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Hino donates $10K to Williamstown playground

WILLIAMSTOWN — The announcement that Hino had donated $10,000 for the new Williamstown Elementary School playground equipment brought cheers from the kindergartners and cries of, “No way!” “It is our way to show our appreciation to the people of Williamstown,” Takashi Ono, ...

Board tours school sites

Heating and cooling systems, flooring, roofs and electrical systems all are part of the problems plaguing the aging buildings in the Marietta City Schools district. The district’s five board members got a first-hand look at the deficiencies Thursday morning on a tour of buildings ...

Man wanted after chase surrenders to city police

From staff reports A Marietta man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on Tuesday before fleeing on foot has turned himself in. Brandon L. Marshall, 30, of 636 Ninth St., has been charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer/fleeing and eluding, ...

Groups seek release of PFA study

By Jess Mancini Special to the Times PARKERSBURG – More than 50 organizations from around the country are seeking the release of a federal study of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water. A letter to Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services said the ...

Art & Recreation: Students build wooden kayak

Special to The Times Recently, Marietta High School students celebrated months of hard work with the launch of a hand-built wooden kayak into the Muskingum River. Six students spent their spring semester building a wooden kayak by hand, thanks to funding provided by the Marietta Community ...

Funds from forest increase

One positive sign for the local economy is showing up in remittance to local governments related to commercial activity in the Wayne National Forest. In fiscal year 2017, Washington County received nearly $322,000 from the state and federal governments, payments related to obligations senior ...

Grand jury to get attempted murder case

A preliminary hearing for a local teen charged with attempted murder was waived after some discussion Wednesday between defense and prosecuting attorneys and Judge Janet Dyar Welch. The case will be bound over to Washington County Common Pleas Court for possible indictment by a grand ...

House backs $3B bill to boost ports, dams and harbors

One positive sign for the local economy is showing up in remittance to local governments related to commercial activity in the Wayne National Forest. In fiscal year 2017, Washington County received nearly $322,000 from the state and federal governments, payments related to obligations senior ...

MCF awards $50,000 in grants to organizations

Spring cycle grantees included: ¯ Belpre Area Multi-Use Trail Committee ¯ Boys & Girls Club of Washington County ¯ The Castle ¯ Christian Youth in Action, Inc. ¯ Community Action-Washington/Morgan County ¯ EVE, Inc. ¯ Humane Society of the Ohio Valley ¯ The iBelieve ...

The sounds of summer

Free entertainment is as close as the local city park this summer as several communities offer music through August and September. The Marietta Welfare League kicks off its 2018 season tonight with Levi Westfall. The concerts in Muskingum Park are held each Thursday through the summer at 7 ...

Bass festival this weekend at St. Marys Marina

From staff reports The 2018 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina. The event features two days of competition for fishermen from around the region, with the final weigh-in on Sunday, along with activities and entertainment at the ...

Around Town

Annual kids fishing derby June 16 The 13th annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. June 16 at Buckeye Park. Sign- in is from 8 to 9 a.m. with the derby from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch at 11. provided by Marietta Civitan Club. Those participating should bring a fishing pole and a ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Fine Arts Camp begins soon

From staff reports The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet and Academy of Fine Arts will hold its annual Fine Arts Day Camp program for two weeks in June and July. The program will run Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. from June 25-28 and July 9-12. The fee is $95 per week and includes ...

School supplies fundraiser

The first Summer Spectacular Craft & Vendor Fair held last year raised $320, which was used to help 54 families get school supplies. This year, with more vendors signed up, that goal is nearly double at $600 at this Saturday’s event, said organizer Candace Bowman. “This is for a ...

Youngsters learn to be animators

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com BELPRE —Sixteen local children went home from the library with a new title on Wednesday. They were now animators. “I predict whatever they’re doing today will be happening for weeks in my home,” said Amanda ...

School bus safety; NTSB seat belt ruling sparks national debate

Every day across the country, nearly 500,000 buses carry more than 25 million students to and from school and activities, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Now the NTSB is changing its recommendation in favor of 3-point seatbelts, a decision that continues to be ...

Speed record in a tractor

Putting a tractor in a speed record contest might sound like entering a mule in a horse race, but Dave Archer enjoys a challenge. The Marietta resident and his family and friends spent a year modifying a 1961 Allis Chalmers D-19 to go from pulling a plow to pushing the envelope. On June ...

More money for housing

Additional assistance for housing costs may be available to Marietta residents in the coming months. Under the auspices of the Omnibus Appropriations Act passed in 2017, Congress made approximately $13 million available to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for new ...

BBQ cooks to duel at fairgrounds

Chicken and ribs and brisket, oh my. Barbecue fans will have an opportunity to witness greatness in the making at the Marietta River City BBQ Competition this weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctions more than 500 barbecue contests worldwide, ...

Success stories at Aspire event

For anyone who missed getting that high school diploma for one reason or another, the Aspire program at the Washington County Career Center can probably help with that goal. The Aspire class of 2018 was honored Tuesday night with a graduation ceremony at the career center. A group of many ...