Local News

Public transportation expansion

Funds were recently requested through the Ohio Department of Transportation which could greatly impact the transit service in Washington County. Dawn Rauch, director of planning and development with Washington-Morgan Community Action, recently met with the Washington County Commission to ...

Health services for women increased in state budget

Actions by the Ohio Legislature, coupled with cooperative efforts from the office of Gov. Mike DeWine, will substantially increase the scope of services for an underserved population of women seeking breast and cervical cancer diagnostic services. Julie McMahon, mission director for the Ohio ...

Washington County seeks health administrator

The Washington County Board of Health is seeking applicants for a full-time department administrator. Following a nearly hour-long executive session discussion Tuesday, the board voted to post the job description, void of any coinciding duties previously performed by the former Director of ...

Longtime family business to close

A long-time, family owned store specializing in high-end furniture and home decor in Marietta will close at the end of this week. Wieser and Cawley, a traditional furniture store with several showrooms on 25,000 square feet of floor space on Colegate Drive, traces its origins back to 1886 and ...

Waterford fair kicks off Thursday

To highlight productive, dedicated and disciplined work, the first of this year's Washington County fairs kicks off this week in Waterford. "It's all about the kids, those late nights when the barn lights are still on as we drive home," said Kendrick Schwendeman, 25, in his second year as a ...

Around town

The Marietta City school district will hold its regular August board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Board of Education offices, 111 Academy Drive. This is a week earlier than the initial scheduled date. First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, will host an indoor garage sale ...

Japanese exchange student learns all about Waterford

WATERFORD – Imagine spending a month with a family you don't know in a land unfamiliar to your own when you don't understand their language. Shuji Mithuboshi is doing just that. Shuji came to the Waterford home of Alecia and Danny Jones on July 24 and will return to Chiba, Japan, on Aug. ...

Grand jury indicts four men in Beverly armed robberies

From staff reports The four men who robbed two gas stations in Beverly in July were among those recently indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury. The first robbery was at the Marathon station on July 5, with the second robbery at the Par Mar station occurred a little while later. "This ...

Marietta City Council to review CDBG options

With a record-breaking year in the number of requests for federal Community Development Block Grant funds in Marietta, city council now has three weeks to weigh its options. Council may now review and edit recommendations made by Development Director Andy Coleman before the budget is ...

Frontier’s Rentsch submits resignation

Frontier Local Schools will see a slight change in leadership before the district’s first day. Three-year Superintendent Brian Rentsch submitted his resignation to the school board following an offer from Claymont City Schools in Tuscarawas County late last week. Monday, Claymont City ...

Around town

The Cutler Community Center Third Sunday Dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 4550 Two Mile Run Road. This month's dinner is hosted by the Western Washington County Seniors and the meal will include chicken and noodles, two sides, a drink and dessert. Meals are $7 for adults or $4 ...

Belpre Council receives development grant

BELPRE — Belpre officials plan to take steps toward the future with a focus on economic development and infrastructure planning. At Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council, the Belpre Area Community Development Foundation presented a check for $5,000 to Mayor Mike Lorentz for the city of ...

Vienna police adds first female officer

VIENNA — The first female police officer in the city of Vienna was sworn into office on Monday morning. Allyssa Kern of Williamstown recited the oath while her mother Janine Willhide held the Bible. “I’m really excited to start,” Kern said. Mayor Randy Rapp presided at the ...

Adventure time: Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival weekend full of activity

With over 50 activities for outdoor enthusiasts that covered many parts of Washington County, the ninth annual Rivers Trails & Ales Festival kept hikers, bicyclists, kayakers, music lovers and beer connoisseurs busy for four days. The popular festival is a celebration of paddling sports, ...

Sparks remembered; family gets closure

The friends and family of Patsy Sparks gathered Sunday at Buckeye Park in Marietta to celebrate her life and to turn the page for themselves in moving on now that her killer was brought to justice earlier this year. Those in attendence gathered to celebrate Sparks’ birthday which will be ...

W.Va. first responders recognized

HARRISVILLE — An expanded West Virginia Heroes Day: A Salute to First Responders honoring first responders will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at the Ritchie County 4-H Grounds on West Virginia 16 outside of Harrisville. Organizers are inviting first responders from the region to be recognized ...

WVU-P’s Gilmer marks his 1st year

PARKERSBURG — In his first year as president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Chris Gilmer has worked to make sure people know all about the opportunities available at the school as well as showcase what an integral part of the community it is. Gilmer officially took over as ...

Around town

Bow hunter’s permit test will be given The test to obtain a City of Marietta bow hunter’s permit will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at Buckeye Park. A bow with practice tips is required to take the test. WCCC will spotlight industrial mechanics The Washington County Career ...

Beautiful Day: Weather cooperates for 9th Rivers, Trails and Ales

With clear skies and warm temperatures, families set off on adventures Friday by both land and river. “Even with a little bit of H2O last night, today’s numbers are still good,” said Eric Dowler, festival director for the 9th Annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival. “Very popular ...

Few answers yet on Devola sewer timetable

Residents of Devola are in a sort of flush-and-drain limbo as they await detailed information on the court-ordered sewer project intended to reduce the community's nitrate pollution of groundwater and the Muskingum River. The project, which will cost more than $7 million according to an ...