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Parkersburg and the pandemic of 1918

PARKERSBURG — The old adage “the more things change the more they remain the same” is true in human history in dealing with health plagues of every sort. Typhoid fever, smallpox, leprosy, the black death (bubonic plague), measles and countless influenza pandemics have challenged mankind ...

Fund honors memory of late Parkersburg educator

PARKERSBURG — A memorial fund has been created to honor Terri Ann Gard at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Gard was a Parkersburg native who retired as an autism mentor after at Wood County Schools for more than 15 years. “She brought to her role at the school many life ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival goes online

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will go virtual this year starting at 6 p.m. today. More information, a schedule and links to the performances are available at movmcf.org and the Facebook page facebook.com/MOVMCF/. The first virtual event will be held through ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players prep ‘Father Knows Best’ radio show performance

MARIETTA — A Fathers Day classic will be presented by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players 7 p.m. Friday in its performance of WMOVP Radio Theatre. The community theater group will present an episode of “Father Knows Best,” “Fathers Day Picnic,” live on Zoom, the sixth installment of WMOVP ...

MOV Climate Action to have virtual panel on Zoom

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action Third Thursday program at 7 p.m. Thursday will be a virtual panel discussion on the Zoom platform. The discussion, the group’s first attempt at offering a virtual Third Thursday program, will center on actions and reactions to the ...

Replacement fountain arrives in City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Jackson Memorial Fountain is back in City Park. City Engineer Adam Stout estimated it will take about three weeks to have the new fountain installed after it was delivered — in pieces — Monday afternoon. Approximately 15,000 pounds of cast iron and accompanying pipes ...

Donors back summer camp at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — Camp Creativity 2020 will be held in June and July at the Parkersburg Art Center for students in first grade through their teens. The summer program of age-appropriate creative activities is made possible through support from WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, the ...

PKB Peace Gathering set for Point Park

PARKERSBURG — Three residents have organized a gathering to help spread love throughout the community. “There is a lot of fear, anxiety and hate in our world today,” said Azarian Bennett, 17, who is co-organizing the PKB Peace Gathering with his mother Kim Bennett and Andrew Myers, ...

Wood Whispers honors student writers, artists

PARKERSBURG — Wood Whispers has announced winners of annual contests. They are: * Cover design: Athena Root, Parkersburg South, first; Alex Queen, Parkersburg High, second; Halah Boone, Parkersburg South, third; Tabitha Burton, Parkersburg South, honorable mention * Signature Poem: ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players ready detective drama broadcast

The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will present the classic detective drama, “The Adventure of a Murdered Ship,” at 7 p.m. today on Zoom, the sixth installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre, the social distance theater created in response to the closure of theaters because of the pandemic. The show is ...

The Castle slates virtual Third Thursday Talk

MARIETTA — Pictures and railroad wildcatting will be discussed at The Castle’s virtual Third Thursday Talk at 7 p.m. Thursday. Art Smith will discuss “Photographic Reflections of Marietta’s Past” and Cyrus Moore III will present “Railroad Wildcatting in Southeastern Ohio: ...

Red Cross volunteer deploys virtually

PARKERSBURG — A local Red Cross volunteer is on a virtual deployment in the relief efforts in Michigan where floods have caused destruction. Jean Brothers sits in front of her computers and phone at her home in Parkersburg where she is the deputy assistant director of response, coordinating ...

Wood County Relay for Life sets Scavenger Hunt

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Relay for Life will hold a Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m.-11 a.m. July 11 at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel parking lot, Fifth and Juliana streets. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the event or at https://forms.gle/vo6kymxbtm4zyxvx8. Donations are $20 per car and ...

Downtown PKB cancels 2020 Point Park concerts

PARKERSBURG — The remaining performances in the Point Park Concert Series have been canceled for 2020. Downtown PKB in April called off the first two installments in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations on large gatherings. Organizers were optimistic the final performances could ...

Williamstown readying Music in the Park series

WILLIAMSTOWN — The schedule has been announced in the Williamstown Music in the Park series. Shows are held 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Tomlinson Park. The schedule is: * July 7: The TuneSmiths * July 14: Windy Ridge, Sam Brookover * July 21: Randy’s Highway 7 Band * July 28: St. Marys ...

Marietta Welfare League cancels concerts

MARIETTA — The Marietta Welfare League has canceled the Music in the Park concerts for June, July and August. The shows will return in June, July and August 2021, the organization announced on Thursday. “We want to thank our wonderful musicians for planning to perform this year and hope ...

Ailing Parkersburg girl opens lemonade stand for her own treat

PARKERSBURG — Cold drinks on a hot day taste a little bit better when they come from a 5-year-old girl who wants to raise money to buy herself a toy after undergoing surgery. RayLee Townsend saw a Kool-Aid stand at a yard sale and an idea sparked: she was going to sell Kool-Aid and lemonade ...

Costume makers creating masks for pandemic safety

PARKERSBURG — Costume makers at the Parkersburg Actors Guild are helping in the response to the pandemic. Registered Nurse Sherry Wilson Braid, the school nurse at Gihon Elementary School, asked the costumers to make the homemade masks. Braid, who performs as Patsy Cline, has appeared with ...