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Parkersburg News and Sentinel sports reporter Steve Hemmelgarn retires after 46 years


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Steve Hemmelgarn retired from The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Friday after 46 years at the newspaper. Hemmelgarn graduated from Ohio State University and was a manager of the football team under Coach Woody Hayes.
(News and Sentinel photo by Brett Dunlap)

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — One of the most recognizable sportswriters in the Mid-Ohio Valley retired Friday from The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Steve Hemmelgarn started with the newspaper in 1972, back in the day when Jim Snyder was sports editor and Jim Young was the editor of The News. Hemmelgarn previously worked for The Marietta Times for about 18 months prior coming to The News.

Hemmelgarn’s beat at The Times didn’t include sports, but he helped former Times Sports Chief Bill Robinson on Fridays and Saturdays. Hemmelgarn said he would rather cover sports, but at the Times he was on the news side, mostly covering meetings, police and fire, including a boiler explosion at a downtown church.

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