Community News

Scholarship set to honor Green Beret

WILLIAMSTOWN -The family of an Army veteran from Williamstown who died earlier this year has set up a memorial scholarship fund to annually benefit a Williamstown High School graduate.In a press release from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the fund was set up through the foundation ...

‘Stomper’ book raises money

PARKERSBURG - In early December, William B. Summers and Associates received a gift for the holiday season from Mineral Wells Elementary School fourth-grader Chase Anderson, who wrote "Stomper the Elephant," a children's book.Sales of "Stomper the Elephant" raise money for the Alzheimer's ...

MHS grads gather at open house

MARIETTA - On the final day of the year before students departed for winter break, Marietta High School's National Honor Society hosted its annual alumni open house Friday, with the highlight being the school's newly opened media center.The annual event provided a way for alumni to check out ...

St. Xavier has towered over Market Street since 1869

PARKERSBURG - St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Market Street has more than a physical connection with the historic railroad bridge that passes nearby. The same immigrant workers built both in the 1860s."It came with the railroad," said Father John Rice, pastor of the church. "The same ...

Theaters prepare for 2016

PARKERSBURG - The Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players are preparing for the second parts of their 2015-2016 seasons, both with new productions kicking off in January.At the Guild, where performances are being presented at Eighth and Market streets in downtown ...

Bethlehem wood carvings on display at Vienna mall

VIENNA - Each holiday season, a simple, yet breathtakingly elegant display of wooden carvings can be spotted in the walkway of the Grand Central Mall.The sign above the display of wood carvings states "Gifts from the Holyland, Bethlehem Wood." The proprietor of this trove of handmade treasures ...

Food Allergy Network strikes a chord with Burge

PARKERSBURG - Todd Burge is using music to help those with food allergies.This month, Burge, a singer-songwriter, is on a campaign to raise money to help The Food Allergy Network. He is calling the effort: "Fighting Food Allergies, One Song at a Time."Burge's 9-year-old daughter Sophia, a ...

Salvation Army makes final fundraising push

MARIETTA - From bell ringing to business partnering, the Salvation Army's Marietta branch is in its final push to meet fundraising goals for the season.The organization is aiming to meet its $75,000 red kettle goal while standing at $45,000 with fewer than 10 days to go."I think we can easily ...

Mall’s Sensitive Santa draws record crowd

VIENNA - Sensitive Santa at the Grand Central Mall on Sunday hosted a record number of children, mall officials said.Part of the mall's Magical Season of Giving initiative, 71 children from 41 families in the Mid-Ohio Valley participated.For many, it was their first visit with Santa, a holiday ...

Science Fair

PARKERSBURG - Hundreds of Wood County students gathered Thursday to put their science skills on display at the annual Wood County Science Fair.The event was held at West Virginia University at Parkersburg which has hosted the event for years. John McKown, math and science coordinator for Wood ...

‘Star Wars’ fans find a new hope

MARIETTA - When an epic franchise captures the minds of children and adults alike, often prequels and sequels join the series to fuel the fandom's flame.A long, long time ago, in the hearts and minds of sci-fi geeks across the world, "A New Hope" began such a flame in 1977 that has since ...

Warren choirs, bell ringers love to entertain

VINCENT - Between performances in the usual high school auditorium to performing at halftime for the Cleveland Cavalier games, the Warren High School choral department is keeping busy over the winter."We try to do a lot, and we like to perform for the community," said director Mary Nuzum.In ...

Holiday contest winners selected

PARKERSBURG - Winners were announced in two yuletide contests in Parkersburg and Belpre on Saturday.On Saturday morning, winners were announced in seven categories of the Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by First Neighborhood Bank at the Blennerhassett Hotel in downtown Parkersburg.This ...

Christmas Day meals planned

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 Road in south ...

Spanning more than a river

MARIETTA - A critical link between Harmar and downtown Marietta, the Historic Harmar Village Bridge has connected the two neighborhoods since 1857.The bridge started as a covered bridge. The piers that hold up the current bridge are all that remain from that first span and provide a wider than ...

Gingerbread, Christmas light announcements set

PARKERSBURG - Winners will be announced today in two yuletide contests in Parkersburg and Belpre.At 10 a.m. in the Judge Black annex on Market Street, the winners will be announced in the third annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by First Neighborhood Bank. Sixty pastry-based houses, ...

Math Field day winners announced

PARKERSBURG - Wood County Schools has announced the winners of the 2015 county Math Field Day.John McKown, math and science coordinator for Wood County Schools, said the event was held Dec. 4 at Parkerseburg High School."Each fall participating schools in Wood County hold school level ...

Animals at shelters ready to receive the gift of love

MARIETTA - As local residents begin to take their holiday vacations this time of year, now might be a good time to adopt a furry friend into the family."What makes it a good time of year is most people are taking time off for the holidays so they could spend the needed transition time at home ...

Post 84 honors Trooper Coffland

MARIETTA - Often given to veteran troopers, a first-year officer in named Trooper of the Year for the Ohio State Highway Patrol Marietta Post.Trooper James T. Coffland, a 32-year-old officer who started at the Marietta Post seven months ago, now goes to the district competition for a shot at a ...

Group to spay, neuter stray cats

PARKERSBURG - A group responsible for the spaying and neutering of more than 5,000 feral and free-roaming cats in Wood and surrounding counties over the last 11 years is planning to add to that total Sunday.Save a Kitty Feral Cat Program will play host to Rascal Unit, a mobile clinic out of ...