Parkersburg

Nooran Matties

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
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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.

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  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
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  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.

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  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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  Joseph H. Diss Debar was born in France on March 6, 1820. He immigrated to the United States at age 22. On his voyage across the Atlantic, he happened to meet and become friends with author Charles Dickens.

Diss Debar eventually wound up in Parkersburg as a land agent. For 29 years, he lived in either Parkersburg or the Doddridge County community of St. Clara, which he founded for German-Swiss immigrants. During this time, he sketched numerous people and scenes, providing some of our best images of life on the western Virginia frontier.

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Camden Clark Medical Center plans to expand its South Tower by more than 100,000 square feet.

The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports that the city's downtown business and facade committee recently approved the hospital's plan to add a wing to the tower. The wing will house a new emergency department and a 30-bed private room inpatient unit.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

 Sumner was the first school for African American children in present-day West Virginia and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Robert Simmons died at his Parkersburg home on January 16, 1892. A free black man during the days of slavery, he moved to Parkersburg in 1841 and earned a living as a barber. He and his wife Sarah worried that their nine children wouldn’t receive a proper education.

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

A West Virginia man has filed suit against chemical company DuPont for contaminating his home's drinking water.

When West Virginia statehood leaders carved out the new state’s borders, the eastern panhandle counties were included primarily to keep the B&O in West Virginia and outside of Confederate Virginia.
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Dave Mistich

A month ago the city of Parkersburg posted signs around town asking the public not to give to panhandlers. But some people still do. And some panhandlers say the signs aren’t just ineffective. They’re insulting. Even defamatory.

  Parkersburg's panhandling signs are drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

The signs discourage people from giving to panhandlers, saying it contributes to drug and alcohol abuse.

ACLU of West Virginia executive director Jennifer Meinig tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the signs are defamatory. She says they suggest that all panhandlers suffer from drug and alcohol issues.

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