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Belpre BOE reviews school starting dates

BELPRE — On a sweltering July evening, the Belpre Board of Education reviewed the timeline for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Temperatures reached the high-80s Monday with high humidity as the board met in the gymnasium of the Stone Administration building with only a handful of ...

Broughton Fest

The first ever Broughton’s Farm Fest was held over the weekend at the Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education Area off of Ohio 821 near Devola. After the disc golf course was recently redesigned and other recent upgrades were made, they wanted people to be aware of what that area has to ...

Your Voice MOV holds first forum

PARKERSBURG — Addiction can take many forms according to participants in a community meeting regarding the area's drug abuse problem. Your Voice MOV held a meeting Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg where people from around the community, with different backgrounds and ...

Sweet Corn preparations

While the cost of nearly everything else has gone up, more than a decade after the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival started, the highlight is still a locally-grown ear of corn dipped in butter—for just $1. The corn is donated by Witten Farm Market. Aside from the food, everything at the festival ...

Belpre Homecoming acts named

By Wayne Towner Special to the Times BELPRE — The entertainment at this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival will feature a mixture of old and new music. The 86th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival will be Aug. 2-4 at Civitan Park in Belpre, with three days of entertainment, rides and ...

Wood County Dems hold forum

PARKERSBURG — In a twist on the traditional meet-the-candidate forums, the Wood County Democratic Party Executive Committee had its first Policy and Community Group Forum on Saturday morning. About 50 people gathered at First United Methodist Church for the forum where candidates heard from ...

Fat Tacos opens drive-thru in Vienna

VIENNA — After a little more than a month in business, Fat Tacos, a new restaurant in Vienna, has made its mark with its menu with more tacos and a whole host of other ingredients. Owner Chris Christian said the tacos are available from their physical location at 3209 Grand Central Ave. in ...

Around town

Basket Bingo to aid Christmas event Barlow Area Christmas in the Village will be hosting a Basket Bingo on July 28. Bingo will be held in the lower level of the Barlow Library. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo begins at noon. Call Susie at 740-236-3502 to register. Community lunch in Barlow ...

Silent film

Buster Keaton, with the aid of a world class theater organist, packed them in Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre, starring in a silent film made almost a century ago. A botany student is awarded an electrical engineering degree by mistake. He attempts to rewire a millionaire's house. A lot ...

Time for a head start

Enrollment is down slightly for the local Head Start program but funding is up, due in part to an increase in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposed by the president and ratified by Congress in February. "We were very surprised by that, especially since other early childhood programs faced ...

Tribute to proclamation

Every year Marietta pays homage to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, a visionary document which established the governing framework for the new territory north of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi and south of the Great Lakes. It was a vast territory, and Marietta was its first capital. ...

Not guilty plea made in animal case

A woman accused of locking up a dog and a cat in a house in Salem Township and then abandoning the animals pleaded not guilty Friday morning at an arraignment in Washington County Common Pleas court. Alexis Moore, 33, was released by Judge Mark Kerenyi on a recognizance bond, with the ...

Drug Court: Funds in place to bring back successful program

Funding is in place to install a drug court in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas by year’s end, and it will mark the first time the specialized court has been in the county in a decade. A previous court ran from 2004 to 2008 before funds dried up. The court focuses on reducing ...

Case against prosecutor moves forward

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings continues to serve amidst charges of coercion and sexual imposition and motions granted Thursday now allow him contact with several witnesses in his case. Previously as a parameter of his bond, Rings was not allowed contact with several local law ...

Re-enactor presents history

We get from history what we choose to see, but those choices are limited by what is presented to us. Cheyney McKnight developed a fascination with history in her early years, ultimately adopting a role as a re-enactor to both convey a message and continue her research into the ...

Contract binds county to drug suit

The Washington County Commissioners will proceed with entering into a multi-district litigation against manaufacturers and suppliers of opioid pharmaceuticals after the county prosecutor agreed to a contract with local attorney Ethan Vessels Thursday. At Thursday’s weekly meeting, the board ...

Around Town

Liberty Township to begin dust control The Liberty Township Board of Trustees will be putting down dust control on July 27. Residents should be advised the tar will be tacky for a while. The trustees will hold their monthly meeting at 7 a.m. Aug. 4. Genealogical society to meet July ...

Sternwheelers to visit

Two of the largest sternwheel boats on the Ohio River system are scheduled for stops at the Ohio River levee this weekend, transporting spectators back to a bygone era. The stops have been much-anticipated but weather and water conditions can change the schedule on short notice, as was the ...

Annual report on Devola water is released

By Michael Kelly The Marietta Times mkelly@mariettatimes.com Good water is essential to a stable community, and Devola seems to have that element under control. The Putnam Community Water Corporation issued its 2017 water quality report this month, and it suggests that the $2.5 million ...

Silent film, but theater organ will steal the show

Horns, whistles, cymbals and strings will ring through Peoples Bank Theatre Friday, all from one machine. “It has all kinds of tricks,”said Jim Caporale as his theater organ was wheeled into place in the pit below the stage Wednesday. “Bells, gongs and sirens, it’s more whimsical than ...