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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 ...

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Old Man Rivers Mission has received equipment to refrigerate and transport food through a $50,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to the Mountaineer Food Bank. From left, Kevin Ohse, manager of the south Parkersburg Wal-Mart; Becky Conrad, grants coordinator for the food bank; Jeanette Pursley of Old Man Rivers and Jesse Turner-Cooper, store donation coordinator for Mountaineer Food Bank.

Old Man Rivers Mission receives items from grant

PARKERSBURG — Old Man Rivers Mission in Parkersburg is among 32 recipients benefiting from a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to the Mountaineer Food Bank. The food bank recently received $50,000 from the foundation for the purchase of equipment required to store and transport perishable ...

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Lillian Webb, daughter of Melissa Webb, this year was the first child to pick from the Hat and Mitten Tree. The tree is sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Valley WIC.

Mid-Ohio Valley WIC offers hats, mittens

PARKERSBURG — Last year Mid-Ohio Valley WIC started a tradition of offering children a free hat or a pair of mittens during the holidays. Each child visiting the Parkersburg WIC clinic for an appointment can choose an item from the Christmas tree. The annual Hat and Mitten Tree started on ...

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Kristy Cramlet and Meggan Merritt of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield load gifts 
Highmark employees got for 45 less-fortunate area seniors that will be distributed by the Salvation Army of Parkersburg through its Meals on Wheels program.

Highmark employees bring Christmas cheer to senior citizens

PARKERSBURG — Highmark employees helped brighten the holiday season for local seniors by collecting and distributing wrapped gifts as part of its “Presents for Seniors” program. Highmark employees presented the gifts for 45 less-fortunate area seniors to Major Matt Riley of the ...

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Ronda Knight of St. Marys shot the cover photo for the 2018 Roadsides in Bloom calendar sponsored by the departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation in West Virginia.

Work by Mid-Ohio Valley photographers showcased in West Virginia calendar

PARKERSBURG — A picture by a St. Marys woman whose hobby is photography was chosen for the cover of a calendar being published by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation. Ronda Knight’s photo of goldenrod growing next to a barn in ...

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Young Clara (danced by Anna Martin) scolds brother Fritz (danced by Josie Augenstein) for stealing an apple in Schrader Youth Ballet’s upcoming production of “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream).”

Schrader Youth Ballet to perform ‘Magic of Christmas’

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet Co. will present three performances of its “The Magic of Christmas” show this weekend in Parkersburg and Marietta. On Friday, the performance will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg in a special show for school ...

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Petula Clark will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

Petula Clark to perform at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — Legendary singer and Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient Petula Clark comes to the stage of the Smoot Theatre at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at ...

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Those involved in a previous live nativity at Tunnel United Methodist Church pose for a picture. This year’s nativity will be open from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Live nativity set for Saturday at Tunnel United Methodist Church

TUNNEL — Last year, Warren High School student Faith Weyant got the ultimate Christmas-time role. The teen portrayed Mary in the live nativity at Tunnel United Methodist Church, her third time in the production. It was a bright spot in an event that she said really celebrates the ...

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The Winter Wine Express to benefit Stuart’s Opera House will be 7 p.m. Saturday in Nelsonville.

Winter Wine Express slated for Saturday

NELSONVILLE — Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville is presenting the Winter Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway at 7 p.m. Saturday at 33 Canal St. First Class tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, Coach tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and are on sale ...

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Williamstown High School freshman Ellie Yeater is this week’s Teen of the Week. She has dreams of becoming a performer on Broadway. (Photo Provided)

Teen of the Week: Yeater sights set on Broadway

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High School freshman Ellie Yeater has combined her love of people and the stage with the drive and ambition to achieve her dreams. The 15-year-old has been involved with theater since third-grade, and she has her sights firmly set on the Broadway ...

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Scholarship created for St. Marys native Carl Laughlin

ST. MARYS — Family and friends of a St. Marys native who was the doctor for several of America’s original Mercury astronauts have created an endowed scholarship in his name at West Virginia University. Carl Patrick Laughlin, a 1953 graduate of WVU who went to medical school at the ...

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Young Irish group Skipper’s Alley will perform March 17, 2018, at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta as part of the 2018 Winter-Spring Spotlight Series.

Peoples Bank Theatre offers shows

MARIETTA — As Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta closes out one series of shows and prepares to begin another, the historic theatre in downtown Marietta has experienced several sold-out shows. The holiday dance show Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 15 is the ...

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Pat Minnite of PM Company speaks to the audience Thursday during the annual Spirit of Giving celebration. The charitable program in its 10th year has raised $116,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

PM Company gives to Mid-Ohio Valley agencies

VIENNA — A charitable program that has become a yuletide tradition in the area has broken all previous records, the company said. The PM Company’s 10th annual Spirit of Giving program has resulted in $116,000 to be distributed among local nonprofit agencies and groups. More than $50,000 ...

Parkersburg realtors group helps communities

VIENNA — The Parkersburg Area Association of Realtors, Community Service Committee held its largest ever fundraiser for giving back in the communities it serves, the group said. The realtors group held a live auction, which raised $10,000, on Nov. 14 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The ...

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Tags sit unclaimed on a Salvation Army Angel Tree in Green Acres on Front Street. The Salvation Army has about 60 more children in the program than it had last year.

Salvation Army seeks angels in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Salvation Army in Marietta has set up Angel Trees in six locations, starting out with a total of 355 tags, each representing a child who will need help to have a good holiday season. Wanessa Moore of the Salvation Army said Friday the tags are being claimed by generous ...

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Sister Lillian Sleight celebrates her 100th birthday at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg.

Celebration as Sister Lillian Sleight turns 100

PARKERSBURG — “When our belief gets pale and weak, there comes a person out of that need who is shining and warm and everyone living who has come in contact with her reflects a little of that light. “And so they gathered on Sunday, Oct. 15 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg, ...

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Members of the Tramps Motorcycle Club pose with Marietta Police officer AJ Linscott during a past toy run to raise money for children in the foster care program.

Tramps Motorcycle Club readies annual toy run in Marietta

MARIETTA — Thanks to a tradition that has been going on for 35 years, children in foster care won’t go without this Christmas. The Tramps Motorcycle Club has been hosting its annual parade and toy run for several decades, according to Donnie Washburn, whose father, Buck McGowan, was a ...

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The McClung home at 1433 22nd St., Parkersburg, is part of the 50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday.

‘Golden tour’ marks Holly Trail’s 50th anniversary Saturday and Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will hold its 50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday with several homes in Parkersburg and one in Vienna. In celebration of the “golden tour,” this year’s program features the addition of evening tour from 5-7 ...