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Actors Guild of Parkersburg to go ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

PARKERSBURG — A visit to the Actors Guild of Parkersburg over the next two weekends will feature a whirlwind trip “Around the World in 80 Days.” Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. June 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. June ...

United States Air Force jazz ensemble to perform in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The United States Air Force Heritage Band’s Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble will perform in a free concert 7 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The concert is sponsored by the Smoot Theater and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, which has brought many ...

West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival slated

ST. MARYS — The 2017 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina. The event features two days of competition for fishermen from around the region, with the final weigh-in on Sunday, along with activities and entertainment at the St. Marys ...

Bonie Lee Bolen artwork on display in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Bonie Lee Bolen art exhibit will be on display through the month of June at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. The exhibit may be view during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bolen has been painting ...

Jazzin’ Up the Museums fundraiser launches Friday

MARIETTA — The boat hasn’t yet sailed for a good cause and good music and food. The Jazzin’ Up the Museums fundraiser on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler will begin boarding at 6 p.m. Friday and reservations are still being accepted, according to Christina Tilton, director of marketing for ...

Coolville Founders Day to be celebrated

COOLVILLE — The annual Coolville Founders Day celebration will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There will be concessions, entertainment and activities throughout the day. Activities will include a cruise-in, parade, horseshoe pitching tournament, kid’s activities, karaoke, a tractor show, ...

Summer Food Service Program up and running

MARIETTA — There are two more locations in Washington and Morgan counties where children can get free lunch as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The Washington-Morgan Community Action sites are located at the Village Hall in Lower Salem and the Chesterhill Community Building. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action offers free documentary screening

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action will present “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” a 2015 documentary, at its Third Thursday Outreach meeting 7 p.m. June 15 at the First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation. The program is open to the ...

Two-hour Trips: Zoar Village, Fort Laurens offer quick look back

ZOAR VILLAGE — Celebrating its Bicentennial this year is Zoar Village, a small town located in northern Ohio. Originally founded by German immigrants in 1817, the 200 religious dissenters came to America with the help of Quakers. They bought several hundred acres of land and created the ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to kick off Spotlight Series

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta will kick off its Spotlight Series in June, featuring a concert with country music artist Travis Tritt and summer stock productions of “Cabaret” and “The Merchant of Venice.” Tritt will take the stage at 8 p.m. June 16. He performed a ...

Summer camps open for kids in Mid-Ohio Valley

MARIETTA — There is no shortage of adventures to take and skills to learn this summer, even though the school year has ended. The Mid-Ohio Valley has an assortment of day camps for various sports, art and music, history and more, beginning as early as Monday. High Schools That Rock Guitar ...

Second Launchpad Pitch Competition scheduled

PARKERSBURG — The second annual Launchpad Pitch Competition is getting into gear and startups, entrepreneurs and new businesses are encouraged to apply. Launchpad is a vehicle for people with a new business less than two years old or have an idea, but need the financial means or investors to ...

Rally at the Pond slated for Sunday

PARKERSBURG — Rally at the Pond, an event organized by Wood County Indivisible to protest the state budget proposed in West Virginia, will be held 3-4 p.m. Sunday at the City Park Pond. “We want to urge our legislators to reject tax cuts for the wealthy,” said Parkersburg resident and ...

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to host choir concert

PARKERSBURG — The Touring Choirs of the Choir School of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Charlotte, N.C., will offer a concert in Parkersburg on June 15 at 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 903 Charles St. will be the site of the concert. Talented young singers from Charlotte’s ...

Marietta College to host youth leadership program

MARIETTA — High school students from the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program, which is conducting its annual Ohio South summit at Marietta College, will participate in the Super Summer Kick Off 2-4 p.m. June 10 at the Ely Chapman Education Foundation, 403 Scammel St. It will be a day of ...

Charity golf tourney tees off at Parkersburg Country Club Monday

VIENNA — The 21st Annual Kids Golf Classic Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg tees off at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Parkersburg Country Club. The annual tourney, which has raised more than $2.4 million since its inception in 1997, is a flighted scramble with flights ...

First Baptist Church getting steeple makeover

PARKERSBURG — A church celebrating its bicentennial is doing a makeover of a distinctive feature of the downtown landmark. The First Baptist Church at Ninth and Market streets is making repairs and improvements to the steeple, focusing on the wood and metal base, that was built when the ...

Parkersburg YMCA to honor Thomas McCarty

VIENNA — The YMCA of Parkersburg’s 2017 Edwin L.D. Dils Heart of Our Community Award Dinner will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. The annual dinner this year will honor the late Thomas L. McCarty, who died in May 2015. McCarty was a supporter of ...

‘Cold Case Files’ episode to cover Mitchell Ruble murder case

MARIETTA — It has been more than 35 years since Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark was shot and killed through the window while he stood in the light of his kitchen on Dodd’s Run Road. It’s only been a little more than a year since local law enforcement and state ...