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West Virginia encourages responsible travel, virtual road trips

CHARLESTON — The higher elevations of West Virginia are starting to show the first signs of fall color. The West Virginia Tourism Office has started to release its annual autumn forecast to help travelers enjoy peak leaf season. The forecast, prepared with assistance from the West ...

Roane County Sheriff honors 10-year-old girl for heroism

SPENCER — A 10-year-old girl was recognized by the Roane County Sheriff’s Department for her heroic actions to call for help when her grandparents were hurt in a utility task vehicle accident. Chelsea Romine called law enforcement on Aug. 13 after her grandparents were in an accident ...

Groups picture a brighter downtown Parkersburg with selfie stations

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB’s Arts and Culture Committee and the Parkersburg Art Center put up three selfie stations in three different locations in downtown Parkersburg on Thursday. The program was started in 2019 to implement more public art into downtown, the goal is to create a ...

Gilmer County bus operator wins West Virginia Department of Education Award

GLENVILLE — A longtime Gilmer County Schools bus operator was recognized Tuesday as West Virginia’s School Service Personnel Employee of the Year. “I am very honored,” said Susie Kirkpatrick, who has worked for the district for 36 years. “I have worked really hard, and I love the ...

MOV Players plan online Patsy Cline tribute

MARIETTA — A local group will present the classic songs of Country Music Hall of Famer Patsy Cline on Zoom Friday to kick off the Mid-Ohio Valley Players’ month of Trick or Treat for the Valley. Songs like “Walking After Midnight,” “Your Cheating Heart” and “Crazy” will be ...

13th Annual Out of Darkness Walk held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Over 250 people united on Saturday afternoon to raise awareness for suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The 13th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Out of Darkness Walk was held at City Park ...

Ohio Valley University welcomes Sarah Huckabee Sanders for school fundraiser

PARKERSBURG — Ohio Valley University kicked off the first of a new series of fundraisers Friday evening with the former press secretary for President Donald Trump. OVU held its first in a series of President’s Fundraising Dinners on the Valley Gem sternwheeler Friday evening on the Ohio ...

Mid-Ohio Valley sees rise in Lyme Disease

PARKERSBURG — Despite summer being over, warm weather and ideal circumstances for ticks remain and it is important to understand the potential consequences of bites. According to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, lyme disease cases have been on the rise in the region. Lyme disease is ...

Parkersburg resident marks monumental birthday

PARKERSBURG — Elva Evans, a resident at Cedar Grove Assisted Living in Parkersburg, celebrated her 104th birthday on Sept. 1, 2020. When asked what she believes the secret to a long, fulfilling life is, Evans believes it is simple: marrying the right man and eating lots of cookies — at ...

Williamstown Elementary School earns Blue Ribbon nod again

WILLIAMSTOWN — For the second time in school history, Williamstown Elementary School Thursday was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. After first receiving the award in 2008, Williamstown Elementary was among 367 public and private schools selected this year by the U.S. Department of ...

Parkersburg YMCA slates two-day pickleball tournament

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg will hold a two-day pickleball tournament Oct. 10-11. Players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to support a good cause while participating in men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles. Pickleball is a paddleball sport that’s grown in ...

Castle Pop-Up Tour to highlight Marietta mounds

MARIETTA — An archaeologist at The Castle will lead a tour of the mounds in Marietta. Wes Clarke will provide a detailed look at the mounds including Conus at Mound Cemetery, the Capitolium, Quadranaou and Sacra Via from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The rain-or-shine ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to perform ‘Clue’ online

PARKERSBURG — It will be a dark and stormy night and the scene for murder at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg when “Clue: Stay-At-Home Edition” is performed online at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available on the Guild website at www.actors-guild.com and are $18.95 per device, ...

Parkersburg man receives Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man received an award Wednesday for volunteerism from an organization with roots to the sacrifice of four U.S. Army chaplains in World War II. Jerry Smith received the Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for his volunteerism ...

Pop-up market encourages kids to eat healthy

PARKERSBURG — Students at Jefferson Elementary Center and Madison Elementary school had the opportunity to buy fresh produce thanks to the WVU Extension Service’s Pop-Up Farmers Market on Monday. Funded by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Children’s Home Society of ...

ArtCart continues to expand its canvas

PARKERSBURG — The ArtCart Program by Artsbridge will continue its fifth grade expansion this year, making any necessary adjustments depending on school codes, Artsbridge said Monday. ArtCart will be teaching in all 15 schools in Wood County without art instruction in every fourth and ...

Habitat for Humanity dedicates Parkersburg home

PARKERSBURG — A Habitat for Humanity home, the first completed since the pandemic began, was dedicated on 11th Avenue in South Parkersburg Saturday for the family of Xzantheia Watson. “We are thrilled to dedicate the first Habitat home in 2020,” Alvin Phillips, executive director ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes a different path amid pandemic

WILLIAMSTOWN — Although this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event was different from previous years, those who participated were able to spread awareness and offer support to those who are affected by the disease. Mary Corra and Virginia Peterson are sisters who work to raise funds ...

Williamstown library sponsors ‘Storywalk’

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Public Library has created a “Storywalk” area at Fenton Park to inspire children to read more often. The project was installed over Labor Day weekend after Nancy Morehead, the librarian at the public library, was granted permission by city council at its ...