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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 ...

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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 ...

Next steps for possible Butler Street closure

Marietta City administration and council anticipate a large crowd for the presentation of study findings involving Butler Street next week. The study's focus: what impact on surrounding traffic would occur if Butler Street between Fourth and Seventh streets were closed to ...

Two file for Marietta mayor’s race

Two people have filed to run in Marietta's mayoral race this year, although there won't be a primary race. Wednesday's filing deadline showed that only Belpre Republicans will see contested primary races for the city's first and fourth wards and for the at-large seats as well as for the ...

Marietta school officials tour WSCC, talk partnership

At first glance it seemed like a typical facilities tour, but the Marietta City Schools board of education and Washington State Community College have something substantially deeper in mind. The board Wednesday gathered for a meeting at the college and were shown its health labs, engineering ...

Habitat auction to benefit future homeowners

Home ownership can seem like an unattainable dream for some families in the area. But with the help of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, some fortunate people will realize what they once thought impossible. The Marietta Shrine Club at 249 Pennsylvania Ave. will hold the ...

High water reported in Washington, Wood counties

Heavy rains hit throughout the area Wednesday with high water reported in areas of Wood and Washington counties. The National Weather Service in Charleston reported that by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1-1.7 inches of rain had fallen in Washington County while a quarter of an inch (in the ...

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The next regular meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. The Policy Committee of the board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The Learning, Instruction and Assessment Committee of the board will meet at 4 p.m. Monday. The Operations ...

Petty family hopes for leads in case

PARKERSBURG — Eleven years ago this month, the body of Judith Lynn Petty was found in the charred remains of a building on a family farm in Wood County. No one has been brought to justice to answer for the murder which has ripped the family apart these past 11 years. Despite each passing ...

Local political leaders react to Trump’s State of the Union

Items in President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night of interest to local political leaders in Washington County included broad statements on the economy, health care policy, abortion, school choice and infrastructure. Marietta City Council president and economic roundtable ...

Troop 207 welcomes first female unit to BSA

The historic nature of Tuesday night was impressed upon the members of Troop 207 at the American Legion in Marietta. Part of the group gathered there, as charter members, were the first female additions to the age group. Natalie Makuch, 12, Hope Purkey, 15, Adreama Freeland, 15, Mya Everson, ...

Eramet noise is being addressed

Possible solutions are in the works to address a noise coming from Ohio that is impacting Wood County residents, a Wood County commissioner said. Wood County Commission President Blair Couch attended a meeting last week with officials from Eramet as well as the City of Vienna, City of Marietta ...

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Putting a weakness for chocolate in the service of a good cause is a rare opportunity. It's coming around Sunday when the Chocolate Party at Glenwood opens to the community with chocolate for all. The party, being held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Glenwood Retirement Community commons area, ...