Community News

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 ...

Easter activities slated throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Several Easter activities are planned for the first weekend in April. Some of those events are: * The 8th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. April 1 on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. This year’s parade theme will be “Decorate Your Hats for ...

Mermaid Masquerade fundraiser benefits Friedreich’s Ataxia research

VIENNA — The Anna’s Army Mermaid Masquerade will be Saturday at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna with the goal of raising funds to find a cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia. This year’s theme is “You Don’t Have to Walk to Be Beautiful, Just Ask the Mermaids.” The cost is $25 ...

Empty Bowls Luncheon set for Saturday

MARIETTA — The 16th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 501 Fourth St. in Marietta. This is a new location for the event. Twenty-one restaurants and over 20 potters and three art classes are making bowls for the event. Last year $6,000 ...

Connie Smith to perform at Ohio Valley Opry

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio — Nashville recording artist Connie Smith will make her third trip to the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnelsville with two shows at 4 and 8 p.m. April 15. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and can be purchased by calling 740/525/9218. For more information, log onto ...

Girls fast-pitch team inducted into Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — A local youth girls fast-pitch softball team will be recognized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame. The Mid-Ohio Valley Flamin’ Fury will be inducted for winning the 2016 United States Specialty Sports Association Class A 12 and under girls fast-pitch World Series ...

Marietta to commemorate anniversary of WWI

MARIETTA — A number of activities in April will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the role played by Marietta and Washington County residents in that conflict. An evening of music and history in downtown Marietta for “Founders Day” on April 7 will mark the centennial ...

Arboretums, gardens ready for tourists

MARIETTA — Spring’s first days are still wintry in the Mid-Ohio Valley, but there’s tours available of nearby arboretums and gardens. “As Ohio weather goes, we were tricked a few weeks ago with that 60-degree weather,” said Dawes Arboretum Executive Director Luke Messinger. “We ...

Spirit of Giving applications available

PARKERSBURG — Applications for grants through the PM Company’s Spirit of Giving Fund for non-profit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley are available. The Spirit of Giving fund was created by Pat Minnite Sr. at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation in 2007 as a source to benefit ...

Dining with Diabetes class offered

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University Wood County Extension Office will offer a Dining with Diabetes class from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays beginning April 5 at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street in Parkersburg. Dining with Diabetes is a once-a-week class that runs for four weeks ...

Memorial’s Got Talent show raises cardiac care funds

MARIETTA — Sixteen individuals and groups took the Peoples Bank Theatre stage to perform acts to compete in the first Memorial’s Got Talent talent show on Wednesday. Singing, comedy, playing a fiddle and even demonstrating sign language were just a few of the acts in the event hosted by ...

Supplies bound for Kansas fire victims

MARIETTA — Ross Lane’s only glimpse of Kansas to date was on a long ago FFA trip. But on March 31 he’ll be headed back again, with a mission. “I really liked it there and have always wanted to go back,” said Lane, of Layman. “Now I’m going back and I’m going to ...

New Era Kite Fest slated for Saturday

MINERAL WELLS — The eighth annual New Era Kite Fest will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Wells Elementary School on West Virginia 14 in Mineral Wells. The free festival is sponsored by the New Era School Museum. Previously held over two days, this year’s event will be Saturday ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet to perform

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet will present a new original ballet entitled “The Adventures of Pinocchio” on March 31. The show will be 7 p.m. March 31 at Marietta High School Auditorium. Reserved seats are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to host songwriting workshop

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta is partnering with American Public Television’s “Songs at the Center” to host “Songwriting in the Spotlight” this weekend. The free songwriting workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday and will end with a ...

Nature photography workshop set for Saturday

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Master Naturalist Chapter is sponsoring a program on Nature Photography on Saturday at Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Jason White, a local naturalist and nature photographer, will present the workshop in the ...

Annual Spring Fling offers book giveaway for children

MARIETTA — About 700 people passed through the doors of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation’s last Spring Fling event but not to worry, there is plenty of fun and more than enough free books for all. Those who want a taste of some food favorites, though, may want to go ...

Artists to hold meet and greet in Ripley

RIPLEY — A Celebrity Meet & Greet is set from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson County School of Music & Recording Studio, 111 W. Main St. Headlining the event is Shirley King, “Daughter of the Blues.” Her father was blues legend BB King. Her latest CD is “Perfect ...