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FirstEnergy Foundation gives $10K to The Arc

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley received a pleasant surprise from the FirstEnergy Foundation. The organization received a $10,000 donation, unsolicited, through the foundation’s Christmas in July Campaign. The program supports community groups with surprise gifts. “Words ...

Belpre Homecoming begins today

BELPRE — The 85th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival begins today at Civitan Park in Belpre and runs through Saturday. The Homecoming entertainers will be Bucky Covington today, Eliminator KC, a ZZ Top tribute band on Friday, and Rick K and the Allnighters on Saturday. The festival will also ...

Point Park Concert Series to feature Rod Stewart tribute

PARKERSBURG — The Point Park Concert Series continues Friday with a concert by Rob Caudill and The Tonight’s the Night Band (tribute to Rod Stewart) at 8 p.m. at the Point Park Amphitheatre. The concert is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, concerts are held at the ...

Williamstown to hold Relay for Life on Friday

WILLIAMSTOWN —Relay for Life of Williamstown kicks off 5 p.m. Friday at Tomlinson Park. The theme of the annual Relay benefitting the American Cancer Society is Hope Lives Here. Among the events is the Road to Recovery Grand Prix where Relay teams build and decorate foot-powered cardboard ...

Ravenswood to host Ohio River Festival

RAVENSWOOD — The annual Ohio River Festival will be Friday through Sunday at Riverside Park in Ravenswood. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 and under. The festival will feature a parade, entertainment, concessions, and other activities and attractions. Among the ...

Wirt County Fair runs through Saturday

ELIZABETH — The 2017 Wirt County Fair continues today through Saturday at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14 near Elizabeth. The fair features track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs. Daily admission is $6 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and under. A ...

Mom Sale vendors to sell children’s clothing, toys in Marietta

MARIETTA — Every mother knows that keeping children in clothes that they outgrow too quickly often amounts to piles of clutter. The same can be said for toys, books, movies, furniture ... the list goes on and on. Tori Hooper, of Belpre, can relate to needing to downsize, being the mother ...

YMCA to close Market Street fitness center

The YMCA of Parkersburg's Market Street site will close effective Sept. 1, the board of directors announced today. The fitness center's closure is a result of the discontinuation of the facility lease by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, which ended the YMCA’s management ...

Screenings to be part of Camden Clark Community Health and Wellness Day

VIENNA — A variety of health screenings will be available, along with demonstrations and informative displays, during the Camden Clark Community Health and Wellness Day running from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Those partnering to put on the Camden Clark ...

Donnie Iris to headline Homecoming

PARKERSBURG — The entertainment headliners for the 2017 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival were announced Monday by Chuck Lipps with the Homecoming Board of Directors. This year's concerts will performed at the corner of Second and Avery streets in downtown Parkersburg, instead of along the ...

Marietta pool party to bring children, police together

MARIETTA — The Marietta Aquatic Center will be swimming with activity as the annual Police and Children’s Pool Party is planned for Wednesday. Officer Dianna Hively with the Marietta Police Department said this long-running event is a way for law enforcement to become more visible in the ...

Marietta cobbler working to put donated shoes on needy feet

MARIETTA — Hundreds of shoes once worn in Marietta may soon be on their way to fit different feet, in nearby and far-flung places greatly in need. Cobbler John’s owner Bill Gossett is taking part in a shoe drive, collecting unwanted pairs to donate. “I want to help those without shoes ...

Students march to the beat at Ripley band camp

RIPLEY — It’s a week full of blood, sweat and tears for local students during the annual band camp at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. Rain didn’t stop bands from getting on the field to practice on Thursday, including the Wall of Sound from Marietta and Fort Frye’s marching band. They arrived ...

Camden Clark Community Health and Wellness Day slated for Aug. 5

VIENNA — The Camden Clark Community Health and Wellness Day will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Roger Lockhart, CCMC Director of Marketing, said the Aug. 5 program at the mall is an expansion of a program CCMC has been holding at its health and wellness center ...

Two-Hour Trips: Moundsville stands out amid small towns

MOUNDSVILLE — On the way to Wheeling, amid a series of small towns is Moundsville, a small town with big history. Site of the gothic W.Va. Penitentary, it looms amid the town with the Grave Creek Mound, for which the town was named, across the street. Available for daily tours as well as ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival to run Thursday through Saturday

BELPRE — To mark the 85th year of the Belpre Homecoming Festival, organizers are bringing back a couple of popular acts and activities from the past. The 85th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival kicks off Thursday at Civitan Park in Belpre and runs through Saturday. This year’s Homecoming ...

Frontier High School graduate looking for second double lung transplant

LOS ANGELES — The story of 2009 Frontier High School graduate Travis Flores could be the basis for a heart-tugging movie. And that would be fitting for the actor, author and motivational speaker who resides in Los Angeles. However, Travis, 26, a lifelong Cystic Fibrosis sufferer, has dealt ...

Wetzel County boy’s kindness impresses bikers from New York

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The power of social media was evident recently as a young Wetzel County boy and a motorcycle rider from New York connected from miles apart. Huckleberry Henderson and Chris Robinson, along with three other friends of Robinson, met briefly on Sunday, July 16 at New ...

Parkersburg’s second Night Out event slated for Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — Neighborhood Watch leaders, volunteers and local law enforcement will gather Tuesday in City Park as part of a nationwide event designed to encourage communication and present a united front against crime. “The whole purpose for National Night Out is to get the police and ...

Harmar Days festival starts today

MARIETTA — The sights and sounds of life on the river will be evident during the Harmar Days Street Festival today and Sunday. Organizers say there will be plenty for children of all ages, including a miniature steam locomotive that they can ride, as well as food, entertainment and the ...