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WSCC Upward Bound program gets $1.3M

MARIETTA — Washington State Community College has been awarded a $1.3 million grant for the Upward Bound College Prep Academy from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, distributed at $270,375 per year for the next five years, will be used to keep the program moving toward its ...

Panel discusses addiction battle

PARKERSBURG — The people of local churches can provide a human connection that so many dealing with drug abuse need as they deal with their addiction and go through recovery, a speaker said at an event highlighting faith-based services in addiction treatment. Around 160 people, including ...

Fenton prepares for final auction this month

WILLIAMSTOWN — Though the writing had been on the wall, it was difficult to write the press release. “Aug. 9, 2007, a company-wide meeting was called and as they gathered I sent out the news,” said James Measell, 75, of Marietta. “We did it that way so the news got out right and so ...

Ritchie Relay for Life begins Friday

ELLENBORO — The annual Relay for Life of Ritchie County will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium at Ritchie County High School in Ellenboro, running until 1 a.m. Saturday. Relay for Life is a locally organized annual event to celebrate the lives of cancer ...

Filling in the gaps

An employee of Wilson Restoration works near the top of the Third Street side of the Parkersburg Municipal Building on a man lift Monday morning. Wilson Restoration is working on a $215,778 contract to clean and repair the exterior of the building, replacing the original adhesive caulking on ...

Belpre council gets police dog update

BELPRE — A community effort to acquire a police dog for the Belpre Police Department is entering the next phase, as organizers begin work to collect on pledges which have been given for the project. At Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council, officials received updates from Police Chief ...

Local illustrator remembers Adam West

WILLIAMSTOWN — J.D. Williamson, a cartoonist-illustrator-caricaturist-storyteller — was working on editorial cartoons in his Williamstown studio on Saturday when he got the word over social media. Actor Adam West, who played the role of “Batman” in the television show of the same name ...

Friendship Park dedication, block party set for Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The city of Parkersburg will celebrate the recently completed renovations at Friendship Park on Tuesday with a dedication ceremony and neighborhood block party. The dedication ceremony is slated for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the park, located in the 400 block of 13th Street. Officials ...

Stray kitten at West Virginia State Capitol finds home in Parkersburg

CHARLESTON — Jacque Bland of Parkersburg has a new feline companion after playing a role in the rescue of a scared tabby kitten taking refuge under vehicles parked at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston. Bland serves as communications director for the state Senate, and is known as ...

Two-hour Trips: Ohio’s Amish Country offers relaxation

Located in Northeast Ohio, Amish Country offers tourists plenty of activities to enjoy and places to shop. There are also a lot of scenic routes to take, through farmland and countryside, to stop and enjoy at a leisurely pace, especially behind a buggy. Made up of a cluster of small towns in ...

Mid-Ohio Valley ready for Multi-Cultural Festival

PARKERSBURG — The 22nd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, fun, entertainment and activities at City Park in Parkersburg. This year’s festival runs from June 16-18 with free admission all weekend. The hours are 6-10 p.m. June 16, 11 a.m. to 10 ...

Balloon released by Parkersburg couple found in Pennsylvania

PARKERSBURG — What goes up, must come down. Ralph and Barbara McCloy of Parkersburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26 when they released balloons, a large ‘6’ and ‘0,’ at the celebration with friends and family at Heart of Worship Fellowship Hall in south ...

Marietta residents win Buddy Bass fishing tournament

BELPRE — The 16th annual Buddy Bass fishing tournament was held June 3 at the Belpre boat ramp as a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Nails N’ Tails Dawg Spa of Little Hocking was the sponsor. First-place team: Joseph Mitchem and Joe Mitchem, Marietta, total weight of fish 10 ...

North Hills club hosting luau tonight

NORTH HILLS — North Hills Swim and Racquet Club is having its luau tonight, open to the general public. The adult social at poolside will be from 8 to 11 p.m. and feature food, adult beverages, games, prizes, 50/50 drawing, disc jockey and room to dance. The cost is $20 per ...

Community gardens fill Mid-Ohio Valley plates

MARIETTA — Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, lettuce and peppers are all fruits and vegetables that are currently growing in community gardens throughout the county. Summertime means fresh produce and the community gardens are thriving more than ever before. With locations in ...

Bridge project wins awards for Edison Middle School students

PARKERSBURG — If you want to know anything about the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, just ask Kendal Mader and Lucy Powers of Wood County. As eighth-graders at Edison Middle School this past school year, Mader and Powers researched the history of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge and ...

Ely Chapman Center to host Super Summer Kick Off

MARIETTA — School’s out and area children are invited to celebrate with a host of fun activities during a free Super Summer Kick Off from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ely Chapman Center, 403 Scammel St. in Marietta. “There will be carnival games like golf, darts, ball knock-downs and other ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp to begin June 19

PARKERSBURG — In a couple weeks, youth from five states will be in the area painting houses by participating in the annual Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp. Volunteers help paint the homes of the low-income, elderly and disabled in need. The work camp is sponsored by area Churches of Christ and ...

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department preps 76th annual ice cream social

VIENNA — Since its beginning 76 years ago, the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream Social has become an area institution and this year’s event will also mark the 80th anniversary of the department. This year the festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with volunteers dishing up ...