Community News

Grand Central Mall to host Safety Day

VIENNA — About 20 local safety organizations from throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley will participate in the sixth annual Safety Day on Saturday at Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Visitors can meet safety personnel and engage in hands-on educational demonstrations throughout the mall from noon-3 ...

Mid-Ohio Valley groups aid Drug Free Clubs

PARKERSBURG — With drug abuse locally on the rise, three organizations are the latest to assist the Parkersburg Rotary Club with its drug prevention program in high schools. Parkersburg South High School and Parkersburg High School have 200 students each participating in the Drug Free ...

Edison Middle School students raise money for food pantry

PARKERSBURG — Edison Middle School students showed their Irish pride Thursday, raising $282 to benefit the school’s food pantry as part of an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The school held a fundraising event Thursday, selling green hats for $1 each. The event was held a day early ...

Senior Stitchers donates quilt for fundraiser

PARKERSBURG — A handmade quilt by the Senior Stitchers group has been donated to the Wood County Senior Citizens where it will be featured in a fundraiser for the agency. The blue and gold quilt is on display in the Senior Citizens administrative offices at 914 Market St., Parkersburg. ...

Child praised for quick action during Reno fire

MARIETTA — What started as a normal night at home last month ended with 9-year-old Colt Bitz calling 911 to say that his home was on fire. “I just knew I needed to get out of there,” he said. “It wasn’t scary because I was taught what to do.” The Phillips Elementary third-grader ...

Wood County native publishes first novel

PHILADELPHIA — After graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1991, Rahul Mehta left West Virginia for college and work. But Parkersburg and the Mountain State remain important in his life and helped to shape who he is today as a person and a writer, Mehta said. Mehta, who teaches ...

Easter Bonnet Contest slated for March 30

PARKERSBURG — People will have a chance to decorate and show off their Easter hats during the Easter Bonnet Contest. The Easter Bonnet Contest will take place March 30 at Tall Oaks Event Center at 1703 20th St. in Parkersburg. People can register their hats March 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 ...

Irish band to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — In conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish band Runa will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St. in Marietta. Tickets are $15-$30 and are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling 740-371-5152. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 ...

Tribute to Streisand to close out season at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will present the final show in its 2016-2017 season on March 25 with a “Tribute to Barbra Streisand.” The show will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Smoot at 213 Fifth St. in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets are ...

4-H readies annual fundraiser dinner in Washington County

MARIETTA — Though Katie Bennett followed her mother in joining 4-H at a young age, from that point on her experiences there have taught her to be independent. “I’ve learned a lot about myself in 4-H,” said the 18-year-old Marietta High School senior. “I’ve learned what I’m ...

MOV’n Dragons prep Thriver pasta benefit

MARIETTA — By all accounts, Felicia Buell was a fighter, a positive influence and a bright light, serving as the sunshine secretary for MOV’n Dragons. Now a program that will help others like her, people touched by cancer, has been named in her honor. The Felicia M. Buell Thriver ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to play Beatles material

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will perform “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett Middle School on Jewell Road. Tickets can be purchased at wvsop.org or by calling 304-485-4200. Tickets start at $22 and student ...

Knight of Columbus kick off Lenten food drive

PARKERSBURG — Knight of Columbus Council 594 in Parkersburg has kicked off its annual 40 Cans for Lent food campaign, a national project that encourages local councils to collect food as a spiritual act of gratitude during the 40 days prior to Easter. Food will be collected through Easter ...

William Phillips receives DNR honor

PARKERSBURG — A natural resources police officer from District 6 of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been named the district Officer of the Year. William Phillips was recognized for investigations in 2016 that resulted in wildlife law violation arrests and convictions ...

United Way Alliance helping to better educate the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Education plays an important role in the function of a community. That’s not a news flash, but a fact. The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has spent much time and energy in the last year helping agencies distribute school supplies and encourage reading throughout ...

River City Blues Festival to rock Marietta

MARIETTA — Some of the top regional and national blues acts in the country will be performing at the 26th annual River City Blues Festival on March 17-18 in downtown Marietta. The two-day event will be held at the Lafayette Hotel at 101 Front St. in Marietta and is being sponsored by the ...

Marietta man to hike Appalachian Trail

MARIETTA — The Appalachian Trail is a rugged beast, comprised of 2,189 miles of different terrains, elevations and weather. Conquering it would be a dream come true for Marietta resident Dan Beals. Beals, 50, will leave his job of six years in the maintenance department at Glenwood ...

Parkersburg store owner ready to move dozens of clocks forward an hour

PARKERSBURG — Roger Mackey will be busy today turning his many clocks forward one hour as daylight-saving time arrives at 2 a.m. Sunday. Mackey, owner of Mackey’s Antiques and Clock Repair in Parkersburg, will be moving 50 to 60 clocks ahead an hour. Mackey estimates he owns over 400 ...

Fire chief: Change smoke alarm batteries with clocks

PARKERSBURG — City Fire Chief Jason Matthews is asking residents to put fresh batteries in their smoke alarms this weekend when they set their clocks forward an hour. “It’s just an easy thing to remember,” Matthews said. “Each time we change the clock, we recommend changing the ...

Wood County Schools asks community to nominate Teacher of the Year

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools is asking the public to help nominate teachers for the 2018 Wood County Schools Teacher of the Year. Curriculum Director Christie Willis said in past years nominations have come from schools or teachers who nominate themselves. “A lot of people weren’t ...