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Jake Eddy, left, and Steve Hussey, right, collaborated on a single and album, “The Miller Girl.”

Jake Eddy shows creative spark in music and fashion

PARKERSBURG — Jake Eddy is a talented musician with an entrepreneurial and creative spirit. And he is only 17 years old. Eddy, a junior at Parkersburg South High School, is a musician, songwriter, fashion designer, entertainment booking agent and, most of all, he says, a creative ...

Artsbridge readies Arts Encounter

PARKERSBURG — The fourth annual Arts Encounter, sponsored by Artsbridge, is a special day of arts experiences for middle school students in Washington County in Ohio and Wood County in West Virginia on March 3 and March 10. The goal of the event is to introduce students to the artistic and ...

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Brendon Stout, of Weston, a senior at Lewis County High School, stands with the sculpture he submitted for the West 
Virginia Art Educators Association display at the Parkersburg Art Center.

Parkersburg Art Center shines light on young talent

PARKERSBURG — A total of 80 pieces of student artwork — from kindergarteners up to seniors — are on display at the Parkersburg Art Center through mid-April. The annual West Virginia Art Educators Association held its annual exhibit and awards presentation Saturday at the art center in ...

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Terah Klein, left, president and chief executive officer at SW Resources, and Annetta Douglas, sales and marketing manager at SW Resources, stand in the warehouse at SW Resources. Both said United Way funds provide for job and vocational rehabilitation of clients.

United Way funds boost organizations throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The 211 phone extension constantly rang in 2016 at the United Way Alliance offices. So much so, Interim Director Stacy Decicco said “we were getting on average 46 calls a week for assistance and 75 percent of those calls were utility assistance related. “When Tyler, ...

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Abram Hadfield, 7, of Parkersburg, get his picture taken with a “Star Wars” character at last year’s Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo at the Parkersburg Art Center. This year’s expo will be March 4-5 at the art center in downtown Parkersburg.

Biff! Bam! Pow! Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo to expand

PARKERSBURG — Now in its fourth year, the annual Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo at the Parkersburg Art Center is growing into a two-day event in downtown Parkersburg. The expo will be 10 a.m. p.m. to 5 p.m. March 4 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5 at the art center at 725 Market St. in ...

Parkersburg Art Center to show student artwork

PARKERSBURG — Student artwork from around the state will go on display today at the Parkersburg Art Center in downtown Parkersburg. The annual West Virginia Art Educators Association will hold its annual exhibit and awards presentation from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the art center at Eighth ...

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Senta Goudy, executive director of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation, gives an update to the local Altrusa chapter Thursday on work being done at the historic Stephenson Home, also known as Oakland, on Seventh Street. Part of her presentation was showing a whiskey flask that was recently unearthed on the grounds while work is being done.

Altrusa hears update on repairs to historic Parkersburg mansion

PARKERSBURG — Work is underway to restore the Oakland property along Seventh Street in Parkersburg. Senta Goudy, executive director of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation, gave an update to the local Altrusa chapter Thursday on work being done at the historic Stephenson ...

Peoples Bank Theatre lists March shows

MARIETTA — The historic Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta has a wide variety of musicians on its calendar for the month ahead, as well as a staged reading and a selection of classic films. On Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m., Peoples Bank Theatre partners with the Blues, Jazz, & ...

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Ritchie County High School senior Travis Pickering sits beside his senior project, a chair honoring the memory of his father, Randy.

Ritchie County High School student raises money for cancer research

ELLENBORO — Travis Pickering sat in the Ritchie County High School gymnasium, a blue metal folding chair beside him with signatures of people he knew, some he didn’t know. But they had contributed at least $10 apiece to be able to write on the chair. That $10 was part of an effort by ...

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Junior Gavinn Tornes scoops mashed potatoes onto the plate of Waterford resident Charlene Wagner, 67, during the Waterford FFA Hog Roast on Wednesday at Waterford High School.

Waterford FFA Chapter celebrates with community hog roast

WATERFORD — For 34 years, the Waterford FFA Chapter has been showing thanks to the community with an annual hog roast. “This is a pay-it-forward type of event,” said Matt Hartline, FFA adviser for Waterford High School. “It’s the kids’ chance to give back to the community and not ...

