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Report cards

Washington County school districts showed improvement as a group on the Ohio Department of Education report cards for the 2016-17 school year, but superintendents and school leaders remained skeptical of the report cards’ value. The grades were made public through spreadsheets posted on ...

Volunteer just likes to serve

By Sam Shawver Special to The Times Every Thursday Marge Stacy travels from her home in Lowell to Marietta where she volunteers with Marietta Home Health and Hospice. On other days Stacy may be found singing with her chorus group for residents at area nursing homes. And this weekend ...

County/townships road work update

The Washington County Commissioners were briefed on the status of the Round 31 Combined Road Base Stabilization project during their weekly meeting Thursday. The project that was presented to the commissioners last year was a joint effort between the Washington County Engineer, Barlow, ...

Historic barn stripped bare

For more than 150 years, and eight generations, farmland out in Noble County has been a place of refuge for the Neely/Hughes family. “It was the freshest air you’ll ever breathe and the brightest stars you’d ever see and it felt safe,” said Sharon Lilly, the youngest sibling of ...

Around town

Genealogical Society to meet Saturday The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., at the Washington County Public Library, at 615 Fifth Street, Marietta, Ohio, in the lower level meeting room. Our speaker will be Dr Scott M Moody, ...

Bank robbed at The Plains

From local reports ATHENS — Members of the Athens County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery in The Plains on Wednesday. The robbery occurred at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Hocking Valley Bank, 118 N. Plains Road, The Plains, according to a press release ...

Man sentenced on theft charge

From staff reports Mark Ullom, 40, of 25338 Garden Road, Oakwood Village, pleaded guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony, in Washington County Pleas Court this week. Ullom was originally indicted in August on two counts of forgery, both fifth-degree felonies, theft, a fifth-degree felony, ...

Beverly, Waterford drive to collect Hurricane Irma aid

The concerned citizens of Beverly and Waterford are sponsoring a united drive to gather supplies to send to Hurricane Irma victims. On Saturday, Sept. 16, they are filling a semi box trailer with supplies to help meet the needs of many who have lost so much in these natural disasters. They will ...

Ricky Skaggs at Opry Saturday

The Ohio Valley Opry in McConnelsville will be celebrating its 17th anniversary with special guest Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder for two shows on Saturday. Founded in September of 2000, the OVO features the best in local, regional, and national talent on a monthly basis at their ...

A growing trail

Marietta City Council held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss expansion of the city’s River Trail, which currently spans 3.28 miles, to add 0.84 miles and connect the trail to the city’s easternmost box storessuch as like Aldi and Walmart to the downtown walking route. Currently ...

Expo will focus on being an entrepreneur

By Michael Kelly The Marietta Times mkelly@mariettatimes.com Entrepreneurship isn’t just something people do, Jackie Khorassani said. It’s an approach to the world. “It’s not just about small business owning and managing, it’s a mindset, something we think everyone should have ...

Lower speed limit on Ohio Street discussed

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee met Wednesday to discuss safety concerns on Ohio Street, an upcoming fundraiser at the Peoples Bank Theatre and a donation of repair services on Ellenwood Avenue. Terry ...

Several arrested out of drug investigation

Ten people were arrested in Washington County on drug charges today, with 15 additional arrests expected in surrounding counties, as the result of an investigation by the Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force and with aid from the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Attorney ...

High-tech device helps EMS crews

The Newport Volunteer Fire Department had 34 EMS calls for the month of August and any one of those calls could have involved a cardiac event. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety—Division of EMS, the department now has a life-saving piece of equipment that can be ...

Students need tools to combat bullying, author says

PARKERSBURG —Students must be given the tools to deal with bullying, both for themselves and for others, a national anti-bullying advocate said Wednesday. Tom Thelen, author and founder of the Victimproof Bullying Prevention Program, visits schools throughout the country, talking to ...

Around town

Civil War Roundtable meets Sept. 21 The next regular meeting of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley is 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 320 Second St., Marietta; speaker will be Dan Welch, author and former education coordinator for the ...

Harvest Moon Festival weekend

PARKERSBURG — The 2017 Harvest Moon Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg, featuring more than 100 crafters and vendors in and around the City Park Pavilion. The festival will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, with ...

River City Comic Con at MC’s rec center

From local reports The seventh annual River City Comic Con will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center in Marietta. The event is a comic book and collectibles show with a family-friendly atmosphere. Vendors from throughout the region will be on hand ...

Athletic trainers

With more knowledge than ever before on the impact of concussions on athletes, having fully qualified athletic trainers consistently on the field is in growing demand. “We don’t want coaches having to make medical decisions,” said Tom Bartsokas, a sports medicine doctor leading the ...

Reasons for suicide often lurk in background

BEVERLY - They lined up to talk to Bill Bauer at the end of the evening. Half the 50 people who attended Bauer’s presentation on suicide prevention Tuesday night at Fort Frye High School stood in line to shake his hand, hug him and talk to him after a frank, wide ranging discussion on a ...