Community News

Effort to save Barker House gains ground

LOWER NEWPORT—On Friday, leaders of the Save the Barker House movement unveiled major breakthroughs in the effort to salvage the historic home. About one-eighth of a mile from the current location of the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House, a new sign sits on land recently purchased by ...

Veteran receives proper burial in Wetzel County

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A deceased veteran was laid to rest with respect thanks to the Wetzel County Democratic Executive Committee Veterans and Military Families Council and fellow residents. In a social media post, Frances Headley, chair of the WCDEC Veterans and Military Council, reported she ...

Triplets celebrate 60th birthday together at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — A sister and two brothers — triplets — celebrated their 60th birthday Saturday in a joint party organized by family members who tried — unsuccessfully — to make a surprise. Pat and Perry McDonald, along with Pam McDonald Cowan, gathered with friends and family, ...

Wide reach, drive-thru help Washington County Public Library thrive

MARIETTA — Built a century ago in Marietta, the Washington County Public Library is doing well. Circulation of print materials is up 9 percent from 2016 to 2017, digital material circulation has gone up 12.3 percent, use of the computers available at the library’s six branches increased ...

Unni Boksasp Ensemble to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre and Marietta College are hosting a Norwegian music group during the month of April, including a public concert at 7 p.m. April 28 at the theatre on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta. Tickets are $16 and are available at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office, ...

Jill Parsons joins Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council Board of Directors

VIENNA — Jill Parsons of Vienna was named to the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council Board of Directors on April 14 at the council’s annual meeting at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Joining Parsons, a Parkersburg native, on the board is Ellen Slotnick, a Charleston native and ...

Parkersburg Area School Boy Golf Challenge needs 1978 PHS graduates

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area School Boy Golf Challenge needs golfers from the 1978 graduating class at Parkersburg High School for its fundraising golf tournament. A four-man golf scramble with teams from the PHS classes 1955 through 1988 will be competing in a fun tournament to raise ...

Climate change program slated at Marietta church

MARIETTA — Jean Ambrose and Giulia Mannarino, co-vice chairs of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action and certified members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, will present a two-part program on climate change issues and solutions for the adult religious education classes at the First Unitarian ...

Churches present Indelible Grace at Marietta High School

MARIETTA — Five churches are working together to bring a concert featuring Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace to the Marietta High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 27. The churches — Williams Creek Baptist in Williamstown, The Journey Church in Marietta, Grace Baptist Church in ...

Highmark Community Garden accepting applications

PARKERSBURG — The Highmark Community Garden at the Point Park Marketplace in Parkersburg is accepting applications for garden plots for 2018. This is the fourth growing season for the community garden. The community garden features 49 raised-bed plots, including five handicap-accessible ...

Gardeners share expertise, ideas at Wood County Spring Gardening Seminar

PARKERSBURG — About 90 gardening enthusiasts showed up for the Wood County Spring Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale Thursday. J.J. Barrett, agricultural agent for the WVU Extension Service in Wood County, said the seminar, which was at the Judge Black Annex this year, has been around ...

Slate of events to celebrate Wood County’s rural cemeteries

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Rural Cemetery Alliance is celebrating May as Remember a Rural Cemetery Month. The alliance was created in August 2008 by the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society, the West Augusta Historical and Genealogical Society and the Wood County Historical ...

Peoples Bank Theatre announces shows

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre on Wednesday announced its 2018 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series, featuring the return of several audience favorites, as well as award-winning artists from the genres of classic rock, country, bluegrass and folk. The season’s headliners include Wynonna ...

Marietta High School students share artwork at festival

MARIETTA — Students, parents, teachers and visitors filled the lower concourse, gym and auditorium at Marietta High School on Thursday night to take in the annual Marietta City Schools Fine Arts Festival. As the crowd moved around the exhibit of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and other ...

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Auxiliary to award funds at annual luncheon

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Medicine Camden Clark Auxiliary will donate $75,000 for hospital enhancements today at the 66th annual Luncheon to honor auxiliary volunteers. The auxiliary also will award $15,000 in scholarships and honor volunteer service as part of National Volunteer Week. The ...

Officials stock ponds at Parkersburg parks for fishing tournament

PARKERSBURG — There’s more than one fish in the sea. About 800 pounds more in the City Park and Southwood Park ponds where representatives of Saturday’s Parkersburg Fishing Derby on Wednesday watched the annual trout stocking in preparation of the derby. “That’s a lot of fish,” ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the classic drama “To Kill a Mockingbird” for two weekends at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 27 and 28, with matinee ...

Parkersburg Fishing Derby set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission will hold the annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby on Saturday at City Park and Southwood Park in Parkersburg. The derby will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the ponds at both parks. It is free to all children ages 3-14. Prizes awarded for ...