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5 hrs ago | NewsandSentinel.com

One dead in Rockport fire

An official with the Wood County 911 Center said the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office has been notified of the fire at a Sugar Camp Road residence off of Wolf Run Road north of Rockport.

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Related Topix: Rockport, WV, Lubeck, WV

17 hrs ago | NewsandSentinel.com

W.Va. DOH announces closures beginning today

There will be a number of road work projects going on throughout the area this week, beginning today, local highway officials said. The West Virginia Division of Highways announced the closure of the driving lane on Interstate 77 northbound at the approach to the Williamstown-Ohio River Bridge beginning today, said District Engineer Rusty Roten.

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Related Topix: Pleasants County, WV

Sun Sep 14, 2014

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Education

Teachers across the country struggle with the problem of working with parents to ensure children's education is supported outside the classroom, instead of being undermined. Here in Wood County, at least one school has developed a relationship with the families of its students that has garnered national acclaim.

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Related Topix: Lubeck, WV, Kids, Family

Sat Sep 13, 2014

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New system to grade schools

School systems across West Virginia will be graded in determining accreditation, according to a new performance-based system being implemented this month. The West Virginia Office of Educational Performance Audits will conduct on-site reviews starting this month in Monongalia County.

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Related Topix: West Virginia, Jackson County, WV, Ritchie County, WV, Tyler County, WV

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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the witnesses who came forward to help police make a quick arrest in a hit and run incident Wednesday on West Virginia 47 that left a 15-year-old Parkersburg boy dead. Darren Nicholas Parsons, 19, of Parkersburg was arrested early Wednesday morning in Calhoun County on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, but other charges are pending, said Sgt.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV, Calhoun County, WV

Fri Sep 12, 2014

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Campaign targets child safety seats

The week of Sept. 14 - 20 is Child Passenger Safety Week with many communities having Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians provide free education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children.

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Reward being offered in Parkersburg baby death case

Parkersburg Police are hoping a reward will help lead to the arrest of a man wanted in the death of a baby. The Wood County grand jury Thursday handed up an indictment against Curtis Dean Richards II.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV

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Passenger led police to suspect

Investigators were led to the suspect in a fatal hit and run this week by a passenger in the car with him when he allegedly struck a 15-year-old bicyclist, a West Virginia State Police trooper said Thursday. "We had a passenger from inside the vehicle get in contact with us and come in and make a statement" Tuesday, said Sgt.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV, Calhoun County, WV

Wed Sep 10, 2014

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Bicyclist struck, killed by vehicle

One person was found dead in the ditch across from the Park and Ride on West Virginia 47 in Wood County Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The body was discovered in a ditch along W.Va.

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Related Topix: West Virginia, Parkersburg, WV

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Fort Boreman efforts start in 2015

Construction will start next year on the housing and hotel components of a multi-million-dollar development atop Fort Boreman Hill, the developer said on Tuesday. The PM Company will develop the 175 acres of land purchased by Minnite Family LLC last month from MARMAC LLC. MARMAC for years has held the property where past plans included a civic center, an armory for the West Virginia Army National Guard and most recently a baseball park affiliated with the Frontier Baseball League.

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Related Topix: Boreman, WV, Parkersburg, WV, Vienna, WV

Tue Sep 09, 2014

West Virginia Metro

PSC to step up commercial truck patrols

You're going to see a greater presence of truck enforcement patrols in problem areas of West Virginia in the months ahead. The West Virginia Public Service Commission received a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase safety patrols on the state's highways, especially in areas where there is a higher incidence of commercial truck accidents.

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Related Topix: West Virginia, Charleston, WV, Jackson County, WV, Wheeling, WV

Mon Sep 08, 2014

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High bids delay library

Construction of a new library in south Parkersburg has been delayed after bids for the facility exceeded the budget, officials said on Monday. The construction cost estimate for the library on Blizzard Drive was $1.7 million, he said.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV

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Wrecker service added to 911 call-out list

Representatives with area wrecker companies on the list said there are already 14 listed and adding another would just cut the already limited "pie" into too many pieces, causing them to lose additional revenue. Loren Cullum, with Carwrex Towing and Collision, told the commissioners when his company was placed on the 911 call-out list years ago there were only four towing services; now there are 14 on the list.

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Related Topix: Mineral Wells, WV (Mineralwells, WV)

Sun Sep 07, 2014

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New home presented to family

A family in south Parkersburg now has a home to build a future together as Wood County Habitat for Humanity held its 69th house dedication Sunday. A number of Habitat officials, volunteers, family and friends gathered at 1335 Ridgeway Ave. for the dedication of the home for the Lemley family; Drema, Cory and Carolan.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance

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A Listening Place

Thanks to a recent grant received by The Children's Listening Place in Wood County, local child advocates have the best resources available to help young victims of violence and abuse. With the $20,000 provided by the Governor's Community Participation Grant Program, the agency can buy recording equipment that will help interviewers speak with children in a comfortable and safe environment.

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Related Topix: Kids, Family

Sat Sep 06, 2014

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Preserving a part of the past

The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society wants to express its deep appreciation to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and local television and radio stations for the excellent coverage we have received in our working to purchase the historic Phelps/Tavenner house. Many consider this house to be the most historically significant property remaining in Wood County.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV

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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Sternwheel Festival, which continues through Sunday with its annual salute to the past, when the river was the highway and the paddlewheelers that plied them were the the main source of transportation. DOWN: To the Wood County school system for the way it conducted a bid for trash services at the county's schools.

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Related Topix: Tucker County, WV, Pendleton County, WV

Fri Sep 05, 2014

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Wood County bridges meant to last for the ages

It is believed by some persons that the life of Mr. Roby, who was killed a few days ago on the railroad bridge over Worthington Creek, might have been saved by the Engineer stopping his engine and putting this poor deaf man off the track. Will the engineer, who was running the engine, make some explanation to the public that all grounds of suspicion might be removed? Photo provided by Jeff Little The Northwestern Turnpike, completed to Parkersburg in 1838 and the Staunton to Parkersburg Turnpike, completed in 1847, both had to cross Worthington Creek.

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Related Topix: Train Disaster, Parkersburg, WV, Lubeck, WV, Boreman, WV

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High tunnel farming coming to Wood County

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will install a high tunnel in Wood County, using the facility as a teaching tool for the community. Commissioner Walt Helmick said the structure will be constructed on Agriculture Department property on Gihon Road and will be part of a large-scale community garden.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Home Gardening, Home, Parkersburg, WV

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Ice Bucket Challenge ends Point Park Concert series

Despite the heat and other attractions, the final concert for the 2014 Point Park Music Series played to a large crowd Friday night. In addition to "Songs From the Attic, a Tribute To Billy Joel," the latest Ice Bucket Challenge took place where the dunkees were Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell and Cecil Childress, general manager of The Blennerhassett Hotel.

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Related Topix: Parkersburg, WV, Blennerhassett, WV

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