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Junior Police Academy in Ritchie County offers lessons in structure, respect

HARRISVILLE — Unlike most children during the summer, 21 youth awake at the break of dawn at the Ritchie County 4-H Camp on Monday to be taught respect, become structured and have fun. For the last 18 years, Major Bryan Davis of the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office has taught the values ...

Mid-Ohio Valley readies Fourth of July events

PARKERSBURG — A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. WOOD COUNTY * The annual American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg’s City Park begins July 2 and runs through July 6 with games, rides and concessions. ...

Blackwater Falls area offers outdoor recreation

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, mountain views and the feel of a small town, the Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley area is on point. With the Monongahela National Forest, Dolly Sods Wilderness area and state parks like Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley, there is plenty of outdoor ...

Parkersburg-area exhibit ‘Bow Wow Meow’ seeks artists

PARKERSBURG — If you live within 100 miles of Parkersburg, you are invited to enter up to three pieces of your artwork in the 2019 Regional Exhibit “Bow, WOW Meow” at the Parkersburg Art Center. “You can paint your pooch. Craft your cat in clay. Immortalize your fur baby in any ...

Belpre High School student to display artwork at Artsbridge

PARKERSBURG — An opening of artwork by Lydia Noelle White is scheduled for Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the Artsbridge office at 925 Market St. in Parkersburg. The event is free and open to the public. White is a 17-year-old senior at Belpre High School. Since she was small, she’s always ...

Belpre bistro lets patrons buy meals for others

BELPRE —Who is my neighbor? Anita Vaughan’s answer to that question is anyone, any passerby, any homebound, and any child in need. “But the point isn’t just helping, but helping with dignity,” said the 63-year-old, grandmother who coordinates Love in Action through Belpre Church ...

Jackson County church youth group helps those in need

RIPLEY — For the last 19 years, churches have gathered their youth groups in Jackson County to help people who can’t help themselves. The youth participate in Brothers’ Keeper, an annual community outreach program that does basic construction and clean-up on properties for the disabled ...

Fireworks, Main Stage nixed from Homecoming

PARKERSBURG — Due to setbacks and funding cuts, a pair of major changes are planned for the 2019 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival: the elimination of the main stage entertainment and the replacement of the traditional fireworks display with a laser light show. Newly elected festival ...

Riverfront Roar ready to make waves in July

MARIETTA — Planners for the Marietta Riverfront Roar hope this year is just as fun and exciting as in the past. This is the 19th year for the event, which brings live entertainment, fireworks and tunnel boat races to the Ohio River the weekend of July 12-14. “It’s my favorite ...

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair runs July 4-6

RIPLEY — The 2019 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The fair will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4-5 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military ...

Pioneer Summer Theatre slates productions

MARIETTA — The theme for Pioneer Summer Theatre this year is one that will resonate with any audience: children versus their families and cultures. The two productions, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Bye Bye Birdie,” open this week, and to cement the theme and heighten the contrast, they ...

Mound Cemetery Patriot Tour of veteran graves set for Saturday

MARIETTA — A densely concentrated point where Marietta’s pioneer past intersects with the present is Mound Cemetery. Many of the Revolutionary War veterans who ventured west after independence found their final resting place in the leafy shade surrounding the Adena earthworks after which ...

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Concert BARLOW — The Friends of the Barlow Library is sponsoring a concert by Britain at 7 p.m. today at the library on Ohio 339. The concert is free and open to the public. *** Ballroom Dance MARIETTA —A ballroom dance will be 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the O’Neill Center, 333 Fourth St. ...

Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley to visit historic sites

MARIETTA — The Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley will host a field trip in October featuring several important Revolutionary and Civil War period sites in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, including Valley Forge, Washington Crossing, Philadelphia’s historic district, and ...

Volunteers lend plenty of hands to United Way’s Day of Action

WILLIAMSTOWN — For the fourth year in a row the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has focused its energy on helping local non-profits on the annual Day of Action. “The goal of Day of Action is really about connecting our community with ways to be engaged all year long,” ...

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicates home

PARKERSBURG — A house is not a home without a family, and Thursday evening Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its 104th home for Natalie Enoch and her son Bryce Enoch, 6. “After almost two years I am so excited to begin moving in and creating our home,” said ...

Sour Mash Open accepting applications

PARKERSBURG — Applications are being accepted until July 1 for grants from the Sour Mash Open golf tournament presented by the Parkersburg Rotary Club and the Wood County Rotary Club. The 48th annual tournament will be held July 15 at the Parkersburg Country Club where Ladies Professional ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival starts Friday

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, entertainment, vendors and other attractions Friday through Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. Admission is free all weekend with hours from 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players opening ‘The Crucible’ on Friday

MARIETTA — Affairs, teenage accusations of witchcraft and the deep-seated religious beliefs of a Puritan community will come to life this Friday on the stage of community theater. The Mid-Ohio Valley Players, with a cast of 23, has stepped back in time to follow Arthur Miller’s classic ...

Annual Shakespeare Conference returning to Marietta

MARIETTA — At the end of June, the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference will return to Marietta College for the first time since 2012. This is the 43rd annual meeting of the OVSC, a regional academic organization. The weekend will include expert speakers, workshops run by American Shakespeare ...