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Child Advocacy Network honors Parkersburg detective

HUNTINGTON —Detective Nathan Deuley with the Parkersburg Police Department received the Partner With Courage Award from the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network for his commitment to the Child Advocacy Center movement in the state, officials said. The award was presented April 9 at the One ...

Camden Clark Medical Center honors volunteers

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center thanked its volunteers for their contributions to the area’s health care and accepted multiple gifts from them to enhance that care during the 67th annual Auxiliary Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. “Our care and ...

Wood County K-9 proves picture perfect in contest

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Drago won first place in the “Protection4Paws Event Tent Photo Contest.” Protection4Paws is a non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to raise money to supply K-9 teams with needed items in West Virginia, Maryland and ...

Good Friday Walk to be hosted by downtown Parkersburg churches

PARKERSBURG — The annual inter-faith Stations of the Cross Good Friday walk will be held noon April 19, starting at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 532 Market St. The Stations of the Cross joins people of various faiths worshipping together at several downtown churches and depicts 14 ...

Entries sought for West Virginia song contest

CHARLESTON — Entries are being solicited for the Songs of West Virginia contest from high school show choirs in the state. Cathy Justice, wife of Gov. Jim Justice, is asking all high school show choirs to sing and record a song about West Virginia and send her office a link to the ...

Doctor learns to dance for fundraiser

MARIETTA — Dr. Allen McElroy is not an experienced dancer. In fact, he has no interest in dancing, he admits. But McElroy has been practicing his dance steps for several weeks in anticipation of Saturday night’s Dancing with the Docs fundraiser at Peoples Bank Theatre in ...

Laugh United show set for Friday in Vienna

VIENNA — The fourth annual Laugh United fundraiser to benefit the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Laugh United: A Night of Cocktails and Comedy will feature four veteran touring comics and Bob and Tom ...

CCMC, Martin honor McLain as part of Donate Life Month

PARKERSBURG — A hero of the community was honored on Wednesday during a ceremony denoting Donate Life Month at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Doug McLain, who served 41 years with the Parkersburg Police Department and also was a paramedic for the St. Joseph’s Ambulance ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The 10th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. Saturday along Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. Event founder and chair Kiki Angelos said due to this year being the 10th anniversary, there will be no entry fee for anyone that wants to participate. The ...

Ripley to host West Virginia Chocolate Festival

RIPLEY — The 12th annual West Virginia Chocolate Festival on Saturday will feature 248 feet of chocolate-related vendors at Epworth United Methodist Church in Ripley. This is the largest event in the 12-year history of the celebration, according to Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader. “We are ...

Parkersburg WesBanco playing host to student art exhibit

PARKERSBURG — The VanDevender Student Art Exhibit will be on display during April at WesBanco Bank at 415 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The VanDevender ...

Stuart’s Opera House to host Tank & The Bangas

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House will host an evening of music with Bob Boilen of NPR Music presenting Tank & The Bangas on Friday at 8 p.m. After becoming the crowd favorites at the 2018 Nelsonville Music Festival, Tank & The Bangas return, this time to the Stuart’s ...

Smoot to show ‘What About Auburn?’

AUBURN — Filmmaker Richard Anderson will premiere his latest film “What About Auburn?” at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg on May 10 at 7 p.m. Anderson, of Baltimore, combines location footage, historic photos, aerial photography and personal interviews to paint a portrait of a ...

Spring Easter Celebration will be Thursday at PHS

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Parkersburg Spring Easter Celebration will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in the horseshoe at Parkersburg High School. West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer will welcome attendees. Entertainment will be provided by the Parkersburg High School ...

Parkersburg native brings Skillset to publishing world

PHOENIX — Jason Swarr has found his niche in the publishing world. Swarr, a Parkersburg native, is editor of Skillset, a quarterly magazine he founded two years ago in Arizona. Skillset, described as “redefining the alpha lifestyle,” was purchased by Athlon Outdoors in January. Swarr, ...

Parkersburg Fishing Derby to be held April 20

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission will hold the annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby on April 20 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 ...

Wood, Washington County students gather for Arts Encounter

PARKERSBURG — Middle school students throughout the region visited downtown Parkersburg Friday to participate in the sixth annual Arts Encounter. The program, sponsored by Artsbridge, is a special day of arts experiences for middle school students from Wood County and Washington County, ...

Bonnet contest brings color, Easter spirit to Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — The Mid-Ohio Valley’s 10th annual Easter Parade Bonnet Contest judging and announcement of winners was Thursday at Grand Central Mall in front of the Pottery Place. There were a record number (37) of registered contestants. The winners rode on the Grand Central Mall Train with ...

Artsbridge bringing string quartet to Mid-Ohio Valley schools

PARKERSBURG — The Montclaire String Quartet will perform for Artsbridge’s Artists-on-Tour series Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in elementary schools in Wood, Pleasants and Ritchie counties, Belpre City Schools and Warren Local Schools. The performance is suggested for ...

Parkersburg church to present ‘Shadow Passion’

PARKERSBURG — The story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection will be presented through images and song during the “Shadow Passion” at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at 2500 Dudley Ave. at 7 p.m. Monday. A light Lenten dinner consisting of bread and 10 soups will be served prior ...