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PACF touts importance of giving to local groups

PARKERSBURG — With numerous news articles declaring interest in donor advised-funds surging given the 2018 tax law changes, and promoting charitable gift funds with national investment firms, one local nonprofit executive encourages the Mid-Ohio Valley’s citizens to keep their charitable ...

Wood County Technical Center student Michael Wagoner is this week’s Teen of the Week. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Wagoner building bright future

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Technical Center student Michael Wagoner is building himself a bright future one project at a time. The Parkersburg South High School senior is in his second year of the Tech Center’s carpentry program, a vocation he plans to make into a career. “I started ...

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Aleatha Ellis, left, and Tabby McClung hold presents for children in the Secret Santa program.

Secret Santa fills gaps at Christmas

PARKERSBURG — In 1995, Laurea Ellis and her grandmother started a Secret Santa program for children who were not receiving presents at Christmas. These children were involved in a traumatic situation, such as being separated from their parents, said Ellis. Eleven Wood County children ...

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Jackson Middle School seventh-graders Lakyn Campbell and Jenna Carpenter leave a gift card at a Wood County business Saturday.

Jackson Middle School students pass out gift cards

VIENNA — The FOR Club of Jackson Middle School passed out $2,000 in gasoline and food gift cards across Wood County on Saturday. The recipients of this kindness were not friends or family of the students. The gifts were for anyone needing some Christmas cheer. The Vienna students ...

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The Baptist Temple of Parkersburg will hold its annual free community dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 1.

Mid-Ohio Valley set to ring in new year

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2017 and the arrival of 2018 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: * The Blennerhassett Hotel in downtown Parkersburg will host a New Year’s Eve event ...

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Sophia Morgenstern, 4, of Beverly, strings a pipecleaner snowflake through beads Wednesday during the craft portion of Story Time at Beverly’s public library. Librarian Kay Erickson, right, looks on.

Children learn important skills at Washington County Public Library events

BEVERLY — Fine motor skills, pre-math skills and early literacy are part of the package when you take your toddler to story time. “And it’s important to get them excited about reading and also get to interact with other kids,” said Shelley Morgenstern, of Beverly. Morgenstern’s ...

Volunteers prep Marietta Christmas Feast

MARIETTA — On Saturday, organizers will start preparing the room at First Presbyterian Church. A crew led by Joe Matthews II will attack a mountain of fresh potatoes — 350 pounds of spuds — with peelers, then cut and soak them. The next day, work on the food will begin in earnest as ...

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Caleb Anderson, 13, of Fleming, leads a goat through the barn of Sweetapple Farm in Vincent during the live nativity show last year.

Sweetapple Farm live nativity begins today

VINCENT — Every year just before Christmas there’s a special reenactment that occurs in the barn of Sweetapple Farm. “Three churches help us put this on,” said owner Mona Barrett, about the farm’s live nativity sing-along. “And then all of the people come join in with the singing ...

Symphony maestro invites West Virginia vocalists to auditions

CHARLESTON — The new maestro of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has invited West Virginia vocalists to showcase their talent during auditions set for Jan. 17 in Charleston. “My goal is to get a better sense of the incredible talent available in West Virginia that I’ve been hearing ...

‘Always… Patsy Cline’ scheduled in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will present “Always...Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley at 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 20, 26, 27, Feb. 2, 3, and 3 p.m. Jan. 28. It’s more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based ...

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Members of the Wood County Farm Bureau attending the state Farm Bureau meeting were, from left, back row, Bruce McGlothlin, Ralph Blair, David Lawson, Kam Lawson, Roger Wigal, Teighlor Cross and Mark Young. Front row, Becky Powell, JoEllen Blair, Norma Cross, Janet Wigal and Shelia Young. (Photo Provided)

Blair, Ireland elected to Farm Bureau positions

PARKERSBURG — More than 300 members and friends of the West Virginia Farm Bureau gathered on Nov. 10-12 at the Days Hotel and Conference Center in Flatwoods to conduct its 98th Annual Meeting. Among those attending were Wood County Farm Bureau members Ralph and JoEllen Blair, David and ...

From left, Blennerhassett Chapter NSDAR Chaplain Ashley Burgess, Regent Nona Janks, Mary Ellen Hunt and Deloris Cooper. (Photo Provided)

Blennerhassett Chapter NSDAR has annual luncheon

PARKERSBURG – The Blennerhassett Chapter NSDAR met at the Parkersburg Country Club for its annual National Defense Luncheon on Nov. 18. Members present were Mary Ellen Hunt, Joanie Ancell, Ashley Burgess, Barbara Holt, Dina Braniff, Chris Painter, Catherine Sams, Karlie Lowers, Dottie ...

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During last year’s Community Christmas Dinner at First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg, the Rev. Michael Seely, left, stands with dinner co-coordinators Sarah Townsend, center, and Debbie Karr, right.

Christmas dinners scheduled throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in ...

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Kindergarten friends Will Huffman, 5, and Aubrey Welch, 5, are excited to hold lightsabers of David Chapman, dressed in costume for the opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Thursday at the Odyssey 7 theater in Marietta.

Love for ‘Star Wars’ a powerful force for Mid-Ohio Valley fan base

MARIETTA — Multiple generations of fans from the original trilogy, millenials who grew up with the prequels and now their children will all come together this weekend for the ninth installment of an intergalactic series that has won the hearts and minds of millions over the last 40 ...

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Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores will perform 2 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church.

Acts of Renewal to perform at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

PARKERSBURG — The national touring theater company Acts of Renewal will present the Christmas show “Rediscovering Christmas” 2 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1210 20th St. Professional actors Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores will engage the audience with vignettes ...

Arrests made in Parkersburg murder case

FLORA, Ill. — Two people wanted in connection with the murder of a Parkersburg woman were arrested Thursday in Illinois. According to an article on the website of radio station WMIX 94.1 FM, www.wmix94.com, Kenneth Leroy McCoy, 33, and Jessica Nicole Roberts, 25, were arrested Thursday ...

Hope for the Holidays vigil set for Sunday in Marietta

MARIETTA — When a loved one has died from suicide the grief touches every aspect of life for surviving family and friends. “The reasons, the loss itself and the unexpectedness make it especially hard to move away from that grief, especially around the holidays,” said Miriam Keith, a ...

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Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody McClung with a few of the children who participated in the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart in Wood County on Sunday.

150 children receive gifts at Shop with a Cop event

VIENNA — There were a lot of smiling faces at two local stores this past Sunday. One-hundred and 50 children received Christmas presents during the Shop with a Cop program at the Vienna and Parkersburg Wal-Mart stores. Sixty law enforcement officers volunteered their time to help the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots collecting toys today

PARKERSBURG — Today is the “all day” toy drive for the Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots volunteers will be collecting toys to give to local children for Christmas from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today along Pike Street in south Parkersburg in front of the Southgate Shopping ...