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The MOV Flamin’ Fury girls youth fast-pitch softball team will be recognized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame for winning the USSSA Class A under 12 girls fast-pitch softball World Series in 2016. Players from left, front row, Alyssa Marlatt, Hannah Thoburn, Taylor Graham, Kassidy Trimble and Arika Quinlan. Back row, Coach Jason Graham, Brionna Patterson, Cameryn Davidson, Paige Adams, Brooke Sizemore, Madison Richards and Coach Dan Sizemore.

Girls fast-pitch team inducted into Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — A local youth girls fast-pitch softball team will be recognized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame. The Mid-Ohio Valley Flamin’ Fury will be inducted for winning the 2016 United States Specialty Sports Association Class A 12 and under girls fast-pitch World Series ...

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Marietta’s Company B,7th Ohio National Guard stands on the steps of the armory on Front Street before leaving for Camp Sheridan.

Marietta to commemorate anniversary of WWI

MARIETTA — A number of activities in April will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the role played by Marietta and Washington County residents in that conflict. An evening of music and history in downtown Marietta for “Founders Day” on April 7 will mark the centennial ...

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Flowering cherry blossom trees in the Japanese Garden at Dawes Arboretum in Columbus draw crowds of all ages in spring.

Arboretums, gardens ready for tourists

MARIETTA — Spring’s first days are still wintry in the Mid-Ohio Valley, but there’s tours available of nearby arboretums and gardens. “As Ohio weather goes, we were tricked a few weeks ago with that 60-degree weather,” said Dawes Arboretum Executive Director Luke Messinger. “We ...

Spirit of Giving applications available

PARKERSBURG — Applications for grants through the PM Company’s Spirit of Giving Fund for non-profit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley are available. The Spirit of Giving fund was created by Pat Minnite Sr. at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation in 2007 as a source to benefit ...

Dining with Diabetes class offered

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University Wood County Extension Office will offer a Dining with Diabetes class from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays beginning April 5 at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street in Parkersburg. Dining with Diabetes is a once-a-week class that runs for four weeks ...

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Dalton Earley, 6, of Vincent, performs his monologue “Principal’s Office” during the Memorial’s Got Talent talent show at Peoples Bank Theatre on Wednesday.

Memorial’s Got Talent show raises cardiac care funds

MARIETTA — Sixteen individuals and groups took the Peoples Bank Theatre stage to perform acts to compete in the first Memorial’s Got Talent talent show on Wednesday. Singing, comedy, playing a fiddle and even demonstrating sign language were just a few of the acts in the event hosted by ...

Supplies bound for Kansas fire victims

MARIETTA — Ross Lane’s only glimpse of Kansas to date was on a long ago FFA trip. But on March 31 he’ll be headed back again, with a mission. “I really liked it there and have always wanted to go back,” said Lane, of Layman. “Now I’m going back and I’m going to ...

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The eighth annual New Era Kite Fest will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Wells Elementary School on West Virginia 14 in Mineral Wells. Below, Samantha Lucas of Parkersburg works to get her kite aloft during the festival.

New Era Kite Fest slated for Saturday

MINERAL WELLS — The eighth annual New Era Kite Fest will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Wells Elementary School on West Virginia 14 in Mineral Wells. The free festival is sponsored by the New Era School Museum. Previously held over two days, this year’s event will be Saturday ...

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The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet will present “The Adventures of Pinocchio” on March 31 at Marietta High School. The cast includes, from left, Bryan Cunningham as the Wood Carver, Owen Tidd as Pinocchio and Jolene Troisi as the Turquoise Fairy.

Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet to perform

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet will present a new original ballet entitled “The Adventures of Pinocchio” on March 31. The show will be 7 p.m. March 31 at Marietta High School Auditorium. Reserved seats are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to host songwriting workshop

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta is partnering with American Public Television’s “Songs at the Center” to host “Songwriting in the Spotlight” this weekend. The free songwriting workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday and will end with a ...

Nature photography workshop set for Saturday

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Master Naturalist Chapter is sponsoring a program on Nature Photography on Saturday at Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Jason White, a local naturalist and nature photographer, will present the workshop in the ...

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Reece Nichols, a tutor at the Ely Chapman Education Foundation, helps organize books for the foundation’s Spring Fling event.

Annual Spring Fling offers book giveaway for children

MARIETTA — About 700 people passed through the doors of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation’s last Spring Fling event but not to worry, there is plenty of fun and more than enough free books for all. Those who want a taste of some food favorites, though, may want to go ...

Artists to hold meet and greet in Ripley

RIPLEY — A Celebrity Meet & Greet is set from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson County School of Music & Recording Studio, 111 W. Main St. Headlining the event is Shirley King, “Daughter of the Blues.” Her father was blues legend BB King. Her latest CD is “Perfect ...

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The W.P. Snyder Jr. at Marietta is being restored. Peoples Bank has donated $5,000 for the effort.

Peoples Bank Foundation gives $5K for the W.P. Snyder Jr.

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Ohio History Connection for the restoration of the towboat W.P. Snyder Jr., a National Historic Landmark, at the Ohio River Museum. The donation will support the final phase of restoration of the W.P. Snyder historic boat moored ...

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Very Spectacular Arts Festival volunteer Connie Hinkle, left, watches Ripley Middle School eighth-grader Cheyenne Parsons, right, assemble a beaded bracelet during last year’s event. This year’s Very Spectacular Arts Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host Very Spectacular Arts

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will present its 19th annual Very Spectacular Arts Festival for school children with disabilities on Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The event, which provides an exposure to the arts, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the college. Cynthia Alkire and Sue ...

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Ellie Yeater stands within the confines of her “glamper.” The 1974 Wilderness camper is 12-foot long by 8-eight foot wide by 6-foot high.

Mid-Ohio Valley teen finds good, bad in brush with internet fame

WILLIAMSTOWN — The summer of 2016 Ellie Yeater wanted a place she could call her own. Well, as much of her own as a 14-year-old would be allowed. She bought a 1974 Wilderness camper and renovated it into a “glamper.” The family project became an internet sensation. “Lori Haught of ...

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Aiden McCartney, left, of Vienna, shows off the eggs he collected to his dad, Chace McCartney, at last year’s Friends of Mountwood Park 
Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter activities slated for Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — A variety of Easter activities are planned in the local area over the first three weekends in April. Those events will include: * Parkersburg: The 8th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. April 1 on Market Street. This year’s theme will be “Decorate Your Hats ...

Master Gardener classes to be held starting on May 1

SPENCER — Had a tough gardening season? Enjoy learning more about gardening and working with others? If you answered “yes” to the preceding questions, the Extension Master Gardener course conducted by the West Virginia University Extension Service might be just the program for you, ...

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Kara Grainger from Australia plays alongside her band Friday night during the 26th annual River City Blues Festival at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

River City Blues Festival kicks off in Marietta

MARIETTA — Sounds of blues, jazz and folk music filled the Lafayette Hotel on Friday night and will continue playing throught today for the 26th annual River City Blues Festival. Acts from all over the world came for this event, including one act from Australia. “Kara Grainger is from ...

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Chris Walker begins one of his training cycles at City Park and race walks to the boat ramp in Belpre and back.

Williamstown man walking way to 100-pound weight loss in a year

WILLIAMSTOWN — Chris Walker has walked the walk. It’s the path of weight loss. Walker is an appropriate last name. The path he walks now is the one he started nine months ago. Walker is not a runner. Walker is a walker. Step. In the last nine months, Walker has gone from 310 pounds to ...