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Parkersburg Catholic students, staff receive Diocese awards

PARKERSBURG — Four area Catholic schools students have been named as state award winners for the 2016-17 school year. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has announced the winners of the St. Thomas Aquinas Award for the 2016-2017 school year. Based on the life of St. Thomas Aquinas, the ...

Marietta College slated to host Community Service Day

MARIETTA — Spring is in the air and residents might be getting that feeling to get out in the community and spend some time in the sunshine while helping Marietta. Hosted by Marietta College, Community Service Day is Saturday and for those looking for a way to give back while spending time ...

Parkersburg auto dealership raises $16,087 for Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG — A donation from a local auto dealership will help the Parkersburg Salvation Army help those in need locally. Representatives of Lou Thomas Subaru presented Maj. Matthew J. Riley, the commander of the Parkersburg Salvation Army, with a check for $16,087 for the local ...

Marietta Zonta Club preps Unique Boutique

MARIETTA — April showers, budding plants, swept porches and empty closets are all signs of spring. For those cleaning out their drawers, a local club is collecting again for this weekend’s semi-annual sale. “Our sale begins Friday at 4 p.m. and will go until 8 p.m. that night and then ...

Easter activities slated throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — A variety of Easter activities are planned in the local area over the first three weekends in April. Some of those events will include: * Belpre Heights United Methodist Church will hold its free Easter Bunny Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church at 720 Clement Ave. ...

Washington State Community College to host Julio Ribeiro Alves performance

MARIETTA — The Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series at Washington State Community College, in collaboration with the Schwendeman Agency Inc. and the Marietta Community Foundation, announces an upcoming presentation of “Spring Tales: An Evening of Guitar Music” with Julio Ribeiro ...

Downtown Parkersburg WesBanco displaying Steve Sisson art

PARKERSBURG — The Steve Sisson art exhibit may be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., through the month of April. The exhibit is open during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sisson is an artist who works in mediums of ...

Chocolate festival, quilt show on tap in Ripley

RIPLEY — Ripley will host several events this weekend. Ripley’s 10th annual West Virginia Chocolate Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Elementary School on Second Avenue adjacent to Ripley City Park. More than two dozen chocolate vendors are anticipated to attend. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley students to display artwork

MARIETTA — Fort Frye High School senior Mary Kate McElroy calls her pen and ink, fine-point Sharpie piece “Monotony” because, in her words, it is the most boring piece she’s ever done. For anyone else, the piece might be considered a technical masterpiece. “Something like this is ...

Smoot Spring Sing slated

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will offer its annual Smoot Spring Sing at 4 p.m. Saturday at the theater at 213 Fifth St. The concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus and is for area young singers who have received invitations from ...

Parkersburg Catholic High School student wins Gold Key Award

PARKERSBURG — Megan Ferch, a senior at Parkersburg Catholic High School, was one of 18 Gold Key Award winners for 1st Place in the Southeast Region of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her portfolio, “Why I Was Up at 1 a.m.,” was among 18 entries that moved to the ...

Boy Scout Troop 6 tours Capitol

CHARLESTON — Boy Scout Troop 6 of Parkersburg visited the state Capitol on March 27. Scoutmaster Wes Riffle said, “Our boys got a first-hand experience of how laws are made at the state level. Delegate John Kelly was very helpful in setting up a tour of the House floor as well as ...

Spring cleaning a good time to give to charities

MARIETTA — Warmer weather and longer days mean some more time to get started on spring cleaning efforts. Trace Ogaz and her daughter, Josie, were making a donation to the Goodwill retail store in Marietta recently in an effort to downsize. “We’re trying to cut back and clean things ...

Boy Scout Troop 3 turns 100

PARKERSBURG — The First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg has been the home of Boy Scout Troop 3 since March 29, 1917. At a March 30, 2017, meeting at the Don B. Lowe Scout House on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church, the troop celebrated with birthday cake in honor of 100 ...

A glance at the Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade

Despite cloudy skies and cool temperatures, the eighth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade made its way down Market Street to an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday. Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay was the grand marshal. “We had many beautiful floats , businesses and various entries and ...

Parkersburg, Marietta theaters offer variety

PARKERSBURG — The month of April will see a variety of offerings for children and adults at the historic Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg and the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. In Parkersburg, the Smoot Theatre will present the traditional final program of its Smoot Kids Club Series ...

World War II veteran reflects on life

PROCTOR, W.Va. — There are stories all around us. Deep within the hills and hollows of Wetzel County lies a treasure of stories, if we are just willing to look around us. Ninety-four-year old Bill Cross is an example of such. The World War II veteran was born, and grew up, in a time that ...

Morgan to perform at local schools

PARKERSBURG — A singer and songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy Award will perform at elementary schools in Wood, Pleasants, Doddridge, Ritchie, Washington and Morgan counties next week as part of the Artsbridge Artists-on-Tour program. Zak Morgan will perform his original musical ...

Murphytown Baptist Church to hold open house

MURPHYTOWN — The congregation of Murphytown Baptist Church will host an open house to introduce the new pastor, Jason Hickman and his family, 4-6 p.m. today at the church. The church is located five miles east of Parkersburg at the Murphytown Road exit of Route 50. The first road to the ...

Gardening workshop set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The final workshop in the West Virginia Extension Service’s Backyard Gardener Series will be Saturday. This session, “Vegetable Production and Growing in High Tunnels,” will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Gardner Farms in Waverly. It is the last session in the extension ...