Around town/roundup

WASCO host fall

festival Saturday

WASCO Inc. hosts its 1st Fall Festival Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Reno Community Center, formerly the old Reno Elementary School on Sandhill road.

The proceeds from this event will be used in conjunction with other funds already raised to construct a brand new awning on the entrance of Wasco to shelter the people served by Wasco from inclement weather. The event will feature a country store, raffles, refreshments, children’s activities and entertainment.

Prisoner of war

program at Cutler

Gifford Doxsee, retired history professor from Ohio University, will give a presentation on his prisoner of war experiences after being captured during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The presentation will take place at the Cutler Community Center (old Cutler School) at 7 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 17. Food will be available at the Community Center snack bar.

Victorian wake and funeral at the Castle

Visitors are invited to 418 Fourth St. for a reenactment of a Victorian wake and funeral this weekend.

They can travel through decorated and darkened rooms learning about Victorian superstitions, their fascination with death, ghosts, and seances. Also included is an example of post-mortem photography, as well as hair art, medicine and embalming practices. Enjoy a funeral cake and punch after the tour. It is advised for visitors to dress in black, Victorian funeral costumes welcomed and encouraged.

The wake is Oct. 12-13 and 19-20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 373-4180. The cost is $15 per person. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted.

Volunteers to plant daffodil bulbs

Youth and adult volunteers are needed to plant 1,000 daffodil bulbs on Buell Island at 9 a.m. Saturday.

For information: Debbie Misel, 896-2916.

Fall clean up in

Liberty Township

Liberty Township will hold its annual fall clean up Oct. 19 and 20 at the township building. Township residents can bring trash and place in the dumpster on the premises during those two days.

Questions contact a trustee or Emily Griffin at (740) 516-0698.

Quilt show, band battle help VFD

Little Muskingum Volunteer Fire Department is holding a battle of the band and quilt show fundraiser on Saturday.

The quilt show opens at 10 a.m. and the bands start at 3 p.m. Food will be provided all day. The location is Lawrence Elementary school on Ohio 26.

All proceeds go toward the purchase of a new emergency squad.

Beekeeper class

for beginners

The Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association will be conducting a beginning beekeeper’s class on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Washington County Career Center, SR676, Marietta. Cost will be $10 for MOVBA members, and $15 for non-members.

Pre- registration and payment must be received by Oct. 11. For more information, phone (304) 485-1498, (740)374-4040, or e-mail-

Williamstown girls soccer benefit

The 1st Williamstown High School Girl’s Soccer team is hosting a spaghetti night on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 159, 100 Central Ave. in Williamstown. Spaghetti will be served along with, refreshments, desserts, raffle and 50/50 drawing (must be present). Please come to support and celebrate the new team.

Fall Festival Sunday at St. Mary School

St. Mary School, Fourth and Marion streets, Marietta will hold its annual Fall Festival on Sunday from 1 until 6 p.m.

A chicken dinner with all the trimmings will be served. $8 adults, $5.50 for children 12 years and under, under 2 free.

There will be games and prizes for the whole family.

Ohio minimum wage rising 10 cents in ’14

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s minimum wage is going up 10 cents to $7.95 starting on Jan. 1.

The Ohio Department of Commerce on Thursday also said the new minimum for tipped employees will be $3.98 – a 5-cent per hour increase.

The state minimum wage is adjusted annually because of a 2006 voter-approved amendment to the Ohio Constitution. Increases are linked to inflation. The minimum wage jumped 15 cents at the beginning of 2013.

The Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers rose 1.5 percent during the period used to calculate wage increases.

The 2006 changes require wages for non-tipped employees be rounded to the nearest five cents.

The state wage for employees at small companies and 14- and 15-year-olds is tied to the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25.

Woman testifies in grisly burning death

ZANESVILLE – A woman who has pleaded guilty in the gruesome death of a badly burned woman found along an eastern Ohio road last year says she has no excuse for her actions.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports that Katrina Culberson described her tumultuous relationship with the victim on Wednesday during the death-penalty trial of LaFonse Dixon Jr.

A driver found 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman northeast of Zanesville in August 2012. The Canton woman had been raped and burned and had a strap around her neck. She died two days later.

The 34-year-old Dixon has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and arson. Culberson and another woman have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify in the case to avoid the death penalty.

Culberson said Dixon gave her a lighter in the attack.

From local

and wire reports