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Crews replace rotting logs at Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum

PARKERSBURG — Work is underway at the Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum in City Park to replace rotting logs and stabilize the 19th century structure. A crew with Wiley Log Homes of Botetourt County, Va., have been onsite since last week removing rotting logs, replacing them with new ones ...

Day of Giving raises funds for Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College raised more than $227,000 during its fifth annual Day of Giving held on Founders Day on Feb. 14. Day of Giving is an online fundraising program encouraging alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends to make a gift of $5 or more. This year’s ...

FAFSA, Promise Scholarship deadlines are March 1

PARKERSBURG —West Virginia is seeing a decline in Promise Scholarship applications as the deadline to apply is coming up. According to a press release from the WVU Extension Service, the state has seen more than a 40 percent decline in the number of Promise Scholarship applications compared ...

Memorial Health Foundation raises $1.3M for COVID-19 care

MARIETTA — Since March 2020, more than $1.3 million has been raised to assist Memorial Health System with COVID-19 care. Some $700,000 was raised between December and February for patient care and to operationalize a vaccination clinic for the region. For the past 40 years, the foundation ...

West Virginia deems Hoblitzell a History Hero

CHARLESTON — A Wood County man has been named a 2021 History Hero by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Paul C. Hoblitzell III was nominated by the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society for his work on preservation of history in Wood and surrounding counties. He is ...

Food bank feeds hundreds of families in Washington County

MARIETTA — More than 400 Washington County families were given 45,000 pounds of food Friday morning at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Distributed through the Southeast Ohio Foodbank, the food consisted of frozen chicken, canned beef, 10 pounds of potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, apples, ...

Parkersburg YMCA teams up with In Step Coaching

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg in December partnered with Jordan Thornhill, owner of In Step Coaching, to offer on-site athletic training services for youth. In Step Coaching is a high-performance sport and fitness training facility in Belpre serving the Mid-Ohio Valley in athlete, ...

Parkersburg church recognized for work with Samaritan’s Purse

PARKERSBURG — A local church received an award earlier this month recognizing its work over the past decade with the Samaritan’s Purse organization. Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg has been a drop-off location for shoeboxes that are collected, filled and shipped to needy children ...

Parkersburg Pride sponsors free livestream of ‘The Laramie Project’

MARIETTA — The final live-stream performance of “The Laramie Project” by the Theatre at Marietta College at 8 p.m. Saturday will be free to the next 500 people who reserve access through a sponsorship by Parkersburg Pride. “The Laramie Project” is the true story of Matthew Shepard, a ...

Wood County on remote learning

Students in Wood County Schools on Wednesday will attend remotely. Teachers will report on a two-hour delay. Online lessons begin at 10 a.m. Belpre City Schools is on a two-hour delay due to road conditions and frigid temperatures. Marietta City Schools will be on virtual learning. Pleasants ...

Changes planned for Belpre Homecoming

Staff Report BELPRE — Some changes are in the works behind the scenes for the Belpre Homecoming Festival. The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the launch of a new community-based Belpre Homecoming Committee. The goal is to continue the long tradition of the summer ...

Parkersburg South students displaying art at Grand Central Mall

PARKERSBURG — Art students from Parkersburg South High School are participating in a show this month through Artsbridge at the Grand Central Mall. The Parkersburg South art exhibit will be on display inside the mall in front of J.C. Penney through Feb. 26. Featured will be the art created ...

Marietta church helps feed the hungry

MARIETTA — Several members of the community drove through the parking lot of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta to drop off monetary or food donations for the local Gospel Mission Food Pantry. Church member Randy Shrider said he was very pleased with the amount of impact the ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg plans Black History Month events

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will celebrate Black History Month with two virtual events, including a keynote talk about diversity with Rodney Smith, vice president for access and engagement at William Jewell College. The first event, “A View from a Black ...

Wood County students tabbed as National Merit Scholarship finalists

PARKERSBURG — Three students in Wood County Schools have been named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists. They are Cecelia Fatta of Parkersburg High School, Nicholas Murphy of Parkersburg South High School and Jacob Huggins of Williamstown High School. They were among the ...

Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg does service projects in honor of King

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg worked together Friday on make toys and treats for shelter dogs and spread the word about the importance of education during wartime. Each year, the club observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day with public service activities. A ...

West Virginia agencies accepting entries for Arbor Day contest

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Arbor Day poster contest accepting entries Fourth and fifth grade students in West Virginia are being encouraged to showcase their artistic talents by creating posters in the 2021 Arbor Day contest. The poster theme is “Trees are Terrific...and Growing.” The ...