Community News

Interstate Fair to run through July 21

MINERAL WELLS — The 2018 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition will feature five days of live entertainment, activities, carnival rides and other attractions on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair, which begins July 17 and runs through July 21, will also feature track ...

Brown unveils ‘Augie’s War’ at book signing

CLARKSBURG — John H. Brown, author of “Augie’s War,” his first novel, recently welcomed friends and family to the book signing at Wonder Bar and Steakhouse, Clarksburg. Brown gave a sincere “thank you,” to his helpers, especially to his wife, Debbie, in the creation of Augie’s ...

Two-Hour Trips: Fairmont is center of state, history

Located in the middle of West Virginia, Fairmont, a small college town with a lot of historic flavor, hosts Prickett’s Fort State Park. Started through volunteer initiative in 1974, the rustic log fort is a 1976 re-creation of the orginial fort built in 1774, a refuge for several ...

Parkersburg South High School announces award recipients

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School’s 51st Annual Awards Assembly was held May 24 in the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. The following students were recognized: Valedictorian – Ian McKnight. Salutatorian – Thinh Tran. Gold Honor Cords / 4.00+ GPA – Ian ...

Marietta Community Church moving

MARIETTA — After unanimous approval by the Marietta City Planning Commission Thursday, a longtime church will have its own site for the first time later this summer. Marietta Community Church, which has existed in town for the last two decades, is bidding adieu to Sunday meetings in the ...

Wood BOE approves meeting schedule

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Monday approved meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year. The board traditionally meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meetings ...

Physicians graduate from Camden Clark residency program

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center announced that seven physicians graduated from the Camden Clark Internal Medicine Residency Program during the 2018 Commencement. Established July 1, 2009 in affiliation with West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 43 ...

Grocers association raises money for W.Va. children

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association raised $75,083 between April 13 and Mother’s Day, May 13 to help children across the state dealing with crisis in the family through its Every Child Deserves a Loving Home Campaign. “There are so many children across ...

Wetzel County joins farm census project

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Wetzel County has been included in a pilot program of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to allow farmers to prepare State Farm Census Forms, known as the Farm Use Valuation Application, online starting July 1. The department has partnered with the accessor ...

Finland group visits First Lutheran Church

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg recently hosted a group from its sister church in Finland. Four youth and an adviser from the Rekolan Seurakunta in Vantaa, Finland, visited the area as part of an exchange mission created when the sister church relationship ...

Summer food programs feed struggling Washington County children

MARIETTA — Hundreds of children in Washington County are getting through the summer without worrying about what they’re going to eat during the day. The same U.S. Department of Agriculture program that pays for free and reduced-cost lunch and breakfast in schools funds programs to keep ...

Mid-Ohio Valley beekeepers abuzz about sweet hobby

BOAZ — Their houses are busily buzzing, awash with workers, nurses, eggs and honey. And as each hive member completes her job with diligence and under the guidance of alpha females, some are cleaning, others are feeding and those in their final two weeks of their life are off foraging ...

Ritchie County man, Jamaica native team up for musical effort

PARKERSBURG — Two musicians from two very different cultures have been getting some buzz over their collaborations. Nicholas Snyder, 27, who uses the stage name Snyd, and Damien Watson, 34, who uses the stage name Dami D, met in Harrisville in 2011 and are releasing a video of their latest ...

News and Sentinel seeks content for Barns and Farms

PARKERSBURG — Send your stories and pictures to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel for the Barns and Farms of the Mid Ohio Valley tab to be published later this month. The third annual publication highlights barns and farms throughout the region in Ohio and West Virginia. Residents are asked ...

Two-hour Trips From the MOV: Ice cream factory offers family fun

July is National Ice Cream month, and an ice cream factory is only 2 hours away in Licking County, Ohio, in the small city of Utica. This year, Velvet Ice Cream will celebrate 104 years of business. The company was founded in 1914 by Joseph Dager and four generations of the family have since ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to kick off season

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre will kick off its 2018 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series this month. The season’s headliners include Wynonna & The Big Noise, Lorrie Morgan, Mountain Stage, Paula Poundstone, Randy Bachman, Peter Yarrow, Kathy Mattea, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hot ...

Belpre in Bloom beautifies community

BELPRE — Now in its seventh year, the Belpre in Bloom program continues to work toward the beautification and improvement of the Belpre community. A variety of projects have been undertaken by Belpre In Bloom individually and as joint efforts with other community groups, programs and ...

Youth learn leadership at Wood County 4-H Camp

MINERAL WELLS — The Wood County 4-H Camp has been teaching area youth about leadership and helping others. The camp, along Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells, has been going on for a couple of weeks hosting 200 kids from Wood and Washington counties. “In a world consumed by ...

Blankets donated to Camden Clark Medical Center cancer patients

PARKERSBURG — A local car dealership has donated blankets to cancer patients at Camden Clark Medical Center. On Thursday, representatives of Lou Thomas Subaru in Parkersburg presented a donation of around 80 tote bags and care blankets to the WVU Medicine Cancer Institute at Camden Clark. ...

Broughton’s Ice Cream Social to resume in August

MARIETTA — After a one-year recess, the Broughton’s Ice Cream Social is back on. This will be the 34th event which used to be held annually in the third weekend in July. But this year the event will be held on Aug.12. “That’s to give us enough time to pull together the volunteers ...