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Our Town: Residents enjoy ‘quiet safety’ of life on the Hill

Up on the hilltop of the west side there sits a community all of its own, part of Marietta but situated above most of it. With modest houses generally with one-third to a half acre of land, garages and ample front lawns, Harmar Hill is known for its quiet safety. “I’ve lived on ...

Our Town: Sunrise, sunset: Times to soak up the atmosphere

With the best view of the city, residents of Bellevue Street on Harmar Hill are privy to not only stunning sunrises but glimmering nightscapes and eye-level fireworks. “This was supposed to be our five-to-10-year home,” said Pam Holschuh, who has now lived perched on the hill overlooking ...

Snow for Christmas?

The Mid-Ohio Valley may see a white Christmas this year if the temperatures plunge as predicted by the National Weather Service. Though rain is likely through Saturday and a good bit of Sunday, that precipitation may change from wet to flurries by 4 p.m. Sunday, heralding in the holiday ...

New tax rules on donations

Taxpayers and their accountants are wondering about the effect of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act signed into law Friday, but one group that is particularly interested in what lies in wait for 2018, when the new tax rules take effect, is nonprofit organizations. The expansion of the standard ...

Sounds of the season

Jeremiah’s Coffee Shop on Front Street gradually filled as the carolers arrived, and at 6:45 p.m. the chorus purred the opening melody of “Away in a Manger” and poured out the door. Friday night was caroling night downtown, the fifth annual such event. More than two dozen friends, ...

New CEO at medical center brings experience

PARKERSBURG — A veteran hospital executive has been selected as the next president and chief executive officer of Camden Clark Medical Center, following a national search. Steve Altmiller, who most recently spent about four years as president and CEO of Good Shepherd Health System in ...

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City offices closed Monday, Tuesday Marietta city offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holiday. In addition, offices will also be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. The city’s emergency services will continue to operate as well as the ...

Users hooked on crime

The use of illegal drugs, their sale and crimes associated with their activity is the main concern for both of Washington County’s head law enforcement officials as 2017 draws to a close. And both Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks and Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp noted a trend ...

County, city at odds over River Trail

Washington County Commissioners voted Thursday to revoke an easement for the Marietta River Trail, purchased a building and additional parking, and approved the placement of a children services levy on the May 2018 ballot. River Trail A disputed 385 linear feet on county property ...

City Council prepares for new year

Marietta City Council bid adieu to its longest standing member and its youngest member Thursday during the final regular meeting of the 2016-17 term. Councilman Tom Vukovic, who has served since Oct. 14, 1998, as representative of the Fourth Ward, and Councilwoman Sarah Snow who has ...

Technology lesson for Fort Frye teens

BEVERLY —Does the pervasive use of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices have an impact on developing minds? Do those bright screens have a dark side? A documentary film shown to more than 100 Fort Frye junior high and high school students, along with faculty, staff and board ...

Lost snowy owl moved to care at avian center

VIENNA, W.Va. — After a week in unfamiliar territory in Wood County, a snowy owl from the Arctic Circle has been rescued to get some care for the injuries it suffered. Julie Zickefoose, a contributing editor to “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and a freelance writer and naturalist, said the ...

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Frontier board sets Jan. 3 meeting The organizational meeting for the Frontier Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Frontier High School library. Marietta city offices set holiday hours Marietta city offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday in ...

Santa at work before Christmas

MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times David Morgan of Innovative Interiors waves to people walking through the Giant Eagle parking lot Thursday as he touches up the store’s sign with the help of Dustin Long. The painters added some Christmas cheer to shopping Thursday as they wished passersby ...

Sewer dispute

After unsuccessful mediation and efforts for dialogue, Marietta’s legal counsel is moving forward with suing the Washington County commissioners for breaking the terms of the 2011 contract to sewer Devola and Oak Grove. “That was a disappointment, we thought we were getting closer to a ...

Christmas feast a triumph of caring

On Saturday, organizers will start preparing the room at First Presbyterian Church. A crew led by Joe Matthews II will attack a mountain of fresh potatoes — 350 pounds of spuds — with peelers, then cut and soak them. The next day, work on the food will begin in earnest as ham, turkey, ...

Beverly Library Storytime project

BEVERLY—Fine motor skills, pre-math skills and early literacy are part of the package when you take your toddler to story time. “And it’s important to get them excited about reading and also get to interact with other kids,” said Shelley Morgenstern, of Beverly. Morgenstern’s ...

Lost bird causing stir in its adopted home

VIENNA, W.Va. - An arctic visitor to the area has created a stir on social media. Sightings of a snowy owl in Vienna have been attracting people to the area of the Grand Central Mall where the owl has been seen resting and hunting. Marietta resident Susan Allender, an amateur ...

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Ludlow Twp. trustees meetings Dec. 28 Ludlow Township trustees will hold their regular December meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the town hall. The organizational 2018 meeting will follow immediately after. New Year’s Eve party at VFW Post 5108 A New Year’s Eve Party will be held Dec. ...

WVU-P holds pinning ceremony

From staff reports PARKERSBURG - More than two-dozen nursing program graduates participated this month in the annual West Virginia University at Parkersburg held fall nursing pinning ceremony. The event was held Dec. 9 in the College Activities Center. The pinning ceremony honors ...