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Belleville celebrates Homecoming

BELLEVILLE — The 2017 Belleville Homecoming Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Belleville Community Center on West Virginia 68 South at Belleville in southern Wood County. The three-day festival will feature entertainment, activities, games and attractions, including music by ...

Gerhold exhibit coming to college

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Art Department Dec. 2 will present “Nature, Landscape, and Essence: Selected Artwork by William Gerhold.” Co-curated by alumni Debbie Gerhold Shively ‘80, and Dan Foraker ’73. Gerhold retired from the Art Department at Marietta College in 1994, where he ...

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair this weekend

RIPLEY — The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair, now in its 55th year, will be Friday through Sunday at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel, ...

Compassion Caravan stops at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — The meeting may not have been intentioned to become church, but those attending the “Compassion Calls Us” meeting got a dose of it anyway. Boiled down to the core of the message presented by “Compassion Calls Us” Tuesday at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ on ...

Teen of the Week: Tristen Lockhart takes wing as Belpre Eagle

BELPRE — Belpre High School junior Tristen Lockhart is soaring high as the school’s feathered mascot. The 17-year-old suits up every week as the Belpre High School Eagle, leading cheers and entertaining the crowd at every Belpre High School football game and some basketball games. He also ...

Pink by Poolside charity event breaks records

VIENNA — It was a record-breaking night in Vienna on Friday as a record 350 tickets were sold for Camden Clark Foundation’s fifth annual Pink by Poolside fundraiser. The event at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi raised a record $45,000 to provide free mammograms and ...

Ripley to host Mountain State Art and Craft Fair

RIPLEY — For a second year, the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will bringing thousands of people to West Virginia during the crisp autumn days of September after decades in the summer heat of early July. Now entering its 55th year, the fair, which is known as “An Appalachian ...

Calendar, book sales to benefit Cutler Community Center

CUTLER — The Cutler Community Center Heritage and Legacy Committee is selling calendars and a book as a fundraiser for the Community Center. Calendars are compiled by the committee and are filled with historical photographs of Cutler and the surrounding area of Washington County. Calendars ...

Boats in place for 41st annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

MARIETTA — The boats have arrived in Marietta for the annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, the 41st edition of the festival. Jim and Jean Krantz, owners of the Donna Rae, consider themselves newcomers to the sternwheel river culture. A high-energy health professional from Charleston, ...

Artsbridge exhibits family’s works

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge is hosting the artwork of Mansoor Matcheswalla, his daughter Sharmila Jones, and his grandchildren Nadeem (age 15), Rohen (age 12), Samir (age 11) and Riya (age 9) at the Artsbridge office, 925 Market St., during the month of September. Mansoor is an Artsbridge ...

Parkersburg High School student achieves top ACT score of 36

PARKERSBURG — Andrew Gnegy of Vienna, son of Dr. David and Margaret Gnegy and a senior at Parkersburg High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score, an ACT official said this ...

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame produces Little Jimmy Dickens tribute

CHARLESTON — Country and bluegrass hero Little Jimmy Dickens was a true American icon, but he was a West Virginian first. So when the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in Charleston contacted other HOF inductees and noted Mountain State musicians about recording a tribute to the “little ...

Marietta to host Ohio River Sternwheel Festival this weekend

MARIETTA — The Ohio River Levee in downtown Marietta will host a weekend of entertainment with the 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival from Friday through Sunday. This year’s headliners include Parrots of the Caribbean, AJR, Rick K and the Allnighters and Adam Craig. They will be ...

Scholarship fund to honor Doug McLain

PARKERSBURG — A beloved public servant is being honored with a scholarship fund in his name at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Friends and family of longtime Parkersburg Police Officer Doug McLain established the fund, which will award a scholarship each year to a graduating ...

Amy Speace concert set for Vienna

VIENNA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Tribute Series will welcome Amy Speace, songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist from East Nashville, who will be performing Friday evening at Leach Beach in Vienna. “Last weekend Speace spent her Saturday evening singing on the Grand Old Opry and this ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to host a variety of performances this month

MARIETTA — Several shows are planned through the month of September at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. “Broadway Songs of a Summer Night” will be featured at 8 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for Peoples Bank Theatre members. The show features local ...

Virginia Killian art on display at WesBanco in downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Virginia Killian Art Exhibit will be on display through the month of September at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 ...

Marietta museum to receive Ohio history award for WWI effort

MARIETTA — In October, The Castle Historic House Museum will receive the award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Public Programming for the success of its concert “Lest We Forget: Remembering Washington County in WWI.” Held in April at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in ...

Spirit Ride to move through Belpre Friday

BELPRE — Jerry’s Auto Center of Belpre will lead the American Towman Spirit Ride through Belpre Friday, carrying a colorful ceremonial casket at the head of the tow truck procession, then relaying the casket to another tower down the line. The casket, named Spirit, which pays tribute to ...

Sternwheel Pageant set for Friday

MARIETTA — The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will hold its annual Little Miss and Mr. Sternwheel Pageant at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. The pageant is open to the public. Admission is $3. Little Miss and Mr. Sternwheel will be selected by a panel of judges ...