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First Presbyterian Church’s mission was to help create a children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg and donate toys for young children. From left are Jessy Towner of House to Home, Dawn Eddy of House to Home and Kay Dunn and Barbara Lucas from First Presbyterian Church.

Church volunteers help House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg have remodeled and painted the children’s corner at House to Home, 413 Eighth St. The church volunteers also have delivered toys for young children staying at the day shelter. Barbara Lucas, from the mission and ...

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Rich Fullmer, left, district manager for Dollar General, presents a $10,000 literacy grant check to Kanawha Elementary School Principal Matt Null and members of the school’s 5th-grader leadership team.

Dollar General gives Kanawha Elementary School $10K literacy grant

DAVISVILLE — Representatives of area Dollar General stores surprised Kanawha Elementary School staff and students Thursday with a $10,000 grant for literacy programs. Rich Fullmer, district manager for Dollar General, presented the check to Principal Matt Null and members of the school’s ...

Belpre Holiday Lights Parade kicks off season on Nov. 25

BELPRE — Belpre Holiday Lights Parade, sponsored by Belpre Lions Club, is accepting applications for entrance of units in the annual event set for Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Line up begins at 5 p.m. at Belpre High School behind the stadium, with the parade traveling from the school up ...

Mammograms to be offered in bus

HARRISVILLE — A new mobile mammography vehicle will be offering screenings in Ritchie County today. The 45-foot vehicle called Bonnie’s Bus will visit Ritchie County today, a service of West Virginia University Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute. The bus will be at the Ritchie Regional ...

Williamstown High School senior Susan Fauber is this week’s Teen of the Week. Fauber dreams of traveling.  (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Fauber dreams of travel

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High School senior Susan Fauber is searching the horizon for her next big adventure. The 17-year-old is still figuring out where life will take her after graduation, but she knows one thing for certain: “I love traveling,” she said. “I’m not really sure ...

Bill Holbert, left, and Steve Metheny take a break after moving six boxes of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to the loading entrance of Emmanuel Baptist Church Monday. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Operation Christmas Child collections begin

PARKERSBURG — Christmas for a child in a foreign country began Monday as Operation Christmas Child collections started coming in to area collection points. There are 15 collection points in 11 counties in West Virginia, according to Janice Childers, who oversees the collection within those ...

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Caperton Center for Applied Technology students Logan Bailey, left, and Cullen Gates, right, work on modifying a battery-power, rideable toy car to work as a therapeutic vehicle for a child with special needs. The project is part of the Go Baby Go! program, and the finished cars will be unveiled during a program Monday at the Caperton Center.

Wood County students design vehicles for special needs children

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools technical students will reveal three children’s therapy vehicles built from motorized toy cars Monday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The cars are part of the Go Baby Go! program which redesigns battery-powered, ride-on cars for children with ...

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The Peanuts characters were featured in a light display at City Park in Parkersburg during Holiday in the Park last year.

Mid-Ohio Valley holiday light shows to sparkle

PARKERSBURG — With the holiday season approaching, a number of holiday light displays, parades and other activities are scheduled for late November and early December. * Near Wheeling, the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay started Nov. 10 and will run through Jan. 1. Supported ...

Operation Christmas Child launches

PARKERSBURG — Collection sites in the area have been announced for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world. During the National Collection Week Nov. 13-20, ...

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The Rage Hair Salon staff at the Grand Central Mall is providing haircuts at no charge Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Front row, from left, are Debbie Reese, Holly McKnight, Leah Roberts and Missie Weaver. Back row, from left, are Melissa Shepard, Maggie Wagner, Andrea Little and Tiana Tibbs. Not pictured are Cassie Brundige, Cheyenne Landis, Rachelle West, Josy Duckworth, Alex Whittington, Meranda Clegg, Renee Kerns and Taylor Hoover.

Grand Central Mall salon providing free haircuts for veterans Sunday

VIENNA — There’s a first time for everything. For Tim Whitehair, owner of The Rage Hair Salon in the Grand Central Mall, it was the fact he has a son who is a Marine. “And I wanted to do something to give back to the veterans who have served this great country and made it what it is ...

