Women Unite

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A large crowd turned out for an event held Sunday to show support for a local group planning on taking a bus trip to Washington D.C. this weekend. A group of 55 people will be traveling on one of several buses to the nation's capital to participate in the Women's March on Washington. ...

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Parkersburg City Council candidate J.R. Carpenter, center, stands with his daughters, Danielle, left, and Kristine. as they watch election returns Tuesday night.

J.R. Carpenter of Parkersburg apologizes for DUI incident

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Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — The president of Parkersburg City Council on Saturday morning was charged with driving under the influence by the police department, the police chief said. Council President J.R. Carpenter said he made a mistake and apologized for the situation in a ...

Wayne Towner   Special to the Times
A candlelight vigil was held Saturday evening at City Park to remember Brandy and Shawn Hardman, of Waverly, who died in a shooting incident last Tuesday in Mineral Wells involving an estranged couple.

Couple remembered at vigil

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PARKERSBURG — A Waverly couple who died last week in a shooting were remembered Saturday night for their love of family and community and their support for their children's lives. About 125 people braved cold temperatures and steady rainfall to recognize Brandy and Shawn Hardman at 6 p.m. ...

GOP looking forward to the inauguration

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PARKERSBURG —Despite winter weather advisories, Wood County Republicans turned out at the Blennerhassett Hotel on Saturday night to celebrate inaugural weekend and the party's 2016 general election showing. Conrad Lucas, West Virginia Republican Party chairman, said the gathering was more ...

Event shares the message of Dr. King

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PARKERSBURG — People from many faiths and backgrounds came together Sunday at a local church to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many from around the community gathered at Zion Baptist Church in Parkersburg to remember and reflect on King's words and his deeds and to ...

Cellists chosen for all-state orchestra

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PARKERSBURG — The winning streak continues at The Cello Company of Parkersburg. For the past several years, students of Cynthia Puls, founder and director of The Cello Company, have been named to the West Virginia All-State Orchestra as cellists. This year, Wade Powers of Mineral Wells, a ...

Around town

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Liberty Twp. report available to view The Liberty Township annual financial report for 2016 has been completed and filed with the Ohio State Auditor, and is available for public inspection. Anyone wishing to review or obtain a copy may contact  Fiscal Officer Emily Griffin for an appointment ...

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

Points Westard

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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 ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Lucresha Brown, collection specialist, draws blood from the arm of Shelbi Worstell, 23, of Lowell, on Friday.

Blood: Dire need

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Blood transfusions are needed when a patient in surgery or in an emergency situation loses too much of their own, but after busy holiday schedules and winter ailments supplies dwindle and donations drop. “Several years ago I had a surgery and needed four pints of blood,” said Pauline ...

Thoughts of Faith: Redeeming our time with God’s help


I often see time as a problem. How about you? My words about time reflect this. I say things like: “I’m running out of time.” “I don’t have enough time to fit it all in.” “If I only had more time,” or “more hours in the day.” I’m always trying to “save time” or to ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Michael Uhl, 50, of Williamstown, passed through some cones marking a crack in the Marietta River Trail along the Ohio River during a bike ride on Friday afternoon.

Suit based on Trail wreck

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In the wake of a bike accident that broke five ribs and punctured her lung, Marietta resident Dee Standish has brought the safety of the Marietta River Trail into question in a lawsuit against the City of Marietta. According to a complaint filed in Washington County Common Pleas Court, the ...

Ohio River swells, but freezing rain rivets attention

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The Ohio River is expected to crest on Sunday below flood stage following freezing rain forecast to sweep through the Valley, according to the National Weather Service. “Accumulations aren’t supposed to be much but may be up to a quarter of an inch,” said David Marsalek, a meteorologist ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Lenora Lada, Medical Program coordinator, and Tony Huffman, director of Adult Training, speak on behalf of the Washington County Career Center to Sister Molly Bauer from the Sisters Health Foundation during a visit to the career center on Friday.

Sisters Health Foundation announces grants

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Thirty-eight nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grant funding from the Sisters Health Foundation recently. At their most recent meeting, the board of directors approved a total of $503,345 in funding available to award grants throughout the area including $25,000 to the ...

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Mom Prom tickets going on sale

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Members of BrAva are encouraging local women to block out their schedule Friday at 7 p.m. so as not to miss the opening of ticket sales for this year’s Mom Prom. The community nonprofit focused on helping families through childhood cancer holds the Mom Prom in April each year to celebrate ...

Events observe day devoted to Martin Luther King Jr.

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From staff reports Several activities are planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day which falls on Monday. ¯  In Marietta, Marietta College will be hosting a film screening of “MLK: A Call to Conscience, Deconstructing One of his Greatest Speeches” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday ...

Local credit union employee reaches 10-year anniversary


From local reports Riverview Credit Union employee, Lisa Cochran, recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with the financial institution. Cochran joined the credit union in 2007 as a member service representative and today serves as controller. In her current role, she assists the chief ...

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Man arrested after pot found in his home

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From staff reports A Cutler man was arrested Thursday after about 20 pounds of marijuana was found in his home, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Aaron Carpenter, 35, of 1800 Dixon Road, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, third-degree felony, and with receiving ...

Around town

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Ohio Genealogical Society will meet The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 21at the Washington County Public Library, 615 Fifth St., Marietta, in the lower level meeting room. There is no planned speaker, so members are encouraged to bring ...

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Theater impact

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More than 30,000 people have attended concerts, live shows, plays and motion picture events at the Peoples Bank Theatre since the renovated movie house opened its doors in January 2016. But the theater isn’t the only Marietta business to benefit from those 30,000-plus ...


Opening eyes to suicide in Marietta

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In the wake of painful news shared last weekend of a Marietta teen's suicide, 80 local people gathered in the Marietta High School auditorium Thursday night in the hopes of learning how to help the community heal. Tyler Michael Beckett, 16, of Marietta, took his life Friday at his home. ...