Local News

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
P.E. teacher Mark Daughety, center, helps kindergartener Jocelyn Evans, 6, as Aiden Lipscomb, 6, listens in at Warren Elementary School on Tuesday.

Warren’s levy

The May primary is Tuesday and residents of the Warren Local school district will see the divisive issue that’s appeared in some form on six previous ballots—a bond issue to create a centralized campus. “As a superintendent, a parent and a community member, we all want what’s best ...

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Sentence for smuggling drugs into jail

The former executive director of the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg explained Tuesday the depth of his despair at relapsing into old drug habits in Washington County Common Pleas Court before being sentenced to prison. Shad Martin, 39, of 1359 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, W.Va., was ...

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Woman accused of embezzling as church treasurer

From staff reports A Marietta woman trusted with the purse of Wingett Run Church of Christ was arrested Tuesday for embezzlement charges after more than $25,000 was discovered missing from the organization’s coffers. The church, located on Ludlow Township 64, had Julie R. Rinard, 44, of ...

Williamstown woman’s OD death tied to drug dealer

By Wayne Towner Special to the Times WILLIAMSTOWN - For the second time in recent weeks, a Wood County law enforcement agency has filed a murder charge against a suspect in connection with a drug overdose death. On Tuesday, the Williamstown Police Department, in conjunction with the ...

Symposium offers info for gardeners

Like spring flowers and leafy plants popping up this time of year in area gardens, a full-day gardening event this Saturday will offer a colorful variety of people, knowledge and things that grow. “It’s educational, it’s an opportunity for socializing with like-minded gardeners and a ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Ohio Rep. Keith Faber, R-Celina, speaks on government efficiency and the need for locals to vote in all elections Tuesday at the annual spring Lincoln dinner held by the Washington County Republican Party.

Republicans connect at dinner

Local elected officials joined with state officials and their representatives Tuesday to welcome approximately 175 local Republicans to the annual spring Lincoln dinner at the Marietta Shrine Club. The crowd had originally gathered to see Jane Murphy Timken, the current chairwoman of the Ohio ...

Wood BOE approves bond sales

By Michael Erb Special to the Times PARKERSBURG -- The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday awarded Wells Fargo Bank the bid for more than $41 million in school bonds for construction and facility improvements throughout the district. Wells Fargo was selected out of seven bidders, ...

Brett Dunlap   Special to the Times
Williamstown Elementary School fourth-graders Brody Bowyer, Navaeh Hansen and Parker Schramm were given a ride in a Williamstown Fire Department fire truck Tuesday for winning a first place prize at the West Virginia Social Studies Fair.

3 WES students 1st in Social Studies Fair

WILLIAMSTOWN - Three Williamstown Elementary School students were honored Tuesday for winning a first place prize at the West Virginia Social Studies Fair. Navaeh Hansen, Brody Bowyer and Parker Schramm were honored by riding in a Williamstown Fire Department fire truck from the Welcome ...

AROUND TOWN

Children’s Choir Spring Concert May 4 The Marietta Children’s Choir will hold its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. May 4 at First Congregational Church on Front Street in Marietta. The youth singers, from fourth through eighth grades, will perform a selection of classical, folk and ...

POLICE

Reports/Marietta ¯ Jessica Hope reported April 18 that her friend, Gary Michael Palladino, had been missing for 11 days. Initial investigation suggests he is currently homeless and recently broke his cell phone. A friend was located who will be in contact with him and bring him in to confirm ...

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The Rover Pipeline

SUMMERFIELD-Over the rolling hills and farmlands stretching across the Monroe and Noble county line, cattle farms and turkey hunters are sharing space with a new pipeline ultimately headed to Michigan and then on to Canada. The Rover pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, is a new ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Julie Angeron, 30, cashier at Food 4 Less, scans products being purchased by Marietta resident George Broughton, 59, on Monday at the Marietta store.

2 area grocery stores closing

Residents of Newport and Marietta will have to venture to other grocery stores after the announcement of store closings for Food 4 Less and Newport IGA. After many years of serving residents of Washington County, both stores will be permanently closed within the next four to six weeks. ...

New absenteeism rules discussed

Note: This story has been edited from the original version posted. The Marietta City Schools Board of Education discussed new truancy and chronic absenteeism laws the state legislature has enacted this month at its Monday meeting. Lynn Doebrich, attendance and home services coordinator for ...

Fort Frye board looks ahead with 5-year plan

BEVERLY- The five-year forecast for the Fort Frye Local school district shows that the district should be able to avoid deficit spending at least for the next five years. Fort Frye's Board of Education meeting on Monday focused on budget changes that might happen due to shifts in the state ...

Belpre Council briefed on water meter reading change

BELPRE - The city of Belpre will be changing the way it reads water meters, but that is not expected to impact customer billing, officials said. At Monday's meeting of Belpre City Council, the first reading of an ordinance changing the way the city's water department conducts meter readings ...

Photo by Jeff Baughan
Jacqueline Khorassani, director of entrepreneurship at Marietta College, speaks with Christine L. Parker, a provisionally licensed marriage and family therapist with the Counseling and Wellness Center, during the Belpre Area of Chamber of CommerceÕs Business Expo on Monday.

Belpre Business Expo draws crowd

BELPRE -- The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo moved to the Belpre Masonic Lodge Monday for a more centralized location, according to Karen Waller, executive director of the Belpre Chamber, and Amy Hupp of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, organizers of the event. "There were ...

Around town

City Schools Fine Arts Festival Wed. The Marietta City Schools Fine Arts Festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and showcase art from every school in the district. The festival is held in the Marietta High School gym and auditorium. The gym will be transformed into an art museum with ...

DOUG LOYER  Special to the Times
Bash goers enjoy entertainment and activities on Putnam Street during the Brick Street Arts Bash Saturday.

Bash goes smoothly

The first ever Brick Street Arts Bash, a day-long celebration of the arts and art education, was held in a two block area Saturday on Putnam Street in Marietta. The event was organized by a group of Marietta College Music students with Leader-in Residence, Donna Collins, the Executive ...

Crash in Washington County claims life of Parkersburg man

From local reports A Parkersburg man died Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Washington County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Marietta reported. Chad M. Cokeley, 24, of Parkersburg, was a passenger in a 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by Kaitlyn G. Barton, 18, of Marietta, which ...

WAYNE TOWNER  Special to the Times
Daegan Tribett, 2, of Parkersburg, digs in soil Saturday during the Marietta Community Earth Day Celebration at the Marietta Armory on Front Street.

Earth Day celebrated on both sides of the river

PARKERSBURG — Earth Day was celebrated locally Saturday with events in Marietta and Parkersburg, which drew many visitors despite cloudy gray skies. The Marietta Community Earth Day Celebration ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the Marietta Armory on Front ...