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Former Borg-Warner workers driving efforts to celebrate Wood County plant

MINERAL WELLS — The history of the Mid-Ohio Valley is hoped to be more readily available to residents as the former employees of the Borg-Warner plastics plant try to raise funds to restore artifacts from the plant and to work toward a space for them to be displayed. On Friday morning, ...

Pepper gets surprise 88th birthday party at Vienna McDonald’s

VIENNA — Don Pepper arrived Friday morning at the McDonald’s in Vienna expecting to eat breakfast and talk with friends. Surprise! Later in the morning, friends arrived with a birthday cake and card in celebration of Pepper’s 88th birthday on Friday. The group sang “Happy ...

16-year-old to be tried as adult for murder

A 16-year-old girl is charged as an adult in an arson that killed two family members in May, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon in Wood County Circuit Court. Madison Wine is accused of the murders of Robert and Charolette Taylor, who died in a fire on May 5 at their ...

Wild foods event opens at North Bend on Friday

CAIRO — Nature and food enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to participate in North Bend State Park’s 52nd Nature Wonder Weekend starting Friday with events wrapping up Sunday morning. According to the West Virginia State Parks website, this event is “North America’s premier ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Art Teacher Exhibit and Sale underway

PARKERSBURG — The inaugural Mid-Ohio Valley Art Teacher Exhibit and Sale is underway at the Artsbridge Gallery at 925 Market St. The show and sale will run through the end of October and involves 10 art teachers from Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School, Belpre High ...

Inaugural West Virginia Cider Fest set for this weekend

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, co-owned by Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover, is hosting the first West Virginia Cider Fest on Saturday in Pendleton County. The festival in the state’s eastern mountains will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to ...

Delicates with Dignity to raise money for charities

MARIETTA — Using humor and art to shed light on a sensitive and often forgotten women’s health issue, the local Zonta women’s club is launching a new fundraiser. “It’s very tongue in cheek, classy, but funny,” said Desni Crock, current president of the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio ...

Harvest Moon Festival ready to rise this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Harvest Moon Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. Admission is $3 with seniors 60 and over admitted for $2 and children 10 and under admitted free. The 57th annual event will feature live ...

Belpre Heritage Day scheduled for Saturday

BELPRE — The Belpre Historical Society will hold its annual Belpre Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Belpre’s Farmers Castle Museum at 509 Ridge St. Admission is free. The Belpre Area Veterans will hold the flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be a silent auction, ...

Belleville Homecoming Festival begins Friday

BELLEVILLE — The 2019 Belleville Homecoming Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Belleville Community Center on West Virginia 68 South. The three-day festival will feature entertainment, activities, games and attractions, including music by this year’s headliner, the country ...

Glenville State College to present ‘She Kills Monsters’

GLENVILLE — Actors in the Glenville State College theater program are preparing for their first performance of the fall semester, “She Kills Monsters” 7 p.m. Sept. 26-28 in the Presidents’ Auditorium. “She Kills Monsters” is a tale of two sisters, Tilly and Agnes, that shows the ...

Benefit to be held for Juliana Square Historic District

PARKERSBURG — A benefit for the Juliana Square Historic District will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Herceg Home, 112 13th St., the second consecutive year the outdoor event has been held at the residence. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.smoottheatre.com or by calling the Smoot ...

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Reuben Dinner PARKERSBURG — A Reuben dinner will be held 6 p.m. Friday at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call in for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Pancake and Sausage Breakfast WASHINGTON, W.Va. — The Washington Lions Club will hold ...

Gallery: Going to Market

A pop-up Farmers Market was held Friday at Van Devender Middle School in Parkersburg. Though the market has made appearances at elementary schools throughout the area, Friday marked one of the first times it has been held at a middle school. Students were each given $4 in wooden coins which ...

Parkersburg native takes Marines to the fight

Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist, Navy Office of Community Outreach SAN DIEGO — A Parkersburg native says he joined the Navy to get valuable training. “I wanted to do something I could use when I get out,” said Fireman Jonathan Mason. “Develop some trade skills so I could ...

Matheny Motors collects athletic shoes for kids

PARKERSBURG — Businesses and individuals provided 250 pairs of new athletic shoes for children in the Mid-Ohio Valley this summer as part of the Kicks for Kids shoe drive. Additional athletic shoes, for kids from pre-kindergarten through high school, will be provided from the proceeds of ...

Country Roads Festival kicks off Friday at speedway

PENNSBORO — The 40th annual County Roads Festival will take place starting Friday in Pennsboro at the Legendary Pennsboro Speedway and goes through Saturday evening. According to the website, “we are looking for an even bigger and better festival this year. We appreciate your continued ...

‘Murder by Poe’ opens Friday

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will open its 2019-2020 season with a production of “Murder by Poe.” The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets are half price for opening night Friday. Regular prices ...

Paddlefest Weekend Friday through Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Paddlefest Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Parkersburg and other locations. Paddlefest is a festival dedicated to people-powered watercraft and will be held at Point Park for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. It is organized by the Greater ...

Downtown Throwdown to be held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB will hold its Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Bicentennial Park at 201 Third St. The event features barbecue from a variety of restaurants and many of West Virginia’s craft beers. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the ...