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ART SMITH   The Marietta Times
Red lights change on Putnam Street during the 5 o’clock hour in Marietta. A new law would enable drivers to proceed through red lights they believe are broken.

Red light rules

Drivers in Ohio will soon be able to run red lights legally in certain circumstances. House Bill 154, passed in December, allows drivers to pass though red lights if they believe the intersection has a malfunctioning traffic signal. This was to address the issue of drivers stuck at ...

Free breakfasts a hit in Warren

VINCENT - Students at Little Hocking and Warren elementary schools are now being offered a free breakfast option with a grant provided by the Children's Hunger Alliance. During the Warren Local Schools regular board meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Kyle Newton accepted the $4,000 grant ...

C8 story told in National Geographic series

PARKERSBURG — An episode about C8 in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be part of a series airing next month on the National Geographic Channel. The series will begin on March 21 to coincide with World Water Day on March 22. The episode on C8 "Parched: Toxic Waters" will air 9-10 p.m. March ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Poached salmon cakes on a bed of mixed greens with grapefruit hollandaise sauce is one of the main course options on the table at The House of Wines in Marietta next week for MOV Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week made for sampling

When trying out a new restaurant some of the concerns to wrack a diner’s brain are the cost of trying something new versus the potential to enjoy the meal. “MOV Restaurant Week solves those questions with a fixed price per person and an exact description of what’s available in each ...

City Council reviews water, sewage plant projects

Marietta City Council's Water and Sewer Committee met jointly with its Finance Committee to review cost savings and projections for current water and wastewater projects Tuesday. Renovations to the city's wastewater treatment plant continue with Phase III, Scopes 2 and 3 currently ...

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

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

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.

JANELLE 
PATTERSON   
The Marietta Times

Clothes closet expands hours

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.

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

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 ...

AROUND TOWN

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: movba.org Coyote, black vulture clinic for ...

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

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

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

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.

Photo submitted by MaryAnn Sandstrom

Q&A: Author inspired by young cicada

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

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

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

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

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 ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Jason Marquez with bass player Jeremiah Kidd performs on stage during the 25th annual River City Blues Competition Friday night at the Lafayette Hotel.

The best in blues

Harmonicas, bass guitars and soulful music filled the Lafayette Hotel for the 25th annual River City Blues Competition Friday night. Acts that made it to become semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge took the stage playing hits from the blues era including Stevie Ray Vaughan and ...