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Marietta Halloween party to benefit theatre group

MARIETTA — If Halloween was a poker game, Brad and LeeAndra Smith would be the whales at the table. They’re going all in. The Smiths have held an annual Halloween party for a decade now, and last year moved it to Peoples Bank Theatre, where Brad is technical director. It just got too ...

Parkersburg Pop Con to be Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Lovers of popular culture from books to comics to television to movies and beyond will gather Saturday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for the third annual Parkersburg Pop Con. The pop culture convention will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in WVU-P’s activity ...

ArtOberfest to be held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be hosting special events for the final two Saturdays in October. The second annual ArtOberfest will be 5-10 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Market Street in downtown Parkersburg, which will be closed to traffic during the event. ArtOberfest ...

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 meets, plans dinner

PARKERSBURG — At the Oct. 7 meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15, plans were finalized for a pork chop dinner to be held Oct. 27 at the post, 2505 Ohio Ave. The menu includes pork chops, potatoes, corn and rolls for $7. Desserts will be available for an additional charge. The ...

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Wine Train NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville presents the Fall Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway on Saturday at 6 p.m. This is a fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House with wine and cheese and other treats during a ride through the Hocking Valley. ...

Worthington women present golf awards

PARKERSBURG — The Worthington Women’s Golf Association (WWGA) closed its 2018 season with a luncheon and presentation of awards at the clubhouse. A rainy September forced cancellation of the annual 18-hole and 9-hole club tournaments. Therefore, the Executive Committee honored all of ...

Liberty United Brethren Church celebrates 150 years of service

CUTLER — A small country church at the edge of Washington County marked 150 years of worship and service this past weekend. You won’t find the Liberty United Brethren Church by accident. Hidden in the hills north of Bartlett, it sits at the top of a rise, surrounded by forest and, as ...

History, scares combine in Mid-Ohio Valley walking tours

PARKERSBURG — October brings Halloween and seasonal scares for the Mid-Ohio Valley. Susan Sheppard has operated Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours for 22 years. “I’ve always loved the paranormal, ghosts and Halloween,” she said. The inspiration for the local tours came after a visit ...

Walking tours explore Athens Asylum

ATHENS, Ohio — A number of activities organized by the Southeast Ohio History Center and centered on the historic Athens Asylum are being held during the month of October in Athens. Walking tours of the Athens Asylum have been expanded in October by the history center. Asylum tours are ...

Trinity Episcopal Church bringing improvements

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church is making improvements to its parking lot at Fifth and Juliana streets with recently installed fencing and stone pillars. The black fencing ties in to the church’s iron fence across Fifth Street and the stone complements the church’s stone, said the ...

Morgan Grimm Memorial Regatta set for today

PARKERSBURG — The third annual Morgan Grimm Memorial Regatta will be today at the Parkersburg High School Crew/OVRC boathouse at 2201 Keever St. This event is open to the public and is a competitive rowing race with local and out of state high schools plus Ohio University Men’s and ...

Class of 1968 donates plaque, money to Parkersburg High School

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School’s Class of 1968 presented a plaque and a check to the school Thursday morning as part of the class’s 50-year anniversary. The plaque showcases the names of about 80 graduates, and will be displayed in the front entrance of the school. “The ...

Norwood Thanksgiving dinner finds organizer

MARIETTA — A Thanksgiving tradition that goes back a dozen years will go ahead again this year thanks to the intervention of a newly arrived family in Marietta. Until a couple days ago, Pastor Brian Webber of the Norwood United Methodist Church feared the church’s annual Thanksgiving ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to present Lee Greenwood

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is presenting its first Super Pops in almost 20 years as Lee Greenwood and his band joins the Symphony in the newly renovated Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center on Oct. 20. “It will be a spectacular evening with American icon Lee ...

Canine Costume Contest to raise funds Saturday

BELPRE — GFWC Belpre Woman’s Club has partnered with Brett Lyons of Crazy Bone Pet Spa for the fourth year to sponsor the Canine Costume Contest Saturday. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. at Belpre’s Civitan Park as part of Belpre Lions Club’s Apple Butter Stir-Off. Entry fee per ...

Habitat for Humanity contest entries on display at Vienna ReStore

VIENNA — The general public still has a week to cast its vote in the Habitat for Humanity Restore by ReDesign contest. Contest entries are on display at the ReStore display room at its 16th Street location. “This is our second year to host the event and while we received about the ...

Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off set for weekend

BELPRE — Four decades in the making, the 40th annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off will be Saturday and Sunday at Civitan Park. The event will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday with concessions, crafters and vendors, live entertainment and activities. After many ...

Blennerhassett Mansion to be lit by candles this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The annual Blennerhassett Island by Night — The Mansion by Candlelight program will offer visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park the chance to step back in time to experience an autumn celebration as it might once have been done in the years when it served as ...

Allied Artists of WV Juried Exhibition opens at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — The work of artists from across the state of West Virginia will be on display for the next month at the Parkersburg Art Center in downtown Parkersburg. The Allied Artists of West Virginia Juried Exhibition will open with a reception and award ceremony from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at ...