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JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor asks a question during the off-site court session at Marietta High School Wednesday.

Ohio Supreme court visits Marietta High School

Precedent, criminal court proceedings and disbarment were all topics covered during a local visit from the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday. About 600 students from Marietta, Belpre, Fort Frye, Frontier, Warren and Waterford high schools, Veritas Classical Academy and both the Washington County ...

SAM SHAWVER   The Marietta Times
Warren High School junior Faith Burns, left, talks with Marietta College representative Alli Hesson.

College Night draws hundreds

Several hundred local high school students, parents, and others interested in higher education opportunities crowded into Marietta College’s Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center for Wednesday’s annual College Night. “This is especially good for high school kids who can visit a lot of schools ...

Belpre to get Taco Bell restaurant

BELPRE — Taco Bell is being added to the menu in Belpre. Work recently began on a Washington Boulevard lot next to Belpre Savings Bank. Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz confirmed Wednesday that it will be the location of a Taco Bell. Lorentz said he’s gotten very positive reactions from ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Jedd Butler helps Patricia Henke learn to use the ExpressPoll books to be used in the Nov. 7 election to check-in voters during poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections.

More workers needed for Election Day, Nov. 7

Several new faces joined seasoned veterans at poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections but the board is still in search of a handful more to commit to working Nov. 7. “I decided to do this because I thought it sounded interesting,” said Reno resident ...

Scholarship in memory of Lowell man

PARKERSBURG — A permanent scholarship fund in the memory of a man who died from lung cancer has been established at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Dennis O’Callaghan, of Lowell, passed away August 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born and raised in ...

iBELIEVE to hold benefit dinner

VIENNA -- The iBELIEVE Foundation will celebrate five years in the Mid-Ohio Valley next month at the organization’s annual benefit dinner. The fifth-annual Mid-Ohio Valley iBELIEVE Benefit Dinner will be held Nov. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in ...

Around Town

Behavioral Health Board to meet The Washington County Behavioral Health Board will have its next regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the behavioral health board office, 344 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. In addition, the steering committee will meet at the board office at 1 p.m. on ...

MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times
James Booth walks near dusk on Tuesday in front of his house on Fourth Street in Lowell, across the street from the elementary school. A former village council member, Booth says he probably will vote in favor of the increased mill levy coming up on the Nov. 7 ballot but expressed frustration at the increasing neglect the state has shown in supporting the finances of small communities like his.

Village of Lowell seeks levy increase

LOWELL —Voters in the village of Lowell, home to about 542 people in 245 households, are being asked by local leaders to approve a 3.75-mill levy on Nov. 7. The slogan for the levy campaign is, “Let’s keep the streetlights on and help support the general fund.” Mayor Steve Weber said ...

Ryan Lamp

Teen of the Week: Newport teen learns by giving back to community

Ryan Lamp of Newport will be well ahead of the game when he’s ready for college next year. The Frontier High School senior is spending his last two years of high school taking some advance core courses at Washington State Community College. Holly Cunningham, counselor at FHS, described ...

Body pulled from river

From staff reports The body of a middle-aged Caucasian woman was pulled out of the Muskingum River at approximately 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Ryan Huffman of the Marietta Police Department. By late evening police had identified the woman but declined to release her name. A spokes ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
The Warren High School HPAC: (First row, left to right) Jaiden Washburn, Emilee Neville, Mckinzi Heiss, (second row, kneeling) Autumn Miller,  Tori Wittekind, Brianna Sydenstricker, Kaitlyn Bailey, (standing) McCaylee Southall, Shane Gardner, Lilly Hart, Jenna Walters, Jazzimine Doan, Virginia Sheff, Alexis Cook, Alexis McKnabb, Vanessa Gandera, Braydon McConnell, Regan Wright.

WHS students offer support to area’s foster families

Going into its second year, the Warren High School HPAC group — Health Professionals Affinity Community — plans to continue its program to help foster children and foster parents in the area. Last year, the group of about 25 students collectively decided that they wanted to address the ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Christopher Reese, (right) 39, of 728 Second St., Marietta, appears for a competency hearing in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.

Sexual assault case is continued

Washington County Common Pleas Court will hear from a psychologist next week on the competency of a Marietta man accused of raping a young family member. Christopher Dale Reese, 39, of 728 Second St., appeared before Judge Mark Kerenyi Tuesday at which time his attorney Rolf Baumgartel ...

Belpre schools facing deficit

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools will run out of money before the end of the 2018-19 school year, according to a five-year financial forecast released Monday. District Treasurer Lance Erlwein presented the report to the Belpre Board of Education during a three-hour work session Monday and ...

Around Town

Variety soup supper at Sand Hill church A variety soup supper will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Sand Hill United Methodist Church in Reno. There will be a free will offering. Medication Take Back Day is Oct. 28 Medication Take Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Marietta Municipal Court Candidates Janet Dyar-Welch, left, and Paul Bertram, right, shake hands at the Marietta College McDonough Leadership Center after a debate Monday.

Marietta Municipal Judge candidates debate

The two candidates facing off for the role of municipal court judge in Marietta Nov. 7 met Monday for a debate at Marietta College. Democratic Incumbent Janet Dyar-Welch and Republican Challenger Paul Bertram fielded questions concerning the roles of a municipal judge, how their backgrounds ...

Police need help identifying body found in river

An unidentified body of a middle-aged Caucasian woman was pulled out of the Muskingum River at approximately 1:45 p.m. today according to Sgt. Ryan Huffman of the Marietta Police Department. "We need help identifying her," he said. "If you know of a white middle-aged woman missing, please ...

Guilty plea nets 60 days

A Parkersburg man involved in an armed robbery in Harmar in May was sentenced to jail in Washington County Common Pleas Court Monday. William George, 42, of 12052 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, had faced up to three years in prison for two original counts of aggravated burglary, both first-degree ...

WSCC hopes to offer four-year degrees

Washington State Community College will investigate offering baccalaureate degrees. Board of trustees chairman Randy Barengo and college president Vicky Wood told a board meeting Monday night that they had attended the First National Baccalaureate Summit in Las Vegas, Nev., at the end of ...

New Marietta Times App for Apple iOS users

The Marietta Times rolled out a new application for users of Apple devices over the weekend with the release of the 2.0 version of the application used to access digital content on smart phones and tablets. “The new app meshes well with MariettaTimes.com, which was updated a year ago to be ...

Don’t expect fiery fall colors this year

The ideal combination to fuel the fiery colors of fall in the Mid-Ohio Valley forests is moderate late summer and early fall rains with nights that are cool but not freezing. The valley didn’t get that this year. Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural ...