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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation issues $170K in grants

PARKERSBURG — More than $170,000 in grants was awarded to 31 organizations around the region from Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates as part of its Community Action Grants Program. Area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address community needs through the ...

Parkersburg Art Center receives recognition

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center was named Thursday among the 25 Best American Galleries and Museums by American Art Awards. The Art Center in March was first notified that it was being reviewed, Jessie Siefert, managing director, said. “I think this is something we can be really ...

Marietta man marks 50 years as meat cutter

MARIETTA — Two days after he graduated high school in 1970, he donned the same work attire he still puts on today. “I didn’t like school much so college wasn’t for me,” said Gary Wells, 67, of Marietta. Wells was hired on just two months before his 18th birthday by Chuck Warren, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players offers two science fiction radio tales

MARIETTA — The fifth installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre will be presented 7 p.m. today featuring two tales of science fiction. The first show is “A Pride of Carrots, or Venus Served” written by Robert Nathan. The next show is “Zero Hour,” adapted by Anthony Ellis from the short ...

Red Cross to resume offering swimming lessons

PARKERSBURG — Red Cross swimming lessons received the green light to continue this summer. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Southwood Pool. For the safety of all involved, registration will be different than in previous years, Sharon Kesselring, executive ...

Photographer has first exhibit at Parkersburg WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — When Pete Myers retired from Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, he became a serious photographer. Until his retirement three years ago, his photography was a casual hobby of about 20 years, such as taking sunrise pictures at the beach. Myers’ exhibit at WesBanco will be his ...

River Cities Symphony plans more virtual events

MARIETTA — Concert halls and other live venues may be closed due to the pandemic, but the River Cities Symphony remains dedicated to its mission to provide symphonic music experiences for the Mid-Ohio Valley. With the support of the Marietta Community Foundation and several corporate ...

The Farm at Walnut Creek reopens with changes

SUGARCREEK, Ohio — An out-of-the-area attraction that many Mid-Ohio Valley residents travel to has recently reopened, according to officials, with new practices to stay safe during the COVID-19 concerns. The Farm at Walnut Creek, a drive-thru petting zoo that attracts visitors from the ...

4-H Camp, Energy Express to be online

PARKERSBURG — This year’s 4-H Camp will be online and the Energy Express Summer Reading Program will be going through changes due to the pandemic. Jodi Smith with the Wood County WVU Extension Service said 4-Hers will attend Camp URL, an alternative version to WVU Extension Service 4-H ...

Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley creates memorial

PARKERSBURG — To observe National Military Awareness month, the Veteran’s Museum created a special memorial to recognize veterans and their sacrifice. Over 800 American flags were used to form a heart with each flag representing the military branches and the prisoner of war and Vietnam ...

The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley moving summer program online

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley Inclusive Summer Day Program is going virtual. The camp, sponsored and organized by The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held June 15-July 10 utilizing the Zoom platform. “We are excited to bring summer activities to youth in our ...

Organizers postpone Ravenswood Ohio River Festival

RAVENSWOOD — The Ravenswood Ohio River Festival is being postponed until 2021 after much consideration. According to Lucy Harbert, festival president, it was a hard decision as this is the first time the festival has had to be postponed. The committee was polled and the majority ruled to ...

Brother’s Keeper offers community projects during pandemic

RIPLEY — For 20 years, Brothers’ Keeper has ministered to the community around the Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, but due to concerns with the pandemic, the camp has been canceled for 2020. “Our students, volunteers and staff work each year serving as the hands and feet of ...

Parkersburg Woman’s Club, Vienna laundromat set up Free Little Library

VIENNA — The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club has established the first Free Little Library in a laundromat in West Virginia. With the enthusiastic support of owner Charlie Schilling, the Wash and Go on Grand Central Avenue has joined the Laundromat Library League, a nonprofit all-volunteer ...

Pride events held in June moved, canceled

Chris Hansen’s life changed significantly June 12, 2016. He was getting a final drink at the bar of Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, when a man attacked the more than 300 people there. The mass shooting killed 49 people and injured another 53. Hansen still keeps in his home the Time magazine ...

WIC clinic set for Monday

PARKERSBURG — The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program holds a clinic 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 211 Sixth St., Parkersburg. It will be closed 8-noon June 5 and June 9 and June 19. All appointments are by phone for the month of June. Call the office about an ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players readying two radio performances

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Players will present its installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 7 p.m. today with a presentation on Zoom. “Little Orphan Annie: Annie’s Big Surprise Party,” the first presentation of the evening, will be followed by the psychological thriller, “Sorry, ...

Friends share memories of Fahlgren

PARKERSBURG — Friends in the business community remembered the life and legacy of Herbert Smoot Fahlgren and the impact he had on the area. Fahlgren, 89, passed away Friday surrounded by family at his home on Mill Run Farm in Parkersburg. A graveside service for friends and family was held ...

Carnival, bingo delayed to 2021

PARKERSBURG — The carnival and bingo sponsored by American Legion Post 15 held over the July 4 holidays at City Park will not be held this year because of the pandemic, officials said Tuesday. The decision was made Tuesday morning to not hold the annual celebration because of the COVID-19 ...