Community News

Parkersburg South High School holds annual Lighting of Lights

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School held its annual Lighting of the Lights event Thursday night, featuring performances by the school’s band, choir and Southern Belles. The annual event, organized by South Choir Director Jennifer Ratliff, kicks off the holiday for the school ...

Retired pastor pens book on golf, spirituality

PARKERSBURG — Life has taken Jim Yoak down many different paths, from Dupont to full time ministry at the age of 50 at Faith Baptist Church in Vienna. There was one thing on his bucket list he wanted to accomplish. “I always wanted to write a book,” he said, “but I never had ...

Sensitive Santa to visit Grand Central Mall Sunday

VIENNA — Children who need reduced sensory stimuli can have their own visits with Jolly Old St. Nick on Sunday during the Grand Central Mall’s Sensitive Santa event. Scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. Sunday, before the mall opens, the visits will include no flash photography and no music will be ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home launches giving campaign

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, a leading addiction and recovery facility in the area, has launched its Giving Campaign through Jan. 31. More than ever, the Fellowship Home feels the pressure of the addiction epidemic happening in the Mid-Ohio Valley. It need help to ...

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity collects 2,000 pounds of food for local pantries

MARIETTA — Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Marietta College, with assistance from the college and the community, has collected 2,000 pounds of food to be donated to local food pantries. “I could not be happier with all of the work done by so many of the members in the community,” said ...

Christmas in the Village parade today in Coolville

COOLVILLE — Restore Coolville today will hold Christmas in the Village, its first community Christmas parade, outdoor tree lighting and festival. The yuletide event showcases the family spirit of Coolville and environs with many residents and local businesses working together to provide a ...

Info session Monday for Cairo Bridge replacement

CAIRO — An Informational Workshop is planned for Cairo Bridge Replacement Project in Ritchie County next week. The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) will hold an informational public meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Cairo Community Building, located at #2 Town Square, Cairo, ...

Holly Trail to be Sunday

PARKERSBURG — With home stops in Parkersburg and Vienna, the GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will present Holly Trail 2016 from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. In a change for this year’s tour, Holly Trail visitors will be able to vote on their favorite home featured on the tour. Tickets are $8 in ...

Victorian tour is scheduled

PARKERSBURG — The Julia-Ann Square Historic District will showcase several historic homes decorated for the season during the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the tours will be escorted by guides in period attire, homeowners will share the ...

Barlow Christmas on Saturday

BARLOW — With a total of 250 vendors and 33 stops, local residents will have an excellent opportunity for Christmas shopping at the annual Barlow Area Christmas in the Village on Saturday. This marks the 11th year since founder Susie Ashley started the community event. According to Ashley ...

Tanya Tucker to hit Marietta stage Dec. 9

MARIETTA — The Tanya Tucker benefit concert for the Washington County Foster Family Foundation postponed from October will be held 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the People’s Bank Theatre. Tucker rescheduled the concert because of respiratory issues. Many of her fall shows were canceled. “But ...

Marietta College choir to perform ‘Messiah’ for 90th time

MARIETTA — Sunday’s performance will mark the 90th time the Marietta College Oratorio Chorus has performed Handel’s “Messiah.” “It’s a celebration of the nativity, essentially, and the resurrection,” said Jay Dougherty, director of choral activities at Marietta College. ...

High on Hope program helps recovering drug addicts

PARKERSBURG — Drug abuse is an epidemic levels here and across the nation, but there is hope. Mid-Ohio Valley DreamLife is being a positive light to those recovering from drugs with its High on Hope campaign. DreamLife is a one-year discipleship program helping young adults coming out of ...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich names Marietta man to arts council

MARIETTA — Marietta resident Bill White has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Arts Council Board. The board is composed of 15 members appointed by the governor and four non-voting members, two each from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. The board is responsible ...

Holiday home tours slated in Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre

PARKERSBURG — A pair of holiday home tours will be featured in Parkersburg and Vienna on the first weekend of December as the holiday season rolls on. For a second year, a holiday driving tour highlighting home decorations will be featured in Belpre as well. * In Parkersburg, the ...

Annual Send Help campaign underway in Mid-Ohio Valley

MARIETTA — Area residents can get involved in assisting hungry families and individuals during the season for giving by volunteering and donating to local food pantries. The Send Help campaign is currently underway and asking residents for their contribution by sending in food, money and ...

Jesse Osborn becomes Eagle Scout

PARKERSBURG — Within the ranks of the Boys Scouts of America, the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest. Part of the requirement is an approved service to the community project. Lauckport United Methodist Church sponsors Troop 16. Jim Osborn was the first Eagle Scout awarded in ...

Jaycees to nominate community award recipient

PARKERSBURG – Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 West Virginia Jaycees Outstanding Young West Virginian award, West Virginia Junior Chamber State President Craig Erbacher announced. Erbacher said that the program identifies and awards young people between 18 and 40 in the Mountain ...

Meeting to discuss closure of West Virginia State Police post

ELIZABETH — A public meeting to discuss the closing of the West Virginia State Police Detachment in Elizabeth will be held 7 p.m. Monday in the main courtroom at the Wirt County Courthouse. ‘‘We want to be able to get everyone in the same room to see if we can do anything to stop ...

Coats for Kids begins distribution

MARIETTA — Tuesday was the first day for local residents to pick up coats, scarves and hats at the Coats for Kids distribution site at the Dime Bank building in Marietta. Until Dec. 15 anyone is welcome to pick up as many coats as they need to keep themselves and those around them ...