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Capito announces academy nominations

From staff reports WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Monday announced U.S. Service Academy nominations for 32 qualified high school seniors from 16 counties in West Virginia. Among those nominated were four students from Wood and Jackson counties. One student was ...

Survivors of suicide loss share stories, strength in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — There is hope after the loss of a loved one, family or friend, to suicide. On Saturday, community members gathered at the Parkersburg First Lutheran Church to share their stories and help each other grieve for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The event kicked off ...

Christmas stockings a labor of love for Wood County woman

MINERAL WELLS —Making Christmas stockings is a labor of love for Kay Hill, who each year sews dozens that are donated to the Old Man Rivers food mission. “Yes it is,” said Hill, a member of the Country Roads and Wood County CEOS organizations. Hill has been sewing Christmas stockings ...

Victorian Christmas tour, tea slated in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea will be Dec.7-8 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. Five historic homes in the district will be featured on the tour, which have been decorated for the holiday season in a variety of styles, from period to ...

Peoples Bank decorates windows for holidays

MARIETTA — The six big windows facing Second Street from Peoples Bank tell a story. Finished a few days ago, the annual Christmas display is not only thematic but includes details that will draw passersby into the dioramas. It’s the 16th year that the Marietta bank has engaged Crown ...

Grand Central Mall theater to tread ‘Dark Waters’

PARKERSBURG — “Dark Waters” opening today shows how people can work together to learn the truth, an attorney in the C8 lawsuit against DuPont said. The movie begins with the relationship between attorney Rob Bilott and the late Earl Tennant, a farmer from Washington Bottom who chronicled ...

Salvation Army Red Kettle drive begins Friday

PARKERSBURG — The Salvation Army of Parkersburg’s annual Red Kettle Campaign kicks off with a ceremony Friday at the Grand Central Mall. The 6 p.m. event will include performances by the Jackson Middle School choir and the Salvation Army brass band composed of local musicians, said Maj. ...

Parkersburg Academy delivers Thanksgiving food

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Academy’s “Operation Thanksgiving Basket” provided a Thanksgiving meal and more for 43 local families. On Nov. 11 and 12, staff, parents and 30 students from Parkersburg Academy placed 1,000 empty bags at the front doors of homes in Parkersburg, Vienna and ...

Warren High School choir to perform at Cleveland Cavaliers game

VINCENT — For the Warren High School bass chorus, Saturday will mark the continuation of a years-long tradition. The group will open the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game by singing the national anthem. “Several years ago the Cavs contacted me about having the chorus come to sing,” choir ...

Parkersburg native pursues acting career

LOS ANGELES — Parkersburg native Scarlet Sheppard is being recognized for a commercial and a YouTube channel show she is appearing in. Sheppard appears in a national commercial for Chewy pet supplies that has been running on TV and online. Sheppard and another actress are holding cute ...

Mid-Ohio Valley to hold Thanksgiving dinners

PARKERSBURG — Various organizations and churches will continue the annual Thanksgiving tradition of providing a free meal to residents. * The Parkersburg Salvation Army on Fifth Street will hold its free Thanksgiving Day Dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Dinner will be served ...

Holiday in the Park opens Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The annual Holiday in the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg will kick off with a lighting ceremony 6 p.m. Saturday at the City Park horseshoe pits where there will be holiday music, speeches by local dignitaries, recognition of past supporters and Santa Claus ...

Belpre Farmers Castle to hold Hineman book sale

BELPRE — Books collected over the lifetime of the late Rod Hineman will be offered for sale from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Annex of the Belpre Farmers Castle and Education Center. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the museum at 509 Ridge St. “Rod collected hundreds of ...

Smoot Theatre to present A Christmas Carol

PARKERSBURG — The annual production of “A Christmas Carol” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg. Tickets are $30-$40 for adults and $20 for students by calling 304-422-7529 or at smoottheatre.com. (Photo Provided)

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Meatloaf Dinner PARKERSBURG — A meat loaf 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. *** Crafts and Vendor Holiday Sale PARKERSBURG — A crafts and vendor holiday sale will be ...

Gospel Mission shoebox effort working to spread Christmas cheer

MARIETTA — Even in the throes of recovering from an unfortunate accident, one of the west side’s good samaritans is determined to keep giving. “It’s been a long healing process, but I’m doing pretty good now in physical therapy,” said Candy Waite, founder of the Gospel Mission Food ...

Mid-Ohio Valley communities readying Christmas parades

PARKERSBURG — The final weekend of November and the first weekend of December will feature holiday parades in several local communities. The cities of Belpre, Marietta and Williamstown will feature night-time lighted parades to kick off the holiday season on Nov. 30. The cities of Vienna ...

Rev. Ken Calebaugh honored in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Rev. Ken Calebaugh and wife, Pat, were honored this past Sunday in a celebration at the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown at 314 West Fifth Street. The 76-year-old Calebaugh was bestowed the honor and title of Pastor Emeritus, while Pat, a retired Williamstown ...

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg readies performance

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will present “Violin or Fiddle?” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets and information are available by calling 304-485-4200 or ...

Rhodes to display photos at downtown Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Damon Rhodes photography exhibit will be on display through November at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Rhodes took up photography as a hobby over 30 years ago. Although he has had no formal training, he ...