Community News

Fire destroys business

PARKERSBURG - An early-morning fire today destroyed a southside business and closed a nearby school. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said the call came in shortly before 4:30 a.m. of a structure fire at a chiropractic office behind the Stoney Cafe II in south Parkersburg. Matthews ...

National Guard medic proves guardian angel after auto accident

PARKERSBURG — Being at the right place at the right time with the right training can make the difference between life and death. Just ask Staff Sgt. Bradley Owens, a combat medic with the West Virginia Army National Guard’s (WVARNG) Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation ...

Woman prepares kits to bring comfort to fire victims

PARKERSBURG — For Joy Buskirk, the memories of a fire her family experienced years ago prompted her to do something for families who are impacted by the devastation of a fire now. The Parkersburg resident is putting together After The Disaster Kits and has begun distributing them to a ...

Couples donates items to Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

PARKERSBURG — Four pieces from the era of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett are now in the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Two wall prints, a Windsor chair and Margaret Blennerhassett’s sewing cabinet were donated to the museum by Edward and Cathy Engle of Marietta and ...

Blennerhassett Island ready for Rendezvous on the River

PARKERSBURG — Frontier life from the 18th and 19th centuries will be highlighted when the annual Rendezvous on the River is held on the second weekend of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park’s 2019 summer season. A visit to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is like ...

Hocking Hills offers visitors unique options

LOGAN, Ohio — While Hocking Hills offers plenty of outdoor adventure for enthusiasts, it also has a unique touch to the area — quirky lodging. Whether it is a cabin made out of shipping crates, a former caboose turned tiny home, a medieval castle or a yurt, there are plenty of options to ...

Memorial Health Foundation to hold fashion benefit

MARIETTA — Each year, the Memorial Health Foundation holds one of its most anticipated fund-raising events—the Fashion Show, benefitting Strecker Cancer Center. With a new theme every year, attendees dress up, enjoy food, drinks, silent auctions and local fashions modeled by some of the ...

Day of Prayer observances set throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents are invited to gather in prayer for the nation, state and local communities Thursday at National Day of Prayer observances. Vienna will start things off at 9 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the City Building on 29th Street, Mayor Randy Rapp ...

Emmanuel Baptist Church displays quilts

PARKERSBURG — The entry way at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street has at times looked more like an art gallery or a quilt shop. It’s intentional. It’s the abilities of its members on display for other worshipers to see. The last gallery was from people with an ability to sew, ...

Groups working to clean up Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Various groups are working to clean up the city, one street or block at a time. In March, employees from the Parkersburg Development Department picked up trash and got Friendship Park ready for spring planting with the assistance of students from Parkersburg South High School ...

Peoples Bank hosting ReStore drive in Vienna

VIENNA — Peoples Bank will sponsor a ReStore donation drive 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Peoples’ office in Vienna at 1102 Grand Central Ave. ReStore is a program of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The public is invited to attend and bring donations of new and gently used ...

Historic Marietta home opening doors to visitors, photographers

MARIETTA — Hidden Marietta will offer people an opportunity to visit and photograph the historic Anchorage home in Harmar Village all day on Saturday. The 22-room Anchorage was originally built in 1859 by Douglas Putnam for his wife. The home received its iconic name after the ship-building ...

Man charged over incident at McDonough Park

A Parkersburg man on Wednesday was accused of conveying false information concerning terrorist acts over two suspicious packages found at McDonough Park on March 24, the Vienna Police Department said this morning. Graham E. Godwin, 28, was charged with the felony and appeared Wednesday evening ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival pageant winner dedicated to service

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival Forever Queen says she’s dedicating her career to service. Dana Johnson, 29, Davisville, was chosen during a pageant earlier this month. Johnson, who also models, competed in the pageant last year and finished as a ...

Parkersburg woman celebrates her 100th birthday

PARKERSBURG — Roxie Martin’s 100th birthday was Wednesday. Martin of Parkersburg was born on April 24,1919, in Floyd County, Va. She was born one year before women in the United States were given the right to vote. Martin’s life was celebrated Sunday at her birthday party in the ...

Warren High School senior publishes first book

VINCENT — A senior at Warren High School has written and published her first book. “The Forgotten Key” is a science fiction fantasy set in London, said Hannah McDole, 18, the daughter of Lori and Timothy McDole of Vincent. “It’s about a girl named Dove,” she said. Dove learns she ...

Parkersburg Choral Society concert set for Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Choral Society will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg. Among songs to be performed will be the premiere of two new works commissioned by director Luke Zyla by California composer Brian Holmes. ...

Marietta College to hold Spring Choral Concert

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Department of Music will hold its Spring Choral Concert 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St. Performing will be the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Floodstage, an a cappella group like the popular group Pentatonix. The ...

Mountwood Park to host Woof Fest on Sunday

VOLCANO — For more than a decade, Mountwood Park has been going to the dogs on a special Sunday each year. This year, the 11th annual Woof Fest will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Friends of Mountwood Park. Woof Fest features activities, contests, demonstrations, dock dogs, ...

Wood County 4-H Camp to hold fundraiser

MINERAL WELLS — The Wood County 4-H Camp is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and will hold a fundraiser Saturday. The campgrounds belongs to the 4-H of Wood County for the purpose of 4-H camp and educational youth development. The 4-H Campgrounds is managed by an all-volunteer ...