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Vienna man to reunite with son after 55 years

PARKERSBURG — A Vienna man in April will meet the son he hasn’t seen for 55 years. Edward Monroe, 55, was 4 months old when his mother Diane took him and left his father Chalmers Monroe in 1962 and returned to Sacramento, Calif. “I didn’t think I would ever see him again,” said ...

Camden Clark Medical Center renovates operating room

PARKERSBURG — A newly renovated operating room at the WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center will expand endovascular care provided by the hospital. The hospital recently completed a $1 million renovation to an operating room, turning it into a state-of-the-art hybrid endovascular ...

Riverview Credit Union marks 50th anniversary

BELPRE — Riverview Credit Union is kicking off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration with events during this week. Riverview was formed in March 1968 to serve the financial needs of the Union Carbide Marietta Plant employees. Members were encouraged to keep their deposits in a share ...

Buildings in Wood County available for development

PARKERSBURG — With available building space, the area has chances to develop business opportunities. Lindsey Kerr Piersol, director of Wood County Economic Development, said buildings are available for development while others are already being worked on to create new businesses. The ...

Wal-Mart employees in West Virginia to receive bonuses

PARKERSBURG — Wal-Mart employees in West Virginia will receive cash bonuses totaling $5 million because of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act approved by Congress, the company said. More than $560 million nationwide in fourth-quarter 2017 performance-based bonuses and tenure-based one-time cash ...

Legacy growing at Henderson Hall

WILLIAMSTOWN — It’s a season of change at Historic Henderson Hall. Once the home of five generations of the Henderson family since the 1700s, and now a museum filled with artifacts owned by the family, it will soon see something growing on the grounds again — apple orchards. “We ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade slated for March 24

PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. March 24 on Market Street. This year’s theme is “Hop into Easter in the MOV” and the parade is open to all organizations, churches, schools and businesses. This year’s parade marshal is Tom Azinger, a ...

Marietta’s Makerspace helps residents get creative

MARIETTA — Got something you’d like to make, but don’t have the tools, or maybe you need some help with the expertise? Got skills you’d like to pass along to others? The Makerspace would like to see you. The Makerspace at the Epicenter is running full tilt, with equipment available ...

Warren High School chorus to perform at Cleveland Cavaliers game

VINCENT — The basses and baritones rumbled up and down the scales to warm up in the choral practice room at Warren High School. Then came the practice, preparing for an audience of thousands. The school’s bass chorus of about 20 voices will open the game on the evening of March 21 ...

Marietta College announces commencement speaker

MARIETTA — Marietta College has announced its 2018 Commencement speaker. Oil & Gas CEO Don Ritter, class of 1981, will deliver the address before 250 graduates on May 6 in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. “I was absolutely speechless when I was asked by (President William N. Ruud) ...

Pickering Associates named Engineering Company of the Year

PICKERING — Pickering Associates has been named Engineering Company of the Year at the 2018 Northeast Oil and Gas Awards in Pittsburgh. The local architecture, engineering and surveying company was represented by company leadership and clients, who accepted the award for the third year in a ...

Esali Birth’s MD5k race set for May 13

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley will receive support for happy healthy birth, breastfeeding, and parenting experiences with Esali Birth’s MD5k race in Belpre on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13 at Civitan Park, officials said. In its 10th year, the Mother’s Day 5k uses proceeds to support ...

Senior apartments receive federal funding

PARKERSBURG — Federal loan funding has been approved for a senior living facility to be built at the site of a former Ohio Valley University dormitory. The offices of U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced this week that the U.S. Department of ...

Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair busy with 250 attending

VIENNA — More than 200 job seekers converged on the Grand Pointe Conference Center for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair on Friday. Mary Jo Miller, organizer of the job fair, said there were more than 25 companies at the fair and it was one of the busiest of the job fairs with ...

Veteran Kyle Hockenberry to be part of documentary film

NEWPORT — A photo that caught the national eye has finally drawn both the subject and journalist together again after six years. On Friday, Kyle Hockenberry, 27, of Newport Township, spoke for the first time with the combat journalist who captured the iconic moment in a medevac ...

Wood County Board of Education to receive presentation on athletic facilities

PARKERSBURG — Facilities will dominate discussions at Tuesday’s special meeting of the Wood County Board of Education. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public, but those wishing ...

Toys R Us ending operations

VIENNA — After 70 years in the toy business, Toys R Us announced the company filed for bankruptcy court approval to begin a wind down of its U.S. business and liquidation of inventory in all 735 of its U.S. stores. More details about the company’s plans about the liquidation of its U.S. ...

Wood County Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale a sizzling success

MINERAL WELLS — The Wood County Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale — a local tradition for seven decades — was held Friday at the Wood County 4-H Campgrounds in Mineral Wells. The event gives Wood County Technical Center students, 4-H and FFA members an opportunity to showcase their work in ...

Spirits high as River City Blues Festival starts rocking

MARIETTA — They’re blues royalty. That’s how Helen Holt, of Parkersburg, described the lineup of this weekend’s River City Blues Festival at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. “The woman opening tonight is a soul singer, Saturday night’s headliner is the son of Luther Allison, ...

Stained-glass artist sheds light on work for Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — Tom Pralley is a stained-glass artist, a 1983 Parkersburg High School graduate and the man behind a 12-panel stained-glass creation installed at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church on Route 47 near West Virginia University at Parkersburg. His work can be viewed at ...