Community News

United Way, FamilyWize help save prescription costs

PARKERSBURG — A partnership of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and FamilyWize has saved residents more than $200,000 last year in prescription medicine costs, the agencies announced. Since 2007 when the program began, the arrangement has saved $1,694,692 on prescription ...

River City Ohio Blues Competition to be held Feb. 17-18

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 25th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition in Feb. 17-18 at the Lavayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. A total of 12 local and regional blues acts are competing for the chance to perform in an international blues ...

Talent sought for new country musical

PARKERSBURG — The producers of “Letter to Me,” a new musical based on the songs of Brad Paisley, are looking for regional talent to join the premiere of the production in September at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling. Auditions will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25, noon to 6 p.m. ...

Casting call for Mid-Ohio Valley movie to be Feb. 26

BELPRE — A casting call for a new movie by Dizzyboy Productions will be held 1-6 p.m. Feb. 26 at 1614 Washington Blvd. “No Knock List” will be about two escaped felons, Keith and Lou, who plan to pull off a heist so big, it will set them up for life. They arrive at a bed and ...

Tamarack slates jury session for Feb. 15

CHARLESTON — Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia will hold a jury session 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The session will immediately follow the Arts at the Heart of Communities 2017 Arts Day at the ...

Ohio Valley Summer Theater selects 2017 show

ATHENS — The Ohio Valley Summer Theater will present “Hairspray” for its 2017 summer musical July 20-Aug. 6 at the Ohio University Forum Theater. Auditions will be April 8 and 9 with workshops, community meetings and other events also being planned. “Hairspray,” presented ...

Groups needed for summer food sites

PARKERSBURG — Groups are needed to join the West Virginia Department of Education feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer months. County boards of education, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Service ...

Community aids Warren Township burn victim

MARIETTA — A Warren Township family continued to stick close to the bedside of 17-year-old Austin Wittekind Thursday, two days after the teen was seriously burned in a fire that destroyed his home. Leslie Wittekind said her son remains in critical condition but is responding to ...

Warren High School students reach out to foster parents

MARIETTA — Warren High School students are making a difference in the lives of area foster children with a chance for their foster parents to take some needed time for themselves. The Health Professionals Affinity Community (HPAC) program was started in October and has grown from eight to ...

Riverside Artists Gallery hosts food drive

MARIETTA — Many winter traditions are worth revisiting, including the fourth annual “Gifts from the Heart” food and household items drive hosted by the Riverside Artists Gallery. All donations benefit the Marietta Community Food Pantry. “We’ve always had a lot of success with ...

Parkersburg Art Center begins after-school program

PARKERSBURG —The Parkersburg Art Center is providing a local artist to teach two after-school art programs. The Parkersburg Art Center, with funding from the Neighborhood Investment Program and Mike and Joyce Vierheller, has hired Brandon Coss to head art projects at the Boys and Girls ...

Parkersburg High School Chamber Choir to perform at state conference

PARKERSBURG —  The Parkersburg High School Chamber Choir will be the opening performance at next month’s West Virginia Music Educators conference in Charleston. The choir will perform a 30-minute concert at 11 a.m. March 2 at the Charleston Civic Center. “This is the conference that ...

Parkersburg Art Center to hold YART Sale

PARKERSBURG — A different kind of art sale will be held Feb. 18 at the Parkersburg Art Center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. “It’s our first ever ‘YART’ Sale,” said Dorsey Northrup, event chairperson.  “The sale is for people who are ready for a change in ...

Parkersburg Choral Society to hold Valentine Concert

VIENNA — The Parkersburg Choral Society will present its annual Valentine Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Vienna Baptist Church, 3401 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. The concert is free and open to the public, sponsered in part by a grant from Artsbridge, and local donors. Donations are accepted at ...

Men Cook! event returns to Marietta Saturday

MARIETTA — The first year of Washington County Men Cook! was successful so they’re dishing it up again. A benefit for United Way of Washington County, the event features 29 prominent businessmen, law enforcement officials, public servants and community members cooking up their favorite ...

Photography exhibit on display at WesBanco Bank

PARKERSBURG — The Ronald Rodeheaver photography exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during the month of February. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 ...

Pop-up exhibit to run through March 3

ELIZABETH —  The Dora B. Woodyard Memorial Library in Elizabeth this month will present a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, “The Bill of Rights and You,” commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the document. The exhibit spotlights one of the most ...

Use caution with essential oils

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Poison Center is cautioning residents over the popular use of essential oils for medicinal purposes, such as drinking them, placing the oil on the skin or in a vaporizer, air freshening and cleaning. Some of the oils are poisonous, according to the ...