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West Virginia man arrested after ‘acting’ like a fool’

WEST VIRGINIA- A West Virginia man was arrested after deputies said he was ‘acting like a fool.’ According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, they received a call for an individual acting like a fool and driving like an idiot and endangering the lives of other drivers in the area. Police say they located the […]
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Shooting suspect is reported as a runaway juvenile

BELPRE, Ohio. (WTAP) - A juvenile suspect involved in a recent shooting has been reported as a runaway. Two of the other suspects were arrested over the weekend. On Saturday, suspects broke into a Belpre home to steal a firearm, shooting a 17 year old who lived there. The victim was sent to the hospital in serious condition.
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Search underway for missing hiker

HOCKING COUNTY. Ohio— Search and rescue teams, from multiple jurisdictions, joined in the hunt for a missing hiker. The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office has asked surrounding agencies for additional assistance in locating the individual. Shortly before 1:30 a.m, search teams from Ross County, including canine and drones, where...

Misunderstanding leads to deployment of search and rescue teams in Hocking Co.

HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio — What came in as a call regarding a missing hiker led to a misunderstanding, officials said, and a countywide page for search and rescue teams. Dispatchers in Ross County called for search and rescue along with canines and drones to respond to the area of the Murray City Fire Department in Hocking County around 1:00 a.m.

Parkersburg Police Officer is returning to school

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg City Park Officer is going back to school. Officer Jeremy Pinkerton has spent his summer vacation protecting and interacting with people at the public parks around Parkersburg. This was the first year Parkersburg Police Department had a school resource officer stationed inside the parks. Parkersburg...

Happy Tales: Mystic and James McManus

SALEM, W.Va. (WBOY) — James McManus spends much of his time traveling between Pennsylvania and Parkersburg via Interstate 79 and U.S. Route 50. One day, he decided to change up his stopping point. “I typically stop in Clarksburg at a rest area to walk my dogs,” McManus said. “I bypassed that and decided to pull […]

Tourist railroad to run special ice cream train on Aug. 19

NELSONVILLE — The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will offer a steam-powered ice cream train Aug. 19 in conjunction with a local concession business. The train will depart the Nelsonville Depot at 6 p.m. and will last about two hours. Rare steam locomotive No. 3 will pull the train. Reservations are highly encouraged. Tickets are $21...

View From Bong Hill

The climb to reach the top of Bong Hill is horrendous. The path is very steep and slippery. It’s overgrown with weeds and poison ivy. But once the top has been reached, seeing the fantastic view of the City of Athens is worth the effort.

Bossard Library to host ‘Taste of Ohio’ with Chef Sara Bir

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WVNews) — Bossard Memorial Library will be hosting Chef Sara Bir for a “Taste of Ohio” event beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Bir, a native of Marietta, Ohio, is a chef, author, and culinary educator. She is the author of Tasting Ohio: Favorite Recipes from the Buckeye State, The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook, as well as The Fruit Forager’s Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond.
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Picture This: Boots and All!

VIENNA — On July 29, the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley celebrated the Grand Opening of Boot Barn in the Grand Central Mall and welcomed staff as the newest chamber members. The store is the first Boot Barn in West Virginia. The store sells cowboy hats, jewelry, work clothes and merchandize other than boots. From left, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp, Grand Central Mall General Manager Jody Hopkins and Boot Barn staff cut the ribbon during the Grand Opening celebration. (Photo Provided)

Belpre Homecoming parade route for August 6

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual parade Saturday, August 6. The parade is expected to start at 10 a.m. and last about two hours. This will be the 90th homecoming celebration for the Belpre Homecoming. Homecoming coordinator Terri Klingenberg explains the route of...
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Expanding my web presence

I don’t like spiders. Or, rather, I’m capable of much faster movement and louder screeches when surprised by a spider. I don’t remember feeling afraid of spiders as a kid. But I have a distinct memory of being at a zoo or science center … the kind of place that had a room full of bugs … when one of the young men in the group decided it would be funny to talk up how scary spiders are and give me a jump scare every time I got my face close enough to the glass to see one clearly. Next thing I knew, every spider I saw thereafter freaked me out.

Fair Entries, Camping, Parking and More Accepted Aug. 5-6 at Fairgrounds

POMEROY, Ohio – This weekend, Friday August 5 and Saturday, August 6 the Secretary’s office will be open for those who want to get registered for open class entries from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. A wide variety of items can be entered from baking/canning items, quilts, photography, fruits, vegetables, flowers, antique farm equipment, animals and so much more. In order to enter one must have a season or membership pass which can be purchased when registering entries.


Reptiles R Us Event Set Today GLOUSTER — Visitors to Burr Oak State Park, located at 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road, will get an opportunity today to learn more about reptiles native to Southeast Ohio. Starting at 2:30p.m. in the Burr Oak Nature Center, guests will have the chance to take part in a program entitled, “Reptiles R Us.” Adults and children will learn more about what makes reptiles unique,...

All aboard the ice cream train

NELSONVILLE – The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will be offering a steam-powered ice cream train on Aug. 19 in conjunction with a local concession business. The train will depart the Nelsonville Depot at 6 p.m. and will last about two hours. Rare steam locomotive No. 3 will pull the train. Tickets for the event may be purchased at Tickets are $21 for children, $27 for seniors/military and $30 for...
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Picture This: Refueling on a Layover

PARKERSBURG — A hummingbird lights upon a feeder on Oak Street in North Parkersburg. This is a female hummingbird. Males are more colorful. (Photos by Jess Mancini)