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WVU Students Win Big in National Fashion and Design Competition

MORGANTOWN — The path to a career in the fashion industry just became clearer for three West Virginia University students. Emma Ervin, Katelynn Walker and Mariah White, all fashion, dress and merchandising students, have been named 2019 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund recipients, an honor that ...

Community Auditions Set for ‘The Marriage of Bette and Boo’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern announces open community auditions for the upcoming production of Christopher Durang’s comedy, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” are set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Shannon Hall ...

Student Artists Honored at Regional Art Show

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute fosters and celebrates the talent and creativity of young artists. The 30th annual Regional Student Art Exhibition opened last week with a public reception and awards ceremony at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. Several students received cash prizes for their ...

Chinese Made the Most of ‘Clobbered’ 1700s Porcelain Style

The English word “clobbered” has been used since at least the 1600s, but its meaning has changed. It still means beaten up, badly injured or damaged. But the word had a very different meaning in the 1700s. It describes porcelain dishes or ornaments with blue-and-white underglaze decoration ...

Diaries: Fragile Collectibles That Tell Important Stories

Ephemera is a category of collectibles that includes paper items which for the most part, were not meant to keep, like placemats, calendars, playbills, tickets and other printed items. But it also can include handwritten notes and other paper documents. Historians and antique enthusiasts ...

A Healthy Hobby In Tune With Nature

WHEELING — Retired nurse Marsha Boissy of Wheeling has allowed little grass to grow under her feet since wrapping up her career last year. Grass, however is very much a part of Boissy’s daily life. So are squirrels, birds, flowers and deer. Boissy and her husband Leo, a retired student ...

New Book Examines Life of Innovative ‘Good Neighbor’

WHEELING — People who grew up with “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” may think they knew everything about the creator of the iconic children’s show. Fred Rogers, however, was a much more complex individual than his television persona showed. Author Maxwell King offers a revealing ...

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra To Celebrate Superheroes

WHEELING — Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces the next concert of the 2018-19 season, Superheroes! with guest vocalists Megan Pachecano and Colin Eaton, conducted by Music Director Finalist Silas Huff. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Capitol Theatre in ...

A Prom Night For Very Special Guests Set For Feb. 8 in Moundsville

Prom season is typically observed in April and May each year. But there is nothing typical about the annual Night to Shine prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, set for next month in Moundsville. The Night to Shine is a free prom night event for people with special needs. This year it ...

Conductor Sees Wheeling as Good Fit

WHEELING — Conductor Silas Huff thinks Wheeling would be the right place for him to pursue the next phase of his musical career. Huff, who also is a teacher and composer, is one of five candidates for music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He is conducting the WSO’s next ...

Dolls Remain Fun to Collect, Especially at American Girl Stores

I’ve always loved dolls. Tiny Tears, Mary Poppins, Barbie, Madame Alexander and Shirley Temple are just a few that I’ve enjoyed over the years. Many of these I still own! So I was pleased to be invited to a birthday party that included dolls over the Christmas holidays. The party was for ...

Viennese Winter Ball Made Possible With ‘Royal Fanfare’

WHEELING — Thirty-eight years ago, when Sheila Barrett and Joan Robin envisioned a grand affair for the city of Wheeling, it was the Viennese Winter Ball that emerged after a visit to Vienna. This ball became a benefit for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and has remained a major fundraiser ...

Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh Hosts Fundraising Dinner

PITTSBURGH — “For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne. We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” The Scottish poet Robert Burns penned these words 230 years ago, and they still are sung by millions of New Year’s Eve revelers around the world. It’s a ...

Emmy Award Winning Jazz Band to Play at Stifel Center

WHEELING — Jazz artist Jimmy Sapienza and his band, Five Guys Named Moe, will perform at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 as part of this year’s Jazz at the Stifel music series. Sapienza and his band are known for outstanding performances and world-class ...

St. Alphonsus Welcomes All to ‘Come Home For Christmas’

WHEELING — It’s more than a church building that sits at 2111 Market St. in the heart of Center Wheeling. St. Alphonsus Catholic Church has stood as a testament of the faithful and the architectural talents of past craftsmen. Once a “German parish,” the church served the tightknit ...

Wellsburg Christmas Pageant And Tea Party Queens Court Announced

The Young World Models 2018 Christmas Pageant and Tea Party was held Dec. 14 at Brooke Hills Park. Named to the 2018 Christmas Royalty Court were: Miss Christmas Kindness Queen — Katie Williams; Miss Christmas Sr. Queen — Mikelle Morris (also received Best Model award); Miss Christmas ...

Exhibition on Screen: ‘Renoir; Revered And Reviled’ at Towngate

WHEELING — Exhibition on Screen presents a fascinating film about Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the world’s most divisive artists. “Renoir: Revered and Reviled” will be shown Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday; 4 and 7 p.m. ...

Davis To Celebrate 95th Birthday

Rachael J. Davis will celebrate her 95th birthday today. She was born in West Milford, West Virginia in 1923, the daughter of the late Homer Nichol and Virginia Dee (Boring) Wolfe. She was married to Frank M. Davis, who passed away in 1978. They have four daughters: Donna Krach of Newnan, ...

Holiday Sweet Tooth

Dear Annie: I have an addictive personality, and this time of year is really tough for me. Starting with Halloween, I can’t stop eating sweets. Usually, the residual candy lasts for weeks, and even if I remove it from my house, it’s all over the office or clients’ offices. Then, moving ...

Christmas Collectors Celebrate Every Day

Christmas collectors are the most passionate collectors around. These enthusiasts love to gather antique Christmas treasures and display them no matter the season. One of the stars of the season is that jolly old elf, Santa Claus. You would be amazed at the number of images, figures and ...