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Kids Fest slated for July 7 at Parkersburg City Park

PARKERSBURG — Kids Fest returns 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7 at Parkersburg City Park in the area of the band shell. The festival is sponsored by the Liberty Street Church of God, the Baptist Temple and the Bethel AME churches in Parkersburg. Numerous games and activities are planned for ...

Youths care for dogs at Humane Society of Parkersburg’s Camp Ruffin’ It

PARKERSBURG — Caring for a pet can be rough, but for these campers it’s also a lot of fun. The ninth annual Camp Ruffin’ It was held this week at the Humane Society of Parkersburg, with another session scheduled for July. Youths spend the week in teams caring for a dog, which includes ...

Berkshire Hathaway agents: 10,000 flags to honor military service

PARKERSBURG — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Center is again coordinating the placement of 10,000 American Flags in various locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley to celebrate Independence Day, according to Linda McLean, company co-owner. The tradition was started over 20 ...

Parkersburg Art Center seeks volunteer artists

PARKERSBURG — The “PAC 6X6” is returning to the Parkersburg Art Center as a fundraiser after a successful inaugural year in 2017. More than 1,000 donated small works of art — 2D or 3D, in any medium, all on a 6 inch by 6 inch base — will be featured this year. All works will be for ...

Parkersburg brothers build audience with WVU-centric podcast

PARKERSBURG — For Brandon and Jeremy Phoenix, talking about their favorite college sports team and other topics just came naturally. Together they are known as the Raspy Voice Kids and their podcast “Hail West Virginia Podcast with the Raspy Voice Kids” covers everything from the latest ...

Gihon CEOS service group turns 100

PARKERSBURG — The service group in Parkersburg commemorated its 100th anniversary on Wednesday. The Gihon Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) Club commemorated its milestone with a picnic lunch at Edgelawn United Methodist Church on Edgelawn Avenue in Parkersburg. The group ...

Mid-Ohio Valley plans Fourth of July celebrations

PARKERSBURG — Activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. * In Marietta, the Washington County Fairgrounds will be celebrating Independence Day a little early, with activities on Saturday instead of July 4. On Saturday, gates and concessions will open ...

Ripley plans Fourth of July, Mountain State Art and Craft Fair events

RIPLEY — With the approaching Fourth of July holiday, the Ripley area will be hosting two big events. The Ripley Fourth of July Celebration will be the culmination of several days of activities which began Wednesday and continue today through Independence Day in Ripley. The Mountain State ...

Harpist to give concert at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — A young Colombian traditional harpist, Sergio-Nicolas Aguirre, will present a concert at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Parkersburg Art Center. Donations will be taken at the door and divided between the Harmony Foundation and the art center. The suggested donations are $5 per person ...

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Car Cruise-in PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg will have a car cruise-in on Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and the show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10. There will be food, drinks, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing at the YMCA, 1800 30th St. (Broad ...

Boy Scout brothers achieve Eagle rank

RAVENSWOOD — Two brothers at Ravenswood High School received their Boy Scout Eagle rank together. Dylan and Devon Pautz, the sons of Debbie Pautz of Jackson County and Paul Pautz of Sheboygan, Wis., received the award on May 14 at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at the First United ...

Gold Star Memorial in Marietta honors sacrifice of fallen, their families

MARIETTA — In honor of those who have paid the ultimate price for the country and to honor the families who lost loved ones, a Gold Star Memorial Monument was dedicated Saturday in Gold Star Park on Harmar Hill, which was formerly known as Lookout Park. The rain held off, the American ...

Hundreds come out for Pride Family Picnic in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A Pride Family Picnic organized by Parkersburg Pride drew hundreds of people at the City Park Pavilion on Saturday. Parkersburg Pride, which began is Fairness Parkersburg and became Parkersburg Pride in January, hosted Saturday’s picnic in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month ...

Parkersburg YMCA holds summer safety camp

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg YMCA held its first child safety camp on Saturday morning, focusing on summer safety issues aimed at children ages 7 to 12. About a half-dozen children signed up for the event, but event organizer Melissa Wigal was not discouraged. Wigal, who works as aquatics ...

Mid-Ohio Valley to mark Fourth of July

PARKERSBURG — A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. WOOD COUNTY * The annual American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg’s City Park begins July 2 and runs through July 7 with games, rides and concessions. ...

Two-hour Trips From the MOV: Weston offers look into West Virginia’s past

While visiting the former site of a mental hospital may sound strange for a family trip, there are plenty of educational opportunities within the walls of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. “The Asylum is a great place to visit because of all the history,” said Chrissy Richards, ...

Two-hour Trips From the MOV: A quick stop on the way to Weston

On the way to Weston from Parkersburg is the city of Bridgeport. There are six parks in the city: City Park, which has picnicking, play structures and a walking trail; Briarwood Park, which has a swing set and play structure; Deegan and Hinkle Lakes Park, which has a boating and fishing area, ...

McClain to retire from Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir post

PARKERSBURG — The director of the award-winning Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir is retiring this month, ending a career spanning 32 years that included a Carnegie Hall performance and being chosen as a 2017 Grammy Award Music Educator of the Year finalist. “There are no ...

Parkersburg High school club donates to Women’s Care Center

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School Senior Women’s Club donated more than $500 to the Women’s Care Center this week. Representatives of the PHS Senior Women’s Club presented a check Thursday at the center. The Senior Women’s Club is a club for senior girls at Parkersburg High ...

Golfers teeing up for Rotary Sour Mash Memorial

VIENNA — The 47th Annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial will be held on July 9 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The field is filling up quickly but there is still time to sign-up to golf or be a corporate or individual sponsor of this unique playing experience, organizers said. It is the ...