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Pandemic extinguishes Mansion by Candlelight

PARKERSBURG — Mansion by Candlelight, held in October at the Blennerhassett Mansion on Blennerhassett Island, has been canceled because of the pandemic, organizers said. “After much thought and consideration, for the safety of the visitors, performers, and volunteers we felt it was prudent ...

Ravenswood exhibit puts focus on ailing artist

RAVENSWOOD — Sculptures, oil paintings, sketches and pen and ink drawings from the creative mind of Jim Bowers were celebrated Sunday afternoon as the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation kicked off its second art exhibit at City Hall. Bowers received a terminal diagnosis earlier this ...

Downtown PKB recognized as 2020 Main Street America Affiliate

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB has been designated an Affiliate Main Street America program, officials said Friday. Main Street America each year recognizes affiliate programs for creating positive change in downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach for ...

Morgan historic heritage awards presented

Awards were presented for preserving historical heritage in Morgan County at the Southeast Ohio History Center. The History Center held its annual meeting by Zoom because of the pandemic and honored groups, organizations and individuals who have preserved and protected the natural and cultural ...

Downtown Throwdown BBQ and Brewfest canceled

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — The executive committee for Downtown PKB has canceled the 2020 Downtown Throwdown BBQ and Brewfest because of the pandemic restrictions on fairs and festivals, officials said on Wednesday. The Throwdown, which was scheduled for September, is a fundraiser with the ...

Child advocacy program grants awarded

From Staff Reports CHARLESTON — More than $2 million in Child Advocacy Center grant program funds have been awarded to 22 projects, including several in the Mid-Ohio Valley, the governor announced on Wednesday. The grants are awarded to local nonprofit Child Advocacy Centers throughout the ...

Grants available for local programs

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Humanities Council is accepting proposals for grants in four categories for nonprofit organizations supporting educational programming. Deadline is Sept. 1 The description of each category is: ∫ Major grants supporting public programs including, but not ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action announces online series of seminars

PARKERSBURG — While Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action has suspended its Third Thursday programs because of the pandemic, the group has several upcoming opportunities that don’t require in-person meetings. Climate Action will hold a webinar at 11 a.m. Friday, “Climate, Water and Justice” ...

Best Bee-havior: Students plant pollinator gardens

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Bee City USA committee teamed up with Williamstown and Waverly elementary fourth grade students to educate children about the importance of saving pollinators. Sixteen children participated in planting their own pollinator gardens this year, Sharon Dye, ...

Smith a finalist for W.Va. Teacher of Year

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — A teacher in Wood County Schools is among the five finalists for the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Award. Lisa Smith, a third-grade teacher at Blennerhassett Elementary School, was announced Monday as a finalist by the West Virginia Department of ...

Parkersburg High School graduate writes book about London underworld

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg High School graduate with family ties to the underworld in London has written a book about it. Scott Clark writing as S. Clark Kray wrote about his grandfather, Alfred Kray, in “Alfie Kray — The Asset,” a fictionalized account from the real-life ...

Grizer to perform with River Cities Symphony

Lyric soprano Barbara Grizer performs arias from Mozart’s Zauberflote, Puccini’s La Boheme, and several others. Originally scheduled to play live in Sicily this summer, the River Cities Symphony is proud to welcome her back to the area. This Facebook live event takes place on Sunday, July ...

Bank donates $10K to Williamstown Elementary School

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Elementary School Partner in Education Williamstown Bank Friday made a $10,000 match donation to the Williamstown Elementary School PTA and administration for the playground. The school levy included no funding for the playground at the new elementary school. ...

Chuck Lipps remembers friendship with Charlie Daniels

PARKERSBURG — A local country music aficionado who has known Charlie Daniels for nearly 40 years today will attend the funeral for the legendary musician. “The country has lost a true American patriot and a great man,” Chuck Lipps said. “God bless Charlie Daniels.” Daniels, best ...

Reduced Relay moves back to City Park

PARKERSBURG - Relay for Life of Wood County will be a little different this year but the support of survivors, current fighters and those who lost their battle to cancer will remain the same. Due to the recent increase in local COVID-19 cases, the event, which had been planned for the former ...

MOV Players hand ‘Archie’ radio play to young actors

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Players will host a special installment of its WMOVP Radio Theatre with the Youth Theatre Camp’s production of the classic family radio program “Archie Andrews, Christmas Shopping” at 7 p.m. today on Zoom. Christmas in July will help cope with the 90 ...

Ravenswood art show to benefit family of artist

RAVENSWOOD — Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation is hosting its second art show later this month. This special exhibit will showcase a variety of art by Jim Bowers. Jim Bowers was diagnosed with terminal grade four glioblastoma and with his diagnosis, he said he wants to make sure ...

Parkersburg Art Center, Actors Guild ready sale

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center and the Actors Guild of Parkersburg are teaming up for a sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday with the proceeds to support the two non-profit entities. The sale will be at two locations on Friday. The Art Center will be selling items from ...

One-A-Chord A Cappella Quartet to perform Thursday

The Artsbridge Summer Music Series featuring One-A-Chord A Cappella Quartet will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the band shell at City Park in Parkersburg. One-A-Chord A Capella Quartet, sponsored by DeBarr Trucking Co., is a blend of talent from Barnesville, Ohio, performing music from the 1950s ...