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Betty Ulrey in her studio at her home in Glen Mills, Pa., with some of her artwork in the background. At age 98, she still paints actively.

Ulrey, 98, still loves to paint

GLEN MILLS, Pa. — At the age of 98, Betty Ulrey remains an active painter. “She lives to paint,” Ulrey’s son Steve said of his mother. “I do believe that her long life is related to being able to continue doing something she truly loves,” Steve said. Betty Ulrey, one of the ...

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Ripley High School senior John Alex Lowe is a programmer in his school’s VEX Robotics program. He says he has a love of science and technology born out of curiosity in how things work and how things are made.

Teen of the Week: Lowe seeks to help others

RIPLEY — Ripley High School senior John Alex Lowe excels at academics, but what he really wants is to help himself and others succeed at their dreams and goals. The 17-year-old carries a 4.0 gpa and takes Advanced Placement Physics as a virtual school class. During his four years of high ...

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Members of the Parkersburg High School Navy Junior ROTC stand at attention Monday at the beginning of Williamstown High School’s annual Veterans Day Assembly.

Williamstown High honors area veterans

WILLIAMSTOWN — Nearly 100 veterans ranging from World War II to recent conflicts gathered Monday at Williamstown High School for the annual Veterans Day Assembly. The event gives students and staff the chance to thank and honor those who have served their country in the armed forces. The ...

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Jerry Smith of Parkersburg holds two historic issues of The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg Sentinel that announce the end of World War I and World War II. Smith obtained the old newspapers from his brother, Ray, and from the Rinky Dinks flea market in Marietta.

Veterans Day commemorated with newspapers

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man is commemorating Veterans Day with local newspapers that announced the end of hostilities in World War I and World War II. Jerry Smith of Nash Street has framed issues of The Parkersburg Sentinel of Nov. 11, 1918, marking the end of the first World War, and ...

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Knitting one of her creations at the 39th annual Warren High School Band Boosters’ Arts and Crafts Fair was Teresa Ullman.

Warren Arts and Crafts Fair packs in crafts, buyers

VINCENT, Ohio — For almost four decades the Warren High School gymnasium, small gymnasium and hallways have been packed with arts and crafts from area artisans at the annual band boosters’ arts and crafts fair and those eager to purchase their goods. Courtney Clark, director of the ...

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The Parkersburg Art Center will be hosting an exhibit of over 2,350 works that are all six inches square during its  “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art” show.

Parkersburg Art Center displaying 6×6 exhibit

PARKERSBURG — With an event organizers are calling “6 x 6: The Next Small Thing in Art,” the Parkersburg Art Center is kicking off the holiday season with an exhibit of over 2,350 works that are all six inches square. The artwork is in all mediums and styles, from paintings to ...

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Firefighters Jeremiah Moyers, left, and Adam Delbaugh, right, put up a banner in front of Parkersburg Fire Station 1 on Friday at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. Officials are urging residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend with the ending of daylight-saving time early Sunday morning.

Clock change perfect time to check detectors too

PARKERSBURG — With daylight-saving time set to end tonight, the Parkersburg Fire Department is urging residents to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and to change their batteries. Daylight-saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks will fall back one hour. Fire Chief ...

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Pictured are the Interfaith Amigos, from left to right, Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon.

Q&A: Interfaith Amigos coming to Marietta College

MARIETTA — Three clergymen who met after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will visit Marietta for a presentation and workshop on how to promote positive interaction among people of different faiths. The trio, known as Interfaith Amigos, is comprised of Jamal Rahman, an Imam of the ...

Warm clothes, warm hearts focus of Unique Boutique event

MARIETTA — Warmth and work-appropriate fashion can sometimes be at odds on a tight budget. But thanks to the 33rd annual Fall Unique Boutique, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Marietta, men and women can find a few items to stay warm while at work this season. “When Bridget was going ...

