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Marbles to be featured at Sistersville festival

SISTERSVILLE — Thousands of visitors are anticipated for the 20th annual Sistersville Marble Festival Sept. 27, 28 and 29. The three-day event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday draws national and international attention while providing a fun experience for residents of all ages. Friday and ...

Downtown Parkersburg set to host three events

PARKERSBURG — Three different events will be featured in downtown Parkersburg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Two of the events, Parkersburg Paddlefest and Riverfest, were canceled last year due to rain and high water issues but both will return this year. * The Parkersburg Paddlefest ...

Eagle Scout McIntyre refurbishes Williamstown tennis courts

WILLIAMSTOWN — People take care of things that mean something to them, and if it means enough to them, they fix it after years of use wear it down To Ethan McIntyre,15, a member of Troop 215 in Williamstown, the local tennis courts are full of memories. He decided for his Eagle Scout ...

Two Wood County churches to mark milestones Sunday

PARKERSBURG — Two local churches are marking a combined 225 years as part of the community, celebrating the past while looking toward the future. Vaught Chapel United Methodist Church in Leachtown will hold special activities around its Sunday morning service in honor of both its 101st ...

Lowell church marks 100 years of service

LOWELL — The green, placid grounds surrounding Our Lady of Mercy Church sit in the midst of forests and fields at the top of Lowell Hill Road. The church building, rectory and landscape, flanked by a well-kept cemetery, feel fresh and quiet on a cool, cloudy morning. The church’s ...

WesBanco to display Silvis photography

PARKERSBURG — The Anne Marie Silvis floral photography exhibit will be on display through September at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Anne Marie Silvis ...

Artist shares awe of animals with Parkersburg Art Center exhibit

PARKERSBURG — A long-time interest in art and animals — leavened with several years spent in Africa and more working in a veterinary office — shine through the wildlife and animal portraits of Athens, Ohio, artist Merry Cibula. The opening reception for “Wildlife & Equine ...

Jon Six to receive Governor’s Service Award

PARKERSBURG — Jon Six is a well-known volunteer and business owner. An advocate for many causes in the Parkersburg area, his hair salon in Vienna is constantly filled with donations for the hungry, homeless, children and animals. On Thursday, Six will be honored for his dedication to ...

Band of Brothers plans make-up concert at City Park

PARKERSBURG — A rain make-up concert featuring Band of Brothers will be 7 p.m. Thursday at City Park in Parkersburg. The concert is part of the Artsbridge Summer Music Series. In the event of rain it will be held at the Horseshoe Pit at City Park). The Band of Brothers is sponsored by ...

Community gives generously in memory of Lynlee McFee

ELIZABETH — The giving nature of a small community was shown at the livestock sale during the Wirt County Fair on Aug. 9. Earlier this year, the community mourned the loss of LynLee McFee, a baby girl who lost a battle to a rare form of cancer. Her brother, Glen McFee, raised over $10,000 ...

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival begins Friday

MARIETTA — The 2019 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will feature a wide variety of music styles during the three-day event at the Ohio River Levee. Among the local performers featured during the festival will be Steve and Bev Pottmeyer, Stallion, Marietta High School Wall of Sound and ...

Women at Marietta church plan Royale English Tea

MARIETTA — The call to serve is generational for the women of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Marietta. “All women of the church are invited, I don’t care if you’re 6 or you’re 96,” said Carol Cisler, 81, of Marietta. Cisler has served with the Episcopal Church Women for the ...

Red Cross volunteers deploy to help with Dorian

PARKERSBURG — Local Red Cross disaster services volunteers have and are being deployed to the southern United States in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, officials said on Friday. The volunteers are being deployed in Georgia and Florida and are leaving or have left for their assignments to ...

Washington County Fair ready for another big year

MARIETTA — The Washington County Fairgrounds was a hub of activity Friday afternoon as participants prepared their livestock and booths ready for the fair’s Saturday kickoff. Washington County Fair Board President Kurt Bohlen said the lead up to the fair has been busy this ...

‘Jump with Jill’ promotes healthy eating for kids

PARKERSBURG — “Jump with Jill” started out as a street show in Central Park, but in the last 12 years, it’s been performed for more than a million children in six countries. “We’re truly an international, rock-and-roll nutrition show,” said production manager Renee Storm, ...

First Lutheran Youth return from Finland

PARKERSBURG — Youth from the First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg have returned to the United States after a trip this summer to its sister church Lutheran Church Rekolan Seurakunta in Vantaa, Finland. Friendships were formed last summer when young visitors from Finland spent two weeks ...

Amedisys Hospice honors Parkersburg veteran

PARKERSBURG — John Jerome “Jerry” Heye, 97, of Parkersburg was honored on Aug. 20 for his military service to America. Amedisys Hospice of Vienna sponsored the “veteran pinning ceremony” for Heye at his home in Parkersburg. Heye received several gifts, including a Bible, flags and ...

West Virginia Peace Corps oral histories sought

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers has received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to fund the recording of interviews with former Peace Corps volunteers and staff. The group, an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association, will work with the ...

Artsbridge announces start of fund drive

PARKERSBURG — The annual Artsbridge Fund Drive will kick off on Sunday. Officials announced the start of the fundraising event Wednesday in a press release. “We have had an exciting year with the growth and expansion of our ArtCart program and with the addition of new programs, Art ...