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Daughter, Seufer remember Williamstown councilman

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Councilmember Jim Parker, 52, passed away late Tuesday night from complications due to COVID-19 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, according to his daughter Jessica Huffman. “He was on life support and the medical team ...

Bake Boxes give Williamstown students tasty hands-on projects

WILLIAMSTOWN — Students in Williamstown High School’s Baking and Pastry Foundations class are taking home “Bake Boxes” this week as part of a series of tasty and hands-on lessons. The students picked up the baking boxes Monday at Williamstown High and will use the ingredients to ...

How Lovely Are Thy Branches Photo Gallery

PARKERSBURG — More than 15 trees decorate the Parkersburg Art Center, as part of their annual Artist Tree Display. All trees at the art center are inspired by a famous artist, and visitors can vote on their favorite trees by putting loose change or bills in a tube next to the tree. All ...

Artsbridge, songwriter aim to strike a chord with kids

PARKERSBURG — Zak Morgan, songwriter/musician and Grammy Award nominee, will present a virtual tour for the Artsbridge Artists-on-Tour program during the month of December. The program is for fourth through sixth graders at elementary schools in Wood, Pleasants, Jackson and Ritchie ...

Parkersburg boy donates money to help with K-9 costs

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg boy delivered a donation for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9s this week, and even brought along something for their human counterparts. Ten-year-old Hunter Highley has been an enthusiastic supporter of the area’s four-legged officers ever since ...

Peoples Bank continues animated holiday window festivities

MARIETTA — Tiny versions of Santa and his helpers in the North Pole delightfully dance to Christmas music in the six front window vignettes of Peoples Bank in Marietta on Second Street, a tradition that continues to bring joy to residents of all ages in the community. For 17 years in a row, ...

Men write a book about Parkersburg’s pottery past

PARKERSBURG — A chance meeting by two people with a common interest in area potteries has led to a collaboration on a book. “Excelsior and Beyond: A History of Parkersburg Area Potteries” is the work of Mark Suek, a former newspaper reporter, and Jim Stage, a councilman in Williamstown ...

Salvation Army, American Legion feed hungry in Parkersburg, Williamstown

PARKERSBURG — Organizations in Williamstown and Parkersburg came together on Thanksgiving Day to safely give back to the community by providing warm meals and holiday cheer despite the coronavirus barring large gatherings. American Legion Post 159 in Williamstown kept busy by preparing and ...

Marietta church dishes out Thanksgiving meals

MARIETTA — Approximately 30 volunteers lined up with masks, gloves and jackets to distribute more than 500 meals Thursday in Marietta. But instead of tables filled with elderly couples, single neighbors and families seeking to serve inside, the pandemic forced some adaptation this year to ...

Parkersburg ministry hosts dinner for Recovery Point members

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 100 men were served an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday at Recovery Point on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg. Momma T and the Warriors, a local street ministry that has served the community for two years and originates out of Parkersburg First Assembly of God, ...

USPS hopes to deliver holiday cheer with program

MARIETTA — People around the nation get their chance to be Santa and grant the Christmas wishes of children by buying items from their letters to Santa. For the past 108 years, the United States Postal Service has put on its Operation Santa event that helps children in need from all ...

The Arc cancels, changes concerts over pandemic worries

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley has canceled a December show with famed jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and rescheduled the 65th Anniversary Concert Extravaganza for December 2021. The date and location of the concert featuring Murphy, a West Virginia native who won the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley families still gathering for Thanksgiving despite pandemic

PARKERSBURG — While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving during the COVID-19 pandemic is staying home or going virtual, some area residents planned to gather with family today while still taking steps to stay safe. Vienna ...

‘Christmas with the Blennerhassetts’ nearing

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Valley Gem Sternwheeler will be presenting “Christmas with the Blennerhassetts” starting this weekend. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28, from noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, from noon-3 p.m.; ...

Marietta church still plans holiday meal service despite virus

MARIETTA — Although some of Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, one thing will remain the same: Norwood United Methodist Church in Marietta is still offering its free Thanksgiving meals in a safe manner but volunteers are needed. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, meals ...

Parkersburg South students making sure Santa gets letters

PARKERSBURG — The elves at Parkersburg South High School will again be helping to make sure letters to Santa Claus from area children are delivered to the North Pole. This marks the fourth year of the English program at Parkersburg South, which provides personalized responses for letters ...

Artsbridge to hold Big Art Sale

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will hold its Big Art Sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 at 925 Market St. in Parkersburg as part of “Shop Small Parkersburg.” A variety of local artists will be selling their artwork during the event. All art is reasonably priced. There is a large variety ...

Coffee cake wins News and Sentinel Cookbook contest grand prize

PARKERSBURG — A Williamstown man is the grand prize winner of the 66th annual Cookbook contest sponsored by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Rick Petty’s winning recipe, Dad’s Heavenly Apple Crisp Coffee Cake, was the first-place finisher in the desserts category in the culinary ...