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Costume designer Matt Van Dyne remembers Wetzel County roots

PINE GROVE, W.Va. — Despite years of designing clothing for the Hollywood elite, Matt Van Dyne is adamant: he never has forgotten his roots, and he never will. Van Dyne will return to his native Pine Grove in Wetzel County for Saturday’s Shortline Alumni banquet. He will serve as this ...

Marietta College Oratorio Chorus prepares ‘Messiah’

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Oratorio Chorus, composed of residents, is rehearsing Monday evenings in preparation for the annual performance in December of Handel’s “Messiah.” Rehearsals are 7-9 p.m. Mondays in room 217 of the Hermann Fine Arts Center. Experience is not required ...

Downtown Throwdown BBQ and Brewfest, Harvest Moon Festival set for the weekend

PARKERSBURG — Due to rainy weather forecasts, two of the events originally scheduled for this busy mid-September weekend have been canceled. The fifth annual Parkersburg Paddlefest Weekend and the second annual Parkersburg Riverfest, both scheduled for this weekend at Point Park and on ...

Heritage Day to be held Saturday in Belpre

BELPRE — The Belpre Historical Society will be holding its annual Heritage Day event a little earlier this year, moving the event from early October to mid-September. The Belpre Heritage Day will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Belpre’s Farmers Castle Museum at 509 Ridge Street, Belpre. ...

W.P. Snyder Jr. to be rechristened Saturday

MARIETTA — After nearly 11 years of restoration, the W.P. Snyder Jr. is finally ready for the public to see the history within its bulkheads. This Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio River Museum, the Friends of the Museum will be celebrating the re-christening of the W.P. Snyder ...

Hard rockers Pop Evil to perform in Marietta

MARIETTA — Chart-topping rock band Pop Evil will perform 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Adelphia Music Hall in an event that will include an auction to benefit the Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation. Former area resident Ric DeRubeis, co-owner of Roxoff Entertainment, said he initially put the show ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to hold several events

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will have a couple of events coming up in the next two weeks. There will be a free Mid Ohio Valley Players youth theater workshop on Sept. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Players Theatre, 229 Putnam St., in Marietta. The workshop is for all ...

Art exhibit on display at downtown Parkersburg Wesbanco

PARKERSBURG — The Dayne Thomas art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank during the entire month of September. The exhibit can be viewed at 415 Market Street during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thomas is from a ...

Parkersburg South High School football game to honor veterans, 9-11

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School is inviting area veterans to attend Friday’s Patriots home game against the Princeton Tigers as part of a 9-11 memorial and recognition of veterans. South Athletic Director Roger Thompson said the recognition will take place on the field at ...

Belpre man pleads guilty to domestic violence

MARIETTA — A Belpre man with a history of domestic violence pleaded guilty to another count in Washington County Common Pleas Court Wednesday. Joshua Gibson, 35, of 2200 Hill St., Belpre, pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ...

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Evergreen Series MARIETTA— The Cashore Marionettes will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College. The Cashore Marionettes are the creation of designer and puppeteer Joseph Cashore. The free performance is a series of scenes taken from ...

Parkersburg council OKs police bonus

PARKERSBURG — A $10,000 hiring bonus for certified police officers was approved on final reading by City Council Tuesday. Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce has said the ordinance is aimed at attracting officers who have already been trained and certified for an upcoming civil service test. That ...

Hosaflook: Wood Schools exceeds state test average

PARKERSBURG — Initial scores for the West Virginia General Summative Assessment show Wood County Schools exceeding state averages in both reading and math at every grade level. Superintendent Will Hosaflook presented a brief overview of the scores during Tuesday’s Wood County Board of ...

River rising: Wood County awaits arrival of Florence

PARKERSBURG — The area could experience minor flooding after a few days of rain, but officials are looking at what impacts Hurricane Florence could have once it makes landfall in the Carolinas later this week. “The phrase of the day is ‘Be Prepared,’” said Wood County 911 Director ...

Trump: America will never submit to tyranny

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Thousands of visitors sat in near silence Tuesday morning in Somerset County, as a pair of bells rang out with dramatic chimes. They rang 40 times, sounding to honor the passengers and crew members, who died when United Flight 93 plummeted into a vacant reclaimed strip ...

West Virginia Senate sets impeachment trial dates

CHARLESTON – Despite an attempt by House members to propose a deal to let two justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals off the hook, all sitting justices will face trial in October and November, as well as a justice who resigned last month. The West Virginia Senate met as a ...

Wirt man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison

CHARLESTON — A Wirt County man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for child pornography and a firearms offense, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. Dusten Shawn Cottrell, 40, of Palestine previously pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and being a prohibited ...

5 indicted in connection with Athens County man’s death

ATHENS, Ohio – Five people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a Shade, Ohio, man. Benjamin Cochran, 29, of The Plains; William Milam, 32, of Nelsonville; and Ronald Smith, 35, of Shade, were each indicted by an Athens County Grand Jury Monday on charges of ...

Sen. Portman joins Barker House talk

NEWPORT TWP. —One of the top endangered historic sites in Ohio had a visit Tuesday that could lead to some federal support. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined the Friends of the Barker House board to discuss not only the significance of the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House located on Ohio 7 ...

Volunteers, donors support substation

PARKERSBURG — A little over $2,000 in city funds has been used for work at the Parkersburg Police substation on Blizzard Drive since it opened last fall, Police Chief Joe Martin said, but volunteers and donors have made contributions on top of that. The 1,200-square-foot former south ...