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Committee to focus on blight

Marietta City Council discussed the blight agenda for the first half of the year in Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee Wednesday. Chairman Geoff Schenkel laid out an outline of his priorities for the committee spanning through June. “I’ve been reviewing the the numerous ...

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Warren schools committees to meet The Learning, Instruction and Assessment Committee of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren Administration Office, 220 Sweetapple Road, Vincent. The Operations Committee meeting of the Warren ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Commercial traffic, individual vehicles and school buses pass over the Washington Street Bridge in Marietta Tuesday.

Washington Street Bridge: Old design, still useful

Though the Federal Highway Administration classifies the Washington Street Bridge in Marietta as functionally obsolete, that categorization is not linked to current concrete crumbling along the abutment on the west side of the bridge. “The abutment definitely needs attention, especially ...

Marietta BOE reconsiders realignment

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education is considering a plan to walk back its aggressive proposal to realign the district’s elementary school system. The proposal, made public in December, was the subject of a town hall meeting in January, where an audience largely made up of parents ...

Not guilty plea in murder case

From staff reports A former Marietta man pleaded not guilty in the murder of Patsy Sparks, a former cold case for which he was indicted in January. Randy Slider, 56, was arraigned in Noble County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning. The arraignment was originally scheduled for today but was ...

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Belpre teen positive influence on his school, community

Polite and softspoken, Belpre High School Senior Nicholas Hampton embodies everything it means to wear the Boy Scout badge of honor. For his Eagle Scout project, Hampton, also a drummer in the Pride of Belpre Marching Band, decided to bring a little cheer to the lives of the residents of Belpre ...

New assistant principal hired for Williamstown High School

The Wood County Board of Education unanimously approved Jason Ward as the new assistant principal at Williamstown High School despite protests from two elementary school administrators. Ward has worked for Wood County Schools in the past but currently works for Jackson County Schools. ...

Interest builds for auditor seat

After four terms, Washington County Auditor Bill McFarland will leave the post next year, with plenty of interest already in the public office. The seat will be up for grabs in the November election, with two Republican candidates already filing as write-in candidates and several more ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Glenwood resident Bob Oliver, left, gets some assistance Tuesday with his Valentine craft from Phillips Elementary School first-graders Maddy Patterson and Levi Prim, right.

Young and old come together over monthly projects

Construction paper, conversations and spontaneous singing filled the air Tuesday in Nicole Maxon’s first grade class at Phillips Elementary school as residents of Glenwood Retirement Community came for their monthly visit with the students. One of the crafts of the day was to make a “love ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
A student in the Hands On Tour for Sophomores held Tuesday at the Washington County Career Center tries out the virtual reality equipment in the center’s program for graphic design and video production.

County sophomores tour Career Center

By Michael Kelly The Marietta Times mkelly@mariettatimes.com In the corner of the auto collision repair classroom, visiting sophomores stood in line holding colored metal panels, waiting their turn to try the airbrushing equipment. On the floor of the shop, center stage was occupied by an ...

Wood BOE asked to release state audit

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County Board of Education member has called for an open discussion of why the district will not release a state education audit for Wood County Schools. At the end of the board’s Tuesday night meeting at Jefferson Elementary Center, board member Jim Asbury said he has ...

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Church to host Italian Feast Feb. 24 The Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will hold its annual Italian Feast on Feb. 24 at the church located on Stanleyville Road in Whipple. The feast will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, rigatoni, fettuccine, salad and dessert. This is a free will ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Jack Haessly, left, and Bill Reynolds, right, venture to the front of the Judge Joseph Barker House in Lower Newport Monday to view the state of disrepair. The site is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Judge Joseph Barker House tied to history

LOWER NEWPORT—A testament to forgotten architectural style, the Judge Joseph Barker House’s final days on the southern side of Ohio 7 have mustered a push to save the building and its connection to the area’s history. The building is on the schedule to be torn down by its current owner, ...

Retirees are active in races

With another campaign season in full swing, where does the money to finance a bid for a Congressional seat come from? According to the Center for Responsive Politics, congressional and presidential races have skyrocketed in cost in the last two decades from $1.6 billion to $6.4 billion in ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Children play “duck duck goose” in the gymnasium at the Ely Chapman Education Foundation on Scammel Street Monday afternoon. The center is a summer food location designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Summer meal sites wanted

This summer, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs and is actively seeking local nonprofit agencies to participate as sponsors or sites by providing free meals to children. Since 2014, Ohio has increased its participation in the Summer Food ...

Belpre police officers honored

BELPRE — A pair of Belpre police officers were recognized for their actions in connection with a January fire at Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council. Police Chief Terry Williams and Fire Chief Tony Cronin both presented recognition plaques to Sgt. Tyler Heddleston and Officer Jesse ...

Fundraisers pay for new technology

For Jana Thomas, another day is another fundraiser. The Waterford Elementary School principal reported to the Wolf Creek Local Schools board of education Monday night that a recent sale of pepperoni rolls got her school $3,500, boxtops got another $1,500, and that leaves $500 to go for ...

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Thrift store holds $2 bag sale The thrift store of the Western Washington County Food Pantry at 18 High St., Vincent, will be having a $2 a bag sale from now until March 1. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Summer clothes will be ready on ...

Via announces ticket, baggage agreement with American Airlines

WILLIAMSTOWN — Passengers can now book flights from the Mid-Ohio Regional Airport to destinations around the United States, from Abilene to Yuma, with a single ticket. Via Airlines, which provides service from Wood County to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, announced on Monday ...

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Chocolate for a cause

It’s hard to find someone that doesn’t love chocolate ... and everyone likes to help out a great cause. Combine them and you’ve got a win-win situation. Such was the case Sunday as EVE, Incorporated held its 29th annual Chocolate Party at the Glenwood Retirement Community for the second ...