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Hit Parade to perform in Belpre

BELPRE — Local band Hit Parade will present a free concert from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Civitan Park in celebration of Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s 90th anniversary. The public is invited and encouraged to bring lawn chairs for yard seating. Three mobile food vendors will be on ...

Society of Arts and Letters continues

MARIETTA — Although it’s been around for more than 60 years and has conferred numerous awards to young people who are aspiring artists, the Ohio River Valley chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters has kept a low profile. And despite its esoteric name, there’s nothing snooty ...

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Garden Party MARIETTA — The Castle, a historic house and museum on Fourth Street in Marietta, will be hosting its annual Garden Party from 7-9 p.m. today in the Castle courtyard. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door or online at mariettacasle.org/events. The Garden Party ...

A Republican Senate leader calls for governor’s resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A top West Virginia Republican is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to resign. Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said Monday the Republican governor should step down to deal with the many court cases that have dogged his businesses. Blair is chairman of the Senate finance ...

Williamstown High School graduate member of winning WVU robotic team

MORGANTOWN — Ian Hostottle, a Williamstown High School graduate, was a member of West Virginia University’s robotic drilling team that finished first on June 6 in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge, the team’s second top finish in three years. Persistence, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival to be June 21-23

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, entertainment, vendors and other attractions June 21-23 at City Park in Parkersburg. Admission is free all weekend with hours from 6-10 p.m. June 21, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 22 and noon-6 p.m. ...

Fruth Pharmacy names Elizabeth boy winner of Baby Face contest

PARKERSBURG — A baby from Elizabeth was a winner in the fourth annual Fruth Pharmacy Baby Face Event. Zayn Sheppard, son of Bernadette and Steve Holbert of Elizabeth, was 6 months old at the time of his selection in April. Each year Fruth Pharmacy chooses four babies to represent the ...

Seventh Street closed for fire

The 1600-1700 block of Seventh Street in Parkersburg has been closed for a house fire. Crews from Parkersburg are on scene.

911 Central Communications presents service awards

PARKERSBURG — Service awards were presented Thursday to staff at the 911 Central Communications serving Wood and Wirt counties. Marking the 20-year anniversary of the operation, the ceremony recognized seven employees with 20 years of service: Mary Beth Jeffers, Adrian Nokelby, Tommy ...

Rachael Puls to present senior violin recital

PARKERSBURG — Rachael Puls of Parkersburg will be presenting her senior violin recital with pianist Jimmy Sundquist at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 1001 Juliana St. in Parkersburg. Rachael began her studies on the violin at the age of 2 and will be attending Ohio ...

Mid-Ohio Valley youth get wildlife experience

WILLIAMSTOWN — Starting their safari summer just like adult scientists, six children constructed their nature journals before venturing out in a light drizzle Wednesday. “Real scientists take really good notes, and rubbings and always write down what the weather was that day,” ...

West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival set for weekend

ST. MARYS — The 2019 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina. Back by popular demand this year’s headliner will be country singer and former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington, who has appeared numerous times on stages ...

Blennerhassett Island plans events

PARKERSBURG — A pair of events are scheduled this weekend involving Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park at Parkersburg. On Friday, the first Point Park Music Series Dinner Cruise of the summer will be 6-7:30 p.m. on the Island Belle Sternwheeler. Tickets are $27 for adults and $21 ...

Wilson exhibiting artwork at Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Janet (Shila) Wilson exhibit will be on display through June at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., in downtown Parkersburg. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spending ...

Stuart’s Opera House to host 7 Bridges band

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House in Athens County welcomes 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience on Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience is described as a “stunningly accurate tribute” to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or ...

Wirt VFD Ice Cream Social, parade scheduled

ELIZABETH — The 41st annual Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream Social and Fireman’s Parade will be held on July 6. The day starts with a 5K run and includes entertainment, a parade and a fireworks display. The department is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The schedule ...

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Basement Sale PARKERSBURG — A Basement Sale and Hot Dog Luncheon will be Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stephenson United Methodist Church at 805 Liberty St., off of Seventh Street behind McClinton Chevrolet. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many items available such as decorative ...

Jury splits on mercy recommendation for convicted killers

PARKERSBURG — A jury that convicted two people of murder on Tuesday reached a decision Wednesday on mercy. Jessica Roberts, 27, and Kenneth McCoy, 34, were found guilty of the Dec. 11, 2017, murder of Penni Curtis. The jury on Wednesday determined McCoy will not receive mercy, meaning he ...

Junior League helps Turban Project

PARKERSBURG — The Junior League of Parkersburg undertook a “Done In A Day’’ project to help those recovering from cancer. The Turban Project is a ministry which makes turbans, comfort caps and face masks for adults and children who have cancer. The turbans are sent free to patients. ...

Garden Plant and Bake Sale set for June 16

MARIETTA – The Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta 2019 Garden Plant and Bake Sale will be held 1-5 p.m. June 16 at the church, 232 Third St. The sale will include perennials, annuals, bulbs, plant divisions, seeds, native plants, house plants and succulents from local gardeners, ...