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Lenora Lada appears in this photo with her son Trey Moats.

Washington County woman reminds locals of Good Samaritan law

MARIETTA — The house on Muskingum Drive was hard to find in the dark. When Lenora Lada finally arrived, she found her son on the ground, his pockets turned out. Trey Moats died later at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was 26 years old, killed, his mother thought, by an unintentional ...

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Sean Peterson, right, sits next to his granddaughter, Braylynn Lawhon, 5, in her room at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola, Fla. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December and Peterson has ALS, confined to a wheelchair and unable to talk. The photo, posted Jan. 7 by his daughter, Ally Parker, has received international attention.

Photo of former Parkersburg resident, dying granddaughter goes viral

PARKERSBURG — A photo of a former Parkersburg man with a debilitating neurological disease sitting next to his dying granddaughter has received global attention. Ally Parker on Jan. 7 posted on Facebook the photo of her distraught father Sean Peterson sitting in the hospital room alongside ...

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Amanda Haney-Cech arranges purses for the United Way Purse Auction last year. Tickets are available at the United Way office.

United Way to auction purses in Marietta

MARIETTA — A purse auction to benefit the United Way is set for today at the Quality Inn, 700 Pike St. “We have a few folks planning to purchase tickets at the door and of course we’re not going to turn anyone away, but it should be pretty full if we sell out,” said Amanda Haney-Cech, ...

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Marty Jellison, left, as Black Stache, tries to get a key from Lord Leonard Aster, center, played by Bill Knotts in the Actors Guild of Parkersburg production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Actors Guild of Parkersburg ready for next show

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will be presenting “Peter and the Starcatcher” for two weekends in January. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The show is ...

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During the singing of the song “Jesus In Me,” those in attendance at a special service commemorating the legacy of the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. got up and greeted each other with hugs, handshakes and greetings last year at Zion Baptist Church in Parkersburg.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities planned in Parkersburg, Marietta

PARKERSBURG — Several activities are planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day which falls on Jan. 15. Parkersburg * Zion Baptist Church will be honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the church at the corner of Eighth and Clay streets. The celebration ...

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The Lavana Lemley art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, through January. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lavana Lemley displays art at downtown Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Lavana Lemley art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during the month of January. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lemley ...

Dan Tyminski, John Oates perform in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — Mountain Stage will put on a show 7 p.m. Sunday at the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University that will include performances by John Oates of Hall & Oates, Dan Tyminski, Lilly Hiatt, Danny Barnes and Bil Lepp. Part of the University Arts Series, tickets start ...

The Washington County Career Center has named Sydney Benson, left, and Scott Cunningham as its January Students of the Month.

Career Center names Students of the Month

MARIETTA — The Washington County Career Center has named Sydney Benson and Scott Cunningham as its January Students of the Month. Benson is a Warren High School senior enrolled in the Health Information Technology program, and she is the daughter of Brian Benson of Vincent and Tonya Robey ...

Roane County schools receive grants

SPENCER — Roane County students will build robots and create digital art thanks to two grants awarded to the Roane County Board of Education. For the second consecutive year, Roane County Math Instructional Coach Chad Strimel has been awarded a grant to bring hands-on work with robotics and ...

Van Devender Middle School 8th-grader Zachary Howard is this week’s Teen of the Week. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Howard a leader on, off the field

PARKERSBURG — Van Devender Middle School 8th-grader Zachary Howard has a passion for sports and a drive to succeed. The 13-year-old began playing a variety of sports about two years ago, and has found his passion in football. “My goal would be to continue with football,” Howard said. ...

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Hank Poole, 12, of Wood County performs as an Elvis tribute artist at a local event.

Wood County boy taking Elvis tribute to Charleston

VIENNA — Hank Poole, 12, of Wood County will be bringing his Elvis tribute performance to the Charleston Civic Center on Friday night. Poole, a seventh-grader at Jackson Middle School in Vienna, will be performing at 9:05 p.m. Friday in the showcase portion of the West Virginia Association ...

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The Actors Guild of Parkersburg presented “Sister Act” in November. The current season continues later this month with “Peter and the Star Catcher” opening Jan. 12.

Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players ready new productions

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will continue their current seasons with a variety of productions in 2018. More information on the Guild is available at and the MOVP at At the Guild, ...

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Volunteers Wyatt Bishman, left, Tara Wolfe, center, and Preston Hoff, seated right, sort through donations of clothes at the Salvation Army, 136 Front St. in Marietta. Bishman, 10, was helping as he waited to go to school. Marietta City Schools were on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

Marietta Salvation Army sees decline in donations

MARIETTA — While they were short of their goal for the red kettle campaign again this year, a last-minute generous donation helped make it possible for the Salvation Army in Marietta to continue to do the good work they do for the community. This year and last, the goal was to raise $75,000 ...

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Tanner Powell painted designs on sneakers and gave them to special needs students at Parkersburg South High School before the Christmas break.

Parkersburg South High School students enjoy Christmas gift

PARKERSBURG — Students, families and teachers appreciate the kindness of Tanner Powell. Just before the Christmas break, Powell, a senior at Parkersburg South High School, presented some special needs students with sneakers she decorated according to what the students like. Sneakers were ...

Listening party previews winter festival in Marietta

MARIETTA — The final eight bands scheduled to perform at next month’s Undercurrent Winter Festival in Marietta will be revealed Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre. Area residents are invited to attend Friday’s free listening party at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., from 5 to 9 ...

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Wedding dresses and other formal clothing will be showcased during the 2018 Marietta Bridal Show from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on the Marietta College campus.

Parkersburg, Marietta to host bridal shows

MARIETTA — The annual Marietta Bridal Show will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and doors open at 1 p.m. A Parade of Fashion will be held at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The ticket ...

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Ice sculptor and chef Tyson Whistler shows off one of his creations during last year’s First Fridays Fire & Ice Night. This January marks the one-year anniversary of the series and 2018 will feature several different themes.

Fire & Ice event returning to Marietta

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street will mark one year of its popular First Fridays series with the return of Fire & Ice Night this week. Area merchants, artists and musicians will combine their vocations and talents to bring an air of magic to downtown. “It was just so well-received, we ...

Sisters Health Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — Sisters Health Foundation on Wednesday announced its latest round of grants. Thirty-seven nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received funding from the foundation in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” The foundation’s board of ...

Baptist Temple Parkersburg Pastor Scott Wight, left, member Mary Foutty, center, and office assistant Dave Miller, right, stand next to a table of desserts Monday at the church’s annual New Year’s Day Dinner. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Baptist Temple holds New Year’s Day dinner

PARKERSBURG — The Baptist Temple Parkersburg’s New Year’s Day Dinner was held Monday, and members say the annual event is an important way to both minister to those in need and to bring community members together. The event has been going for at least 18 years, said Pastor Scott Wight. ...

West Virginia Writers accepting contest entries

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Writers Inc. is accepting submissions for its annual writing contests, offering $5,075 in total cash prizes. For the first time, the organization will be accepting online submissions. Since 1982, WV Writers has held an annual writing contest for adults, accepting ...