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Extension office announces 4-H scholarship winners

The Ohio State University Extension of Washington County is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual 4-H College Scholarship Awards. Each applicant must be a high school senior or college freshman who have been a 4-H member for at least three years. Applications were judged by an ...

Board renews MHS Principal Rinard’s contract

The administrator contract for Marietta High School Principal Chad Rinard was renewed by the Marietta City Schools Board of Education Monday. Rinard's contract, at a rate of $91,638, was renewed for one year during the regular business meeting of the board. The vote for his renewal saw four ...

Parkersburg City Council passes limit on attendance

PARKERSBURG – City Council on Friday approved a resolution temporarily limiting the public’s in-person access to its meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency by a 7-1 vote. It would have been 7-2, but no one could hear Councilman J.R. Carpenter. Like the May 5 council meeting, ...

Around town

Belpre school board meeting today The Belpre City School District will hold its regular monthly meeting of the Belpre City Schools Board of Education at 5 p.m. today at the Stone Administration/Early Learning Center. Due to COVID-19, physical attendance by the public is prohibited. Members of ...

“We had to get out”; Local residents enjoy restaurant re-openings

With an eye on gray clouds, some early birds snagged a patio seat at the few food services offering outdoor seating for reopening day Friday. "We had to get out, and so celebrating his preschool graduation today was perfect," said Kyle Medlin, of Waterford, as he joined his wife Tisa and son ...

Marietta woman arrested for ninth OVI after rollover crash

Five months after she was granted judicial release, a Marietta woman was arrested Tuesday for her ninth OVI. Michelle Thompson, 45, of 117 Dean St., was arraigned by video conference Friday morning in the courtroom of Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi. Charges were filed ...

Teen dies in Morgan County accident

From staff reports A 15-year-old injured while jumping onto the front of a moving vehicle Wednesday in Morgan County died from those injuries Friday. According to a release from the Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred about 8:17 p.m. Wednesday on Upper Douda ...

Halliday appointed to fill judge seat

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday afternoon that Marietta attorney John Halliday will serve as the next Washington County Common Pleas judge. Halliday will take office on June 15 and must run for election on Nov. 3 for the remainder of the term ending Dec. 31, 2024, according to ...

Career Center starts some in-person classes

Board members of the Washington County Career Center Board of Education met Thursday evening to discuss the district's plans moving forward. The Adult Technical Division opened its doors to face-to-face classes on Monday. "We are taking many precautions and following social distance ...

One recount needed in primary election

When the Washington County Board of Election reviewed the official primary election results Friday, it was found that one precinct will need to be automatically recounted, while another was close to a recount. Additional ballots were voted on by the board, as ballots postmarked by April 27 ...

Around town

The Belpre City School District will hold its regular monthly meeting of the Belpre City Schools Board of Education at 5 p.m. Monday at the Stone Administration/Early Learning Center. Due to COVID-19, physical attendance by the public is prohibited. Members of the public can attend the meeting ...

Next Sweet Corn Fest to be 2021

From staff reports The 13th Annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021. The Sweet Corn Festival Committee met via Zoom on Monday and unanimously supported the postponement of the festival until July 16 and 17, 2021. The Sweet Corn Festival will ...

Excess deaths measure a work in progress for CDC

PARKERSBURG — The CDC this week revised a metric that showed higher-than-expected death statistics around the country but whose accuracy was inconsistent from state to state. A report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of April showed approximately ...

Restaurants eye extra outdoor seating options

Marietta restaurants with permitted outdoor seating or with a private patio may begin serving food outdoors at their establishments today and in their dining rooms next week, if they follow distancing requirements under the Ohio health order. But, a minimum of six feet between tables or a ...

Man dies from injuries in Devola crash

From staff reports A 69-year-old man injured in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday on Ohio 60 in Devola died as a result of his injuries. Trooper Gossett of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said they received the call around 1 a.m. Thursday that William F.V. Howe Jr., of Marietta, had died. The ...

Local medical equipment used in pandemic fight

Fueled by the present coronavirus pandemic, a medical equipment development made with locally manufactured materials and tested both nationally and locally, has long-reaching impacts outside of coronavirus. Solvay, the Belgian chemicals company that has a specialty polymers (plastics) ...

MHS films virtual graduation

Photo by Janelle Patterson Walter Gibbs, left, gives his son Bryce Gibbs, right, his diploma on the stage of Marietta High School's auditorium Thursday during a filming of graduation for the school which continues today and Saturday. Principal Chad Rinard explained Thursday that ...

Frontier grad gets rare transplant

Travis Flores has never known a life where he wasn't battling cystic fibrosis. The Frontier High School graduate was diagnosed when he was 4 months old. "He lives in Los Angeles now. He was born here and we moved when he was 3 to Newport for a better, safer life," said his mother, Teresa ...

Commissioners approve communications tower move

The 911 control tower on Glendale Road will soon move to the Washington County Sheriff's Office on Fourth Street in Marietta. During Thursday morning's Washington County Commission meeting, Rich Hays, EMA director, submitted a request to move the control station. The control station is a link ...