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Marietta prepares for tourism boost from McCullough book

Tourism projections surrounding the Tuesday release of "The Pioneers" by David McCullough have entities across Marietta preparing. "I spoke with folks in Dayton to get an idea what to expect, and they said they saw around a 30 percent increase in the year after the Wright Brothers' book (also ...

Long-time Marietta bus driver remembered for humor, community spirit

A bus driver who ferried generations of Marietta students to and from school and make a mark on the hearts of them and their families was remembered this week. Sonja Lee died Tuesday in a Columbus hospital two days after suffering a heart attack. She was 73. Lee, a 1963 graduate of Warren ...

Local shelter dogs to create paw paintings

Collectors who would like to acquire a creative moment in the life of a dog at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley are in luck. As a way of contributing to a community cause, the Marietta College Arts Department is offering Paw Paintings: An Exhibition and Auction to Benefit the Humane ...

First Fridays takes on the derby

As skies cleared, shoppers hit the fresh, rain-cleaned streets of downtown to celebrate Marietta Main Street's May First Fridays event. Themed as "The Garden Party," Friday's celebration of downtown coincided with the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Sam Tuten, executive ...

Around town

The next Boost Your Business monthly workshop hosted by Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Huntington Bank, 226 Third St. in Marietta. The topic is "Cyber Security" with featured speaker Kinetic Networking. Light breakfast refreshments and coffee will ...

Marietta’s first preschool to close

The first preschool established in Marietta is preparing to close down. Judy Peoples at Pioneer Preschool said the institution, run by a nonprofit, dates back to 1962. In recent years, she said, the changing nature of family life and the advent of competing preschools has eroded Pioneer's ...

Marietta City Schools shares school construction, levy plan

The Marietta City Schools board of education Thursday morning disclosed the broad outlines of a project that would replace all the system's aging buildings with a single new campus. The board intends to put a levy to pay for the local share of the project on the Nov. 5 election ballot. The ...

Middle school student struck in crosswalk

As Marietta Middle School let out Thursday, one father was alerted via four missed calls to every parent's fear. "I was mowing over on Fourth and Seventh streets and I look down at my phone, and I've missed calls from my daughter," said Eric Washburn, who quickly learned that his foster son ...

Mayor terminates second in command, says the spot will stay vacant

After terminating the city's safety-service director this week, Mayor Joe Matthews said Thursday he does not plan to appoint a new second in command through the remainder of this term, choosing instead to wait until the results of the November election. "I'm going to run as an Independent ...

Day of Prayer celebrated around the valley

About 50 people gathered at the steps of the Washington County Courthouse on Thursday to celebrate the National Day of Prayer, one of several such celebrations around the Mid-Ohio Valley. Pastor Gordie Deer of the Celebration Center of Marietta emceed the event and said this year's ...

Commissioners agree to one entrance, searches at the courthouse

In a two-to-one vote Thursday, the commissioners reluctantly passed a proposal put forth by Sheriff Larry Mincks and the judges of the Washington County Courthouse to make a single, secure entry into the building. During the commissioners April 25 meeting, the same representatives spoke about ...

Around town

St. Mary Catholic School will host its Spring Art and Music Show on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. Students in preschool through eighth grade will have artwork displayed in the school's Parish Center. The sixth through eighth grade students in the hand bell choirs and band will also perform. ...

Multiple agencies search for woman Thursday; School locked down

From staff reports Members of the Marietta Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Williamstown Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff's Office were involved in a heated search for a Morgan County woman in need of psychological help on Thursday. Marietta Police Chief ...

Marietta City Council authorizes building ADA study

Marietta City Council authorized the first step in retaining good standing with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday for future federal grant dollars. On the second readings of both Ordinance 200 and Ordinance 203 council unanimously passed authorization to begin a ...

Marietta taking Eighth Street property owner to court

After 13 years of documented nuisance complaints and no compliance, Marietta city officials are taking a property owner to court. “We’re trying to show the court that this is a habitual, continuous and ongoing problem,” explained Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Rinehart. “We’re ...

Warren district residents show support for arming teachers

BARLOW – An informal, streetside survey of people with an interest in public education suggests support for the pending move by Warren Local Schools to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in school buildings, starting in the fall. Warren superintendent Kyle Newton told the board at ...

Comfort Clips takes dog grooming service mobile

Bathing and grooming the dog at home in Marietta has become more sophisticated than getting out the garden hose and a bottle of pooch shampoo. Since January, Comfort Clips has offered to bring the dog salon to you. Lucy Filipow and Erica Chichester, after working in a local dog grooming ...

Stewart man sentenced for trafficking heroin

A Stewart man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years community control Wednesday for heroin trafficking. Ike Tabler, 45, of 21228 McGraw Road, was convicted in October of a third-degree felony charge of trafficking heroin. Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Kerenyi ...