Faith

Mid-Ohio Valley residents, police officers pray together

PARKERSBURG - Residents Sunday gathered with local law enforcement throughout Wood County to offer them prayers and support in light of the recent shootings of police officers.Residents gathered at different locations for a short prayer service and met with officers to thank them and offer ...

Mid-Ohio Valley law enforcement prayer event set

PARKERSBURG - Residents are invited to gather Sunday at four locations to express appreciation and pray for local law enforcement officers.The Wood County Law Enforcement Officers Prayer Walk/Drive is being organized on social media by Parkersburg resident Greg Hoover, who said he felt moved to ...

Mid-Ohio Valley residents gather to pray for vets, police, tormented nation

PARKERSBURG - In times of trouble, many people have answered the call to serve their communities, their states and the nation.Around 75 people gathered Sunday afternoon at City Park for the second annual Mid-Ohio Valley Prayer Rally for Veterans and Families. After recent events around the ...

Commanders join Parkersburg Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG - Major Matt Riley's path to the Salvation Army, and now Parkersburg, didn't include years of church. His wife, who is Major Cathy Riley, had years of church and her family had generations of service with the Salvation Army.Neither, however, was in the Salvation Army when they met. ...

Parkersburg resident Marie Sams elected to United Methodist Foundation

PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg woman has been elected to the board of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia.Marie Sams of Parkersburg joins Elaine Stonetreet from Princeton, Ben Vincent from Heaters and the Rev. Dr. William Wilson of Huntington on the board.The board also re-elected ...

Church security a serious issue after shootings

PARKERSBURG - The idea that a church was a place of safety and peace is quickly fading. The idea of a security team for churches is gaining popularity because of that concern."It's become so great a threat most churches with over 200 people are getting safety and security teams into the process ...

Stephens talks active shooters

PARKERSBURG - Many of the law enforcement and rescue personnel who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., have called the scene "a bloodbath."The body count, including the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla., was 50 dead and 53 injured.Brady Stephens, a former ...

Love Displayed releases album

PARKERSBURG - Nestled among the Market Street businesses of downtown is the Coffee Bar. One half of the ownership is working behind the counter, Zac Huffman. The other half of the ownership is Amy, his wife.While they own the Coffee Bar and three other businesses downtown, they also make up the ...

Passiflora Studio leases Marietta building

MARIETTA - From looking to the past to blossoming into the future, Found Antiques is undergoing a transformation as antiques are making room for new flowers growing within.Chuck Swaney, 61, of Marietta, owner of FOUND Antiques, has passed on the storefront to a new owner, Caroline Waller, 40, ...

Marietta Soda Museum closes after 15 years

MARIETTA - After nearly 15 years in the West Side, the Marietta Soda Museum has closed.Located at 109 Maple St., in a building that formerly housed the Maple Cafe, the museum was once popular with locals and tourists alike."It was like the old five-and-dime stores where you could sit at the ...

Marietta’s Veritas Classical Academy adds grades

MARIETTA - Marietta high school students will have another option for schooling in the city as the Veritas Classical Academy is set to add two high school grades this fall, coming closer to the goal of someday offering a full pre-K through 12 classical curriculum.Located on a five-acre campus ...

Snyder marks 67 years as Camp Kootaga volunteer

WALKER - John Snyder, Camp Kootaga's camp ranger, has volunteered at the camp in Wirt County since he was 10 years old.Years later, in 1977 when the camp ranger position became available Snyder immediately applied for it.When he was hired he left his job at the DuPont Plant to work there.Snyder ...

Peoples Bank Theatre season slated

MARIETTA - A mixture of music and comedy will be featured at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta during the summer and fall months in Marietta as the theatre continues its Spotlight Series of performances."There has been a flurry of activity since the theatre opened in January," said Hunt Brawley, ...

Wood County Technical students to attend competition

PARKERSBURG - Students from the Wood County Technical and Caperton centers will compete in Kentucky this month at the National Skills USA competition.The event will be held June 20-24 at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.Two state champions from this ...

Recognizing PHS Class of 1976 grads

(Editor's Note: This article was written by Dr. Betsy Barger Alderman, professor and department head, Communication Department, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a Parkersburg High School Class of 1976 graduate. The class is having its reunion June 24-25.)Teachers, firefighters, ...

WVU President Gee rallies D.C.-area alumni

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today's climate of economic, social and political turmoil creates a rocky road for the futures of West Virginia University and the state of West Virginia, but, as WVU President Gordon Gee pointed out Tuesday in the nation's capital, challenges create opportunities waiting to ...

Parkersburg native keeps Navy aircraft flying

PARKERSBURG - A 1997 graduate of Parkersburg South High School is serving with a U.S. Navy electronic attack squadron that flies the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.Chief Petty Officer Maria Schade is a yeoman with the Commander Electronic Attack ...

Parkersburg library offers girls’ engineering program

PARKERSBURG - Area girls entering the seventh grade have an opportunity to learn technology and engineering skills in a free science camp at the South Parkersburg Library.Program participants in the camp Girls STEAM Ahead! will use littleBits electronic components to design and build small ...

Church to host cookouts in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG - Summer, as far as the schools are concerned, is here. It is cookout season and the Liberty Street Church of God is into community picnics with a grillin' and fillin' outlook. That's grilling of the food and filling of plates, cups and bellies."We will be doing cookouts at ...

Twin Rivers Baptist Church marks 20 years

WHIPPLE, Ohio - The Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple, celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 5.The day included a dedication and ribbon cutting for the church's new $1 million Family Center.A morning service was held at 10 a.m. in the church auditorium with church pastor, ...