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Mill Creek Adventure Day slated for today in Ripley

RIPLEY - "Wild & Mild Kingdoms" will be represented during the second annual Mill Creek Adventure Day from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse in Ripley.On the "Wild" side, visitors to the free event will see snakes and other creatures in a display by the ...

Pageant competition opens Wirt County Fair

ELIZABETH - Pageant winners were selected Wednesday at the kick off of the Wirt County Fair.Cammi Ferguson, 18, daughter of Jon and Shawn Ferguson, was selected as Fair Queen. She was sponsored by Haul Away Trash.Other contestants for queen were: Breana Moss, 18, daughter of Allen and Cora ...

Former Big Red, Mountaineer Rick Phillips dies at 50

PARKERSBURG - A gridiron standout at Parkersburg High School and the West Virginia University Mountaineers died on Wednesday.Rick Phillips, an offensive lineman who played for the Mountaineers in the 1989 National Championship game, passed away in Cleveland. Phillips, 50, had fought a two-year ...

Party with a Purpose Benefit Gala fundraiser to benefit SW Resources

PARKERSBURG - For more than 30 years, SW Resources has held its Harvest of Opportunities Benefit Auction.This year it has decided to do something different to raise money.At 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at Grand Pointe Conference Center at 1500 Grand Central Avenue in Vienna, SW Resources of Parkersburg ...

Rivers, Trails and Ales begins in Marietta

MARIETTA - The annual Rivers, Trails and Ales festival kicks off today in hopes of highlighting everything the area has to offer.Marietta Main Street Executive Director Cristie Thomas said the sixth annual Rivers, Trails and Ales is something community members should seriously consider ...

Elvis Festival to return to City Park in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG - The fourth annual Elvis Festival will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at City Park, under the horseshoe shelter.The free Elvis Festival is slated to last for about three hours, according to festival organizer and performer Jim Forshey. As of now, Forshey and Steve Sams are the only ...

Just Us Four quartet to perform at Parkersburg’s Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG - The Just Us Four quartet will perform in a reunion concert 8 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre.Tickets are $15, general admission, and are available at the Smoot by calling 304-422-PLAY.The group, which disbanded in 1991, is comprised of Brian Berry, Barbara Full, Jeff Haught ...

Wirt County Fair continues through Saturday

ELIZABETH - The 2016 Wirt County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday, continues today through Saturday at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14.The fair features track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs. Daily admission is $6 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and ...

Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks offer adventure

SENECA ROCKS - Those seeking a beautiful wilderness experience with beautiful vistas need look no further than the scenic Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks.Encompassing 100,000 acres, the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best ...

Parkersburg’s Schrader Youth Ballet to host ballerina Nina Danilova

PARKERSBURG - The Schrader Youth Ballet in Parkersburg will host Nina Danilova, a former member of the Kirov Ballet and current professor of ballet at The University of North Carolina-School of the Arts, next week.Her recent book, "Eight Female Classical Variations," was released in June ...

Wirt County Fair begins Wednesday

ELIZABETH - The 2016 Wirt County Fair will be Aug. 10-13 at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14 near Elizabeth.The fair will feature four days of track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs.Daily admission is $6 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and under. A ...

Parkersburg News and Sentinel cookbook contest is accepting entries

PARKERSBURG - Dust off those recipe boxes.It's time again for the annual Cookbook published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, a compilation of favorite recipes from readers in numerous categories. The 62nd edition of the Cookbook includes the annual contest in which a grand prize winner is ...

Marietta’s first country music festival slated

MARIETTA - Marietta's first country music festival will be held on Aug. 20 in the Reno Business Park and feature national and regional country artists such as Clint Black, The Davisson Brothers, Taylor Sams, High Valley and John Michael Montgomery.Bill Marx, producer of the festival, is ...

Applications for Summer Crisis available

MARIETTA - Washington-Morgan Community Action will accept applications for the Summer Crisis Program through Aug. 31.Applications will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Washington County at 218 Putnam St. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Morgan County at 50 ...

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia readies after-school program

PARKERSBURG - Like many others in the community, Children's Home Society of West Virginia is gearing up to head back to school.The agency has provided an after-school program to students at McKinley Elementary School since 2007. Serving an average of 20 children a day, the program offers ...

Harvest of Hope gardens aid Washington County residents

MARIETTA - There's no doubt gardening has become a popular trend this summer for several reasons.For some it's a relaxing summer hobby, for others it's an affordable way to live a healthier lifestyle. Either way, gardening is a way for a community to come together and enjoy a common love of ...

Exhibit offers positive outlet for Glenville State College artists

GLENVILLE - Several artists from Glenville State College will participate in an exhibit featuring participants affected by mental health issues, either personally or through close friends and family.The show, "Different Voices and Common Experiences," will be on display through Aug. 27 at the ...

Washington County clinics offer vaccinations for students

MARIETTA - Wanting to avoid the measles? How about the flu? It's time again for children to receive their vaccinations before school starts - a matter of weeks for some, but just days for others.Washington County Health Commissioner Dick Wittberg said it's especially important for the community ...

Artsbridge gathers instruments for West Virginia flood victims

PARKERSBURG - Artsbridge has been successful in collecting band and string instruments for students at West Virginia schools devastated by flooding, said executive director Jane Irvine."We collected 39 instruments for our neighbors in West Virginia affected by the catastrophic flooding," said ...