Community News

Scouts race to be the fastest at Pinewood Derby

VIENNA — People were racing to the mall Saturday morning for the annual Pinewood Derby race. The Pinewood Derby brought together Cub Scouts from Washington, Wood and Jackson counties, now called the Kootaga District, to compete for a chance to advance onto the Buckskin Council Championship ...

Gold Star Family Monument at City Park to put faces to the names of heroes

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Committee has announced the service members who will have their images etched into the Parkersburg Gold Star Monument at City Park. They are: * Sgt. Richard Bowry, Medal of Honor, Civil War * Lt. Col. John H. Sbordone, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade set for April 13

PARKERSBURG — The 10th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. April 13 along Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. Event founder and chair Kiki Angelos said due to this year being the 10th anniversary, there will be no entry fee for anyone that wants to participate. The ...

Comfort Keepers helps couple keep romance

MARIETTA — In Marietta, a real-life version of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel, “The Notebook,” has been playing out for several years now. James Seevers, 87, spends as much time as he can with his 83-year-old wife, Jane, visiting her daily while she resides in a dementia care unit ...

Marine veteran gets chance to hold bald eagle Freedom

PARKERSBURG — The Marine Corps has been part of Ellen Marie Munchmeyer’s life nearly 55 years. The bald eagle is the United States’ national emblem. The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782, according to baldeagleinfo.com. Munchmeyer was in Clarksburg doing a collection of Toys for Tots ...

Backus family to serve Rockpoint Church in Japan

PARKERSBURG — Bryan Backus received his Ritchie County High School diploma in the spring of 1991. The Gulf War had been declared over a few months before. While other classmates readied themselves to be fresh faces in college, Backus was busy being a fresh face at Parris Island, S.C., as ...

Jackson Middle School students help with luncheon bowls

VIENNA — Thirty-six members of the FOR Club at Jackson Middle School met at The Pottery Place at Grand Central Mall on Thursday to paint bowls to aid in the Empty Bowls Luncheon fundraiser, which will be March 30 at First United Methodist Church in Williamstown. The luncheon from 11 a.m. to ...

Mid-Ohio Valley students find inspiration in United Way Service Day

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its fourth annual Student Service Day on Thursday. The day involves students from high schools around the area and provides them with the opportunity to give a day of service to their community. More than 160 ...

Belpre in Bloom, Artsbridge team up for vinyl flower project

BELPRE — Volunteers with the Belpre in Bloom initiative on Tuesday planted 60 flowers made from recycled vinyl records as an Artsbridge project. The group was from Artsbridge, Belpre in Bloom, the Belpre High School Art Club, the Belpre Area Community Development Foundation, Habitat for ...

Mid-Ohio Valley spellers prepare vocabularies for regional competition

MARIETTA — The Marietta Times Regional Spelling Bee will be held 7 p.m. today with five dozen students from around the region competing for a shot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Competitors have been conditioning for the annual contest, building up their ...

Parkersburg South High School band director honored

PARKERSBURG — The band director at Parkersburg South High School has received West Virginia’s and the National Federation of State High School Association’s Section 2 Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2018-19. Eric Staats was nominated for the National Federation award by Mark ...

Marshall Jazz Ensemble to perform in Parkersburg

HUNTINGTON — A concert tour by the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble I with “America’s Got Talent” Season 6 winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. of West Virginia will open with a show in Parkersburg. Under the direction of Jeff Wolfe, the ensemble and Murphy will tour West Virginia April ...

McFees grateful for community support

PARKERSBURG — A Wirt County family is grateful for the community support for their baby who was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Lynlee Ruth McFee, 9 months, was diagnosed with the rare cancer on her liver a month ago and has been undergoing treatment at Ruby Memorial Hospital in ...

Parkersburg comedy event a homecoming for Ellison

PARKERSBURG — A comedy show slated for Saturday aims to provide laughs and a funding boost for the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival. Lubeck native Dan Ellison, veteran comic Jeff Blanchard and sound-effects specialist Joe Saba will be featured at “Comedy Night” at the Dils Center on ...

Ken Starr to keynote Lincoln Dinner in Marietta

MARIETTA — Almost daily, there’s a national news story about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the affairs of President Donald Trump. Almost 25 years ago, Ken Starr also was the talk of Washington as he led an investigation as special counsel that culminated with the ...

Grand Central Mall to host Pinewood Derby on Saturday

VIENNA — A pair of racing-related events at the Grand Central Mall on Saturday will offer something for all ages. The annual Pinewood Derby race day will bring over 300 local Cub Scouts together for the Kootaga District Pinewood Derby. The mall is also hosting a race car display through ...

New Era Kite Festival ready to soar this weekend

MINERAL WELLS — The 10th annual New Era Kite Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at Mineral Wells Elementary School on W.Va. 14 in Mineral Wells. The festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Free kites will be given to the first 50 kids on Saturday only. There will also be bouncy ...

Smoot Theatre set to present Spring Sing

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will present its annual Smoot Spring Sing on Saturday at the historic theatre in downtown Parkersburg. A day of activities for invited child singers will culminate at 4 p.m. with a free public concert on the Smoot stage at 213 Fifth St. The event is sponsored ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company to perform ‘Little Women’

MARIETTA —The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present a new original ballet “Little Women” on March 29 at Marietta High School Auditorium. The performance will be presented at 7 p.m. Reserved seat tickets for the ballet are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 18 and senior ...

Barlow Library to hold music program

BARLOW — The Friends of the Barlow Library are sponsoring music, fun and fellowship at the Barlow branch of the Washington County Public Library. Every fourth Thursday of the month through August, people will be able to hear local musicians performing at the library. Anna Henry, branch ...