Top Stories of 2013

Todd's annual list of the top stories of the year.

2013 was a diverse year for news stories; with no major severe weather, accidents or trials dominating the news.  That does not mean, of course, there were not a lot of big news stories this year. 

Here is a list of what I consider the biggest news stories we covered during the year:

10. Wood County Schools Superintendent James Patrick Law, 911 Director Randy Lowe announce they are leaving their posts; successor named to outgoing Mid-Ohio Valley Airport Manager Terry Moore.

9. Parkersburg High School Stadium Field's bleachers get extensive renovation after being condemned in late 2012.

8. Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly investigated for allegations of destroying criminal records.

7. Deaths of notable people include: Vienna Volunteer Fire Chief Danny Goodwin, Parkersburg Catholic and Tennessee basketball standout Mary Ostrowski, businessman and philantropist Charles Erickson, former WVU-Parkersburg President Eldon Miller, former U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson, RESA V director and former PHS principal Ralph Board, and Parkersburg News and Sentinel Executive Editor James C. Smith.
6. Marietta High School graduate Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor dies during training exercise in Nevada.

5. Richard Poore accepts plea deal more than 30 years after the death of his son in Pleasants County; Stockport, Ohio mayor sentenced for multiple sex offenses.

4. Lawsuit against Parkersburg Mayor and Police Chief dismissed while new allegations of police brutality by city police officers surface.

3. Two murder cases and the discovery of a missing Parkersburg man's body in the Ohio River in Washington County.

2. Ormet Aluminum's plant in Monroe County, Ohio shuts down after the company files for bankruptcy.

1. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announces plans to build an ethane cracker plant in Wood County.

For those who believe we don't cover both sides of the river, note that these are divided almost evenly between West Virginia and Ohio. There are also stories from both states which had considerable coverage on our station and web channel which took place outside the area, and which did not make the "Top 10" list: stories like the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial (the victim was from West Virginia) and the Mingo County corruption scandal which came to light after the murder of that county's sheriff. Both received national as well as state and regional attention.

Although I believe it represents the biggest stories of the year, it is just one person's list.


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