Community News

Wood County 4-H holds banquet

MINERAL WELLS — Wood County 4-H celebrated their 4-H members at their annual Awards Banquet on November 6, 2016 at the Butcher Bend 4-H Campground.  The event was sponsored by Wesbanco. Wood County 4-H members received several awards and recognitions for outstanding work in 2016. For ...

Wirt County teen brings annual donations to Parkersburg’s House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Today may be Christmas Eve, but for 16-year-old Skylar Bogan, the holiday season didn’t even start until Friday. That’s when the Wirt County High School junior, for the seventh year in a row, delivered shoeboxes filled with snacks and items intended to help ...

Parkersburg man proud, humbled to get Purple Heart he earned in 1953

CLARKSBURG — Chester E. “Chet” Ostrowski of Parkersburg has received his Purple Heart — 63 years after being wounded by enemy fire in Korea. Ostrowski received a letter from the U.S. Army on Sept. 22 stating he had been awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he suffered during the ...

Christmas events slated at Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School girls basketball team brought cheer to the women’s, children’s and pediatrics unit on Thursday at Camden Clark Medical Center. Members delivered to the hospital about four dozen new toys which were placed in gift bags to be given to the ...

Christmas Day meals slated across Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year, with the holiday falling on Sunday. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. ...

Campus Martius Museum to host events

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Musum will host a couple of events in December and January at 601 Second St. The museum will hold “Meet the Pioneers” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 28, with the special program included as part of regular museum admission. Campus Martius Museum invites the ...

Marietta Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour tour to be held Dec. 26

MARIETTA — For the 21st year, the annual Marietta Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour will be held on the night after Christmas in downtown Marietta and the surrounding neighborhood. The tour will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 232 Third St. in downtown ...

Community dinners slated for Christmas Day

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church at 1906 Gihon ...

Love Lights shine bright in Marietta

Since 1991, every holiday season, Marietta Memorial Hospital has shined the lights a little brighter for the Love Lights trees displayed in every lobby. The trees symbolically celebrate people who’ve made an impact on others’ lives. Love Lights has been a program established to support ...

Grants from Barth Trust awarded

SISTERSVILLE — Harry E. and Olive T. Barth’s legacy will long endure in Tyler County. A dozen organizations in Sistersville and the greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $131,757 from the Harry E. and Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust. The Community Foundation ...

Marietta’s Peoples Bank Theatre plans holiday programs

MARIETTA — Three holiday programs will be featured through the end of December at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours ...

Wood County art teachers displaying work at WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — Several art teachers from the Wood County School System are exhibiting their artistic talent during December. The Wood County School Teachers Art Exhibit will be on display at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular hours on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 ...

Schrader Youth Ballet to present ‘Nutcracker’ in Parkersburg, Marietta

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet Company will present its annual production of “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” this weekend in Parkersburg and Marietta. The performance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre at 213 Fifth St. in downtown Parkersburg. On Friday, a ...

Gallery to host two book signings Friday

PARKERSBURG — Two book signings will be held Friday at The Gallery, 614 Green St., Parkersburg. Author R.G. Yoho of Little Hocking will hold a book signing for “Return to Matewan,” which is about how the coal miners attempted organize a union in Matewan, W.Va., from 10 a.m.-2 ...

Pets ‘Light Up’ Humane Society of the Ohio Valley fundraiser

MARIETTA — During the month of December, the Light Up Our Lives program is once again in full swing to remember and honor the pets that have brightened and enriched people’s lives. All proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. “It’s tough for someone ...

Marietta’s Peoples Bank Theatre kicks off season

MARIETTA — Following its first full year in operation following extensive restoration, the historic Peoples Bank Theatre will kick off another season of shows running from mid-January through May. The series includes a wide variety of live entertainment, from acrobatics and illusions that ...

United Way Pacesetters honored

United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley is pleased to honor those who have generously joined the Pacesetter Club as of Dec. 1. “Thanks to our pacesetters we are ahead of last year’s pace and have reached over 40 percent of our goal,” said Chip Pickering, Pacesetter chairman. “We ...

Historic Marietta home gets into the Christmas spirit

MARIETTA — Overlooking the west side of the Muskingum River is The Anchorage atop the hill on George Street where it is adorned with holiday lights. “The display outside is dedicated to the reason for Christmas, our savior, the Washington County Historical Society and the ...

Youth groups teaming up to raise funds for Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG — Youth groups from seven churches on both sides of the Ohio River are coming together Dec. 17 to ring bells at the Grand Central Mall to raise funds for the Salvation Army. And maybe learn a few things about themselves as well. “There’s going to be youth groups from ...

Daniel McPherson pens another Christmas book for children

PARKERSBURG — A local insurance agent has written a new children’s book with a yuletide theme. “Buddy Bunny & Mac Moose” is Daniel McPherson’s tale about a moose befriending a rabbit, playing reindeer games and helping Santa Claus. Mac lives at the North Pole. He’s ...