Local roundup

Positive ID made on body in Oho River

A body found earlier this month in the Ohio River has been positively identified as that of the Parkersburg South High School graduate, 22-year-old Carl Austin Travis.

Personal belongings found with the body initially led police to believe it was that of Travis, who had gone missing in Marietta while on leave from the Navy in February. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has now confirmed Travis’ identity using dental records, said Marietta Police Department Captain Jeff Waite.

No other information is available at this time.

Relief fund set up for Farmers Market

A relief fund has been established for the River City Farmers Market vendors who suffered losses in the Monday fire that destroyed the Washington County Fairground’s Rabbit and Poultry Building.

The River City Farmers Market Relief Fund is set up through Advantage Bank, said market president Gary Smith. The funds collected will be split among all of the vendors who lost merchandise in the fire. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the bank’s 226 Third St. location.

Donors should make sure to specify that their contribution is for the River City Farmers Market Relief Fund.

Tree title celebrated in Williamstown

By Wayne Towner

Special to the Times

WILLIAMSTOWN – The city Tuesday marked its 29th straight year as a member of Tree City USA, the longest consecutive period for any city in West Virginia.

Barbara Lewis, a member of Williamstown City Council and chairman of the Williamstown Tree Commission, was joined by Mayor Jean Ford and Andy Sheetz, partnership coordinator with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, on Tuesday for the annual planting of Williamstown’s Arbor Day tree.

“Williamstown became involved in the program in 1983 and we have earned the title of Tree City USA ever since then,” Lewis said.

Seventeen cities in West Virginia also are Tree City USA participants.

“We’re proud of these accomplishments and we’re trying to do our part in protecting our environment,” she said.

The officials and several local residents gathered to plant a new dogwood tree in the 500 block of Cherry Avenue. Lewis said the new tree, which was planted in the city-owned greenspace between the street and sidewalk, replaces another tree which was previously planted in that location but later died.

Ford presented a proclamation recognizing Williamstown’s continued participation in the Tree City USA program, while Sheetz gave officials a new Tree City USA flag for the city of Williamstown.

Lewis said the tree commission’s budget was hit hard last year in the aftermath of the 2012 derecho, because of required tree and debris removal costs which had to come from that budget. However, the commission is moving forward and making plans for the future, with more plantings and a special celebration next year to mark what will be the 30th year for the program, she said.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation.