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ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Rock Hill, S.C. resident Janet Eish looks through travel coupon books during a stop at the rest area just three miles north of Marietta Wednesday.

I-77 travelers say rest stop would be missed

The rest area just north of mile marker 3 on Interstate 77 was bustling with travelers and truck drivers this week even as notices of a proposed closure greeted them at the door. The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on closing the 32-year-old rest stop through March ...

Ohio suit v. DuPont is broad

The lawsuit brought by the state of Ohio against DuPont and Chemours alleging decades of environmental damage in Ohio from the companies’ operations near Parkersburg is the latest of many legal actions brought against the companies and will probably, like the others, take years to ...

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Allen Clark, ag teacher and FFA advisor for Warren High School, instructs a group of sophomores in leaf identification.

Longtime teacher, FFA adviser, to retire

Allen Clark tried retiring once, came back, and now is leaving again after more than 40 years of teaching at Warren High School. As the agriculture teacher and FFA adviser, he holds a pivotal position between Warren Local Schools and the Mid-Ohio Valley farming community. Clark went to school ...

Marietta native is enjoying Olympics

For Marietta native Ben Fischer, the PyeongChang Olympics is mostly, but not all, business. Fischer is in the small mountain resort town as a reporter, covering the commerce side of the 2018 Winter Olympics for SportsBusiness Journal. The 35-year-old, originally from Marietta but now living ...

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Warren BOE to meet Thursday There will be a special meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held at the Warren Local Administration Office, 220 Sweetapple Road, Vincent, for the purpose of having a work session relating to the Ohio ...

Power station to be sold or shut down

PARKERSBURG – The Pleasants Power Station will be sold or deactivated by Jan. 1, the parent company announced on Friday. FirstEnergy said its Allegheny Energy Supply subsidiary notified PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization, of its plan to deactivate the power plant, ...

St. Mary Fish Fry

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 ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Hunt Brawley, left, Hallie Taylor, center, and Tony Styer, right, talk with Cristie Thomas, front, during the downtown celebration for Marietta Main Street Thursday at the Adelphia.

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 ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Ryan Grasley, executive chef of The Changed Plate restaurant in Belpre, prepares The Changed Plate garden bowl consisting of a blend of kale, spinach and romaine, ancient grains, roasted cauliflower, dried fruit and a dijon vinaigrette in a whole wheat tortilla bowl Thursday. The restaurant is owned and operated by the Memorial Health System.

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 ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Residents, staff and visitors dance at the Thursday day-after-Valentine’s party at the Muskingum Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beverly.

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 ...

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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 ...

Ohio River Benchmarks for Marietta, Belpre

The Ohio River is predicted to crest at 38.6 feet at 1 p.m. Sunday in Marietta. Flood stage is 35 feet, moderate flood stage is considered 38 feet and major flood stage is considered 40 feet by the National Weather Service. The Muskingum River is predicted to crest at 11.3 feet in ...

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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 ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Traffic along Veto Road will be diverted near Ohio 7 today and Friday between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. while old power lines and a temporary new line are worked on.

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 ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Marietta resident Mike Sauer enjoys fresh cut fries with cheddar cheese dip as he visits Flying Dogs Hot Dogs, the newest eatery to occupy the building at 281 Seventh St.

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 ...