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Jeffrey Saulton Special to the Times
Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with two small helpers, greeted parade goers at the end of the Parkersburg Christmas Parade.

Ringing in the holidays in Vienna, Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Thousands gathered in Vienna and Parkersburg on Saturday for the annual Christmas parades and more took advantage of holiday activities in downtown Parkersburg organized by Downtown PKB on Saturday evening. The 2017 Holly Days Vienna Christmas Parade ran along Grand Central ...

Q&A: Everyone welcome at Christmas Feast

Even after three years, Bruce Haas, the project manager of the Marietta Christmas Day Feast, still has members of the community saying “I’m not a member of the church. Can I come anyway?” The answer is always yes, as the free meal at the First Presbyterian Church is open to the entire ...

Author pens an ode to Christmas for children

PARKERSBURG — Walter Pavlo had a seat and began to talk about his new children's Christmas book, "A Christmas Eve Bedtime Story." It's the story of a how a shy moose, who wants to be one of Santa's reindeer, helps rescue Santa's sleigh with his brain more than his brawn. The main character, ...

Victorian Christmas Home Tour a hit

PARKERSBURG — Visitors had the chance to see how different people decorate for the Christmas season during the 18th annual Julia-Ann Square Historic District's Victorian Christmas Home Tour. On Saturday and Sunday hundreds of people went through the district and toured five homes which have ...

Around town

Submit photos for publication in paper The Times will feature photos of area Christmas decorations on page two of the paper during the weeks leading up to Christmas. If you would like to nominate an outdoor display, please send an email describing it to Art Smith at asmith@mariettatimes.com. ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Chase Chovan follows the purple outline of a wrench as he punctures the skin of Rob Rhodes with a tattoo machine Friday in Monkey’s Uncle Tattoo.

Day in the life: More than just ink

Gloves off, hands washed, new gloves on. “You really have to lotion up, especially in the winter, otherwise your hands get chapped with all the times you’re washing your hands,” he says. Chase Chovan opened his shop in Marietta three years ago this coming February. It’s called ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Dalson Green, 11, left, and his brother Austin, 8, try on Christmas aprons at The Cook’s Shop in Marietta Friday during Moonlight Madness.

Festive atmosphere for First Fridays

Washington County turned out in force Friday night for Moonlight Madness in Marietta’s downtown shops. Some were out just getting ideas for holiday gifts while on a date, while others slipped into town with friend groups or family to enjoy the crisp fall air, a carriage ride and the ...

Imposter poses as police officer

From staff reports BELPRE — Authorities in Washington County are searching for a man accused of impersonating a police officer and pulling over at least two women. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation of a middle-aged ...

School district numbers show growth of poverty

The students went away, but for the most part the poverty did not. That’s the story told by a set of figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Each year the Census issues the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, which are refined down to the county and school district level. ...

Buckeye Hills has $1M grant to spend

The Buckeye Hills Regional Council has received an unusual grant and is looking for ideas on how to spend it. The $1 million comes from a special fund set up by the state government that uses upfront casino licensing fees for workforce development projects. This year’s state budget ...

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Holiday Loft Tour Saturday

The Marietta Main Street Holiday Lofts Tour is for those who want to go beyond the storefront of history of downtown Marietta and get a look at the upper stories of the past. The self-guided tour, which includes 14 stops, begins Saturday at 6 p.m. and continues through 10 p.m. Highlights ...

Board will vote on WHS official’s resignation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet Tuesday to accept the resignation of a Williamstown High School administrator who was removed in August due to a police investigation. Assistant Principal Jeff Bayles was suspended with pay Aug. 25. That was changed to a ...

Wood County to get $1.4M from state for fighting fire

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commissioners Monday are going to Charleston where they will accept a check to cover the county’s expenses from the Intercontinental Export Import plastics fire. A check for $1.4 million will be given to the county commission at 2 p.m. Monday in a presentation ...

Around town

$2 bag sale at Vincent area food pantry A $2 bag sale will be held Monday through Dec. 28 at the thrift store of the Western Washington County Food Pantry, 18 High St., Vincent. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. ¯ For information: 740-678-1065 or ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
The new dining cabin aboard the Riviera in Marietta can seat 66 with a drinks, salad and dessert bar near the entrance of the room. The restaurant will be open for dinner tonight beginning at 4 p.m.

Dining on the river

Salads with maple pecans, pork medallions with port wine sauce, even an array of desserts are now in store for those looking to enjoy fine dining on the Muskingum River. Today the Riviera opens for dinner beside a longtime staple of Marietta, the Valley Gem. “The primary reason we’re ...

Patrol tracks fatal crashes seeking trends

Excessive speed, alcohol and seatbelt usage are suspected as contributing factors in at least one recent fatal crash in Washington County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Justin Jones, 32, of New Matamoras, was killed on Thanksgiving Day when he was driving southbound on Ohio 7 ...

Man pleads guilty to woman’s OD death

From local reports PARKERSBURG– Christopher Scott Murvine, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced Wednesday after his guilty plea to charges of petit larceny and voluntary manslaughter in connection with the January 2017 overdose death of Hannah Hescht. He ...

DuPont named in lawsuit over IEI fire

CHARLESTON, W. Va — DuPont has been named as one of the defendants in the fourth class-action lawsuit filed over the Oct. 21-29 fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg. Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District ...

Rights of way discussed by council

A comprehensive right of way ordinance defining prohibitions, permits, length of terms and application procedures was the subject of a public hearing held by Marietta City Council Thursday. "Our town is very, very old and there are not maps showing where every line and sewer are," said ...

County hikes pay for Veterans Service board

The Washington County Commissioners heard some end-of-the-year business from the SNAP Ed program and Job and Family Services during the weekly meeting on Thursday. They also agreed to a requested increase in pay for members of the Veterans Service Commission. James Giesey, executive ...