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Multi-state drug bust focuses on Wood County

PARKERSBURG — The knock at the door at 6 a.m. was not a neighbor as members of the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force (PNTF) along with federal agencies swept through Parkersburg residences, arresting 30 people and confiscating 150 pounds of methamphetamine, four pounds of ...

Leader found for Norwood Thanksgiving project

A Thanksgiving tradition that goes back a dozen years will go ahead again this year thanks to the intervention of a newly arrived family in Marietta. Until a couple days ago, Pastor Brian Webber of the Norwood United Methodist Church feared the church's annual Thanksgiving dinner, which in ...

Apples ripe for picking at local orchard

A vista of rolling hills lined with heavily fruited apple trees greet each visitor to Hidden Hills Orchard located a few miles north of Marietta on Ohio 26. A bustle of activity is present around the orchard as workers pick, sort and bag the delicious orbs. Tom and Cathy Burch gave up the ...

Marietta College renews president’s contract

From staff reports During an executive session on Thursday, Marietta College's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two-year contract extension for President William N. Ruud. Ruud, who is the 19th president since Marietta was founded in 1835, will be with the college through ...

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The Marietta City Schools Board of Education will have a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the board office. The purpose is for evaluations of the superintendent and treasurer and any other matter that may arise. The regular October board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at board ...

Commissioners hear plan for health care program

Washington County Health Commissioner Dick Wittberg laid out a plan for the expansion of a health care initiative during the Washington County Commissioners meeting on Thursday. The plan focuses on in-home health care management of high risk diabetes patients, he said. "This program is for ...

Opening up

After the Battle of the Bulge, there were only 33 men left of the 185 in Company E of the 17th Airborne Division. James Starner, 92, of Marietta, was one of those 33 who survived the month-long German offensive which caught the Allies by surprise in a brutal Belgian winter. He received his ...

Parkersburg-wide drug raid nets 30 arrests

PARKERSBURG - Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities say a city-wide drug raid this morning resulted in multiple arrests and seized drugs. During a noon press conference at the Parkersburg Municipal Building, officials announced the arrest of "at least 30 suspects," locally and ...

Marietta superintendent reaches out to community

Not everyone is comfortable standing up at a public meeting and offering comments in front of an audience. With that in mind, Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton has launched a project he calls Upward Communication. It's a chance for people with something on their minds about the ...

Historian made her mark

The evidence of Nancy Hoy's work can be seen up and down Front Street and throughout the older parts of Marietta, along the Muskingum River and in all the counties of Ohio. A dedicated and thorough historian, Hoy died Oct. 4 at age 85. She spent decades helping Marietta residents and property ...

Fire destroys Newport home

From staff reports A home in Newport was deemed a complete loss after a fire Wednesday morning. The structure at 1815 Long Run Road was fully engulfed by the time the first truck responded, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. The property is owned by brothers Craig and ...

Marietta City Council Streets Committee discusses Vine Street work

Marietta City Council’s Street Committee was contentious Wednesday as sidewalk replacement and retaining walls came up. “The neighbors have been on my case about that Great Wall not being done,” Councilman Mike Scales. The contention concerned the corner of Vine Street and Euclid ...

Around town

The last two Food Truck Fridays for 2018 will be at the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Food Truck Friday features the following MACC members — Busy Bee Restaurant, Smokin' Pigs Ash BBQ, and Lisa's Sweet Stop. ...

Two recent carjackings prompt concerns

You've just finished putting the last bag of groceries into the trunk of your car. As you go to the driver's side door, your phone starts ringing. As you're distracted, a stranger approaches and tells you he's taking your car. What do you do? Though still rare in the Mid-Ohio Valley, two ...

Marietta sells site of demolished house

Marietta City Council heard the results of a bid opening Tuesday to sell off a property in Harmar that was the site of a recently-demolished house. “The land was valued at $3,370, and we sought a bid of $9,000 per direction from our city law director to try and cover some of the cost of ...

Town hall tackles issues

More than two dozen people spent two hours Tuesday night questioning and listening to the woman challenging four-term Republican Congressman Bill Johnson in the mid-term election for the right to represent District 6 in Washington, D.C. Shawna Roberts said it’s her first run for office. ...

Councilman Barber faces criticism, defamation lawsuit

Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber’s recent social media post drew a great deal of criticism at Tuesday’s council meeting, on the same day a city resident filed a defamation lawsuit against Barber for claiming in an online post that the other man might be a pedophile. Barber’s ...

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A community luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Barlow Presbyterian Church. The menu will be chili, potato soup, pimento spread, bologna salad, slider buns and desserts. Barlow Presbyterian Church is located at Ohio 550 and Warrior Drive in Barlow. A free clothing ...