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Sidewalks fixed around cemetery

It’s an easier stroll around Mound Cemetery thanks to recent maintenance by the city’s streets and public facilities crews. New sections of concrete sidewalk have taken the place of those broken up by tree roots in addition to new curbs and curb cuts for easier access via wheelchair. ...

ArtCart program expands to more schools

PARKERSBURG — A mobile art program piloted last year at Vienna Elementary School will next month expand to three additional schools. The ArtCart Program is an in-school elementary art program administered by Artsbridge and funded through The Spartan Foundation and Artsbridge. Artistic ...

Jackson Middle School students display acts of kindness to others

From local reports VIENNA, W. Va. — The FOR Club at Jackson Middle School has its first targeted act of kindness planned for small children in October. FOR stands for Friends of Rachel. The club was formed in honor of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine School ...

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From local reports VIENNA, W. Va. — The FOR Club at Jackson Middle School has its first targeted act of kindness planned for small children in October. FOR stands for Friends of Rachel. The club was formed in honor of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine School ...

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sat.

From staff reports The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will take place Saturday at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. Registration ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Debbie Hockenberry leads a preschool class at the Marietta  Family YMCA on Tuesday. In addition to drop-in care, the program enrolls about 75 children in its after-school sessions.

YMCA: 115 years

The YMCA has always been about more than physical fitness, and after 115 years in Marietta the organization remains focused on its goals of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Its unimposing 1950s-era building at Seventh Street and Glendale encloses a surprising ...

West Nile virus detected locally

From staff reports West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Washington County, but no human cases have been reported to authorities. That doesn’t mean that no cases have occurred. “West Nile is one of those diseases where people get sick with it but hardly know they were ...

SAM SHAWVER   The Marietta Times
Abby Werry, left, shows her latest book, “Anywhere But Here,” to friend Caroline Stollar during a recent Warren High School soccer game.

Teen of the week: Young author shares her faith through her writing

VINCENT—She’s only 17 years old, but Warren High junior, artist and author Abby Werry already has her first published novel, “Anywhere But Here,” on the market. The daughter of Ryan and Rachel Werry of Vincent, Abby, under the pen name Abigail Rayne, writes to share her faith and hopes ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Anthony Dwayne Mack, 36, of Columbus, consults with his attorney Rolf Baumgartel Tuesday during his trial in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Judge convicts man on multiple counts

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com The trial for accused drug dealer Anthony Dwayne Mack, 36, of Columbus, resulted in multiple guilty verdicts in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday. Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi presided ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Marietta Councilwoman Cindy Oxender, R-at large, left, and Sharon Adams share a laugh during the dessert auction at the Washington County Republicans Reagan Dinner Tuesday.

Republicans host big dinner

She's only missed two Washington County Republican Dinners since she was 16 years old. "And those were only for two illnesses," said recently retired Washington County Treasurer Dorothy Peppel, 80, of Marietta. "Ever since I started at the treasurer's office, I worked under a Republican ...

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Visiting with vets

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, visits with veterans and other residents of the Glenwood Retirement Community Tuesday to talk about the nation’s budget and health care reform. “I would like to thank Congressman Johnson for taking the time out of his busy schedule to address our resident ...

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Community lunch in Beverly Sept. 30 The Beverly United Methodist Church will have its community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30. The church is located at 700 Park St. in Beverly. It is handicapped accessible. The menu is different casseroles, various salads, desserts from Lisa’s ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
President William Howard Taft impersonator Greg Hudson, of Cincinnati, provides a reenactment Monday of an address the president gave while on a visit to Marietta in 1910 at the First Congregational Church in Marietta.

A taste of history

About 70 people showed up to hear a re-creation of the address President William Howard Taft gave in in 1910 in Marietta. Also on the night’s agenda was a multi-course meal of foods Taft was known to love in his time, catered by the Cook Shop's Ken and Dagmar Kupsche. "The five-course ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, talks to (from left to right) Kendra Knight, a Washington State Community College nursing student from Parkersburg; Darla Boone, director for the associate degree nursing program at the college; and Heather Kincaid, dean of health services programs at WSCC. 
Carey was at the Marietta campus on Monday to announce an expansion of the agreement that provides in-state tuition rates for residents of neighboring counties in West Virginia.

WSCC tuition break expanded

A degree from Washington State Community College, starting in the spring 2018 semester, will be a lot less costly for some students from West Virginia. John Carey, chancellor for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, announced Monday in Marietta that residents of a dozen counties in ...

Police say man was killed with machete

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man is accused of killing his mother’s boyfriend with a machete. Matthew Lee Wilson, 30, of 907 33rd St., was arrested around 11:40 p.m. Sunday for the murder of 60-year-old David Matthew Hill, who owned and lived in the house where Wilson, his mother and ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Anthony Dwayne Mack, 36, of Columbus, right, appears with his attorney Rolf Baumgartel, left, in Washington County Common Pleas Court Monday to sign a waiver to a trail by jury.

Columbus man opts for trial by judge

It’s not a common occurrence in the Washington County Common Pleas Court for a defendant to waive the right to a jury trial without pleading guilty to a charge. But Anthony Dwayne Mack, 36, of Columbus, said in open court Monday that he preferred his odds with the judge over a 12-person ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Hollis Sturgill, 12, of Warren Township, sells baked goods to brothers Ethan,11,  (center) and Jacob Berg, 12, (right) to raise the final dollars in her $2,000 fundraising goal for the Brooks family while at her baseball game in Marietta Monday.

Girl helps family that lost home

Rebuilding their lives after losing their home in a fire on Aug. 30 has been a struggle every day for the Brooks family. “It’s been rough to say the least,” said Rhonda Brooks, 42, of Warren Township. “This whole year has been rough, my husband is facing surgery and health ...

Frontier board gets update on building work

NEW MATAMORAS — Next month will see the culmination of a year-long building improvement plan for the Frontier Local School District. At the monthly board meeting Monday night, Bill Schneider of Brewer-Garrett, of Middleburg Heights, the contractor for a series of energy conservation ...

Warren High wins national award

By Sam Shawver Special to The Times VINCENT— Warren High School has been awarded a bronze medal as one of the nation’s top high schools, according to an announcement by Superintendent Kyle Newton during Monday’s Warren Local Board of Education meeting. “Warren High was recognized ...

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Cancer screening mobile clinic Sept. 26 A women’s cancer screening mobile clinic offering same-day mammography is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Marietta Memorial Hospital-Belpre Medical Campus, Imaging Center, 809 Farson St. Appointments are required. Patients should call ...