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Man charged over incident at McDonough Park

A Parkersburg man on Wednesday was accused of conveying false information concerning terrorist acts over two suspicious packages found at McDonough Park on March 24, the Vienna Police Department said this morning. Graham E. Godwin, 28, was charged with the felony and appeared Wednesday evening ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival pageant winner dedicated to service

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival Forever Queen says she’s dedicating her career to service. Dana Johnson, 29, Davisville, was chosen during a pageant earlier this month. Johnson, who also models, competed in the pageant last year and finished as a ...

Parkersburg woman celebrates her 100th birthday

PARKERSBURG — Roxie Martin’s 100th birthday was Wednesday. Martin of Parkersburg was born on April 24,1919, in Floyd County, Va. She was born one year before women in the United States were given the right to vote. Martin’s life was celebrated Sunday at her birthday party in the ...

Warren High School senior publishes first book

VINCENT — A senior at Warren High School has written and published her first book. “The Forgotten Key” is a science fiction fantasy set in London, said Hannah McDole, 18, the daughter of Lori and Timothy McDole of Vincent. “It’s about a girl named Dove,” she said. Dove learns she ...

Parkersburg Choral Society concert set for Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Choral Society will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg. Among songs to be performed will be the premiere of two new works commissioned by director Luke Zyla by California composer Brian Holmes. ...

Marietta College to hold Spring Choral Concert

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Department of Music will hold its Spring Choral Concert 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St. Performing will be the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Floodstage, an a cappella group like the popular group Pentatonix. The ...

Mountwood Park to host Woof Fest on Sunday

VOLCANO — For more than a decade, Mountwood Park has been going to the dogs on a special Sunday each year. This year, the 11th annual Woof Fest will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Friends of Mountwood Park. Woof Fest features activities, contests, demonstrations, dock dogs, ...

Wood County 4-H Camp to hold fundraiser

MINERAL WELLS — The Wood County 4-H Camp is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and will hold a fundraiser Saturday. The campgrounds belongs to the 4-H of Wood County for the purpose of 4-H camp and educational youth development. The 4-H Campgrounds is managed by an all-volunteer ...

Saxophonist to perform at Marietta College

MARIETTA —Saxophonist Jordan Reed, an instructor in Marietta College’s Department of Music, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. today in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. “This recital will feature the unusual combination of saxophone and double-neck guitar using effects and looping pedals,” ...

Child abuse awareness rally set for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in West Virginia and a rally will be held Saturday in Parkersburg to commemorate those affected and bring attention to these issues locally. Parkersburg resident Anna Cunningham helped organized the first Child Abuse and ...

Healthy Living on a Budget series set

PARKERSBURG — Healthy Living on a Budget, the second annual spring learning series sponsored by four local organizations, will be held in May. The five-week program will help low-income families learn to eat well, to feel mentally and physically well and to live well. The series is a ...

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Concert BARLOW — Roy Clark Jr. will perform traditional country and bluegrass music at 7 p.m. today at the Barlow Library on Ohio 339. The event is free and open to the public. *** Spaghetti Dinner WILLIAMSTOWN — The Kiwanis of Williamstown’s Spaghetti Dinner will be 4-7 p.m. today at ...

Parkersburg woman uses skills to help sew struggling hearts together

PARKERSBURG — Families need all the support they can get when they have a premature baby. Enid James of Parkersburg is showing her support by crocheting items that are sent to neonatal intensive care units across the U.S. through the nonprofit Charli’s Love. Charli’s Love officially ...

Mid-Ohio Valley has a wealth of outdoor options

You find a lot of things along a trail. Sometimes they are tangible things, like a turtle. Sometimes they are a little more abstract, like a clear head. Sometimes you find yourself. A little over a year ago my doctor gave me a wake-up call to drop some pounds or face the consequences of ...

Blennerhassett Island opens May 1

PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2019 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. Park officials said the new season will see the continuance of several ...

‘Drink & Think’ aims to be talk of Marietta

MARIETTA — What happens in 10 to 20 minutes with drinks in hand when a small gathering of all age ranges discuss conspiracy theories, ancient Native American sports or roller derby? “It’s a prime opportunity for people to interact, question and talk together intimately,” said Hunt ...

GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club marks 115 years

PARKERSBURG — On April 2, Mayor Tom Joyce presented a proclamation of General Federation Day of Women’s Clubs to Parkersburg and South Parkersburg Woman’s Club Presidents. The General Federation was organized April 24, 1890, and chartered by President William McKinley and Congress ...

Historic Marietta church to reopen

MARIETTA — It’s been a little more than a decade since the humble structure was filled with gospel song. But 713 1/2 Second St. will have songs once again filling the small church on May 4. “We don’t really want to draw any denominational lines, we want to keep it simple,” said ...

BREAKING NEWS: One dead in Plum Street fire

PARKERSBURG — A person was found dead inside a Plum Street house that caught fire this morning. The fire at 3617 Plum St. was reported around noon. Just before 12:30 p.m., Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said a body had been located and the investigation was just getting ...

Parkersburg company’s threads used in ‘Game of Thrones’

PARKERSBURG — The premiere for HBO’s final season of “Game of Thrones” on April 14 was possibly the most anticipated television event of the year, if not of all time. In addition to its compelling narrative, the popular show has been praised for its highly-detailed production that ...