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Wood County man spices up life with ‘Worst Cooks in America’

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — A local man learned a new skill as he competed on season 18 of Food Network’s show “Worst Cooks in America.” Leo Lech’s family has a tradition of cooking; his mother frequently cooked dishes from her native Poland, and his three daughters know their way around the ...

PATCH brings home-grown produce to Roane County

SPENCER — Nutritious, home-grown produce is available to students and residents of Roane County thanks to students who completely run a hydroponics program through PATCH 21, an after-school program. “The primary goal of the PATCH 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide a ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players prep for rest of season

PARKERSBURG — With the arrival of 2020, the Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will be moving into the second half of their 2019-2020 seasons. In Parkersburg, the Guild will be relocating its next production and its Guild Builders program due to ...

Blennerhassett Museum to host lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The Winter Lecture Series has been announced at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The 2020 Winter Lecture Series will be held at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, 137 Juliana St., corner of Juliana and Second streets. The four-week series will be held ...

First Lutheran Church closes Christmas season

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, closed the Christmas season with its annual Epiphany service and bonfire on Monday, Jan. 6. This bonfire is the traditional “burning of the greens,” the seasonal decorations from the church, as well as many trees and ...

WesBanco exhibits Blevins art

PARKERSBURG — The Lee Ann Billups Blevins Art Exhibit is on display this month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. Blevins has been drawing since childhood and works in oils for her paintings. She is a native of Kenova, W.Va., and ...

Quarter auction to support ministry programs

MARIETTA — Quarter auctions have been around for more than a decade, but people who don’t frequent charity fundraisers might not know what they are. Anyone interested in having the experience can head for the Marietta Church of God fellowship hall at 501 Colegate Drive on Saturday ...

Winter Wonder Weekend annual event held Jan. 17-19

CAIRO — The annual Winter Wonder Weekend encouraging fun, conservation and education will be held Jan. 17-19 at North Bend State Park. Activities will include sled riding (weather permitting), winter hikes, tours of the local area, programs, crafts, games and entertainment. This year’s ...

Artsbridge’s winter concerts reverberating at Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — From the sounds of the season to the music of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the new Artsbridge Winter Music Series at the Mall is providing local residents with a chance to get out this winter and listen to a variety of different musicians. Artsbridge Program Director Diane McDonald said ...

Parkersburg Art Center aims to inspire with new round of ‘Arty Parties’

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center kicked off its annual series of “Arty Parties” on Saturday, which give local children a chance to try their hands at a variety of arts and crafts activities every Saturday through March 21. The free Arty Party program, which is sponsored by the ...

Parkersburg man hikes Appalachian Trail

PARKERSBURG — Everyone has had a bucket list, but how many really just take off from everyday life to pursue those dreams. Jack Terosky, 23, of Parkersburg did. Terosky at the time was 22 and had just finished college, when he decided that he wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. ...

Peoples Bank Theatre slates 2020 shows

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre will be featuring a number of performances and programs during its 2020 Winter/Spring Spotlight Series beginning in late January. The Winter/Spring Spotlight Series will include Josh Turner, The Fab Four, The Oak Ridge Boys, Aoife Scott, Erth’s Prehistoric ...

Athens Photo Project opens exhibition with focus on farms

ATHENS, Ohio — The Athens Photo Project recently installed an exhibition at The Market on State, 1002 East State St. The new exhibition, “Athens Farmers Market: The Hands That Feed Us,” features a body of work created through a partnership between the Athens Photo Project and the ...

Sisters Health Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — Thirty-two nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grants from the Sisters Health Foundation in support of the foundation’s vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” Funding totaled $342,231. Eight organizations providing direct services, such as ...

First Lutheran Church to hold Epiphany event in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg, is hosting its Epiphany event, a large bonfire to burn Christmas greenery, 7 p.m. Monday. Epiphany is the traditional service of celebration held on the 13th day after the birth of Christ, the day the wise men, the first ...

Artsbridge seeks scholarship nominations

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge is seeking nominations and applications for two fine arts scholarships. For the last two school years Artsbridge has hosted Parkersburg native Luke Frazier, founder and conductor of the American Pops Orchestra, for Artists-On-Tour school tour performances. In the ...

Marietta Memorial Hospital welcomes New Year’s babies

MARIETTA — Marietta Memorial Hospital delivered three bundles of joy to herald in the new year Wednesday. Holden Thorla was the first to arrive to parents Bailee, 20, and Tanner Thorla, 21, of Racine, at 1:46 a.m. Then, not to be outdone, two more boys seemed to the nursing staff on a ...

Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley plans trip

MARIETTA — Following the success of its fall field trip, the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley is organizing its “Spring 2020 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip” in April. The field trip will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on April 23 and return April 26. The ...

Students build dog homes for animal sanctuary

PARKERSBURG — Students enrolled in the Wood County Technical Center Carpentry Program honed their technical skills while giving back to the community with project to build dog houses for the Sonnywood Animal Rescoue and Sanctuary. Using simulated workplace, the juniors through their ...

Mid-Ohio Valley ‘Night to Shine’ in need of formal wear donations

LITTLE HOCKING — For many people, prom night was a time to party with friends while garbed in formal dresses or tuxedos. Local residents with special needs will have their own ‘night to shine’ from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Porterfield Baptist Church in Little Hocking. But until then, ...