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Greenmont Elementary School students raise money, abuse awareness

VIENNA — The Original Pizza Place in the Grand Central Mall and Marietta partnered with Greenmont Elementary School in Vienna to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention during Child Abuse Awareness Month. Students and staff at Greenmont Elementary were encouraged to wear blue on April 18 ...

Safety Day driving program slated in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A free Safety Day program on the dangers of distracted and impaired driving will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the former south Parkersburg Kmart parking lot at 1050 Division St. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in West Virginia. Motor vehicle crashes are ...

Vacation Planner: Wineries offer a special taste of Ohio Amish Country

DOVER, OHIO — Nestled in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country is something many people may not know exists amid the bakeries and cheesehouses - wineries. The local wineries offer unique flavors and seasonal products for visitors to enjoy and take home. Silver Moon Winery in Dover, Ohio, ...

Vacation Planner: 2-hour trips back again this summer

PARKERSBURG — Last summer, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel ran a weekly travel series explore a new place for families to visit, all within a 2-hour driving distance from the Mid-Ohio Valley. And this year, the series will be back again looking at all new places. The following is a short ...

Vacation Planner: Why should you choose a travel agent?

MARIETTA — With the Internet at travelers’ disposal, it may seem like a travel agent is no longer needed. Not so, says Tara Hurst, owner of T.A.C.K. It Travel. Travel agents can take a lot of stress, time and energy off the hands of the traveler so their vacation can be as smooth as ...

Singers to take stage at Actors Guild Idol fundraiser on May 19

PARKERSBURG — The finalists of the first Actors Guild Idol singing competition have been selected. Sponsored by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the fundraising competition has been pared to 10 vocalists who will meet for the final contest at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Actors Guild on Market ...

Ravenswood High School student earns scholarship

RAVENSWOOD — A Ravenswood High School student is the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s first Dr. James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholar. Sophomore Ethan Hupp, who plays the French horn, was one of six finalists for the new scholarship that offers private music lessons with a West Virginia ...

Woof Fest to be held Sunday at Mountwood Park

VOLCANO — For the last decade, Mountwood Park has been going to the dogs on a special Sunday each year. This year, the 10th annual Woof Fest Fun Run and Pageant will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Friends of Mountwood Park. Woof Fest features activities, contests, ...

Fire and Rain

Frequent Smoot visitor Jim Witter will present “Fire and Rain” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. He will be joined by vocalist Giselle Sanderson. Tickets are $20-$40 and can be obtained by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at smoottheatre.com.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park to open for visitors

PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2018 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. The new season will see the continuance of several popular program, ...

W.P. Snyder Jr. to mark birthday

MARIETTA — Built in Pittsburgh by Carnegie Steel Co. in 1918, the towboat that eventually would be named the W.P. Snyder Jr. was created for pulling and pushing barges up and down the Ohio River. Steam-powered, 175-feet long and 32-feet wide, it carried a crew of 20 and sat about 5 feet ...

Abuse survivors to speak at Parkersburg rally

PARKERSBURG — A child abuse and sexual assault awareness rally is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the bandshell in Parkersburg City Park. Guest speakers will include Delegate Vernon Criss, R-Wood; Penny Howard, military veteran advocate, and Sheryl Wilson, inspirational speaker. Survivors ...

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Library to host writers PARKERSBURG — Author and editor Cat Pleska and poet Randi Ward of Parkersburg will present a reading and discussion on a new anthology at the Parkersburg-Wood County Public Library from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. After the presentation, Pleska and Ward will sign copies of the ...

Drug Take Back events scheduled for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — That prescription you got filled then never finished doesn’t have to take up space in your medicine cabinet anymore — or pose a potential health and safety risk. In an effort to keep unused medication from finding its way into the possession of curious children and pets, ...

Dr. Seuss play ‘The Cat in the Hat’ to tour local schools

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will bring Dr. Seuss to the stage of area schools next week as part of its Artists-on-Tour series. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, America’s oldest professional theater for young audiences, is bringing its production of “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat In The ...

Teen of the Week: Root to pursue neurosurgery

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School freshman Athena Root has her mind set on treating the brain. “I want to go into neurosurgery. I think that the brain is really interesting,” she said. “If I go into neurology, I can also focus on mental illness.” Root, 15, said she ...

Ravenswood student’s artwork gets accepted at Tamarack

RAVENSWOOD — “Real life is real life but drawing can be anything you want it to be,” says Josie Carmichael, a sophomore art student at Ravenswood High School. Josie, daughter of Jason and Jodi Carmichael of Ravenswood, recently had her charcoal drawing of her grandfather Steve ...

Effort to save Barker House gains ground

LOWER NEWPORT—On Friday, leaders of the Save the Barker House movement unveiled major breakthroughs in the effort to salvage the historic home. About one-eighth of a mile from the current location of the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House, a new sign sits on land recently purchased by ...

Veteran receives proper burial in Wetzel County

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A deceased veteran was laid to rest with respect thanks to the Wetzel County Democratic Executive Committee Veterans and Military Families Council and fellow residents. In a social media post, Frances Headley, chair of the WCDEC Veterans and Military Council, reported she ...

Triplets celebrate 60th birthday together at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — A sister and two brothers — triplets — celebrated their 60th birthday Saturday in a joint party organized by family members who tried — unsuccessfully — to make a surprise. Pat and Perry McDonald, along with Pam McDonald Cowan, gathered with friends and family, ...