JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi, left, and Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, right, play the parts of justice and plaintiff attorney in The Castle’s History on Trial program at the Washington County Courthouse Monday.

History on trial

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Stepping back in time in the courtroom of the Washington County Courthouse, more than 75 local residents and students judged a historic case that pitted rights of personal property against the value of human life Monday. The Castle’s new series “History on Trial,” played out the case of ...

Ruble’s death ends dramatic case

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Those who investigated the murder of Washington County deputy Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark said Monday they are relieved Clark’s family got to see a conviction in the case before the killer’s death of natural causes over the weekend. Mitchell Ruble, 66, of Lowell, also a former deputy, was ...

Sheri Neill, 59, and Carol Stollar, 69, both of Waterford, hang clothes at the Waterford Church of the Nazarene in preparation for Thursday’s free closet from 9 to 11 a.m.

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Clothes closet expands hours

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WATERFORD— Off the beaten path on Marquis Avenue in Waterford lies not only the fellowship of the Waterford Church of the Nazarene, but also a bi-weekly free clothing closet open to the community. “For three years this has been run as a free clothing giveaway on three to four Saturdays a ...

Public pool coming for Noble Co.

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Residents of Noble County, get ready to make a splash this summer. A public pool in the works for several years is expected to open this year, something Caldwell and surrounding area residents have been waiting for since the Happy Time Pool, located at the Noble County Fairgrounds, closed in ...

Belpre superintendent accents positive with board

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BELPRE - Following Monday's meeting of the Belpre City Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Tony Dunn said the mild winter season has been beneficial for the school district compared to the several snow days experienced during last school year. Dunn is hopeful the positive weather will ...


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Valley Beekeepers meet Feb. 28 The Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Washington County Career Center. A PowerPoint titled “Nucs in Your Apiary” will be presented by Kenny Bach. ¯ For information: Coyote, black vulture clinic for ...

Electric co-ops offer leadership tour to Washington

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High-school sophomores and juniors whose parents are members of Washington Electric Cooperative are invited to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime leadership experience this summer in Washington, D.C. More than 1,500 students from all across America take part in Youth Tour, an all expenses paid ...

Club news

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Churchtown Busy Bunch 4-H Club The Churchtown Busy Bunch 4-H Club met Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at the Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The meeting was called to order by secretary Anna Strahler. The American pledge was led by Ruslan Strahler and the 4-H pledge was led by Sydney ...

Murder mystery at museum

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A “Totally 80’s! Totally Murder!” Mystery Dinner Theatre will be at 6 p.m. March 10 and/or March 11 at Campus Martius Museum. The cost is $60 per person or table of eight for $480. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Museums. Poison Ratenstein is in town for a killer ...

JEFFREY SAULTON  Special to the Times
Taking second place at the 25th annual River City Blues Challenge was L'il Red and Rooster from France and Columbus, Ohio.

Sweet, sweet tunes

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For the past quarter century the gateway for regional blues singers and groups has been the River City Blues Challenge. Each year the competition sponsored by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta attracts artists from across Ohio and West Virginia Mary Ann Osborne, a member of ...

2-20 ruble

Mitchell Ruble dies in Idaho prison

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From staff reports Washington County resident Mitchell Ruble — who was convicted in 2016 of murder in the death of a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy over three decades ago — has died. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said he received notification Saturday hat Ruble had died in ...

DOUG LOYER  Special to the Times
Twenty-five different types of chili were served in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption's Chili Cook-Off.

St. Mary Chili cook-off

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Who doesn't like a great bowl of chili? Saturday evening offered an opportunity to have several. The Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta held a chili cook-off fundraiser. By the time you've added in some cornbread, a dessert and drink, you've hit the spot on a cool drizzly ...

MaryAnn Sandstrom takes part in a book signing for her children’s book “Cady Cicada Goes UP TOP” in January.

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Q&A: Author inspired by young cicada

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While sitting on her patio last spring, Marietta resident MaryAnn Sandstrom encountered a cicada, smaller than the others and missing the tip of its wing. The insect, one of the magicicadas that arrive every 17 years, kept returning to her and she eventually named it Cady. Her bond with the ...

Art lovers flock to Parkersburg

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center's first art yard sale - or Y'Art Sale - drew a lot of interested art lovers Saturday in downtown Parkersburg. Even before the doors opened at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eighth and Market street, interested buyers were lined up down the sidewalk, said Abby ...

Music is focus of third in museum’s lecture series

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PARKERSBURG -Music in Appalachia has many strong ties to families and family life, a couple told a gathering in Parkersburg on Sunday. Kendra Ward and Bob Bence presented "Appalachian Trail of Music" as the third presentation in the 2017 Blennerhassett Winter Lecture Series at the ...

Around town

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Beverly UM Church hosting free meal The Beverly United Methodist Church will have a community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 700 Park St. in Beverly. The church is handicapped accessible. This month the meal will be prepared by Chef Andrew from the Wyngate ...

Inclusive playground project is under way

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By Wayne Towner Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — The Junior League has named Priscilla Leavitt and Jane Burdette to serve as the new co-chairmen for the Pathways Playground Project to build an inclusive playground accessible to all children in the community. The Junior League has ...

Joe and Judy Baker in front of the Arenal Volcano.

Marietta couple experiences Costa Rica from their bicycles

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Whenever you decide to leave the cold winter weather to go somewhere that’s warmer, you face the prospect of being delayed by that aforementioned cold winter weather. My husband Joe and I booked a trip to Costa Rica for the end of January. Leaving out of Akron well before sunrise, we had to ...

McDonough Leadership Conference continues to grow

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Following the theme, “Leadership Through Time,” historic leadership and leadership across generations will be just some of the topics discussed at this year’s McDonough Leadership Conference, being held from Friday, March 31, through Saturday, April 1. While some will actually present ...