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Vienna man named West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival Man of the Year

SISTERSVILLE — Charlie Burd of Vienna said it was humbling to receive the honor of 2017 West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year. With this honor, Burd was parade marshal at last Saturday’s 49th annual Oil and Gas Festival parade in Sistersville. In the parade, Burd, executive director ...

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Shookstruck Trio members Robert Kistler, Dan Zawodniak and Matt Larson perform at Blennerhassett

Shookstruck Trio entertains Wood County third-graders

PARKERSBURG — “It sounds like a parade,” remarked one student as all Wood County third-graders attended a series of concerts by the Shookstruck Trio this week. The trio is comprised of three members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: principal percussionist Matt Larson, ...

Setron, Babcock to enter Parkersburg High School Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — Joe Setron and Bill Babcock will be honored tonight as the latest members of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame. Setron was an all-state football player at Parkersburg High School in 1917. Babcock was a sportswriter for The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg ...

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From left, seventh-graders Layken Skinner, Halley Durkin, Olivia Welch and Izzy Farinash are some of the FOR Club members at Jackson Junior Middle School in Vienna.

Jackson Middle School students display kindness to others

VIENNA — The FOR Club at Jackson Middle School has its first targeted act of kindness planned for small children in October. FOR stands for Friends of Rachel. The club was formed in honor of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine School shootings in ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s nears funding goal

WILLIAMSTOWN — As the Walk to End Alzheimer’s gets closer to starting, organizers say they have raised more than $40,000 of their goal before the walk begins. “Currently we have raised $43,500 toward our $60,000 goal with more donations coming in daily,” said Susie Warman, regional ...

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The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for the next two weekends at the Guild Playhouse in downtown Parkersburg.

Actors Guild of Parkersburg readies ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the story of a man’s descent into madness with the classic story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for two weekends in September. The performances will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth ...

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Bands step up to help Williamstown High School drumline

PARKERSBURG — In organizing his first concert — a fundraiser to purchase new drums for the Williamstown High School music program — Perry Knopp found some willing partners. Charleston indie band Qiet and blues journeyman Greg O’Brien and the Spoodoo Cadillacs will take the stage at ...

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Jim Boston, of Ritchie County, stands by his 15 hp Reed motor, which is 100 years old and still running, during last year’s Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival at Mountwood Park.

Volcano Days to begin Friday

VOLCANO — The 29th annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Friday through Sunday at Mountwood Park, just off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of ...

Glenville State College to present ‘The Miracle Worker’

GLENVILLE — Students in Glenville State College’s Theatre program will be performing “The Miracle Worker,” their first full show of the fall 2017 semester at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday. Admission is free for GSC students and $3 for general admission. The play is suitable for all ...

Daughters of the American Revolution chapter discusses Project Linus

PARKERSBURG — The September meeting of the Blennerhassett Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was held Sept. 16 at the Blennerhassett Museum. In addition to the business meeting, a program about Project Linus was presented by Project Linus’ Ohio Valley Chapter Coordinator Amber ...

Parkersburg man charged with murder

A Parkersburg man has been charged with a murder that happened Sunday night. According to records in Wood County Magistrate Court, Matthew Lee Wilson, 30, 907 33rd St., was charged with the murder of David Matthew Hill, 60, who also lived at and owned 907 33rd St. The weapon used in the ...

Volcano Days to be Sept. 22-24

VOLCANO — The 29th annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Sept. 22-24 at Mountwood Park, just off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of food ...

Pastor Casey Dawson of the Sunrise Baptist Church is the moderator for the Parkersburg Baptist Association. He stands in front of the bandshell at Parkersburg’s City Park where the Baptist Association is hosting the “Party in the Park,” which begins at  1 p.m. Sept. 30 with the Jason Lovins Band. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Party in the Park celebration to bring local churches together

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Baptist Association is changing, according to Pastor Casey Dawson of the Sunrise Baptist Church. “The change will become visible Sept. 30,” he said. “Many years ago churches met and did things together,” he said. “Churches have grown to the point ...

Marietta Home Health and Hospice aide Dusty DeLancey, left, helps longtime volunteer Marge Stacy show off her cake during an early birthday celebration at the hospice office Thursday. Stacy turns 91 on Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Shawver)

Marietta Home Health and Hospice honors longtime volunteer

MARIETTA — Every Thursday Marge Stacy travels from her home in Lowell to Marietta where she volunteers with Marietta Home Health and Hospice. On other days Stacy may be found singing with her chorus group for residents at area nursing homes. This weekend she’ll be traveling to ...

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David Wells, founder and chief executive officer of Chocolate Jazz Foundation, announced “Wine and Jazz on Market Street” will take place Sept. 30 on Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets in Parkersburg. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m.

Jazz concert set for Market St.

PARKERSBURG — The sounds of smooth jazz will fill the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street on Sept. 30. The gates open at 4 p.m. and music will be from 5-9 p.m. during the free “Wine and Jazz on Market Street” festival, said event organizer David Wells of Vienna, founder and chief ...

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Guest speaker Tom Thelen visited Blennerhassett Middle School Wednesday as part of a two-day anti-bullying campaign in Wood County middle schools. The event was sponsored by Community Bank as part of its Community Cares outreach program.

Victim proof: Community Bank holds anti-bullying program for kids

PARKERSBURG —Students must be given the tools to deal with bullying, both for themselves and for others, a national anti-bullying advocate said Wednesday. Tom Thelen, author and founder of the Victimproof Bullying Prevention Program, visits schools throughout the country, talking to ...

W.Va. chooses SAT as 11th-grade assessment

CHARLESTON — All West Virginia high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the statewide summative assessment in spring 2018, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. The College Board was selected Wednesday as the successful bidder following a competitive review ...

Five PHS students named National Merit semifinalists

PARKERSBURG — Five Parkersburg High School students are among thousands of students nationally named this week as 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Wednesday announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual ...

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Parkersburg City Councilman Jeff Fox discusses proposed fireworks regulations during a Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday at the Municipal Building.

Committee sends fireworks ordinance to council

PARKERSBURG — The city’s prohibition against fireworks would be lifted four times a year under legislation forwarded to Parkersburg City Council by its Public Works Committee. At its meeting Tuesday afternoon, the committee voted 3-2 to send to the full council an ordinance requiring ...

Safety concerns topic of Marietta committee meeting

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee met Wednesday to discuss safety concerns on Ohio Street, an upcoming fundraiser at the Peoples Bank Theatre and a donation of repair services on Ellenwood Avenue. Terry Johnson, who spends his summers in a condominium on Ohio Street, ...