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A-P Boys Basketball preparing for return to State


It has been incredible ride for the Aplington-Parkersburg boys basketball team and Falcon nation this season. After a 21 and 1 regular season record-- A-P won three dramatic postseason games--including a last second win to beat top ranked New Hampton for ...

State finals a double play for Dawson, Rogoszewski


“It all started back in the Parkersburg game [a 68-41 road win] where the light switch really went on. And from there, we’ve just gotten better and better every game.’’ The Redskins finished the regular season ranked No. 6 in Class AAA and now tote ...

Storm knocks out power in W.Va.


With snow still coming down, snowfall totals included 12 inches in Parkersburg, 11 in Huntington, 9 in Martinsburg and 8.5 in Charleston, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service said moderate flooding was reported along the Bluestone ...

West Virginia gets Thor’s wrath


along the Ohio River at the Kentucky-Ohio borders and through northwestern West Virginia, including in Parkersburg. The totals were between 6 in. and 10 in. from Huntington to Charleston and up through Ripley, Clarksburg and Bridgeport. More than 10 in.

2015 Charity Challenge applications are due April 15


JACKSON COUNTY - The Jackson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), is now accepting applications from area nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2015 Charity Challenge Run & Walk Benefit and ...

Neighbors In A West Virginia Community Help Hand-Shovel Street So A Mom With A Daughter Suffering From Dravet Syndrome Could Get To Hospital


The cold temperatures however, have not dampened the warm hearts of a group of neighbors in Parkersburg. Ten-year-old Riley Atkinson and her family live three-quarter of a mile down a dead end street. Riley suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called ...

High water, snow cause chaos on area roads


PARKERSBURG - Rain, and not snow, was the cause of problems throughout the area Wednesday morning and afternoon as flood warnings were issued for Parkersburg, St. Marys, Coolville, Marietta, Beverly and Belpre by the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Storm knocks out power, closes roads and schools in W.Va.


As of Thursday morning, preliminary reports show more than 9 inches of snow in Point Pleasant and more than 8 inches in Parkersburg. FirstEnergy reports about 30,000 power outages. About 27,200 Appalachian Power customers also are without electricity.

Parkersburg Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny


Vienna Police arrest 34 year-old Crystal Stevens for Parkersburg on Wednesday. Vienna Police say Stevens was working as a home caregiver for a Vienna resident when jewelry worth more than $1,000 came up missing. After investigating, police say Stevens ...

Parkersburg Elementary School hosts math night


PARKERSBURG | Aplington-Parkersburg Family Fun Night will be Thursday at Parkersburg Elementary School. The event, hosted by the Aplington-Parkersburg Education Association, will focus on math and takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 301 Sixth Ave.




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The Guardian and a warning to PARKERSBURG: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Save Money on Homeownership in PARKERSBURG

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President Obama and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro visited Phoenix, Arizona this afternoon to put a spotlight on the recovering housing sector.

Restoring security to homeownership has always been one of the President's top economic priorities, and the results are clear -- the housing market has greatly improved since President Obama took office.

The President’s push for new consumer protections and tough enforcement on abuses have given Americans more confidence in investing in homeownership:

  • Home sales are up.
  • Home building has more than doubled since 2009.
  • Home values have risen for the past three years.

But there's more work to do. Mortgages need to be more accessible and affordable for creditworthy families.

That's why today, at Central High School in Phoenix, the President announced a responsible reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mortgage Insurance Premium program. The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points, from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent.

The President’s new proposal to reduce the fees associated with buying a home would help first-time homebuyers save an average of $900 on their annual mortgage payment. More people buying homes would also strengthen the market, helping everyone who already owns a home.

In Phoenix today, President Obama explained that homeownership was a dream that should be open to all Americans. Not only will the President’s actions help numerous families realize the American Dream and get a place they can finally call home, but millions of families will save billions of dollars in mortgage payments in the coming years, helping to support and stabilize the housing market recovery.

President Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix, Az., Jan. 8, 2015. [31]




Two years of community college free for responsible students in PARKERSBURG

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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