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Downtown PKB cancels Taste of Parkersburg, 2 concerts

PARKERSBURG - Downtown PKB this morning announced the cancellation of the Taste of Parkersburg and the first two Point Park concerts of the summer as the community continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. "In the best interest of our community, the Taste of Parkersburg, Downtown PKB’s ...

Beautify Belpre offers sponsorship opportunities

BELPRE — The volunteer group formerly known as Belpre in Bloom has announced a sponsorship opportunity. Beautify Belpre is offering residents and businesses sponsorships for a hanging basket or lamp post container and pole to bring fresh, colorful flowers to Civitan Park, Jackie Cassady, ...

Bee City group adapting around COVID-19

WILLIAMSTOWN — Even though the Williamstown Bee City Committee can not meet as a group because of social distancing, the members are still busy at work. “This would have been a great spring to get out into the public and really dive into our many projects,” said Marty Seufer, committee ...

EQT Foundation donates to food bank, relief efforts

PARKERSBURG — The EQT Foundation is donating $160,000 total for COVID-19 response to the Mountaineer Food Bank and three West Virginia community foundations including the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates. “The EQT Foundation is pleased to alleviate the burdens ...

Helping Hands Food Pantry reaches out to service employees

PARKERSBURG — The Helping Hands Food Pantry has come together to reach displaced restaurant employees or other service industry individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. Many members of the group in charge of Helping Hands are familiar with the community need, as they are the main volunteers ...

Catholic Charities West Virginia adapting to pandemic

WHEELING — Catholic Charities West Virginia is adapting services according to the pandemic, officials said. “Working with Catholic Charities across the country on COVID-19 efforts, we continue to make service modifications and anticipate need,” said Beth Zarate, chief executive officer, ...

More people using North Parkersburg Baptist Church’s Friendship Kitchen

PARKERSBURG — A local ministry has seen an increase in the number of people taking advantage of its meals program since the pandemic arrived, an organizer said. “Oh my gosh yes,” said Susie Meredith of the Friendship Kitchen, a ministry of the North Parkersburg Baptist Church. Many of ...

Collaborative sponsors virtual Easter Egg contest

Staff Report PARKERSBURG - Being stuck at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t stifle creativity. The Arts and Culture Collaborative of the Mid-Ohio Valley is accepting entries for Egg Hunt MOV 2020, a virtual Easter Egg design contest open to all children and adults ...

Point Park concert organizers announce slate

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB is once again making plans for concerts on the river, as well as what to do if we’re all still practicing social distancing come showtime. The slate for the Main Street organization’s annual free concert series at Point Park includes four bands paying homage to ...

Ohio State Troopers visit seniors at nursing homes

MARIETTA — Members of the Ohio State Patrol’s Marietta Post have begun visiting local nursing care facilities and visiting with residents through the windows while maintaining safe social distancing, said Lt. Chris Chesar of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Patrol. “We are looking ...

Ravenswood’s McIntosh House undergoes renovations

RAVENSWOOD — The McIntosh House has graced the Ravenswood community since the late 1800s. Despite the current situation with the coronavirus, the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation continues to spruce up its asset. A porch is in the works to be completed after the previous porch was ...

Buddy to live up to name as therapy dog in Tyler County schools

MIDDLEBOURNE — Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason. Students in the Tyler County area will have a new best friend, Buddy, a dog recently acquired by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department to be used as a therapy dog in schools. Buddy is a 6-month-old Labrador retriever who ...

Parkersburg man writes fifth novel

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man penned his fifth novel, this one set in the world of auto racing. “On a Sunday in May” by Stephen Hupp is about a day in May in auto racing when the Grand Prix of Monaco, the Indianapolis 500 and the 600 Mile race at Charlotte are held. “On a Sunday in ...

Holy Week celebrations to be televised, live streamed

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,. which has suspended public Masses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will live stream and televise Holy Week celebrations including the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday Mass. Through the sponsorship of the Welty Corp., Mass of the ...

Kesselring: American Red Cross still needs blood donations

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross still needs donations, and the stay-at-home order has been impacting its donation supplies. “Since shelter-in-place orders have been made we’ve seen 1,300 blood drives canceled across the nation and need to fill up that void,” said Sharron ...

Drive-in prayer services in the works

PARKERSBURG — As the community continues to face the threats present with coronavirus numbers growing daily, more groups come together to help in any way they can. One of these ways is through prayer. Two different groups have come together to organize prayer sessions for city officials, ...

Parkersburg Art Center offers virtual art exhibit

PARKERSBURG — In support of local artists, the Parkersburg Arts Center is now offering a virtual art exhibit titled “The Shared Visions: The Passion of the Human Spirit.” The exhibit opened at the center March 13, but shortly thereafter, Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order. ...

Volunteers from WVU-P reach out to seniors

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers with West Virginia University at Parkersburg have come together to help brighten up the days of residents at Mid- Ohio Valley Nursing Home and Cedar Grove Assisted Living. “Right now we have around 30 volunteers that have been connected with a resident,” said ...

Global pandemic sends Marietta High School student home to Spain

MARIETTA — A Spanish exchange student at Marietta High School was forced to cut her time in Ohio short after fears of COVID-19 sent her home. Alejandra Gutierrez Portilla, 16, a junior at Marietta High School and exchange student through the ICES exchange program, was living with Jessica ...