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America in Bloom judges in town to evaluate local efforts

BELPRE — A pair of judges from the America in Bloom national beautification program are visiting Belpre to review and evaluate the efforts of the Belpre in Bloom program. Ed Hooker and Jack Clasen were visiting various locations and projects in Belpre on Monday and today with Leslie ...

Trembly receives scholarship from P.E.O.

PARKERSBURG — Megan Trembly recently received a check from Susan St. Jean and Judy Langkamer, co-chairwomen of P.E.O. Chapter Z’s Project Committee, to assist Trembly with education expenses at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The International Chapter of P.E.O. provided this ...

PHS grad joins Mon Health

MORGANTOWN — Dr. Jaschar Shakuri-Rad, a Parkersburg High School graduate, has joined Mon Health as medical director of robotic surgery. Shakuri-Rad, a urologist, recently completed urological robotic surgery training at the University of Michigan Health System in Grand Rapids, Mich. With ...

Allohak Council shows support for joining MVC

MARIETTA — A straw poll showed widespread support of local Scouting units moving to the Muskingum Valley Council Monday. The Allohak Council covers the Blennerhassett District, Highland District, Little Kanawha District, Hock-Hocking District, Stonewall-Jackson District and the Washington ...

Broughton’s serves up Farm Fest

DEVOLA — The first Broughton’s Farm Fest was held over the weekend at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area off Ohio 822 near Devola. After the disc golf course at the refuge was recently redesigned and other recent upgrades were made, officials want people to be aware of ...

People’s Bank Theatre screens silent film for packed house

MARIETTA — Buster Keaton, with the aid of a world class theater organist, packed them in Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre, starring in a silent film made almost a century ago. A botany student is awarded an electrical engineering degree by mistake. He attempts to rewire a ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival announces acts

BELPRE — The entertainment at this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival will feature a mixture of old and new music. The 86th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival will be Aug. 2-4 at Civitan Park in Belpre, with three days of entertainment, rides and other activities and attractions. Chuck ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to hold pledge drive

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will kick off its fifth annual pledge drive on July 21. The fundraiser generally raises $5,000 for the organization as volunteers spend two days calling supporters and members asking for donations of $25 or more. The pledge drive will wrap up Aug. ...

American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia seeks relief volunteers

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia needs you. The agency needs more disaster relief volunteers, particularly with being in hurricane season, said Todd Wines, disaster program manager for the Red Cross. Available volunteers could be deployed to a disaster ...

Marietta marks anniversary of Northwest Ordinance of 1787

MARIETTA — Every year Marietta pays homage to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, a visionary document which established the governing framework for the new territory north of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi and south of the Great Lakes. It was a vast territory, and Marietta was its ...

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to host reading camp

PARKERSBURG — The sixth annual reading camp at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 903 Charles St., is scheduled 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday July 30-Aug. 3. The free reading camp is for children in grades 1-4 during the last school year who are at least one grade level behind in ...

Williamstown Relay for Life set for Aug. 3

WILLIAMSTOWN — Tomlinson Park will come to life with a family fun festival-type atmosphere from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Aug. 3 for the Williamstown Relay for Life. There will be food, entertainment, a car show, raffles, games and prevent cancer information, which helps residents of ...

Sternwheelers to stop at Ohio River levee

MARIETTA — Two of the largest sternwheel boats on the Ohio River system are scheduled for stops at the Ohio River levee this weekend, transporting spectators back to a bygone era. The stops have been much-anticipated but weather and water conditions can change the schedule on short notice, ...

The Burn to play free concert in Vienna

VIENNA — The Burn will hold a free concert for youth and young adults at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spencer Park in Vienna. The Burn consists of youth from churches that have a desire to grow in their ministry and unite youth groups in the area, sponsors said. It encourages others to worship with ...

Band organ music to fill Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — Horns, whistles, cymbals and strings will ring through Peoples Bank Theatre Friday, all from one machine. “It has all kinds of tricks,” said Jim Caporale as his theater organ was wheeled into place in the pit below the stage Wednesday. “Bells, gongs and sirens, it’s ...

Patsy Cline tribute set for City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series continues with Sherry Wilson Braid performing as Patsy Cline 7 p.m. today at Parkersburg City Park in the bandshell. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the horseshoe pit shelter. A registered nurse for Wood ...

Camp Vaudeville kicks off

PARKERSBURG — About 40 local children are working through the week to learn about theatrical history and the days of Vaudeville at the historic Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The annual Camp Vaudeville program at the Smoot kicked off Monday and continues through this week and ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition to begin July 17

MINERAL WELLS — The 2018 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition kicks off Tuesday and runs through July 21 at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair will feature live music, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, 4-H activities and track events for ATVs, trucks ...