Community News

Hidden Marietta to be explored Saturday

MARIETTA — Have you ever wondered what it looks like above Two Peas in a Pod Florist? Or maybe you’re curious about what secret areas the Anchorage has that you’ve never seen. Hidden Marietta Tour Company and Marietta Main Street are teaming up to provide an exclusive self-guided tour ...

Warren High School to host musical celebration

VINCENT — A musical celebration will be held at Warren High School at 7 p.m. May 9. The “Come Sing and Celebrate” will feature all four choirs (fifth-eighth grades), seventh and eighth grade handbell groups and seventh and eighth grade bands from Warren Middle School. The event will be ...

Smoot Theatre ensembles to perform

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will present their final concert of the year at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth St. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in ...

Warren students sing in honor choir

VINCENT — Warren Middle School students Jordyn Taylor and Cadence Frame were selected as members of the American Choral Directors Association’s 2017 National Honor Choir that performed in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 11. The choir, which had about 300 students from across the United ...

Parkersburg Choral Society closes out season

PARKERSBURG — Those involved with the Parkersburg Choral Society really like to sing. The society held its last performance of the 2016-2017 concert season Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street in Parkersburg. “We are doing our annual Spring Concert,” said Luke Zyla, ...

Parkersburg parks offer music programs

PARKERSBURG — Beginning at the start of June, Artsbridge will be bringing two free concert programs to Parkersburg’s public parks through the summer season. Artsbridge will be presenting the weekly Summer Music in the Park series at City Park, with weekly concerts at the park bandshell ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announced its grant awards Thursday for spring 2017. The foundation awarded a total of $163,209 region-wide through its Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the foundation’s 11-county ...

Women’s Care Center reaches funding goal

PARKERSBURG — Women’s Care Center reached the $100,000 fundraising goal for its spring banquet held at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna on April 20 and April 21. This annual event is held in duplicate for two nights to allow the large crowd of 372 supporters to learn more about the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley group named Marshall University alumni chapter of the year

VIENNA — For the third time in four years, the Mid-Ohio Valley’s “Thundering Bison Club” has been named Marshall University’s alumni chapter of the year. The most recent alumni award for the local club was presented last weekend at Marshall’s Alumni Weekend as the Thundering Bison ...

Mom Prom: Women enjoy time at BrAva benefit event

MARIETTA — Women across the Mid-Ohio Valley got out their fanciest dresses and let loose on the dance floor at the annual Mom Prom on Friday. All ages of women got together in the Washington County Fairgrounds Junior Fair Building in Marietta to support BrAva, all while sharing laughs, ...

Parkersburg High School graduate Alexandra Bush balances classes, coaching

PARKERSBURG — The life on the road as a small college student athlete is not the glamorous life. You study when and where you can. It’s not much better for a graduate assistant coach who is also a graduate student. Such is the life for Alexandra Bush, who is the graduate assistant coach ...

Country Roads offers volunteer work, life tips

PARKERSBURG — Country Roads CEOs held its most recent meeting with secretary Jorie Kennedy presiding. Roll call tallied 654-1/2 volunteer hours, for the members reporting. Continuing Education committee representative Kay Hill stated that computers and other electronic devices could be ...

Wood County Spring Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale today

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Spring Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale will be 6 p.m. today at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. People with an interest in gardening, whether experienced or inexperienced, who want to learn more and talk with people with a wide range of experiences can ...

Fenton Art Glass to hold employee reunion Saturday

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Fenton Art Glass plant and gift shop will hold a reunion Saturday for former employees and their families. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with tours of the factory available. Cake and punch will be served and the gift shop will be open. Those wanting to ...

Blennerhassett Island open for season

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2017 season next Tuesday as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. With the opening of the island on May 2, visitors can board the Island Belle ...

Parkersburg Choral Society Spring Concert slated for Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Choral Society will host its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg. The concert will be free and open to the public due in part to a grant from Artsbridge. Donations will be accepted at the door. There will be ...

Washington County Career Center to host gardening event Saturday

MARIETTA — Like spring flowers and leafy plants popping up this time of year in area gardens, a full-day gardening event this Saturday will offer a colorful variety of people, knowledge and things that grow. “It’s educational, it’s an opportunity for socializing with like-minded ...

Parkersburg YMCA to mark Healthy Kids Day on Saturday

PARKERSBURG — On Saturday the YMCA of Parkersburg is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in the Mid-Ohio Valley to get moving and learning, and families living healthier, officials said. The YMCA of Parkersburg’s Healthy Kids Day takes ...

Doctors go on mission trip

PARKERSBURG — Cataracts are the leading cause of curable blindness in the world. Many countries do not have the finances or health systems in place to treat the poor who have cataracts, said Dr. David George, local ophthalmologist. In January, George with two friends, Dr. John Pajka of ...