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Nellie Beardmore and her brother, Bill Hess, both of Marietta, unveil the plaque that honors their late uncle, Dean Hess, at the Memorial Garden beside the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday afternoon.

Marker at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta honors Col. Dean Hess

MARIETTA — Marietta is full of rich history and the new Memorial Garden beside the First Presbyterian Church on Wooster Street is as well. On Tuesday, a new marker was unveiled by members of the church commemorating the late Col. Dean Hess. Hess attended the original Presbyterian church as ...

Catholic Charities annual gala scheduled for Feb. 25

WHEELING — Catholic Charities West Virginia’s seventh annual Gala, titled “Impressions of Hope,” will be celebrated Feb. 25 at Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom from 6-10 p.m. The gala will be hosted by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of ...

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Members of the new ukulele choir at Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta practice strumming on their instruments Wednesday evening at the church.

Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta forms ukulele choir

MARIETTA — Pastor Don Archer wants to bring a taste of Hawaii to the Mid-Ohio Valley through Hawaiian shirts and strumming ukuleles. Starting next week, any local residents are able to join the new ukulele choir at the Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta. “I got the idea ...

Murphytown Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

MURPHYTOWN — Jason Hickman is the new pastor at Murphytown Baptist Church. Hickman is the son of Alfred and Jeanie Hickman, of Calhoun County. He resides in Wirt County, with his wife Gayle (McVey) and their two children, Allyson, 10, and Lucas, 5. He was raised with the Word of God ...

Fairlawn Baptist Church schedules annual Sportsmen Banquet and Expo

PARKERSBURG — Fairlawn Baptist Church will host its seventh annual Sportsmen Banquet and Expo on Feb. 4. The expo includes several vendors and displays about hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. There will be a wild game sampling available. Dinner will consist of pulled pork, baked ...

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The sanctuary of the church has 150 chairs ready for Sunday’s first service, but Pastor David Bounds said the church has room to seat many more and expects to for Sunday’s service.

Pentecostals of Parkersburg prepare for first worship service

PARKERSBURG — The edges may be a little rough and not every nail in place but “finished” is not far away for the Pentecostals of Parkersburg. “The most important thing,” said Pastor David Bounds, “is we’re having church here Sunday at 2 p.m. It’ll be a good way to ...

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Senior Pastor Ian B. Reid of the First Lutheran Church ignites a bonfire following the Epiphany Service in 2015. This year’s Epiphany Service and bonfire will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg slates Epiphany Service, bonfire

PARKERSBURG — The First Lutheran Church at 19th and Plum streets will close the Christmas season with the celebratory Epiphany Service at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the church. The Rev. Ian B. Reid, senior pastor of First Lutheran, will be joined by other area pastors. Following the service ...

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The sanctuary at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, has been prepared for the traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. today. Music will precede each service beginning at 5:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. A nursery is available for the early service.

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg slates candelight services

PARKERSBURG — Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services are scheduled today at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets. The early service begins at 5:30 p.m. with music beginning at 5:15 p.m. The late service begins at 11 p.m. with music beginning at 10:30 p.m. Both ...

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Caleb Anderson, 13, of Fleming, leads a goat through the barn of Sweetapple Farm in Vincent during the live nativity show Thursday.

Families enjoy annual live nativity at Sweetapple Farm

VINCENT — Returning for their annual pre-Christmas tradition the Coleman family joined in singing carols during the 14th annual live nativity at Sweetapple Farm Thursday. “We’ve come for years, it helps put us in the right frame of mind,” said Andy Coleman, 52, of Marietta. “This is ...

Trinity Episcopal Church announces Christmas Eve services

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with two services. The late service is a traditional Anglican service with choir, organ and brass and begins with a concert at 10:30 p.m.,  followed by the service at 11 p.m. The concert will begin with the choir ...

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Janet Ray lights processional candles during the annual performance of “An Advent Celebration” on Sunday at First United Methodist Church on Juliana Street.

First United Methodist Church holds ‘Advent Celebration’

PARKERSBURG — Honoring the meaning of the season is what brought the community together for “An Advent Celebration” on Sunday. People from around the area filled First United Methodist Church on Juliana Street for the performance which heralds the arrival of the Christmas ...

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Youth groups teaming up to raise funds for Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG — Youth groups from seven churches on both sides of the Ohio River are coming together Dec. 17 to ring bells at the Grand Central Mall to raise funds for the Salvation Army. And maybe learn a few things about themselves as well. “There’s going to be youth groups from ...

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Candy Waite, director of the Gospel Mission Food Pantry, fills a shoebox for a little girl for Operation Backyard Shoebox on Thursday morning.

Donations accepted for Operation Backyard Shoebox

MARIETTA — Some children are less fortunate during the holidays than others. Gospel Mission Food Pantry is working to make sure that every child is given a gift during the season for giving with Operation Backyard Shoebox. “We just want every child to have the same opportunity as ...

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Linda Dally promotes Saturday’s Cookeez sale at the First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets. Dally made the quilt.

Annual Cookeez sale slated at First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The third annual Cookeez sale will be held 10-noon Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum Streets. This holiday sale gets bigger and better every year, offering a scrumptious way for you to “EEZ” into your Christmas entertaining. This year, in addition to a ...

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Logan Memorial United Methodist Church will mark the congregation’s 150th anniversary with a special service from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the church at Sixth and Ann streets in Parkersburg.

Logan Memorial United Methodist Church to mark 150 years Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Logan Memorial United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Sixth and Ann streets, will celebrate its 150th year of existence with song and music during a Sunday evening performance of the Christmas  musical “150 Years of  Christmases.” Songs and music from ...

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Jim and Carol Anderson Shores will present “Rediscovering Christmas” at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.

‘Rediscovering Christmas’ slated at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

PARKERSBURG — The National touring company Acts of Renewal will present the yuletide show “Rediscovering Christmas” at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1210 20th St. Professional actors Jim and Carol Anderson Shores perform vignettes that invite young and old to ...

New Hope Baptist to host ‘Total Recovery’ seminar

PARKERSBURG — New Hope Baptist Church, located at 1777 Rosemar Road, is hosting a Friday evening and Saturday seminar for the community about “Total Recovery.” The seminar is to provide life changing information on addictions and other hurts, hang ups and habits which impact life and ...

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Jim Yoak, retired pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Vienna, has written a book combining the game of golf with biblical principles. The book is entitled Golf Plus and according to Yoak, each chapter begins with golf and ends with a scriptural lesson.

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 ...

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Jesse Osborn, left, received his Eagle Scout award on Nov. 14 as a member of Troop 16 at Lauckport United Methodist Church. With him is Troop 16 Scoutmaster Glenn Miller, center, and his father, Jim Osborn, right, who also received an Eagle Scout award through the troop in 1966.

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 ...

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The Rev. Ian B. Reid, Sr. Pastor of First Lutheran Church, 19th & Plum Streets, prepares to read the Bible lesson for an evening Compline service last year.  Compline services this year are scheduled every Thursday before Christmas, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is cordially invited to attend these services.

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg slates annual Compline service

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, will celebrate the Advent Season with weekly candlelight Compline services beginning Dec. 1. Compline services, the last prayer service of the day, will be held every Thursday leading to Christmas.  Services will begin at 7 ...