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Prosperity plan developed for Appalachia

Local partners are moving to take action on items in the newly released Economic Prosperity plan for Ohio's Appalachian counties. "What (the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth) has done is enlist partners on all of the topics to volunteer to lead these groups, and we're going to ...

Cereal and ice cream bar opening Monday

Local residents looking for something new to cool down with this summer need to look no further. The Little Spoon is opening Monday at 114 Putnam St. in downtown Marietta. "All inspections are passed and we're good to go," said Larry Ramsey, The Little Spoon co-owner. The shop, which is ...

West Virginia high schools being offered WSCC classes

West Virginia students who want to get an early start in college will have that opportunity starting in the fall semester at Washington State Community College. Offered to students in grades 10-12, the Bridge to College program will let students earn credits toward a liberal arts transfer ...

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The location of the regular July meeting of the Fort Frye Board of Education at 6 p.m. July 18 has been changed to Salem-Liberty Elementary School, 10930 State Route 821, Lower Salem. There will be a Finance Committee meeting beforehand at 5 p.m. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a ...

Belpre man sentenced to seven years in prison

From staff reports Belpre resident Daniel Francis was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs and having a weapon under disability. The trafficking in drugs charge is a first-degree felony, while having a weapon under disability is ...

Arrest made in bomb threat case

BELPRE -- Gayle Dotson, 49, of Parkersburg, was arrested Tuesday on the charge of making false alarms in connection to the bomb threat Boxers Bed & Biscuits received, Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams said. Dotson, who was being held in the Washington County Jail, had been an employee of ...

Chemours files lawsuit against DuPont

PARKERSBURG — DuPont created Chemours to dump its environmental liability upon the spinoff company, according to an unsealed lawsuit filed by Chemours in Delaware. Chemours is claiming DuPont underestimated the liabilities, including from perfluorinated compounds, and is attempting to ...

Another fix planned for splash pad slide

PARKERSBURG — Additional modifications are planned for a slide at Parkersburg’s new splash pad after another injury was reported. The tube slide at the new feature adjacent to the City Park pool was closed June 23 after a boy suffered a gash to his head coming off of it two days earlier. ...

Fireworks season means focus on safety

Fireworks can be a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 9,100 people in the U.S. were injured by fireworks in 2018. Capt. Brian Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said there are few fireworks legal in Ohio. Although they ...

ALICE training given to home health care workers

Keeping safe is a priority for most people, but for home healthcare workers, every day brings the risk of violence. It was these risks that brought Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp to the Buckeye Hills Regional Council on Monday for ALICE training. The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, ...

Near drowning at aquatic center sparks safety review

A trip to swim with her family at the Marietta Aquatic Center led to a local nurse saving the life of another child on Sunday. "I just thank God," said Alethea Bateman, 36, of Parkersburg, on Monday, as she recalled the incident and again pictured the 5-year-old child from Parkersburg blue ...

Rain leading to struggles for area farmers

Rain isn't only taking hillsides and lanes of highway with it in Ohio—farmers are also experiencing crop loss due to flooded or wet fields. "Some folks had their land prepared but couldn't get crops in the ground in time between all the rain and saturated soil," said Dave Bauerbach, ...

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Belpre Senior Center invites the public to meet the Marietta Health System new family medicine residents on July 12 at 12:30 p.m. A lunch will be provided by Cedar Grove Assisted Living. Included at this event are Peter Agaba, MBBS, Dr. Laura Burkett, Dr. Jared Carney, Dr. David Picklesimer, ...

Flags for Heroes in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Lions Club has teamed up with the community to bring the patriotic fundraiser “Flags for Heroes” to Williamstown for the second year in a row. “We put out these flags to honor every hero, veterans, preachers, teachers and anyone else you consider a personal ...

Grand jury indictments include vehicular assault

From staff reports Indictments on drug charges, tampering with evidence and vehicular assault were among those recently sent down by the Washington County Grand Jury. The indictments include: ¯ Joseph Antill, 42, of 120 Kerr St., Pomeroy, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a ...

W.Va.’s county school leaders discuss bill

By Steven Allen Adams Staff reporter CHARLESTON — The new education omnibus bill that passed the West Virginia Legislature last week represents millions in addition funding for county school systems, but could also pose new challenges to county superintendents and board of education ...

Police investigate suspicious device found in Williamstown

From staff reports WILLIAMSTOWN - A suspicious device was found in Williamstown on Sunday afternoon that resulted in a bomb disposal unit being brought in. Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham said a resident along the 1000 block of Highland Avenue called in to police about a device that ...

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Bat handling and ID workshop planned A bat handling and ID workshop will be held at 1 p.m. today at the O’Neill Center. The course will include information on bat biology and common myths. Headley’s Wildlife Control will also discuss the dos and don’ts of bat handling for homeowners. ...

Standards built from years of industry regulation

SAINT CLAIRSVILLE — Between rolling Appalachian hills filled with grazing cattle, the sight of a several-hundred-foot rig in the distance is no stranger. But with the risk of drilling through prior underground industrial work, potentially inadequately documented, new drilling must be all the ...

Researchers study Monroe, Belmont water

Disease detective work is how the lead researcher studying water in Monroe and Belmont counties this summer describes her field. Nicole Deziel is an assistant professor of Yale University’s school of public health and will have a team in place this summer in Ohio to collect data concerning ...