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Sept. 14-16 a busy weekend in the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The third weekend of September will be a busy one in the Mid-Ohio Valley, with a wide range of activities and attractions for all tastes, including barbecue, riverboats, river paddling and arts and crafts. * The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau will host ...

Parkersburg author pens another novel

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man who is a fan of NASCAR has written a book set in the racing world. “Born to the Breed” is the fictional story of Marty Dodd, a fourth-generation member of a successful racing family, said Stephen Hupp. The subject matter is a departure from the genre of ...

Parkersburg woman lands Disney World dream job

PARKERSBURG — To say Ashley Fluharty loves to go to Disney World is like saying Winnie the Pooh loves honey. “Probably six times in the last two years,” she said of making the trip to Orlando, “and I am constantly on the website planning another trip. I’ve been at least 15 times; ...

Pisgah United Methodist Church celebrating bicentennial

PALESTINE — Pisgah United Methodist Church has been on Garfield Road, about eight miles from Elizabeth in Wirt County, for a long time; emphasis on long time. “At least for the last 150 years,” said the Rev. Darrin DeVaughn, who has pastored the church for the last four years. The ...

Artsbridge Fund Drive kicking off on Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The annual Artsbridge Fund Drive kicks off Saturday. The Artsbridge mission statement says “Igniting the Arts within the Mid-Ohio Valley.” All funding received stays here in the community, Artsbridge said in a press release. The newest and fastest growing program is called ...

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicates Vienna home

VIENNA — Eva Roton Thursday was handed the keys to her new home as Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its102nd house at 1119 17th St., the first Habitat home built in Vienna since 2001. “Thank you Habitat for everything,” said Roton. “I never thought I would be a ...

Bells across West Virginia to honor Rosie the Riveters

CHARLESTON — Bells will ring across West Virginia, the country and some European nations on Labor Day to honor the American Rosie the Riveters movement. Rosie the Riveters were women who worked in U.S. defense plants during World War II. After 10 years conducting interviews, holding events ...

Pink by Poolside fundraiser set for Sept. 7

VIENNA — The Pink By Poolside fundraiser at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi will be held 7-10 p.m. Sept. 7. Proceeds from the evening provide free mammograms and related diagnostic testing for uninsured and underinsured area residents, said Kim Couch, executive director of the ...

Parkersburg High School to hold community meeting tonight

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School will hold a community meeting tonight to talk about a new anti-bullying program. Today PHS will begin Rachel’s Challenge, a national program designed to address topics such as bullying, suicide and school violence. The program is named for Rachel ...

Washington County Fair events begin Friday

MARIETTA — The 2018 Washington County Fair will feature five days of food, fun, activities, rides and other attractions at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta. Daily admission will be $8 with children 6 and under admitted free. A season or membership pass will be $25. The ...

StubbeFest to be held at Dils Center

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB is planning an official ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Dils Center to kick off StubbeFest. StubbeFest is a celebration of the life of Todd Stubbe and his dream for revitalizing not only the Dils Center, but downtown ...

Wheeling to host Raceboat Regatta

WHEELING — Vintage hydroplane raceboats — several capable of speeds in excess of 120 mph — will be roaring up and down the Ohio River in Wheeling again this Labor Day weekend. Four dozen of the fast craft already have registered for the annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, ...

Wood County Commission donates Arthur I. Boreman painting

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission presented the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation with a painting of Arthur I. Boreman, the first governor of West Virginia, to be permanently placed in the historic Stephenson Mansion on Seventh Street. The foundation was given the ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — The Knights of Columbus will hold a baked fish dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call-in orders may be made to 304-428-0331. *** Williamstown Lions Fundraiser WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Lions Club will be holding its ...

Prosthetic Users group meets monthly in Belpre

BELPRE — Limb loss in the Mid-Ohio Valley is more common than first realized. According to the National Amputee Coalition’s report, over 2.1 million people in the United States are living with limb loss and 507 people who lose a limb every day. Those living with the loss of a limb or ...

W.Va. SNAP Stretch program doubling, tripling food dollars

Editor’s Note: The following story was provided by the West Virginia Press Association. CHARLESTON — West Virginians benefiting from the state’s SNAP program can double or triple their food dollars at the state’s farmers markets. The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, WVU ...

St. Joseph’s nurses celebrate 50th graduation reunion

PARKERSBURG — The St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Class of 1968, learned by hands-on training, graduates said Saturday. And the Parkersburg school of nursing students were ready to work when they graduated on Aug. 25, 1968, the graduates said as they met for lunch at the Blennerhassett ...

W.P. Snyder floating toward 100th birthday

MARIETTA — It’s been 100 years since the steam-powered towboat now called the W.P. Snyder first entered river service for the steel industry. The Ohio River Museum, home to the 175-foot steel-hulled boat since it was retired in 1955, plans to mark the occasion with a full day of events ...

Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame to induct three on Friday

PARKERSBURG — The initial group of inductees for the 2018 class of Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame includes perhaps the most unusual all-stater in school history as well as two tireless volunteers who have helped Big Red athletics for a combined 80 years, hall of fame ...

Washington County Fair to begin Friday

MARIETTA — The 2018 Washington County Fair will feature five days of food, fun, activities, rides and other attractions at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Daily admission will be $8 with children 6 and under admitted free. A season or membership pass will be $25. In a new addition to ...