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Folk duo set to perform at Stuart’s Opera House

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The folk duo Anna & Elizabeth will perform 8 p.m. today at Stuart’s Opera House in Athens County. Anna & Elizabeth’s partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. The group has been together since 2011. Doors open 6 ...

Larry Bragg displaying art at Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Larry Bragg Art Exhibit can be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg during regular business hours 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Larry Bragg has been painting in oil and acrylic for 50 years and is the owner of Main ...

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Spring Dinner VIENNA — The Sons of Italy of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its annual spring social dinner 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on 55th Street. The dinner is free to members and those interested in joining the club. Members are encouraged to bring a covered dish. ...

Teen of the Week: Tooker looks to help ill children

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School junior Tiffany Tooker sees her future in helping children. “I want to be a pediatric oncologist,” she said. “I want to work at one of the St. Jude (Children’s Research) Hospitals.” Tooker, 17, said she has had a goal of being in the medical ...

Regional Math Field Day winners announced

PARKERBURG — Students from Wood and surrounding counties will move on the state level after competing and placing in the Regional Math Field Day. The RESA V Regional Math Field Day was held March 19-21. About 224 students from Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and ...

Empty Bowls Luncheon in Marietta helps fill food pantries

MARIETTA — Saturday’s cold weather created the perfect opportunity for hundreds of people to enjoy a satisfying hot bowl of delicious soup at the annual Empty Bowls Luncheon at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta to benefit local food pantries. The real satisfaction came from knowing ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host state poet laureate Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will celebrate National Poetry Month with two readings by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman on Wednesday in the college theater. Both readings are free and open to the public. Harshman, of Wheeling, will read from a selection ...

Parkersburg native writes ‘Sister of Saidnaya’

COLUMBUS — Rose Ann Kalister, a Parkersburg native, has recently published a novel, “Sister of Saidnaya,” a Syrian immigrant’s tale. In 1922, a young Nadra (12 years old) traveled by boat from the small Christian village of Saidnaya, Syria, to the port of Boston, and on to Hedley, ...

Artsbridge playing host to Warren Local Schools art display

PARKERSBURG — More than 250 art projects created by students will be on display during the second annual Warren Local Schools Art Show in Parkersburg. Beginning Tuesday, the exhibit can be viewed throughout the month of April at Artsbridge. The Warren Art Show is opening Tuesday from ...

City Park clinic set to help runners, walkers

PARKERSBURG — The 31st annual Spring Beginner’s Running Clinic and the 11th annual Walking Clinic are continuing on Tuesdays at City Park. The two programs for ages 16 and up are taught by members of the River City Runners and Walkers Club. Ten weekly sessions began April 3 and continue ...

Wood County man designs medal

ELKINS — When Davis & Elkins College graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, they will also receive a memento, designed by a Wood County resident, of their years on campus. 8 The Graduating Class Commemorative Medal, now a tradition at D&E, was designed this year ...

J.A.K.E.S. Day helps educate the next generation of hunters

MINERAL WELLS — Educating the future generations of hunters and outdoors enthusiasts in knowledge, ethics and sportsmanship was the aim of the 20th annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at the Wood County 4-H Campground on Saturday. J.A.K.E.S. stands for “Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and ...

Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival to be held in Parkersburg on April 21

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival will be April 21 at the City Park Pavilion April 21, featuring music, dancing and other attractions. The festival, now in its 13th year, will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person with children ages 12 and under admitted ...

Barlow Volunteer Fire Department to hold 70th anniversary open house

BARLOW — Organized in March 1947, the Barlow Volunteer Fire Department has come a long way from attaching a trailer to farmers’ trucks to fight fires. The department is holding a 70th anniversary open house today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the station to welcome the community in to see what’s ...

Student artists in spotlight at Marietta gallery

MARIETTA — The minds of high school art students filled the Riverside Artists Gallery with portraits, landscapes, traditional canvases and cutting edge digital images for the sixth annual Mid-Ohio Valley High School Student Art Show, which opened Friday night to an appreciative ...

High On Hope event coming to Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — High On Hope Ministries is hosting the second annual High On Hope The Movement event April 28 at Parkersburg City Park from noon-8 p.m. The ministry is focused on attacking the addiction crisis in this region. The goal of the event is to unite the community together, connect ...

New Miss West Virginia visits Lubeck Elementary School students

LUBECK — Students at Lubeck Elementary School received a visit Thursday from the newly crowned Miss West Virginia United States. Chelsi Rose, 23, of Parkersburg, was crowned Miss West Virginia Saturday and will compete for the Miss United States title in July. “I’m extremely ...

Comic slate set for Laugh United

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its third annual signature event, “Laugh United: A Night of Cocktails and Comedy,” at 7 p.m. today at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The event will feature four veteran touring comics and Bob & ...

YMCA of Parkersburg to host events Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg is hosting free activities Saturday for kids and adults. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the facility at Broad and 30th streets, Healthy Kids Day will take place. That same day, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Community Fitness Mash-up will be offered for ...

Family and friends fondly recall Marietta bar owner

MARIETTA — He was more than just the owner of a local dive bar. To hundreds of Marietta College students and community members who walked through his doors he provided a safe and inviting environment to dance, to play pool and to be themselves. “Jim was pretty reserved but when he was ...