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West Virginia Music Hall of Fame announces inductees

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame has announced the inductees of the 2020 class. They are Ethel Caffie-Austin, Sonny & Honey Davis, Larry Groce, The Hammons Family and Mayf Nutter. The induction ceremony will be held April 4, 2020, in the Culture Center Theater in ...

McCoy encourages Parkersburg Woman’s Club to help children’s hospitals

PARKERSBURG — GFWC West Virginia President Pamela McCoy attended the recent meeting of the Parkersburg Woman’s Club. McCoy is a Marshall University graduate with a bachelor’s of arts in political science and a member of the Woman’s Club of Huntington. She was a social worker after ...

Women of Appalachia Project marks anniversary

ATHENS — The Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) celebrated its 10th anniversary at Ohio University’s Multicultural Center on Saturday, March 23. The WOAP Gala featured a fine art exhibition as well as a juried presentation of poetry, story and song showcasing women artists from throughout ...

Parkersburg Art Center exhibits feature photography, Blenko glass

PARKERSBURG — Two new exhibits will open at a reception 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center, “Praxis—A Fine Art Approach: Photography by Garen DiBartolomeo” and “Blenko—Vivid Glass from the Collection of Barry Wade.” Weirton, W.Va., native and professional ...

Marietta College groups to perform at Music at the Mall

MARIETTA — Four groups from the Marietta College Department of Music will perform 6 p.m. April 5 in a free concert at Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Performing will be the Marietta College Funk Band, Floodstage, Jazz Band, and the Pio Pep Band. The Funk Band, comprised of 15 musicians and ...

Youth golf program tees off at Wood County course

VIENNA — Beginning in mid-April, youth ages 5 and older will have an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship through The First Tee of West Virginia program, officials said. “We are extremely excited to be given the ...

Men Cook to serve up competition at Lafayette Hotel

MARIETTA — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its fourth annual Men Cook, its signature event, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. The ticketed event features 20 local amateur cooks who will bring their best dish to the field of ...

Geppetto Woodcarvers plan show at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — The Geppetto Woodcarvers will demonstrate woodcarving 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Parkersburg Art Center. In addition to the woodcarving demonstrations, club members will be available to discuss tools and resources needed to begin woodcarving. “We were just so pleased ...

GoPacks Top Chef Challenge set for Friday

MARIETTA — The GoPacks Top Chef Challenge showcases not only the talent of local culinary artists, but their desire to help hungry children in Marietta. On Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Marietta Shrine Club, three chefs will cook the most elegant entree they can out of the food that ...

Pianafiddle to perform April 2 in Sistersville

SISTERSVILLE — ArtsLink will present musical duo Pianafiddle, featuring pianist Randy Morris and fiddler Adam DeGraff, at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Gold Derrick Gallery in Sistersville. Tickets will be available at the door. For ArtsLink members, tickets are $10 for individuals and $20 for ...

Smoot Theatre to feature McDowell, Tenors and kids’ program

PARKERSBURG —The Smoot will feature musical performances in March and April. Tickets can be ordered online at www.smoottheatre.com or by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529). * Country star Ronnie McDowell will perform at 8 p.m.Friday on the Smoot stage. Tickets are $30. McDowell has a long string ...

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Concert BARLOW — A concert by Tom Roddey will be 7 p.m. today at Barlow Library on Ohio 339. The event is free and open to the public. *** Fish fries PARKERSBURG — Area organizations will be holding Lenten fish fries over the next few weeks. * Parkersburg Knights of Columbus will be 6 ...

Good Friday Walk hosted by downtown churches

PARKERSBURG — The annual inter-faith Stations of the Cross Good Friday walk will be held noon April 19, starting at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 532 Market St. The Stations of the Cross joins people of different faiths worshipping together at several downtown churches and depicts 14 ...

Scouts race to be the fastest at Pinewood Derby

VIENNA — People were racing to the mall Saturday morning for the annual Pinewood Derby race. The Pinewood Derby brought together Cub Scouts from Washington, Wood and Jackson counties, now called the Kootaga District, to compete for a chance to advance onto the Buckskin Council Championship ...

Gold Star Family Monument at City Park to put faces to the names of heroes

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Committee has announced the service members who will have their images etched into the Parkersburg Gold Star Monument at City Park. They are: * Sgt. Richard Bowry, Medal of Honor, Civil War * Lt. Col. John H. Sbordone, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade set for April 13

PARKERSBURG — The 10th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. April 13 along Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. Event founder and chair Kiki Angelos said due to this year being the 10th anniversary, there will be no entry fee for anyone that wants to participate. The ...

Comfort Keepers helps couple keep romance

MARIETTA — In Marietta, a real-life version of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel, “The Notebook,” has been playing out for several years now. James Seevers, 87, spends as much time as he can with his 83-year-old wife, Jane, visiting her daily while she resides in a dementia care unit ...

Marine veteran gets chance to hold bald eagle Freedom

PARKERSBURG — The Marine Corps has been part of Ellen Marie Munchmeyer’s life nearly 55 years. The bald eagle is the United States’ national emblem. The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782, according to baldeagleinfo.com. Munchmeyer was in Clarksburg doing a collection of Toys for Tots ...

Backus family to serve Rockpoint Church in Japan

PARKERSBURG — Bryan Backus received his Ritchie County High School diploma in the spring of 1991. The Gulf War had been declared over a few months before. While other classmates readied themselves to be fresh faces in college, Backus was busy being a fresh face at Parris Island, S.C., as ...