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Rite Aid robbery suspect in custody

Marietta Police said Thursday morning that a suspect in the Dec. 2 armed robbery of the Marietta Rite Aid has been taken into custody and charged by federal authorities in northern Ohio. The suspect was involved in a multi-state pharmacy robbery ring and is believed to have been involved in ...

Man gets nine years for New Matamoras shooting

A Belmont County man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for his role in a February failed home invasion attempt. Cody Hinkle, 26, of 47393 Centerville Jacobsburg Road, Jacobsville was described by Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings as a violent person who deserved a ...

Butler Street proposal draws crowds

Close to 200 individuals attended the two public meetings held Wednesday on a city option to vacate Butler Street to Marietta College. The question on the table, as Marietta College President Bill Ruud and City Councilwoman Kathy Downer presented, is yes or no to vacate the road between ...

Reviving a tradition

The reedy voices of children echoed softly down the hallways of The Arbors assisted living home on Seventh Street Wednesday afternoon as Washington Elementary School revived a Christmas tradition. The fifth-grade and kindergarten classes at the school walked to the facility, broke into small ...

Around town

Souls Harbor Baptist Church will hold Christmas programs at 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, presenting "The Elevator Christmas." At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the children's Christmas program, with singing and instrumentals, will be performed. All are welcome. The church is located at 115 Caywood Road, ...

Window displays

For 15 years, animated displays depicting Christmas preparations have filled the windows of the Marietta Peoples Bank branch. "Hearing the children laughing and giggling and talking about it outside my window, that's the best part," said Shawn Taylor, vice president of commercial banking. ...

Superintendent earns high marks

Will Hampton has a steep slope to climb for the coming year. The Marietta City Schools superintendent received his annual evaluation at the end of November, and the board of education has set three major goals for him to achieve in 2018-19. Hampton met or exceeded expectations on all the 25 ...

Video visitation to take the place of in-person visits at jail

Transporting an inmate for a visit brings with it many security and personnel issues. The prisoner not only requires an escort from a guard en route to the visitation area, but it allows them a greater chance to be a threat to the safety of the staff and other inmates. A new video visitation ...

Reward offered for Rite Aid robbery suspect

Capt. Aaron Nedeff of the Marietta Police Department confirmed Tuesday that the Rite Aid Pharmacy chain has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a subject wanted for the Dec. 3 robbery of the pharmacy's 301 Greene St. location. The security camera footage from ...

Construction set to start on Broughton community building

The foundation is laid for the Elizabeth Sudgen Broughton Community Building, but for George Broughton it's a foundation for much more than a structure. Set in the privately-owned, publicly used Broughton nature preserve just off Interstate 77 the building will not only fill a local need but ...

Marietta council committees meet

The building of a new water treatment plant, 2019 asphalt paving funding opportunities and the city’s harbor contract were main topics covered by Marietta City Council’s committees Tuesday. ¯ Water treatment Council heard from engineers with Strand Associates Inc. on the long-term plan ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport officials pleased with Contour

With less than a week of flights under its belt, Contour Airlines has already flown more passengers to Charlotte from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport than its predecessor did in November. At Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting, airport Manager Glen Kelly said Contour had ...

Around town

The Marietta High and Marietta Middle school choirs will present their holiday concert at 7 p.m. today in the Marietta High School auditorium. There is no cost to attend but there will be raffle tickets sold for a "gift wreath" valued at close to $800 worth of gift cards, certificates and other ...

Fire destroys home in Whipple

WHIPPLE — Tuesday around 8:30 a.m. Washington County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy Ryan Zide along with the Fearing, Salem, Devola, Reno and Williamstown Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to 2229 Reeds Run Road in Whipple to a house fire. According to Washington County Sheriff ...

Bringing the light

BROWNSVILLE —Near the northeast corner of Washington County sits a country home that was surrounded by the peaceful snow as the week began. But once the sun goes down the true magical joy of the holiday season begins with 26,000 lights, programmed to a Christmas musical show running from 6 ...

Ex-coach gets 3-15 years

The attorney for former Belpre High School soccer coach Trent Stanley asked a judge to spare his client additional jail time Monday, saying the 23-year-old man’s sexual relationship with a teenage girl he’d coached was “a horrible, horrible lapse in judgment” for which Stanley takes ...

Insurance costs continue to plague school districts

Although increases in the cost of offering health insurance as a benefit to employees seems to have plateaued for the time being, the packages appear to have more or less permanently landed as one of the major expenses for public schools. A survey of Washington County schools shows that for ...

Holocaust survivor shares story with Marietta College

Sharing vivid details of life before, during and after the Holocaust, Marion Blumenthal Lazan held her audience captivated Monday. “I remember seeing a wagon that I thought was for firewood,” she described of her experience as a Jewish child in a concentration camp. “I later learned ...

Wolf Creek Local Schools expands mental health services

WATERFORD — Wolf Creek Local Schools has become the latest Washington County school district to engage Life and Purpose Services to help its students. Superintendent Doug Baldwin told the board of education at its regular meeting Monday night that the mental health services provider is ...

Around town

The Southeast Ohio Foodbank, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, is looking to enroll additional seniors living in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington counties for its Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Seniors 60 ...