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Holiday in the Park ushers in Christmas season in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — City Park is lit up with sights of Christmas for the 24th year as the Holiday in the Park had its official opening Saturday. Fire Chief Jason Matthews opened the event, with the annual lighting ceremony in the City Park horseshoe pits Saturday evening. Light displays are ...

News and Sentinel Cookbook contest winnings donated to Humane Society

PARKERSBURG — Some say it is better to give than to receive, and the grand prize winner of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Cookbook contest has taken that to heart this holiday season. Kelly Gobel, of Parkersburg, whose Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake recipe not only took the first place ...

Parkersburg Art Center hopes tiny works of art bring in big numbers

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center kicked off its holiday season Friday and Saturday with the opening if its second annual PAC 6X6 sale featuring over a thousand miniature works of art measuring six inches by six inches. The sale began Friday with a special opening for art center ...

Parades, activities to raise holiday spirit throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The final weekend of November and the first weekend of December will feature holiday parades in several local communities. The cities of Belpre, Marietta and Williamstown will feature night-time lighted parades to kick off the holiday season on Nov. 24. The cities of Vienna ...

Chambers gives gift to West Virginia University business college

MORGANTOWN — In an agreement that will provide West Virginia University with financial and intellectual resources, Silicon Valley visionary John Chambers has announced a gift of time, talent and treasure to support a recently announced start-up engine at the College of Business and ...

Shop Local encourages shoppers to buy in Belpre

BELPRE — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to experience all the Belpre area has to offer at its Small Business Saturday Shop Small/Shop Local event on Saturday during regular business hours in the Belpre downtown and surrounding area. The event is in conjunction ...

Monongahela Power completes winter inspections, maintenance

PARKERSBURG — Monongahela Power is preparing for winter by completing inspections and equipment maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment in its service area. Winter conditions can increase demand for electricity and snow, ice and wind have the potential to damage poles, wires and ...

Insurance enrollment still open

Less than a month remains for anyone interested in marketplace health insurance coverage to sign up. The open enrollment period started Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 15 — after that, anyone seeking health insurance through the exchange will need to qualify for special circumstances. A ...

Vienna couple discusses 50 years of marriage

VIENNA — Compromise and a willingness to work through their problems have sustained a Vienna couple through 50 years of marriage. Sandra and David Mullins of Vienna are the Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Golden Anniversary Couple for the month of November. The couple were married Nov. ...

Parkersburg planners approve annexation

PARKERSBURG — An annexation into the south side of Parkersburg was unanimously approved on Friday by the Municipal Planning Commission. The commission also approved the zoning of the parcel as R-2 residential during its regular monthly meeting on Friday. “This to me is a no brainer,” ...

Washington County authorities trace screeching to Eramet

VIENNA — Authorities in Washington County believe they’ve found the source of a screeching sound that’s been grating on the nerves of Vienna residents for several weeks. Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said he has gotten a number of complaints from people around the city about the noise he ...

West Virginia Homeland Security adviser no stranger to controversy

CHARLESTON — The latest issue involving the former director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is among others involving Jimmy Gianato since his appointment 13 years ago. On Nov. 11, lawmakers were briefed about a penalty given to the state by the ...

Runners prepare for Parkersburg, Devola Turkey Trots

PARKERSBURG — For hundreds of area runners, a long-time tradition continues on Thanksgiving Day with the 40th annual Turkey Trot at City Park in Parkersburg. In addition, the Devola Turkey Trot will be building on its own tradition as it enters its third year. In Parkersburg, the race ...

House to Home thanks supporters with meal

PARKERSBURG — House to Home board members served more than 80 meals Friday to clients, volunteers and those who have helped the day shelter over the last year. “We have been so lucky this year. So many people have stepped up and helped us out this year,” said Jessy Towner, director of ...

Henderson Hall open for Christmas

BOAZ — Henderson Hall is decorated for the Christmas holidays and will be open for special tours noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The hall is filled with trees and decorations that depict a variety of time periods that represent the five generations of Hendersons who lived in the ...

Salvation Army of Parkersburg rings in start of Red Kettle season

VIENNA — “You haven’t lived today until you’ve done something for someone who cannot pay you back,” Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce quoted from the classic book, “Pilgrims Progress,” by John Bunyan at the Salvation Army of Parkersburg’s launch of the annual Red Kettle ...

The Hoodoo Men to perform in Marietta

MARIETTA — Cobbler’s Coffeehouse will be featuring The Hoodoo Men, presented by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley, at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at The Adelphia Music Hall, 205 Second St. in Marietta. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with two 45-minute sets. The cost is $12 ...

Mental health facility to hold Buchman

MARIETTA — The case of explosives found in Marietta Municipal Court in 2016 closed Friday. Daniel Lindsey Buchman, 35, of 104 Sunset Drive, was ordered to spend the remaining time he would have spent in prison if found guilty, instead hospitalized in the care of Appalachian Behavioral ...