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Parkersburg woman to receive Bishop’s Cross

PARKERSBURG — A teacher from Parkersburg will be among three lay women who will receive the Bishop’s Cross from Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools is scheduled April 22 at the Morgantown Event ...

Officials taking donations for Parkersburg Fishing Derby

PARKERSBURG — Donations of money or fishing gear are still being accepted by the Wood County Recreation Commission for the Parkersburg Fishing Derby on April 21. Monetary contributions for the 38th annual derby can be mailed to P.O. Box 1306, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or gear and money can be ...

Alzheimer’s Association plans Parkersburg workshop

PARKERSBURG — The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter will hold a free community workshop, Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Willows Center, 723 Summers St. The workshop offers ways to decode behavioral messages, identify ...

Shane Runion gives Drug Free Schools concerts in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Nashville recording artist Shane Runion performed at two Wood County high schools Thursday as part of the Drug Free Clubs of America initiative. Runion held a concert at Parkersburg High School Thursday morning and at Parkersburg South High School Thursday afternoon. Both ...

Rights sold for C8 documentary ‘The Devil We Know’

PARKERSBURG — A group has purchased the rights to a documentary about C8 contamination in local water systems. “The Devil We Know” was acquired by a coalition of media buyers represented by ro*co films of California. The documentary by Stephanie Soechtig, which premiered in January at ...

Parish Faith Missions Conference opening in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — People who have come to Christ in the last 50 years are encouraged to attend the Parish Faith Missions Conference in Parkersburg this weekend, event organizers said. This year’s event, which starts tonight, marks the 50th year of “Giving to the Lord.” “We want people ...

Women’s Giving Circle awards funds in Marietta

MARIETTA — A group of about 25 Marietta women decided last year to establish a new fund as part of the Marietta Community Foundation. On Thursday night, they gave away $7,000. Mighty Girl books, two new projects on prominent women, support for a children’s choir and help for new ...

Mid-Ohio Valley gardeners thrown by return of cold weather

MARIETTA — Cold weather well into spring has created interesting situations for gardeners and farmers, but some are hoping that milder temperatures are on the way — to stay. “I think we’re about to turn the corner, but we’re not past the frost-free dates yet, so it remains to be ...

Parkersburg ballet students to attend Governor’s School of the Arts

PARKERSBURG — Ana Collins, daughter of Andrea Collins, and Adeline Smith, daughter of Paul and Susan Smith, have been selected as dance students for the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, to be held June 24 through July 10 at Marshall University. Both are dance students ...

Missoula Children’s Theatre to present ‘Snow White’ at the Smoot

PARKERSBURG — Area children are working and rehearsing each evening this week to learn dialogue and scenes as they prepare to put on a play April 14 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The Missoula Children’s Theatre program has returned to the Smoot Theatre, giving local ...

SW Resources artists to hold exhibit at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — Windows of Opportunity featuring the work of the Marble Tree artists of SW Resources will open with a reception 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. Windows of Opportunity features Linda Alexander, Forest Ash, Charlene Dawson, Jenny Ferruso, Kristi Garrison and ...

Jazz, A Cappella concert slated at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Jazz Combo and Floodstage will team up for a spring Jazz and A Cappella concert - Can’t Stop that Feeling! - at 7:30 p.m. April 19. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. “This concert is a ...

Trillium Piano Trio to perform at Washington State Community College

MARIETTA — The Trillium Piano Trio will be performing in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College. The performance in The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series at Washington State Community College is in collaboration with the Washington State ...

Folk duo set to perform at Stuart’s Opera House

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The folk duo Anna & Elizabeth will perform 8 p.m. today at Stuart’s Opera House in Athens County. Anna & Elizabeth’s partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. The group has been together since 2011. Doors open 6 ...

Larry Bragg displaying art at Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Larry Bragg Art Exhibit can be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg during regular business hours 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Larry Bragg has been painting in oil and acrylic for 50 years and is the owner of Main ...

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Spring Dinner VIENNA — The Sons of Italy of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its annual spring social dinner 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on 55th Street. The dinner is free to members and those interested in joining the club. Members are encouraged to bring a covered dish. ...

Teen of the Week: Tooker looks to help ill children

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School junior Tiffany Tooker sees her future in helping children. “I want to be a pediatric oncologist,” she said. “I want to work at one of the St. Jude (Children’s Research) Hospitals.” Tooker, 17, said she has had a goal of being in the medical ...

Regional Math Field Day winners announced

PARKERBURG — Students from Wood and surrounding counties will move on the state level after competing and placing in the Regional Math Field Day. The RESA V Regional Math Field Day was held March 19-21. About 224 students from Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and ...

Empty Bowls Luncheon in Marietta helps fill food pantries

MARIETTA — Saturday’s cold weather created the perfect opportunity for hundreds of people to enjoy a satisfying hot bowl of delicious soup at the annual Empty Bowls Luncheon at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta to benefit local food pantries. The real satisfaction came from knowing ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host state poet laureate Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will celebrate National Poetry Month with two readings by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman on Wednesday in the college theater. Both readings are free and open to the public. Harshman, of Wheeling, will read from a selection ...