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Easter Parade hopping through downtown Parkersburg March 24

PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. The theme this year is “Hop into Easter in the MOV” and the parade is open to all organizations, churches, schools and businesses. Participants are also ...

Unity Cafe to host music performance Thursday

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is providing its first show of 2018 on Thursday night featuring David Starr from Cedaredge, Colo., at the new Unity Cafe, 212 Seventh St. in downtown Parkersburg. Starr has a multi-faceted relationship with the music industry. He is a ...

Winter storm doesn’t dampen spirits at River City Blues Challenge

MARIETTA — Another year of the River City Blues Challenge is in the books as the 26th annual event wrapped up Saturday night. John Gifford, competition director, said the weather may have kept the attendance slightly lower, but they had a good turnout at the Lafayette Hotel. “From this ...

Grand Central Mall to host Pinewood Derby on Feb. 24

VIENNA — The 46th annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships will be Feb. 24 at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Information and registration links can be found at allohak.org. Organizers will not be able to take onsite registrations Saturday ...

Mid-Ohio Valley veterans enjoy trek to Gettysburg

PARKERSBURG — Veterans from the Mid-Ohio Valley in September toured Gettysburg National Military Park where one of the deciding battles of the Civil War was fought in 1863. The Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans Support Group toured the museum, the national battlefield and the town of Gettysburg, ...

Doddridge County native earns West Virginia University honor

MORGANTOWN — When Dillon Muhly-Alexander became the first student from Doddridge County High School to be named a West Virginia University Foundation Scholar, it was because of the leadership and compassion he showed for others by creating a backpack program to supply food to at-risk ...

‘Be Still and Know He Is God’ to be performed at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — A musical about the trials and tribulations of African Americans from being forced into slavery to the civil rights movement will be presented by the ladies of St. Paul A.M.E. Church of Charleston 3 p.m. today at the Zion Baptist Church, Eighth and Clay streets. “Be Still ...

St. Paul Lutheran Church to install Pastor Stinnett March 4

PARKERSBURG — A new pastor will be installed next month at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Aaron Stinnett’s installation service is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 4 at the church, located at 3500 Broad St. Stinnett was born in 1969 in Fullerton, Calif. He and his wife Nancy were married June ...

Vienna native Kevin Wines’ film selected for Marietta festival

MARIETTA — A former Vienna resident has once again had a film selected for the Colony Short Film Festival at Peoples Bank Theatre on March 1-3. Kevin Wines, a 1987 graduate of Parkersburg High School, now living in Knoxville, Tenn., is the director of his film “The Designer,” set for ...

Parkersburg Art Center opens exhibit

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will open a new exhibit and also offer an opportunity to buy art, art supplies and other items in a yard sale format this weekend. A new photography exhibit will open Friday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg, ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to master the Force

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will highlight the music of composer John Williams in a concert titled “May The Force Be With You” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett School near Parkersburg. Tickets are $22 for adults and Admission is $10 for ...

Glenwood residents visit elementary students to make Valentines

MARIETTA — Construction paper, conversations and spontaneous singing filled the air Tuesday in Nicole Maxon’s first grade class at Phillips Elementary school as residents of Glenwood Retirement Community came for their monthly visit with the students. One of the crafts of the day was ...

Vietnam veteran Bob Goff writes book

PARKERSBURG — In 2012, Bob Goff of Parkersburg started writing down his experiences as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. “A cousin asked me, ‘why don’t you write down your experiences (in Vietnam) so the family knows,’” Goff said. Goff wanted his ...

Teen of the Week: Hamirani balances academics, community service

PARKERSBURG — Murad Hamirani is a busy man, excelling at both academics and service to his community. “I just try to keep an internal schedule for the day,” the Parkersburg High School senior said. “I try to make sure I keep myself organized, don’t procrastinate and don’t let ...

Parkersburg High School announces Science Fair results

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School has announced the winners of the 61st Annual PHS Science Fair. The event was held Jan. 25 at the school with the PHS Science Department and DuPont, the school’s Partner in Education. Marilyn B. Santo received Best in Show for her project ...

Jackson Middle School team wins Region 5 History Bowl

VIENNA — Jackson Middle School Team One, with students Emma Fleming, Kelsey Golden, Anna Martin and Terrance Wright, won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 5 tournament for the 2018 West Virginia History Bowl. The event was held Feb. 3, at Jackson Middle School in ...

Catholic Schools Week offers open house, events

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic Schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb. 3 with a variety of activities. The students enjoyed Student Appreciation Days, special dress-up days, community service work, and open houses. An All-School Mass held Jan. 29 at Parkersburg Catholic ...

River City Ohio Blues Competition set for Feb. 16-17

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 26th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition on Feb. 16-17 at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. Nine local and regional blues acts will compete for the chance to perform in an international blues competition. The ...

Gowns for Your Day helping make prom a magical night

MARIETTA — For the sixth year, Gowns for Your Day will help provide a little bit of magic for every girl who wants to look like a princess for her prom. The idea was first created in 2013 by Charlotte Cox, an Indianapolis resident, during her last year of college in Toledo. The event, which ...

Laundry Project aids struggling Washington County families

MARIETTA — Gathering dirty clothes up off the floor, lugging them to another room and throwing them in the washing machine is a luxury many people take for granted. But for the staggering number of families living below the poverty line in Washington County, doing laundry can sometimes ...