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Heidi Lannigan tries on a dress for an ’80s prom-themed costume. Lannigan works at First Settlement Physical Therapy and was at Goodwill looking for something to wear to work on Halloween.

Boo!-tiful

With more than 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million last year, spending is slated to reach a record high, according to the National Retail Federation. This year, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2016. ...

Little Muskingum Watershed Association fall foliage tour

From staff reports The 28th annual Fall Foliage Tour and Antique Engine/Equipment Show will celebrate the fall change of colors Saturday and Sunday at several locations along Ohio 26 north of Marietta. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and is ...

Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off features a few twists

From staff reports After nearly four decades, the annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off is moving from Howes Grove Park to Civitan Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Belpre Lions Club will hold its 39th annual Apple Butter Stir Off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. ...

Oak Grove VFD craft and vendor show

It might be just October but the holiday shopping season — and Christmas spirit — is well underway. Soon, craft shows and bake sales will be popping up all over. This Saturday, the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its inaugural Fall in “the Grove” Craft and Vendor ...

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Jennifer Stafford and Quentin Stone

Stafford-Stone

Charlie and Donna Stafford of Lower Salem announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Ashley Stafford of Lower Salem, to Quentin Trey Stone of Lower Salem. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Mary and Bradley Pinkerton of Newport, the late Charles and Mary Stafford and the late ...

Louray Kern and Jordan Fincher

Kern-Fincher

Louray Michelle Kern and Jordan Christopher Fincher announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Alan and Charlene Kern of Marietta and the granddaughter of Edward and Carol Kern of Marietta, the late Thelma Noll Binegar, and the late William Brooker. She ...

Hushion-Baum

Hushion-Baum

Together with their families, Katie Marie Hushion of Marietta and Joseph Anthony Baum of Millfield, Ohio, announce their upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Thomas and Teresa Hushion of Marietta. She is the granddaughter of Joseph and Mary Augenstein, Joan Hushion and the ...

Amber Flanagan and Christopher Campano

Flanagan-Campano

Satin Holcomb of St. Marys, W.Va., announces the engagement of her daughter Amber Flanagan to Christopher Campano on July 5, 2017. The bride-to-be is a 2011 graduate of St. Marys High School, a 2015 graduate of Marietta College, and is currently employed as the Journalism teacher at St. Marys ...

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Colin and Jennifer Starkey

Thomas-Starkey

Jennifer Christine Thomas and Colin Matthew Starkey were married Sept. 16, 2017 at the Barlow Fairgrounds. Raymond “Barney” Peckens of Fleming officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Gary and Sue Thomas of Marietta. The groom is the son of Matthew and Kristi Starkey of ...

Caleb and Jordan Darling

Futrell-Darling

Jordan Futrell and Caleb Darling were married on June 10, 2017 in the gazebo of the Marietta Shrine Club. Don Archer, of Christ United Methodist Church, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Les and Terri Futrell of Marietta. She is the granddaughter of Sue and Morris James ...

Caleb and Jordan Futrell

Futrell-Darling

Jordan Futrell and Caleb Darling were married on June 10, 2017 in the gazebo of the Marietta Shrine Club. Don Archer, of Christ United Methodist Church, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Les and Terri Futrell of Marietta. She is the granddaughter of Sue and Morris James ...

Camron and Melisa Rice

Buhles-Rice

Melisa Marie (Rice) Buhles and Camron Ray Rice were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Newport. Jerry Slonaker was the minister who officiated for the double ring ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her stepfather, Frank Garretson. The bride is the daughter of ...

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Allen and Cheryl Weaver

40th: Allen, Cheryl Weaver

Allen and Cheryl Weaver are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The two were married Oct. 1, 1977 at Whipple Community Church by the Rev. Gary Richmond. Weaver is the son of the late Samuel H. and Grace E. Weaver. He is retired from SABIC Innovative Plastics. Mrs. Weaver is the ...

Wilbert “Bill” and Betty Lowe

67th: Wilbert ‘Bill’ and Betty Lowe

The family of Wilbert “Bill” and Betty Lowe want to wish them a happy 67th wedding anniversary. Married Oct. 7, 1950 at the courthouse in Marietta. Parents of Linda, David, Eugene, Terrie Ruth Ann, Kathi and Destiny Lowe. Foster parents to over 150 children and still have children in ...

Ralph Jr. and Frances Tornes

60th: Ralph Jr., Frances Tornes

Ralph L. Jr. and Frances J. (Becker) Tornes will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 3, 1957 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Beverly. He is the son of the late Ralph and Ida Tornes of Waterford. He retired from Ohio Power in Beverly. She is the ...

50th: David, Nancy Spindler

David and Nancy Spindler celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. They were married by candlelight service on Saturday, Sept. 16, 1967 in Trinity Methodist Church in Marietta by Dr. Donald Timmerman. Nancy is the daughter of the late Marcella and Edward McCauley. ...

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Dodge Park improvement projects

In the center of the Village of Beverly is a two acre commons known as Dodge Park, named after John Dodge, ESQ., founder of the town of Beverly in the early 1800s, who generously donated the land from a portion of a land grant given to his father, Captain John Dodge, for his services during the ...

Smoot launches performing arts series with Beach Boys tunes

From staff reports The Smoot Theatre will open its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series on Friday with a tribute to the Beach Boys. Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Smoot at 213 Fifth St. in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for ...

Honey Festival in 37th year

From staff reports The 2017 West Virginia State Honey Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 7 to 12 years and free for ages 6 and ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair runs through Sat.

From staff reports MINERAL WELLS, W.Va.— The 2017 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition will feature live entertainment, activities, carnival rides and other attractions on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday, will also ...