Around town

There will be a special meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Warren Middle School Band Room, 70 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for the purpose of having a work session relating to the Ohio School Facilities construction project.

The guest speaker at the New Matamoras Library’s Coffee Break program Monday will be Matthew Powell from the Wayne Nation Forest. Matthew’s program “The Trials and Tribulations of Trees” will cover what species are native to the area as well as what insects and diseases have the potential to devastate the forests. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the library’s community room.

Coffee Break is a library-sponsored program held at the New Matamoras Library featuring guest speakers from around the community. Attendance is free and everyone is invited to attend. For more information or if you’re interested in speaking at a Coffee Break program, please call 740-865-3386.

The Belpre City Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m today. The session will be held at the Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center. The purpose for the meeting is to conduct an executive session only to discuss personnel items.

The City of Marietta has retained TEC Engineering to conduct a traffic impact study and evaluate the effects of a potential closure of Butler Street between Fourth and Seventh streets to accommodate proposed improvements by Marietta College. The purpose of this study is to assess the impacts of this potential closure on the surrounding streets and intersections.

Two public meetings have been scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Both meetings will be held at The Gathering Place, 127 North Seventh St. TEC Engineering will give a brief presentation on the purpose and need for the study, the anticipated schedule and timeline for this work and general discussion of potential impacts to vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic and safety, re-routing of traffic, etc.

More information on the Butler Street Traffic Impact Study Project can be found at

Little Muskingum Grange members will hold a Christmas caroling sing from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the historic German Lutheran Church on Ohio 26 in Sitka. The church will be decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

• For information: Janet Kidd, 740-585-2547 or Sandy Cisler, 740-473-2143.