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Traffic on the Cincinnati end of Ohio 32 often is congested near the city.

Points Westward

If you are heading west out of the Mid-Ohio Valley, chances are you are going to make at least part of the journey on Ohio 32. A 181-mile stretch of four-lane highway that connects Belpre in the east, to the edge of Cincinnati in the west. The highway, officially called the James A. Rhodes ...

The Man from Earth, Cerebral sci-fi drama hits the stage

By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com John Oldman has a secret. When the middle-aged history professor unexpectedly resigns from the university where he teaches, his friends come looking for an explanation. What they are told is something unbelievable: John ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Kathleen Harmon, 39, of Marietta and Betsy Kalter, 61, of Marietta knit during their knitting club at Jeremiah’s Coffee House on Front Street.

Fighting the Winter Blues

Every year around this time, most people begin dreaming of warmer weather. The beach, bare feet and lots more sun are the wish while in reality, the lack of light and warmth can bring on mild depression. However, there are many ways to beat the winter blues by making the most of your ...

Sweet holiday treats

With the holidays in full swing, many are finding the best way to celebrate is to grab some holiday cheer at the local coffee and tea shops, sipping on peppermint while fulfilling their holiday traditions. "The taste and the smell, it kind of takes you back to when you were a kid and you ...

BRECKIN WELLS   The Marietta Times
Fred Smith and Elliot Dodd examine the solar panels on the roof of the Pioneer House at Marietta College.

Going solar

Solar power is arguably the cleanest, most reliable form of renewable energy available. One of solar power’s many benefits is that it can save any business, organization or home countless future dollars by taking in an abundance of the sun’s direct rays as a main source of ...

MOV Ballet Co. presents ‘Nutcracker’

From local reports Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company is presenting its annual performance of the beloved holiday classic the “Nutcracker” in two performances — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Marietta High School auditorium, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Blennerhassett School ...

Parkersburg Woman’s Club presents Holly Trail

From staff reports With home stops in Parkersburg and Vienna, the GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will present Holly Trail 2016 from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In a change for this year’s tour, Holly Trail visitors will be able to vote on their favorite home featured on the tour. Tickets are ...

Victorian Christmas Home Tour & Tea Saturday

From staff reports The Julia-Ann Square Historic District will showcase several historic homes decorated for the season during the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the tours will be escorted by guides in period attire, homeowners will ...

This photo provided by J. Rogers, Northwestern University, shows a soft, skin‐mounted microfluidic device for capture, collection and analysis of sweat. Time to break a sweat: Researchers are creating a skin patch that can test droplets of sweat to track health while people exercise, beaming results to their smartphones. (J. Rogers, Northwestern University via AP)

Skin patch aims to test sweat for health

By Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON - Breaking a sweat? Researchers are creating a skin patch that can test those droplets while people exercise and beam results to their smartphones, possibly a new way to track health and fitness. The experimental gadget goes well beyond ...

Drug epidemic stalls HIV decline in whites who shoot up

By Mike Stobbe AP Medical Writer NEW YORK - The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation’s drug abuse epidemic. Health officials released the news Tuesday, as part of a call for more use of needle exchange ...

Cities to hold tree lightings, Christmas parades

From staff reports A number of holiday lighted parades are planned for Saturday and Sunday. ¯ The annual Belpre Holiday Lights Festival displays have already started, with more than 160 lighted pieces placed throughout the city of Belpre, along with Howes Grove, River Access and ...

Parkersburg Art Center features Artists’ Market

As part of national “Shop Small” Saturday, the Parkersburg Art Center will be opening its doors at no charge all day on Saturday for a Holiday Open House. Art Center director Abby Hayhurst said there will be a number of activities planned just for the day, and all are designed to help ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Jeri Knowlton, secretary of the Friends of the Museums board, looks at artwork in one of the new exhibits at the Campus Martius Museum on Wednesday that will be showcased during An Evening at the Museum on Friday.

‘An Evening at the Museum’

For a night of wine, food and history, join the Friends of the Museums for the annual Evening at the Museum event at the Campus Martius Museum located on Second Street in Marietta. “We like to call this event similar to a cocktail party and it is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said ...

13-year-old pianist to perform Sunday at theater

Ohio native Gavin George, a 13-year-old pianist who made his concerto debut at age 7 with the Newark-Granville Symphony, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved through the ...

Photos by Breckin Wells

Three-minute Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake.

Living a vegan lifestyle

For many, meat is the main staple in their every day diet, but for those like Kaleigh Foreman, life is centered around a more animal-friendly diet. The 18-year-old from Parkersburg has been a vegan for two years. Foreman’s love for animals overpowered any craving for a deep-fried chicken ...

Local Artist Show & Sale

Organizers are hoping that those who are weary from politics will now turn their minds to happier thoughts: Holiday shopping. Buying locally and buying handmade are the hallmarks of a popular event that has been going on for more than 30 years now. The Local Artist Show and Holiday Sale will ...

Valley marks Veterans Day with parades, special events

From staff reports A number of parades and ceremonies are planned for Friday in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. ¯ The annual Marietta Veterans Day Parade will be 10 a.m. Friday in downtown Marietta. The parade will form at 9 a.m. at Fourth and Butler streets. It ...

Photo submitted by J.D. Nicolais
Two children enjoy their sno-cones at the M.A.I.N Movies Drive-In Theater in Mineral Wells.

Now playing: Drive-In theater the M.A.I.N. attraction in Mineral Wells

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va.—Though they are far from their 1950’s golden era, some drive-in theaters are still up and running, continuing to serve the nostalgia of outdoor movie going. According to the United Drive-In Theatre Association there are only 324 drive-in theaters across the United ...

Marie Antionette Masquerade Ball Saturday

From staff reports Once a year in Marietta, a portal opens up to whisk guests away to 18th century France for an evening of creative opulence. There’s no better way to celebrate the birthday of Marietta’s namesake, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, than to throw a masquerade ball ...