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WVU-P student receives scholarship from MCVA

PARKERSBURG — A Marine Corps veteran is the first recipient of a scholarship from the Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon of West Virginia and Ohio of the Marine Corps Veterans Association. Alexis Wiseman served four years in the Marines from 2013 to 2017 and received the rank of E-4 corporal. She will ...

Parkersburg Art Center takes over Market Street with ArtOberfest

PARKERSBURG — After a couple of years of bad weather or outdoor circumstances, the ArtOberfest event saw good weather and an even better turnout with hundreds visiting Market Street to join in the fun Saturday evening. “This is a great community event, and we could not have asked for a ...

Parkersburg City Council to discuss homeless reunification program

PARKERSBURG — Among the proposed uses for the City of Parkersburg’s unexpended fund balance from the previous fiscal year is $10,000 for a pilot program aimed at reuniting homeless people with their out-of-town family and support systems. The money is included in one of four resolutions ...

Teens in Doddridge County club prove all B.A.R.K., no bite

WEST UNION — The Bulldogs Acts of Random Kindness (B.A.R.K.) club at Doddridge County High School will be recognized by Reader’s Digest in the November issue as the Nicest Place in West Virginia. B.A.R.K. was founded last year by Spanish teacher Jessica Berkey with the idea to create a ...

First Lutheran Evangelical celebrates roots with German Fest

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 German Fest, hosted by the First Lutheran Evangelical Church on 19th Street, was extra festive this year, in celebration of 125 years of Lutherans in Parkersburg. On Saturday, as part of this year’s German Fest, church members went through archives, and gathered as ...

E.L.I.T.E. Sports Center beats the odds

PARKERSBURG — The E.L.I.T.E. Sports Center “has beaten the odds.” These are the words of Terry Crislip, one of the managers and owners of the sports and events center in south Parkersburg along the Little Kanawha River. Crislip said people told him more than 10 years ago that he faced ...

Ohio collects $141.9M in property taxes from gas exploration

WHEELING — Gas exploration in counties in Eastern Ohio also pumping millions of dollars in property tax revenue to schools and communities. According to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Energy In Depth, the industry paid $141.9 million in real estate property taxes in eight Buckeye State ...

Corner Cafe bringing charitable flavor to Turkey Day

PARKERSBURG — Sheryl Edwards is adding a new twist to Turkey Day at the Corner Cafe. On Turkey Day, Thursday, Oct. 24, a $2 donation for each meal sold at the Corner Cafe, at Ann and Third streets in Parkersburg, will be given to the Pink Mammogram Fund at WVU Medicine Camden Clark ...

Marietta medical marijuana dispensary to open on Oct. 29

MARIETTA — Marietta’s first medical marijuana dispensary will hold its grand opening on Oct. 29. Strawberry Fields, one of four outlets in Ohio operating under that name, is on Greene Street by the Williamstown Bridge. Three years after then-Gov. John Kasich signed a bill legalizing the ...

Wooten receives nursing award

PARKERSBURG — A longtime nurse practitioner at Coplin Health Systems is a 2019 Future of Nursing WV Emerging Nurse Leader Award winner. Jessica Wooten, DNP, who has dedicated her career to Coplin Health Systems, was presented the award on Sept. 28 at the Future of Nursing WV Fundraising and ...

Parkersburg, Marietta theaters prepare for performances

PARKERSBURG — A number of performances will be featured in late October and early November at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg and the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. Ticket information is available for the Smoot shows by calling 304-422-7529 or smoottheatre.com. Ticket ...

Ohio treasurer pushes funding model for combating social woes

MARIETTA — Loss of money and failure can be scary concepts in government. It took Val Betkoski, director of nursing for the Washington County Health Department, three years of reporting data and practice models from other portions of the country and state — like Zanesville and Muskingum ...

Peanuts to be subject of program at Vienna Public Library

VIENNA — The creator of the beloved Peanuts cartoon strips will be the subject of a History Alive! program in November at the Vienna Public Library. The library will present “Charles Schulz (1922-2000): A History Alive Program” at 6 p.m. Nov. 21, the birthday of Charles Schulz. The ...

Piersol set to speak at Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Annual Meeting

MARIETTA — The director of Wood County Economic Development Office will be a speaker at the 2019 Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Annual Meeting from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College. The meeting is free. Speaking will be Lindsey Piersol of Wood County ...

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 welcomes first male into ranks

PARKERSBURG — Adjutant Stu Bennett of American Legion Post 15 was initiated as a new auxiliary member and the first man in American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15. Bennett also is a member of the Post 15 Sons of the American Legion and Post 15 canteen manager. Following national constitution ...

Red Cross offering classes in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Blended Learning Safety classes will be offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-11:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the American Red Cross’ Parkersburg office, 220 Eighth St. The classes offer two-year certification to those who ...

Washington County Career Center BPA elects chapter officers

MARIETTA — Business Professionals of America at the Washington County Career Center has elected chapter officers. The chapter includes students from the Digital Marketing and Graphic Design & Video Production programs. Officers for the 2019-20 are: Co-President Casondra Heiss, a junior ...

West Virginia DMV encourages REAL ID

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging residents to obtain the federal REAL ID driver’s license or ID card as soon as possible. Starting in October 2020, anyone boarding aircraft or entering federal buildings must present a federal, REAL ID-compliant ...

Glenville State College Foundation receives grant from Dominion Energy

GLENVILLE — A grant from a utility company will help students at Glenville State College majoring in STEM-related fields. The Glenville State College Foundation received a $20,000 grant from Dominion Energy from the proceeds from the 24th annual Dominion Energy Charity Golf Invitational ...

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley hires Owen as president, CEO

CHARLESTON — Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley has hired a new president and CEO. Daniel R. Owen, a graduate of Texas A&M, will begin the first of November, has been with Goodwill for the past 23 years, most recently with Goodwill Industries of South Texas as chief operating ...