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West Virginia’s beauty an inspiration to artist Killian

PARKERSBURG — Artist Virginia Killian is inspired by all around her. Around 65 of her paintings titled, “Virginia Killian: Images Just Come To Me” opened Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. The exhibit will run through March 16 and is sponsored by the Tellus Consulting Group. ...

Author to discuss keys to fundraising at Wood County Public Library

PARKERSBURG — Susan Cole Urano, an author who has directed four nonprofit organizations and has served on numerous nonprofit and statewide boards, will be the guest speaker at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library, 3100 Emerson Ave. In a free program open to the ...

K9 Drago the paw-fect partner for Wood County deputy

PARKERSBURG — There’s a new face at the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. And a new tail and new paws to go with it. K9 Drago joined Deputy Taylor Phillips in early November for six weeks of training. The two were certified in mid-December and the pair has been inseparable since. “He ...

Watertown Auditorium still standing after nearly a century of changes

WATERTOWN — In the 1920s the population of Watertown Township already had begun to decline, from 1,318 in 1900 to 1,200 20 years later. Local historians say it was a thriving community in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with well-groomed streets and houses, a flour mill, a hotel, a bank, ...

“Very Spectacular Arts” Festival to be held March 19

PARKERSBURG — The 20th annual “Very Spectacular Arts” (VSA) Festival for school children with disabilities will be celebrating “Everyday Heroes!” The festival will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Officials said the planning ...

Williamstown teenager a ray of sunshine for cancer patients

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jenna Johnson, 15, of Williamstown is bringing sunshine to cancer patients in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Johnson’s inspiration for helping others is her grandmother, Shirley Johnson, who passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, after battling cancer. Shirley was 65 and lived in Vienna when ...

Camden Clark Medical Center seeks student art for display

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center is asking area high school students to help decorate its hallway with art. The hospital announced Friday it was seeking submissions from Mid-Ohio Valley students in grades 9-12. If selected, the artwork will be professionally framed and ...

Parkersburg Art Center to exhibit works by Virginia Killian

PARKERSBURG — Over 60 pieces of artwork created by local artist Virginia Killian will go on exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center on Sunday and remain on display through March 16. The opening for this exhibit is Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Killian is a local artist, art instructor and ...

Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley sets ‘grand reopening’ for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley will have a new look when it reopens on Saturday. The museum at 1829 Seventh St. in Parkersburg has been closed since the second weekend in January to rotate displays and reconfigure the layout. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, the ...

Smoot Theatre to present ‘Madeline and the Bad Hat’

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will be presenting “Madeline and the Bad Hat” on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The Smoot Theatre will present ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s musical that captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline ...

WesBanco hosting Judy Mattson Reed art exhibit

PARKERSBURG — Judy Mattson Reed has been painting as long as she can remember. The Judy Mattson Reed watercolor exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. during February. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 ...

‘Fool for Love’ taking stage at Marietta College

MARIETTA — The Theatre at Marietta College will to present “Fool for Love” by Sam Shepard, directed by Marietta College student Madison Roe and featuring Jeff Walker, Sam Bartlett, Sam Bidwell and Morgan Scritchfield. A critical and popular success, the Winner of the Obie Award is a ...

Dance company to perform ‘Opus Cactus’ in Marietta

MARIETTA — The MOMIX dance company will perform “Opus Cactus” 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Marietta College’s Esbenshade Series at Peoples Bank Theatre. After a 10-year rest period, “Opus Cactus” returns with a new look, fresh energy, and surprises. MOMIX dancers take audiences on a journey ...

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Puzzle Sale BELPRE — Due to the late notice, the Belpre Historical Society will continue its Puzzle Sale 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum annex at 509 Ridge St. behind Belpre Furniture. More than 100 puzzles are available. Book Sale PARKERSBURG — The Camden Clark Auxiliary ...

Old Man Rivers Mission establishes endowment fund

PARKERSBURG — Old Man Rivers Mission is transforming community support into community action through a spirit of volunteerism. Founded in 1991, Old Man Rivers Mission has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals in Wood County. To solidify their commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley, ...

Moose Lodge 1118 helps community, youth

PARKERSBURG — Moose Lodge 1118 of Parkersburg gives back to the community, especially when it can help local youth. The local Moose Lodge recently donated $500 to the Parkersburg South High School swim team to help buy a scoreboard at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg swimming ...

Chocolate Party proves a sweet fundraiser for EVE Inc. for a 30th year

MARIETTA — EVE Inc. Sunday celebrated its Chocolate Party, the 30th year of the fundraiser. The organization celebrated with an endless supply of chocolate delicacies like cookies, brownies, cakes, candies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and a fountain flowing with chocolate. The long-running ...

Ellems teach English in Cambodia, enjoy immersion in country’s culture

PARKERSBURG — John and Sherry Ellem and their daughter Sara enjoyed teaching English in Cambodia while experiencing the culture of the Southeast Asian country. The Ellems’ trip to Cambodia from Dec. 11 to Jan. 14 included a three-day stop in Tokyo, Japan. Their trip was arranged by ...