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Investigators at a loss about Little Hocking head-on crash

LITTLE HOCKING — A woman was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle was going the wrong way on U.S. 50 and collided with an empty gasoline tanker Wednesday. The woman, whose name had not been released Wednesday night pending notification of her family, was traveling west in an ...

Catholic schools: A matter of education choice

When it came time to send her child to school, Leslie Lupardus had a tough decision to make, with plenty of deliberation. “My husband and I took a long time, and it was a hard decision between St. Mary (Catholic School) and another private school,” she said. “We did an observation at ...

River Museum celebrates Snyder’s centennial

Built in Pittsburgh by the Carnegie Steel Co. in 1918, the towboat that eventually would be named the W.P. Snyder Jr. was created for the purpose of pulling and pushing barges up and down the Ohio River. Steam-powered, 175 feet long and 32 feet wide, it carried a crew of 20 and sat about ...

Parents organize meeting on school security

Like her children at Putnam Elementary School, when Emily Sams began to study school security, she did her homework. Sams is the leader of an informal group of parents organizing a public meeting on the subject of school security and safety. The meeting, styled Secure our Schools, is ...

Riverfront view of Marietta

ART SMITH The Marietta Times The handrail of the Williamstown Bridge frames the Marietta riverfront from West Virginia recently.

Public sounds off on search for supt.

PARKERSBURG — Community members gathered Wednesday at the Wood County Schools central office to weigh in on the search for a new superintendent. The Wood County Board of Education held the public forum to give people the chance to say what qualities they believe will be needed in a new ...

Airport authority rejects tree topping bids

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Wood County Airport Authority rejected a bid to trim the tops of trees on surrounding property after it came in at more than $100,000. Airport Manager Glen Kelly said after the meeting that the amount was much ...

Around town

Democratic Women’s Club to meet April 26 Washington County Democratic Women’s Club will meet on April 26 at the VFW on Pike Street in Marietta. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. There will be a presentation by the Foster Placement Levy. Local ...

Organ patient recalls struggle

Tracy Reifer attends events related to organ donor awareness about twice a month. The Waverly, W. Va., resident has run in 25 five-kilometer races in the past three years, and says at 51 she is healthier than she’s ever been. After a flag-raising ceremony at Marietta Memorial Hospital on ...

One killed in U.S. 50 accident

One person was killed in an accident around 1:30 p.m. today on U.S. 50 and Federal Road at Little Hocking, officials said. Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Chevalier and the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver of a Nissan Sentra was killed in the accident. The ...

Harper leaves ‘amazing’ legacy

Brooks Harper once said he had a hammer in his hand starting at the age of 10. Back then, it was to help his father, contractor Ernest Harper, whose company E.B. Harper & Sons built about 100 homes in Marietta. But through his life, Harper, who passed away Sunday at the age of 79, ...

Williamstown to join opioid lawsuit

WILLIAMSTOWN—Retaining a law firm to represent the city in the opioid class action lawsuit and swearing in a retired Wood County sheriff’s lieutenant as the newest member of the city police department took place at the Williamstown City Council meeting Tuesday. Council voted ...

Icy treat on an icy day

ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta Times John Church, owner of the Kona Ice franchises in the Parkersburg/Marietta area, makes a strawberry shaved ice treat for Megan Isner, an employee of Marietta Dental Works. Isner said she saw the event advertised on the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce ...

Riverboats schedule summertime stops

From staff reports Two of the largest sternwheel boats on the Ohio River system are scheduled for stops in Marietta this summer, and in July they’ll be docked at the city on two of the same days. The Queen of the Mississippi, launched in 2015, is a 150-passenger riverboat that cruises the ...

Memorial honors highway workers

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Seven memorials were set up around the Fallen Worker Memorial at the Welcome Center in Williamstown. Seven memorials for seven workers whose names will be added to a plaque remembering West Virginia Division of Highways workers killed on the job. Tuesday was the ...

Teen of the week: Warren senior excels in many ways

Literature, drama, athletics and the fine art of bringing people together for a reasoned discussion are a few of the attributes of Emma Rader. The Warren High School senior has a diversity of interests and was one of three students — the others were Shelby Lofty and Mya Smith — who ...

Around town

Frontier board meets Thursday at 4:30 There will be a special meeting of the Frontier Local Board of Education at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school library. The purpose of the meeting is to approve membership in the H-GAC Cooperative Purchasing Program and a new bleacher project. 5 ...

Tax deadline

By Sarah Skidmore Sell AP Personal Finance Writer If you woke up in a panic realizing that today is April 15, relax. You've got until today to file and pay your taxes without facing a penalty. April 15 falls on Sunday this year and Monday is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. ...

Belpre makes pitch for levy

BELPRE — In addition to its monthly business meeting on Monday night, the Belpre City Schools Board of Education also held an informational meeting to answer questions about a proposed emergency operating levy for the May 8 primary. The board is asking voters to approve a 10-year ...

County ponders taking on drug companies

While the Washington County commissioners continue to ponder whether to join a national lawsuit against drug distributors in connection with the opioid crisis, about 200 public entities, including counties and cities across the country, have attached their names to the list of plaintiffs ...