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Volunteer a source of encouragement Half Marathon runners, walkers

PARKERSBURG — Volunteer Kevin Barr has been a welcome fixture in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon for more than a dozen years, offering a friendly smile and words of encouragement to runners and walkers alike. Barr has stood between the second- and third-mile markers of the ...

Lightning strike causes fire damage inside Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Southside Southern Baptist Church are feeling blessed to be able to hold their church services in their church after a fire, started by a lightning strike, caused an estimated $7,500 damage. Southside Southern Baptist Church’s steeple was struck by lightning ...

Waterford Community Fair opens

WATERFORD — Aside from some gray skies and a few scattered sprinkles, the first day of the Waterford Community Fair was off to a great start Thursday. “It’s been really smooth going,” said Missy Antill, president of the fair board. “We really have a lot of help. When they say ...

Purse Bingo to benefit Old Man Rivers

PARKERSBURG — Monday’s Purse Bingo, sponsored by Parkersburg Area Association of Realtors, will benefit Old Man Rivers food pantry in Parkersburg. The fundraiser will be at First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana St. in Parkersburg, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and bingo starting at 6 ...

Wall of Sound preps for Friday performance

MARIETTA — The Wall of Sound is back from camp, getting ready for a major public performance Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium, the first taste of the Marietta High School marching band’s sound for the school year. The band rehearsed Tuesday night, getting its field moves down while ...

Waterford Community Fair kicking off today

WATERFORD — The Waterford Community Fair kicks off today, with gates opening at 4 p.m., and runs through Sunday. First thing this morning, young first-time exhibitor Cooper Townsend, 9, of Waterford, will take his pig to the fair. It’s been something new for the entire family, according to ...

Vocal Point prepares for performance

MARIETTA — After an invigorating camp week in July and weekly rehearsals in the choral room at Marietta High School, Vocal Point will debut its fall set. “It’s a fresh start with a new level of excitement coming out of camp,” senior Tyler Hartline, 17, said. “We have a fresh group, a ...

Tailgate party to benefit Humane Society of Parkersburg

VIENNA — The eighth annual WV Mountaineer Tail-waggin’ Tailgate Party fundraiser for the Humane Society of Parkersburg is 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna. The popular event has been attended by over 400 guests in past years. There will be $7,000 in prizes, a chance to ...

New Era One-Room School Museum adds Little Free Library

MINERAL WELLS — The Little Free Library at the New Era One-Room School Museum has opened and has been frequently used, officials said. The library is located on the campus of the Mineral Wells Elementary School in front of the New Era school. The library was requested by Esther Carroll, a ...

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Vienna Family Fun VIENNA — As part of the final Vienna Family Fund program, two events are planned today and Friday. A dog swim will be 5-8 p.m. today at Jackson Pool. On Friday, a zumba program will be 7-9 p.m. in the Jackson Pool parking lot. *** Bingo VIENNA — The Parkersburg High ...

Photo Gallery: Birds of Prey

Felix, Hoolie, Dori, Gimli, Nick and Regis were featured in a program on Blennerhassett Island Saturday afternoon. These birds of prey were brought to the island by Ron Perrone, education director, and Wendy Perrone, executive director, of the Three Rivers Avian Center of Hinton, W.Va., for ...

Cooking classes geared to diabetics and their families

PARKERSBURG — People living with diabetes and their families are invited to participate in a free educational cooking classes geared toward their special dietary needs.. The West Virginia University Extension Service will be holding four Dining With Diabetes classes every Thursday, from ...

Belpre Homecoming Committee names 2018 pageant winners

The Belpre Homecoming Committee has announced the winners of the 2018 Belpre Homecoming pageants held during the festival Aug. 2-4, according to Danielle Dowler, pageant coordinator: Little Miss Belpre Alice Haynes, sponsored by Hayhill Dairy Farm; Little Mister Belpre Dalton Earley, ...

The Arc hires Ford as executive director

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley has hired a new executive director. Liz Ford, who succeeds Christina Smith, has nearly two decades experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Ford said she was honored. “I look ...

McClain to direct Ohio Valley University Singers

From staff reports VIENNA — Retired Parkersburg High School Choral Director Pamela McClain will direct the Ohio Valley University Singers this fall, beginning with tryouts later this month. McClain recently retired from the Wood County Public School System after 32 years of teaching, but ...

Mid-Ohio Valley residents hit park for Walk for Apraxia

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — The fifth annual Greater Parkersburg Walk for Apraxia drew about 100 people to DERC Park in Washington Bottom on Saturday to raise money and awareness regarding Apraxia of Speech, a severe neurological speech disorder that affects roughly 1 in 1,000 children. Apraxia ...

Motorcycle group makes donation to Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG —The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley recently received a donation from a veteran-based motorcycle group. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of West Virginia 37-1 and 37-2 donated $1,000 to the museum located on Seventh Street in Parkersburg. The CVMA chooses ...

Circles Campaign hosting candlelight cruise on Aug. 31

PARKERSBURG — The Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley Inc. is hosting a fundraiser this month and providing an “Open Meeting Night” tonight. Circles is having a candlelight cruise on the Ohio River from 8-10 p.m. Aug. 31 on the Valley Gem sternwheeler, boarding at 601 Front St. in ...

Tony Caridi talks Mountaineer football at Boys and Girls Club fundraiser

VIENNA — Tony Caridi is a man of many stories on the subject of West Virginia University and its sports. He shared several as well as his thoughts about the upcoming football and basketball seasons Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg fundraiser at the Parkersburg Country ...

Ryan Griffin to take stage at Parkersburg Homecoming Festival

PARKERSBURG — After the cancellation of its original opening night act, officials with the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival have signed a new performer to open the 2018 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival on Friday evening in downtown Parkersburg. Homecoming president Mike Cottrell said the ...