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Sheri Neill, 59, and Carol Stollar, 69, both of Waterford, hang clothes at the Waterford Church of the Nazarene in preparation for today’s free closet from 9 to 11 a.m.

Waterford Church of the Nazarene adds free clothing giveaway dates

WATERFORD — Off the beaten path on Marquis Avenue in Waterford lies not only the fellowship of the Waterford Church of the Nazarene, but also a bi-weekly free clothing closet open to the community. “For three years this has been run as a free clothing giveaway on three to four Saturdays a ...

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Over 1,500 people attended the 2016 Great American Home Show. The show had over 50 vendors, including building contractors, heating and air specialists, interior design, roofers, drafters, bathroom installers, mortgage companies and more.

Great American Home Show fast approaching

PARKERSBURG — The 2017 Great American Home Show will offer vendors and potential customers a chance to display, discuss and consider a variety of local options for local homeowners and customers. Organized by the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, this year’s event will be ...

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Pomeroy native Icenhower to perform Elvis tribute Saturday

NELSONVILLE — Nationally recognized Elvis tribute artist and Pomeroy native Dwight Icenhower will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio. Tickets for reserve seats are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and box seats are sold out. For more information call ...

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“Forest” by Kendra Duncan is among the 29 images selected for the sixth annual Federal Hocking High School 8-by-10 Photo Exhibit at ARTS/West in Athens. The show runs Feb. 27 through March 25.

Federal Hocking photo exhibit opening

ATHENS — As part of Celebrating Youth Art Month, Lancer artists from Federal Hocking High School’s student chapter of the National Art Honors Society will present its 6th annual 8-by-10 Photography Exhibit at the ARTS/West gallery, 132 W. State St. The show will be on exhibit 10 a.m. to 4 ...

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Heartwood in the Hills will be offering spring art classes beginning in March.

Heartwood in Hills classes seek students

GLENVILLE — Enrollment is now being taken at Heartwood in the Hills for the Spring 2017 program of classes running from March 6 through June 3 when students and alumni participate in the Calhoun County Wood Festival. The Heartwood performance at the festival will include masks and dancing as ...

Colony Short Film Festival scheduled for March 2-4

MARIETTA — The Colony Short Film Festival marks its 11th year of showcasing local and international short films in downtown Marietta from March 2-4 at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre. One day passes for the Colony Short Film Festival are $10, or $25 for all three days. Senior and student ...

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A blue jay sits on top of a block of suet.

Feeders provide food for birds, enjoyment to Mid-Ohio Valley residents

MARIETTA — Cold weather makes it difficult to get outside, but a well-placed bird feeder can bring nature to a front door. While a few feeders in a yard provide sustenance to a variety of bird species, they also provide hours of viewing pleasure. “Feeding birds is great entertainment and ...

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As part of its Kids Club Series, the Smoot Theatre will present “Alexander Who’s Not Not ... Going to Move” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Smoot at 213 Fifth St. in Parkersburg.

Smoot Theatre, Peoples Bank Theatre slate shows

PARKERSBURG — Several shows are scheduled for the latter half of February at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg and Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. * On Feb. 23, “Route 66” will perform at 8 p.m. at the Smoot Theatre. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. ...

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Jake Leisure of VanDevender Middle School and Landon Francisco of Edison Middle School prepare for the tip off of the inaugural Lemonade Stand Game on Tuesday to raise money into childhood cancer research.

Chance to raise funds for charity a slam dunk for Parkersburg basketball teams

PARKERSBURG — Two crosstown rivals got together on Valentine’s Day to raise money for research for a cure for cancer. The VanDevender Middle School Blue Devils and the Edison Middle School Eagles basketball teams played in the inaugural Lemonade Stand Game to raise awareness and money for ...

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Brittany Reed, 20, of Williamstown, grinds valves for a truck during her diesel mechanics class.

Washington State Community College mechanics student breaks auto industry mold

MARIETTA — It’s a profession that has few women, but that’s never discouraged 20-year-old Brittany Reed from pursuing her passion for fixing cars. Working with her father inspired the interest and now Reed is pursuing a degree in auto diesel mechanics at Washington State Community ...