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Smoot Spring Sing set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will hold its annual Smoot Spring Sing at 4 p.m. Saturday at the theater in downtown Parkersburg. The free event is sponsored by The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus and is for area young singers who have received invitations from their music teachers or ...

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Fish Fries PARKERSBURG — Several Lenten fish fries are scheduled in the area. In Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus will hold a fish fry at 6 p.m. Friday at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Takeout orders can be called in to 304-428-0331. In Little Hocking, the ...

Plankenhorn to perform at Artsbridge Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Jeff Plankenhorn will perform at the Mid Ohio Valley Americana Music Series’ first show of 2020 at Artsbridge in Parkersburg on Saturday. Plankenhorn is a Texas singer-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist. “Plank,” as he is affectionately called by his musical ...

Belpre Homecoming announces entertainers

BELPRE — Officials with the Belpre Homecoming Festival have announced the primary entertainers for this year’s homecoming, which will run July 30 to Aug. 1 at Civitan Park. This year’s festival will feature performances by Rick K Road Trip 20/20 on July 30, The Dark Side of the Moon ...

Pinewood Derby about building more than cars

PARKERSBURG — Cub Scouts from the Kootaga District — made up of Wood, Jackson, Wirt, Roane, Ritchie, and Calhoun counties in West Virginia and the communities of Belpre, Little Hocking, and Coolville in Ohio — competed Saturday for a chance to advance onto the Buckskin Council ...

Pop culture fans savor first day of Classic Plastics Toy Expo

PARKERSBURG — Downtown Parkersburg was alive Saturday with hoards of people enjoying the seventh annual Classic Plastics Toy Expo and Savor Saturday. Cosplayers, or people dressed as characters from books, movies or television shows, could be seen among those who came to check out the ...

River City Blues Festival to be March 20-21

MARIETTA — The 29th annual River City Blues Festival will be held March 20-21 at the Lafayette Hotel. The annual weekend of music is sponsored by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta. For reservations and information, contact Peggy Bolen at 740-376-0222 evenings and ...

Marietta Children’s Choir provides evening of song

MARIETTA — Getting a jumpstart on recruitment for the next school year, the Marietta Children’s Choir held a no-pressure, come-as-you-are evening of song Tuesday. “We have several older students that are going to age out next year, so it’s kind of a bring your friend to choir ...

WVU-P’s Got Talent names first-ever winner

PARKERSBURG — A drafting student is the first winner of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Got Talent competition. Tim Bales, a student in the Associate of Applied Science in Drafting program, sang original songs and played the guitar as he bested the competition in the grand ...

Church organist shortage poses challenge

MARIETTA — Although there has been a shortage of church organists nationwide in recent years, local churches say for now they’re still able to fill those seats and fill their sancturies with live music. USA Today reported that many churches face aging organists, but are trying to fill ...

Landau Murphy tickets go on sale today

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley is holding a 65th Anniversary “Concert Extravaganza” featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., jazz singer and 2011 America’s Got Talent winner, on April 10 in the Parkersburg High School Auditorium. Opening act is Stand Up for Downs, which ...

Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo to draw crowds this weekend

PARKERSBURG — Toys, comics, video games, movies and television shows — and the people who love them — will take over the Parkersburg Art Center this weekend for the Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo. The seventh annual expo organized by Classics Plastics will be held 10 a.m. to 6 ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show set for March 15

PARKERSBURG — The 16th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show will be held Saturday through March 15 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at Second and Juliana streets. This year’s theme is “Basket Case.” The quilt show will feature hand- and machine-pieced quilts and ...

Tiffany Roberts photos on display at WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Tiffany Roberts photo collection may be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, through the month of March. The lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Roberts is the owner and photographer of Dapper Dachshund ...

Stuart’s Opera House readies performances

NELSONVILLE — Two big shows are planned Friday and Saturday at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins & Bonnie “Prince” Billy with Emmett Kelly will perform 8 p.m. Friday and Elvis tribute artist Dwight Icenhower will perform 7 p.m. ...

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Fish fries PARKERSBURG — The Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St., will hold a fish fry at 6 p.m. Friday. Call 304-428-0331 for takeout orders. In Little Hocking, the St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday at St. Ambrose Church on School House Road. Cost is $9. ...

Arlos Smith returns to local recording studio

PARKERSBURG — Arlos Smith recently returned to the local studio where he recorded his first songs. In the 1980s, Smith was a member of the band Onyx that recorded that first album at Sweetsong Productions in Wood County. Smith said he and Steve Eakins wrote the songs for the album. In ...

Seuss continues to captivate at birthday party

PARKERSBURG — It was all about books, both big and small, for a group of young students who may not have been very tall. It was a love of reading organizers hoped to sow so the kids would always learn and grow. The Parkersburg Woman’s Club held a “Dr. Seuss Birthday Party” for ...

Lenten season fish fries serve a mix of food, fellowship

MARIETTA — Vehicles clogged the intersection at Third and Marion streets Friday afternoon, jockeying for parking places in the lot behind St. Mary Catholic School. A line of hungry people shuffled slowly into the back door of the building to join hundreds waiting to get into the first fish ...

Parkersburg Art Center plans March events

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center has several events planned in March. The weekly Arty Parties started in January but continue each Saturday through March 21. In the month of March, each weekly event has something extra special. On Saturday, the Arty Party will have a superhero ...