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Observing Fire Prevention Week

WILLIAMSTOWN — First responders of the Mid-Ohio Saturday kicked off 2019’s Fire Prevention Week from Williamstown to the Washington County Fair Grounds in Marietta. According to Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews, this year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice ...

Rain didn’t dampen Cupcake Run Sunday

PARKERSBURG - The Camden Clark Foundation Sunday afternoon held its fourth annual Pink Cupcake Run in downtown Parkersburg. Despite intermittent rain throughout the event, it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the participants in the three-mile fun run/walk. "It is the sweetest race in town," ...

Henderson Hall festival celebrates area’s history

BOAZ, W.Va. — People came out to Henderson Hall Sunday to get a feel of the history of the area. The historic home, along W.Va. 14 south of Williamstown, was the site of its inaugural Fall Festival. The festival featured local craftsmen and artisans, antique gas engines, tours of the home ...

W.Va. Democrats 2020 governor’s race shaping up?

It looks like monied front-runner Stephen Smith might be getting some serious challengers for the Democratic primary for governor. That's good, because that primary needed some excitement. It also needed more traditional West Virginia Democrats, which it looks like it is getting some. I ...

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Free instruction on how to use adult park The Settlers Bank Adult Park in Marietta will offer free instruction at the park every Saturday in October from 10 to 11 a.m. The senior/adult playground consists of nine pieces of outdoor fitness equipment, four of which are wheelchair accessible. It ...

Rally for the levy

With time closing in on the election, scores of people, many of them with children, converged on the gazebo in East Muskingum Park late Friday afternoon in the cool, late day sun to support the Marietta City Schools proposal to build a new consolidated facility next to Washington State ...

Settlement ends case against former boosters treasurer

The civil case brought by the Marietta Tigers Athletic Boosters against the club's former treasurer has been settled but the club declined to disclose the terms. Club president Lynn Graham said through a spokesperson that the club "is not at liberty to discuss" the settlement. Attorney Ethan ...

Busy Bee celebrates 75 years

During a 1940s flood, John Williamson, 87, climbed into a soda case and rowed through two feet of water from the back of the Busy Bee kitchen, into the front of the restaurant. "We'd forgotten to unplug one of the cabinets up there," he recalled. "So, I took a broom and rowed up into the front ...

Residents work on transportation solutions

With 30 days to make written public comments on the direction of federal funds, a group of Harmar residents set off on a recon mission Friday. "The older I get, the more I love the example Mr. Rogers set, he used to say 'look for helpers,'" said Fourth Ward Councilman Geoff Schenkel. "Riding ...

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Our Lady of Mercy Church in Lowell will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. The Pioneer Ladies Civitan Style Show & Salad Supper will be held Oct. 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 308 Gilman St. Doors open at 5 ...

School officer forges bond with students

BARLOW – As the students walk past Brad Holbert's office during class change at Warren Middle School on Thursday morning, many smile, wave through the doorway and say hello to the big deputy. Holbert is the first full-time school resource officer for Warren Local Schools, and a little more ...

Health board interviews applicants

After two hours in executive session Thursday, the Washington County Health Board plans to vote to fill the role of health administrator at the county health department next week. The board, made up of Bruce Kelbaugh, of Decatur Township, Richard Daniell, of Belpre Township, Jeff Jones, of ...

Head start could lead to thousands of jobs for carpenters

A new modification to the Washington County Career Center successful Building Technology program holds the promise of allowing students who undergo a five-month course to get a head start in apprenticeship as carpenters. The course came about as the result of an agreement between the career ...

Marietta City Council approves truck purchase

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new bucket truck Thursday. Finance Chairman Mike Scales explained that the bucket truck will be purchased with a three-year lease and a $50,000 downpayment from the city’s capital improvement fund. “We talked ...

Board to interview health director candidates after vote voided

Interviews will be held today for applications to lead the Washington County Health Department. Washington County Board of Health President Bruce Kelbaugh called the special meeting for the board late Tuesday night following a second special meeting in two weeks of the District Advisory ...

Warren BOE has competition for two seats

The building project at Warren Local Schools has taken up much of the energy for the district's board of education and administration in the past two years, and it's also the focus of the three candidates in the Nov. 5 election for two seats on the five-member board. Debbie West and Sidney ...

Lowell Octoberfest a tasty treat

LOWELL – Mildred Schwendeman was part of the parade at the first Lowell Octoberfest in 1976. "I drove a horse-drawn buggy," she recalled Wednesday, seated in the cookhouse at Buell Island Park while half a dozen volunteers worked over the industrial-sized gas stove. The Octoberfest is ...

Committees discuss signage ordinances

Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee met jointly with the Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee Wednesday to revisit signage ordinances within city limits. Councilwoman Susan Boyer explained that the purpose of the working committee meeting was to establish open avenues ...

Around town

Our Lady of Mercy Church in Lowell will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. The Pioneer Ladies Civitan Style Show & Salad Supper will be held Oct. 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 308 Gilman St. Doors open at 5 ...

AmeriCorps grant to be overseen by behavorial health board

After several weeks where the future of the AmeriCorps grant was in flux, the dust finally settled during Wednesday's meeting of the Washington County Commission. The oversight of the grant will now be held by the Washington County Board of Behavioral Health. The grant has been held by the ...