Parkersburg

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
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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
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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.
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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.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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Parkersburg officials are preparing to meet with state auditors to discuss the recent investigation into the city's finances in the wake of a controversy surrounding the city's former mayor and his fiscal management.

The News and Sentinel reports that city officials will meet Monday with representatives from the West Virginia Auditor's Office for an exit conference on the audit of the fiscal year running from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

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.

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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