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Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series returning

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series is returning for another year, presenting four programs at 2 p.m. each Sunday in February. The series begins Feb. 3 and ends Feb. 24. Seating is limited so call for information or reservations at 304-420-4800. The cost is $5 per ...

Troubled youth find guidance, camaraderie at Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp

SUMMERFIELD — One could almost mistake the gathering for a scout camp — minus the uniforms. They sing camp songs and rousing hymns at mealtime gatherings. They build fires, play card games and learn to carve wood. But their stay on this ridge, in this remote corner of nowhere along the ...

Shows feature artwork by Parkersburg High School alumni

PARKERSBURG — A series of one-man art shows featuring Parkersburg High School alumni will be on display this year at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg. Ken Gilbert, who taught art at Parkersburg High School for 27 years, said he has tapped into the more than 200 of his former ...

West Virginia Thespians Festival announces winners

RAVENSWOOD — Area students took to the stage Saturday to compete in the Area II West Virginia Thespians Festival. The event was hosted by Ripley High School but due to technical difficulties was moved to Ravenswood High School. Students competed in a variety of categories, ranging from ...

Guild Builders youth theatre program to present “Aladdin Jr.”

PARKERSBURG — The Guild Builders youth theatre program will be presenting “Aladdin Jr.” for the next two weekends at the Guild Playhouse in Parkersburg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Sunday ...

Events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

PARKERSBURG — Several programs and services honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in connection with the holiday in his honor will be held in the coming week. * Zion Baptist Church will be honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the church at the corner of Eighth and ...

Campus Martius Museum preps ‘Digging the Past’

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum is getting ready for its annual day-long celebration of the distant past. The museum’s “Digging the Past” Archaeology Day, centered mainly around artifacts and old civilizations of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4 ...

Hidden Marietta Paranormal Expo set for Jan. 26

MARIETTA — A fun day of psychics, ghosts, monsters and the paranormal will be at the Hidden Marietta Paranormal Exposition at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Lafayette Hotel Ballroom. In the ballroom of the haunted and historic Lafayette Hotel, the group will gather together all those who delight in ...

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I Did It My Way Tony DeSare, an award-winning composer and Top 10 Billboard jazz artist, will perform a tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Colebank Hall at Fairmont State University. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, ...

Local movie to have casting call Saturday

PARKERSBURG — A local production company making a new science fiction movie will hold a casting call on Saturday in Parkersburg. “Virt” will be the fourth feature film by Dizzyboy Productions. The movie will be set in one of the busiest cities in the United States “where crime is ...

Residents show heart with benefit craft fair in Beverly

BEVERLY — A craft and vendor show was held Saturday to help raise money for a couple of Congenial Heart Walks this year. The event was held in the Waterford Township Community Building in Beverly. “We are raising money for our congenital heart walks,” said Heart Walk Team Captain Deanna ...

Peoples Bank Theatre enjoying the spotlight

MARIETTA — Three years since a major restoration of the Colony Hippodrome theater downtown, the venue — the Peoples Bank Theatre — is feeling success as the 1919 vintage building nears its 100th anniversary. This season’s performers have included top-line acts such as The Glenn Miller ...

Blues competition set to rock Marietta

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will hold its 27th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition this year, but with a change. In previous years, the competition was held in February and was followed in March by the annual River City Ohio Blues Festival. This year, the two ...

Building Blocks: Guardians of Muskingum Park

When Gutzon Borglum carved the Memorial to the Start Westward in the late 1930s he chose sandstone from nearby Constitution to craft the statue depicting the pioneers who landed in Marietta in 1788. Borglum was a busy sculptor at the time as he was also directing the carving of his most ...

Parkersburg Catholic grad pens novel with character from West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Al Griswold, a 1973 graduate of Parkersburg Catholic High School, hopes to have his second fiction novel published next month. A resident of Port Hueneme, in Ventura County, Calif., Griswold made stops in Parkersburg and Charleston in December while visiting with his mother, ...

Parkersburg Woman’s Club’s socks campaign warms hearts

PARKERSBURG — Following a national trend — not an ugly Christmas sweater, but Christmas socks — the Parkersburg Woman’s Club stuffed Christmas socks with personal-sized items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and sweets. Members filled about 50 pairs of socks and members of ...

Belafonte daughter to speak at WVU-P Martin Luther King Jr. event

PARKERSBURG — A daughter of Harry Belafonte will be the keynote speaker at a program commemorating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 22 in the college theater at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Speaking is Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, Belafonte’s ...

Folk singers to perform in Marietta today

MARIETTA — According to Michael “Moon” Mullen, owner of Over the Moon Pub and Pizza on Front Street and local musician, folk music uses lyrics to drive the song by telling a story. Today at 8 p.m., three local musicians will tell their stories in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Willie ...

Cleveland, Flamekeeper to entertain in New Martinsville

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Wetzel County) is starting a new concert series in conjunction with the Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival. Organizers started such an endeavor last year, but this year the budget has increased, and ...

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Chili Dinner PARKERSBURG — A chili and grilled cheese dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call-in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. Auction PARKERSBURG —American Legion Post 15 will hold an auction Sunday at the ...