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Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked steak dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at The Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St., Parkersburg. The event is open to the public. Call in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Williamstown Ice Cream Social WILLIAMSTOWN — The 74th annual Williamstown ...

Harvest of Hope to hold dinner, auction

MARIETTA — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in a recent report estimated that one-third of all food produced in the world is either lost because of damage in the supply chain or wasted by being discarded by markets or consumers, amounting to about 1.3 billion tons a ...

Smoot Theatre to kick off Performing Arts

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will kick off its 2019-2020 Performing Arts in early September with the first of five special shows highlighting a variety of musical styles. More information about ticket availability and prices is available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at ...

Eramet makes $1,500 contribution to WSCC Foundation

MARIETTA — Eramet Marietta recently made a contribution of $1,500 to the Washington State Community College Foundation as thanks for a Washington State engineering class that fabricated a part to improve its process. Last fall, Eramet Marietta Inc., working with Pickering Associates, began a ...

Comfort Keepers marks National Day of Joy

MARIETTA — Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley on June 26 celebrated the first National Day of Joy, a celebration created by Comfort Keepers Franchising after researching what seniors and families want most. Most clients and staff received a Movie Night gift basket filled with snacks such ...

South announces senior awards, honors

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — The 52nd Annual Awards Assembly was held May 23 at Parkersburg South High School in the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. The following students were recognized and awarded scholarships: Valedictorian: Shannon Ruble. Gold Honor Cords / 4.00+ GPA: Faith ...

Canning class teaches safe food preservation

Staff reports WEST UNION — As local gardeners and farmers start to harvest their bounty, some will begin canning their food to enjoy their home-grown goodness long into the winter months. Zona Hutson, WVU Extension Service, Doddridge County extension agent, is offering a class for people ...

Shooting under investigation in Ritchie County

One person was killed today in a shooting in a parking lot of a hardware store in Ritchie County, authorities said. The incident at the Ace Hardware in Pennsboro occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to the 911 center in Ritchie County. The sheriff's department and West Virginia ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair to run July 16-20

MINERAL WELLS — The 2019 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition runs July 16-20 at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair will feature live music, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, 4-H activities and track events for ATVs, trucks and tractors. Admission is ...

Strobl dances at nationals

PARKERSBURG — Fifteen-year-old Parkersburg native Sofia Strobl competed among the best dancers in the country in the Star Talent National Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach. Thirty-eight studios attended the nationals. Having won Top Teen Soloist at the regionals, Strobl was invited to be ...

Sherry Wilson Braid, new band crazy about Patsy Cline tributes

PARKERSBURG — Sherry Wilson Braid is happy to be back on stage with the Patsy Cline Band. Braid, singing as country music singer Patsy Cline, and her band performed June 13 during Artsbridge’s Summer Music in the Park series at City Park. Braid put together a band for her shows after a ...

Parkersburg Green Beret parachutes into Normandy

PARKERSBURG — Green Beret Aaron Read of Parkersburg landed softly at Normandy, France, on June 5. But the occasion made a big impression on Read as he joined members of his Special Forces unit and other parachutists who jumped from aircraft to commemorate the Allies’ airborne invasion on ...

Mid-Ohio Valley ready to mark Independence Day

PARKERSBURG — A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. WOOD COUNTY * The American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg’s City Park begins Tuesday 2 and runs through Saturday with games, rides and concessions. Rides ...

Marcella Chandler Blomberg honored by Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — A local artist is being honored with a retrospective during July at the Parkersburg Art Center. Works by the late Marcella Chandler Blomberg (1937-2018) will open with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets. “Marcella Blomberg: a ...

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Dinner Cruise PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will present its next Point Park Music Series Dinner Cruise at 6 p.m. Friday. The cost is $27 for adults and $21 for children ages 3-12. The boat will depart Point Park at 6 p.m. and return to Point Park at 7:30 p.m. ...

Splash pad temporarily closed by state

PARKERSBURG — The splash pad at City Park will be closed until an issue that has resulted in at least two reported injuries is repaired. The City of Parkersburg received a temporary cessation order for the splash pad from the West Virginia Division of Labor this afternoon. The City ...

Junior Police Academy in Ritchie County offers lessons in structure, respect

HARRISVILLE — Unlike most children during the summer, 21 youth awake at the break of dawn at the Ritchie County 4-H Camp on Monday to be taught respect, become structured and have fun. For the last 18 years, Major Bryan Davis of the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office has taught the values ...

Mid-Ohio Valley readies Fourth of July events

PARKERSBURG — A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. WOOD COUNTY * The annual American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg’s City Park begins July 2 and runs through July 6 with games, rides and concessions. ...

Blackwater Falls area offers outdoor recreation

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, mountain views and the feel of a small town, the Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley area is on point. With the Monongahela National Forest, Dolly Sods Wilderness area and state parks like Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley, there is plenty of outdoor ...

Parkersburg-area exhibit ‘Bow Wow Meow’ seeks artists

PARKERSBURG — If you live within 100 miles of Parkersburg, you are invited to enter up to three pieces of your artwork in the 2019 Regional Exhibit “Bow, WOW Meow” at the Parkersburg Art Center. “You can paint your pooch. Craft your cat in clay. Immortalize your fur baby in any ...