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Actors Guild of Parkersburg to present ‘The Game’s Afoot’

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the comedy “The Game’s Afoot” for the next three weekends at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. The performances will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday March 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2:30 p.m. ...

Classic Plastics Toy Expo set for this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The annual Classic Plastics Toy Expo on Saturday and Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center will feature celebrity guests, events, toys, comics, games and cosplay. The expo, now in its sixth year, will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the art center ...

Parkersburg High School graduate, film director to speak

MARIETTA — Parkersburg High School graduate Sarah Anthony, an award-winning film producer, and Sara Taksler, director/writer of the documentary “Tickling Giants,” will be speaking at the Colony Short Film Festival Saturday at Peoples Bank Theatre. The 13th annual film festival, which ...

River Cities Symphony Orchestra to perform in Marietta

MARIETTA — The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Winter Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St. Adult and senior tickets are $15, $20, $25 and tickets for students through college are $10 and may be purchased online at ...

Marietta College hosting eighth annual Honor High School Solo Recital

MARIETTA — The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music and the Marietta College Chapter of the National Association for Music Education Collegiate will host the eighth annual High School Honor Solo Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday. Performing will be 27 high school musicians representing 10 high ...

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Fish Fry PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries will begin Friday at 6 p.m. at 1010 Market St. The event will continue each Friday through April 12. The menu will included baked or fried fish, steamed or fried shrimp and sides. It is open to the public. Takeout ...

CCMC offering scholarships

PARKERSBURG — More than $10,000 in scholarships will be available from WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center for students in health care. Camden Clark is offering scholarship opportunities for college students in a health care field and nursing students through the Camden Clark ...

Marietta store offers prom dresses on consignment

MARIETTA — There is a new option in Marietta for women and girls to get formal attire at a discount price. Two weeks ago, Threadz, at 179 Front St., began selling new and used prom and homecoming dresses on consignment. Darla Kemp, owner of the store, said she has been happy with the ...

Building Blocks: Marietta church traces start back to pioneers in 1796

MARIETTA — The roots of The First Congregational United Church of Christ at 318 Front St. can be traced all the way back to the pioneers who first settled Marietta in 1788. Rufus Putnam and other earlier settlers of Marietta banded together to form the church on Dec. 6, 1796. A large ...

Ohio University kicks off Women of Appalachia Project with fine art exhibition

ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio University Multicultural Center announces the first event of two in celebration of its 10-year partnership with the Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP). The annual fine art exhibition, featuring 35 female artists living in or with strong ties to Appalachia, is free ...

Culinary student to study Italian cuisine abroad

PARKERSBURG — A Wirt County High School graduate hopes to study abroad this summer through the culinary program at Hocking Technical College. Devin Fetty, son of Mark and Candy Fetty of Elizabeth, plans to study Italian cuisine for two weeks in June at two schools in Italy. “It’s a once ...

Waterford FFA Hog Roast feeds community

WATERFORD — Roast pork and community support pulled in hundreds of people Wednesday for a free lunch offered by the Waterford High School FFA and ag students. The Ed Barnett Vocational Agriculture Building at Waterford High School was packed for two hours as FFA students dished up meals ...

Colony Short Film Festival set for March 1-2

MARIETTA — The 13th annual Colony Short Film Festival will be held March 1-2 at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. The festival showcases local and international short films and this year includes over 25 films from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, ...

Hidden Marietta’s Ghost Hunt is Saturday

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre building has been there for 100 years, and that’s plenty of time for history to accumulate and, according to some, to stick around. Hidden Marietta is offering a specialized group the chance to hunt for the shades of events past in the theater Saturday ...

On the Right Track: Model railroad club plans workshops

PARKERSBURG — Persons new to the model railroading hobby often face many dilemmas, such as what scale to model or collect, how to construct and operate a miniature train layout and where to purchase materials. Often, these issues prevent a person from truly enjoying model railroading to its ...

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Friends of NRA Banquet CHURCHTOWN — The 12th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Friends of NRA Banquet will be held 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Churchtown K of C Hall. Tickets are $40 or $125. For more information, call Lisa Fought, treasurer, at 740 423-6026. *** Civitan Pancake Feed VIENNA — The ...

West Virginia’s beauty an inspiration to artist Killian

PARKERSBURG — Artist Virginia Killian is inspired by all around her. Around 65 of her paintings titled, “Virginia Killian: Images Just Come To Me” opened Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. The exhibit will run through March 16 and is sponsored by the Tellus Consulting Group. ...

Author to discuss keys to fundraising at Wood County Public Library

PARKERSBURG — Susan Cole Urano, an author who has directed four nonprofit organizations and has served on numerous nonprofit and statewide boards, will be the guest speaker at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library, 3100 Emerson Ave. In a free program open to the ...

K9 Drago the paw-fect partner for Wood County deputy

PARKERSBURG — There’s a new face at the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. And a new tail and new paws to go with it. K9 Drago joined Deputy Taylor Phillips in early November for six weeks of training. The two were certified in mid-December and the pair has been inseparable since. “He ...

Watertown Auditorium still standing after nearly a century of changes

WATERTOWN — In the 1920s the population of Watertown Township already had begun to decline, from 1,318 in 1900 to 1,200 20 years later. Local historians say it was a thriving community in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with well-groomed streets and houses, a flour mill, a hotel, a bank, ...