Local News

O’Neill, RSVP volunteers sew bags needed on wash days

While it’s not an ambitious project, a group of ladies at the O’Neill Center are putting their heart and soul into a project that will help several area families. A group of four women from Lowell, Marietta and Belpre came together Thursday to sew laundry bags for families enrolled in ...

Habitat dedicates 1st Belpre home

BELPRE - Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its first house in Belpre Thursday night, the 101st home the organization has built in the region. The house was purchased by Braden and Candace Boyce, who will live there with their children Aidyn, 5, and Sophia, 3. Belpre ...

Body found in river identified

The male body found in the Muskingum River Thursday evening has been identified, according to the Washington County Sherrif's Office. Jess Dixon, 35, of 22883 State Route 339, Beverly, was identified by family members Friday. "The body was taken to Montgomery County for autopsy and the ...

City looks for ideas on $40K CDBG increase

Marietta City Council will host a finance committee meeting Monday to decide the fate of additional federal grant funds. “It’s about a $40,000 increase,” explained Development Director Andy Coleman of the fiscal year 2018 allocation of $403,591. The FY 2017 allocation was $361,764 ...

BHS soccer coach accused of sexual assault

PARKERSBURG — Belpre High School soccer coach Trent Stanley has been indicted by the Wood County Grand Jury on multiple sexual assault and abuse charges. Stanley, 23, of 702 Crooks Ave., Ravenswood, was suspended in April by Belpre City Schools, where he also served as boys junior high ...

Council acts on funding issue

Marietta City Council passed an amendment to the city budget Thursday. The amendment was linked to the payout for the assistant fire chief salary. When the position was filled in January by Rodney Scott, the original budget had the entirety of the salary coming out of the city’s ...

COSI visits Washington School

Dominos: potential energy. Tuning forks: vibrations. Hands-on science: Just plain fun. COSI On Wheels – the mobile education program for the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus – came for a visit Thursday at Washington Elementary School, courtesy of the school’s ...

Housing complex coming to Boaz

BOAZ, W.Va. — A new development in Boaz is going to produce upscale patio homes. Developer Joseph Pope recently appeared before the Wood County Commission to discuss his commercial development at Emerson Commons, but also talked about this residential development being built off W.Va. 14 ...

Around town

Right Path sponsors fish fry May 25 The Right Path for Washington County is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. May 25 at VFW Post 5108, 319 Pike St., Marietta. Dinner includes fried fish, fries, cole slaw, baked beans and bread. Silent and live auction items will be ...

How it works: Street sweeper combines water, brooms, vacuum

The first line of defense for motorists, cyclists and storm drains is a truck that drives back and forth along city streets. “The main purpose is to keep the streets safe, pick up the nails, the loose gravel, glass, metal, dirt, sand, etc.,” explained Street Foreman Chris Hess about ...

Belpre soccer coach charged with sexual assault, abuse

PARKERSBURG — A Belpre High School soccer and junior high track coach has been indicted on multiple counts of third-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust. Trent Jacob Stanley, 23, of 702 Crooks Ave., Ravenswood, was among those indicted by the Wood County ...

City, county meet over sewer cases

Wednesday saw the next step in the development of both sewer lawsuits involving the Washington County Commissioners. Retired Perry County Judge Linton D. Lewis met in chambers in the Washington County Courthouse with lawyers representing the city of Marietta, Washington County Commissioners ...

City seeks bidder for armory fixup

Local organizations have until May 25 to throw their hats in the ring for fixing up and using the Armory gym floor. Qualified bids for the gym refurbishment are due at 11 a.m. that Friday and the successful lessee is expected to complete the project in partnership with the city in exchange ...

Woman sentenced for drug trafficking

The first of two sentencing hearings for a pair charged with trafficking drugs was held Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Natalie Benton, 33, of 111 N. Hart St., Apt. 8, Marietta, pleaded guilty on March 2 to fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin and fifth-degree ...

Max sentence for plot to steal from elderly woman

The fourth person involved in a plot to steal money from an elderly Lower Salem woman was given the maximum sentence Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Brian D. Brown, 52, a former Lower Salem resident currently in the Washington County Jail, pleaded guilty on March 14 to ...

2 sentenced out of almost deadly drug case

Two of four people who nearly died in a room at the Red Roof Inn in Marietta after unknowingly taking fentanyl were sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday morning to community control and rehab. Brittany Marie Wheeler, 27, whose address at the time of her arrest was ...

Tour at Makerspace

John Martincic (right) watches as a router inscribes a block of wood at the Epicenter Makerspace on Lancaster Street while John and Megan Duncan wait for the tool to finish its work. The router, which runs a series of movements driven by computer instructions, is part of the array of equipment ...

Around town

Pet Day in the Park 2-4 p.m. Sunday Order of the Eastern Star, District 25, South East Team 3 will be hosting “A Pet Day in the Park” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in East Muskingum Park in Marietta. There will be portraits of your pets, children’s activities, contests to participate in ...

6 arrested on drug charges

From staff reports An investigation by agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in a search warrant and the arrest of six people on Tuesday. Agents observed Chelsea Hayes and Richard Hawkins meeting with Kenneth ...

Roundup

Man sentenced for probation violation A Columbus man was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas court for a probation violation stemming from a 2013 charge. James C. Parmiter, 36, last known address 76 Oral Ave., Apt. 7, Columbus, received 120 days in the Washington County ...