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The St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium will be teeming with children ready to get dressed up and dance away the winter blues Friday night when the St. C. Singers play host to the 2017 Royal Family Snowflake Ball. (Photo Provided by Laura Zavatsky)

Royal Snowflake Ball Set for Friday in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Families throughout the Ohio Valley with students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to shake off the winter blues this Friday night at the 2017 Royal Family Snowflake Ball. Presented by the St. C. Singers, the annual winter family dance will take place ...

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Jan. 23 —  Media Blood Donor Day, WesBanco Arena, 2 14th St., Wheeling. Jan. 23 — Film screening, “Pride,” a 2014 British historical comedy-drama, rated R, at Ohio County Public Library auditorium, 52 16th St., Wheeling, 6:30 p.m., free. Jan. 23-31 — National Archives exhibition, ...

Russell Nesbitt Sets ‘Very Un-Valentine’s Day Party’

Curiouser and curiouser: Russell Nesbitt Services Inc. is hosting its first murder mystery fundraising event from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Generations Restaurant in Wheeling. It will be “A Very Un-Valentine’s Day Party” that uses the characters of the classic Alice in Wonderland to provide an ...

WLU First Lady Lauds Campus, Community

Nancy Miller Greiner joined West Liberty University a little over a year ago as its first lady. A new but familiar role for her, this is the third time that she has served at a college led by her husband, Dr. Stephen Greiner. “Though I’ve served at other colleges, I’ve been especially ...

In this photo by Dez Farnario, members of Resistance 13 are, from left, guitar player Joe    Pittner, bass guitar    player Bryan Meeks,   lead singer Jeremy Wright, guitar player Tommy Markwas and    drummer Louie Balk.

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Local Hard Rock Band Delivers Unexpected Message of Hope

Do the right thing. Push through the hard times. Believe in yourself. Empower others. Young people may be accustomed to hearing — and perhaps ignoring — these sentiments from teachers, parents or church leaders. They don’t usually get the message shouted at them from a high-energy, ...

"Take Every Wave"

10 Most Anticpated 2017 Sundance Films

Utah’s most prestigious arts event, the Sundance Film Festival, kicked off Thursday and runs through Jan. 29 in Park City. This year’s festival includes 120 feature-length films — 103 of which will be world premieres — from 32 different countries. Those figures sound astounding until ...

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Always Something Happening At Quaker Steak& Lube

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer While chicken wings — featuring more than 25 different sauces — star on the American menu at this casual automotive-themed chain restaurant located at The Highlands ...

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WCDS Hosts ‘Bullyproofing’ Workshop for Community

Child and adolescent therapist Jim Bisenius will offer practical and effective solutions for parents, teachers and students to deal with the bullies in their lives during his Bully-proofing Youth workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeling Country Day School, 8 Park Road, Wheeling. Offered with ...

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Anthony Salatino, a member of the West Liberty University Wellness Committee, and Janelle Humphrey-Rowan, a health promotion consultant, greet WLU employees during a fitness assessment.

Employee Wellness Counts At West Liberty University

Employees at West Liberty University have been taking part in wellness initiatives meant to curb weight gain over the holidays, promote walking and measure fitness. The healthy campus initiative began last fall and was coordinated by the WLU Wellness Committee. Members include Dr. David ...

In this undated photo provided by Kodi Bryant, Bryant stands on the front porch of her trailer home in Golden, Colo. (Nathan Shafer/Kodi Bryant via AP)

Downsizing Puts Trailer Living on the Upswing

  When Mary Ann Ridenour and Bill Ridenour became empty nesters last year, their 3,200-square-foot home suddenly seemed superfluous. As many couples at this stage of life do, the Ridenours decided to downsize. But unlike many others, they left their big house in a golf course ...

This Jan. 2, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows Chinese take-out chicken & Broccoli Rbe in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Ring In Chinese New Year With Healthy Stir-fry

By The Culinary Institute of America At the same time many of us are packing away our noisemakers and Champagne glasses, people all over the world are just beginning to prepare for the new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the lunar new year — the first day on a calendar based on ...

This Jan. 11, 2016 photo shows baked penne pasta with proscuitto and fontina cheese in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Bake, Don’t Boil Pasta

If there’s anything more comforting than boiled pasta in a sauce, it’s got to be baked pasta in a sauce. The baking adds a crispy crust that is such a delicious contrast to the tender goodness of the dish. The challenge is how to get the pasta to turn out just right. Most baked pasta ...

This October 2016 photo shows Asian bok choy in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

Try This Inspired Asian Bok Choy

If you tend to fall into cooking ruts, one easy way to snap out of it is to check out the holiday calendars of different cultures. Next up on my list of inspirations is the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year. I love cooking Chinese and Asian food all year, but certain foods carry ...

Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series Set to Open

The 2017 Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series will open at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the lower-level auditorium of West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market St., Wheeling. The first program will feature Wheeling historian and author Alan Fitzpatrick. His topic will be “Who Attacked Fort ...

Special Activities

Lunch With Books Dr. Christina Fisanick Greer will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday to discuss her new book, “The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating.” Greer is an associate professor of English at ...

Bitter Ex Feels Betrayed

Dear Annie: My wife and I were married 17 years ago, and although we did divorce, we still remained on friendly terms. Recently, however, she made the mistake of accidentally letting me know she had called her ex-husband (whom she married before me) for advice on something. Then she ...

Robin Hood at Fort Apache” by Robert Villamagna, repurposed lithographed metal toys, nails, rivets on panel.

Art Faculty Gets Playful with January Exhibition

The winter semester at West Liberty University kicks off with the annual Art Faculty Exhibition, titled “The Toy Show.” The opening reception will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday and is free and open to the public. Art faculty members participating in this year’s exhibition are ...

Stunning student art show at Stifel

If art is an imitation of life, one might conclude that the tri-state teenagers whose art is now on display at the Stifel Fine Arts Center lead lives that are diverse, adventurous, vibrant, stunning, complex, quirky, beautiful, introspective and compassionate. The 28th annual Regional ...

This Nov. 20, 2016 photo released by Alabama Tourism Department, shows a building that will be used for a Harper Lee museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. A group is looking at ways to lure more tourists to the city, which served as a model for the fictional town of Maycomb in Lee's books "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman." (Lee Sentell/Alabama Tourism Department via AP)

Alabama Town Expanding Harper Lee Attractions

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  — Nearly a year after the death of Harper Lee, a group in south Alabama hopes to develop new attractions and bring more tourists to the novelist’s hometown of Monroeville, which helped inspire both “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman.” Working with ...

Burns Poetry Heard Around the World

Joining her fellow Scottish ex-patriates around the globe, Wheeling resident and author Isabel Harrar saluted her homeland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, during the month of his birth. As part of the Lunch With Books program at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, Harrar extolled the ...