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From left, Heather Hepburn, Joshua Woodard, Bill Knotts and Barbara Full perform in the Actors Guild of Parkersburg production of “Sister Act.” The musical will be presented the next three weekends at the Guild Playhouse in downtown Parkersburg.

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to present ‘Sister Act’

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the comedic movie turned musical “Sister Act” for three weekends in November at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets. “Sister Act” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17, 18, 24 and 25, at 2:30 ...

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Korean War Army veteran Orville Allen, front left, of Parkersburg, salutes as combined high school bands play “The Star-Spangled Banner” during last year’s Veterans Day program at City Park in Parkersburg. Standing beside Allen was Parkersburg resident Linda Hatfield, sister to seven brothers who served in the military.

Mid-Ohio Valley to mark Veterans Day

PARKERSBURG — A number of parades and ceremonies are planned for Saturday in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. * The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg will hold its annual Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 1829 Seventh St. in ...

Taste of Valley slated for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The annual Taste of the Valley cooking show will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Parkersburg South High School Auditorium. The cooking show is organized and presented by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Tickets are available for the two-hour event featuring Chef Chad Winebrenner of ...

Trees of Our Heritage opens on Sunday

PARKERSBURG — Christmas trees reflecting the holiday traditions of different countries and themes will be on display through December at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg. The annual “Trees of Our Heritage” Christmas tree exhibit will begin with an opening ...

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Betty Ulrey in her studio at her home in Glen Mills, Pa., with some of her artwork in the background. At age 98, she still paints actively.

Ulrey, 98, still loves to paint

GLEN MILLS, Pa. — At the age of 98, Betty Ulrey remains an active painter. “She lives to paint,” Ulrey’s son Steve said of his mother. “I do believe that her long life is related to being able to continue doing something she truly loves,” Steve said. Betty Ulrey, one of the ...

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Ripley High School senior John Alex Lowe is a programmer in his school’s VEX Robotics program. He says he has a love of science and technology born out of curiosity in how things work and how things are made.

Teen of the Week: Lowe seeks to help others

RIPLEY — Ripley High School senior John Alex Lowe excels at academics, but what he really wants is to help himself and others succeed at their dreams and goals. The 17-year-old carries a 4.0 gpa and takes Advanced Placement Physics as a virtual school class. During his four years of high ...

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Members of the Parkersburg High School Navy Junior ROTC stand at attention Monday at the beginning of Williamstown High School’s annual Veterans Day Assembly.

Williamstown High honors area veterans

WILLIAMSTOWN — Nearly 100 veterans ranging from World War II to recent conflicts gathered Monday at Williamstown High School for the annual Veterans Day Assembly. The event gives students and staff the chance to thank and honor those who have served their country in the armed forces. The ...

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Jerry Smith of Parkersburg holds two historic issues of The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg Sentinel that announce the end of World War I and World War II. Smith obtained the old newspapers from his brother, Ray, and from the Rinky Dinks flea market in Marietta.

Veterans Day commemorated with newspapers

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man is commemorating Veterans Day with local newspapers that announced the end of hostilities in World War I and World War II. Jerry Smith of Nash Street has framed issues of The Parkersburg Sentinel of Nov. 11, 1918, marking the end of the first World War, and ...

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Knitting one of her creations at the 39th annual Warren High School Band Boosters’ Arts and Crafts Fair was Teresa Ullman.

Warren Arts and Crafts Fair packs in crafts, buyers

VINCENT, Ohio — For almost four decades the Warren High School gymnasium, small gymnasium and hallways have been packed with arts and crafts from area artisans at the annual band boosters’ arts and crafts fair and those eager to purchase their goods. Courtney Clark, director of the ...

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The Parkersburg Art Center will be hosting an exhibit of over 2,350 works that are all six inches square during its  “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art” show.

Parkersburg Art Center displaying 6×6 exhibit

PARKERSBURG — With an event organizers are calling “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art,” the Parkersburg Art Center is kicking off the holiday season with an exhibit of over 2,350 works that are all six inches square. The artwork is in all mediums and styles, from paintings to ...