Community News

Read Aloud WV in need of volunteers

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Chapter of Read Aloud WV is looking for volunteer readers, with a training event coming up next week. “Positive role models in the lives of children are invaluable,” said chapter president Amy Knicely. “The experience of listening to an adult read and ...

Ohio Valley University student to intern for Rep. David McKinley

PARKERSBURG — Summer intern. The job title has just taken on a whole new meaning for Ohio Valley University student Lauren Cunningham. The junior from Marietta will spend the summer as an intern with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. “I just got the letter last Friday,” she said. “I ...

There’s still time to join Mid-Ohio Valley Easter egg hunts

PARKERSBURG — A number of Easter activities are planned for the third weekend in April. Some of the events include: * In Parkersburg, First Assembly of God will hold a Community Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church at 139 Hill Ave. off Marrtown Road in south Parkersburg. The ...

Spring jazz concert slated at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music is conducting its annual Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public; however, a freewill donation will be taken during the concert. The ...

Smoot Theatre to hold children’s theater auditions

PARKERSBURG — For the 19th consecutive year, the Smoot Theatre will be holding auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Peter and Wendy” 4:15 p.m. Monday at the theater. Auditions are open to children grades K-12, who should arrive at 15 minutes early and plan to ...

Stuart’s Opera House to host free evening of music

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House will host a free evening of music and conversation with Bob Boilen of NPR Music featuring performances by John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars), Adam Torres and My Bubba at 8 p.m. Friday in Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House has worked with ...

Parkersburg singer, songwriter’s work featured in TV, movies

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man whose life is music has gotten the gig of a lifetime. Songs written by Jim Gustafson are featured in independent movies and TV shows, one starring Nick Nolte that is available on DVD. More are coming, he said. It all started about a year ago. “I was at ...

Scottish and Celtic Festival to be held April 15 at City Park

PARKERSBURG — The City Park Pavilion will be filled with the sights and sounds of Scottish and Celtic culture and history during the annual festival in Parkersburg. The 12th annual Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 at the City Park Pavilion in ...

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia shines light on child abuse

PARKERSBURG — Children’s Home Society of W.Va. encourages others to take action during Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is a time for action on behalf of children and families, according to leaders of Prevent Child Abuse W.Va. This year, Children’s Home Society of W.Va. and its ...

Easter egg hunts slated at Mid-Ohio Valley churches

PARKERSBURG — A variety of local churches will be holding Easter Egg Hunts over the next two weekends, including: * In Belpre, Belpre Heights United Methodist Church will hold its free Easter Bunny Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. April 8 at the church at 720 Clement Ave. in Belpre. Pancakes, ...

Parkersburg South High School honors Bill Camp

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School honored one of its own Thursday, presenting Bill Camp with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by the Parkersburg South Student Council during halftime at the Student Versus Faculty Basketball Game. This marks the third ...

Parkersburg Catholic students, staff receive Diocese awards

PARKERSBURG — Four area Catholic schools students have been named as state award winners for the 2016-17 school year. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has announced the winners of the St. Thomas Aquinas Award for the 2016-2017 school year. Based on the life of St. Thomas Aquinas, the ...

Marietta College slated to host Community Service Day

MARIETTA — Spring is in the air and residents might be getting that feeling to get out in the community and spend some time in the sunshine while helping Marietta. Hosted by Marietta College, Community Service Day is Saturday and for those looking for a way to give back while spending time ...

Parkersburg auto dealership raises $16,087 for Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG — A donation from a local auto dealership will help the Parkersburg Salvation Army help those in need locally. Representatives of Lou Thomas Subaru presented Maj. Matthew J. Riley, the commander of the Parkersburg Salvation Army, with a check for $16,087 for the local ...

Marietta Zonta Club preps Unique Boutique

MARIETTA — April showers, budding plants, swept porches and empty closets are all signs of spring. For those cleaning out their drawers, a local club is collecting again for this weekend’s semi-annual sale. “Our sale begins Friday at 4 p.m. and will go until 8 p.m. that night and then ...

Easter activities slated throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — A variety of Easter activities are planned in the local area over the first three weekends in April. Some of those events will include: * Belpre Heights United Methodist Church will hold its free Easter Bunny Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church at 720 Clement Ave. ...

Washington State Community College to host Julio Ribeiro Alves performance

MARIETTA — The Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series at Washington State Community College, in collaboration with the Schwendeman Agency Inc. and the Marietta Community Foundation, announces an upcoming presentation of “Spring Tales: An Evening of Guitar Music” with Julio Ribeiro ...

Downtown Parkersburg WesBanco displaying Steve Sisson art

PARKERSBURG — The Steve Sisson art exhibit may be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., through the month of April. The exhibit is open during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sisson is an artist who works in mediums of ...

Chocolate festival, quilt show on tap in Ripley

RIPLEY — Ripley will host several events this weekend. Ripley’s 10th annual West Virginia Chocolate Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Elementary School on Second Avenue adjacent to Ripley City Park. More than two dozen chocolate vendors are anticipated to attend. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley students to display artwork

MARIETTA — Fort Frye High School senior Mary Kate McElroy calls her pen and ink, fine-point Sharpie piece “Monotony” because, in her words, it is the most boring piece she’s ever done. For anyone else, the piece might be considered a technical masterpiece. “Something like this is ...