Community News

Matheny Insurance presents grant to Parkersburg Day Nursery

PARKERSBURG -Matheny Insurance Services, an Allstate affiliate, presented a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community program to the Parkersburg Day Nursery.The presentation was made by Justin Knotts, agency manager for Matheny Insurance Services, to Karen ...

Parkersburg to host concert benefiting flood victims

PARKERSBURG - The city of Parkersburg will be hosting a benefit concert at Bicentennial Plaza, between the city building and the courthouse, July 13 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. to help flood victims in West Virginia.Monetary donations are encouraged and checks should be made out to the American Red ...

Parkersburg car show benefits West Virginia Special Olympics

PARKERSBURG - The Blennerhassett Corvette Association donated $500 to the West Virginia Special Olympics Friday at the second annual July Cruise In.The car show featured a "best in show" event. The top 50 cars received a plaque and T-shirt from the Corvette association.The event started at 5 ...

Commanders join Parkersburg Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG - Major Matt Riley's path to the Salvation Army, and now Parkersburg, didn't include years of church. His wife, who is Major Cathy Riley, had years of church and her family had generations of service with the Salvation Army.Neither, however, was in the Salvation Army when they met. ...

Humane Society of Parkersburg plans fundraiser

VIENNA - The Humane Society of Parkersburg's WVU Tailgate Party is returning to Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna on Aug. 20.There will be dinner, drinks, auctions, raffles, music, 50/50 drawing and a reverse drawing with a cash prize total of $7,000, including a grand prize of $3,000. Only 300 ...

Parkersburg fire chief issues fireworks safety tips for the Fourth of July

PARKERSBURG With Independence Day on Monday, residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley are getting ready for the celebration and buying fireworks.Fireworks such as Roman candles, bottle rockets and fire crackers became legal with the passage this year of House Bill 2646 in the state Legislature.But ...

Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Barns and Farms tab taking entries

PARKERSBURG - Send your stories and pictures to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel for the Barns and Farms of the Mid Ohio Valley tab to be published later this month.The second annual publication highlights barns and farms throughout the region in Ohio and West Virginia. Residents are asked to ...

Williamstown woman wins bronze at Transplant Games of America

WILLIAMSTOWN - A local woman whose life was saved by a liver transplant last year won two medals earlier this month at The Transplant Games of America.Tracy Reifer, 50, of Williamstown, competed as part of Team Ohio during this year's Transplant Games, which were held June 10-15 in ...

Parkersburg, Marietta humane societies plan benefit

MARIETTA - A benefit for the humane societies in Parkersburg and Marietta will be held at the premiere of "The Secret Life of Pets" at 7 p.m. July 7 at the Odyssey Theatre at the Lafayette Plaza in Marietta.All tickets for the show are $10 and all the money raised will be evenly split between ...

Shakespeare by the River begins in Marietta

MARIETTA - The third annual Shakespeare by the River program kicks off 8:30 p.m. today at Muskingum Park.This year's production is "The Taming of the Shrew," William Shakespeare's classic play. Performances are free and open to the public.The production runs for the next two weekends, today, ...

Newport Volunteer Fire Department holds annual Fireman’s Festival

NEWPORT - There are plenty of good reasons for people to go to the Newport VFD Fireman's Festival.There's a parade, great food, games, rides, a country store, bingo, raffles, live entertainment and, of course fireworks. But, the bottom line is because the Newport community likes to support ...

Italian foreign exchange student reviews his Parkersburg experience

VIENNA - Pietro Refosco, a foreign exchange student from Valdagno, Italy, has enjoyed his stay in Parkersburg.Valdagno is a town located in northeastern Italy, about 250 miles north of Rome. Refosco has been staying with Ken Gilbert, of Parkersburg, for the past 10 months and will be returning ...

Homeless students hidden in plain sight in Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG - Homeless student populations are decreasing nationwide as graduation rates are on the rise, a trend educators and school officials hope to see continue.The issue is highlighted in a recent report entitled "Hidden In Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools," by ...

Fourth of July events slated throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG - A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday.WOOD COUNTY* The annual American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg City Park begins June 28 and runs through July 5 with games, rides and concessions. Rides are ...

Kids are lovin’ it at Humane Society of Parkersburg’s Camp Ruffin’ It

PARKERSBURG - Camp Ruffin' It, the Humane Society of Parkersburg's first camp of the summer, started off on the right paw this week with kids training and playing with shelter dogs.Camp Ruffin' It is a week-long morning camp for kids ages 8 to 12 that runs twice in the summer, once in June and ...

Humane Society pet adoption event slated for Saturday in Marietta

MARIETTA - The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, River City Farmers Market and The Marietta Times are working together to create a fun day full of adorable animals and fresh produce for the Mid-Ohio Valley community.This Saturday people are welcome to come down to the farmers market at the ...