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Peoples Bank Theatre, Smoot Theatre to host performances

PARKERSBURG — A wide variety of entertainment will be featured at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta and the historic Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg during the month of November. At Peoples Bank Theatre, on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta, two shows will be featured during ...

Kirkpatrick receives Helping Hands Award

GLENVILLE — For her many acts of kindness and service to others, Geneva (Genny) Kirkpatrick is the 2017 recipient of the Helping Hands Award bestowed by the women of Gilmer County’s Marthas and Marys, an ecumenical group of church women with members from 14 congregations. All are ...

BREAKING NEWS: Fire postpones PC, WHS football game

Because of air quality concerns from the fire at the former Ames Plant in south Parkersburg, the high school football game between Parkersburg Catholic and Williamstown High and the college women's soccer match between Ohio Valley University and Ursiline were postponed. Originally scheduled ...

Fire ongoing at former shovel plant

PARKERSBURG — A former industrial site in south Parkersburg caught fire early Saturday morning with heavy flames through the night and a miles-long column of smoke through the day. According to a press release from the Wood County Unified Command, at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday fire ...

BREAKING NEWS: Ash non-toxic, agency says

Fallen ash from the smoke caused by the fire at the former Ames shovel plant has been determined to be non-toxic by a local lab, the Wood County Unified Command said in a statement issued at about 7:30 p.m. today.

Marietta College, couple hope music therapy program hits right note

MARIETTA — As is true for most alumni, Marietta College is the root of countless meaningful moments for Don and Leslie Straub Ritter. In addition to earning their degrees, the Ritters also gained lifelong friends, made lasting memories and also met and married each other on the historic ...

Wood County Sheriff’s Office K9 to receive protective vest

PARKERSBURG — A law enforcement dog with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will receive a new bullet and stab protective vest through an anonymous sponsor and a donation from a non-profit group. Ogi, a German shepherd, will receive the body armor through the charitable donation from Vested ...

Newspaper seeks stories, photos from Mid-Ohio Valley veterans

PARKERSBURG — Submissions are being accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The tab is a collection of reader-submitted stories and photos about veterans in Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or deceased in any period of ...

Veterans Tab submissions being accepted

Submissions are being accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The tab is a collection of reader-submitted stories and photos about veterans in Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or deceased in any period of history. Information ...

iBELIEVE to hold benefit dinner in Vienna on Nov. 1

VIENNA — The iBELIEVE Foundation will celebrate five years in the Mid-Ohio Valley month at the organization’s annual benefit dinner. The fifth-annual Mid-Ohio Valley iBELIEVE Benefit Dinner will be held Nov. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in ...

Parkersburg Elks purchase, donate dictionaries to Wood County schools

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Elks 198 delivered more than 900 dictionaries to Wood County third-graders as part of a new literacy program. The dictionaries were delivered Oct. 3 to schools throughout the county, said Sherry Dugan, former exalted ruler of the local Elks. “The theme of ...

MasqueRave to be held at Parkersburg Art Center Friday

PARKERSBURG — While children will be having fun on Halloween, the Parkersburg Art Center is offering adults a chance to get in on the fun of dressing up in costume. The Parkersburg Art Center’s League, the “PAC PALS,” will host its annual Halloween “MasqueRave” party from 8 p.m. ...

Chanticleer to perform at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot will also present Chanticleer in concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students and are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at smoottheatre.com. Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer is a Grammy-winning ensemble which will ...

Marietta College offers new art exhibit

MARIETTA —The Marietta College Art Department’s newest exhibition will showcase the work of William Gerhold, a nature lover, and former Marietta professor. “Nature, Landscape, and Essence: Selected Artwork by William Gerhold,” will open in Gallery 310 on Friday with an opening ...

‘King Lear’ to be performed at Glenville State College

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College will host a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by the Rustic Mechanicals of the Vintage Theatre Company at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The play, among Shakespeare’s most famous, is about Lear, who has ...

Market Street to host ArtOberfest Saturday

PARKERSBURG — ArtOberfest, a family friendly German-style arts fair, will be 4-10 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Market Street. The event is sponsored by the art center, Downtown PKB, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Artsbridge, Mango Latin Bistro, and Parkersburg YMCA. Admission is $5 per ...

Teen of the Week: Westrick dances toward service, success

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic High School senior Macie Westrick is always looking for ways to serve her school and community, and hopes to carry that desire over into a career in psychiatry. “I’d like to go to Ohio University and major in pre-medicine,” she said. “I’ve ...

Wood Technical Center students get hands-on experience with broadcasting

PARKERSBURG — It’s game night for Lori Ullmann. Actually she has a lot of game nights. On this Friday night, however, she walks past Parkersburg Memorial Fieldhouse toward Stadium Field where she has a 6 p.m. check in with the crew of technicians sitting in the CAS Cable television ...

Masquerade ball, art program slated for downtown Parkersburg

PARkERSBURG — Several events are planned in downtown Parkersburg during the late October, ranging from a masquerade ball to a German-themed art program to a Halloween party for all ages in the middle of Market Street. In the first event, the Parkersburg Art Center’s League, the “PAC ...