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Prosecutor Kevin Rings testifies on his own behalf

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings was a surprise witness Thursday, taking the stand to begin the fourth day of his trial for coercion and sexual imposition charges. The day ended with closing arguments and the jury beginning deliberation. Jurors spent approximately an hour picking a ...

Opioid hub hears updates

Every seat around the circle of tables was filled as reports on education, treatment, workforce, mental health and housing were made by area agencies at the Washington County Hub meeting at the Gold Star Park community building Thursday. The hub, formerly called the opioid hub, was formed ...

City battles potholes

Water is the enemy – at least, water that accumulates on and under roadways – and the city of Marietta streets department is preparing for the annual battle. Although the winter that just wound up was not as severe as the preceding one, plenty of potholes have emerged on city streets as ...

Washington County Career Center hears art project request

A former student of the Washington County Career Center is proposing a major piece of public art for Marietta, the career center board learned Thursday night. David Griesmyer, proprietor of DG Welding & Design in Malta, is asking for the school’s support in a project to create a massive ...

Around town

The Devola Volunteer Fire Department and water department personnel will be flushing hydrants in the Devola area the week of April 15. Residents could experience a sudden loss of pressure or discolored water. Flush taps until all air has escaped or the water has returned to its natural state. ...

Second woman accuses Prosecutor Kevin Rings of misconduct

The third day of the trial for Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings included testimony from a second woman accusing him of misconduct. The proceedings also started and finished with significant blows to both the prosecution and defense. Rings, 56, is facing two misdemeanor charges of ...

Concealed carry changes discussed in Ohio

Concealed carry in Ohio is back in discussion both as a potential constitutional carry bill moves through the state legislature and following a lawsuit settlement with The Ohio State University last month. House Bill 174 was introduced to the legislature as a revision of state weapons laws by ...

Bond set for Marietta man accused of molesting 7-year-old

A Marietta man accused of gross sexual imposition with a 7-year-old child waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Marietta Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon, but discussion about his bail took about 30 minutes as Judge Janet Dyer Welch attempted to balance reasonable bail with the threat ...

Marietta man sentenced for violent beating of girlfriend

The injuries, which included fractured facial bones and deep wounds, may have healed, but her life more than a year later is still shattered from the beating and psychological trauma inflicted by Jason Dick, a Marietta woman told Judge Randall Burnworth at a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning ...

New business features arcade games, vintage toys and comics

When Joe Carpenter concluded his service with the Marine Corps, he returned to Marietta, started college and began looking around for ways to make some cash. What he found was buying and selling vintage toys and comics. He and his wife, Amanda, and his brother-in-law, Ron Miller, set up a ...

Around town

The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. April 20 in the lower level meeting room of the Washington County Public Library, 615 Fifth St., Marietta. Barbara Moberg will speak about The Dawes Family. Visitors are welcome. The Reno Lions Easter Egg Hunt ...

Committees plan joint session on signage, right of way

Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee and Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee are planning a joint working session this month to rewrite city ordinances concerning business signage on buildings and in the city right of way. That meeting, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 25, will ...

Single-person businesses the trend in Washington County

Even as the population and the total number of businesses in Washington County has declined over the past decade, one element in business has gradually increased: the number of nonemployers, otherwise known as freelancers or independent contractors. According to Census figures for 2016, the ...

Davis, Mincks take stand in Rings trial

The second day of Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings’ trial was dominated by the emotional testimony of Amy Davis. Rings is accused of using his power as prosecuting attorney to coerce Davis into a sexual encounter. Davis pleaded guilty in June 2017 to drug trafficking charges that ...

Effects of shutdown linger for those on food stamps

The Southeast Ohio Foodbank said in a recent statement that the impact of the 45-day shutdown of the federal government early this year is still being felt by people whose SNAP benefits were disrupted by the closure of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental ...

Council approves solar expansion

Marietta City Council is moving forward on a new power purchase agreement with Pickering Energy Solutions to add solar power to another city building this summer. Chip Pickering, founder of the energy company, explained to council’s Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee Tuesday that the ...

Around town

The Beverly Lions Club and Muskingum Valley Leo Club will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at noon April 20 at Dodge Park in Beverly. The event is for children in preschool through fourth grade. Guests are asked to bring their own baskets. • For information: 740-984-4414. The Stanleyville ...

Manchin, Justice tout W.Va. energy industry

CHARLESTON — They might not like each other these days, but Gov. Jim Justice and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are working together on ways to make West Virginia a hub for petrochemical production. Justice announced a meeting held Monday between himself, Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch and ...

School counselors ask Wood BOE for help

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools counselors renewed calls for more help in addressing social and emotional trauma among the district’s students during a presentation Tuesday to the Wood County Board of Education. Aaron Ellis, a counselor at Jefferson Elementary Center and Fairplains ...

Trial of Washington County prosecutor begins

Ohio Attorney General prosecutors said Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings used his position to exploit vulnerable women on Monday during opening statements in Rings’ trial. The defense said Rings was just doing his job by trying to help a victim put her abusive boyfriend in ...