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Sanitary sewer repair today on Spring St. The Marietta Wastewater Department will be making a sanitary sewer repair in front of 107 East Spring St. today, weather permitting. There will be no parking on either side of the street and through traffic will be limited to allow access of ...

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Q&A: New CVB director returns to roots

On Dec. 4, Washington County will have a new voice to represent it. That’s when Deana Clark will step into the role of executive director of the Marietta-Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau. The position was left open when Jeri Knowlton resigned in August to take another job. Clark, ...

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Crisis: Drugs & workers

More than half the people who have died from accidental opioid overdoses in Washington County over the past six years – 17 out of 28 – were blue collar workers, according to data compiled by the Central Ohio Newspaper Cooperative. They had more in common than hard physical work on the ...

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Indictments include pair on drug charges

Indictments this month from a Washington County grand jury include a man the prosecutor’s office calls a major drug dealer in the area. “We believe he’s one of the biggest drug suppliers in the area,” said Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin. Morgan B. Wynn, 24, of 115 N. Hart St., ...

Former fair board treasurer says state erred with audit

Struggling for funds is nothing new for the entity that runs the Washington County Fair each year but this month the Ohio Auditor of State’s office has found additional discrepancies and is holding a former treasurer accountable. But former treasurer Richard “Dick” Henthorn says the ...

Early bird editions on sale Wednesday

From staff reports Readers of the Marietta Times can get a jump on planning their strategies for Black Friday sales coming up next weekend by purchasing the massive Thanksgiving Day edition a day early. A limited number of copies, which will include Black Friday flyers from both The ...

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Henderson Hall all decked out

For nearly a full century, the 29 rooms of Henderson Hall remained free of Christmas decorations, save for two wreaths on the third floor and perhaps a simple Christmas tree from time to time. That was at the request of a grieving mother and upheld for generations of the family, from 1863 ...

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The Campus Martius Experience

Scott Cain, of Parkersburg, performs on a hammer dulcimer Friday as Kim Smith, Mary Yost and Mary Pfiefer, take in the music during the Campus Martius Experience. Christina Tilton, director of marketing for Friends of the Museums, said the turnout was close to 200 people for the ...

Flint: WHS stadium will be among athletic facility projects

PARKERSBURG -- Williamstown High School’s bleachers and running track will be included in a list of possible athletic facility projects presented to the Wood County Board of Education in December. Superintendent John Flint said initial information on the athletic facility needs of WHS ...

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Holiday Doll Tea Party Dec. 9 at the Betsey The Betsey Mills Club will host its annual Holiday Doll Tea Party on from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9. The event is open to ages 6-12. Theme will be winter wonderland with cookies, tea and cocoa and other treats, as well as crafts, music and story time. ...

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Bill Gossett, 47, of Marietta, uses a heat gun on a cowboy boot Thursday while in his shop, Cobbler John’s, located in the basement of the old Dime Bank building. The heat gun sets the polish on the new welt and sole.

Shoe business

With machines, tools, shoelaces and insoles lining every wall, the shop is quiet and chilly until Bill Gossett, 47, of Marietta, flips on lights, a fan and the coffee maker at about 10 a.m. each morning. He unlocks the door to Cobbler John’s with steps down into the basement of the old ...

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Frontier Local Schools Superintendent Brian Rentsche, left, shows school board members and visitors around the high school gymnasium to see construction progress after a board meeting in August.
The district invested heavily in new facilities in the early 2000s, but subsequently has seen its enrollment decline by more than one-third. All districts in Washington County have seen students numbers fall during the same period.

School numbers sliding

School has been in session for more than two months now, and administrators for Washington County school districts have a detailed accounting of how many students they have. Some might have picked up a handful compared to the 2016-17 school year, but overall the number of children attending ...

Future of city park landmarks discussed

About two dozen people came out for the first of two public meetings to discuss the future of the Start Westward Monument and East Muskingum Park Thursday at the Lafayette Hotel. Anthony Durm, with the Ohio Department of Transportation Engineering and Planning Department, is facilitating ...

Council renames Lookout Park

Marietta City Council passed legislation by unanimous vote Thursday renaming Lookout Park on Harmar Hill in honor of Gold Star families. The moniker includes any relative who has sacrificed a loved one in the U.S. Armed Forces and will now be the title of the park: Gold Star Park. The ...

County health commissioner takes issue with EPA

The health commissioner for Washington County weighed in on an ongoing dispute between the county and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency during Thursday’s regular weekly meeting of the Washington County Commissioners. Dr. Richard Wittberg spoke to commissioners Ron Feathers, David ...

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Apprenticeships celebrated

Behind heavy red clear plastic drapes, students in a dozen booths lining the walls shot out sparks and smoke as they practiced welding. The work went on at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 168 training facility on Gilman Avenue while in an adjacent room, out of the noise and cold of the ...

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Betsey Holiday Doll Tea Party Dec. 9 The Betsey Mills Club will host its annual Holiday Doll Tea Party on from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9. The event is open to ages 6-12. Theme will be winter wonderland with cookies, tea and cocoa and other treats, as well as crafts, music and story time. Space is ...

W.Va. DEP releases materials documents for IEI site

By Evan Bevins and Michael Erb Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has posted online 551 pages of documents supplied by Intercontinental Export Import about the inventory of its warehouse that was destroyed in a fire last ...

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My Marietta: Holiday gift-giving just got easier

By Erin O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com Gift-buying and giving season is upon us and, whatever your budget, there are ideas galore to be found in the shops of downtown Marietta. Whether you are looking for something unique to Marietta or something special for that ...

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Ashton Newland sells a bag of craft-roasted coffee beans to a customer at the River City Farmers Market on a November weekend.

My Marietta: Sip local: Coffee roasters share brews

For two craft coffee roasters in the Marietta area, it started with the pursuit of a great cup of joe. After he and his family moved to Marietta from Colorado, Andrew Newland searched the city’s food establishments in vain for a cup of coffee he really liked. He began experimenting with ...