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JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Coleton McCurdy, an outside operator for Dynegy energy plant in Beverly, looks over the “work horse” steam turbine at the plant Friday.

How it Works: A look inside the Dynegy energy plant in Beverly

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Sold on the energy market daily, up to 650 megawatts of electricity generated by two gas and one steam turbine in Beverly join the ranks of hundreds of plants supplying reliable power across the country daily. “That 650 megawatts of power would power the city of Marietta for a year,” ...

‘Build Up’ and beautify the city

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Enhancing the appeal of downtown Marietta is the goal of “Build Up Marietta,” a new facade improvement program from Marietta Main Street and the Marietta Community Foundation. “This program is due in part to the hard work of our Design Committee and their focus on beautifying ...

Remnants of tropical storm hit Valley

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Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy hit the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday evening raising concerns about local flooding. At 8:57 p.m. Friday the National Weather Service in Charleston extended a flash flood warning that was issued at 3 p.m. for much of the area until 1 a.m. Saturday. Earlier in ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
First-year campers Alex McCallam, 11, far left, Brayden Meeks, 12, and Trey Beaver, 11, work on building a fire at Camp Kootaga on Friday.

Scouts at Camp Kootaga

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WALKER, W.VA.—Hundred of boy scouts from as far as St. Louis, Mo. gather each summer for a week full of fun and learning that will create memories that will last a lifetime. Camp Kootaga, located in the hill of West Virginia in Wirt County, has been the central location for eager boy scouts ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Sky Elliott, 5, pulls back the human sling-shot at Washington State Community College during Camp Invention on Friday.

Camp Invention inspires kids

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Young, creative minds put on their thinking caps during Camp Invention at Washington State Community College this week. From space missions to bubble shooters, children grades kindergarten through sixth grade worked together to inspire one another and problem-solve in fun and exciting ...

Around Town

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Events planned at Beverly pool The Beverly Pool is open and many events are planned in June and July: A "Fireworks Party" will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day with a pool party and enjoy watching the fireworks from the pool. ...

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times
Roger and Shirley Doak laugh on their front porch swing in Waterford Thursday evening.

NICEST PLACE IN USA

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Describe the nicest place you’ve ever been. Is it an exotic location? Does it have beautiful architecture? Or is it a small town home built on love, front porch conversations and an open invitation to dinner? One such home in Waterford was selected as a top 10 finalist in the Reader’s ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Washington State Community College president Bradley Ebersole hugs his wife, Gail, as he finishes up his farewell speech during Noon Rotary Club of Marietta’s meeting at the Lafayette Hotel on Thursday.

Rotary salutes Ebersole

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First, get rid of the jacket and replace it with a Hawaiian shirt. This was the start of Bradley Ebersole’s farewell speech at Noon Rotary Club of Marietta’s meeting on Thursday. “Noon Rotary has been a big part of my time in the Marietta community,” said Ebersole. “I will always ...

No Broughton social this year

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For the first time in 33 years, no ice cream social will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds this summer. Broughton Foods announced the postponement of the event Thursday citing a lack of applications that met the criteria the company hoped to see from local organizations ...

Warren officials polish pitch for bonds

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VINCENT—Updates on the upcoming building projects were a big topic of conversation among the Board of Education for Warren Local Schools at Thursday night's regular board meeting. Superintendent Kyle Newton explained that he and Treasurer Melcie Wells are currently practicing their ...

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Garden party benefit

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More than 90 locals gather for the annual garden party fundraiser at the Castle in Marietta Thursday. The event was attended by board members, staff, volunteers and locals and accompanied by local pianist Jenni Phillips. "It's just a social evening," said Education Director Kyle Yoho. ...

Delta Queen owners troll for local support

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By Brett Dunlap and Paul Lapann Special to the Times PARKERSBURG -- If the U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill this summer, the Delta Queen could be traveling on American rivers again next summer, according to the vessel's owners. Cornel Martin, president and CEO of the Delta ...

Economic plan for Belpre unveiled

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BELPRE - About 50 community members attended a special meeting Thursday to hear about a proposed strategic plan for economic development for Belpre. The plan was developed by Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which investigated strategies to enhance ...

AROUND TOWN

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Summer kids’ event at Pioneer Presbyterian A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Belpre July 10 to July 14 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 P.M. Maker Fun Factory is for kids from age 3 to sixth grade. For more information, call Pastor Rick ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Axyl Schramm, 4, of Marietta, and his grandmother Theresa Schramm, of Beverly meet a penguin during a program put on by the Washington County Public Library Wednesday in Beverly.

Fun with books

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The Washington County Public Library is already in full swing with its summer programs for children, teens and adults. "We started signing up the day after Memorial Day for our youth reading program," said Julie Stacy, manager of youth services for the library's Marietta location. In Beverly ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Washington County Wildcat Special Olympic Athlete Josh Donahue, 28, of Waterford, left, runs with Lt. Chris Chesar, right, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and several other law enforcement officers Wednesday during the Marietta leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Torch Run tests athletes

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With cheers and applause athletes with the Washington County Wildcats Special Olympics team welcomed runners carrying a torch billowing flames into the hot summer morning. "It was a fantastic run," said Josh Donahue, 28, of Waterford, who ran alongside Lt. Chris Chesar of the Ohio State ...

Thunder and lightning season arrives

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Summer has officially begun and that means it’s the peak season for thunderstorms in the United States. “We’ve been lucky to have a very quiet season so far,” said Maura Casey, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va. “Looking ahead, it doesn’t look ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Karen Foster, 48, of Parkersburg, paddles her way along the Muskingum River during the Kayaking 101 class on Wednesday.

Kayaking 101 class

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Summertime is the busiest time for the rivers found throughout our area. Kayaking has became more and more popular and following the right water safety is important no matter how much you think you know about the recreational water activity. Jess Talbott, kayaking guide and specialist for ...

Movie maker focusing on C8 story

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From staff reports PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg native and noted documentary filmmaker is participating in a project about C8 in the Mid-Ohio Valley. "The Devil We Know" is a collaboration of Stephanie Soechtig, Erin Brockovich and Morgan Spurlock, the Parkersburg native whose fame started ...

Belpre school board OKs ’18 budget, 2 new hires

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BELPRE - The Belpre Board of Education finished out the 2017 fiscal year Wednesday and approved a FY2018 budget for Belpre City Schools. The $12.7 million FY2018 budget is about $700,000 less than the FY2017 budget, reflecting an end-of-year revenue adjustment. Belpre City Schools ...