Parkersburg

February 12, 1901: Congressman Jacob Blair Dies at 79

Feb 12, 2016
Jacob Beeson Blair
e-WV Encyclopedia

Congressman Jacob Blair died in Utah, on February 12, 1901, at age 79. He was born in Parkersburg in 1821 and orphaned at a young age. He studied law under his uncle John Jay Jackson Sr., was admitted to the bar, and then elected prosecuting attorney of Ritchie County.

December 11, 1893: Governor Jacob Jackson Dies in Parkersburg

Dec 11, 2015
Governor Jacob Beeson Jackson (1829-93)
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West Virginia’s sixth governor, Jacob Jackson, died in Parkersburg on December 11, 1893, at age 64. The son and grandson of congressmen, Jackson came from one of the region’s most distinguished families. His father was also one of West Virginia’s founders.

Parkersburg Floodwall
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has designated Parkersburg's floodwall system as unacceptable because some inspection requirements haven't been met.

City officials say the floodwall is in good shape.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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A developer has donated 10 acres for a proposed minor league baseball stadium in Parkersburg.

Pat Minnite announced his donation on Tuesday. He says the next step is to determine how to fund the project and who will be involved.

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Jurors are deliberating in the federal case of an Ohio woman who says she got cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical from a DuPont plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.

It's one of two test cases that could influence thousands of similar lawsuits about the chemical giant's discharging of C8 into the Ohio River and drinking water.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says an officer has been suspended after a video showing her berating a man circulated online.

Martin identified the officer in the video as Sgt. W.J. Cox. The video was shot in July at Southwood Park.

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

The first of two test cases that could potentially help settle more than 3,500 lawsuits against chemical giant DuPont has begun in Ohio federal court.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the suit alleges that the Wilmington, Delaware-based company knew the potentially dangerous risks posed by a chemical that its plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, had been depositing into the Ohio River, but it declined to inform the public.

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If you take a second to look around, you can find hardworking West Virginians in the coolest places.

Free Fresh Produce in Parkersburg

Aug 10, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, seven years ago Huntington was named the nation’s unhealthiest city.  Since then, many there have been trying to improve residents’ health…but is it working?  And we’ll go to Parkersburg where a church has been growing fresh food to give out for free.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


Faith Based Community Garden Helping Those In Need

Aug 6, 2015
Jade Artherhults / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The First Lutheran Community Garden is located on a small lot on the corner of 19th Street and Liberty Street in Parkersburg. The property used to be an apartment building, but when it was torn down, the church decided to purchase the land and start a garden. The mission of the garden is to make produce available to those who may struggle getting it otherwise.

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  On August 6, 1864, a colony of eight Catholic nuns wound up their long treacherous wartime trek from Washington, D.C., to Parkersburg. The Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary established a teaching order in Parkersburg and, in 1867, founded a school for poor children. In 1900, they took possession of a new home and school located on the outskirts of Parkersburg. They named the large red-and-brick monastery DeSales Heights, in honor of St. Francis DeSales. Their former school building became home to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Parkersburg officials have dropped a plan to delay business and occupation tax cuts required by the state's home rule law.

Mayor Jimmy Colombo tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the city will comply with an opinion from theWest Virginia Attorney General's Office.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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A national group says Parkersburg City Council is violating the law by saying the Lord's Prayer before public meetings.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked the council to discontinue the prayer.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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Three people have been nominated to serve as interim mayor in Parkersburg.

The Wood County Democratic Executive Committee released the names Thursday night. They are committee chair Jane Burdette, former Parkersburg Mayor Jimmy Colombo and Pleasants County Chamber of Commerce executive director Jody Murphy.

Former Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell
City of Parkersburg / via Facebook

Eight people are vying to fill the unexpired term of former Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell.

The Wood County Democratic Party's municipal executive committee will review the candidates and submit three nominees to the City Council.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the candidates include former mayor Jimmy Colombo, city attorney Joe Santer and Wood County Democratic Executive Committee chair Jane Burdette.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

  Former Parkersburg Mayor Jimmy Colombo says he'll seek his old job following the retirement of Robert Newell.

Colombo tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that he plans to apply to become interim mayor because he loves the city.

Former Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell
City of Parkersburg / via Facebook

Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell has retired ahead of a hearing on petitions to remove him from office.

Newell announced his retirement at a news conference Wednesday in Parkersburg.

Former Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell
City of Parkersburg / via Facebook

  Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell has asked a court to dismiss two petitions seeking his removal from office.

A motion filed in Wood County Circuit Court says neither petition complies with state law regarding removing an official from office.

Newell's attorney, Harry Dietzler, says in the motion that one petition lacks the required number of signatures. He says the other doesn't give specifics of the charges to which the mayor is expected to respond.

The state Supreme Court has appointed a three-judge panel to hear a petition to remove Parkersburg mayor Robert Newell from office.

The court on Friday appointed circuit judges Omar Aboulhosn of Mercer County, Lawrance Miller Jr. of Preston County and Joanna Tabit of Kanawha County to hear the petition filed earlier this week. The petition was filed by Wood County Republican Party chairman Rob Cornelius on behalf of a group of residents.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

  State founder Peter G. Van Winkle died in Parkersburg on April 15, 1872, at age 63. The native of New York City had moved to Parkersburg in 1835 to practice law. Through his wife’s family, he became a key player in the region’s oil industry. He also helped organize and serve as president of the Northwestern Virginia Railroad.

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