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River City Blues Festival to rock Marietta hotel

MARIETTA — The blues will return to Marietta in March for the 29th annual River City Blues Festival on March 20-21 at the Lafayette Hotel. The annual weekend of music is sponsored by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta. For reservations and information, contact Peggy Bolen ...

Oil field ‘torpedo truck’ restored for Parkersburg museum

PARKERSBURG — A piece of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s oil and gas history has been restored to mint condition. Work to restore a 1949 Murdy-Bickel “torpedo truck,” a Ford F4 flatbed, began on Feb. 4, 2019. The truck’s restoration for the Oil, Gas and Industrial Association Inc. in ...

Author Bonnie Proudfoot to read from first book

PARKERSBURG — A creative writing teacher and glass artist from Athens County will present a reading of her first book from 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library. The fictional “Goshen Road” by Bonnie Proudfoot is about a working-class family in western ...

Synthetic ice rink opening at Parkersburg park today

PARKERSBURG — The synthetic ice-skating rink in the Parkersburg City Park Pavilion opens to the public today, with an open skating period from 6-9 p.m. Saturday hours are 2-4 p.m. for ages 7 and younger, 4-7 p.m. for all ages and 7-9 p.m. for teens. The rink is open to all ages from 2-5 ...

Marietta Ice Festival set for Saturday

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street’s first Marietta Ice Festival will be held 3-7 p.m. Saturday in the downtown. Seventeen carved ice sculptures will be on display, each created by local artist Tyson Whistler, Marietta Main Street said. Kicking off at 3 p.m. will be a live sculpture ...

Martin Luther King programs set in Parkersburg, Marietta

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 honor the late King at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church at the corner of Eighth and Clay streets in ...

Artsbridge bringing bluegrass to Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — A bluegrass group will perform 2 p.m. Sunday in the Winter Music Series at Grand Central Mall sponsored by Artsbridge. The Sheppard Brothers Band will perform in front of H&M at the Grand Central Mall Center Court. The Sheppard Brothers have performed a traditional style of ...

Maple syrup workshop offers sweet lesson in Marietta

MARIETTA — Matt Halfhill, of Halfhill Farm in Whipple, will teach the basics of making maple syrup during a workshop this weekend. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in room 102 in the Rickey Science Center, Marietta College. Reservations must be made before Friday ...

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Spaghetti Dinner PARKERSBURG — A spaghetti dinner will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call 304-428-0331 for takeout orders. *** 40/8 Spaghetti Dinner PARKERSBURG — American Legion — 40/8 — will hold a ...

Valentines raise awareness, money for SW Resources printing equipment

PARKERSBURG — Beginning today, SW Resources is selling valentines to raise money for new printing equipment. The valentines, which carry romantic or platonic messages, sell for $10 each. The cards are printed on seed paper, allowing the recipients to plant the valentine and watch ...

BrAva Mom Prom slated for April 17

MARIETTA — Tickets for the seventh annual BrAva Mom Prom, sponsored by BrAva Fight, the Mid-Ohio Valley’s childhood cancer awareness and funding organization, go on sale 7 p.m. Friday. The prom will be held April 17 at the Washington County Junior Fair Building in Marietta. Tickets are ...

Volunteers sought for annual homeless count

From Staff Reports PARKERSBURG — Volunteers are being sought for the annual Point in Time count to tally the number of homeless individuals in Wood County. “We go out to obtain data to show the amount of people who are literally homeless, either living out on the street or (in) ...

Wood County couple backs scholarship at Shepherd University

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Shepherd University Foundation announces the creation of a scholarship award by a Wood County couple in support of West Virginia students majoring in education. The Paul V. Armstrong and Judy Harris Armstrong Education Scholarship was established by alumni Paul ...

Wood County man spices up life with ‘Worst Cooks in America’

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — A local man learned a new skill as he competed on season 18 of Food Network’s show “Worst Cooks in America.” Leo Lech’s family has a tradition of cooking; his mother frequently cooked dishes from her native Poland, and his three daughters know their way around the ...

PATCH brings home-grown produce to Roane County

SPENCER — Nutritious, home-grown produce is available to students and residents of Roane County thanks to students who completely run a hydroponics program through PATCH 21, an after-school program. “The primary goal of the PATCH 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide a ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players prep for rest of season

PARKERSBURG — With the arrival of 2020, the Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will be moving into the second half of their 2019-2020 seasons. In Parkersburg, the Guild will be relocating its next production and its Guild Builders program due to ...

Blennerhassett Museum to host lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The Winter Lecture Series has been announced at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The 2020 Winter Lecture Series will be held at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, 137 Juliana St., corner of Juliana and Second streets. The four-week series will be held ...

First Lutheran Church closes Christmas season

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, closed the Christmas season with its annual Epiphany service and bonfire on Monday, Jan. 6. This bonfire is the traditional “burning of the greens,” the seasonal decorations from the church, as well as many trees and ...

WesBanco exhibits Blevins art

PARKERSBURG — The Lee Ann Billups Blevins Art Exhibit is on display this month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. Blevins has been drawing since childhood and works in oils for her paintings. She is a native of Kenova, W.Va., and ...

Quarter auction to support ministry programs

MARIETTA — Quarter auctions have been around for more than a decade, but people who don’t frequent charity fundraisers might not know what they are. Anyone interested in having the experience can head for the Marietta Church of God fellowship hall at 501 Colegate Drive on Saturday ...