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Shop with a Cop program

Because of a kind helping hand from law officers in the community, several area children will have smiles on their faces this Christmas after the Marietta Police (Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #12) held its annual Shop with a Cop on Saturday at the Marietta Walmart. With some help from ...

Family prepares to say goodbye to murder victim

PARKERSBURG — Leslie Diane Marty will finally be laid to rest Tuesday. The 20-year-old daughter, sister and mother disappeared in the summer of 1983 after being taken, at gunpoint, from her boyfriend's apartment by her ex-boyfriend, Mark Hanna. Nearly two years later Hanna was convicted ...

Q&A: A tradition of ringing the bell

It’s a job where there are plenty of smiles exchanged and “Merry Christmas” is frequently spoken. However, there are challenges, said Linda Denney, a long-time Salvation Army bell ringer. Due to disabilities including spinal arthritis, she can often be found ringing while sitting on a ...

Task force seeks long-term solution for W.Va. employees

By Steven Allen Adams Special to the Times CHARLESTON — Monday's meeting could be among the last for a task force studying improvements to West Virginia's health insurance program for public employees and retirees, but a teacher's union is concerned the state isn't preparing for the ...

Henderson Hall has 4th annual program

WILLIAMSTOWN — The historic Henderson Hall offered its fourth annual Christmas Evening at the Plantation tour on Saturday. The program included rooms open for wandering freely, hors d'oeuvres and apple cider, live Christmas music on the hammer dulcimer and bagpipes by Rodney Richie and a ...

Belpre homes open doors to guests for holidays

BELPRE — People came out Sunday to see how others decorated for the holidays and to get some ideas on how they might deck their own halls during the GFWC Belpre Woman's Club Home Tour. The annual tour featured six stops throughout the area, including a number of homes, businesses and ...

Around town

Free community meal at Tunnel UMC Thurs. A free community meal (ham) will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Tunnel United Methodist Church in celebration of Christmas. The meal will be served in the festively decorated multi-purpose building. Those at the meal are invited to sing carols, ...

Outgoing officials

Three major elected seats will turn over at the close of 2018 in Washington County. Andy Thompson, 55, of Marietta, will leave his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives, after serving for eight years. Rick Walters, 62, of Coal Run, will leave his seat with the Washington County ...

School tackles increasing need

PARKERSBURG — Representatives from Van Devender Middle School and Wood County Schools say they have requested a county social worker be placed at the school where more than a quarter of Vandy students are in foster care or receiving services through the state Department of Health and Human ...

2019 jury pool selected

Over the next few days, 6,650 Washington County residents will receive a notice in the mail that they have been selected for the 2019 jury pool. In recent years local judges have made examples of those selected for jury duty who have not shown up to serve in the legal process by exercising ...

Veterans hold Pearl Harbor Day ceremony

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times Representatives of the American Legion Post 64, VFW Post 5108, Marine Corps League Detachment 1436, AMVETS Post 1788 and Ohio DAV Chapter 52 toss memorial wreaths into the watery shadow of the Putnam Bridge Friday in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day.

Christmas Zoo spreads toys, cheer

One of the most precious things a parent can see is their child cuddling with a plush animal as they fall asleep. But for many families in Washington County, this simple pleasure is something they can rarely partake in. WMOA radio's Christmas Zoo stuffed animal toy drive is one way to change ...

MC to host Holocaust survivor

World War II was a time when Americans triumphed after facing the horrors of war in a far away land. During that same time, the people of the Jewish faith living in Europe faced horrors almost beyond belief. For them, triumph comes from making sure the world never forgets what happened. On ...

Around town

The Marietta Wastewater Department will be making a sanitary sewer tap in the 700 block of Glendale Road near the intersection of Glendale Road and Hadley Lane on Monday, weather permitting. There will be no parking on either side of the street and thru traffic will be limited to allow access ...

First Fridays: Christmas deals, the Grinch and more

Despite a chill in the air, hundreds of people strolled downtown streets Friday night to see what was offered in the Moonlight Madness-themed First Fridays event. At the corner of Butler and Front streets, Mack McHale, dressed as The Grinch in a Santa Claus costume, spoke and sometimes ...

Plan ahead for giving, volunteering

Our United Way is a hub of volunteerism and intentional giving for this entire community. We field calls nearly every day as part of the process to match those who wish to give with the agencies and programs where the most impact can be made. Whether the “give” is time or a tangible ...

Harmar students help decorate historic house

No one is certain when the traditional Christmas connection between Harmar Elementary School and the historic Fearing House began, but fifth grade teacher Todd Caltrider said it was in place when he started teaching at Harmar in 1999. On Thursday after lunch, a line of about 45 fifth-graders ...

Noble County man murdered in North Carolina

From staff reports A Noble County man was one of the victims of a double homicide a week ago in Goldsboro, N.C. Keith E. Presnell, of Summerfield, was found dead along with his girlfriend, Kathryn B. McCloud, 25, of Goldsboro, N.C., in a house McCloud resided in that was owned by her ...

Drug court sets guidelines

Stakeholders in the pilot drug court planned to begin next year in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas met Thursday to outline parameters for admission and dismissal. In October the Washington County Commissioners signed an 18-month contract with Oriana House, Inc. to administer the ...