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Wendy's Restaurant on Pike Street in Marietta will host Members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 52 for a local fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Wendy's will donate a percentage of each sale to the support of the work of DAV in the county. Officers and members will be on hand to ...

Waterford student presents safety plan to BOE

WATERFORD — A fresh addition of ideas on school security and safety was offered to the Wolf Creek Local Schools Board of Education Monday night as a Waterford High School student offered a 40-page report representing a year of work by her small class. Katelyn Huck said her class of about ...

Belpre council discusses ordinances

BELPRE — Belpre City Council is taking action on a variety of housekeeping resolutions and ordinances and plans to discuss a proposed deed transfer. At Monday’s meeting, council approved the first reading of the annual resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget ...

Belpre High principal charged

BELPRE — The Belpre High School principal was arrested last week on charges of domestic violence. Samuel Pepper, 51, of 714 Tuttle St., Belpre, was arrested Sept. 3 and charged with one count of domestic violence and one count of unlawful restraint. According to an affidavit of facts ...

Missing elementary student found at Boys and Girls Club

From staff reports A fourth-grader who went missing Monday afternoon from Putnam Elementary was later found at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. Major Troy Hawkins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said that initially it appeared the 9-year-old student walked away ...

Sternwheel Festival closes after weekend of great weather

The 44th annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival concluded Sunday with a third straight day of beautiful weather for thousands of people to enjoy sitting on the banks of the river and enjoying a variety of music, see the sternwheelers lined up on shore and savor the festival food. ...

Belpre Gathering

BELPRE — Hundreds of people gathered at Civitan Park in Belpre on Saturday to enjoy free food, games and music at the seventh annual Gathering. The Gathering is an event put on by local churches and organizations to reach out to community members and celebrate the close knit ...

Missing girl found safe

A 9-year-old girl reported missing from Putnam Elementary in Devola earlier this afternoon was found to be safe and at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, according to the Washington County's Sheriff's Office. Major Troy Hawkins said the girl left school and was given a ride to the ...

9/11 remembrances will be held

PARKERSBURG — A number of programs are being held this week to mark the 18th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. - Students at Parkersburg High School will hold a 9/11 memorial service at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in remembrance of the lives lost to the terrorist attacks in 2001, ...

Y’Art Sale benefits art center and its programs

PARKERSBURG — Those looking for beads to enhance an art project or a framed print to fill a blank space on a wall had the chance to find such items at reasonable prices during the annual Y’Art Sale at the Parkersburg Art Center. The art-themed yard sale was held Saturday in the art ...

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Revival planned at Nazarene Church Marietta First Church of the Nazarene, located at 100 Mill Creek Road, will hold a revival through Wednesday with special speaker Billy Huddleston. Services will be at 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Child care will be provided through age ...

Sternwheel festival in full swing

For some, the draw is Saturday's fireworks. "I've traveled all over the world, and the (Ohio River Sternwheel Festival) fireworks are the best I've ever seen," said Keith Snider, of Marietta. "My dad brought me, now I bring my kids. What we have here, Boston doesn't compare—those last five ...

Non-specific threat of violence will increase festival law enforcement

No changes are being planned for this year's Ohio River Sternwheel Festival after a press release was sent out Friday morning regarding possible threats, although law enforcement presence will be increased. The press release, which was sent out by local law enforcement including the Marietta ...

Grand jury indicts six in drug raid

From staff reports Six people arrested in January during a narcotics search were recently indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury. A search of an upstairs apartment at 610 Second St., Marietta, resulted in the largest seizure of drugs in Washington County in the last several years, ...

Frostee Too opens on Harmar Hill

A lifelong calling to teach and guide young minds has returned a former Marietta City Schools teacher to town with sweet treats and a new mission. "I thought I was going to teach my whole life, so to be back in the lives of my former kindergarteners, my physical education students and my ...

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PERI (Public Employees Retirees, Inc.) will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Marietta First Church of Nazarene, 100 Millcreek Road, off of Colegate Drive. All retirees of the Public Employees Retirement System are invited to attend and join PERI. Gilman United Methodist Church will host a ...

Facilities plan would replace six buildings with single complex

Note: This is third story in a series examining the Marietta City Schools proposal to raise $55 million through a tax levy on the Nov. 5 election ballot with the goal of building a new K-12 complex on land adjacent to Washington State Community College. By Michael Kelly Staff ...

Marietta mayoral candidates step up campaigns

Three public servants have begun their campaigning for the city of Marietta’s next four-year mayoral term. Incumbent Mayor Joe Matthews, who in all previous terms has had the county Democratic Party backing, is running for the first time as an independent candidate at 80. He’s challenged ...

Commissioners sign agreement with WCCS

After some questions and clarifications, the Washington County Commissioners signed the collective bargaining agreement with the Washington County Children Services during Thursday morning’s meeting. Commissioner Ron Feathers questioned section 23.8, titled Accrued Employee Vacation, Sick ...

Marietta council presents grant application budget

Marietta City Council introduced an amended federal grant application budget Thursday to allow for additional public hearings before a formal vote. The Community Development Block Grant application for $403,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been the topic of ...