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Landscaper offers services to veteran in need

Donna Rowley has never considered herself lucky. Certainly with recent dual cancer diagnoses for Donna and her husband, Gilbert “Gib” Rowley, a little good news was certainly in order. Enter Dustin Huck, whose name just so happens to rhyme with luck. “We are so thankful for him,” ...

Relay For Life celebrates survivors and remembers others

BELPRE — Hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers, friends, families and supporters turned out Friday evening at Civitan Park in Belpre to kick off the 2018 Washington County Relay for Life. The Washington Relay was scheduled to continue through the night and will end with some final ...

MMS: Life lessons, career exploration

Middle schoolers aren’t under the same pressure as their older counterparts in high school to make career path decisions, but it’s helpful for them to know the possibilities, Marietta Middle School teacher Ginger Brown said. Two years ago Brown began working on a revival of the school ...

Body in river identified

From staff reports The body of a man found in the Muskingum River Thursday evening has been identified, according to the Washington County Sherrif’s Office. Jess Dixon, 35, of 22883 State Route 339, Beverly, was identified by family members Friday. “The body was taken to Montgomery ...

Putnam Elementary students rollin’

The sound of small wheels on hardwood floors echoed through the building, along with disco music and the near-audible sizzle of children burning off energy. Putnam Elementary School went to the roller rink Friday. The morning session was for kindergarten, second and fourth graders, and the ...

Public Wi-Fi: Security concerns cited

Whether it’s for checking email, Facebook or uploading a document for colleagues, internet connectivity is a part of life these days. “It’s almost assumed that coffee shops are co-work spaces,” said Bret Allphin, 39, of Marietta. “But when I think about public Wi-Fi I’m thinking ...

Around Town

Special ministry comes to Lawrence The Wylers on Wheels Evangelistic Ministry will be at The Lawrence Baptist Church on Sunday. They will be providing the church service that morning starting at 10 a.m. There will be a potluck lunch following the service. The church is located 16 miles ...

Gold Star Families monument to be unveiled in June

Local families who have lost a loved one in the service of their country will soon be honored with a new city monument. The unveiling of the Gold Star Families Monument will take place June 23 at 11 a.m. at Gold Star Park, formerly Lookout Park, on Harmar Hill. “We are going to have some ...

O’Neill, RSVP volunteers sew bags needed on wash days

While it’s not an ambitious project, a group of ladies at the O’Neill Center are putting their heart and soul into a project that will help several area families. A group of four women from Lowell, Marietta and Belpre came together Thursday to sew laundry bags for families enrolled in ...

Habitat dedicates 1st Belpre home

BELPRE - Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its first house in Belpre Thursday night, the 101st home the organization has built in the region. The house was purchased by Braden and Candace Boyce, who will live there with their children Aidyn, 5, and Sophia, 3. Belpre ...

Body found in river identified

The male body found in the Muskingum River Thursday evening has been identified, according to the Washington County Sherrif's Office. Jess Dixon, 35, of 22883 State Route 339, Beverly, was identified by family members Friday. "The body was taken to Montgomery County for autopsy and the ...

City looks for ideas on $40K CDBG increase

Marietta City Council will host a finance committee meeting Monday to decide the fate of additional federal grant funds. “It’s about a $40,000 increase,” explained Development Director Andy Coleman of the fiscal year 2018 allocation of $403,591. The FY 2017 allocation was $361,764 ...

BHS soccer coach accused of sexual assault

PARKERSBURG — Belpre High School soccer coach Trent Stanley has been indicted by the Wood County Grand Jury on multiple sexual assault and abuse charges. Stanley, 23, of 702 Crooks Ave., Ravenswood, was suspended in April by Belpre City Schools, where he also served as boys junior high ...

Council acts on funding issue

Marietta City Council passed an amendment to the city budget Thursday. The amendment was linked to the payout for the assistant fire chief salary. When the position was filled in January by Rodney Scott, the original budget had the entirety of the salary coming out of the city’s ...

COSI visits Washington School

Dominos: potential energy. Tuning forks: vibrations. Hands-on science: Just plain fun. COSI On Wheels – the mobile education program for the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus – came for a visit Thursday at Washington Elementary School, courtesy of the school’s ...

Housing complex coming to Boaz

BOAZ, W.Va. — A new development in Boaz is going to produce upscale patio homes. Developer Joseph Pope recently appeared before the Wood County Commission to discuss his commercial development at Emerson Commons, but also talked about this residential development being built off W.Va. 14 ...

Around town

Right Path sponsors fish fry May 25 The Right Path for Washington County is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. May 25 at VFW Post 5108, 319 Pike St., Marietta. Dinner includes fried fish, fries, cole slaw, baked beans and bread. Silent and live auction items will be ...

How it works: Street sweeper combines water, brooms, vacuum

The first line of defense for motorists, cyclists and storm drains is a truck that drives back and forth along city streets. “The main purpose is to keep the streets safe, pick up the nails, the loose gravel, glass, metal, dirt, sand, etc.,” explained Street Foreman Chris Hess about ...

Belpre soccer coach charged with sexual assault, abuse

PARKERSBURG — A Belpre High School soccer and junior high track coach has been indicted on multiple counts of third-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust. Trent Jacob Stanley, 23, of 702 Crooks Ave., Ravenswood, was among those indicted by the Wood County ...

City, county meet over sewer cases

Wednesday saw the next step in the development of both sewer lawsuits involving the Washington County Commissioners. Retired Perry County Judge Linton D. Lewis met in chambers in the Washington County Courthouse with lawyers representing the city of Marietta, Washington County ...