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Baldwin wears many musical hats

MARIETTA — In one first floor wall of Jessica Baldwin’s home are French doors. Another wall has pocket doors. When both are closed, Baldwin has her own little studio. In the room are a piano and an electronic keyboard. Her early 1900s home sits on the corner of Second and Washington ...

Same-sex couple sues Gilmer County, clerks

GLENVILLE — Two women who say they were harassed and condemned when they obtained their marriage license last year are suing the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office, the clerk herself and the deputy clerk who issued it. “No government employee has the right to belittle anyone who seeks a ...

Reward offered: Officials say Mountwood Park vandalized

VOLCANO — Officials at Mountwood Park are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a recent rash of vandalism at the park. Over the past few weeks, people have gone into the park’s campground area and damaged ...

Wood County Commission raises county levy rate

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission Tuesday approved an increase in the county’s levy rate on property valuation for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The rate on Class 1 property went from 13.14 to 13.49; Class 2 property went from 26.28 to 26.98; and Class 3 property went from 52.56 to ...

100 miles, 100 days: Camden Clark kicks off wellness campaign

PARKERSBURG — Camden Clark Medical Center’s Health and Wellness Center kicked off its “100 Miles in 100 Days “ campaign Monday, promoting wellness and activity among employees. Pat Perine, fitness and exercise coordinator for the Health and Wellness Center, said nearly 200 CCMC ...

Wood BOE meets tonight on levy rates, evaluation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets tonight to approve levy rates and to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation. The board will hold two meetings today at the district’s 13th and Plum streets offices in Parkersburg. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with a statutory ...

Facemyer leaving PAZ Inc.

DAVISVILLE — The president of the Polymer Alliance Zone Inc. is stepping down. President Karen Facemyer said Monday she was resigning from the board, effective April 28. ‘‘I have taken another job,’’ she said. ‘‘It is time to try my hand at something else.’’ Facemyer ...

Ball facing sexual battery charge

MARIETTA — The case of an alleged sexual battery from the summer of 2015 has one Marietta man facing up to five years in prison if convicted this week in Washington County Commons Pleas Court. Zachary Francis Ball, 28, of 100 Becker Lane, Marietta, is charged with the third-degree felony, ...

Blennerhassett Island ready for visitors

PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 2, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2017 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. Park spokesman Pam Salisbury said the new season will see the continuance of ...

Read Aloud WV in need of volunteers

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Chapter of Read Aloud WV is looking for volunteer readers, with a training event coming up next week. “Positive role models in the lives of children are invaluable,” said chapter president Amy Knicely. “The experience of listening to an adult read and ...

Ohio Valley University student to intern for Rep. David McKinley

PARKERSBURG — Summer intern. The job title has just taken on a whole new meaning for Ohio Valley University student Lauren Cunningham. The junior from Marietta will spend the summer as an intern with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. “I just got the letter last Friday,” she said. “I ...

There’s still time to join Mid-Ohio Valley Easter egg hunts

PARKERSBURG — A number of Easter activities are planned for the third weekend in April. Some of the events include: * In Parkersburg, First Assembly of God will hold a Community Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church at 139 Hill Ave. off Marrtown Road in south Parkersburg. The ...

Spring jazz concert slated at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music is conducting its annual Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public; however, a freewill donation will be taken during the concert. The ...

Smoot Theatre to hold children’s theater auditions

PARKERSBURG — For the 19th consecutive year, the Smoot Theatre will be holding auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Peter and Wendy” 4:15 p.m. Monday at the theater. Auditions are open to children grades K-12, who should arrive at 15 minutes early and plan to ...

Stuart’s Opera House to host free evening of music

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House will host a free evening of music and conversation with Bob Boilen of NPR Music featuring performances by John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars), Adam Torres and My Bubba at 8 p.m. Friday in Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House has worked with ...

Parkersburg singer, songwriter’s work featured in TV, movies

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man whose life is music has gotten the gig of a lifetime. Songs written by Jim Gustafson are featured in independent movies and TV shows, one starring Nick Nolte that is available on DVD. More are coming, he said. It all started about a year ago. “I was at ...

Scottish and Celtic Festival to be held April 15 at City Park

PARKERSBURG — The City Park Pavilion will be filled with the sights and sounds of Scottish and Celtic culture and history during the annual festival in Parkersburg. The 12th annual Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 at the City Park Pavilion in ...

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia shines light on child abuse

PARKERSBURG — Children’s Home Society of W.Va. encourages others to take action during Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is a time for action on behalf of children and families, according to leaders of Prevent Child Abuse W.Va. This year, Children’s Home Society of W.Va. and its ...

Easter egg hunts slated at Mid-Ohio Valley churches

PARKERSBURG — A variety of local churches will be holding Easter Egg Hunts over the next two weekends, including: * In Belpre, Belpre Heights United Methodist Church will hold its free Easter Bunny Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. April 8 at the church at 720 Clement Ave. in Belpre. Pancakes, ...

Parkersburg South High School honors Bill Camp

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School honored one of its own Thursday, presenting Bill Camp with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by the Parkersburg South Student Council during halftime at the Student Versus Faculty Basketball Game. This marks the third ...