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Parkersburg native writes ‘Sister of Saidnaya’

COLUMBUS — Rose Ann Kalister, a Parkersburg native, has recently published a novel, “Sister of Saidnaya,” a Syrian immigrant’s tale. In 1922, a young Nadra (12 years old) traveled by boat from the small Christian village of Saidnaya, Syria, to the port of Boston, and on to Hedley, ...

Artsbridge playing host to Warren Local Schools art display

PARKERSBURG — More than 250 art projects created by students will be on display during the second annual Warren Local Schools Art Show in Parkersburg. Beginning Tuesday, the exhibit can be viewed throughout the month of April at Artsbridge. The Warren Art Show is opening Tuesday from ...

City Park clinic set to help runners, walkers

PARKERSBURG — The 31st annual Spring Beginner’s Running Clinic and the 11th annual Walking Clinic are continuing on Tuesdays at City Park. The two programs for ages 16 and up are taught by members of the River City Runners and Walkers Club. Ten weekly sessions began April 3 and continue ...

Wood County man designs medal

ELKINS — When Davis & Elkins College graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, they will also receive a memento, designed by a Wood County resident, of their years on campus. 8 The Graduating Class Commemorative Medal, now a tradition at D&E, was designed this year ...

J.A.K.E.S. Day helps educate the next generation of hunters

MINERAL WELLS — Educating the future generations of hunters and outdoors enthusiasts in knowledge, ethics and sportsmanship was the aim of the 20th annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at the Wood County 4-H Campground on Saturday. J.A.K.E.S. stands for “Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and ...

Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival to be held in Parkersburg on April 21

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival will be April 21 at the City Park Pavilion April 21, featuring music, dancing and other attractions. The festival, now in its 13th year, will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person with children ages 12 and under admitted ...

Barlow Volunteer Fire Department to hold 70th anniversary open house

BARLOW — Organized in March 1947, the Barlow Volunteer Fire Department has come a long way from attaching a trailer to farmers’ trucks to fight fires. The department is holding a 70th anniversary open house today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the station to welcome the community in to see what’s ...

Student artists in spotlight at Marietta gallery

MARIETTA — The minds of high school art students filled the Riverside Artists Gallery with portraits, landscapes, traditional canvases and cutting edge digital images for the sixth annual Mid-Ohio Valley High School Student Art Show, which opened Friday night to an appreciative ...

High On Hope event coming to Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — High On Hope Ministries is hosting the second annual High On Hope The Movement event April 28 at Parkersburg City Park from noon-8 p.m. The ministry is focused on attacking the addiction crisis in this region. The goal of the event is to unite the community together, connect ...

New Miss West Virginia visits Lubeck Elementary School students

LUBECK — Students at Lubeck Elementary School received a visit Thursday from the newly crowned Miss West Virginia United States. Chelsi Rose, 23, of Parkersburg, was crowned Miss West Virginia Saturday and will compete for the Miss United States title in July. “I’m extremely ...

Comic slate set for Laugh United

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its third annual signature event, “Laugh United: A Night of Cocktails and Comedy,” at 7 p.m. today at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The event will feature four veteran touring comics and Bob & ...

YMCA of Parkersburg to host events Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg is hosting free activities Saturday for kids and adults. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the facility at Broad and 30th streets, Healthy Kids Day will take place. That same day, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Community Fitness Mash-up will be offered for ...

Family and friends fondly recall Marietta bar owner

MARIETTA — He was more than just the owner of a local dive bar. To hundreds of Marietta College students and community members who walked through his doors he provided a safe and inviting environment to dance, to play pool and to be themselves. “Jim was pretty reserved but when he was ...

‘Annie’ performance opens Friday in Marietta

MARIETTA — It’s the heart-tugging tale of a Depression-era orphan and thanks to a partnership among Marietta College, Peoples Bank Theatre and the local theater community, “Annie” will be brought to life for four special performances. For young actress Lyanna Smith, a seventh-grade ...

Rachel Morris preparing for 11-country mission trip

PARKERSBURG — Rachel Morris has booked an 11-country adventure in 11 months. Her passport is going to get a workout. She can pack as much as she can carry in a hiking backpack and a backpack carried in high school. No more than that; no one said this was a vacation. Morris will embark on ...

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company to perform ‘Rapunzel’

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present a new original ballet “Rapunzel” on April 13 at Marietta High School Auditorium. The show will begin at 7 p.m. The ballet is based on the classic original story with new , original choreography by Suzy Gunter. Reserved seat ...

Challenge at Mountwood Mountain Bike Race to be Sunday

VOLCANO — The 2018 Challenge at Mountwood Mountain Bike Race will be Sunday at Mountwood Park on U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The annual race is sponsored by Marietta Brewing Co. and organized by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association. Online registration is available at ...

Mid-Ohio Valley high school students to display art

MARIETTA — The talents of area high school students from seven schools will be on display at the Mid-Ohio Valley High School Student Art Show on Friday. The event at Riverside Artists Gallery, 219 Second St., will feature works from Fort Frye, Warren, Wood County Christian, Parkersburg, ...

Empty Bowls to raise money for food banks

MARIETTA — Every year the Southeast Ohio Foodbank, serving Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties, distributes 6,301,821 meals to people who are struggling with hunger. One annual event hopes to make just the smallest dent in fighting food ...

New Era Kite Festival postponed again

PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual New Era Kite Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday has again been postponed, an official said on Wednesday. Anticipated weather conditions on Saturday prompted the postponement, Max Barker, chief organizer of the festival, said. This is the second ...