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A scene at last year’s Mom Prom. This year’s event is scheduled for April 28.

BrAva Mom Prom tickets go on sale Friday

MARIETTA — Members of BrAva are encouraging local women to block out their schedule Friday at 7 p.m. so as not to miss the opening of ticket sales for this year’s Mom Prom. The community nonprofit focused on helping families through childhood cancer holds the Mom Prom in April each ...

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Rachael Puls and Wade Powers were selected to the West Virginia All-State Orchestra.

Parkersburg’s Cello Company continues winning streak

PARKERSBURG — The winning streak continues at The Cello Company of Parkersburg. For the past several years, students of Cynthia Puls, founder and director of The Cello Company, have been named to the West Virginia All-State Orchestra as cellists. This year, Wade Powers of Mineral Wells, a ...

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Kendra Ward and Bob Bence will present “Appalachian Trail of Music” at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

Lectures slated at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

PARKERSBURG — The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will present a series of historical lectures in February during its annual Winter Lecture Series. The lecture series features a mixture of living history re-enactors and speakers each Sunday at 2 p.m. from Feb. 5-26 at the ...

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From left, Pam Nohe; her husband, Wood County Assessor David Nohe; and former state Delegate and Sen. Bob Ashley pose for a photo Friday in the assessor’s office.

David Nohe named Distinguished West Virginian

PARKERSBURG — Longtime Vienna mayor, state senator and newly elected Wood County assessor — now David Nohe can add Distinguished West Virginian to his titles. Nohe was presented with the honor — the highest the governor can bestow on a native West Virginian — in his office at ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities slated

PARKERSBURG — Several activities are planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day which falls on Jan. 16. * In Parkersburg, Zion Baptist Church will be honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at the church at the corner of Eighth and Clay streets. The ...

Leader in Residence project awarded

MARIETTA — The  Marietta College Department of Music has been awarded the Leader in Residence project for the 2016-2017 school year. The project now branded “Brick Street Bash: Arts and Creativity Begin on Putnam Street,” will culminate with an all day free public event April 22 in ...

Mid Ohio Valley Players Players prep ‘The Man from Earth’

MARIETTA — John Oldman has a secret. When the middle-aged history professor unexpectedly resigns from the university where he teaches, his friends come looking for an explanation. What they are told is something unbelievable: John is immortal and it is time for him to move on before his ...

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Award-winning bluegrass group Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.

Stuart’s Opera House to host Rhonda Vincent

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House will host a special award winning bluegrass matinee with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage at 3 p.m. Sunday in Nelsonville. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for reserved seats and remaining general seating, while box seats are sold out. ...

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Amanda Haney-Cech, auction coordinator, organizes the purses that will be sold at the purse auction scheduled Thursday by United Way of Washington County.

Purse auction to benefit United Way of Washington County

MARIETTA — Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, DKNY, BCBG, Ralph Lauren and Vineyard Vines are just some of the name brands to be featured at the first purse auction hosted by United Way of Washington County. “We are trying to put the fun in fundraising,” said Amanda Haney-Cech, ...

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Jahnvi Duncan and her mother Linda prove that Tyler County can reach across the world to make a difference. More than 15 years ago, Duncan adopted her daughter and raised the child in Tyler/Wetzel counties.

Tyler County mom, daughter find love, family a global bond

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Linda Duncan made sure her daughter Jahnvi had a warm coat to wear and money in her in pocket as she prepared to go out with friends on New Year’s Eve. The teenage girl put on her coat, told her mom that she loved her and headed out the door. “She’s been such a ...

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The documentary “Song of Lahore,” which tells the story of Sachal Studios from Pakistan preparing for a show at the Lincoln Center in New York City, will be presented 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Washington State Community College.

Washington State Community College to show music documentary

MARIETTA — The “Song of Lahore” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series in the Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College. The documentary, shown in collaboration with the Schwendeman Agency Inc., follows musicians as they ...

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Mary Catherine Augstkalns, of Vienna, used 366 days of noon time weather information to crochet her nine-color blanket.

Vienna resident gets hooked on year-long blanket project

VIENNA — Late in 2015 Vienna resident Mary Katherine Augstkalns decided for 2016 she would crochet herself a weather blanket, a blanket where the color used for the row is based upon the temperature of the day. “I had this, no problem, except I couldn’t crochet,” she said. ...

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The first Actors Guild of Parkersburg performance of 2017 will be the Neal Simon classic “Barefoot In the Park” featuring Jamie Meckley and Chad Ridgeway as Corie and Paul Bratter.

Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players continue seasons

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players will each continue their current seasons with shows opening in January. The MOVP will kick off 2017 first with “The Man From Earth” on Jan. 13 and running for two weekends. The following weekend, The ...

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Capt. Jack Hansis of the Marietta Fire Department checks on the smoke detectors free to the public at the fire house Thursday afternoon.

Officials stress fire safety in cold weather

MARIETTA — A small flame can rapidly grow and damage everything in its path. In December, January and February, residents are more prone to house fires due to heating sources, candles and cooking. “Every minute really counts in the start of a fire,” said Capt. Jack Hansis of the ...

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A reception for former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt was held Thursday at the Woman’s Club in Williamstown. With him are his wife, Linda, seated next to him. Rear, grandson Dominic Babcock, granddaughter India Merritt, daughter Lenita Babcock and granddaughter Debria Babcock.

Ken Merritt celebrated for 54 years of service

WILLIAMSTOWN — After more than five decades in law enforcement, former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt said goodbye surrounded by well-wishers. In a reception Thursday at the Woman’s Club in Williamstown, Merritt spoke about his law enforcement career with what is now known as ...

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Alison Powers, 34, of Vincent, looks at her Class of 2000 ring that she recently recovered after 16 years.

Warren High School graduate’s long-lost class ring found after 16 years

MARIETTA — People lose items of significance all the time. When Alison Powers, 34, of Vincent, lost her class ring before a softball game her senior year at Warren High School 16 years ago, it wasn’t looking too promising she would ever see it again. However, a week before Christmas, ...

Remembering those the Mid-Ohio Valley lost in 2016

PARKERSBURG — Deaths of notable residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley included coaches, teachers, sports standouts and car dealers. Among those: Dorothy M. Way, 92, of Marietta died Dec. 27 at the Heartland of Marietta. She was among the founders of Ewing School in the ...

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The first show of the new season at Peoples Bank Theatre will be The Hit Men in concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 14.

Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta to celebrate first year

MARIETTA — The renovated Peoples Bank Theatre will celebrate its first anniversary. The theater on Putnam Street in Marietta is marking the one year since its reopening in January 2016 with performances by The Hit Men, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a special First Friday open house ...

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Shaun Booker, lead singer of the Shaun Booker Band, performs on opening night of last year’s River City Blues Competition at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. This year’s pre-competition concert will be 8-11 p.m. Feb. 17.

River City Ohio Blues Competition seeks performers

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 25th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition in February and is seeking local and regional blues acts to vie for the chance to perform in an international blues competition. The deadline to apply to enter as a blues ...

Mid-Ohio Valley climate group schedules first 2017 meeting

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action has scheduled its first meeting of 2017. The environmental group will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave. “This is our first official meeting at First Christian, where we hope we have found a home ...