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Williamstown Elementary School earns Blue Ribbon nod again

WILLIAMSTOWN — For the second time in school history, Williamstown Elementary School Thursday was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. After first receiving the award in 2008, Williamstown Elementary was among 367 public and private schools selected this year by the U.S. Department of ...

Parkersburg YMCA slates two-day pickleball tournament

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg will hold a two-day pickleball tournament Oct. 10-11. Players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to support a good cause while participating in men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles. Pickleball is a paddleball sport that’s grown in ...

Castle Pop-Up Tour to highlight Marietta mounds

MARIETTA — An archaeologist at The Castle will lead a tour of the mounds in Marietta. Wes Clarke will provide a detailed look at the mounds including Conus at Mound Cemetery, the Capitolium, Quadranaou and Sacra Via from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The rain-or-shine ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to perform ‘Clue’ online

PARKERSBURG — It will be a dark and stormy night and the scene for murder at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg when “Clue: Stay-At-Home Edition” is performed online at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available on the Guild website at www.actors-guild.com and are $18.95 per device, ...

Parkersburg man receives Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man received an award Wednesday for volunteerism from an organization with roots to the sacrifice of four U.S. Army chaplains in World War II. Jerry Smith received the Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for his volunteerism ...

Pop-up market encourages kids to eat healthy

PARKERSBURG — Students at Jefferson Elementary Center and Madison Elementary school had the opportunity to buy fresh produce thanks to the WVU Extension Service’s Pop-Up Farmers Market on Monday. Funded by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Children’s Home Society of ...

ArtCart continues to expand its canvas

PARKERSBURG — The ArtCart Program by Artsbridge will continue its fifth grade expansion this year, making any necessary adjustments depending on school codes, Artsbridge said Monday. ArtCart will be teaching in all 15 schools in Wood County without art instruction in every fourth and ...

Habitat for Humanity dedicates Parkersburg home

PARKERSBURG — A Habitat for Humanity home, the first completed since the pandemic began, was dedicated on 11th Avenue in South Parkersburg Saturday for the family of Xzantheia Watson. “We are thrilled to dedicate the first Habitat home in 2020,” Alvin Phillips, executive director ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes a different path amid pandemic

WILLIAMSTOWN — Although this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event was different from previous years, those who participated were able to spread awareness and offer support to those who are affected by the disease. Mary Corra and Virginia Peterson are sisters who work to raise funds ...

Williamstown library sponsors ‘Storywalk’

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Public Library has created a “Storywalk” area at Fenton Park to inspire children to read more often. The project was installed over Labor Day weekend after Nancy Morehead, the librarian at the public library, was granted permission by city council at its ...

Parkersburg South receives Thespian Relief grant

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School has received a $500 grant from the Educational Theatre Foundation’s new Thespian Relief Fund. Fifty grants were awarded in two categories: $500 for schools to start or renew a thespian troupe and cover lifetime fees for 10 students; and $1,000 to ...

Local man writes to help people find happiness

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has written a book he hopes will encourage people to find happiness. “Leah, a Love Story” is taken from the Bible, William J. Henry said. The book is his third. “I guess it is an opportunity to help people who feel they have to rely on other people for ...

Good Sams set camp out for Oct. 4-11

PARKERSBURG — The Wild Wonderful Camping chapter of the West Virginia Good Sams will hold its next camp out Oct. 4-11 at Scenic Hills RV Park in Berlin, Ohio. The last camp out was Sept. 11-13 at Holly Grey Park in Flatwoods, W.Va. The Wild Wonderful Camping chapter of the West Virginia ...

Marietta Community Foundation nears goal

Staff Report MARIETTA — The Marietta Community Foundation has nearly reached the goal in its $60K for 6 campaign for schools for virus-related issues. The campaign was announced in August to raise $60,000 to be equally allocated to the six school systems in Washington County, Marietta City ...

Blennerhassett DAR adds member

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Blennerhassett Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution welcomed Becky Oppe as a new member during a brief welcoming ceremony at their monthly meeting on Sept. 12 at the Blennerhassett Museum. The program for the meeting was given by the DAR junior ...

Parkersburg native soldiers on with Army competitions, Hollywood projects

PARKERSBURG — Anthony “Toni” Dickens, a Parkersburg native and 2015 Parkersburg High School graduate, has been working hard as he serves in the U.S. Army. Dickens, 23, now lives in Los Angeles, where he is making a name for himself not only in Hollywood but in the Army as ...

Giving Cup customers give Lubeck Elementary School a $1.5K jolt

LUBECK — A $1,500 donation was presented to Lubeck Elementary School by Williamstown Bank during a Back to School Bash earlier this month. The donations came from patrons of The Giving Cup, a coffee shop inside the Lubeck branch of Williamstown Bank which offers beverages in exchange for a ...

Wood County 4-H members showcase their projects online

PARKERSBURG — Wood County 4-H members showcased project work virtually this year. Members work all year on their projects, and then typically compete at the county fair. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of fairs and festivals, Wood County 4-H members exhibited their projects in a ...

4-H camps go online amid COVID-19 pandemic

PARKERSBURG —Wood County 4-H Camps went virtual this summer due to COVID-19. Campers were given a “Camp Fun Box” full of 4-H swag, camp class supplies, a t-shirt designed by 4-H’er Mallory Marks that claimed, “We Still Bleed Green in Quarantine!” and some DIY STEM kits. Every ...

Marietta woman marks 105th year

MARIETTA — A Marietta woman turned 105 earlier this month with her birthday celebrated with much fanfare at The Pines at Glenwood. Staff and fellow residents of the assisted living facility sang “Happy Birthday” to Frances Bishop, who was born on Sept. 3, 1915. They also ate ...