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Southeast Ohio Foodbank seeks partners to boost senior nutrition program

MARIETTA — The Southeast Ohio Foodbank is in need of partners in their 10-county coverage area to provide free monthly food boxes to income-eligible seniors. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides boxes of shelf stable food to nearly 4,000 seniors each year in Athens, Gallia, ...

Ravenswood High School team wins West Virginia agriculture contest

RAVENSWOOD — For the ninth year in a row, Jason Miihlbach, one of the Agriculture teachers at Ravenswood High School, has had the first place Grasslands team in the state of West Virginia. “I like contests that are relevant to the students’ lives. Something that they can use later on ...

High on Hope Ministries spreads the word on drug recovery in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — For a second year the High on Hope Ministries has gone out to proclaim there is a way out of addiction to freedom and they are doing it from a different location, City Park. Tim Craft, founder of High on Hope Ministries, said The Movement was moved to City Park from Stadium ...

Jane Irvine to retire as head of Artsbridge

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge Executive Director Jane Irvine will step down this fall after more than four years as head of the arts education agency. Office Manager Amanda DeBarr Stevens will become the new director, Irvine said. The director and office manager positions, both of which are ...

BrAva Mom Prom fundraiser a success for organizers and attendees

MARIETTA — With glitter, jewels and plenty of tulle it was a packed house Friday at the fifth annual BrAva Mom Prom. “Again this year we sold out in three minutes,” said Rose Nicholson, a member of the organizing team. “Every year we want to keep raising more. I know last year we ...

Parkersburg native’s project receives film award

PARKERSBURG — A video by a Parkersburg native won an award at the Blackbird Film Festival in Cortland, N.Y. Season two of “Karmic” created by Parkersburg native Scarlet Sheppard was named Best Web Series at the festival held April 20-22. “Karmic” is a 14-episode sitcom for the web ...

Events slated at Henderson Hall

BOAZ — After opening to visitors for the season in March, Henderson Hall will begin holding a series of special events the first weekend in May. Henderson Hall is located at 517 Old River Road in Boaz. The Victorian-era Italianate the home is one of the few surviving, intact historic ...

Parkersburg memorial event focuses on victims of child abuse

PARKERSBURG — Calling it a team effort, the community observed Child Abuse Awareness Month Friday with the annual Child Flag Day memorial program. About 150 residents and representatives of child advocacy agencies and law enforcement attended the noon program at the plaza in front of the ...

Marietta chefs get fired up for GoPacks fundraiser

MARIETTA — GoPacks are not the stuff of gourmet cooking, but three of Marietta’s top chefs turned the shelf-stable boxed, canned and sealed foods into culinary delights Friday night at the Marietta Shrine Club. Taking up the challenge were Tyson Whistler, Dave Rudie and Tom ...

Grace Gospel Church turning 50

PARKERSBURG — May 6 is a day of celebration for Grace Gospel Church. Not just because it is a Sunday, but it is the day the church has chosen to mark its 50th anniversary. Roger Benson is the pastor of the church, the third in the church’s history. Grace Gospel was not a church when ...

Julia-Ann Jazz to premiere June 2

PARKERSBURG — The first Julia-Ann Jazz event will be 6-9 p.m. June 2 at 112 13th St. in Parkersburg at the historic district home of Bob and Melissa Herceg. Providing the jazz outside will be the Smoot House Band, Stolen Moments from Charleston and @ Play, a quartet from Parkersburg, said ...

Ceremony to mark 40th anniversary of Willow Island cooling tower disaster

WILLOW ISLAND — A ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Pleasants Power Station cooling tower disaster at Willow Island will be held at 6 p.m. today at a marker commemorating the tragedy that killed 51 workers. The accident occurred around 10 a.m. April 27, 1978, during the ...

Greenmont Elementary School students raise money, abuse awareness

VIENNA — The Original Pizza Place in the Grand Central Mall and Marietta partnered with Greenmont Elementary School in Vienna to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention during Child Abuse Awareness Month. Students and staff at Greenmont Elementary were encouraged to wear blue on April 18 ...

Safety Day driving program slated in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A free Safety Day program on the dangers of distracted and impaired driving will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the former south Parkersburg Kmart parking lot at 1050 Division St. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in West Virginia. Motor vehicle crashes are ...

Vacation Planner: Wineries offer a special taste of Ohio Amish Country

DOVER, OHIO — Nestled in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country is something many people may not know exists amid the bakeries and cheesehouses - wineries. The local wineries offer unique flavors and seasonal products for visitors to enjoy and take home. Silver Moon Winery in Dover, Ohio, ...

Vacation Planner: 2-hour trips back again this summer

PARKERSBURG — Last summer, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel ran a weekly travel series explore a new place for families to visit, all within a 2-hour driving distance from the Mid-Ohio Valley. And this year, the series will be back again looking at all new places. The following is a short ...

Vacation Planner: Why should you choose a travel agent?

MARIETTA — With the Internet at travelers’ disposal, it may seem like a travel agent is no longer needed. Not so, says Tara Hurst, owner of T.A.C.K. It Travel. Travel agents can take a lot of stress, time and energy off the hands of the traveler so their vacation can be as smooth as ...

Singers to take stage at Actors Guild Idol fundraiser on May 19

PARKERSBURG — The finalists of the first Actors Guild Idol singing competition have been selected. Sponsored by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the fundraising competition has been pared to 10 vocalists who will meet for the final contest at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Actors Guild on Market ...

Ravenswood High School student earns scholarship

RAVENSWOOD — A Ravenswood High School student is the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s first Dr. James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholar. Sophomore Ethan Hupp, who plays the French horn, was one of six finalists for the new scholarship that offers private music lessons with a West Virginia ...