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MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Marietta College ambassador Justice Held explains a myth concerning the college seal in the pavement outside one of the campus buildings to a tour group of prospective students and their families this week. Held said the legend goes that any student who steps on the seal won’t finish their degree within four years.

New MC attitude

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After a few difficult years, Marietta College is on a fresh, improved trajectory, senior officials at the college said. Applications and enrollments are up, the college has rebranded all its promotional materials and improved its outreach programs for contacting prospective students, said Tom ...

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Man resentenced on felonies

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The Marietta man convicted in 2016 of raping an 11-year-old and giving heroin to a 12-year-old was given a lesser sentence Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Cody Keene, 21, who previously lived at 501 1/2 Warren St., Marietta, had been sentenced to an indefinite 25 years ...

Marietta joins suit to protect city income tax

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Marietta City Council passed legislation Thursday authorizing the city to join a class-action lawsuit against the state legislature and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for violating both home rule and the single subject rule in the passage of House Bills 5 and 49. The two bills passed by the state ...

$400,000 grant for sewer work an option for county

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By Sam Shawver Special to the Times Washington County is not currently seeking another $400,000 grant to help sewer the communities of Devola and Oak Grove, although that’s an option as mediation efforts continue between the county and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency next ...

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Visiting the firefighters

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Firefighter Marc Warden talks with children from the Betsey Mills Infant and Toddler Center during a tour Thursday. Cooper Estes, 2, gives Warden a hug during a tour of the Marietta Fire Department Thursday with the Betsey Mills Infant and Toddler Center. Spencer Wakefield, 2, sits on ...

Restaurant with a new outlook on food opens

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BELPRE — A new dining experience in Belpre will help play a role in the nutrition and health of patients at the Belpre Campus of the Memorial Health System. Local elected officials, business officials and the public gathered for the opening of The Changed Plate at the Belpre Medical ...

Around town

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Glendale Road traffic alert for Tuesday The Marietta Wastewater Department will be making a sanitary sewer repair in front of 751 Glendale Road on Tuesday. One lane of Glendale Road will be closed to allow for equipment and material access, signs will be posted. Repairs are expected to be ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor asks a question during the off-site court session at Marietta High School Wednesday.

Ohio Supreme court visits Marietta High School

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Precedent, criminal court proceedings and disbarment were all topics covered during a local visit from the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday. About 600 students from Marietta, Belpre, Fort Frye, Frontier, Warren and Waterford high schools, Veritas Classical Academy and both the Washington County ...

SAM SHAWVER   The Marietta Times
Warren High School junior Faith Burns, left, talks with Marietta College representative Alli Hesson.

College Night draws hundreds

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Several hundred local high school students, parents, and others interested in higher education opportunities crowded into Marietta College’s Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center for Wednesday’s annual College Night. “This is especially good for high school kids who can visit a lot of schools ...

Belpre to get Taco Bell restaurant

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BELPRE — Taco Bell is being added to the menu in Belpre. Work recently began on a Washington Boulevard lot next to Belpre Savings Bank. Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz confirmed Wednesday that it will be the location of a Taco Bell. Lorentz said he’s gotten very positive reactions from ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Jedd Butler helps Patricia Henke learn to use the ExpressPoll books to be used in the Nov. 7 election to check-in voters during poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections.

More workers needed for Election Day, Nov. 7

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Several new faces joined seasoned veterans at poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections but the board is still in search of a handful more to commit to working Nov. 7. “I decided to do this because I thought it sounded interesting,” said Reno resident ...

Scholarship in memory of Lowell man

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PARKERSBURG — A permanent scholarship fund in the memory of a man who died from lung cancer has been established at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Dennis O’Callaghan, of Lowell, passed away August 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born and raised in ...

iBELIEVE to hold benefit dinner

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VIENNA -- The iBELIEVE Foundation will celebrate five years in the Mid-Ohio Valley next month at the organization’s annual benefit dinner. The fifth-annual Mid-Ohio Valley iBELIEVE Benefit Dinner will be held Nov. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in ...

Around Town

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Behavioral Health Board to meet The Washington County Behavioral Health Board will have its next regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the behavioral health board office, 344 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. In addition, the steering committee will meet at the board office at 1 p.m. on ...

MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times
James Booth walks near dusk on Tuesday in front of his house on Fourth Street in Lowell, across the street from the elementary school. A former village council member, Booth says he probably will vote in favor of the increased mill levy coming up on the Nov. 7 ballot but expressed frustration at the increasing neglect the state has shown in supporting the finances of small communities like his.

Village of Lowell seeks levy increase

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LOWELL —Voters in the village of Lowell, home to about 542 people in 245 households, are being asked by local leaders to approve a 3.75-mill levy on Nov. 7. The slogan for the levy campaign is, “Let’s keep the streetlights on and help support the general fund.” Mayor Steve Weber said ...

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Teen of the Week: Newport teen learns by giving back to community

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Ryan Lamp of Newport will be well ahead of the game when he’s ready for college next year. The Frontier High School senior is spending his last two years of high school taking some advance core courses at Washington State Community College. Holly Cunningham, counselor at FHS, described ...

Body pulled from river

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From staff reports The body of a middle-aged Caucasian woman was pulled out of the Muskingum River at approximately 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Ryan Huffman of the Marietta Police Department. By late evening police had identified the woman but declined to release her name. A spokes ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
The Warren High School HPAC: (First row, left to right) Jaiden Washburn, Emilee Neville, Mckinzi Heiss, (second row, kneeling) Autumn Miller,  Tori Wittekind, Brianna Sydenstricker, Kaitlyn Bailey, (standing) McCaylee Southall, Shane Gardner, Lilly Hart, Jenna Walters, Jazzimine Doan, Virginia Sheff, Alexis Cook, Alexis McKnabb, Vanessa Gandera, Braydon McConnell, Regan Wright.

WHS students offer support to area’s foster families

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Going into its second year, the Warren High School HPAC group — Health Professionals Affinity Community — plans to continue its program to help foster children and foster parents in the area. Last year, the group of about 25 students collectively decided that they wanted to address the ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Christopher Reese, (right) 39, of 728 Second St., Marietta, appears for a competency hearing in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.

Sexual assault case is continued

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Washington County Common Pleas Court will hear from a psychologist next week on the competency of a Marietta man accused of raping a young family member. Christopher Dale Reese, 39, of 728 Second St., appeared before Judge Mark Kerenyi Tuesday at which time his attorney Rolf Baumgartel ...

Belpre schools facing deficit

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BELPRE — Belpre City Schools will run out of money before the end of the 2018-19 school year, according to a five-year financial forecast released Monday. District Treasurer Lance Erlwein presented the report to the Belpre Board of Education during a three-hour work session Monday and ...