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Junior League appoints Jane Burdette to international task force

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman has been appointed to an international task force with the Junior League. Jane Burdette has been appointed to serve on a Seat at the Table through the Association of Junior Leagues International. Fifteen members were selected from nearly 250,000 Junior ...

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg student Emily Perdue holds a backpack which will be filled with items for foster care children in an eight-county region. The donation drive concludes Oct. 26 at the school’s activity center.

WVU-P student leading effort to collect items for foster kids

PARKERSBURG — Emily Perdue sat down at a table in a small waiting area across from the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Student Services area with backpack in hand, but not full of books and not for her. Perdue has the lead for the Comfort Cases collection going on in the area as well ...

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Shawn Critzer, who lives in the Julia-Ann Historic District, mows the grass Friday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s dedication and ribbon cutting of the new fence at the Riverview Cemetery on Juliana Street. The ceremony is 2 p.m. and will feature portrayals of the famous citizens buried in the graveyard.

Riverview Cemetery fence set to be dedicated

PARKERSBURG — The new fence at the Riverview Cemetery on Juliana Street will be dedicated and commemorated at 2 p.m. Sunday. A ribbon cutting will be followed by a living history event with re-enactors portraying Parkersburg residents interred at Riverview. The re-enactors will provide the ...

Scholarship established in memory of Lowell man

PARKERSBURG — A permanent scholarship fund in the memory of a man who died from lung cancer has been established at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Dennis O’Callaghan, of Lowell, passed away August 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born and raised in ...

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A publicity still from “Marrtown,” an indie film by Dizzyboy Productions in Parkersburg. The movie will premiere Nov. 4 at the McDonough Center at Marietta College.

Dizzyboy Productions to debut ‘Marrtown’ at Marietta College

PARKERSBURG — “Marrtown,” a historical thriller by the Parkersburg-based Dizzyboy Productions will premiere Nov. 4 at the McDonough Center at Marietta College. The movie stars Kristin Mitchem and Toni Marie Perry, who were in “Khange Tha Game,” with appearances by horror-movie ...

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Judy Perkins’ chubby snowman and Hilda Steen’s Star Lit Noel were the winners in 2016 in the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual contest for the Christmas ornament to represent Pleasants County and Tyler County on the Artistree Christmas tree in the governor’s mansion. Entries will be accepted until Nov. 10.

Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce launches ornament contest

ST. MARYS — An annual contest to find the best Christmas Tree baubles to represent Pleasants and Tyler counties has been launched by the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber coincides its popular contest with the Artistree in the governor’s mansion in Charleston where ...

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Bev Chapman, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, helps Corey Wiggins of Belpre stir apple butter Sunday during last year’s Apple Butter Stir-Off at Howes Grove Park in Belpre. This year’s event has moved to Civitan Park and will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off slated for this weekend

BELPRE — After nearly four decades, the annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off is moving from Howes Grove Park to Civitan Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Belpre Lions Club will hold its 39th annual Apple Butter Stir Off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. This ...

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The Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff to be held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The seventh annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Point Park Marketplace, 113 Ann St. The competition is judged in three categories: traditional, non-traditional and vegetarian. A People’s Choice winner is determined by the audience. ...

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The Blennerhassett Mansion will be open to visitors during the evening hours of Oct. 13-14 as part of “Blennerhassett Island by Night — The Mansion by Candlelight.”

Blennerhassett Island to host Mansion by Candlelight

PARKERSBURG — The annual “Blennerhassett Island by Night — The Mansion by Candlelight” program will offer visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park the chance to step back in time to experience an autumn celebration as it might once have been done in the years when it ...

Ohio 26 Fall Foliage Tour scheduled for this weekend

DART, Ohio —The 28th annual Fall Foliage Tour and Antique Engine/Equipment Show will celebrate the fall change of colors Saturday and Sunday at several locations along Ohio 26 north of Marietta. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and is sponsored by ...

Parkersburg High School senior Anna Fatta is this week’s Teen of the Week. Fatta has a love of both science and art, excelling at chemistry, dance and writing. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Fatta loves science, arts

PARKERSBURG — Science and creativity go hand-in-hand for Parkersburg High School senior Anna Fatta. The 17-year-old wants to pursue a career in science and research, but also feeds her love of dance and literature. “My two areas of interest are art and science,” she said. “I really ...

Downtown Parkersburg to host ArtOberfest

PARKERSBURG — ArtOberfest, a German-style arts fair, will be held from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the 700 block of Market Street. This first event for downtown Parkersburg is sponsored by the Parkersburg Art Center, Downtown PKB, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Artsbridge, Mango Latin Bistro, ...

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West Virginia 62 in Jackson County should see peak fall foliage color in late October.

Fall foliage tours popular as seasons change

PARKERSBURG — A popular activity in the early autumn is to drive around and view the changing colors of the local trees as the green of spring and summer turns into the reds, yellows and other colors of the fall season. The scientific reason for the color changes is a process called ...

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Charlotte Curnutt, Animal Control Officer for Owenton, Ky., introduces Charlie, a pitbull/chocolate lab mix, to his new home. Charlie and two other dogs from dire situations in Kentucky were brought to Sonnywood on Tuesday to escape euthanasia because they were deemed too aggressive.

Sonnywood Animal Rescue aids pets

LOWELL — It’s a little piece of heaven out in the middle of the country — no better place for an animal to get a second chance at life. Sonnywood Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is a labor of love for Keith Thomas, who named his place after the first dog he took in nearly 17 years ago. Now ...

Dining with Diabetes cooking classes planned

PARKERSBURG — People living with diabetes and their families are invited to participate in a free cooking class geared toward their special dietary needs. The West Virginia University Extension Service will be holding four Dining With Diabetes classes every Thursday, from Oct. 12 to Nov. 2 ...

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Cat Bigley, fitness instructor at the Betsey Mills Club, practices tai chi in a room at the club after a noon-hour class.

Betsey Mills Corporation Board seeks new members

MARIETTA — An old institution in Marietta is looking for people to help guide its future. The Betsey Mills Corporation Board is inviting applications for new members to sit on the board, board president Laura Rush said. The board composition was changed in December 2016, reduced from 13 to ...

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Eli Clark, left, sits with Ellie Yeater during a visit to the Clark home on Montgomery Hill Road.

Benefit slated for boy battling brain cancer

PARKERSBURG — Eli Clark is 13 years old. He should be in class at Hamilton Middle School. He’s not. Eli has for almost the last year battled brain cancer. CNS neuroblastoma is the medical term. According to cancer.gov., it is a rare type of neuroblastoma which forms in the nerve ...

Zombie fans shambling into Marietta for annual festival

MARIETTA — Zombies will be taking over part of Marietta today. Harmar Village’s annual Zombiefest will be 2-11 p.m. today along Maple Street, behind Harmar Elementary School and near the vehicular entrance into the lower west side at Putnam Bridge. “We want to have this grow each year ...

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Wyatt Smith, of Parkersburg, who has cystic fibrosis, recently had a double lung transplant at the UPMC — Presbyterian Hospital.

Parkersburg man looking at long road to recovery after lung transplant

PARKERSBURG — For Wyatt Smith the road to recovery from a double lung transplant will be a long one. His mother, Carolyn Smith, said the transplant took place on Sept. 4 at UPMC, Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, and with complications his recovery will probably take longer than ...

Two to be inducted into Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame tonight

PARKERSBURG — The two newest members of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame Harold William “Bill” Bell and Charlie Taylor will be inducted prior to tonight’s Big Reds’ football game against Beckley’s Woodrow Wilson High School at Stadium Field. Both were key players ...