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Sinkhole on River Trail

Walkers, runners and bike riders are asked to use caution on the River Trail as the city of Marietta works to determine the cause of a rapidly expanding sinkhole. “It’s been there for several months now, but it was a lot smaller than it is now,” said Stephanie Jarvis, supervisor for ...

Portion of IEI fire lawsuit dismissed

PARKERSBURG — Portions of one of the first lawsuits filed in connection with the IEI plant fire last October have been dismissed by a federal judge. Chief Judge Thomas E. Johnson with the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia issued a memorandum opinion and ...

Broughton social returns to Washington County Fairgrounds

After a one year absence, the Broughton annual Ice Cream Social returned this weekend. The fundraiser was held Sunday at Civitan Park inside the Washington County Fairgrounds. This year’s proceeds will go towards the Memorial Health System’s Strecker Cancer Center. The weather was perfect ...

Festival highlights rivers, trails & ales in the Valley

Showcasing all the different activities and businesses available in the Marietta area was the focus of the eighth annual Rivers Trails and Ales Festival this past weekend. The festival is a grassroots outdoor enthusiast festival, highlighting Marietta's outdoor activities and downtown ...

Health & Wellness Day

VIENNA — Health and the latest in wellness were on display during the annual Camden Clark Medical Center Health and Wellness Day at Grand Central Mall on Saturday. Roger Lockhart, director of marketing and public affairs, said attendance at the health fair was much higher this year. By ...

Q&A: MC sports students get real-life experience

Last year, Rick Smith, assistant professor of Sport Management at Marietta College, was able to take seven sports management majors to Florida, where they helped put on ESPN’s Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. This year, Smith will be even more involved in the college bowl, as he’s been asked ...

Musician to replace Davisson Brothers at Homecoming

PARKERSBURG — After the cancellation of its original opening night act, officials with the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival have signed a new performer to open the 2018 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival on Friday evening in downtown Parkersburg. Homecoming president Mike Cottrell said the ...

Motorcycle group donates to veterans’ museum

Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley recently received a donation from a veteran-based motorcycle group. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of West Virginia 37-1 and 37-2 donated $1,000 to the museum located on Seventh Street in ...

Around town

Special meeting of the Warren board planned There will be a special meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Warren Administration Office, 220 Sweetapple Road, Vincent, for the purpose of having a work session relating to the Ohio School Facilities ...

Rivers, Trails and Ales festival is all about adventure on land, water

With paddles in the water and both feet and tires on the trails, the active weekend of the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival was in full swing Friday. “We found the gnomes!” squeaked Aubrey Christensen, 9, of Marietta, as she finished the gnome hike with her family and friends at Kroger ...

Managing pain without pills

Orland Bragg has made a living working on automobiles. Until recently he had his own shop, Bragg Automotive, in Marietta. Cars, however, have played a darker role in his life. In the decade from 1986 to 1996, he was the victim of four major rear-end collisions. “The vehicle was totally ...

New club teaches kids to counter bullies

When asked recently by a few girls if they could play a game with him, 8-year-old Elijah Lopez said “no” and turned away. Lopez was just role playing as part of a summer anti-bullying program but the behavior is something he and the other participants see often, he said. “I’ve ...

‘You have to really love kids’

By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com According to the National Safety Council, some 25 million young people in the United States begin and end their school days on a big yellow bus. It takes a special kind of person to transport these students to school ...

Around Town

Broughton social Sunay at fairgrounds The Broughton Ice Cream for American celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The cost is $4 per person, which includes all-you-can-eat ice cream, sundaes and root beet floats. There will also be live music. ...

Bike rentals abound in Marietta

Rivers, Trails and Ales this weekend is one of many bicycle-friendly summer events in Marietta, and riders who don't have their own gear have several options for renting a bike. The Hackett Hotel is a recent entry in the bike rental business, but the new rack of bikes outside the boutique ...

The Right Path program offers drug-free activities for young people

Cannonballs, hula-hooping contests and a live DJ closed out the summer programming for The Right Path for Washington County Friday. The Right Path is a program that aims to provide prevention services and programming that focuses on drug-free activities, youth-adult partnerships and community ...

New faces coming at area schools

Students returning to class this month in Washington County public schools will see a few new faces heading their classrooms and some familiar people in new roles. Alison Woods is one of the latter. A nine-year elementary school teacher in Marietta City Schools, Woods has stepped into the ...

Area leaders hash out drug court details

With targeted partners at the table Thursday, Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi explained his pitch to launch a drug court within the year. "I have $258,000 in grant funding secured through TCAP monies over a two-year time period that I have to spend," he explained to the ...

New Williamstown restaurant has grand opening

While work began in January and the soft opening was in June, Williamstown's newest eatery pulled out all the stops for its grand opening celebration Thursday, including a marching band and various dignitaries. The Yellow Jacket - Sweet and Eats, located at the corner of West Virginia 14 and ...

Manchin: No decision made on Kavanaugh nomination

WILLIAMSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he hasn’t made up his mind how he’ll vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and he’ll welcome Don Blankenship to the ballot if he legally qualifies. Those are a couple of the topics the senator discussed ...