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Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley breaks new ground in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley strives to provide a decent home for everyone. With the groundbreaking for its 107th home Thursday, the nonprofit has continued to fulfill that goal. Xzantheia Watson and her son Malachi Watson will become the homeowners, ...

Volunteers host Marietta Take Kids Fishing Day event

MARIETTA — More than 160 young anglers learned about conserving and protecting Ohio’s natural resources while experiencing the thrill of catching fish Sept. 21 during the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Marietta Take Kids Fishing Day, officials said. Held at Buckeye Park and sponsored by the ...

Annual Barlow Fair opens today

BARLOW — The fairground was oddly quiet Wednesday afternoon without the voices of children. The carnival rides were set up under fair September skies on the hill, ATVs and golf carts trundled here and there, and adults unhurriedly set up booths and exhibits while others arrived with ...

Mid-Ohio Valley women take on suicide prevention cause

PARKERSBURG — Different events are leading Jeannie “Kitty” Goff and Lacy Workman to participate in Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Valley Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Parkersburg City Park. But the goal of the two women is the same: to prevent suicide. Goff, 43, of Parkersburg, lost ...

ATV benefit ride to aid Mark Gherke

PARKERSBURG — An ATV Poker Run will be held Oct. 5 in Ritchie County to benefit Mark Gherke of Parkersburg, who was diagnosed recently with stage 4 cancer and has been unable to work. Money raised at the event will help with the living and medical expenses for Gherke and his family. The ...

Parkersburg Pop Con to be held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The fourth annual Parkersburg Pop Con will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the College Activities Center at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Sponsored by the college, the event celebrates comics, costuming (cosplay), sci-fi, gaming and movies and will feature ...

River Cities Symphony Orchestra to hold concert

MARIETTA — The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will present a Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 and are available at peoplesbanktheatre.com, by phone at 740-371-5152 or at the ticket office. Artsbridge and the Marie ...

Volcano Days to be held through Sunday

VOLCANO — The 31st annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at Mountwood Park on U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature live entertainment, antique engines, lectures and tours, food concessions, a flea market and a craft ...

Sistersville Marble Festival runs through Sunday

SISTERSVILLE — The 20th annual Sistersville Marble Festival will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Sistersville. Marble displays, food vendors, handmade marble making demonstrations by glass artists, a children’s marble tournament, a silent marble auction and a flea market will be ...

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Baked Fish and Shrimp Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked fish and shrimp dinner will be held 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call 304-428-0331 for takeout orders. *** Yard Sale VIENNA — A benefit yard sale will be held 9 a.m. to 3 ...

Washington County farms plan family fun to celebrate autumn

VINCENT — Although you wouldn’t know it by the warm weather, fall is right around the corner and local farms are getting ready for visitors. Sweetapple Farm in Vincent opened Saturday, although their spooky hayrides aren’t open until Oct. 4. This is the 20th year for the farm to be ...

Exile has safe haven on Smoot Theatre stage Friday

PARKERSBURG — Award-winning classic group Exile will perform Friday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. Exile will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 304 422-PLAY (7529) or online at www.Smoottheater.com. The show is sponsored by Red Carpet ...

Williamstown man talks competing in World Archery 3D Championship

WILLIAMSTOWN — A Williamstown resident represented the United States at the World Archery 3D championships Sept. 2-7 in Lac La Biche, Canada. Randy Irvine competed in the long bow event and finished 13th out of the 38 others who represented that class. Long bow refers to a simple ...

Volcano Days at Mountwood Park on Sept. 27-29

VOLCANO — The 31st annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Sept. 27-29 at Mountwood Park, held off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of food ...

Former Borg-Warner workers driving efforts to celebrate Wood County plant

MINERAL WELLS — The history of the Mid-Ohio Valley is hoped to be more readily available to residents as the former employees of the Borg-Warner plastics plant try to raise funds to restore artifacts from the plant and to work toward a space for them to be displayed. On Friday morning, ...

Pepper gets surprise 88th birthday party at Vienna McDonald’s

VIENNA — Don Pepper arrived Friday morning at the McDonald’s in Vienna expecting to eat breakfast and talk with friends. Surprise! Later in the morning, friends arrived with a birthday cake and card in celebration of Pepper’s 88th birthday on Friday. The group sang “Happy ...

16-year-old to be tried as adult for murder

A 16-year-old girl is charged as an adult in an arson that killed two family members in May, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon in Wood County Circuit Court. Madison Wine is accused of the murders of Robert and Charolette Taylor, who died in a fire on May 5 at their ...

Wild foods event opens at North Bend on Friday

CAIRO — Nature and food enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to participate in North Bend State Park’s 52nd Nature Wonder Weekend starting Friday with events wrapping up Sunday morning. According to the West Virginia State Parks website, this event is “North America’s premier ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Art Teacher Exhibit and Sale underway

PARKERSBURG — The inaugural Mid-Ohio Valley Art Teacher Exhibit and Sale is underway at the Artsbridge Gallery at 925 Market St. The show and sale will run through the end of October and involves 10 art teachers from Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School, Belpre High ...

Inaugural West Virginia Cider Fest set for this weekend

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, co-owned by Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover, is hosting the first West Virginia Cider Fest on Saturday in Pendleton County. The festival in the state’s eastern mountains will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to ...