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Long-awaited sewer project

Devola residents will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns about the long-awaited sewer project during an upcoming public meeting. During Thursday morning’s Washington County Commission meeting, Muskingum Township Trustee Gary Doan asked about updates on the court-ordered Devola ...

Campus goes tobacco free

The final refuge of tobacco users and vapers on the Washington County Career Center campus has been eliminated. The center’s board of education Thursday night approved a policy change that would make the campus tobacco- and vape-free. “The time has come for us to become tobacco, vape, ...

Fundraiser to help those with developmental disabilities

It can be a challenge for those with developmental disabilities to navigate the waters of life, but the Pioneer Ladies Civitan hopes to help lessen the struggle. As part of their fundraising efforts, the organization will hold a Style Show and Salad Supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Knights of ...

Betsey Mills Club hires new executive director

The Betsey Mills Club has engaged someone familiar to many in town to take oversight of the club. Kerry Jean Waddle will replace Jocelyn Adelsperger, who after two and a half years has decided to move to another opportunity, Betsey Mills corporate board member Debbie Lazorik said ...

Building being revamped as downtown apartments

A historic building in downtown Marietta will soon be renovated into apartments. The building, built by the Thornley family in the late 1890s, is located at 215-217 Second St. It has been set up with 12 apartments with each having 1,700 to 1,800 square feet of living space. Only the fourth ...

Man charged in connection to woman’s death

A Whipple man accused of providing lethal drugs to a Marietta woman saw his bond set at $250,000 Wednesday. Darin M. Craig, 24, of 615 Dalzell Road, was arrested Tuesday evening and arraigned in Marietta Municipal Court Wednesday morning for alleged connection with the overdose death of ...

Marietta committee talks paving, landslips, funding

Street paving, landslip updates and strategy for funding next year’s projects were the hot topics of Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee Wednesday. “We’re working now through our punch list for the 2019 program,” explained Dave Hendrickson, city project manager, as he handed ...

Candidates talk about mayor and council positions

The structure of the mayor’s office, how it works with city council, how the city works with the county, and what Marietta might look like in the future were some of the topics mulled over by candidates for city office at an election forum held Tuesday afternoon. About 50 people attended the ...

Marietta man sentenced to prison

A Marietta man was sentenced to two years of prison Tuesday for his role in the kidnapping of a minor this spring. Kyle Davis, 23, whose last known address was 104 Riley Drive, Apt. 9, Marietta, asked Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi for the opportunity to stay in his children’s lives. “I ...

Grant to bring robotics training to WSCC

Numerous trade and business journals for the past several years have chronicled the growth of robotic processes in manufacturing. All have said the main factor that has held that growth back is lack of trained robotics engineers and operators. Washington State Community College will join 23 ...

Judge declares city property a public nuisance and blight

Appointed Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth declared 708 Eighth St. a public nuisance and blighted parcel in the eyes of the law Tuesday. “This has lasted long enough,” said Burnworth after a 2.5-hour hearing tallied 13 years of blight, trash, vermin, public health ...

Whipple man charged in overdose death of woman

On October 8, 2019 Marietta Police Detectives located and charged Darin Michael Craig, 24, LKA 615 Dalzell Rd. Whipple, OH with Involuntary Manslaughter in the case of an overdose death of Samantha D. Seevers, 24. Seevers was found dead, still holding a syringe, behind the Speedway gas station ...

Coffman hired as health administrator

The Washington County Board of Health appointed Roger Coffman as the health administrator Tuesday at its regular October board meeting. The vote was not unanimous. Board President Bruce Kelbaugh broke the tie, after two of the four applicants were nominated for hire. Coffman was nominated by ...

Get out the vote: Early voting begins today in Washington County

Early voting begins today with new machines and QR codes, but accessibility and turnout are still the focus. “Just now you get a barcode and there’s less room for error in filling out your ballot,” said Deputy Director Peggy Byers at the Washington County Board of Elections ...

Jury indicts three in Lowell Legion robbery

From staff reports Three Marietta residents were recently indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury in the Aug. 19 robbery of American Legion Post 750 in Lowell. Hunter W. Henthorn, 22, of 114 Washington St., Devin L. Lindsey, 25, of 408 Marion St., and James T. Herron, 27, of 102 ...

Roundabout Rodeo to give drivers practice run

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Buckeye Hills Regional Council transportation planning division are inviting motorists to try out the experience of driving through a roundabout. Roundabouts are common in Europe but relatively new in the U.S. The design feeds intersection traffic ...

Sunday, Monday rainfall breaks MOV dry spell

A seven-week spell of dry summer and early fall weather broke Sunday night as the skies opened and dropped between two and three-and-a-half inches of rain across the Marietta area in the space of several hours. It was the first significant rainfall for the area in seven weeks. “The last ...

Sewage treatment loan flows to Morgan County

CHESTERHILL—Regional sewage treatment is officially headed to rural southeast Morgan County. After three years in official planning, though many more years on the agenda for discussion, Chesterhill Village Council voted Monday to alert village residents unwilling to sign easements for the ...

McConnelsville man killed in motorcycle crash

From Staff Reports A McConnelsville man was confirmed dead Monday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Jeremy A. Pope, 42, was reported missing by friends and family on Friday, last pinged in Corning. Pope was found in a single unit motorcycle fatal crash on County Road 47 in Malta ...

Big crowds for Octoberfest

LOWELL – Held on Buell Island in the Muskingum River, the 44th annual Lowell Octoberfest this weekend saw the largest crowd in years. With a scenic cornfield and the river as backgrounds, a slight autumn breeze and the aroma of some of the best food anywhere, the Lowell Octoberfest ...