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Local DAR wins awards

PARKERSBURG — Awards were presented April 17 to the Blennerhassett Chapter DAR received from the virtual West Virginia DAR State Conference. The awards were presented during the chapter’s April 17 meeting at the Blennerhassett Museum. The received the following awards: ∫ State ...

Annual Give Local MOV event boosts funds for local nonprofits

PARKERSBURG — Donations to local nonprofits go a little further today as part of the annual Give Local MOV event. Contributions made today through www.GiveLocalMOV.org allow participating organizations to earn significant matching funds and cash prizes. The Parkersburg Area Community ...

Artsbridge, Mullen share music with Martin Elementary School students

PARKERSBURG — Martin Elementary School students had the opportunity to learn and play Appalachian music and instruments from a local musician thanks to Artsbridge on Monday. Musician Michael “Moon” Mullen spent Friday and Monday at Martin, teaching students about the history of ...

Belpre Shriners set to sell vidalia onions

BELPRE — The Belpre Shrine Club’s annual Vidalia Onion Fundraising Project will start on Tuesday. Sweet Vidalia onions will be on sale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the Shriner’s trailer in the 1300 block west on Washington Boulevard in Belpre. The project will continue to early ...

May is Remember a Rural Cemetery Month

PARKERSBURG — A Michigan man is studying the roots of his family that go back to among the earliest settlers in Wood County. Thomas Butcher is related to John Barnett, who was one of the first settlers of the county which was then part of Virginia. Butcher and his parents, Tom and Janet ...

Community Resources Inc. completes work on two homes

PARKERSBURG — Community Resources Inc. has completed construction on two homes in the effort to provide affordable housing in the area. Built with a grant from the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, the three-bedroom, two-bath houses are next door to each other at 1602 and 1604 Nash ...

Teen of the Week: WVUP student’s artwork focuses on Marvel, Star Wars

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg student Joseph Whipkey has a tendency to turn real life into art, including superheroes, athletes and landscape into stills that have been on display from art exhibits to hallways of the college’s campus. Nearing the end of his ...

RCBI, Marshall University readying Maker Camps

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University has announced dates for its popular series of statewide 3D Printing and Maker Camps for middle and high school students. Three virtual week-long “Design to Production” camps will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily June 21-25, July ...

Fundraisers look to set pace for Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s

WILLIAMSTOWN — Fundraisers are being developed as a prelude to the Mid-Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The in-person walk will be held Sept. 18 at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown and follow all local safety guidelines. For information about the walk or those interested in ...

Volunteers planting 600 trees for Arbor Day

PARKERSBURG — Over 600 trees will be planted today in the community in celebration of Arbor Day. Monpower, a local FirstEnergy company, collaborated with Community Bank of Parkersburg and Wood County 4-H Camp to bring about 10 volunteers to Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells this morning to ...

Pitch, Hit and Run set for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg will play host Saturday to a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition for children ages 7-14. It’s scheduled for noon Saturday at the club, 1200 Mary St., Parkersburg. Participants should register online at ...

Music in the Park series on its way in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Marietta Welfare League has scheduled the 2021 edition of its Music in the Park series that will be held 7-8 p.m. Thursdays in Muskingum Park on Front Street from June through the end of August. The schedule is: * June 3: Veritas Singers (Women’s acapella) * June 10: St. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players’ festival to honor COVID-19 victims

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will honor those who succumbed to the virus and hold its One Act Festival of New Plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays May 7, 8, 14 and 15 at the Players Theatre on Putnam Street in Marietta. The show has two goals. Besides reminding everyone during ...

Lubeck Acres Garden Club elects officers

The Lubeck Acres Garden Club met April 15 at the Lubeck Bank of Williamstown conference room. Members in attendance were Judi White, Carolyn Stephens, Linda Seabolt, Keith Cutright, Dina Braniff, Beth Drake, Lynn Greenly, Mike Armstrong and Lynn VanFosson. Elections were held and ...

Vienna, YMCA getting their hands dirty with Mud Run

VIENNA — The YMCA of Parkersburg in partnership with the city of Vienna will hold a Mud Run on May 22. “We are excited to partner to host this fun family event,” said Criss Welshans, YMCA program director. “We have been working closely with Steve Black and his Parks and Recreation ...

Mid-Ohio Valley wraps up Earth Day celebrations

PARKERSBURG — For the past two weeks, people have come together across the community to celebrate Earth Day. The area has hosted river and street cleanups; enjoyed nature through bird walks, bike rides and an area kayak challenge and come together to discuss how the community could be ...

Friends, family reflect on Susan Sheppard’s legacy

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley mourned the loss of a beloved storyteller, artist, writer, poet and friend on April 19. Susan Sheppard left behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Her talents and impact not only reached people in the community, but people around the country. ...

Race series for kids starts on Sunday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A local man who took up running for exercise is looking to spread his enthusiasm for the activity to area youth through the Healthy Kids Running Series. The first of five races is planned for Sunday afternoon at City Park. “It’s not supposed to be super-competitive,” ...