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The location of the regular April meeting of the Fort Frye Local School Board of Education at 6 p.m. Thursday has been changed to Luminate (Formerly Dynegy), 859 State Route 83, Beverly. Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Mother's Day Dinner on May 12. Serving ...

Community workers, volunteers lauded

Good neighbors, joint events with nonprofit teams and physical space improvements have several individuals and businesses up for recognition this week. "I didn't even know about the nomination until I opened up an email today," said Caroline Waller, owner of Passiflora Studio in Harmar. "It's ...

Fleming man sentenced to 19 years in prison

A Fleming man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday for sex crimes against three young siblings. Kyle Palmer, 32, of 752 Christy Road, pleaded guilty to six counts of gross sexual imposition of minors under 13 years of age, and one count of sexual battery in loco parentis—all ...

Hundreds attend fifth annual Belpre Business Expo

BELPRE — Hundreds of people gathered Monday at Boxer’s Bed and Biscuits to visit and interact with businesses that serve the community at the fifth annual Belpre Business Expo. And that included several exhibitors from outside the city itself. “I think we’ve got to stop thinking ...

Council approves changes to wastewater plant renovations

Marietta City Council’s Finance Committee met jointly with its Water and Sewer Committee Monday to approve changes to the wastewater treatment plant renovation plan. “I see no need to increase the loan though,” explained City Engineer Joe Tucker to the committees. He explained that ...

Warren BOE hears update on school groundbreaking ceremony

VINCENT — With groundbreaking for the new elementary school a week away, the Warren Local Schools board of education was given an update Monday night on the public event. The first new school building about two decades in Washington County, the school is the start of a years-long building ...

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The Muskingum Township Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting and hearing to review the proposed new zoning resolutions provided by the Township Zoning Board. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Township Hall at 26 Town Hall Lane, Devola. No action will be taken at this ...

Dancing with the Docs

It’s just what the doctor ordered ... keeping in step with raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities as the 4th Annual “Dancing with the Docs” was held Saturday evening at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. Performed before a sold out audience of nearly a thousand people ...

Earth Day celebration Saturday

Rain or shine, and always free, the Marietta Community Earth Day Celebration is celebrating 20 years this Saturday. Kathy Ortt’s mother, Marilyn, helped found the event and now Kathy has been on the planning committee since 2014. “We have all the activities set up under a canopy, so ...

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Hydrant flushing in the Devola area this week The Devola Volunteer Fire Department and water department personnel will be flushing hydrants in the Devola area this week. Residents could experience a sudden loss of pressure or discolored water. Flush taps until all air has escaped or the water ...

A family found: War veterans reunite

It seems likely that few of the more than 100 battle-weary soldiers of Bravo Company were thinking about how they might stay in touch after they were sent home from Vietnam in mid-1970. The prolonged value of their shared experience would not become clear until decades later. The unit began to ...

Guilty verdict: Washington County Prosecutor faces jail time

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings showed no emotion as he was found guilty of second-degree misdemeanor coercion and not guilty of third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition on Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court after a week-long trial. The charges stem from his interaction ...

Exhibit on Ohio pioneers tied to McCullough book poised to open

Focusing on the word choice used in writings about the journey to settle the Northwest Territory, one Marietta College professor hopes attendees of a Monday night lecture walk away with a desire to dive deeper. Dr. Brandon Downing is speaking at the opening of the "Ohio Pioneers, From such ...

Belpre man convicted for home invasion released early

A Belpre man was released early from a four-year prison sentence Friday due to his cooperation with the state. Aaron Ratliff, 24, was sentenced in January of 2017 for his role in a Belpre home invasion the year before. Ratliff, along with his brother and two other people broke into the home ...

Washington County Easter activities roundup

From staff reports Multiple Easter events are planned for this weekend and next in Washington County. "We wanted to get our hunt in before next weekend so in case the kids can't make it to one on actual Easter, they still get to hunt for eggs," said Betty Martin as she prepared for the ...

Governor’s Office of Appalachia visits Marietta campuses

Workforce development through creative partnerships was the highlight of tours for the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia Friday through Washington State Community College, Washington County Career Center and Building Bridges to Careers. "We often come to these tours and highlight the ...

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The Washington State Community College Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the community room of the main building. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta will host an African Drum Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 at 232 Third St. in the Social ...

United Way fundraising surpasses $1 million

VIENNA — Hundreds of community members joined United Way to enjoy some comedy with a cause. The fourth annual Laugh United fundraiser to benefit the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley was held Friday at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Laugh United: A Night of Cocktails ...

Critical repairs

Larry Lang Excavating Inc. mobilized on Post Street Thursday in Marietta, methodically moving to repair critical damages to a failed sewer line behind Front Street businesses. "Our biggest concern as we're here is safety," said foreman Chris Berg, as a bicyclist rode off of the Historic ...

Rings found guilty on one charge, not guilty on another

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings was found guilty of coercion and not guilty of sexual imposition, according to the verdict returned by a jury around 2:30 p.m. today in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Rings, who testified on Thursday, was accused of coercion and sexual ...