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Parkersburg man discusses his journey to sobriety

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man is celebrating sobriety by telling his story for others to see there is hope in what may seem a hopeless situation. “There is another way to live,” said Mark Powers, 56, who in December will be sober for five years. “There is hope.” National Recovery ...

Creative Camp to offer fun, heritage skills

MINERAL WELLS — Heritage skills, arts and crafts and educational classes will be offered at Creative Camp at the Wood County 4-H Campground in October. Creative Camp, which is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the 4-H Campground on ...

Parkersburg South’s Speaking Patriots racking up national wins

PARKERSBURG — There’s no arguing the Parkersburg South High School’s Speaking Patriots have spent the past two weeks racking up some impressive wins. Earlier this month, the South speech team placed third at the season opener national tournament at the University of Kentucky. Michelle ...

Volcano Days to be held Sept. 28-30

VOLCANO — The 30 annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Sept. 28-30 at Mountwood Park, just off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of food ...

Photo Gallery: All That Jazz

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University Jazz Ensemble performed at Worthington Elementary School Friday.

New Matamoras Elementary School students, veterans honor POW/MIA Day

NEW MATAMORAS — Veterans, faculty and students gathered at New Matamoras Elementary School on Friday for the 29th annual POW/MIA Day. The event featured speakers and music in order for the students and community to honor veterans. Students were also informed of the sacrifices people in ...

Heart guides Ohio mural artist to Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Jordan Serpentini says she follows her heart in life’s journey. Guiding like a GPS, Serpentini said, her heart led her on a mural tour across the country this summer that included two art projects in Parkersburg. Serpentini, 24, of Akron is a Reiki master, artist, ...

Taste of Marietta slated for Saturday

MARIETTA — Those traveling down Putnam Street on Saturday will have to make a detour around the newest event in the Pioneer City—and may want to stop for a bite. From 5-10 p.m., The Taste of Marietta - Taking it to the Streets fundraiser will be held in the 200 block of Putnam Street in ...

Belleville Homecoming Festival runs Friday through Sunday

BELLEVILLE — The 2018 Belleville Homecoming Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Belleville Community Center on West Virginia 68 South at Belleville in southern Wood County. The three-day festival will feature entertainment, activities, games and attractions, including music by this ...

Historic marker dedication set for Saturday in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Col. Jesse Hildebrand Historical Marker Dedication will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #67 Hall, 161 Front St.The event is sponsored by Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #67 and Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley. It will be open to ...

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Nina and Pinta visit PARKERSBURG — The Columbus Foundation and their two Columbus replica ships of the Nina, the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus Ship ever built, and Pinta, are set to dock for tours at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg today through Tuesday. Admission is ...

Marietta Troop welcomes girls into ranks as Scouts go coed

MARIETTA — The scouting motto is to be prepared. And now that school is back in session and the hard push to recruit new cubs to the scouting program has begun, this year leaders are prepared to serve a wider audience of both genders. “I had my first girls join back in the winter as ...

Belleville Homecoming set for next weekend

BELLEVILLE — The 2018 Belleville Homecoming Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Belleville Community Center on West Virginia 68 South at Belleville in southern Wood County. The three-day festival will feature entertainment, activities, games and attractions, including music by ...

Sistersville Marble Festival rolling forward for 19th year

SISTERSVILLE — The 19th annual Sistersville Marble Festival will be held Sept. 28-30. The three-day event draws national and international attention and includes exhibits, food, vendors and entertainment. “There are many excellent marble shows held throughout the United States,” Jim ...

Phelps-Tavenner Home hosts tea

PARKERSBURG — The Grandparents Day Tea was held Sept. 9 at the Historic Phelps-Tavenner Home on Camden Avenue. The event was held under the guidance of local tea expert Nancy Daugherty. Kitchen helpers included Dottie Cornell and Dina Braniff. Guests included four generations of the ...

Throwdown for the Pound benefit slated in Marietta

MARIETTA — Twice a year people come together in Marietta for a gathering to help our furry friends avoid neglect and mistreatment, in an event that also includes plenty of bodyslams and family wrestling entertainment. This Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Marietta Middle School gymnasium, Remix ...

Pleasants County Agricultural Fair scaled back

PARKERSBURG — Another event this weekend has been affected by weather and high water on the Ohio River. Parts of the Pleasants County Agricultural Fair will go on while other parts will not, Traci Brammer, program assistant for the Pleasants County Agricultural Youth Fair, said on ...

Costume designer Matt Van Dyne remembers Wetzel County roots

PINE GROVE, W.Va. — Despite years of designing clothing for the Hollywood elite, Matt Van Dyne is adamant: he never has forgotten his roots, and he never will. Van Dyne will return to his native Pine Grove in Wetzel County for Saturday’s Shortline Alumni banquet. He will serve as this ...