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River Cities Symphony plans more virtual events

MARIETTA — Concert halls and other live venues may be closed due to the pandemic, but the River Cities Symphony remains dedicated to its mission to provide symphonic music experiences for the Mid-Ohio Valley. With the support of the Marietta Community Foundation and several corporate ...

The Farm at Walnut Creek reopens with changes

SUGARCREEK, Ohio — An out-of-the-area attraction that many Mid-Ohio Valley residents travel to has recently reopened, according to officials, with new practices to stay safe during the COVID-19 concerns. The Farm at Walnut Creek, a drive-thru petting zoo that attracts visitors from the ...

4-H Camp, Energy Express to be online

PARKERSBURG — This year’s 4-H Camp will be online and the Energy Express Summer Reading Program will be going through changes due to the pandemic. Jodi Smith with the Wood County WVU Extension Service said 4-Hers will attend Camp URL, an alternative version to WVU Extension Service 4-H ...

Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley creates memorial

PARKERSBURG — To observe National Military Awareness month, the Veteran’s Museum created a special memorial to recognize veterans and their sacrifice. Over 800 American flags were used to form a heart with each flag representing the military branches and the prisoner of war and Vietnam ...

The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley moving summer program online

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley Inclusive Summer Day Program is going virtual. The camp, sponsored and organized by The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held June 15-July 10 utilizing the Zoom platform. “We are excited to bring summer activities to youth in our ...

Organizers postpone Ravenswood Ohio River Festival

RAVENSWOOD — The Ravenswood Ohio River Festival is being postponed until 2021 after much consideration. According to Lucy Harbert, festival president, it was a hard decision as this is the first time the festival has had to be postponed. The committee was polled and the majority ruled to ...

Brother’s Keeper offers community projects during pandemic

RIPLEY — For 20 years, Brothers’ Keeper has ministered to the community around the Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, but due to concerns with the pandemic, the camp has been canceled for 2020. “Our students, volunteers and staff work each year serving as the hands and feet of ...

Parkersburg Woman’s Club, Vienna laundromat set up Free Little Library

VIENNA — The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club has established the first Free Little Library in a laundromat in West Virginia. With the enthusiastic support of owner Charlie Schilling, the Wash and Go on Grand Central Avenue has joined the Laundromat Library League, a nonprofit all-volunteer ...

Pride events held in June moved, canceled

Chris Hansen’s life changed significantly June 12, 2016. He was getting a final drink at the bar of Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, when a man attacked the more than 300 people there. The mass shooting killed 49 people and injured another 53. Hansen still keeps in his home the Time magazine ...

WIC clinic set for Monday

PARKERSBURG — The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program holds a clinic 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 211 Sixth St., Parkersburg. It will be closed 8-noon June 5 and June 9 and June 19. All appointments are by phone for the month of June. Call the office about an ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players readying two radio performances

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Players will present its installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 7 p.m. today with a presentation on Zoom. “Little Orphan Annie: Annie’s Big Surprise Party,” the first presentation of the evening, will be followed by the psychological thriller, “Sorry, ...

Friends share memories of Fahlgren

PARKERSBURG — Friends in the business community remembered the life and legacy of Herbert Smoot Fahlgren and the impact he had on the area. Fahlgren, 89, passed away Friday surrounded by family at his home on Mill Run Farm in Parkersburg. A graveside service for friends and family was held ...

Carnival, bingo delayed to 2021

PARKERSBURG — The carnival and bingo sponsored by American Legion Post 15 held over the July 4 holidays at City Park will not be held this year because of the pandemic, officials said Tuesday. The decision was made Tuesday morning to not hold the annual celebration because of the COVID-19 ...

Parkersburg native maintains aircraft at sea

ATLANTIC OCEAN — A Parkersburg native is serving aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. Petty Officer 3rd Class Calvin McQuain is an aircraft maintainer aboard the Nimitz-class USS Harry S. Truman. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day was on Sunday. McQuain reported to ...

Festivals, concerts and other gatherings in flux

As the nation approaches its summer months, the threat of festivals, concerts and events being canceled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak is imminent. Though some states are beginning to enter into the first stages of their reopening plans, the immediate future for live entertainment is ...

West Virginia sees COVID-19 surge in Eastern Panhandle

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said a surge this week in COVID-19 infections in the Eastern Panhandle has led him to dispatch the National Guard to Jefferson and Berkeley counties. In Justice’s daily briefing Thursday, the governor reported another death due to coronavirus — ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players ready another radio show

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players this evening will virtually present a play written for radio by Arthur Miller. “The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man” will be the third installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 7 p.m. today on Zoom. “Until the time comes that we are ...

Humane Society of Parkersburg to hold drive thru vaccine clinic

PARKERSBURG — The Humane Society of Parkersburg will hold a special drive thru vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to noon June 6 in the horseshoe at Parkersburg High School, 2101 Dudley Ave. Canine and feline vaccines will be available ranging in cost from $15-25. No testing will be offered at this ...