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Saxophonist to perform at Marietta College

MARIETTA —Saxophonist Jordan Reed, an instructor in Marietta College’s Department of Music, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. today in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. “This recital will feature the unusual combination of saxophone and double-neck guitar using effects and looping pedals,” ...

Child abuse awareness rally set for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in West Virginia and a rally will be held Saturday in Parkersburg to commemorate those affected and bring attention to these issues locally. Parkersburg resident Anna Cunningham helped organized the first Child Abuse and ...

Healthy Living on a Budget series set

PARKERSBURG — Healthy Living on a Budget, the second annual spring learning series sponsored by four local organizations, will be held in May. The five-week program will help low-income families learn to eat well, to feel mentally and physically well and to live well. The series is a ...

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Concert BARLOW — Roy Clark Jr. will perform traditional country and bluegrass music at 7 p.m. today at the Barlow Library on Ohio 339. The event is free and open to the public. *** Spaghetti Dinner WILLIAMSTOWN — The Kiwanis of Williamstown’s Spaghetti Dinner will be 4-7 p.m. today at ...

Parkersburg woman uses skills to help sew struggling hearts together

PARKERSBURG — Families need all the support they can get when they have a premature baby. Enid James of Parkersburg is showing her support by crocheting items that are sent to neonatal intensive care units across the U.S. through the nonprofit Charli’s Love. Charli’s Love officially ...

Mid-Ohio Valley has a wealth of outdoor options

You find a lot of things along a trail. Sometimes they are tangible things, like a turtle. Sometimes they are a little more abstract, like a clear head. Sometimes you find yourself. A little over a year ago my doctor gave me a wake-up call to drop some pounds or face the consequences of ...

Blennerhassett Island opens May 1

PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2019 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. Park officials said the new season will see the continuance of several ...

‘Drink & Think’ aims to be talk of Marietta

MARIETTA — What happens in 10 to 20 minutes with drinks in hand when a small gathering of all age ranges discuss conspiracy theories, ancient Native American sports or roller derby? “It’s a prime opportunity for people to interact, question and talk together intimately,” said Hunt ...

GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club marks 115 years

PARKERSBURG — On April 2, Mayor Tom Joyce presented a proclamation of General Federation Day of Women’s Clubs to Parkersburg and South Parkersburg Woman’s Club Presidents. The General Federation was organized April 24, 1890, and chartered by President William McKinley and Congress ...

Historic Marietta church to reopen

MARIETTA — It’s been a little more than a decade since the humble structure was filled with gospel song. But 713 1/2 Second St. will have songs once again filling the small church on May 4. “We don’t really want to draw any denominational lines, we want to keep it simple,” said ...

BREAKING NEWS: One dead in Plum Street fire

PARKERSBURG — A person was found dead inside a Plum Street house that caught fire this morning. The fire at 3617 Plum St. was reported around noon. Just before 12:30 p.m., Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said a body had been located and the investigation was just getting ...

Parkersburg company’s threads used in ‘Game of Thrones’

PARKERSBURG — The premiere for HBO’s final season of “Game of Thrones” on April 14 was possibly the most anticipated television event of the year, if not of all time. In addition to its compelling narrative, the popular show has been praised for its highly-detailed production that ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to open ‘Mamma Mia’ on Friday

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s latest production, “Mamma Mia,” opens Friday for a four weekend, 10-show performance at the guild’s playhouse at the corner of Eighth and Market streets. Friday and Saturday’s 8 p.m. shows are sold out. Tickets remain for other ...

Parkersburg Fishing Derby to be Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission will hold the Parkersburg Fishing Derby on Saturday at City Park and Southwood Park in Parkersburg. The derby will be 9 a.m.-noon at the ponds at both parks. It is free to all children ages 3-14. Prizes awarded for first, second and ...

City Park to host Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley’s Celtic Heritage will be highlighted Saturday during the 2019 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival at the City Park Pavilion. The 14th annual festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with admission of $5 per person, with children ages 12 and under ...

Missoula Children’s Theatre to perform ‘Pied Piper’

PARKERSBURG — What do you do when your town is overrun by ravenous rats? You call the Pied Piper! Take a trip to Hamelin Town this Saturday with the Missoula Children’s Theatre group at the Smoot Theatre. More than 50 local students will perform an original musical adaptation of the ...

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Auction to Help Festival RAVENSWOOD — A public auction will be 6 p.m. Friday in the Old Fashion Bug Building in the Ravenswood Shopping Center. Concessions will be available. A portion of the proceeds helps support the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival. *** Easter Egg Hunt VOLCANO — ...

Gallery: Business After Hours

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, played host to a Business After Hours and open house event on Tuesday. The theme of the event at WVU-Parkersburg was “Seasons of Love” from ...

Donkey visits First Lutheran to mark Palm Sunday

PARKERSBURG — Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week services at First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., began with a special visitor – a donkey owned by Earl Khosrovi – to the delight of children and adults alike. The donkey, an integral part of the entry of Jesus’ coming into ...

Parkersburg to host Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley’s Celtic Heritage will be highlighted April 20 during the 2019 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival at the City Park Pavilion in Parkersburg. The 14th annual festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with admission of $5 per person, with children ages 12 and ...