Community News

Mid-Ohio Valley residents gather for day of prayer

PARKERSBURG — Christians around the Mid-Ohio Valley joined others around the country Thursday in asking God’s blessing on the nation as part of the National Day of Prayer. More than 60 people gathered in downtown Parkersburg’s Bicentennial Park at noon as dozens more did so in ...

Mobile farmers market opens in Washington County

MARIETTA — Cabbage, squash, watermelon and even baby food were available Thursday for those who may need it a little more than others. Residents of Washington County ventured to the Washington County Fairgrounds for the Southeast Ohio Foodbank mobile farmers market and tears of joy were ...

Two local documentaries set to debut

ATHENS — The Southeast Ohio History Center will be hosting a History Happy Hour with the release of two locally produced documentaries May 12 at 7 p.m. The History Center, 24 W. State St., Athens, Ohio, will debut “The Millfield Mine Disaster 1930,” with original film footage, and ...

American Red Cross seeks new volunteers

PARKERSBURG — American Red Cross of Northwest W.Va. will have volunteer recruitment today at the Red Cross office at 220 Eighth St. in Parkersburg. It will focus on the need for local disaster action team volunteers. Those attending will be registered in Red Cross’ volunteer connection ...

Give Local MOV effort surpasses funding goal

PARKERSBURG — The day after the Give Local MOV had Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Julie Boyce totaling individual, collective and gift awards for the 42 nonprofits and five foundation grant making funds in the 24-hour fundraiser. “There were 1,280 gifts totaling over $323,000 ...

National Day of Prayer events slated for today

PARKERSBURG — The 2017 National Day of Prayer gathering will be held at noon today in Bicentennial Park in downtown Parkersburg Area ministers, laymen, government officials and other civic leaders will speak at the event. Members of the community will also be gathering throughout the ...

Jeff Sandy to keynote OVU graduation

VIENNA — Jeff Sandy, a former Wood County sheriff and the current West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety secretary, will be the keynote speaker Saturday at Ohio Valley University’s graduation. Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in the Alumni Gymnasium ...

Undercurrent Music Festival set for Point Park Marketplace

PARKERSBURG — Undercurrent Music Festival, featuring 14 artists, will be held from 2-10 p.m. May 13 at Point Park Marketplace, 113 Ann St. in Parkersburg. Doors open at 2 p.m. with musical groups and musicians performing on two stages. The lineup includes Angela Perley and the Howlin’ ...

Sweet Breath of Spring Vidalia Onion Festival slated for Saturday

ST. MARYS — The 13th annual Sweet Breath of Spring Vidalia Onion Festival will be Saturday in St. Marys. Running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be music, food, plant sales, a farmers market, crafts, a car cruise in, bingo and other activities on Washington Street from Phillips Pharmacy ...

Hidden Marietta to be explored Saturday

MARIETTA — Have you ever wondered what it looks like above Two Peas in a Pod Florist? Or maybe you’re curious about what secret areas the Anchorage has that you’ve never seen. Hidden Marietta Tour Company and Marietta Main Street are teaming up to provide an exclusive self-guided tour ...

Warren High School to host musical celebration

VINCENT — A musical celebration will be held at Warren High School at 7 p.m. May 9. The “Come Sing and Celebrate” will feature all four choirs (fifth-eighth grades), seventh and eighth grade handbell groups and seventh and eighth grade bands from Warren Middle School. The event will be ...

Smoot Theatre ensembles to perform

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will present their final concert of the year at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth St. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in ...

Warren students sing in honor choir

VINCENT — Warren Middle School students Jordyn Taylor and Cadence Frame were selected as members of the American Choral Directors Association’s 2017 National Honor Choir that performed in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 11. The choir, which had about 300 students from across the United ...

Parkersburg Choral Society closes out season

PARKERSBURG — Those involved with the Parkersburg Choral Society really like to sing. The society held its last performance of the 2016-2017 concert season Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street in Parkersburg. “We are doing our annual Spring Concert,” said Luke Zyla, ...

Parkersburg parks offer music programs

PARKERSBURG — Beginning at the start of June, Artsbridge will be bringing two free concert programs to Parkersburg’s public parks through the summer season. Artsbridge will be presenting the weekly Summer Music in the Park series at City Park, with weekly concerts at the park bandshell ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announced its grant awards Thursday for spring 2017. The foundation awarded a total of $163,209 region-wide through its Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the foundation’s 11-county ...

Women’s Care Center reaches funding goal

PARKERSBURG — Women’s Care Center reached the $100,000 fundraising goal for its spring banquet held at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna on April 20 and April 21. This annual event is held in duplicate for two nights to allow the large crowd of 372 supporters to learn more about the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley group named Marshall University alumni chapter of the year

VIENNA — For the third time in four years, the Mid-Ohio Valley’s “Thundering Bison Club” has been named Marshall University’s alumni chapter of the year. The most recent alumni award for the local club was presented last weekend at Marshall’s Alumni Weekend as the Thundering Bison ...