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West Virginia school groups vote to take work action if needed over bill

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — School personnel from around West Virginia overwhelmingly voted to authorize their state associations to call for a work action if needed over the education reform bill in the Legislature, officials said Saturday. Representatives of the American Federation ...

Years later, pals unite in goal to help rural village

Justin Futrell and Mitchel Gearhart met in gym class in kindergarten at Putnam Elementary School. “We were the two in the back of the line when we were running laps,” Futrell laughed. Not only are the two Marietta natives still friends but they’ve teamed up together to raise $25,000 ...

Taking the polar plunge

PARKERSBURG — Residents were freezin’ for a reason on Saturday. The seventh annual Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics West Virginia, was held at the Point Park Marketplace where the plungers jumped into a pool of cold water to raise money for the organization. The first two ...

Home Show has a good turnout

From staff reports VIENNA — The 2019 Great American Home Show ended its three-day run on Sunday with organizers again pleased with the turnout. “It’s been great,” said Steven D. Bailey, an officer of the sponsoring Home Builders Association and an exhibitor at the event held this ...

Around town

Free health screenings in Beverly Tuesday The Ohio University Community Health Program will be held at the Beverly Library from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. There will be free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. Fasting nine to 12 hours before the screening is recommended, but not ...

Snow may cause delivery delay

Due to deteriorating road conditions the Monday edition of The Marietta Times may be delivered later than normal to some homes. Subscribers may read the All Access digital version of the printed newspaper by validating their subscription at ...

Test of faith

There was no bargaining with God, as the surgery dragged on. "I think it was just realizing if this is what's required of me, I'll do it," explained Austin Rehl, of Marietta. He has watched his son Dallin's trial unfold and calls it a real test of faith, starting first with headaches and ...

Opioid hub meeting focuses on finding jobs for those in recovery

The complexity of the lives of recovering addicts and the agencies responsible for them became clearer at a meeting of the Washington County Opioid Hub subcommittee on workforce held Friday. The meeting, held in the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce offices on Front Street, was attended by ...

City/county sewer lawsuit still being considered

While the Washington County Commissioners begin plans to comply with environmental orders to sewer Devola, litigation between the commissioners and the city of Marietta continues. On Friday, legal counsel for both the county and city noted the potential next steps in two legal cases the city ...

Ohio to crest near flood stage early Saturday

After days of rain, skies cleared on Friday but the Ohio River was expected to continue rising through Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicted the river would peak between 1 and 7 a.m. at 34.8 feet at the Marietta pumphouse, making it likely that southside locations such as ...

Habitat auction raises funds for future homes

2-9 habitat auction CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times Roger Patterson and Nancy Mendicino look for the items they want to bid on at the 19th annual Callihan Auction on Friday. By the numbers •Amount raised at 2018 auction: $29,000. •Number of items up for auction: ...

Crossing guards urge safety

Every school day, drivers are likely to see volunteers dressed in blaze orange and carrying stop signs escorting school children across some of the busiest intersections in the city. Lisa Bammerlin, 47, of Marietta, volunteers as a crossing guard at Washington Elementary and said drivers ...

Around town

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, 232 Third St., will host an African drum workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in the social hall. Master drummer Lawrence Greene will conduct the workshop. The fee is $10; advance registration required. Call Rev. Kat Hawbaker at 740-373-1238 ...

Remembering “Rosie”

Neva Rees was the type of pioneer about whom people often remark, "There won't be another one like her," but Rees might have hoped there will be many more. The Marietta resident and West Virginia native died Sunday at the age of 97. She is remembered by friends, family and many others as a ...

Study: Ohio’s Appalachia distressed but making gains

If Ohio's Appalachian counties were their own state, Ohio University researchers say it would rank as the second most economically distressed state in the nation—just ahead of Mississippi. "We used the same methodology that the Appalachian Regional Commission uses to analyze the economic ...

Marietta College hears from community on student center

An architectural and engineering firm based in Philadelphia met separately with students, faculty and members of the community at Marietta College's Gathering Place on Thursday to hear ideas about the design of a new student/community center. Construction of the center is one of the main ...

Organ donation numbers hit records

Organ donation is often called the gift of life. "But that gift wouldn't be possible without people registering as donors," said Jessica Peterson, media and public relations specialist for Lifeline of Ohio. Peterson said in 2018 central and southeast Ohio broke multiple records in both ...

Warren construction project hits setback

The $63 million building project being undertaken by Warren Local Schools has hit a slight setback. Superintendent Kyle Newton said Thursday that when bids for construction of the district's new elementary school, the first building phase of the project, were opened electronically on Jan. 21, ...

Marietta City Council discusses seasonal hiring program

Marietta City Council introduced the annual seasonal hire program through the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services Thursday. The program affords underprivileged adults summer positions within the city’s departments working as aides and laborers within the public ...

Around town

The Marietta Family YMCA will be hosting a NETA Fitness Yoga Specialty Certification workshop from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Intensive -two day Fitness Yoga Certification provides hands-on experience in teaching multi-level flow-based yoga classes in the fitness center ...