Community News

Rowell, Anthony M. 05-24-17 Front

One person arrested for meth

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force this morning arrested a city man after he accepted delivery of approximately one pound of suspected methamphetamine. Task force agents performed a controlled delivery of the package, which was found to contain suspected meth with an ...

Dave Parsons of Jadat Sports, right, interviews wrestler Brad Armstrong. Jadat Sports is 
promoting Clash for the Cause All-Star Championship Wrestling at 7 p.m. June 3 at 
Parkersburg Catholic High School to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 
Parsons was 
diagnosed with dementia, caused by a dozen 
concussions, in 
October.

Photo provided

Match to benefit Alzheimer’s group

PARKERSBURG — A professional wrestling match to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association rumbles close to home for the promoter. Dave “Rock” Parsons of Jadat Sports was diagnosed with dementia in October and has earmarked the proceeds of the Clash for the Cause All-Star Championship ...

Conley returns to NASCAR XFINITY series

PARKERSBURG — A race car driver from Vienna returns to NASCAR Saturday in an XFINITY Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Cale Conley will pilot the No. 24 Toyota Camry for the JGL Racing Team. He joined JGL earlier this year in its Young Guns program and Saturday’s Hisense 300 at ...

Underage drinking, drug use reported at Meigs party

POMEROY, Ohio — Charges are pending against numerous underage individuals caught drinking and using drugs at a large party over the weekend in Columbia Township, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday. The sheriff’s office received complaints around 12:30 a.m. Saturday ...

Stansberry speaks to Kiwanis Club members

PARKERSBURG — Local author Don Stansberry, a teacher and former Parkersburg High School coach, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of North Parkersburg. Lois Meadows, former president of Kiwanis Club of North Parkersburg, lieutenant governor, West Virginia Division 2, introduced ...

Photo provided
Jackson Middle School students who participated in the personal care items drive, from left, are Emily Bond, Katie Riggs, Kayleigh Johnson, Lillian Floyd, Izzy Farinash, teacher Kecia Garner, Lakyn Campbell and Abby Hines.

Jackson Middle helps center

VIENNA — Jackson Middle School students and staff collected personal care items for the Good Samaritan Center in Vienna. The volunteers at Good Samaritan appreciate the school’s efforts in helping to replenish the center’s shelves. Sixth-grade student Lakyn Campbell and her mother, ...

Photo Provided
The Johnny Staats Project will be the first act in the 2017 Summer Music in the Park concert series at 7 p.m. June 1.

Johnny Staats to perform at City Park

PARKERSBURG – The Johnny Staats Project kicks off the 2017 Summer Music in the Park concert series 7 p.m. June 1 at Parkersburg City Park. Johnny Staats is a world-renown bluegrass mandolin, guitar and violin player who was born and raised in West Virginia. He has been featured on NBC’s ...

In Honor: Memorial Day activities planned

PARKERSBURG — Several communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. One ceremony in Parkersburg will be held May 27, while May 28 will feature two programs in Ravenswood. Most other programs in the area ...

Museums, parks open for holiday

PARKERSBURG — While many businesses will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, a number of area attractions are open through this weekend and will be open to visitors Monday on the first official weekend of the summer tourism season. • While usually closed on Mondays, Blennerhassett Island ...

Vandalia-Con to be held through Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The fourth annual Vandalia-Con Steampunk Convention will be coming to Parkersburg Friday through Sunday with the goal of raising awareness about breast cancer. This year’s event will be at the Blennerhassett Hotel at Fourth and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg, ...

Couple caught in Athens endangerment case

ATHENS, Ohio — A Nelsonville couple who absconded before being convicted on charges stemming from the ongoing abuse of their infant daughter has been arrested in Franklin County. Kayla Fannon, 26, and Samuel A. Thompson, 31, were found guilty last week of second- and third-degree felony ...

Photo Provided
The United States Air Force Heritage Band’s Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Smoot Theatre. 
The free show is 
sponsored by the Smoot Theater and 
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Patrons will have to obtain the complimentary tickets from the Smoot box office.

Air Force jazz ensemble to perform at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The United States Air Force Heritage Band’s Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble will perform in a free concert 7 p.m. June 10 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The concert is sponsored by the Smoot Theater and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, which has brought many of ...

File Photo
Stan Null stands at attention along with the American Legion Post 15 color guard during last year’s Memorial Day services at City Park in Parkersburg. Mariann Bennett salutes while holding the bugle for “Taps.”

Mid-Ohio Valley plans Memorial Day ceremonies

PARKERSBURG — Several communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. One ceremony in Parkersburg will be held May 27, while May 28 will feature two programs in Ravenswood. Most other programs in the ...

Gilmer County Boy Scout receives Eagle rank

GLENVILLE — Jacob Butler, 18, of Glenville, and a graduating senior at Gilmer County High School, received his Eagle rank, one of the highest Boy Scout awards attainable, on April 30. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process and completion of an ...

Photo by Janelle Patterson
Jake Sommer, 3, of Marietta, meets a Triceratops at Peoples Bank Theatre Friday.

Dinosaurs hit the stage at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta

MARIETTA — From elephants in the 1920s to dinosaurs Friday night, the stage at the Peoples Bank Theatre has continued its legacy of family fun. “It’s like the circus, this show is for everybody,” said Miron Gusso, lead puppeteer and trainer for the Dinosaurs Live show put on by ...

Photo Provided
Lorraine Baldwin before she began following an exercise and diet program.

Wood County woman loses weight, gains awards

PARKERSBURG — Lorraine Baldwin of Wood County has made a remarkable transformation. Just ask the judges at the Battle of Ohio bodybuilding championships and professional qualifier on April 8 at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus. Baldwin, 29, won third place in the novice bikini division ...

Photo Provided
The FaithLink annual fundraiser drew 300 people on April 27 at the Grand Pointe Conference Center. Keynote speaker was Becky Mathis-Stump.

FaithLink has annual fundraiser

VIENNA — FaithLink held its annual fundraiser on April 27 at the Grand Pointe Conference Center where Becky Mathis-Stump was the keynote speaker. More than 300 people attended the dinner and heard Mathis-Stump tell a story from her childhood on how a gift can change the outlook on giving. ...

Photo by Jess Mancini
Corrina Moore, organizer of Elijah’s Walk on June 10 at City Park in Parkersburg, poses with her grandson, the late Elijah Moore, who died in 2014, 17 days after birth because of a bleeding disorder. Elijah’s Walk is to raise funds for the West Virginia Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation and raise awareness of blood disorders.

Elijah’s Walk to raise awareness, money for bleeding disorders

PARKERSBURG — The second annual Elijah’s Walk to raise funds and awareness of bleeding disorders will be held 6:30 p.m. June 10 at City Park. The walk will include activities for adults and children, including a bouncy house, and exhibitors with information about bleeding disorders, said ...

Photo by Jesse Thornton, provided by Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council
A time-lapse image of the night sky is shown over the Calhoun Historic Village in Calhoun Park. The park will welcome astronomers for a stargazing event this weekend that takes advantage of the dark skies in the area.

Stargazing event begins Friday

GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun County isn’t afraid of the dark. In fact, local officials are embracing it as a tool for economic development. Without the bright lights of an urban setting, Calhoun Park off West Virginia 16 outside of Grantsville has one of the darkest night skies in the eastern ...