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Schrader Youth Ballet to perform at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet in Parkersburg will present its annual holiday production on Dec. 28 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. “Tis the Season” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. and will include “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” as well as “We’ll Take ...

Artsbridge to open Winter Music Series today

VIENNA — Artsbridge will open its Winter Music Series 2-3 p.m. today at Grand Central Mall. The concerts will continue through February. Many of the groups that performed during the annual Summer Music Series at City Park will perform in the Winter Music Series, which also will include ...

Sisters Health Foundation gives $1M to 88 groups

VIENNA — In 2019, a total of 88 local organizations received more than $1 million total in funding through the Sisters Health Foundation to support a variety of programs. On Friday, the SHF, formerly the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, held its 20th annual Grantee Luncheon at Grand ...

Officials cut ribbon on new Wood County Senior Center

PARKERSBURG — Seniors and officials gathered Friday at 524 Green St. to celebrate the official opening of the Wood County Senior Citizens Association center. The new location held a soft opening in September, but Friday’s ribbon cutting officially opened the new center. More than 100 ...

Vienna teen spreads his wings with Eagle Scout honor

VIENNA — Dylan M. Khoury of Vienna earned the highest honor in Boy Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award, on Oct. 15 at the age of 15. Khoury began his scouting career in Cub Scout Pack 104 chartered by Vienna Baptist Church in 2010 as a Tiger Cub Scout and earned his Arrow of Light, the ...

Artsbridge seeks original artwork

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will hold a Winter Solstice Night, “Art After Dark,” which will include an exhibit of original visual and expressive artwork that shows how people, including themselves, have gotten through hard, difficult times. That might mean physical or mental health ...

Don Kesterson’s new book discusses family’s escape from Vietnam

PARKERSBURG — Wood County native Don Kesterson has recently published a book, “Ring of Freedom,” about a Vietnamese family’s escape from Communist Vietnam. In the fall of 2018, Kesterson said, he became friends with J.C. Lightner, also formerly of Wood County now residing in ...

Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles to perform

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a free Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg. While the performance is free, donations will be accepted. Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana St. is handicap accessible and has ...

Holiday loft tour set in Marietta

MARIETTA — With 14 stops and empty cookie boxes ready to fill, Marietta Main Street’s annual holiday loft tour is back on the schedule Saturday. “This is often the only time of the year where the public can explore those upper floors of our downtown buildings and learn some of the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Youth Players to present ‘Worst’ comedy

MARIETTA — A cast of teens, a story of love, revenge and...squirrels? The Mid-Ohio Valley Youth Players will present the comedy “The Worst High School Play in the World” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Players Theatre, 229 Putnam St. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ...

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Deerwalk Christmas Party DEERWALK — The Route 31 and Route 50 Organization will hold its annual Deerwalk Christmas Party from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at the Deerwalk Community Building on Bunker Hill Road. The event is free and ope to the public. Santa Claus will arrive at 6 p.m. There will be ...

Area students win awards in PSA contest

PARKERSBURG — Student teams from West Virginia Universityat Parkersburg and Ohio Valley University took top honors in a contest sponsored by Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action to create a Public Service Announcement about the impacts of climate change and the need for action in the Mid-Ohio ...

FOR Club hosts craft, vendors fair

VIENNA — The Jackson Middle School F.O.R. Club hosted a craft and vendors fair on Saturday. More than 30 vendors participated. The club has identified three acts of kindness. It helped local crafters and vendors make money and showcase their goods. Second, it provided people with a ...

Parkersburg High School graduate finds her place in U.S. Army tank unit

PARKERSBURG — Although women in the armed forces is not a new concept for America, there are many specific jobs that are. In 2016, the details of the Army’s plan to integrate women into its combat arms military occupational specialties, which were previously open only to men, were ...

Mid-Ohio Valley communities planning Christmas dinners

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in ...

The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley receives Key to the Community

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley has awarded its first Key to the Community. Pamela Santer, coordinator of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Wellness Center Program, received the award for her collaborative spirit to aid the community at The Arc’s The Key to the ...

Festival of Trees auction raises $15K for Easterseals

PARKERSBURG — The 33rd annual Festival of Trees auction to benefit the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in West Virginia was held Wednesday night at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Easterseals will use the $15,000 raised from the event toward patient care, according to Allison O’Konski, ...

Christmas in the Village in Coolville set for Saturday

COOLVILLE — The fourth annual Christmas in the Village in Coolville that includes the community Christmas parade, outdoor tree lighting, craft show and festival will be held Saturday. The event is sponsored by Restore Coolville and all activities are free. A craft show will begin at 3 p.m. ...

Santa collection on display in Belpre

BELPRE — Hundreds of Santa dolls will be on display noon-5 p.m. Sunday in the Santa House exhibit in the Thomas Annex of the Belpre Farmers Castle Museum and Education Center, 509 Ridge St. “These are Santa Clauses from my personal collection. I’ve been collecting for about 50 years ...

Parkersburg, Vienna homes to open for holiday tours

PARKERSBURG — A pair of holiday home tours will be held in Parkersburg and Vienna during the first weekend of December. The annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea will be Saturday and Sunday in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. Five historic homes in the ...