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McClain to retire from Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir post

PARKERSBURG — The director of the award-winning Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir is retiring this month, ending a career spanning 32 years that included a Carnegie Hall performance and being chosen as a 2017 Grammy Award Music Educator of the Year finalist. “There are no ...

Parkersburg High school club donates to Women’s Care Center

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School Senior Women’s Club donated more than $500 to the Women’s Care Center this week. Representatives of the PHS Senior Women’s Club presented a check Thursday at the center. The Senior Women’s Club is a club for senior girls at Parkersburg High ...

Golfers teeing up for Rotary Sour Mash Memorial

VIENNA — The 47th Annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial will be held on July 9 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The field is filling up quickly but there is still time to sign-up to golf or be a corporate or individual sponsor of this unique playing experience, organizers said. It is the ...

Celebration offers glimpse of renovated Stephenson Mansion

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Day on Wednesday was the backdrop for the dedication of a local home with ties to the history of the state and nation. The Stephenson Mansion on Seventh Street, also known as Oakland, has undergone two years of renovation by the West Virginia University at ...

Washington County Special Olympians, police carry torch

MARIETTA — Running with faith over fear, a hardy group of Washington County residents is headed to Columbus this weekend to compete in the state Special Olympics, despite losing a core member of the team last week. “She passed away the day before our last practice,” said Coach Rachelle ...

United Way ‘Day of Action’ begins today

PARKERSBURG — United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley today will rally hundreds of volunteers throughout the community for the Day of Action. The annual event brings together volunteers of all ages to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities on the ...

Shakespeare play hitting stage in Marietta park

MARIETTA — With stage lights spiked into the soft soil of East Muskingum Park, and boulders, logs and other maritime props laid up against the steps of the gazebo, some actors milled around the set and mugged for one anther while some stood still as their costumes received last minute ...

Marietta Summer Theatre Festival opens

MARIETTA — The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival opens today featuring a dozen summer stock actors from Wisconsin to New York leading productions of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.” The theatre festival opens with “Twelfth Night” ...

Pride Family Picnic to be held at Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Pride will be hosting a Pride Family Picnic from noon-5 p.m. June 23 at City Park in Parkersburg. In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month, the group is hosting a family-friendly day of activities that are free and open to the general public. “Parkersburg Pride ...

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park plans weekend events

PARKERSBURG — A couple of special events will be featured on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park this weekend. For the second time this summer, the Rendezvous on the River will be held Saturday through Monday. Pioneer re-enactors will set up camp on the island and show how early ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival looking for participants

BELPRE — The Belpre Homecoming Committee has announced registration details for participation in events associated with this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival to be held at Belpre’s Civitan Park from Aug. 2-4. Registration forms for the annual parade, the pageants and as ...

Open Sky Arts Collective to perform at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — Open Sky Arts Collective, a Christian arts group from Kansas City, Mo., comprised of mostly recovering drug addicts, is performing Friday through Sunday at the Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd, 903 Charles St., in Parkersburg. A neighborhood “parade” is scheduled for 1 ...

Glenville State College to hold ribbon cutting for music center

GLENVILLE — The Glenville State College Bluegrass Program has relocated to the Pioneer Stage, 10 East Main St., which will be the college’s Bluegrass Music Education Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held 6 p.m. today to help kick-off the West Virginia State Folk Festival. During ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked steak dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. Cost is by menu pricing. Take-out orders are available by calling 304-428-0331. The event is open to the public. *** St. Marys Downtown Yard Sale ST. MARYS — The St. Marys ...

PEO scholarship awarded to the Big Reds’ Fernandes

PARKERSBURG — The PEO Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year was presented to Nia Fernandes, a graduating senior at Parkersburg High School. The scholarship was presented at the PHS awards ceremony by Judy Smith, Chapter G, PEO Fernandes is the daughter of Chris and Ninette Fernandes ...

Artsbridge readies Phil Lee concert

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is welcoming back Phil Lee with special guest The Ben Davis Jr. Band on June 28 at 7 p.m. at Artsbridge, 925 Market St. in Parkersburg. “This was one of our best received shows in 2015,” musical coordinator Jeff Fox said. “It ...

Shriners International honors Parkersburg member

PARKERSBURG — A local Shriner has received the Shrine Director Staff Member of the Year Award for 2018 from the Shrine International. Robert “Bob” Galland, of Parkersburg, received the award during the Nemesis Shrine Director Staff annual appreciation dinner that was attended by four ...

Menelik Lodge awards four scholarships

PARKERSBURG — Four high school graduates have each received a $300 scholarship from the Menelik Lodge 74 Free and Accepted Masons. They are Makenzie Allman from Parkersburg High School, Bayley Collins from Belpre High School, Victoria Myers from Federal Hocking High School and Gillian ...

Parkersburg YMCA slated to host child safety camp

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg YMCA is hosting a child safety camp from 9 a.m. to noon on June 23. The camp is designed to teach children safety techniques, small craft safety, personal water safety, pool safety, beach safety, basic water rescue, sun safety, responding to emergencies, plant ...

Vienna father offers up advice for raising a family

VIENNA — For Bruce Rogers there is a simple formula for fathers to raise their children. One is to be honest and the other is to take them, not send them, to church every week. Rogers, who is also a Vienna City Councilman, has two children, one son and a daughter, both living out of state. ...