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Community News

Pajama Party: Annual event puts smiles on faces of critically ill kids

PARKERSBURG — This Friday, April 16, is “National Wear Your Pajamas to Work” Day and Casey Cares Foundation is celebrating this quirky day by hosting its sixth annual Biggest Pajama Party. To celebrate, the foundation is encouraging kids and adults both to wear pajamas to work, school ...

In-person graduation in May for WVUP

PARKERSBURG —West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be holding an in-person graduation ceremony in May, its first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. College President Chris Gilmer informed the university’s Board of Governors of the plans during their regular meeting on ...

Library to hold next History Scavenger Hunt

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library through the Genealogy Department will hold its semi-annual History Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28, May 1, May 5 and May 8. In October, the library held its first Fall 2020 History Scavenger Hunt at Henderson Hall. ...

Wood County resident among latest tallied virus deaths

Staff Report CHARLESTON — A resident from Wood County is among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed Wednesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported the death of a 65-year-old man from Wood County in the department’s ...

Blennerhassett DAR wins state, national awards

PARKERSBURG — Two members of the Blennerhassett Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution posted wins in the American Heritage Committee annual contest open to all members. With the theme of “Rise and Shine Your Light on Your Revolutionary War Patriot,” ...

Walk for Life Sunday at City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Women’s Care Center in Parkersburg will hold its 25th annual Walk for Life on Sunday at City Park. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. in the large picnic shelter next to the Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum. Music will be provided by the Liberty Street Church of God Praise ...

Wood BOE approves new instructional materials

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Schools Board of Education approved new instructional materials for English and health courses and recognized students for completing i-Ready lessons and recent competition winners from the Wood County Technical Center on Tuesday. A team of classroom teachers ...

Listening Place educates on child abuse

PARKERSBURG — Blue and silver pinwheels are on display around the area to symbolize happy childhoods and bright futures for victims of child abuse during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The Children’s Listening Place is educating the community about its mission to ensure ...

Parkersburg Utility Board approves proposal for bond refinancing

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board voted Tuesday to refinance bonds through the investment banker that originally issued them after considering proposals from local banks. The move is expected to save the utility upward of $400,000 by refinancing at a lower interest rate the bonds ...

Groups kick off Marietta Earth Day celebrations with recycling event

MARIETTA — Washington County residents had the opportunity to safely recycle unwanted items during a recycling drop-off event as part of the Marietta Earth Day Celebration on Saturday. Calling it the “Hard to Recycle Materials Event,” residents were allowed to donate items that are not ...

Girl Scouts help sweeten health care workers’ days

PARKERSBURG — Girl Scouts throughout the area donated more than a thousand boxes of cookies to health care workers on Saturday as part of “Health Care Heroes.” Health Care Heroes is an annual event where the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council host cookie booths near hospitals and ...

Hupp to be first female Eagle Scout for Marietta BSA troop

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman will be the first female in her troop to earn an Eagle Scout ranking after she completes a wildlife preservation project this weekend. Anisa Hupp, college freshman at WVU Parkersburg, has been involved with scouts at a young age with influence from her ...

Wood County 4-H members ready to show off projects

MINERAL WELLS — The upcoming Wood County 4-H and FFA Summer Showcase will be an opportunity for youth throughout the area to show off their projects. The showcase will be held July 18-24 at the Wood County 4-H Campgrounds on Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells. In addition to numerous ...

Wood County 4-H seeks help with campground improvements

MINERAL WELLS — Local 4-H and WVU Extension officials are looking for community support to help upgrade and improve the Wood County 4-H Camp near Mineral Wells. The camp has been in operation more than 80 years and is in constant need of maintenance and repairs. For nearly three years, ...

Wood County Schools announces Art Expressions winners

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools announced the winners of the 2021 Art Expressions Exhibit virtually at the Parkersburg Art Center on Friday afternoon. The annual show is being held through April 19 and features work in a variety of media by Wood County Schools’ middle and high school ...

Vienna daycare’s Kids for Kids Initiative a lesson in sharing

VIENNA — A program by a Vienna child care center is benefiting the community. The Kids for Kids Initiative was created by the Olivia and Friends Child Care and Development Center where the goal was to help teach kids in daycare “about doing good in the community while helping other kids ...

Teen of the Week: Electrician program empowers Belpre High School senior

MARIETTA — A visit to the Washington County Career Center during his sophomore year set Belpre High School senior Jaiton Lockhart on a career path to being an electrician. “(The electricity program) just caught my eye,” the 19-year-old explained. “This was something that I could ...