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Coats for Kids campaign looks to help kids stay warm

MARIETTA — An annual project to provide warm outerwear for children and families in need is ready to go into operation. Coats for Kids will offer free coats, hats, gloves and scarves for children of all ages starting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Lisa Valentine, a project ...

Marietta church, rehab form unique partnership

MARIETTA — God’s mysterious ways put Ryan Miller’s new church and its congregation of 45 in an obscure corner of an industrial park on the eastern edge of Marietta two years ago. It was several months before the first worshipper from the rehab clinic across the highway came through the ...

‘Heathers: The Musical’ opens at Marietta College tonight

MARIETTA — The Marietta College theater department production of “Heathers the Musical” opens tonight at the Hermann Fine Arts Center with a cast of 17 and a five-piece band. It sets to music the independent film of 1988 that took a bleak but darkly comic look at the stereotypical high ...

Flag ceremony set for City Park Saturday

PARKERSBURG — A U.S. flag retirement ceremony will be conducted by the Pathfinder Club of the Parkersburg Academy at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the bandshell in Parkersburg City Park. Veterans or anyone else in the community is invited to watch the flag ceremony, where tattered flags that ...

Mass shooting at California bar

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a deputy sheriff sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered ...

Small art, big heart featured at Parkersburg Art Center’s 6×6 sale

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is revving up for the 6x6 sale, which will open on Friday, Nov.16. The gong will sound at 5:30 p.m. sharp and the crowd will start picking out their favorite works of art, art center officials said. Friday night’s opening is free for ...

Carlin’s Battery D planning open house

PARKERSBURG — Carlin’s Battery D, a Wood County Civil War re-enactors group, will hold its 10th annual Veterans Open House 2 p.m. Monday at the unit’s headquarters at Fort Boreman Historical Park. Cannon demonstrations and displays are planned. Everyone is invited. The Civil War ...

Rodney Barbour bringing concert to Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Rodney Barbour of Cincinnati will be in concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana St., on Sunday at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to all. Barbour is a concert organist with close to 50 years experience as an organist, pianist, keyboardist, trombonist, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley slates Veterans Day celebrations

PARKERSBURG — A number of parades and ceremonies are planned in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. One local event is planned for the holiday on Sunday, while the parades and programs will be held on the Monday immediately after the holiday. * The Veterans Museum of the ...

Trees of Our Heritage begins Sunday at Blennerhassett Museum

PARKERSBURG — The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will present its annual Trees of Our Heritage Christmas Tree exhibit beginning Sunday. An open house will kick off the exhibit from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg. This ...

Erin McKown displaying artwork in WesBanco lobby

PARKERSBURG — Local artist Erin McKown will be displaying her multi-medium art exhibit through November at WesBanco in downtown Parkersburg The Erin McKown art exhibit may be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 ...

Ohio Valley University to present “Alice Revisits Wonderland”

PARKERSBURG — The Ohio Valley University Theatre Department will present “Alice Revisits Wonderland” this weekend at the OVU Erickson Theatre on College Parkway. The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person. The play is ...

Warren High School to present murder mystery dinner theatre

The Warren High School Drama Department will be presenting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre production at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Warren High School cafeteria. The play they will be performing is Pajama Party Murders by Eileen Moushey. The play includes multiple actors and actresses. Many of ...

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Concert VIENNA — The Ohio Valley University Performing Arts Series will present Bobby Maynard and Breakdown at 6 p.m. today at Roberts Chapel on the OVU Campus, 1 Campus View Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Donations of non-perishable food items for the OVU Food Pantry will ...

Trump asks Sessions to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over his recusal from the Russia investigation. Sessions announced his resignation in a letter to President ...

Marietta program to spotlight Civil War nurse

MARIETTA – A presentation on Civil War nurse Mother Bickerdyke, portrayed by Carolyn Caskey, will be held at the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 230 Second St. Mary Ann (Ball) Bickerdyke was a caregiver to ...

Sports reporter Steve Hemmelgarn retires after 46 years

PARKERSBURG — One of the most recognizable sportswriters in the Mid-Ohio Valley retired Friday from The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Steve Hemmelgarn started with the newspaper in 1972, back in the day when Jim Snyder was sports editor and Jim Young was the editor of The News. Hemmelgarn ...

Peoples Bank Theatre slates new season

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre has announced its 2019 Winter-Spring Spotlight Series with eight national touring artists highlighting the theater’s 100th anniversary. The shows include concerts, comedy, acrobatics and silent movies with live accompaniment. The headliners are Amy ...

Wayne Smith inducted into West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — A retired music teacher at Tyler Consolidated High School was inducted Saturday into the West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame. Wayne Smith, a 1977 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Laidley Field in ...