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Lowell’s Wagner farm sees bumper self-pick crop

LOWELL – In the shade of the shed at R and K Family Farms, a steady line of people carrying buckets, pails and other containers overflowing with blueberries and raspberries stood at the wooden counter. A breeze came and went as they paid for produce that until a few minutes before had been ...

Fairgrounds ready for the Fourth

With July 4 falling on a Thursday this year, many people will have a four-day weekend for holiday and those who don’t travel will be looking for something to do. In Marietta, they’ll have a parade on Thursday, and on Saturday have the chance to spend a day at the fairgrounds, where they ...

Cruise-In car show showcases cool rides, appeals to families

Bright reds, yellows, and even multi-hued automobiles ranging in origin from the 1950s to the 2000s filled The Marietta Times parking lot Thursday. “With this whole hobby you get to meet a lot of people, old and young come together on common ground and there’s always some new part or ...

Courthouse security will see changes

By Michele Newbanks Staff Reporter The costs of courthouse security was the subject of debate during Thursday morning’s Washington County Commission meeting. A request for an additional $5,100 for additional updated software and a wireless camera for entrance to the single-point entry ...

Newport woman indicted for assault, attempted murder

From staff reports What started out as a verbal altercation ended as an arrest for attempted murder and felonious assault for a Newport woman, who was included in the most recent grand jury indictments in Washington County. Melissa J. Landis, 41, of 12411 County Road 9, Newport, was ...

County Clerk Peoples set to retire

After more than eight years as Washington County Commission clerk and five years as fiscal manager, Rick Peoples is ready to retire starting July 3. Working with people has been one of the greatest perks to his job, whether they are county employees or people from around the county. “The ...

Off-price retail outlet Gordon’s moves in to Lafayette Square

After about a month of retooling, the largest tenancy in Marietta’s Lafayette Square shopping center re-opened Thursday morning, transformed from a department store into an off-price retail outlet. The opening of Gordman’s in Marietta occurred in synchrony with 24 others in Ohio, all ...

Fort Frye BOE hears report on PAX results

BEVERLY — An analysis of data to measure the impact of the PAX program in Washington County schools showed a noticeable decrease in what are termed “unfocused behaviors” by students over about a year and a half of classes, according to a presentation offered to the Fort Frye Local ...

Warren BOE authorizes cost increase

The Warren Local Schools board of education has authorized a cost increase of about $2 million for construction of the district’s new high school, but the board wants some clarification on how that additional expense might be split with the state. The board met at a special meeting at 7:30 ...

4-H Exchange brings club members from Wyoming to Marietta

The Appalachian climate alone is an adjustment for folks from the far west. “The humidity and the heat, that I’ll remember,” Wyatt Bullock said. Bullock, 16, his 14-year-old brother Jack, Bailey McVey, 15, and Luna Olaveson, 16, were on the final stretch Wednesday of a six-day trip ...

Organizers gear up for Marietta River Roar

Planners for the Marietta Riverfront Roar hope this year is just as fun and exciting as in the past. This is the 19th year for the event, which brings live entertainment, fireworks and tunnel boat races to the Ohio River the weekend of July 12-14. “It’s my favorite thing,” Carmen ...

Marietta schools resource officer retires

He may have just been looking for a job with health insurance, but he found a career with the Marietta Police Department. Officer Pat Gragan will retire Friday from the police force after more than 32 years of service. Although he teases his co-workers that he’ll sit at home and twiddle his ...

Local law enforcement leg of Special Olympics Torch Run arrives

New faces and returners made sure to hold the Ohio Special Olympics torch as it traveled through Marietta Wednesday. “We have 22 competing this year, two new athletes are joining us,” said Coach Rachelle Flesher as the run kicked off from Kroger to Don Drumm Stadium in the morning ...

Marietta preps resurfacing plan

It’s full steam ahead with Marietta’s asphalt resurfacing plan for the summer. “And we’re now looking at what to include in our package for next year’s funding,” said City Engineer Joe Tucker to Marietta City Council Wednesday. “We’re beginning to work on our list of streets ...

Gallery: New county prosecutor sworn in Wednesday

Nicole Coil swore an oath to not only protect and defend the Constitution Wednesday, but to uphold the integrity of the office as Washington County’s first female head county prosecutor. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks swore in Coil at the Washington County Courthouse in the ...

Bistro partners with church to feed those in need

BELPRE — Who is my neighbor? Anita Vaughan’s answer to that question is anyone, any passerby, any homebound, and any child in need. “But the point isn’t just helping, but helping with dignity,” said the 63-year-old, grandmother who coordinates Love in Action through Belpre ...

Frontier BOE approves ballot measure

NEW MATAMORAS — Voters in the Frontier Local Schools District will be asked in November to convert an emergency levy that has been in effect for nearly 10 years to an indefinite term. On Tuesday night, the board of education approved a resolution to place a substitute levy on the ballot, ...

Marietta’s annual Safetytown program teaches youngsters to be safe

After more than four decades, thousands of Marietta area children have experienced Samuel R. Cook Safetytown. What can’t be measured is the number of injuries the nine-day summer program has prevented or lives it has saved. The program has become a Marietta institution, creating its own ...

Inaugural Cruise-In coming Thursday

Staff reports A Thursday car show sponsored by The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel will feature a raffle for a two-night stay at a renowned Pennsylvania resort. Cruise-In will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Marietta Times at 700 Channel Lane. Registration, open to all ...

Landslips create new hazards after storms

A rainy June has taken its toll on slips across Washington County with more trees and mud making their way onto roadways. “We did have some additional material come down off the hillside there,” said Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, ...