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Couple postpones wedding over coronavirus concerns

VINCENT, Ohio — For one Mid-Ohio Valley couple, the coronavirus meant postponing an important date — their wedding. “Yesterday I literally had a mental breakdown because I had gotten all these notifications,” said Mariah Mason, about the ever-changing coronavirus situation. “I ...

Churches turn to drive-in model during pandemic

WAVERLY — For the past five years, Williamstown resident Rock Wilson has been working to bring an open-air, drive-in church to the community. Similar to a drive-in move theater, Wilson got the idea for Crossroads Open Air Sanctuary after attending a drive-in church in Daytona Beach, ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation working with groups to provide aid

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is mobilizing to support nonprofits and communities in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our key role right now is to identify local needs and gaps in funding, and to assemble and apply funds where they are most critically ...

Mid-Ohio Valley groups band together to make faceshields

PARKERSBURG — Residents across the Mid-Ohio Valley are working together to do their part in fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Entrepreneur Center at West Virginia University at Parkersburg has partnered with Marietta’s Building Bridges to Career Makerspace and the Boys and Girls ...

Parkersburg Art Center provides activities for community

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is striving to raise community spirits and keep people engaged in artful pursuits during the mandated closing. Managing Director Jessie Siefert said the art center handed out 300 Take-and-Make art and craft bags last Saturday to parents who drove ...

United Way Alliance starts fund for outbreak assistance

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has created an emergency fund for those impacted by the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The COVID-19 Emergency Response & Recovery Fund was established by United Way to provide the community a safe, reliable, transparent ...

Williamstown Elementary School sends jump ropes to students

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Elementary School officials are helping kids stay active during the coronavirus shutdown by including jump ropes in meals sent home Friday. Principal Heather Mannix Bretthauer said the lunches were packed by physical education teacher Zach Hall, who added jump ...

Parkersburg Art Center makes activity bags available

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is offering art activity packs for children. The Actors Guild of Parkesburg also announced Friday that it would be postponing the rest of its current season. Jessie Siefert, managing director of the art center, said the art center is working to give ...

Washington County church marks milestone

MARIETTA — The congregation of the Tunnel United Methodist Church has been through many changes over the years, but they are celebrating a milestone. They have been in their current, and third, facility for 50 years. Tunnel UMC is located behind Warren Elementary School on Ohio ...

Humane Society of Parkersburg seeks donations

PARKERSBURG — While the COVID-19 virus affects humans, furry friends remain untouched by its effects. But animals in the Humane Society of Parkersburg can still use a hand. “At this point, we are seeing minimal impact from the COVID-19; however, we are taking things one day at a time,” ...

Event cancellations increase for precautions

PARKERSBURG  — More cancellations have been announced over COVID-19 coronavirus precautions. The Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department gun and knife show scheduled April 4 and 5 has been canceled over coronavirus concerns until further notice, organizers said. The show was through a new ...

Coronavirus taking a toll on services at churches

PARKERSBURG — The Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia has canceled all public services for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the bishop announced on Friday. The Right Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer said he ordered the cancellation after speaking with the Roman Catholic ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade set for April 4

PARKERSBURG — The 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be held 2 p.m. April 4 along Market Street. The parade is open to churches, groups, organizations, businesses, schools, bands, antique cars, fire departments, horses and dogs. The theme of the parade this year is “Old ...

Fund established for hearing aids at PACF

PARKERSBURG — Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired has established an endowment fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Parents and Friends ensures local citizens have access to hearing aids. The organization was formed in Marietta in 1974 by parents, teachers and friends ...

Parkersburg woman donates kidney to 1970 PHS classmate

PARKERSBURG — When a doctor told Sally Delli-Gatti of Vienna she needed a kidney transplant, a friend was ready to help. Jane Sutton of Parkersburg had been waiting for the opportunity to donate a kidney to her longtime friend Delli-Gatti. Delli-Gatti, who celebrates her 68th birthday ...

Parkersburg Art Center to open new exhibits

PARKERSBURG — Two new exhibits will open Friday at the Parkersburg Art Center in downtown Parkersburg. Artbeat Studio and Passion Works Studio will present “Shared Vision: The Passion of the Human Spirit” showcasing work made by two studios serving artists with developmental ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to present ‘And Then There Were None’

MARIETTA — Murder is the game of the evening when the Mid-Ohio Valley Players presents Agatha Christie’s classic “And Then There Were None” this Friday for a two-weekend run at the theater at 229 Putnam St. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 19-21 with a 3 p.m. matinee ...

Bill Anderson to perform at the Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — Country legend Bill Anderson will be performing April 3 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The show will start at 8 p.m. For more information visit billanderson.com or smoottheatre.com. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529). Known as ...

Smoot Spring Sing set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will hold its annual Smoot Spring Sing at 4 p.m. Saturday at the theater in downtown Parkersburg. The free event is sponsored by The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus and is for area young singers who have received invitations from their music teachers or ...

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Fish Fries PARKERSBURG — Several Lenten fish fries are scheduled in the area. In Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus will hold a fish fry at 6 p.m. Friday at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Takeout orders can be called in to 304-428-0331. In Little Hocking, the ...