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Sheriff’s office changes weaponry

Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office will soon be getting new weapons, a re-stocking that occurs about twice each decade. "We have them ordered, but we haven't received them yet," said Sheriff Larry Mincks. "We expect them within a couple of months." Around 70 Smith & Wesson ...

Food Truck Fridays drawing a crowd

The smell of food cooking and bright sunshine met those venturing out to the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta for Food Truck Friday. Misty Anderson, 51, of Barlow, and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, were in town and decided to stop by the trucks. "She had a dentist ...

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The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, 232 Third St., Marietta, will host an African Drum workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Social Hall. Master Drummer Lawrence Greene will conduct the workshop. The fee is $10; advance registration is required. Call Rev. Kat Hawbaker at ...

Book on area history driving tourism spikes

Though predictions were for spikes in local tourism next year following the spring release of David McCullough's "The Pioneers," avid readers are already popping up in Marietta. "Our visitation numbers have definitely been up since July 1. We're having to guide tours every hour— we've never ...

Commissioners hear from health board president

Washington County Board of Health President Bruce Kelbaugh met with Washington County Commissioners Thursday morning to address questions they've had about recent actions of the health board. The health board has been in an upheaval since early July when Dr. Richard Wittberg was removed from ...

Southeastern Ohio man helping draw geographic outlines for census

As the Census Bureau marshals its resources for the decennial census on April 1, other forces are at work to determine where the political lines in Ohio are drawn. Robert Wiley at Ohio University has been working on that project under a contract with the state for three years. He said this ...

Storms wash out Rivers, Trails and Ales opener

From staff reports Torrential rains and lightning may have led to the cancellation of the first event for the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival, but it isn’t a setback for the rest of the weekend’s festivities. The Gunlock Park Jam Session was scheduled for Thursday night at the park, ...

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First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, will host an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. Proceeds will benefit a youth educational trip. Free breakfast will be provided until 10 a.m. The Castle Museum will present a program on local art history at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

Time for back-to-school vaccines

Less than two weeks remain before school starts in Marietta and both local health departments and school nurses have their eyes on herd immunity with 150 to 220 students in each grade. "There are four shots typically that families need to catch up on before their child enters kindergarten, ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips planning new warehouse

PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee Potato Chips plans to construct a half-million-dollar warehouse next to its location on West Virginia Avenue in Parkersburg. Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of West Virginia Potato Chip Co., discussed the project and other recent improvements to the facility when state ...

Back at the helm

Although the heat is still wilting, summer is nearly finished for educators. In Washington Elementary School, the hardwood floor of the empty hallway on the main level gleams with freshly buffed polish, and teachers are in classrooms arranging desks, looking at lists and talking to custodians ...

Ballot set for November election

The Nov. 5 election ballot will be crowded with candidates for local office, and although many of the races have only one candidate, Washington County voters will have plenty of decisions to make. The Village of Matamoras on Tuesday filed to place a levy on the ballot, an attempt to raise ...

Youth, officers enjoy police pool party

Overnight thunderstorms and dreary skies were not enough to keep the Marietta Police Department from holding its annual pool party at the Marietta Aquatic Center Wednesday morning. Marietta Police Sgt. Errol Kramer said they watched weather reports before deciding the weather would hold up ...

City Development Director Andy Coleman resigns

Though they were before a fully gathered city council Wednesday for multiple meetings, Marietta city administration did not address the need for a succession plan for the city development office. Assistant Safety-Service Director Bill Dauber confirmed Wednesday that Development Director Andy ...

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The Washington County Board of Elections will be holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. today to open the proposals received for the purchase of new poll books and vote on the purchase of new poll books, the disposal of old voting equipment and the Pickering & Associates study. • For ...

New medical device saves the life of New Matamoras woman

A newly-approved medical implant device saved Vesta Kidd Hall's life, and that experience changed her outlook on how to live. Kidd Hall, 57 and a resident of New Matamoras, discovered earlier this year that an array of alarming symptoms – memory loss, slurred speech, anxiety and vision ...

Schools prepare to tackle tobacco use

Local school systems are preparing to reiterate and enforce tobacco rules on campus in the coming school year. This October, Ohio will join 17 other states, plus Washington D.C., in raising the legal purchasing age for tobacco from 18 to 21 on all tobacco and electronic cigarette sales. Gov. ...

Event showcases need, responders

The level of need among the students and their families in Washington County could be measured by the number of agencies offering help to the school districts trying to respond to it. More than a dozen teachers and administrators from Marietta City Schools met Monday morning to hear ...

Pizza franchise coming to Marietta

People who frequently visit Columbus may be aware of the Donatos Pizza franchise, but for those who haven't heard of it, you'll soon get your chance. Marietta resident Scott Hollister has his crews busy getting the shop together so it can be ready for opening in mid-September. "It's nice to ...