IEI details first steps of remediation in email to county

PARKERSBURG — A message to Wood County officials Wednesday details the first steps to secure and remediate the site of the IEI warehouse fire on Camden Avenue. The email from Sunny Naik, accounts manager with SurNaik Holdings of WV, was received shortly before noon on Wednesday and lists ...

Dinner to aid Historic Harmar Bridge Company

MARIETTA — Having a meal on Marietta’s west side this Sunday will help keep the lights on at one of Marietta’s most-loved features. The Historic Harmar Bridge Company will host a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at Spagna’s, with 50 percent of proceeds to go to the nonprofit that ...

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stands with Hershel “Woody” Williams of Ona, W.Va., at the christening of the ship named for Williams in San Diego.

Ship christened for Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

COOLVILLE — “It was a monumental occasion.” Bryan Casey of Coolville was describing the U.S. Navy christening the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) during a ceremony in San Diego on Oct. 21. Casey, Williams’ grandson, was one of several local residents who attended the ...

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Gary Reid portrays Carter Stanley.

Carter Stanley program to be presented

VIENNA — The Vienna Public Library is hosting a performance of a one-man show called “A Life of Sorrow, the Life and Times of Carter Stanley” at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the library on River Road in Vienna. The free program uses a mix of storytelling and music to bring to life the saga of a ...

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Floodstage, a contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble, will be performing during the Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College.

Fall jazz concert to be performed at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music is conducting a Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. “The Jazz Concert is one of our lightest concerts on our concert schedule,” said Marshall C. Kimball, Music Department ...

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The “Marietta’s Finest Top Shelf History — An 1800s History Themed Bar Crawl” will be held Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at The Galley, Marietta Wine Cellars Inc., The River Town Grill, Over the Moon Pub & Pizza, Town House, and Gator’s Easy Wind Pub.

Marietta bar crawl focuses on 18th Century drinks

MARIETTA — People will be able to sample drinks from the 18th-19th century during the “Marietta’s Finest Top Shelf History — An 1800s History Themed Bar Crawl” Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Organizers asked what did Rufus Putnam and his buddies enjoy when they needed a drink. ‘‘Take your ...

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The Multicultural Festival, being held from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College, will feature more than 20 cultures represented through food, performances and conversation.

Multicultural Festival to be held at Marietta College

MARIETTA — More than 20 cultures will be represented through food, performances and conversation at the Multicultural Festival from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College. Sponsored by PAC, the Office of Education Abroad and the Department of Modern Languages, ...

Camden Clark recognized for donor efforts

MORGANTOWN – Seven WVU Medicine hospitals, including Camden Clark Medical Center, were recently recognized for their participation in the Donate Life West Virginia Hospital Challenge. This was a collaboration between the West Virginia Hospital Association and Donate Life West Virginia to ...

Trinity Used Book Sale begins Nov. 6

PARKERSBURG — The annual Trinity Used Book Sale will take place in early November at Trinity Episcopal Church on Juliana Street in downtown Parkersburg. The sale will be Nov. 6-11 at the church at 430 Juliana St. in Parkersburg. Proceeds from the longtime annual sale are split between the ...

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An excavator moves debris on Friday at the IEI warehouse fire on Camden Avenue. After a week, the fire is nearly out, officials said.

Fire ’90 percent’ out, officials say

PARKERSBURG - The fire that has burned for nearly a week at the IEI Plastics facility on Old Camden Avenue is 90 percent extinguished, and authorities hope to have the rest of it out Saturday. "The goal is to knock down what remains of the fire overnight tonight and Saturday," Lawrence ...

10-26 Cooking Contest 4-jb

Cookbook tasting party

Photo by Jeff Baughan Judges for the taste-testing portion of the 63rd annual Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook were, front row, from left: Mrs. Joseph C. Snyder, who was the grand champion of last year’s contest, and Patty Christopher. Back row, from left, Sarah Jalbert, Kiki Angelos ...