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Marietta Memorial Hospital welcomes New Year’s babies

MARIETTA — Marietta Memorial Hospital delivered three bundles of joy to herald in the new year Wednesday. Holden Thorla was the first to arrive to parents Bailee, 20, and Tanner Thorla, 21, of Racine, at 1:46 a.m. Then, not to be outdone, two more boys seemed to the nursing staff on a ...

Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley plans trip

MARIETTA — Following the success of its fall field trip, the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley is organizing its “Spring 2020 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip” in April. The field trip will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on April 23 and return April 26. The ...

Students build dog homes for animal sanctuary

PARKERSBURG — Students enrolled in the Wood County Technical Center Carpentry Program honed their technical skills while giving back to the community with project to build dog houses for the Sonnywood Animal Rescoue and Sanctuary. Using simulated workplace, the juniors through their ...

Mid-Ohio Valley ‘Night to Shine’ in need of formal wear donations

LITTLE HOCKING — For many people, prom night was a time to party with friends while garbed in formal dresses or tuxedos. Local residents with special needs will have their own ‘night to shine’ from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Porterfield Baptist Church in Little Hocking. But until then, ...

Parkersburg Art Center to hold classes

PARKERSBURG — Beginning in January, the Parkersburg Art Center will be offering a variety of art classes for children, teens and adults. Various fees will be required for the classes, but the art center is also bringing back its free weekly Arty Parties for children. Beginning Jan. 4, the ...

‘Nutcracker’ to hit Smoot stage

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet in Parkersburg will present its annual holiday production Saturday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. “Tis the Season” will be perform at 7:30 p.m. and will include “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” as well as “We’ll Take ...

Mid-Ohio Valley ready to welcome 2020

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2019 and the arrival of 2020 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those are: WOOD COUNTY * In Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Hotel will host a New Year’s Eve event to ring in 2020 ...

Campus Martius Museum programs to finish out year

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum has programs coming up to close out 2019. Due to construction at the front entry, visitors should enter the museum from the parking lot. The first program will be “Visit with the Pioneers” from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 28 at the museum at 601 Second St. ...

Wirt County community provides food for children

ELIZABETH — Wirt County FFA students came to Elizabeth Baptist Church on Friday to put together meals to go bags to help kids have food during Christmas break. Meals to go is a yearly tradition for the Wirt County area; it was a community wide effort that involved help from the ...

Vienna woman an autism advocacy ambassador

VIENNA — Melissa Wise of Vienna has been selected as an advocacy ambassador for Autism Speaks. The Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program is designed to enhance efforts by promoting constituent outreach to elected officials, according to its website. Advocacy ambassadors speak ...

Trinity Episcopal Church plans two services on Christmas Eve

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with two services on Tuesday. The late service is a traditional Anglican service with choir, organ, and brass and begins at 10:30 p.m. The musical prelude will begin with the choir processing to “Once in Royal ...

First Lutheran Church to light up season with candlelight services

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St. in Parkersburg, invites everyone to the traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24. These candlelight services will include an early service at 5:30 p.m. and traditional late service beginning at 11 p.m. Both of these ...

Volunteers help Toys for Tots spread Christmas cheer

PARKERSBURG — For Christmas 2019, the Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots program received over 30,000 toys, to be spread out among 4,000 kids. “The Mid-Ohio Valley has been very giving to those less fortunate and has made what could be a tremendous shortfall into yet another successful ...

New Year’s Eve celebrations set throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2019 and the arrival of 2020 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: WOOD COUNTY * In Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Hotel will host a New Year’s Eve ...

Massages also benefit scholarship

MARIETTA — A local athlete who died at the age of 33 will be memorialized by her son through a scholarship at Marietta High School. Wana Rinard, a 1977 graduate of Marietta High School, died in 1993 from breast cancer. “It was breast cancer that metastasized to her bones,” said her son, ...

‘Loads of Love’ ministry offers free laundry help

MINERAL WELLS — Love spread through clean laundry is part of the initiative of the Loads of Love program through Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells. Loads of Love is part of a nationwide ministry that helps folks pay for their laundry at the Laundromat and to provide ...

George and Marty Lee reflect on acting careers

NEW YORK — George and Marty Lee have enjoyed careers in show business that have taken them across the globe. Marty (Morris) Lee is a 1967 graduate of Parkersburg High School. George Lee is a native of Milwaukee. George and Marty were married in 1976. “We were wed while doing a ...

Mid-Ohio Valley organizations planning Christmas Day dinners

PARKERSBURG — Several community Christmas Day meals will be offered on Wednesday in celebration of Christmas. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in south Parkersburg. The ...

WesBanco exhibiting Williams artwork through December

PARKERSBURG — The Christopher B. Williams art exhibit is on exhibit through the month of December at WesBanco, 415 Market St., downtown Parkersburg. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 ...

McCullough book featured in Marietta museum tour

MARIETTA  — Published in May, David McCullough’s book about the founders of Marietta, “The Pioneers,” continues to have effects in the city. An Insider’s Tour at the Campus Martius Museum Saturday afternoon will offer some deeper insight into the characters that drew ...