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Effort selling West Virginia as ‘Almost Heaven’

PARKERSBURG — A local tourism promotion group hopes to capitalize on a new campaign unveiled Wednesday by West Virginia officials. The “Almost Heaven” tourism campaign — which includes a photo by Sharon Carper of Parkersburg — is intended to encourage more visitors and money to ...

Shooting suspect arrested

PARKERSBURG — A man accused of shooting another individual last week in Parkersburg has been arrested, Police Chief Joe Martin said this morning. Michael David Enoch, 26, of 618 Reed St., Apt. 1, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of malicious wounding, Martin said. Enoch was ...

No shots fired against U.S. Marshals; target shooting instead, sheriff said

A Wood County man was arrested this afternoon after a report of shots were fired while U.S. Marshals were serving a warrant for his arrest. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said no one was firing at law enforcement officers, but occupants of 1002 Cain Hill Road off Wadesville Road were ...

West Virginia, Ohio reps react to Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement

PARKERSBURG — Congressmen representing West Virginia and Ohio praised the leadership of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan following his decision not to seek reelection. Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will retire at the end of his term in January. He said Wednesday that he wanted to spend more time with his ...

Students visit Parkersburg for Citizens in Action program

PARKERSBURG — Students from all six Wood County public middle schools gathered Wednesday at the Parkersburg Municipal Building as part of the Citizens in Action program. Citizens in Action promotes civic awareness and community service in students grades 6-8. Wood County Schools’ five ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg narrows president’s search

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg is another step closer to finding its next president. The search committee looking for the next president for WVUP has a list of 10 semi-finalists, Committee Chair Donna Smith said at the monthly Board of Governors meeting ...

Mid-Ohio Valley gardeners thrown by return of cold weather

MARIETTA — Cold weather well into spring has created interesting situations for gardeners and farmers, but some are hoping that milder temperatures are on the way — to stay. “I think we’re about to turn the corner, but we’re not past the frost-free dates yet, so it remains to be ...

Wood County Board of Education to hold Saturday budget session

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will hold a special session Saturday to receive presentations on department budgets. The board will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wood County Schools Central Office at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the ...

Parkersburg ballet students to attend Governor’s School of the Arts

PARKERSBURG — Ana Collins, daughter of Andrea Collins, and Adeline Smith, daughter of Paul and Susan Smith, have been selected as dance students for the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, to be held June 24 through July 10 at Marshall University. Both are dance students ...

Juvenile rescued from mud hole in Wood County

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Parkersburg Fire Department, the Parkersburg Police Department and St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service worked for about 90 minutes to rescue a juvenile from a mud hole in a wooded area off Dudley Avenue Wednesday. Parkersburg Fire Capt. Brian Drake said the call ...

Marietta streets committee discusses Channel Lane slip

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee discussed the Channel Lane slip Wednesday. City Engineer Joe Tucker explained to those present that he was seeking their blessing to apply for the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Emergency Program to fund the repair of the slip. ...

Missoula Children’s Theatre to present ‘Snow White’ at the Smoot

PARKERSBURG — Area children are working and rehearsing each evening this week to learn dialogue and scenes as they prepare to put on a play April 14 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The Missoula Children’s Theatre program has returned to the Smoot Theatre, giving local ...

SW Resources artists to hold exhibit at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — Windows of Opportunity featuring the work of the Marble Tree artists of SW Resources will open with a reception 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. Windows of Opportunity features Linda Alexander, Forest Ash, Charlene Dawson, Jenny Ferruso, Kristi Garrison and ...

Jazz, A Cappella concert slated at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Jazz Combo and Floodstage will team up for a spring Jazz and A Cappella concert - Can’t Stop that Feeling! - at 7:30 p.m. April 19. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. “This concert is a ...

Trillium Piano Trio to perform at Washington State Community College

MARIETTA — The Trillium Piano Trio will be performing in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College. The performance in The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series at Washington State Community College is in collaboration with the Washington State ...

Folk duo set to perform at Stuart’s Opera House

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The folk duo Anna & Elizabeth will perform 8 p.m. today at Stuart’s Opera House in Athens County. Anna & Elizabeth’s partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. The group has been together since 2011. Doors open 6 ...

Larry Bragg displaying art at Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Larry Bragg Art Exhibit can be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg during regular business hours 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Larry Bragg has been painting in oil and acrylic for 50 years and is the owner of Main ...

Wood County Circuit Court hears eight cases

PARKERSBURG — Eight hearings took place in Wood County Circuit Court Tuesday: * Kelly Sue Cunningham, 34, 2601 New York Ave., Parkersburg, appeared for a status hearing. The court has received the forensic evaluation and finds her to be competent to stand trial and criminally responsible. ...

Marietta may add two electric car charging stations

MARIETTA — In an effort to attract environmentally conscious travelers downtown, Marietta city officials are considering installing two electric car charging stations at the Armory. The city was approached by Chip Pickering about donating two stations behind the Armory recently and further ...

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Spring Dinner VIENNA — The Sons of Italy of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its annual spring social dinner 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on 55th Street. The dinner is free to members and those interested in joining the club. Members are encouraged to bring a covered dish. ...