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John, left, and David Morris, of the Morris Brothers, perform at the West Virginia State Folk Festival at Glenville in 1974. (Photo by Carl Fleischhauer)

Six to join W.Va. music hall of fame

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will induct six members in February. The six inductees are Hasil Adkins, Ann Magnuson, Frank Hutchison, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith and Michael W. Smith. Magnuson’s career has included the cult favorite combo ...

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Sophia Linscott, 10, of Marietta, pats her dog Olive, a Black English Labrador, on the head after completing a trick.

Pets audition to be part of Ely Chapman Foundation fundraiser

MARIETTA — A variety of clever tricks were displayed Saturday as pets and their owners auditioned for the pet trick portion of the upcoming “Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade” event. Man’s best friend, cats, other furry pets and possibly a few feathered ...

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ABBA tribute band, family show on tap in Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — A number of shows will be featured in January and February at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg and the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. At the Smoot, tickets and information are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at smoottheatre.com. At ...

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Lenora Lada, mother of Trey Moats, and about 30 of Moats’ friends and family gathered Friday night to hold a vigil on what would have been his 27th birthday. He died of a drug overdose Dec. 2. A billboard overlooking the site of the vigil urges people to become familiar with the Good Samaritan law.

Friends, family gather in Marietta to remember overdose victim

MARIETTA — The billboard reads “Trey’s Life Mattered,” and it was clear Friday night that it mattered to many people. More than 30 friends and family, along with an unexpected stranger, gathered in sight of a billboard on Ohio 60 near Colegate Drive purchased by Trey Moats’ mother, ...

C8 documentary to debut at Sundance Film Festival

PARKERSBURG — At least one person interviewed for a documentary about C8 contamination in the Mid-Ohio Valley will attend its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “The Devil We Know” is about DuPont’s use of C8, also known as PFOA, to make Teflon at the Washington Works. A panel of ...

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Sherry Wilson Braid, left, playing Patsy Cline, and Leslie McGoron, in the role of Louise Seger, rehearse for the Mid-Ohio Valley Players production of “Always ... Patsy Cline” continuing tonight at the players’ theater in downtown Marietta.

‘Always… Patsy Cline’ opens in Marietta

MARIETTA — The story of Patsy Cline endures long after her short career, and the latest Mid-Ohio Valley Players production, which opened Friday and continues tonight, focuses on one detail of her iconic life — her relationship with a fan in Texas who became a lifelong correspondent. The ...

Changes on horizon for Parkersburg Homecoming

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 Parkersburg Homecoming will return to a three-day format, and that’s just one of many changes on the horizon, Homecoming President Michael Cottrell said. “We have been out on the streets for about three weeks talking to sponsors,” he said. “The response has ...

Ely Chapman Education Center to host pet tricks auditions Saturday

MARIETTA — Pet lovers throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley of all ages are invited to enter their pets in the Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade at the Peoples Bank Theatre, Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. Pets of all sorts, except reptiles, can be dressed up or have their ...

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Tim Glover, left, and his daughter Emily Glover, middle, look over a stone held by Kaylee Henry, right, of Waterford, during last year’s “Digging the Past: Archaeology Day” at Campus Martius Museum.

Marietta museum to host archaeology program Saturday

MARIETTA — A look at Marietta’s history — and pre-history — will be available during the annual “Digging the Past — Archaeology Day” program from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. Cost is regular museum admission of $7 for adults, $4 for ...

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Dedicated in 1893, “The Castle” is the largest regimental monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. It stands 12 feet deep and 44 feet high and honors the 12th and 44th New York Volunteers. Five bronze tables display the muster rolls of each unit that served here to defend Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, and reliefs of Generals Dan Butterfield and Francis Barlow.

Civil War Roundtable set to meet in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 230 Second St., in Marietta. The featured presentation will be delivered by Brian S. Kesterson, M.A., on his recently published book titled, ...

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Characters mingle with the staff at the Lafayette Hotel during a past Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Saturday’s event will have a 1920s gangster theme.

Lafayette Hotel to host Murder Mystery Dinner Show

MARIETTA — Here’s the deal, see. The Lafayette Hotel wants to show you a good time and you would be wise to accept, capiche? Transporting back to the time of speakeasies, prohibition, flappers and gangsters, a Murder Mystery Dinner Show is planned for Saturday evening with such characters ...

Citizen of the Year nominations accepted

MARIETTA – The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2017 Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year. A committee of area service club representatives and other members that could include past honorees, the chamber president, a chamber board past chairman or current chairman ...

Teen of the Week: Bibbie loves to serve her school

PARKERSBURG — Hamilton Middle School 8th-grader Kasie Bibbie is a leader at her school, a quality she hopes to eventually bring to a classroom of her own. The 14-year-old is Hamilton’s Student Council president, and said she works daily to help improve the school. “I started student ...

Kayla Lynch, center, teen director at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, leads boys and girls in a project to make homemade dog treats Monday at the club on Mary Street in Parkersburg. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

‘Million Members Million Hours’ community service campaign begins

PARKERSBURG — Youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg pledged to do at least one hour of community service this year and many got started on their pledges with activities Monday afternoon at the club on Mary Street. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the club hosted ...

Mom Prom tickets on sale Friday

PARKERSBURG — Tickets go on sale Friday for the fifth annual BrAva Mom Prom to benefit families impacted by childhood cancer. The event sponsored by BrAva Fight, a childhood cancer awareness and fundraising group, will be held April 27 in the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County ...

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Karen Henderson clings to her husband Ted Henderson on Friday while at breakfast at the Busy Bee in Marietta. Ted has taken care of Karen for the last four years as her dementia has progressed into Alzheimer's.

Marietta man opens up about caring for Alzheimer’s-stricken wife

MARIETTA — There’s a constant hum coming from her mouth. She paces, step, slow step, step. She rubs her small cupped hands together, a vacant expression on her face. “It makes you mad at God for a while ... Why not me instead of her?” says Ted Henderson, 69, of ...

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Mike Cundiff has been named the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter of the Year for 2017.

Mike Cundiff named Vienna Firefighter of the Year

VIENNA — Three years ago Mike Cundiff had never thought of volunteering for fire fighting duty, but he was looking for something to keep active and he decided to look into it. Fast forward three years and he is the Vienna Firefighter of the Year for 2017. Cundiff has lived in Vienna for ...

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Musician Steve Free of Portsmouth, Ohio, will present a program on folk music at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

Free, Lepp to speak as part of Blennerhassett Museum lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will present a series of historical lectures in February during its annual Winter Lecture Series. The lecture series features a mixture of speakers each Sunday at 2 p.m. from Feb. 4-25 at the museum at Second and Juliana streets ...

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Lenora Lada appears in this photo with her son Trey Moats.

Washington County woman reminds locals of Good Samaritan law

MARIETTA — The house on Muskingum Drive was hard to find in the dark. When Lenora Lada finally arrived, she found her son on the ground, his pockets turned out. Trey Moats died later at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was 26 years old, killed, his mother thought, by an unintentional ...

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Sean Peterson, right, sits next to his granddaughter, Braylynn Lawhon, 5, in her room at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola, Fla. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December and Peterson has ALS, confined to a wheelchair and unable to talk. The photo, posted Jan. 7 by his daughter, Ally Parker, has received international attention.

Photo of former Parkersburg resident, dying granddaughter goes viral

PARKERSBURG — A photo of a former Parkersburg man with a debilitating neurological disease sitting next to his dying granddaughter has received global attention. Ally Parker on Jan. 7 posted on Facebook the photo of her distraught father Sean Peterson sitting in the hospital room alongside ...