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ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Lilly Westbrock, 12, and her brother, Luke, 9, place canned goods that have been collected by St. Mary Catholic School students under the Christmas tree. The first Food Fight competition not only fosters a spirited rivalry between St. Mary and St. John Central school — the winning school receives the trophy seen left — but ingrains in the students the need to provide service to the community.

12 days of service

’Tis the season of giving but that doesn’t mean only gifts and material objects. There is no better time to give of yourself, your time, your attention and volunteer for area organizations or donate to a favorite charity. Students at St. Mary Catholic School in Marietta are learning the ...

Rita, a 3-year-old German shepherd, is the newest addition to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as a dual purpose tracking and narcotics dog.

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times

New K-9 deputy on duty thanks to donation

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has a new four-legged deputy patroling the streets. Rita, 3, is german shepherd recently partnered and nationally certified with Deputy Ryan Zide. “I got her in October and we trained for six weeks, which was basically her teaching me her ...

Hidden Marietta Tour Co. Tour Guide Kat Watkins talks with tour-goers in the tower of the Anchorage as they take in views of Marietta.

Touring the Anchorage

The Anchorage in Harmar was open for a special viewing Saturday giving visitors an opportunity to take a tours through the 158 year-old old house. Wonderful progress is being made to restore the historic structure, but there is still much to do. This was a chance to show what is being done and ...

Parkersburg fatal fire

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — A fire early Saturday morning in Parkersburg claimed the life of a woman. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said the identify of the victim was not being released Saturday pending notification of family. The Parkersburg Fire Department was called out ...

WVU-P holds fall commencement

PARKERSBURG — For new graduates at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, the next chapter in their lives began at the annual fall commencement Saturday. This semester, WVU-P planned to award 261 certificates, associate and bachelor's degrees to 241 students. More than 120 students ...

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Chloe Stevens dances on rocks at Cuyahoga National Park last September as part of a photo shoot for “Dance Across the USA.”

Marietta dancer featured in book

It was more than a year ago that Marietta teen and accomplished dancer Chloe Stevens was selected from 3,000 dancers across the country to be part of a unique project. Stevens represented Ohio in a photo session that will be included in the book “Dance Across the USA.” Photos were taken ...

Holly Trail Tour of Homes held

PARKERSBURG — People got to look inside a number of homes this past weekend to see how people decorate for the holidays and the unique touches that make it special for individual families. The GFWC Parkersburg Woman's Club held its 50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes over the weekend with ...

Longtime Little Hocking business closing

Special to the Times LITTLE HOCKING — A store in business for more than 40 years is closing in Little Hocking. Village Gifts and Home Decor started in 1973 as the Carpet Shop in Ravenswood. The Ravenswood Store closed in 2008 and was reopened as the gift shop on July 4, 2010, in Little ...

Around town

Newport Water Board meeting will be today The next Newport Water Board monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. today at the district office. Petitions are also available for the yearly election of board members; questions, contact Newport Water and Sewer Superintendent Steve Eddy at ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Muskingum Barbershop owner Paula Bigley cuts the hair of Caiden Henderson, 8, of Lowell, Friday, in the Rathbone neighborhood of Marietta.

Our town: Rathbone

Editor’s note:  This is the seventh in a series about Marietta’s neighborhoods. Next: Harmar Hill In the northernmost point of Marietta there sits the neighborhood of Rathbone. Seen as the entrance from the county on the eastern side of the Muskingum River the area is known for ...

Council newcomers listen, learn

With the review of the 2018 budget at an end for Marietta City Council until after the first of the year, the newcomers to the legislative body have questions going into January. “I don’t know that I came in with many questions, I came in without assumptions or expectations as I wanted ...

Census survey tracks trends

With 10 years between census counts, people, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies need data to keep an eye on trends, and the Census Bureau supplies that with several detailed reports a year, including one that came out this week, the American Community Survey five-year ...

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Times launches new online job board

Local businesses and job-seekers have always trusted The Marietta Times to help them find the perfect match to meet their goals. With jobs.mariettatimes.com and the newspaper’s new partnership with RealMatch that search can be more effective than ever. “TheJobNetwork available through ...

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Angel trees await generous givers

The Salvation Army in Marietta has set up Angel Trees in six locations, starting out with a total of 355 tags, each representing a child who will need help to have a good holiday season. Wanessa Moore of the Salvation Army said Friday the tags are being claimed by generous residents more ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Jim Roberts, left,  and Bob Morrison, owner of  Caywood Christmas Tree Farm, move a freshly cut Christmas tree after Roberts chose the tree for his home.  The farm northeast of Marietta has been selling locally grown trees for 25 years.

Christmas tree hunting season

Bob Morrison sees many of the same holiday customers year after year. They’re the people who love the aroma of fresh cut pine as part of the Christmas experience. On Friday afternoon, two of those people, Jim Roberts and his daughter Embrey Roberts of Marietta, were looking over the ...

Michael Erb   Special to the Times
Williamstown High School senior Bethany Wagner, left, and sophomore Mara Rinehart, right, stand next to the gingerbread house they hope to submit to next week’s 2017 Gingerbread Festival at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Their creation is the home featured on the show “Full House,” only decorated for Christmas and entirely edible.

WHS students design, build gingerbread houses

Williamstown High School students put their baking and engineering skills to the test, preparing gingerbread houses for the 2017 Gingerbread Festival. The competition runs from Dec. 10-27 at the Blennerhassett Hotel with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Students in the family and ...

Around town

Relay For Life team to hold craft show A Christmas craft and vendor show for Bridget & Anna’s Brigade Relay for Life team will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 16 at Ewing School. There will also be concessions and a country store. ¯ For information: 740-350-4655. Lunch with ...

IEI fire investigation continues; case open as cleanup begins

PARKERSBURG — Although IEI Plastics has been given the go-ahead to start cleaning up the site where its warehouse burned to the ground in a fire that lasted nine days, investigators aren’t ready to say what caused the blaze. “For the most part ... we are done with the scene,” said ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Marlene Greene, right, picks through individual curls on Betty Rhodes, 95, a resident of the Woman’s Home of Washington County, in Marietta Thursday.

Time of transition

With six months left until the facility closes its doors, numbers have begun to dwindle at the Woman’s Home in Marietta. Since June, when the home’s board of directors announced its upcoming closure, the residential count has gone down from 10 to six, with another two leaving by the ...

MICHAEL KELLY  The Marietta Times
A hand-decorated ornament graces a Christmas tree while transplant recipients and the families of donors talk in the background at the annual Memorial Health System Gift of Life holiday gathering Thursday.

‘Gift of Life’ celebrated

It was a gathering of people who escaped death, blindness and lives of disability, a group with the common experience of getting a second chance. The Memorial Health System Gift of Life annual holiday gathering was held Thursday night at Marietta Memorial Hospital, bringing together organ ...