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Buddy to live up to name as therapy dog in Tyler County schools

MIDDLEBOURNE — Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason. Students in the Tyler County area will have a new best friend, Buddy, a dog recently acquired by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department to be used as a therapy dog in schools. Buddy is a 6-month-old Labrador retriever who ...

Parkersburg man writes fifth novel

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man penned his fifth novel, this one set in the world of auto racing. “On a Sunday in May” by Stephen Hupp is about a day in May in auto racing when the Grand Prix of Monaco, the Indianapolis 500 and the 600 Mile race at Charlotte are held. “On a Sunday in ...

Holy Week celebrations to be televised, live streamed

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,. which has suspended public Masses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will live stream and televise Holy Week celebrations including the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday Mass. Through the sponsorship of the Welty Corp., Mass of the ...

Kesselring: American Red Cross still needs blood donations

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross still needs donations, and the stay-at-home order has been impacting its donation supplies. “Since shelter-in-place orders have been made we’ve seen 1,300 blood drives canceled across the nation and need to fill up that void,” said Sharron ...

Drive-in prayer services in the works

PARKERSBURG — As the community continues to face the threats present with coronavirus numbers growing daily, more groups come together to help in any way they can. One of these ways is through prayer. Two different groups have come together to organize prayer sessions for city officials, ...

Parkersburg Art Center offers virtual art exhibit

PARKERSBURG — In support of local artists, the Parkersburg Arts Center is now offering a virtual art exhibit titled “The Shared Visions: The Passion of the Human Spirit.” The exhibit opened at the center March 13, but shortly thereafter, Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order. ...

Volunteers from WVU-P reach out to seniors

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers with West Virginia University at Parkersburg have come together to help brighten up the days of residents at Mid- Ohio Valley Nursing Home and Cedar Grove Assisted Living. “Right now we have around 30 volunteers that have been connected with a resident,” said ...

Global pandemic sends Marietta High School student home to Spain

MARIETTA — A Spanish exchange student at Marietta High School was forced to cut her time in Ohio short after fears of COVID-19 sent her home. Alejandra Gutierrez Portilla, 16, a junior at Marietta High School and exchange student through the ICES exchange program, was living with Jessica ...

Couple postpones wedding over coronavirus concerns

VINCENT, Ohio — For one Mid-Ohio Valley couple, the coronavirus meant postponing an important date — their wedding. “Yesterday I literally had a mental breakdown because I had gotten all these notifications,” said Mariah Mason, about the ever-changing coronavirus situation. “I ...

Churches turn to drive-in model during pandemic

WAVERLY — For the past five years, Williamstown resident Rock Wilson has been working to bring an open-air, drive-in church to the community. Similar to a drive-in move theater, Wilson got the idea for Crossroads Open Air Sanctuary after attending a drive-in church in Daytona Beach, ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation working with groups to provide aid

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is mobilizing to support nonprofits and communities in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our key role right now is to identify local needs and gaps in funding, and to assemble and apply funds where they are most critically ...

Mid-Ohio Valley groups band together to make faceshields

PARKERSBURG — Residents across the Mid-Ohio Valley are working together to do their part in fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Entrepreneur Center at West Virginia University at Parkersburg has partnered with Marietta’s Building Bridges to Career Makerspace and the Boys and Girls ...

Parkersburg Art Center provides activities for community

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is striving to raise community spirits and keep people engaged in artful pursuits during the mandated closing. Managing Director Jessie Siefert said the art center handed out 300 Take-and-Make art and craft bags last Saturday to parents who drove ...

United Way Alliance starts fund for outbreak assistance

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has created an emergency fund for those impacted by the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The COVID-19 Emergency Response & Recovery Fund was established by United Way to provide the community a safe, reliable, transparent ...

Williamstown Elementary School sends jump ropes to students

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Elementary School officials are helping kids stay active during the coronavirus shutdown by including jump ropes in meals sent home Friday. Principal Heather Mannix Bretthauer said the lunches were packed by physical education teacher Zach Hall, who added jump ...

Parkersburg Art Center makes activity bags available

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is offering art activity packs for children. The Actors Guild of Parkesburg also announced Friday that it would be postponing the rest of its current season. Jessie Siefert, managing director of the art center, said the art center is working to give ...

Washington County church marks milestone

MARIETTA — The congregation of the Tunnel United Methodist Church has been through many changes over the years, but they are celebrating a milestone. They have been in their current, and third, facility for 50 years. Tunnel UMC is located behind Warren Elementary School on Ohio ...

Humane Society of Parkersburg seeks donations

PARKERSBURG — While the COVID-19 virus affects humans, furry friends remain untouched by its effects. But animals in the Humane Society of Parkersburg can still use a hand. “At this point, we are seeing minimal impact from the COVID-19; however, we are taking things one day at a time,” ...

Event cancellations increase for precautions

PARKERSBURG  — More cancellations have been announced over COVID-19 coronavirus precautions. The Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department gun and knife show scheduled April 4 and 5 has been canceled over coronavirus concerns until further notice, organizers said. The show was through a new ...

Coronavirus taking a toll on services at churches

PARKERSBURG — The Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia has canceled all public services for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the bishop announced on Friday. The Right Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer said he ordered the cancellation after speaking with the Roman Catholic ...