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Wood County 4-H seeks help with campground improvements

MINERAL WELLS — Local 4-H and WVU Extension officials are looking for community support to help upgrade and improve the Wood County 4-H Camp near Mineral Wells. The camp has been in operation more than 80 years and is in constant need of maintenance and repairs. For nearly three years, ...

Wood County Schools announces Art Expressions winners

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools announced the winners of the 2021 Art Expressions Exhibit virtually at the Parkersburg Art Center on Friday afternoon. The annual show is being held through April 19 and features work in a variety of media by Wood County Schools’ middle and high school ...

Vienna daycare’s Kids for Kids Initiative a lesson in sharing

VIENNA — A program by a Vienna child care center is benefiting the community. The Kids for Kids Initiative was created by the Olivia and Friends Child Care and Development Center where the goal was to help teach kids in daycare “about doing good in the community while helping other kids ...

Teen of the Week: Electrician program empowers Belpre High School senior

MARIETTA — A visit to the Washington County Career Center during his sophomore year set Belpre High School senior Jaiton Lockhart on a career path to being an electrician. “(The electricity program) just caught my eye,” the 19-year-old explained. “This was something that I could ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action taking submissions for Earth Day contest

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action is holding a high school Earth Day essay contest in April for youth in grades nine through 12 who are attending school or homeschooling in Wood and Washington counties. Submissions must be received by April 30. The contest requires two steps. ...

Hope Recovery Manor in need of donations

PARKERSBURG — The Junior League of Parkersburg is taking on a mini project for the Hope Recovery Manor. Hope Recovery Manor was founded by the Junior League to assist in the rehabilitation of women with addiction problems. The Junior League’s Done in a Day Project Committee is asking ...

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge releases prospective hunting plan

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public review and comment on its proposed hunting opening plan. Draft documents of the proposed hunts are available for review, including the Draft Hunting Compatibility Determination and Environmental Assessment. ...

Jackson Pool to open in June

VIENNA — With summer right around the corner, the City of Vienna announced plans to open Jackson Pool with regulations to deal with the novel coronavirus. The pool season will tentatively run from June 7 through Aug. 15, but could potentially change in light of the pandemic. Despite ...

Five-week spring gobbler season opens in West Virginia April 19

CHARLESTON — Opening April 19, West Virginia’s statewide spring gobbler season will run five weeks instead of four this year. The 2021 season still opens the third Monday in April, but will end May 23, eight days later than in 2020. Hunters can harvest one bearded bird per day with a ...

Child Abuse Prevention Month observed

PARKERSBURG — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month with the theme of this year’s awareness campaign “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.” The Wood County Partners in Prevention Team sponsored by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and other ...

Girl Scouts to sell cookies outside Parkersburg, Marietta hospitals

PARKERSBURG — The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will hold Health Care Heroes on Saturday when it will have cookie booths outside hospitals where residents can buy cookies to donate to health care workers or for themselves. Locations and times are: * WVU Medicine Camden Clark ...

C.A.S.A. program seeks volunteers

PARKERSBURG — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and a local agency is renewing a call for more volunteers. The Court Appointed Special Advocate program, dubbed C.A.S.A., provides children who have experienced abuse or neglect an advocate who protects their interests in legal ...

Arts Encounter plans changes

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge has announced a change in its annual Arts Encounter program for middle school students this year. Presenters will go to the schools rather than students coming downtown for programs, according to Amanda Stevens, executive director of Artsbridge. Participating ...

Golf tournament to raise funds for Ohio River Festival

RAVENSWOOD — A golf tournament fundraiser for the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival will take place at Greenhills Country Club June 19 and reservations to play are open until mid-May. The cost of a four-player team will be $200 and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. ...

Drive-thru Easter egg hunt held at Stacy Family Farm

RENO — Janet Stacy, her children and grandchildren enjoyed the second drive-thru Easter egg hunt Sunday at the Stacy Family Farm, but it’s not necessarily something she wants to see become an annual tradition. “We started last year because of COVID,” she said, recalling the early ...

Wood County Relay for Life moves to August

PARKERSBURG — Organizers of the Relay for Life of Wood County 2021 hope to have an in-person event again this year, and they’re willing to wait a little while to do it. This year’s Relay has been pushed from May to August in an effort to hold a more traditional event while following ...

Youth Advocate program aims to recruit foster families

PARKERSBURG — Becoming a foster parent is not an overnight decision. The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) location in Vienna works with families to be sure they are ready and comfortable during the process of opening their heart and home to a youth or sibling group in need. Each year, ...

Family vaccine clinics to be offered by Stonerise Care Centers

CHARLESTON — Stonerise has announced COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be offered at all 17 of its care centers later this month for family and close loved ones of patients and team members. Following West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that nursing homes and long-term care ...

WVU football coach Neal Brown to keynote Boy Scouts dinner

VIENNA — The head football coach at West Virginia University will be the virtual keynote speaker at the annual Kootaga District Boy Scouts of America Mid-Ohio Valley Leadership Dinner on May 18 at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. Neal Brown will appear at the dinner, a ...

Bracelet honoring fallen Parkersburg High School grad makes its way to family

VIENNA — “The ones who love us never really leave us.” The mother of a lost soldier recently found out a man had been wearing a bracelet in honor of her son, Pfc. Ernest Sutphin, who died in active duty in 2004. Retired Master Sgt. Merrill Bonwell of Oklahoma donned the bracelet in ...