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JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp, left, and Capt. Aaron Nedeff review old files to be destroyed on Friday.

Police chief returns

Crediting the community support and prayers for pushing him through physical therapy, Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp is back to full duty. More than six months after a serious car accident on Pike Street placed Hupp in the hospital with multiple broken bones in his leg and neck, the police ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Cecelia Fatta, 14, right, from Jackson Middle School, smiles as she wins the 37th annual Marietta Times Regional Spelling Bee on Friday night. Standing next to her is the runner-up, Hannah Archer, 14, from St. Mary School.

Top speller a Bee veteran

Most people can’t spell words like “troika” or use the word “eiderdown” ever in a sentence. These words were no match for the contestants of the 37th annual Marietta Times Spelling Bee on Friday. With 66 students from around the region competing, only one can represent the area in ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Deputy John “Big John” Underwood Sr., is recognized for his service with his son, Deputy John “Nick” Underwood Jr., at the pair’s retirement ceremony Friday at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s office salutes include retiring father, son deputies, K-9

From tales of “seeing double” to drug seizures, search and rescue missions and being called the role models of the office, a father-son retirement celebration Friday filled the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division with laughter and memories. Deputy John “Big John” ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Marietta firefighters Jack Hansis and Tim Casto reflect on some of their first runs together that resulted in stories in The Marietta Times in 1988.

Marietta firefighting partners retiring

Two longtime Marietta Fire Department firefighters are hanging up their uniforms for the final time this spring. Jack Hansis, 61, and Tim Casto, 56, both agreed that leaving the fire department wasn’t going to be an easy transition for them. “I’ve never been someone who likes change ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
A group of eighth-graders perform their “Dances of the Decades” routine during Marietta Middle School’s Talent Show on Friday.

Middle school talent on display

From the performance of a traditional song to an eighth-grader pushing her shoulder blades out and flapping them like wings in a very untraditional body positioning demonstration, the students of Marietta Middle School showed their talents Friday. The middle school put on a talent show for ...

Peoples Bank getting Ohio arts award

From staff reports Peoples Bank will be one of nine winners to receive awards at the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio on May 17 at the Columbus Athenaeum. The Governor’s Awards Selection Committee, comprised of six Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board members and three members ...

AROUND TOWN

Vietnam Veterans Day at noon Wednesday A “Vietnam Veterans Day” will be held at noon Wednesday at the Armory on Front Street in Marietta. The public is invited to help recognize Vietnam veterans with the heartfelt sincerity they may not have received at the conclusion of their service ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Bed springs fall into the caving floor of the living room in a blighted home in Lowell Thursda

Strategy to fight blight

LOWELL—The first home to catch your eye is a burned-out shell. Wind passes through the slats and broken windows. Vermin call it home. And once a week from the beginning of April through the end of September a village employee adds the property’s lawn to the list of village properties ...

City sets deadline for switching water meters

Wrapping up the city’s meter replacement project, Marietta’s water department has run into a couple hurdles in the last year. The most pressing though is that roughly 200 Marietta water customers will be without water service by month’s end if they continue to refuse to have their ...

County to appeal sewer order

By Sam Shawver Special to the Times The Washington County Prosecutor’s Office has been authorized to file a formal appeal against the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s orders to install a sanitary sewer system in the Devola and Oak Grove communities. “We will direct the ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Kristin Mallory, one of the candidates for the Washington State Community College president position, speaks during the open forum at WSCC on Thursday afternoon.

Open forums at WSCC

As Washington State Community College nears the decision of who will serve as the next president, the college held open forums for all of the candidates this week. Faculty, staff and members of the board of trustees filled the Community Room on campus on both Tuesday and Thursday to get to ...

Jail time ordered for theft from employer

A Marietta man was sentenced to 60 days in jail Thursday for stealing $2,000 from Marietta Polaris over a two-month period last year. Ethan Ash, 29, of 1395 Gilman Ave., Marietta, was also ordered to pay a restitution of $2,000 to the business, where he was employed during the ...

Youths give back for Student Service Day

By Michael Erb Special to the Times PARKERSBURG - Hundreds of area students fanned out across Wood County Thursday to help community organizations as part of the annual United Way Student Service Day. The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley held Student Service Days throughout the ...

Around town

Nature artist, writer at Barlow Library The Barlow Library will host a program by nature artist and writer Julie Zickefoose, “Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (And Yourself)” at 7 p.m. March 30. The program will discuss how to add simple habitat enhancements that can ...

Graphic by JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Data from the Appalachian Regional Commission shows Ohio and West Virginia Appalachian counties’ economic levels effective Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.  The key shows total economic status throughout the entire U.S. Appalachian region of 420 counties in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. 
Data Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau.

Fed funnel going dry?

Within the last year Morgan County, Washington State Community College and the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District received just shy of half a million dollars in grant funds from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission. Meanwhile, Marietta’s city development ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Warren Middle School students Justin Pate, 13, and Olivia Byrd, 11, study for the upcoming Marietta Times Regional Spelling Bee during school on Wednesday.

Area’s spellers ready for Bee

In between school, sporting events and dinner with family, 66 spellers and alternates have been busy preparing for the 37th annual Marietta Times Regional Spelling Bee this Friday. Students from 13 different schools and districts across Washington, Noble, Monroe, Pleasants and Wood ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Nicholas Offenberger, right, and his defense attorney Shawna Landaker, await the imposition of Offenberger’s sentence in Washington County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Man says he has no memory of theft

Still claiming to have no memory of where the stolen funds went, how he eventually ended up in North Carolina or where his vehicle is almost three years later, a Marietta man was sentenced to jail time Wednesday for stealing from his employer. Nicholas Offenberger, 36, of 331 Muskingum Drive, ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Dalton Earley, 6, of Vincent, performs his monologue "Principal's Office" during the Memorial's Got Talent talent show at Peoples Bank Theatre on Wednesday.

One night spent in the spotlight

Sixteen talented individuals and groups took the Peoples Bank Theatre stage to perform acts to compete in the first Memorial's Got Talent talent show on Wednesday. Singing, comedy, playing a fiddle and even demonstrating sign language were just a few of the acts in the event hosted by the ...

Williamstown a ‘Tree City’ for 32nd straight year

WILLIAMSTOWN - For the 32nd year the City of Williamstown will celebrate Arbor Day as a Tree City USA. Mayor Jean Ford said the city looks forward to the announcement each year. "In Williamstown we love our trees," she said. "They are good for our air and our health." Ford said ...

Around town

Longaberger Basket Bingo in Cutler Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held Saturday at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo begins at noon. The kitchen will be open and selling tacos-in-a-bag, nachos, hot dogs, sloppy joes, chips, drinks and ...