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Wood County man obtains ancestor’s Civil War medal

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man went through the long process of obtaining the actual medal an ancestor was awarded for service in the Civil War. Barron R. “Barry” Calebaugh of Valley Mills Road was encouraged to tell his story to the newspaper by Brian Kesterson of Parkersburg, a ...

St. Marys couple named Golden Anniversary couple

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys couple has kept their faith in God and each other in 50 years of marriage. John and Ronda Meyer were married Aug. 15, 1968, at First Calvary Church of St. Marys. The couple is The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Golden Anniversary Couple for August. The two met in 1965 ...

Pioneer Stage to hold grand opening

GLENVILLE — The Glenville State College Bluegrass Program has relocated to The Pioneer Stage at 10 East Main St. in Glenville where a grand opening celebration starts 10 a.m. Sept. 22. The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will host a showcase of bluegrass music starting at 10 a.m. ...

Parkersburg woman hopes museum will take bottle collection

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman who has collected more than a thousand old glass Avon bottles wants to give them to a museum. “I think I just like for everyone to enjoy them,” said Dorothy Mills, whose home includes shelves filled with the decorative bottles. But many more are in ...

Blennerhassett Middle School teacher receives national award

PARKERSBURG — A teacher and student council adviser at Blennerhassett Middle School has been named the 2018 Warren E. Shull National Middle Level Adviser of the Year by the National Student Council. Lisa Whirtley is a math teacher at the school and is the student council adviser. She has ...

Marietta’s First Baptist Church celebrating 200th year

MARIETTA — While Marietta celebrates its history as a river city the second weekend in September, the congregation of First Baptist Church will mark a milestone in its own history as a part of Marietta. On Sept. 8-9, the church will hold an open house, a combined worship service and a free ...

Wood County Beef Improvement Association has field day

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Beef Improvement Association held its annual Field Day Aug. 2 at Kesterson Farm. The Wood County Farm Bureau helped with the dinner attended by more than 100 people. The speakers were 1st District U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, Norm Bailey of the West Virginia ...

American Red Cross renews calls for blood donors

PARKERSBURG — Blood supplies remain at critical levels, prompting local officials with the American Red Cross Thursday to renew calls for donors. Donations were going at a healthy pace until around mid July when they dropped for unexplainable reasons, said Sharon Kesselring, executive ...

Parkersburg woman recalls appearance on game show with Paula Poundstone

PARKERSBURG — Wild foods expert Edelene Wood of Parkersburg was the central subject on a “To Tell The Truth” television game show in 2000. One of the celebrity panelists on the show was comedian Paula Poundstone. Poundstone selected the wrong contestant she thought was ...

Officials accepting applications for controlled deer hunts

CAIRO — Applications are being accepted for controlled deer hunts at state parks in West Virginia, including North Bend State Park in Cairo, the West Virginia Department of Commerce has announced. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 9 for North Bend, Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, ...

Rubber Ducky Derby winners claim prizes

PARKERSBURG — Winners of the Rubber Ducky Derby were able to claim their prizes Wednesday at Superior Toyota Hyundai in Parkersburg. The Parkersburg Homecoming Rubber Ducky Derby was held last Sunday evening. In the weeks leading up to the festival, tickets were sold at locations around ...

Pennsylvania man wins Parkersburg Homecoming Chess tourney

PARKERSBURG — A Pennsylvania man again won first place in the Parkersburg Homecoming Chess Tournament Sunday. Thomas Magar of North Versailles, Pa., received first place, the seventh time Magar finished in first place. The tournament drew 23 players from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and ...

West Virginia State Honey Festival set for this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 West Virginia State Honey Festival will be Aug. 25-26 at City Park. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12 years and free for ages 6 and under. Now in its 38th year, the ...

Dancers to offer one-day workshop at Schrader Youth Ballet

PARKERSBURG — Dancer Nick Mishoe and his wife, Shayne, will be offering a one-day ballet workshop featuring class and choreography for intermediate ballet dancers ages 12 and up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Schrader Youth Ballet Co. The class is open to any dancer, no matter their ...

EVE Inc. Auction set for Friday

MARIETTA — With an open checkbook Friday, you may walk away with a trip to Zimbabwe or pay for someone’s needed stay at the local domestic violence shelter. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lafayette Hotel for the annual installment of the EVE Inc. Auction. “People can show up at the ...

Band of Brothers to perform at Parkersburg City Park

PARKERSBURG — Band of Brothers will perform at the Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park Concert Series today at 7 p.m. in the Parkersburg City Park band shell with a rain venue of the horseshoe pit shelter. The band consists of: Jimmy Gilmore on keys; Rich Davis, lead vocal and guitar; ...

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Baked Steak Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked steak dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Take-out orders available by calling Call 304-428-0331. *** Vienna events VIENNA — A pair of activities will be Friday and Saturday. ...

Krinock achieves Eagle Scout rank

PARKERSBURG — Christian Krinock, 18, a Boy Scout with Parkersburg Troop 4 and a senior at Parkersburg High School, was awarded the Eagle Scout Award. The ceremony was held at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. “The Eagle Scout Award is the highest honor in Scouting,” said Rachel ...

Stanley excited to join Colonial House as director

PARKERSBURG — Melissa Stanley believes it was meant to be for her to become residence director at the Colonial House in Parkersburg. On Monday morning, Stanley, of Wood County, succeeded Esther Astorg as director at the nonprofit senior living facility at 1517 23rd St. Astorg has retired ...

‘Shop With a Cop’ helps kids with school supplies in Marietta

MARIETTA — Some area school children had the opportunity to shop with Marietta police officers Saturday morning at WalMart in Marietta during their Back to School “Shop with a Cop” Program. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 12 of Marietta organized the event to help kids get some ...