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Wood BOE weighs drug tests

The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday began the process of creating a random drug testing policy for students. Such a policy could go into effect as early as next school year, but officials said they wanted more information on the cost of the program as well as input from parents and ...

Norwood needs

A series of suggested projects in the Norwood neighborhood did not get approved for Community Development Block Grant funding, but there is a chance one could still move forward, according to city officials. They said some creative work from the streets department or the passage of the ...

Buckeye Hills works on strategic plan for area seniors

The challenge of meeting the needs of the elderly is becoming more acute for Washington County as time goes along. In 2000, the proportion of people over 65 in the county was just under 15 percent; in 2017, even though the total population had declined by nearly 3,000, the number over 65 had ...

Toy and Doll museum in need of new roof

With mold and water creeping inside and slates falling off with every storm, the Children's Toy and Doll Museum in Harmar is looking to donor generosity to support the cost of a new roof. "We've patched and replaced small spots twice, but that's falling off," said Teresa Spencer, secretary ...

Memorial’s Glow Run to light up Marietta Saturday

Fundraising runs have become, so to speak, pedestrian — there are dozens every year in the Mid-Ohio Valley – so the Memorial Health Foundation looked for something to make its 5K stand out. "It was just a committee idea, saying 'let's be different than other races,'" said Daneka Hedges, ...

Around town

The regular meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education has been moved to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Warren Administration Office, 220 Sweetapple Road, Vincent. The Operations Committee meeting of the board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Warren Administration ...

Lowell Octoberfest keeps tradition alive

LOWELL — With the aroma of delicious German food and the sounds of live entertainment filling the air, the tradition of the 43rd annual Lowell Octoberfest continued over the weekend on Buell Island in Lowell. Lowell, a community with a rich German background, holds its biggest event of the ...

Paranorm MOV event set for Dec. 1

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — Run with Sasquatch at the first Paranorm MOV on Dec. 1. Paranorm MOV is a celebration of all things paranormal and is sponsored by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, The Marietta Times and the Dils Center. Tickets are now on sale for Paranorm MOV, which ...

Belpre man killed in truck crash

From staff reports BELPRE - A Belpre man is killed in a single vehicle accident in Belpre Township on Sunday morning. Brian M. Stone, 34 of Belpre, was killed in a single vehicle accident at 4:28 a.m. Sunday on County Road 2, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported in a press ...

Personal cancer stories lead to activism

Carolyn Dempsey has seen triumph over cancer. Her mother is now five years cancer free. She’s also seen how the disease can take a valuable part of a family. Her father succumbed to throat cancer eight years ago. So, when Dempsey, of Devola, was offered the chance to represent the ...

Third annual Pink Cupcake Run held

PARKERSBURG — People came out Sunday to support the fight against cancer as well as honor those who have survived the disease. The Camden Clark Foundation held its third annual Pink Cupcake Run and its annual Cancer Survivors Picnic around Point Park in downtown Parkersburg on Sunday ...

Wirt County holds 16th Pioneer Day

By Madeline Murphy Special to the Times ELIZABETH — The pioneer days may be gone, but their history is still very much alive. The 16th annual Wirt County Pioneer Day was held in Elizabeth's Courthouse Square on Saturday. The event featured vendors, concessions, craft demonstrations, a ...

Around town

Fall bazaar and lunch at Gilman UMC Sat. The annual Fall Bazaar and Luncheon will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta. The bazaar includes crafts, bakery and attic treasures. The luncheon includes soup, sandwich and desserts. ...

Shut out

When medical marijuana becomes available, it appears, Washington County will have one doctor and one dispensary to meet the needs of its patient population. The dispensary, to be located at 414 Greene St., at the corner where the Williamstown Bridge meets Greene Street, will be operated by ...

Mental health therapy making a difference in schools

BEVERLY – Fort Frye Local Schools this year added a new resource for students, and six weeks into the new year it is making a difference. With an increasing number of the district's students showing signs of trauma and troubled behavior, the district struck an agreement with Life & ...

Fall Fest

As the sun began to set Friday in downtown Marietta, people began walking down Front Street to take in all the festivities and fun that the First Fridays Fall Fest had to offer. Businesses took advantage of the weather for the event and left their doors open to let in not only the fresh fall ...

Mommy Mart continues Saturday

Local parents utilized each other as resources for clothing their children this week. "I get my son's clothes for this year and a season ahead," explained Emily Barron, 29, of Marietta. "He's growing so much, he's 3, that I go to this because you're able to stretch your dollar further." The ...

Around town

Beginning Monday, Dominion East Ohio will begin replacing 1,307 feet of gas main on Putnam Street between Second and Third streets, weather permitting. The project is expected to last 30 days. Traffic will be maintained but there will be lane closures. Motorists are urged to use alternate ...

Wash Out

A small cul-de-sac lane starts at a disadvantage when scored for grant funding for maintenance and repair. "That's state and federal scoring, if a road is arterial or a connector it's scored much higher," explained City Engineer Joe Tucker Thursday as he reviewed the plight of a group of ...

County schools seeing increase in breakfast participation

As the day starts, thousands of children sit down to breakfast in Washington County schools. The county's school districts all serve free and reduced-price breakfast under a decades-old federal program that represented an expansion of the school lunch initiative started in the 1960s. In 2017 ...