do their jobs. Jennifer Deem has owned Marietta Boot Camp for 10 years and is now holding classes through a Facebook private group. "I am a group fitness instructor and I've been teaching some classes ...

Delivery services take precautions

One of the most essential services Americans have is package delivery, whether it be by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. While others are asked to stay home, carriers are still required to deliver mail and packages, despite adverse conditions. T.J. Dowler, a postal carrier in Marietta, ...

Around town

Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., with concern for the health of attendees, staff and community, as well as the directive from Bishop Gregory Palmer, will be closed for worship at least through April 12. The March regular meeting of the Fort Frye Local School Board of Education ...

COVID-19 patient being treated at Camden Clark

PARKERSBURG — The first person in Wood County to test positive for the novel coronavirus is being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center as health officials work to notify people with whom the individual may have had close personal contact. The West Virginia Department of Health ...

Wood Schools to revise meal program

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools wrapped up a week of meal distributions at four schools Wednesday, but officials say the student feeding program likely will dramatically change when is restarts Monday. Schools throughout West Virginia and Ohio shut down last week due to concerns over the ...

Homeschooling now the norm

Educators and behavioral health specialists are both echoing the same message to parents who are now finding themselves at home with young learners. “Remember to give yourself grace. We’re all trying to adjust to this change right now,” said Bethany Colvin, a fifth-grade teacher at ...

Telehealth options growing

As Ohioans adjust to the statewide order to stay at home, telehealth services are available not only to cope with any added stress, but also to meet low-risk physical health concerns. “During this tough time, we have both dysregulated adults and children all trying to adjust,” said Doug ...

County food pantries get 8,000 pounds of food

A grant from the Marietta Community Foundation is supplying around 8,000 pounds of food to Washington County food pantries. The food was dispersed Tuesday by vehicles owned by Washington County Harvest of Hope. Joe Baker delivered nearly 40 boxes and bins of food to Gospel Mission Food Pantry ...

Entertainers find themselves with no audience, limited revenue

With the closing of venues, it isn't just the staff that is out of work. It's also the people that play there. Parkersburg resident Todd Burge has been playing shows in the area for the last two decades. Now he has to find a new way to reach his fans. "Speaking for myself, everything I do ...

Around town

The Beverly Lions Club has canceled the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11. Beverly United Methodist Church is canceling services for March 29 and April 5. Lenten services for the Beverly-Waterford area are also canceled for March 25, April 1 and April 10. The Village of Lowell Council ...

Officials: Nursing home case significant

PARKERSBURG — Residents testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a Monongalia County nursing home was a significant development, health officials said. Based on current knowledge, it was the first case of community transmission in the state of West Virginia, said Dr. Jeff Coben, dean ...

Wood BOE receives COVID-19 update

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday, again going online to conduct business amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19. Tuesday marked the second online meeting conducted by the board, with officials switching to a Zoom online meeting platform. About ...

Coronavirus Contact at Memorial Health System

Memorial Health System has been notified that the Washington County person identified positive for COVID-19 has a social connection to one of our Wound Care Center employees. That employee is currently being tested. In a press release, the health system said it is placing all Wound Care Center ...

No in-person Primary Election; Absentee only through April 28

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced at 4:10 p.m. that the Ohio General Assembly has enacted a plan to extend voting by mail in Ohio's March 17 primary through April 28. No in-person voting will occur on June 2, as he previously suggested. Absentee ballot requests may be ...

Humane society still allowing adoptions, in need of supplies

Although the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley is closed to the public, it is still open for business. "We're doing things by appointment. People can still fill out adoption and foster applications online, and when they go online and pick out an animal they want to possibly adopt, they can ...

Local companies supply masks, fabric for health care workers

When Brandon Moore got into Lowe's Monday morning, he was greeted with a small set of supplies, now being used to help keep local health care workers safe. "We'd gotten in a shipment overnight and my night stocking and paint managers brought these masks to me, asking what we should do with ...

County has several locations for short-term hospitals

Though the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington County did not rise Monday, planning and orders for additional supplies are already in place. The first case in the county was reported over the weekend. The Marietta woman, in her 50s, is being monitored. "Suspected cases aren't ...

Marietta board holds first meeting since school closures

The board members and administration officials sat several feet apart from one another around half the perimeter of the meeting room in the Marietta City Schools administration building Monday morning, convening the first regular meeting of the board since the COVID-19 response closed the ...

Commissioners share plan for each county department

Washington County Commissioners held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the Washington County Continuity of Operations Plan. The plan, which lists each county government office, gives a breakdown for how each department is handling the shutdown declared by Gov. Mike DeWine. "Some ...

Warren board gets construction update

In a reflection of the times, the Warren Local Schools board of education met through a computer interface Monday night to conduct the business of its regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Kyle Newton, treasurer Melcie Wells and board president Bob Crum conducted the meeting from the ...