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Roane County schools receive grants

SPENCER — Roane County students will build robots and create digital art thanks to two grants awarded to the Roane County Board of Education. For the second consecutive year, Roane County Math Instructional Coach Chad Strimel has been awarded a grant to bring hands-on work with robotics and ...

Teen of the Week: Howard a leader on, off the field

PARKERSBURG — Van Devender Middle School 8th-grader Zachary Howard has a passion for sports and a drive to succeed. The 13-year-old began playing a variety of sports about two years ago, and has found his passion in football. “My goal would be to continue with football,” Howard said. ...

Wood County boy taking Elvis tribute to Charleston

VIENNA — Hank Poole, 12, of Wood County will be bringing his Elvis tribute performance to the Charleston Civic Center on Friday night. Poole, a seventh-grader at Jackson Middle School in Vienna, will be performing at 9:05 p.m. Friday in the showcase portion of the West Virginia Association ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players ready new productions

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will continue their current seasons with a variety of productions in 2018. More information on the Guild is available at www.actors-guild.com and the MOVP at midohiovalleyplayers.org. At the Guild, ...

Marietta Salvation Army sees decline in donations

MARIETTA — While they were short of their goal for the red kettle campaign again this year, a last-minute generous donation helped make it possible for the Salvation Army in Marietta to continue to do the good work they do for the community. This year and last, the goal was to raise $75,000 ...

Parkersburg South High School students enjoy Christmas gift

PARKERSBURG — Students, families and teachers appreciate the kindness of Tanner Powell. Just before the Christmas break, Powell, a senior at Parkersburg South High School, presented some special needs students with sneakers she decorated according to what the students like. Sneakers were ...

Listening party previews winter festival in Marietta

MARIETTA — The final eight bands scheduled to perform at next month’s Undercurrent Winter Festival in Marietta will be revealed Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre. Area residents are invited to attend Friday’s free listening party at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., from 5 to 9 ...

Parkersburg, Marietta to host bridal shows

MARIETTA — The annual Marietta Bridal Show will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and doors open at 1 p.m. A Parade of Fashion will be held at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The ticket ...

Fire & Ice event returning to Marietta

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street will mark one year of its popular First Fridays series with the return of Fire & Ice Night this week. Area merchants, artists and musicians will combine their vocations and talents to bring an air of magic to downtown. “It was just so well-received, we ...

Sisters Health Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — Sisters Health Foundation on Wednesday announced its latest round of grants. Thirty-seven nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received funding from the foundation in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” The foundation’s board of ...

Baptist Temple holds New Year’s Day dinner

PARKERSBURG — The Baptist Temple Parkersburg’s New Year’s Day Dinner was held Monday, and members say the annual event is an important way to both minister to those in need and to bring community members together. The event has been going for at least 18 years, said Pastor Scott Wight. ...

West Virginia Writers accepting contest entries

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Writers Inc. is accepting submissions for its annual writing contests, offering $5,075 in total cash prizes. For the first time, the organization will be accepting online submissions. Since 1982, WV Writers has held an annual writing contest for adults, accepting ...

River City Ohio Blues Competition seeks acts

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 26th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition in February and is seeking local and regional blues acts to vie for the chance to perform in an international blues competition. The deadline to apply to enter as a blues band or ...

MOV events offer New Year’s countdown opportunities

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2017 and the arrival of 2018 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: ∫ The Blennerhassett Hotel in downtown Parkersburg will host a New Year’s Eve ...

Next Women of Country Tour coming to Athens

ATHENS, Ohio — Country music star Sara Evans will perform in February in Athens in the CMT fourth annual Next Women of Country Tour. Also performing will be country singers RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr. The concert will be held Feb. 23 at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium in ...

PACF touts importance of giving to local groups

PARKERSBURG — With numerous news articles declaring interest in donor advised-funds surging given the 2018 tax law changes, and promoting charitable gift funds with national investment firms, one local nonprofit executive encourages the Mid-Ohio Valley’s citizens to keep their charitable ...

Teen of the Week: Wagoner building bright future

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Technical Center student Michael Wagoner is building himself a bright future one project at a time. The Parkersburg South High School senior is in his second year of the Tech Center’s carpentry program, a vocation he plans to make into a career. “I started ...

Secret Santa fills gaps at Christmas

PARKERSBURG — In 1995, Laurea Ellis and her grandmother started a Secret Santa program for children who were not receiving presents at Christmas. These children were involved in a traumatic situation, such as being separated from their parents, said Ellis. Eleven Wood County children ...

Jackson Middle School students pass out gift cards

VIENNA — The FOR Club of Jackson Middle School passed out $2,000 in gasoline and food gift cards across Wood County on Saturday. The recipients of this kindness were not friends or family of the students. The gifts were for anyone needing some Christmas cheer. The Vienna students ...

Mid-Ohio Valley set to ring in new year

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2017 and the arrival of 2018 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: * The Blennerhassett Hotel in downtown Parkersburg will host a New Year’s Eve event ...