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Waterford Fair winds down

The Waterford community has gone hog wild. Surpassing previous records, 213 hogs were auctioned on Saturday during the Waterford Community Fair. For an area that has a rich history for raising quality hogs, that's saying something. They were up about 30 hogs from last year. There were 20 ...

Washington County corrections officer arrested Saturday

A corrections officer with the Washington County Jail was arrested Saturday for inappropriate activities, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said. Michelle Lynn Kiefer-Erb, 42, a corrections officer/nurse at the jail, was arrested Saturday on four counts of sexual battery, each a ...

Students shop with cops

Some area school children had the opportunity to shop with Marietta Police Officers Saturday morning at Wal-mart in Marietta during their Back to School "Shop with a Cop" Program. The F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police), Lodge 12 of Marietta, organized the event that helped students get some ...

Q&A: ‘Our Town’ shirts help nonprofits

The designs of Abby Ketelsen not only feature her hometown of Marietta, but now can be seen being worn all around Marietta. Ketelsen, 24, worked with her parents and Ketel1 Teamwear LLC owners Brian and Wendy on a project they call “Our Town.” The year-long series is featuring a new ...

Benefit for Humane Society brings out football fans

VIENNA — Dave Hayes lives in Texas, but his roots are in West Virginia. Hayes, who graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1968, was one of the many West Virginia University Mountaineer fans at Saturday's Mountaineer Tail-Waggin' Tailgate Party fundraiser for the Humane Society of ...

Around town

Author to visit Toy and Doll Museum Aug. 26 Author Louise Holmes will visit the Children’s Toy and Doll Museum, 206 Gilman Ave. Marietta, from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 26. Parents of kindergarten through second-grade children are invited to attend the activity. The author will read, “Please May ...

Ag department gets its due in W.Va.

FAIRLEA, W.Va. - While the governor's office, the Legislature and the judicial branch have faced stormclouds over the last few months, Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt is reaping a harvest. One need only walk through the Gus R. Douglass Annex at the State Fair of West Virginia in ...

Life on the Wild side

CUMBERLAND—"Hey, good girl," coos Jordan Lain. "You're such a good girl." It's no household pet getting this praise on a hot August day— it's a 6,000 pound Southern White Rhino, lounging in the mud. "I talk to the rhinos a lot," says Lain, as she maneuvers a pickup through a pasture ...

Property owner opposes AEP plan

LAWRENCE TWP.— There's still no word from the Ohio Power Siting Board on which route AEP's upgraded transmission lines will take north to Monroe County. The overall project for southeast Ohio is designed to upgrade an outdated 23-kilovolt infrastructure needing improvements for ...

New transition program to prepare students for kindergarten

Like other Marietta City Schools teachers, Koral Fleming is getting ready for class. But unlike the others, Fleming is preparing to lead a new effort by the district to better prepare its youngest pupils for what's ahead. Fleming is the teacher for the transitional kindergarten class, a new ...

Program to feature Williamstown matriarch

Though Williamstown, chartered in 1822, was named for Isaac Williams, a notable trapper and hunter of the frontier, there are some that say his wife was more deserving of the honor. "Rebecca Williams was a third-generation pioneer, a widow by 16, and was well-known for her healing skills," ...

Parade kicks off Waterford Fair weekend

BEVERLY – For a few hours Friday night, the people of Beverly-Waterford were watching one another at their best. The Waterford Community Fair started in 1959, and the 2018 parade was a tribute to a tradition honored by both communities. The parade assembled in the parking lot at Fort ...

Around town

The Belpre City Schools Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Stone Administration/Early Learning Center. The Beverly United Methodist Church will serve its free community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 25. The church is located at 700 Park St. in ...

Marietta man charged with rape, impersonating officer

From staff reports A Marietta man has been charged with rape and is being investigating for possible sexual misconduct against several teenage victims. Donald Ray Barth, 56, of 111 W. Montgomery St. Lot 11, has been charged with rape, a first-degree felony, two counts of kidnapping, both ...

Corrections officer arrested

From staff reports MARIETTA — A corrections officer with the Washington County Jail was arrested Saturday for inappropriate activities, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said. Michelle Lynn Kiefer-Erb, 42, a corrections officer/nurse at the jail, was arrested Saturday on four counts of ...

Fun at the Waterford Fair

Aside from some gray skies and a few scattered sprinkles, the first day of the Waterford Community Fair were off to a great start Thursday. “It’s been really smooth going,” said Missy Antill, president of the fair board. “We really have a lot of help. When they say it’s a community ...

Possible merger discussed by commissioners

A presentation and somewhat tense conversation about a possible merger of two agencies followed the regular public business meeting of the Washington County Commissioners Thursday. Flite Freimann, director of Washington County Job and Family Services, spoke to commissioners Rick Walters, ...

Fewer polling places for November

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com Of Washington County’s approximately 43,000 registered voters, 10,000 will see a change in polling locations during the general election this November. The county’s board of elections voted Wednesday to consolidate ...

Children attend violin camp at Veritas academy

The opening strains of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” echoed down the dark corridors of Veritas Classical Academy, littered with boxes, supplies and other evidence that school is about to start. It was the next to last day of a week-long violin academy. Vivaldi likely would have been pleased, ...

Around Town

Flower and seed exchange planned The Bring One. . .Take One Flower & Seed Exchange will be held on Aug. 25 in Upper Muskingum Park, in the 500 block of Front Street. Those participating should bring plants at 9 a.m. The exchange will start at exactly 10 a.m. Master Gardeners will be on hand ...