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Parkersburg native’s love for painting colors her world

PARKERSBURG — Creating art and sharing it with others is both physically and mentally therapeutic for the artist and inspirational for the community. A local Facebook group, Painting Buddies at Paddle Run, promotes artistic expression through painting classes and fundraisers. Parkersburg ...

Devola couple, Marietta hospital usher in 2021 with baby girl

MARIETTA — After 28 hours of labor, 30-year-old Devola resident Katie McMillin delivered the Mid-Ohio Valley’s first baby of the new year at 2:12 a.m. Friday. McMillin’s husband, Shaun, 30, said their baby girl, Emma Louise, was due Dec. 21, but after that day came and went, it was ...

Remembering some of the notable figures the Mid-Ohio Valley lost in 2020

Teachers, doctors, public officials and other residents are among the notable deaths of 2020. * Alice Chapman, Lowell, died on Dec. 30. She and her husband, Leroy, founded the Ely Chapman Education Foundation. * William Morgan Brown, 76, Parkersburg, died Dec. 28. An engineer and retired ...

Nashville bombing hits home for Parkersburg native

NASHVILLE — It has been a hard year for Ensemble Nashville Boutique, a store that is proudly managed in Nashville, Tenn., by Parkersburg native and Ritchie County High School graduate Lauren Farrar. Farrar, who attended Belmont University in Nashville, worked for Ensemble Nashville ...

Parkersburg writer pens book about Wheeling crime lord

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man has written a crime story based on a true-life character from Wheeling. “The Czar of Wheeling” is based on Big Bill Lias, who controlled vice in the Wheeling area in the early and mid 20th century, said author Stephen Hupp. The inspiration for the book, ...

Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley readies 2021 events

MARIETTA — The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley has several events planned for 2021. Scott Britton, president of the organization, and Education Committee Chairperson Jerrie Berentz announced the 2021 event calendar on Dec. 27. The round table is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, ...

Candlelight service honors Williamstown High School teacher

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown community came together in remembrance of teacher Heather Oblisk, who passed away over the weekend, in front of Williamstown High School on Wednesday evening. Graduating from Williamstown in 1990 and earning her bachelor’s in business at Ohio Valley ...

Wood County DAV offering reward over damages

PARKERSBURG — A local veterans group is looking for the people responsible for damaging the new driveway and parking lot at its headquarters. Commander Paul DeBerry of Disabled American Veterans Wood County Chapter 32 discovered the damage Wednesday morning at the post on Little Stillwell ...

Virtual event to celebrate Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home’s work

PARKERSBURG — As part of an annual fundraiser, the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home will host a virtual event Jan. 14 that will highlight some of the ways the organization has helped its clients. Three alumni will share their stories and experiences with the Fellowship Home via Facebook and ...

Club News: James Wood Chapter NSDAR

PARKERSBURG — The James Wood Chapter NSDAR held its monthly meeting 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Parkersburg Country Club. Members attending were, Jane Richards, Stephanie Phelps, Betty Boot, Julia Hoffman, Anita Scott, Susan Nutter, Margaret Lowe, Louise Wince, Mary Ann Murray, Dina Braniff, Ruth ...

Parkersburg South graduate finds outlet to conduct his musical energy

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg native and Parkersburg South High School graduate Luke Frazier has managed to have a productive year for his orchestra, the American Pops Orchestra, and is to be featured on PBS on New Year’s Eve. “APO was founded in 2015 with a mission to build community ...

Memorial Health System donates to the needy

MARIETTA — Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on health systems and their workforce across the country, Memorial Health Systems in Marietta and its employees have continued to go beyond the call of duty to support local communities, according to Jennifer Offenberger, associate ...

Parkersburg Walmart temporarily closing for deep clean

PARKERSBURG - Walmart is temporarily closing its supercenter at 2900 Pike St., Parkersburg, today and Tuesday for the building to be cleaned and sanitized. The store is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday to provide associates time to restock shelves. The move is part of a company ...

Wood County 4-H recognizes members for 2020 accomplishments

PARKERSBURG — On Sunday, November 1, Wood County 4-H honored their 4-H members for their service, leadership, and 4-H project work. Volunteers were also honored for their hard work and years of service. The Wood County 4-H 2020 Awards were sponsored by Wesbanco, 4-H Clubs and the Wood ...

Bogan continues Christmas delivery tradition at House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Skylar Bogan never let her youth, life changes like going to college or any other obstacles that popped up stop her from delivering shoeboxes full of snacks and supplies to the clients of House to Home over the last decade. So a global pandemic wasn’t going to stop the ...

Edison Middle School students give gifts to seniors

PARKERSBURG — Edison Middle School students and teachers donated gifts to two area nursing homes Wednesday morning to be handed out on Christmas Day. The Friends Of Rachel, or FOR Club, works with area nursing homes on a regular basis, providing activities and friendship for seniors. ...

EVE Inc. offers mask tips for domestic, sexual assault survivors

MARIETTA — Many would agree wearing a mask is not exactly comfortable, but for domestic and sexual assault survivors, it can trigger strong, negative emotions. EVE Inc., an organization in Marietta that helps men and women who may be in these situations, gave some tips for people who may ...