Local News

Many miles of lines underground

Between Washington, Morgan, Monroe and Noble counties, there are 640.4 miles of pipeline running beneath the ground transmitting natural gas and hazardous liquids. All of those pipeline miles are mapped and tracked by both the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the U.S. Department of ...

Area breaks weather records; flooding possible this week

In the eight days from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, the Marietta area broke daily records for high temperature, low temperature and rainfall. The whiplash is expected to continue at least into next week. Maura Casey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Charleston, W.Va., said ...

Marietta-Washington County CVB reports tourism boost

Marietta’s well-known charm was, apparently, working well last year. According to figures presented at the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting Tuesday night, the agency’s revenue from the city’s lodging tax was $262,154, an increase of $69,381 over ...

New owner rebuilds Murray’s Glass

When Dennis and Ron Farrar decided to purchase Murray's Glass and Automotive Paints on Front Street last year, they did it not only to provide people and businesses in Washington County with premiere glass service, but to help revitalize an establishment with which they have had a long ...

Marietta City Council to rename two parking lots

Marietta City Council plans to rename two city parking lots and update city ordinances to reflect rules of the lots. Chairwoman of council’s Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee Cindy Oxender said Tuesday that the changes are to bring current city regulations into play. “Like the ...

Around town

New programs at the Beverly Library include Book buddies; children under third grade can get a reading card at the library and have card stamped eight times to receive a gift card from Dough Boyz Pizza. AARP free taxes services are on Monday and Wednesday evenings; limited space, contact ...

Wood BOE voices opposition to omnibus

The Wood County Board of Education has joined a growing list of school systems voicing opposition to a state education omnibus bill. The board read a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting concerning Senate Bill 451, also known as the state education omnibus bill. Teacher and personnel unions ...

Grant success

Long-term planning led to a landmark year in grants for the city of Marietta's development department. "In 2018 we had a 100 percent success rate for the grants we applied for, with zero city matching funds," explained Development Director Andy Coleman. From federal Community Development ...

Concerns continue for possible relocation of county agencies

County human service agencies may soon be playing a game of musical chairs. Under consideration since the merger of the county Department of Job and family Services with the Washington County Children Services agency began is how to put the soon-to-be combined agency under one roof. "One of ...

Warren Local Schools Board of Education approves math system

VINCENT — The Warren Local Schools Board of Education Monday night approved an investment of nearly half a million dollars in a new math curriculum. The new system will go into effect for all grades starting in the fall. “It covers all years, and it has the ability to measure ...

Rivers recede, more rain coming

MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times Debris marks high-water areas along a ramp off the River Trail near Sixth and Wayne streets Monday afternoon. The Ohio River peaked early Saturday below flood stage, leaving behind mud and flotsam rather than damage, but a series of systems forecast to wash ...

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The City of Marietta has retained TEC Engineering to conduct a Traffic Impact Study and evaluate the effects of a potential closure of Butler Street from Fourth to Seventh streets to accommodate proposed improvements by Marietta College. The city has scheduled a Streets & Transportation ...

Washington State Community College adds trustee

Spring session enrollment is down slightly at Washington State Community College compared to the forecast, the college’s board of trustees was told Monday afternoon, but the session is seeing growth in both adult students and students coming in from West Virginia. Amanda Herb, vice ...

Annual fundraising event for EVE Inc. draws crowd

EVE Inc. Sunday celebrated its Chocolate Party, the 30th year of the fundraiser. The organization celebrated with an endless supply of chocolate delicacies like cookies, brownies, cakes, candies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and a fountain flowing with chocolate. The long-running annual chocolate ...

West Virginia school groups vote to take work action if needed over bill

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — School personnel from around West Virginia overwhelmingly voted to authorize their state associations to call for a work action if needed over the education reform bill in the Legislature, officials said Saturday. Representatives of the American Federation ...

Years later, pals unite in goal to help rural village

Justin Futrell and Mitchel Gearhart met in gym class in kindergarten at Putnam Elementary School. “We were the two in the back of the line when we were running laps,” Futrell laughed. Not only are the two Marietta natives still friends but they’ve teamed up together to raise $25,000 ...

Taking the polar plunge

PARKERSBURG — Residents were freezin’ for a reason on Saturday. The seventh annual Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics West Virginia, was held at the Point Park Marketplace where the plungers jumped into a pool of cold water to raise money for the organization. The first two ...

Home Show has a good turnout

From staff reports VIENNA — The 2019 Great American Home Show ended its three-day run on Sunday with organizers again pleased with the turnout. “It’s been great,” said Steven D. Bailey, an officer of the sponsoring Home Builders Association and an exhibitor at the event held this ...

Around town

Free health screenings in Beverly Tuesday The Ohio University Community Health Program will be held at the Beverly Library from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. There will be free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. Fasting nine to 12 hours before the screening is recommended, but not ...

Snow may cause delivery delay

Due to deteriorating road conditions the Monday edition of The Marietta Times may be delivered later than normal to some homes. Subscribers may read the All Access digital version of the printed newspaper by validating their subscription at ...