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Cancellation of ice cream socials hits VFD budgets

A summer staple for many Washington County residents is the ice cream social at their local fire department. Along with most activities this summer, ice cream socials are being canceled due to COVID-19. "About everybody has something as a fundraiser," said Mark Wile, Warren Volunteer Fire ...

No changes to be made at site of fatal train incident

Final reports on a fatal train accident in Washington County last year show the cause as the victim trespassing on railroad property, and no additional safety measures will be added to the site. Marietta resident Michael Douglas, 52, died after being struck by a CSX freight train. On June 3, ...

New salon opens on west side

When Caldwell resident Trina Rataiczak started renting the former Beauty Barn location in February, she had hopes of opening her salon in March. She was finally able to open Peace Love Scissors on May 15. She and her husband worked on renovating the 328 Gilman St. shop and they were ready to ...

Council discusses CDBG amendments

The public comment window for amendments to federal grant funding is only a week long this round. Marietta City Council hosted Marietta Development Director Mike Gulliver Thursday for the federally-required public hearing announcing substantial amendments to the 2019 Community Development ...

Around town

The Wolf Creek Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Waterford High School Library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and possibly approve an emergency energy upgrade project for Waterford Elementary. The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council ...

Solvay matching PACF contributions for relief

PARKERSBURG – Solvay Specialty Polymers in Washington County Belpre is matching contributions from its employees to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support pandemic relief in the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We welcome partnerships from civic-minded companies like Solvay Specialty ...

Fort Frye High School helps veteran get diploma

WARNER — In his 91 years of life, Wilbert Antill of Warner has done more than most people could do in two lifetimes. He has only one regret - never receiving his high school diploma. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines as a staff sergeant. He worked at a General Motors plant, ...

Restaurant reopening continues

Another rainy reopening day and a slow emergence out of coronavirus captivity offered some restaurants in Marietta a slow day on Thursday. “We’ve been open the whole time and just trying to adjust to whatever the governor says,” said Ashleigh Passin, co-owner of TLV Restaurant on Front ...

Sons of American Revolution honor fallen

The Sons of the American Revolution hosted a remembrance ceremony Thursday despite coronavirus, rain and wind. “We debated how to still honor those first patriots of this area and the sacrifices they made that not only allowed for freedoms we now take for granted, but also forced that path ...

Around town

Beverly American Legion Post 389 at 114 Fifth St. will host a public steak fry May 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Limited seating will be available, take-out is encouraged. For take-out orders call the post phone at 740-984-8709. A pick-up time will be given. Turn into the alley and go to the banquet room ...

Peoples Foundation donates $25,000

Staff reports MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Foundation has donated $25,000 to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio for pandemic relief efforts through the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund. “In these difficult times, Peoples Bank is doing everything it can to help clients, employees ...

Washington County Commission increases sewer rates

The Washington County Commission increased sewer rates for 2020 and 2021 $3 per month during Thursday’s meeting. Sewer rates are currently $70 per month and need increased to fund current sewer issues, not including the upcoming Devola sewer project. “There will be a significant ...

Chamber allocates $25K to businesses

BEVERLY—The Muskingum Valley Beverly Waterford Chamber of Commerce has been doing its part to help businesses that may be struggling due to COVID-19. “We have around 150 members and hate that any of them could be struggling to pay bills or keep their doors open,” said Sam Skinner, ...

MOVP to perform another installment of radio show

From staff reports The Mid-Ohio Valley Players this evening will virtually present a play written for radio by Arthur Miller. “The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man” will be the third installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 7 p.m. today on Zoom. “Until the time comes that ...

Food, child care services being set up for youth this summer

At the start of closures due to coronavirus, local nonprofit boards were among the first to look at summer food needs for children and act. Those decisions will soon be implemented, providing food and child care this summer. "Our boards made the decisions when we still didn't know if or how ...

$9.1 million senior housing project approved

A $9.1 million senior housing project called Buckeye Fields was approved Wednesday morning by the Ohio Housing Authority. The project, which will include 64 homes on 65 acres near the Washington County Home, will be built to house low-income Washington County seniors. Flite Freimann, ...

Fired prosecutor disputes claims about work performance

A recently terminated assistant county prosecutor has found new employment with the city, and is speaking out against claims made about her work performance by Washington County's prosecutor. Amy Bean was fired May 1, which she said was a surprise. Bean was fired by Washington County ...

Aquatic center among pools to remain closed

Due to health restrictions still required in Ohio for pools after May 31, the Marietta Aquatic Center will not reopen in 2020. "This was an extremely tough decision," said Marietta Safety-Service Director Steve Wetz Wednesday after the public announcement. "We've been talking about it for a ...

O’Neill Center offering two senior food services during shutdown

Two O'Neill Center projects are helping Washington County seniors get through the COVID-19 pandemic. The first project helps seniors with their groceries. "Basically all of our services were shut down," said Connie Huntsman, O'Neill Center executive director. "We had to find a way to reach ...

Warren plans end-of-school-year parades

From staff reports Warren Local Schools will hold end of school activities for Little Hocking and Warren elementaries, as well as Warren High seniors. On Friday, a car parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. for Warren High seniors. Seniors can decorate their cars, although people must stay in ...