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Friday night fish fry

Joanie Yeomans, right, of Lowell, and Cathy Rauch, left, of Lowell, load take-out boxes with fried fish following the first Lenten Fish Fry at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Marietta Friday. Upcoming fish fries around the area include: ¯ Our Lady of Mercy in Lowell will be having fish fries ...

Several Wood County roads closed because of flooding

PARKERSBURG — After several days of steady rain throughout the region, flooding is expected to occur in the Parkersburg area. The Wood County 911 Center advised using caution after receiving reports Friday morning of flooded roadways, along with heavy ponding of water on the roads. Among ...

Celebrating downtown businesses, people

Marietta’s merchants and their loyal patrons were lauded Thursday during the Downtown Celebration with Marietta Main Street. Five businesses were nominated for the organization’s building improvement award, four business owners were nominated for the best neighbor of the year, three ...

Memorial Health System provides tips, experts, more

There was a lot to take in at the annual Heart Lunch, sponsored by the Memorial Health System and held at the Marietta Shrine Club Thursday. So much so, in fact, that Lowell resident and first time attendee Shirley Williams was taking meticulous notes. “I’m here for myself and for my ...

Adjusting to new tax laws

It’s been a frantic couple of weeks for employers and their accountants as the guidelines for the new tax laws enacted by Congress in December roll out. The new tax laws have been heralded as a way to give wage earners more disposable income, but for now accounting firms and employers are ...

CVB plans shared with commissioners

The Washington County Commissioners heard an update from the new executive director of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau following their regular weekly meeting Thursday. Deana Clark met with the commissioners to discuss how the bureau is planning to bounce back ...

Nursing home residents, family, come together

BEVERLY—The music was from the ‘60s and ‘70s, the room was busy with disco lights and the dance floor was full. For the second year, Muskingum Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing held a party for its residents the day after Valentine’s Day. Dressed in their Saturday night best, ...

Marietta council handles finances

Marietta City Council spent Thursday’s regular meeting voting on multiple financial ordinances. One was to finalize the renovation project for the Harmar Lift Station with a final deduction change order of $50,373.51. “This closes out our project,” said Water and Sewer Committee ...

Ohio River Benchmarks for Marietta, Belpre

Local officials say they will be working to make sure existing benchmarks are accurate. Use these as a guide, but officials say it's important to "know your number." Flood stage is 35 feet, moderate flood stage is considered 38 feet and major flood stage is considered 40 feet by the National ...

Around Town

Frontier Board of Ed to meet Monday The February regular meeting for the Frontier Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the Frontier High School library preceded by the finance committee meeting at 6:45 p.m. WSCC Board of Trustees to meet The Washington ...

Career Center, local industries offer real-life conditions

A new project brewing at the Washington County Career Center will take students in the adult education industrial programs out of the classroom for training in conditions that closely mimic the workplaces they are likely to encounter when they get hired. The Outdoor Industrial Training ...

Old gas and oil wells a concern

With more than 100 years of drilling not only across the state but in Washington County, the number of local abandoned wells is estimated to be more than the 37 documented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. And orphaned wells pose not only a safety risk but also potential ...

AEP, slip repair close Veto Road

CONSTITUTION—Veto Road is scheduled to be closed or see delays four times this year, all due to work surrounding slippage. Today and Friday are the first of those four times, and the road is scheduled to be closed between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. “There has been an existing ...

Flying Dogs recently opened on Seventh Street

The door to one of Marietta’s newest eateries was constantly opening and closing Wednesday, even though the restaurant had barely opened for the day. That’s the way it’s been since Flying Dogs Hot Dogs opened on Feb. 8, according to owner John Nash, who has committed to staying in ...

Committee to focus on blight

Marietta City Council discussed the blight agenda for the first half of the year in Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee Wednesday. Chairman Geoff Schenkel laid out an outline of his priorities for the committee spanning through June. “I’ve been reviewing the the numerous ...

Around Town

Warren schools committees to meet The Learning, Instruction and Assessment Committee of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren Administration Office, 220 Sweetapple Road, Vincent. The Operations Committee meeting of the Warren ...

Washington Street Bridge: Old design, still useful

Though the Federal Highway Administration classifies the Washington Street Bridge in Marietta as functionally obsolete, that categorization is not linked to current concrete crumbling along the abutment on the west side of the bridge. “The abutment definitely needs attention, especially ...

Marietta BOE reconsiders realignment

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education is considering a plan to walk back its aggressive proposal to realign the district’s elementary school system. The proposal, made public in December, was the subject of a town hall meeting in January, where an audience largely made up of parents ...

Not guilty plea in murder case

From staff reports A former Marietta man pleaded not guilty in the murder of Patsy Sparks, a former cold case for which he was indicted in January. Randy Slider, 56, was arraigned in Noble County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning. The arraignment was originally scheduled for today but was ...

Belpre teen positive influence on his school, community

Polite and softspoken, Belpre High School Senior Nicholas Hampton embodies everything it means to wear the Boy Scout badge of honor. For his Eagle Scout project, Hampton, also a drummer in the Pride of Belpre Marching Band, decided to bring a little cheer to the lives of the residents of Belpre ...