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Updated: October 22, 2017 at 2:46 p.m.

 

An industrial fire in Parkersburg has destroyed a warehouse and has sent smoke hundreds of feet into the air. The fire, which started about 1 a.m. Saturday, is expected to burn for days as emergency crews currently have no timeline as to when the fire will be out.

 

Thick black smoke continued to billow Sunday afternoon from the building that was once an Ames tool plant. The Wood County Commission declared the site a disaster area and advised people to stay indoors.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Before a September 12th Parkersburg City Council meeting, LGBTQ rights advocates held a rally to let members of the council know that, despite the failure of a non discrimination ordinance, they’ll continue to fight for equal rights in their hometown.

In early August, the Parkersburg City Council shot down an ordinance that would have protected residents from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Underground Mine, Miners, Mining
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The public will have a chance to comment on two power companies' proposal to purchase the Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia from Allegheny Energy Supply.

Wood County
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A city council in West Virginia has voted against a nondiscrimination ordinance that would have extended protections to LGBT residents.

Eldora Nuzum
E-WV / West Virginia Humanities Council

On August 8, 1974, the Elkins Inter-Mountain published its daily newspaper, but it was far from business as usual. The August 8 issue had to be printed in Parkersburg because the newspaper’s building in Elkins had been destroyed by fire the day before.

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

West Virginia Governor Arthur Boreman was born in Pennsylvania on July 24, 1823. When he was young, his family moved to Tyler County. And then, in 1845, Boreman relocated to Parkersburg, which would be his hometown for the rest of his life.

Courtesy of the artist

"As an artist, you’re your own product. When all you see is everyone’s best and all you feel is your worst, it can be so defeating and crippling to be stuck in this place of 'Why am I not there yet?'"

Patrick Garvey

"[The Phantom Six] never went away. I’m not one of these guys who can get a record out every two years, but it’s consistent though. I’ve kept doing it for a long time. I don’t plan on stopping."

Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

The National Weather Service says last month was the warmest April on record in several West Virginia cities.

The weather service says Beckley, Clarksburg, Elkins and Parkersburg all set records for the average temperature during the month, while Charleston and Huntington each had their second-warmest Aprils on record.

Broadband Lawsuit
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A telecommunications call center in Parkersburg will be closing this summer, putting nearly 170 people out of work.

Altice USA is shutting down the Suddenlink Communications call center this summer. Altice purchased Suddenlink more than a year ago.

Joe Manchin
Jesse Wright / WV Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has scheduled a series of constituent visits around the state over the next two weeks to discuss current state and national issues.

According to the senator's office, they include a Town Hall meeting at West Virginia University in Parkersburg on Wednesday.

Mother Jones
E-WV / WV Humanities Council

On February 13, 1913, labor leader Mary Harris “Mother” Jones was arrested in Charleston for agitating striking miners during the deadly Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike.

Jones was no stranger to West Virginia’s labor movement, or its jails. Since the 1890s, she’d been active in union causes across the country but felt a special affinity for miners of the Mountain State. She once reported that conditions in West Virginia “were worse than those in Czarist Russia.” During a 1902 strike, she’d been jailed in Parkersburg for violating a court injunction.

It devastated communities along the entire 1000-mile stretch of the Ohio.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

On January 28, 1937, the Ohio River crested in Huntington nearly 20 feet above flood stage. Days earlier, it’d crested at the same level in Parkersburg and 10 feet above flood stage in Wheeling.

The Ohio River had always been prone to flooding. Just 10 months before, the Ohio had hit record levels at Wheeling.

Brunch, Alcohol
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Parkersburg is closer to joining other home rule cities to pass a so called "brunch bill" to allow alcohol sales before 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The News and Sentinel reports that the City Council passed the ordinance in its final reading Tuesday by a 5-2 vote.

Josh Saul / Mountain Stage

On Sunday, February 12, Mountain Stage will have a sweetheart of a Valentine's Day show as we welcome special guest host Todd Burge to present the long-running public radio show.

water faucet
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The city of Vienna is back on its own water system and no longer has to rely on Parkersburg's help.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and Parkersburg Mayor Jimmy Colombo on Tuesday morning turned the valve shutting off the water from Parkersburg to Vienna after almost six months of use.

Liv Hefner Photography

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to Ona, Sean Richardson to Kyle Meadows and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats that range from Heavy-Set Paw-Paws to Qiet, Sean Richardson to

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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The West Virginia Healthcare Authority has blocked an Ohio hospital's bid to establish an ambulatory care facility in Parkersburg.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports the authority recently denied the Certificate of Need application from Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Ohio, and MHC Physicians Inc.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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A group in Parkersburg has launched a campaign to pass a city ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the group met with representatives from civil rights organization Fairness West Virginia on Monday to discuss how to get the city to pass such an ordinance.

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