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Holiday Loft Tour Saturday

As people stroll down Front Street, their eyes may be naturally drawn to the festive holiday decorations and potential Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones. It’s forgivable if they don’t look up to notice that many of the buildings and shops downtown have a second floor loft. But for ...

Parades scheduled throughout the Valley

Two holiday parades and a downtown celebration will be held Saturday in Vienna and Parkersburg. Santa Claus is expected to participate in both holiday parades, according to organizers. Downtown PKB is holding its annual Winterfest program on Saturday evening in downtown Parkersburg. The ...

Something for every taste to indulge in this holiday season

Several local businesses are offering some delicious distractions to the holiday rush of shopping, decorating and cooking. Jordan McCutcheon, manager of Tim Horton’s on Seventh Street, said both their iced and hot peppermint mocha is a big hit every year with Christmas shoppers. “It’s ...

Creepy, Kooky Halloween Decorations

The mixture of fright and fun represented by Halloween drives a select number of households in Marietta to extreme measures. Take, for example, Gary and Sandy Crislip. Their home at 409 E. Montgomery St. is an ordinary two-story frame house north of downtown on a quiet cross-street, but ...

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Smrek-Antill

Jordan Renee Smrek and Austin Glen Antill, together with their parents, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of William and Kimberly Smrek of Cutler and the granddaughter of Manning Roush of Racine, Ohio. She is a 2017 graduate of Ohio University ...

Keeley-Shumar

Rebecca Keeley and Michael Shumar are engaged. Rebecca’s mother, Gillian Keeley of Marietta, and Michael’s parents, David and Susan Shumar of Cincinnati, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is studying veterinary medicine at Lincoln Memorial University and the prospective ...

McKinney-Kenney

Taylor Noel McKinney and Adam Derek Kenney announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride to be is the daughter of Isaac and Yvonne McKinney of Glen Easton, West Virginia and the granddaughter of Linda Polen of Moundsville, West Virginia and the late Ronald Polen and Regina ...

Hager-McGee

Robert J. and Laura M. Hill of Little Hocking announce the engagement of their daughter Shauna Rene Hager to Kevin McGee, son of Dick and Martha McGee of Parkersburg. A July wedding is planned.

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Hushion-Baum

Katie Marie Hushion and Joseph Anthony Baum were married on Oct. 7, 2017 at The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Marietta. Father Mark Moore officiated the ceremony with Father Mike Campbell and Father Patrick Gaughan. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Teresa Hushion of Marietta. ...

Sprague-Hilverding

Olivia Ann Sprague and Austin Todd Hilverding were united in marriage on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Churchtown, Ohio. The bride is the daughter of Douglas and Janelle Sprague of Waterford. She is the granddaughter of Shirley (Bob) Oliver of Marietta and ...

Miller-Kriechbaum

Faith Elizabeth Miller and Cory Mychal Kriechbaum were united in marriage at The Blennerhassett Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The ceremony occurred in the outdoor tent and was officiated by Carl Mayfield. It was a beautiful fall afternoon. The bride is the daughter of Donnie and Marianna ...

Wiblin-Reed

Kirstin Wiblin, 26, daughter of James and Vicki Wiblin of Marietta, and Shawn Reed, 29, son of Craig and Barbara Reed of Reedsville, were married on Oct. 14, 2017. The bride is the granddaughter of Clarence Edward and Marlene Eichhorn and Nancy Ward and the late William Gerald Wiblin. The ...

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Dye anniversary

Roger and Darlene (Cline) Dye recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Nov. 26, 1958 in Graysville. They have made their home in Newport for the past 44 years. Roger and Darlene are the parents of three children, Rhonda Dye - deceased, Vickie Turner and ...

50th: James and Juanita Baker

James and Juanita Baker began their lifelong friendship during high school. They are celebrating the last 50 years, as a result of being married in Lima, Ohio, on Friday the 13th of September 1968. The bride and groom were attending The Ohio State University. Their struggle to survive during ...

65th: Regis and Mary Huck

Regis and Mary Huck of Vincent will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15, 2018. They were married Sept. 15, 1953 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Lowell. Mrs. Huck is the daughter of the late William and Eleanor Lang and Huck is the son of the late Leo and Lucy ...

70th: Edgar and Alma Ginther

Edgar C. and Alma J. McCreery Ginther of Waterford celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 6. Ed and Alma were married on Sept. 6, 1948 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Lowell. They were attended by the late Ray and Joanna McCreery Pitt. Edgar is a World War II veteran and ...

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Books offer visual journey through area’s past

I’ve always been a history nut, particularly American history. While in college I took so much American history that I ran out of classes to take. When taking Ohio history a professor simply wrote “enough” across my multiple page answer to a question about the Ohio Company that ...

Plan ahead for giving, volunteering

Our United Way is a hub of volunteerism and intentional giving for this entire community. We field calls nearly every day as part of the process to match those who wish to give with the agencies and programs where the most impact can be made. Whether the “give” is time or a tangible ...

Depressed? There is hope and recovery

The term “depression” is much more prevalent in society than yesteryear. In the wake of recent suicides by such celebrities as Kate Spade (fashion designer) and Anthony Bourdain (celebrity chef and television host). Depression and other forms of mental illness doesn’t care if you are ...

Weighty issues: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

I am very excited to expand on my Weighty Issue column to include other health and wellness topics. Some of the topics will range from diabetes to depression to celiac sprue and so forth. Whatever the case, I would like to include similar experiences relating to that topics. I hope that it will ...