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Parkersburg Art Center puts spotlight on watercolors

PARKERSBURG — Community members and artists with an interest in watercolors gathered Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center for the opening reception of the “Aqueous 2019” exhibit. Organized by the West Virginia Watercolor Society, the juried exhibit features over 60 pieces by 42 ...

Washington State Community College holds commencement ceremony

MARIETTA — Washington State Community College graduates shifted their tassels from right to left on their green mortarboard caps after receiving their degrees during the 46th annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday. This year, 322 WSCC students received degrees and certificates in ...

Hospital experience inspires Washington County boy to help others

NEW MATAMORAS — Last year, 10-year-old Nathaniel Cline played football for the first time in his life. Last week, he gave something back to the hospital that made it possible. When he was 1 year old, Nathaniel’s doctors detected a heart murmur, a condition not uncommon in children and ...

State funds provide new body armor to Southeast Ohio police agencies

MARIETTA — Area law enforcement agencies are beginning to receive new body armor purchased with grant money from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. In April, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement that the money used to purchase the vests was a wise investment for the ...

Nesting hawks land at Marietta College

MARIETTA — Though school is out for the summer, four young minds are still growing on Marietta College’s campus. A family of hawks—including four babies— is nesting there, and now with a live stream, anyone can enjoy the view. “They hatched about three weeks ago,” said Psychology ...

Couple to help mark Memorial Day with roses

BELPRE — Joel and Barbara Whitaker will be giving away 200 roses on Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Unicorn Wine Guild, 1816 Washington Blvd. in the Belpre Shopping Center. “We ask that these roses be placed on the graves of military veterans,” ...

Parkersburg fire ruled accidental

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire on St. Marys Avenue on Saturday evening. No injuries to occupants or firefighters were reported but two dogs in the residence at 1505 St. Marys Ave. died as a result of the fire which occurred at 7:01 p.m. Saturday, ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg issues awards

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg honored 51 students, seven employees, businesses and residents during the annual Honors Ceremony held May 3. Award winners were: * Partner of the Year: WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center * Philanthropist of the Year: Mary ...

Relay for Life crosses finish line in Wood, Washington counties

PARKERSBURG — Saturday wrapped up the celebrations for the Relays for Life in Wood and Washington counties, with events exceeding their fundraiser goals. Washington County’s 50 teams walked their last lap at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, with one final performance from the band High Schools That ...

Brannon second woman to graduate from Caperton electrical program

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg South High School senior has completed the Caperton Center’s Electrical Technologies program, the first female to do so in recent years and only the second in the history of the program. Molly Brannon, 18, will graduate this week with her certification in the ...

Senior Health Expo slated by Camden Clark Medical Center

VIENNA — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center will hold its annual Senior Health Expo from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The event includes low-cost lab work available for residents of all ages, health screenings, demonstrations, more than 50 ...

Rossi Pasta up for sale

MARIETTA — The parent company of a pasta maker is selling the company that has been a familiar face for more than three decades in Marietta. Christy & Associates Inc. announced it has made a strategic decision to leave the gourmet food business and is seeking to sell its subsidiary ...

Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Marietta soon

MARIETTA — Access to medical marijuana in Southeast Ohio is near, following more than two years of legislation, rules and renovations. Marietta City Law Director Paul Bertram confirmed Tuesday that the Marietta dispensary named Strawberry Fields, which has been under structural ...

Smith acquires Stumbo’s practice

PARKERSBURG — A local orthodontist has acquired another practice with offices in Ripley and Parkersburg. Dr. Amy Smith of Smith Orthodontics acquired the practice of Dr. William Stumbo on April 30. Stumbo has provided orthodontic treatment since 1985. He is a member of numerous professional ...

Woodcraft receives Outstanding Growth Award

PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft recently received an Outstanding Growth Award that reflects the success of its partnership with Adlucent, a digital marketing performance agency headquartered in Austin, Texas. The award was presented to September Fleming, Woodcraft Director of Digital Marketing, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley readies Memorial Day events

PARKERSBURG — Communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Two ceremonies in Parkersburg will be held May 25, while May 26 will feature two programs in Ravenswood and a picnic in Parkersburg. Most ...

Marietta CVB attends legislative day

MARIETTA — A local tourism official attended the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus 2019 Ohio Tourism Legislative Day on May 7. “Marietta is the first settlement in the northwest territory and the first city in Ohio,” said Deana Clark, executive director of the ...

Nursing care aids residents

MARIETTA — At Harmar Place, eight residents of the skilled nursing facility gathered Wednesday morning for a bit of creative work, making candy dishes out of recycled water bottles. It’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week across the country, and although many facilities are marking it ...