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My Marietta: Are you brave enough to make the ultimate dessert?

Holidays are a time of expanding waistbands, savory treats and sweet cravings. And if you’re trying your hand at a dessert for your Thanksgiving or winter guests there are some bold and tasty recipes that might catch your eye this year. Piecaken, the dessert equivalent of a turducken, ...

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens speaks with Waverly Volunteer Fire Department members at the scene of two-car accident Wednesday afternoon that resulted in a fatality. The roadway in the Valley Mills Road area was closed to one lane during the clearing of the scene. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Little Hocking man killed in crash

From local reports PARKERSBURG -- James Scott Walraven, 41, of 4134 School House Road, Little Hocking, died Wednesday after his vehicle struck another vehicle head-on in the 11000 block of Emerson Avenue, just south of Valley Mills Road, said the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Walraven, ...

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Gift card vouchers to 1,300 families

Christmas came early for 2,360 school-age children in Washington County on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services distributed gift cards to 1,300 families. Applications were sent out around April to families who have Medicaid-eligible ...

Graphic courtesy of the Ohio Department of Health
Since 2010, black-legged tick populations in Ohio have increased dramatically, and their range continues to expand in the state, particularly in the forest habitats preferred by this tick.  This is the latest map of blacklegged ticks in Ohio.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is on the rise in Ohio, according to statistics released from the Ohio Department of Health, and Washington County is no exception. “This year we’ve already had eight confirmed cases reported to us so it’s definitely here,” said Washington County Health Commissioner ...

Big Brothers gets youthful assist

Today, a small group of Marietta High School and Washington County Career Center students will gather for a special meeting. The 12 students are volunteers in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Southeastern Ohio. Willa O’Neill, a part-time organizer for Big Brothers Big Sisters in ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Ashley Whited, left, tries to get her 3-year-old daughter, Evelyn, to try some turkey during the annual Putnam Elementary School Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday.

Thanksgiving lunch at Putnam School

A gymnasium full of excited youngsters, parents, grandparents and even some great grandparents attended the fifth annual Putnam Thanksgiving Lunch at Putnam Elementary on Wednesday. Kindergarten-through-second grade students and their families enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, ...

Fire engulfs Davisville home; residents weren’t home

DAVISVILLE, W.Va. -- Fire destroyed a house overlooking Meadville Road Wednesday evening, claiming the lives of multiple dogs. The damage was so extensive it is not clear what ignited the blaze at 161 Alfred Road, but it does not appear suspicious, said Ron Utt, deputy chief of the East ...

Around town

Salem-Liberty PTO sponsors craft show The Salem-Liberty Elementary School PTO will be sponsoring a Festi-Fall Vendor and Craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salem-Liberty Elementary School, 10930 State Route 821, Lower Salem. Vendor spaces are still available for crafters for a $25 ...

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Bellamy Brothers benefit

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com For the second year tickets are going fast for a benefit concert to provide foster children in Washington County with important pieces of a childhood. “We see that these kids have been really dealt a rough hand and ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Dispatcher Anna Haugh with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office uses the new NexGen 911 digital system to keep track of emergency calls on Tuesday. 
The second phase of the system will go into effect after the new year and will allow for the public to text 911.

New 911 system in place

The new digital 911 emergency dispatch system is finally up and running, despite a delay caused by a defective piece of equipment in August which pushed the launch back a couple months. “We are still troubleshooting some of the minor problems (regarding) transferring to other 911 systems ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Holly Orders, a staff member at the Washington County Home, checks the activity board in one of the building's hallways.

The county home

The Washington County Home is a serene, stately Georgian brick building in the placid setting of a 270-acre working farm just outside Marietta. It is, administrator Jeff Campbell says, one of the best kept secrets in the county. Originally built in 1976, it is the latest episode in a ...

2018 Marietta sewer rates to rise 11.89%

Marietta City Council has begun discussions for next year's budget this week and Tuesday's meetings focused on the coming hike in sewer rates. Sewer customers are to see an 11.89 percent increase on their first bill in 2018. In 2017 the increase was 1.5 percent from the year prior. "Our ...

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City plans full-court press vs. leaves

Marietta City Streets Crews have begun sucking up leaves along tree lawns in the city this week just as many of the city’s leaves have fallen. And once final hot mixing items are done next week Streets Superintendent Todd Stockel said both crews will be able to knock out more streets at ...

Groups serve Thanksgiving meals

From staff reports Various organizations and churches will continue the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition of providing a free meal to community members on the holiday. ¯ The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Norwood United ...

‘Bearbaiting’ ring broken

From staff reports POMEROY — A Meigs County man and West Virginia residents face potential felony charges after authorities interrupted an alleged event where hunting dogs were attacking a caged bear. According to a release from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Department of ...

Around town

Breakfast served by Beverly Post 389 The Beverly Post 389 of the American Legion is sponsoring a public breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the post home on Fifth Street. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the communities American Flag ...

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Teen of the Week: Busy 13-year-old loves pageants, helping others

Shelby Anderson is a St. Mary Catholic student who has serious ambitions in life. Though she is only 13, Anderson has been crowned queen, rescued kitties, cooked for children in Ronald McDonald House and aspires to possibly be a Supreme Court Justice. On top of all that keeping her busy, Shelby ...

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Time to hunt

Though deer archery season in Ohio has been open since the end of September, only in recent weeks have hunters seen low enough temperatures to make sitting in a tree stand worth it. “I’m still out there any weekend I can, but when it’s cold you see them moving more, going from where ...

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Winter outlook: Average

It’s predicted to be an average winter in Marietta, maybe a little warmer than usual, according to both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmers Almanac. The NWS issued its annual national winter weather outlook Oct. 19 for December, January and February. Andrew Beavers, a ...

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Public input sought on park monuments

The Start Westward National Monument in East Muskingum Park, and the park itself, will be the focus of two public meetings to be held in the next week, with officials looking to gather input from any interested party on what they’d like to see in the park. Currently the park is host to ...