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Masks mandatory indoors after increase in coronavirus cases

CHARLESTON - With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak last spring, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors effective at midnight this evening. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the ...

Williamstown woman aids neonatal kittens

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Humane Society of Parkersburg depends on a large network of volunteers and fosters to keep saving area pets that do not have a home. Stacy Kupfner is just one of the many fosters that leads a helping paw...or hand to those in need. And her specialty is neonatal ...

Ripley to celebrate 150th 4th of July with parade, concerts

RIPLEY — The City of Ripley will hold its 150th July 4th festivities this weekend, albeit with a few 2020 twists. Mayor Carolyn Rader said the city has adapted this year’s celebration to follow health and social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Even so, ...

Infielder Pokey Reese attends Cincinnati Reds Legends youth camp

VIENNA — The 27th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends youth baseball and softball camp was recently held at Jackson Park in Vienna and featured a legendary infielder for the Reds. Pokey Reese, a former second Baseman, attended both days of the camp and worked on infield skills with the ...

Parkersburg YMCA offering educational fun with Club-Ed day camp

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg is filling an educational need for children that was caused by the pandemic. While summer is a break from school for children, this year is different as schools had to shut down early. The unmet academic need compelled the YMCA of Parkersburg to offer ...

Wendy’s fanchisees donate $110K to Mid-Ohio Valley nonprofits

PARKERSBURG — The owners of local Wendy’s franchises on Monday donated $110,000 to a total of 27 organizations in the communities they serve. Wendpark owners Kim and Ray Blackburn donated $10,000 for each of their 11 Wendy’s locations across Wood, Pleasants and Wetzel counties in West ...

Parkersburg church puts faith to work to battle hunger

PARKERSBURG — The outreach program at The Rock church in Parkersburg, called Brothers Keeper Ministry, is working closely with the community, food pantries and groups such as Momma T’s Warriors, Brandies legacy in Marietta and Recovery Point Parkersburg to fight hunger in our communities. ...

Glenville State College to host lifeguard certification classes

GLENVILLE — Individuals interested in earning or renewing certification as a Red Cross lifeguard should make plans to sign up for classes being offered at Glenville State College’s Pool at the end of the month. The class, for first-time certification, is scheduled for today through ...

Patriot Day

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High School held its 53rd commencement Thursday at Erickson All-Sports Facility. The school’s graduation ceremony was delayed for a month after a statewide shutdown of schools to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Due ...

Artsbridge readying City Park concert series

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will continue its annual summer music series this year with a few changes to create a safer environment for the audience. The shows, held 7 p.m., will start Thursday near the band shell and will feature the local group Insured Sound. Some shows are 2 p.m. ...

Pandemic sinks Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

MARIETTA — The pandemic has claimed another popular festival for this year in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Organizers of the 45th Ohio River Sternwheel Festival said the show will not be held in September, but will return in September 2021. “While we tried to remain optimistic that there was a ...

Washington County food pantry helping needy

MARIETTA — Since its inception in a little building in Barlow, the Western Washington County Food Pantry has helped feed those in need. “We’ve been fortunate since the food pantry started,” Linda Allen, pantry director, said. “People have really backed us. We also have a thrift store ...

Class Acts 2020

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 graduating seniors at Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School Thursday morning participated in their schools’ annual rites of passage. Seniors at Parkersburg South celebrated SPOT Day while their counterparts at the cross-town Parkersburg High ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to air performances this evening

MARIETTA — The Man of Steel and the country’s most famous axe murders will be featured in today’s presentation of WMOVP Radio Theatre, the Mid-Ohio Valley Players online social-distancing theater alternative developed because of the pandemic. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The ...

Washington County Relay for Life off due to pandemic

BELPRE — The Washington County Relay For Life has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic, officials said. The event was originally scheduled for May 15 at Civitan Park in Belpre, then postponed until July 10 because of the pandemic. Now it has been canceled, Carmen Hathaway, ...

Singer with Parkersburg ties looks to hit a high note

PARKERSBURG — A New York City singer and songwriter with ties to the Mid-Ohio Valley is taking his act on the road and plans a show in Parkersburg. Will Lockhart, who goes by Willie Lock, used to do about 100 shows a year in the Big Apple and its environs, but the pandemic and the measures ...

Spencer City Pool open with precautions

SPENCER — The Spencer City Pool opened last weekend and is offering summer fun in the sun with all the necessary restrictions and guidelines in place. The Spencer Facebook page has guidelines posted for all patrons. The maximum capacity is 100 and if someone exits and the pool has reached ...

Groups still have a chance to clean up with car wash fundraisers

MARIETTA — While many ice cream socials may be on hold due to coronavirus this summer, the heat also offers local sports teams, scouts and other groups the opportunity to raise funds with a little elbow grease. “It’s that time of year when the groups are starting to look at holding a car ...

Marietta business helps rescue dog from Pennsylvania pipe

MARIETTA — Gary O’Brien, owner of O’Brien’s Confined Space Rescue Services, never expected to get a call to rescue a dog in Pennsylvania. He said his business is a niche market, but the confined spaces are at work sites where they have to effect the rescue of someone trapped within ...