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Mid-Ohio Valley Singers and Songwriters: Steve Hussey and Jeff Ray

PARKERSBURG — Steve Hussey and Jeff Ray have performed together for years and separately as solo artists. They both have solo projects with Hussey’s already released. Hussey’s project is the “Miller Girl” and Ray’s soon-to be-released project is “Our Little Town.” Both ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Singers and Songwriters: Aaron Whited and Jeremy Mayle

PARKERSBURG — Aaron Whited quietly walked to the small stage at the Serenity House, grabbed his guitar and turned dinner time into open mic night as he does every Monday at the Serenity. Whited performs a three-song set, including “What It’s Like Getting Older” and then “Song For ...

Vandalia-Con to be held in Parkersburg May 26-28

PARKERSBURG — The fourth annual Vandalia-Con Steampunk Convention will be coming to Parkersburg with the goal of raising awareness about breast cancer. This year’s event will be May 26-28 at the Blennerhassett Hotel at Fourth and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg, featuring three ...

Shirley Temple dolls on display in Marietta

MARIETTA — If the legend is true that Shirley Temple always had exactly 52 of her famous curls in her movies, then there are more than 4,200 of those locks on display at the Children’s Toy and Doll Museum in Marietta. The museum, which just opened for the season, has several new exhibits, ...

Parkersburg artists to exhibit work at Ratha Con in Athens

ATHENS, Ohio — Parkersburg artists Jason Lewis, James Patrick and Faith Berlin Peck, along with Parkersburg vendor The Shire, are participating in this weekend’s Ratha Con, a pop culture convention at the Athens Community Center. The “Careers in Comics” special guest panel will ...

Young NASCAR fan from Marietta meets Dale Earnhardt Jr.

MARIETTA — Tristen Cooper enjoys everything any other 10-year-old boy would love, including NASCAR. So, things got really exciting for Tristen in April when NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. visited Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus where Tristen, who has autism, was receiving ...

Summer concerts slated throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

Music will be in the air all over the Mid-Ohio Valley this summer and the best part is, it’s all free. Kicking things off on May 23 will be Crossroad Messengers at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. The events will be held every Tuesday through the beginning of September and will include mostly ...

Speace to play Parkersburg concert

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Tribute Series will welcome Amy Speace on Friday evening in Parkersburg. The East Nashville-based singer-songwriter/guitarist will be performing in an intimate house concert setting beginning at 8 p.m. Speace will be accompanied by Kira ...

Rendezvous on the River continues

PARKERSBURG — A visit to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is like stepping back to another century and another dimension will be added with the gathering of mountain men and other pioneers. The first Rendezvous on the River of the 2017 season began Wednesday and continues today ...

Sweetapple Farm to mark Mother’s Day with animals

VINCENT — What better way to spend the Mother’s Day weekend than being surrounded by dozens of baby animals at Sweetapple Farm? Mother’s Day is this Sunday and on Saturday the popular family farm in Vincent invites anyone to attend its Farm Animal Baby Shower. For the fourth year in ...

Bluegrass Festival slated at North Bend State Park

CAIRO, W.Va. — The 23rd annual North Bend Bluegrass Festival will be Friday and Saturday at North Bend State Park. The festival runs from 6-10 p.m. Friday and 1-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 per person on Friday and $30 per person on Saturday. North Bend also offers packages for ...

Emmanuel Baptist Church to host health workshop

PARKERSBURG — Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg is partnering with Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits WV and the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department to present a workshop on healthy cooking from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend to “connect with new and ...

Smoot Theatre to hold auditions for ensemble

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will hold auditions for next year at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the theater. The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus began in 2010 and is for boys and girls who are in grades 4-6 next year. The chorus group is under the direction of ...

Mid-Ohio Valley family appears on ‘House Hunters’ television series

WILLIAMSTOWN — Moving her children from Parkersburg to Williamstown is something Jennifer Haught, 43, and her husband Brian, 40, have been trying to do since early 2016. After taking time searching on her own, Jennifer reached out to several programs on the familiar Home and Garden ...

Ron Taylor’s book describes history of BSA Troop 3

PARKERSBURG — Cincinnati Book Publishing recently announced the release of Ron Taylor’s new book “Priceless Memories of Troop 3: The Adventures, History, and Traditions of An Iconic 100-Year Old Parkersburg, West Virginia Boy Scout Troop.” The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Singers and Songwriters: Smokestack Betty Dotson

PARKERSBURG — There are some people who are known without needing a last name. Locally, musically, there is “Smokestack.” Also known as “Smokestack Betty.” Otherwise known as “Smokestack Betty Dotson.” She’s all one in the same. She plays her 12-string Alvarez guitar at the ...

Todd Burge contributes to Little Jimmy Dickens tribute album

PARKERSBURG — You’ll find Parkersburg’s Todd Burge on the list of West Virginia Music Hall of Fame members Bill Withers, Connie Smith, Charlie McCoy, Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Russ Hicks, and Bob Thompson who are appearing on a Little Jimmy Dickens tribute album. The list also ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra plans season

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced its plans for the 2017-2018 series, with several stops in Parkersburg as part of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg program. Some of West Virginia’s best musical talent also will share the stage with the ...

Time still to register for Parkersburg Relay for Life

PARKERSBURG — American Cancer Society officials say there is still time to register for this year’s Parkersburg Relay for Life. Community Development Manager Carmen Hathaway said those interested in forming or joining a team should go to the organization’s website at ...

Todd Burge: Singer and Songwriter

PARKERSBURG - Todd Burge grabbed a cup of coffee and had a seat on the deck of his North Hills home. Among the area's best known singer and songwriters, Burge found his calling while listening to WWVU92 FM at West Virginia University in Morgantown. "It was 1984 and I went to a music venue ...