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Woman donates 25 quilts to Elizabeth Care Center

ELIZABETH — The laps of the residents at Elizabeth Care Center in Wirt County will stay warm this winter thanks to the donation of 25 quilts by a community member. Mary Whipkey began this project around Thanksgiving and was able to finish all 25 quilts before she dropped them off to the ...

Operation Christmas Child recognizes Ripley church

RIPLEY — A Ripley church was recognized for its commitment to helping children around the world receive something special during the holiday season by helping with Operation Christmas Child. For the past 10 years, Parchment Valley Baptist Church has helped with this effort and recently ...

Smiles shine through masks at Wood County Shop With a Cop

PARKERSBURG — The Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79 helped 107 kids make their Christmas a little brighter by having “Shop a Cop” at Wal-Mart in both Parkersburg and Vienna on Saturday morning. Spending over $13,000 on gifts, the kids had a $125 limit and had free reign ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots wraps up another year

PARKERSBURG — For Christmas 2020, the Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots program was able to help over 700 families (many with multiple children) and multiple organizations on both sides of the Ohio River. “The Mid-Ohio Valley has been very giving to those less fortunate and has made what ...

Peoples Bank donates $100K to COVID relief

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank on Friday donated a $100,000 matching gift for COVID-19 relief to Memorial Health Foundation. “The COVID-19 pandemic has surged in our region in the last several weeks. We are so lucky to have a great health system to provide the care we need during this ...

Ketelsen becomes a Distinguished West Virginian

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg businesswoman is the latest Distinguished West Virginian. The award was presented Thursday to Mary Anne Ketelsen, who among her affiliations is president of the Mister Bee Potato Chip Co., by John Kelly, past recipient Judy K. Sheppard of Professional Services ...

The PM Company continues annual ‘Spirit of Giving’ campaign

VIENNA — Despite the challenges of 2020, The PM Company has been able to continue its “Spirit of Giving” program this year to benefit local non-profits. A total of $35,000 has been given to local charities including Old Man Rivers, FaithLink, Thrive, House to Home, Belpre Area ...

Williamstown holds Christmas celebration in lieu of parade

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown celebrated the spirit of the holidays and gave back with its first Light Up The Town socially-distanced celebration on Thursday. Santa, his elves and even the Grinch rode around town in an escort led by the fire and police departments to wave to residents and ...

Nazareth Farms gets into the holiday spirit with drive-thru event

WEST UNION — As a way to give a boost of Christmas joy to the community, Nazareth Farms in Doddridge County held a drive-through Christmas event last weekend where it distributed hygiene products and gifts to children. For the past 20 years, Nazareth Farms, an non-profit organization that ...

Santa needs help finding elves at park in Ravenswood

RAVENSWOOD — Santa needs help finding his elves after they escaped from the North Pole. On Monday from at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., community members will have the opportunity to hunt down these elves at Washington’s Riverfront Park in Ravenswood. All elf hunters will stay in their vehicles ...

Sisters Health Foundation awards $900K in grants

PARKERSBURG — In 2020, a total of 85 local organizations received more than $900,000 total in funding through the Sisters Health Foundation to support a variety of programs. Earlier this month, the SHF, formerly the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, recognized the efforts of those ...

Girl Scouts hoping to sweeten 2021 with cookie sales

PARKERSBURG — The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council is kicking off cookie season across on Jan. 8. The iconic Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Girl Scout S’mores, Toffee-tastics and last year’s debut cookie Lemon-Ups are back and available to purchase from your ...

Salvation Army program distributes gifts for 560 children in Washington County

MARIETTA — Approximately 560 Washington County children will have presents under the Christmas tree as a result of this year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Marietta. Gifts were distributed drive-thru style at the rear of the fair board office at the Washington County Fairgrounds on ...

Shop With a Cop nearing

PARKERSBURG — The Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79 Shop with a Cop Christmas program will be held Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Walmart in Parkersburg and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walmart in Vienna. “Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79 has been a long time ...

Jackson Middle School makes Christmas cheer a mission

VIENNA — To help the families of Jackson Middle School students who were unable to provide presents for the holidays, the school held an “Operation Christmas” where items were donated from the community on Wednesday afternoon. Run by Jackson teachers Cherish George and Chasity McDonald ...

West Virginia officials update press on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine around the state to hospitals, healthcare workers, and long-term living facilities is going smoothly. Justice gave an update Wednesday during his mid-week coronavirus briefing from the State Capitol Building. ...

Wood County man shares elector experience

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man was one of the state’s five electors to the Electoral College who carried out his duties earlier this week in Charleston in delivering the state’s five electoral votes for President Donald Trump. Lewis Rexroad, 77, said it has been a life-long dream to be ...

Mid-Ohio Valley bluegrass group releases Christmas CD

PARKERSBURG — A local bluegrass and gospel band has released a CD of original songs. “My Christmas Dream” by Buck and Company includes the title song written by Buck McCumbers of Rockport about his grade school years in a one-room school in Calhoun County in the 1950s and early ...