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Relay for Life focuses on fight against cancer, stories of survival

This Friday will be a birthday celebration of sorts for a Churchtown couple as they kick off the Washington County Relay for Life together. “It isn’t really, obviously, but we like to consider it’s our birthday when we get to walk together,” said Tim Best, 60, a near 20-year ...

City income tax hike going to council

An increase in Marietta income tax from 1.7 percent of earned income to 1.85 percent will first be introduced to Marietta City Council on May 31. If council passes this increase on June 21 after its third reading, the increase would appear before city voters on the November general ...

WSCC to offer powersports study

Washington State Community College is seeking to fill a need in the growing powersports industry, which includes all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles. The Powersports Technician Program will allow students to have hands-on experience working on engines of motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs. ...

Team building exercises

Fort Frye Junior Sophia Schultheis, 16, is heading into the rest of her week with a heightened self-awareness. Warren High School freshman Karlee Duffey, 15, has an added layer of confidence. Sean Rataiczak, 17, of Caldwell, and Monroe County students Brittany Moore, 17, and Ryan Booher, ...

Belpre Council addresses yard sales

BELPRE — Belpre City Council is updating its ordinance involving yard and garage sales. Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s rules regarding such sales and will hold the next two readings at future council meetings. Council member Judy ...

Wood BOE to review superintendent candidates

PARKERSBURG -- The Wood County Board of Education will meet in special session tonight to review finalists for Wood County Schools superintendent. The special session will take place at 6:30 p.m. today at the district’s 13th and Plum streets offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to ...

Around town

Warren board regular meeting The May regular meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education Ohio will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren administration office, 220 Sweetapple Road, Vincent. Board of elections to hold canvass The Washington County Board of Elections will ...

WSCC graduation

Washington State Community College held its annual commencement ceremonies Saturday in Graham Auditorium on the WSCC campus in Marietta. The graduates, along with their families and friends, celebrated their hard work, achievements and shared in the excitement about entering the next phase of ...

Searching for Wood County superintendent

PARKERSBURG — Four applicants for Wood County superintendent presented themselves to the community Saturday morning at a public meet-and-greet at Parkersburg High School. The Wood County Board of Education also interviewed the applicants during a special meeting Saturday afternoon, and the ...

Marietta Mud Run sees 400 participants

Since 2014 the Marietta Mud Run has been the site for lots of muddy mayhem and the 2018 run was no different. About 400 runners of all ages turned out for the course on the campus of the Washington County Career Center to run over or around obstacles or slog through water and, of course, mud, ...

Mother’s Day 5K in Belpre draws runners and walkers

BELPRE — Around 200 runners and walkers turned out Sunday on a sunny Mother's Day afternoon to compete in the 10th annual Mother's Day 5K Race at Civitan Park in Belpre. The annual race is hosted by Esali Birth and proceeds benefit healthy pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding education and ...

Kite festival in Mineral Wells attracts hundreds

MINERAL WELLS — After two delays due to inclement weather in March and April, the ninth annual New Era Kite Festival drew several hundred people to Mineral Wells over two days. The kite festival was held Saturday and Sunday under sunny and windy skies at New Era One Room School and Museum, ...

Q&A: Emergency pet care services on the way

Tammy Burge, along with her friends and family, have long donated time to rescuing stray animals. But who is there to help animals who have a home but whose owners may not have the resources to pay for a hefty vet bill? That’s a void that Burge, of Williamstown, hopes to soon fill. She’s ...

Around town

Volunteers needed to work Luke Chute area Friends of the Lower Muskingum is looking for volunteers to work at the pollinator habitat at Luke Chute Conservation Area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.Volunteers are asked to help with planting, invasive species control, trail maintenance and other ...

Wood BOE OKs athletic facilities after contentious meeting

PARKERSBURG — In a contentious special meeting Saturday, the Wood County Board of Education approved a handful of athletic facility projects, though members disagreed how those projects would be funded. The special session began at 11 a.m. Saturday and was scheduled to last one hour, but ...

Innovative robotic system at Memorial employs 3D video

Dr. Carson Wong performed his first robotically-assisted operation more than 10 years ago and never looked back. “My whole career is based on innovation,” the Marietta Memorial Hospital urologist said. “I’ve grown up on the robot.” Wong came to Marietta Memorial recently from ...

MHS students shadow government officials

Marietta High School juniors and seniors studying government this school year were treated to real-world experience Friday. “Here’s a chance to shadow city leaders and get to ask (leadership) questions about their city,” said J.D. Secrest, one of the two social studies teachers who ...

Pavement around Cisler Dr. a concern

The trees overhead cast their shadows onto the road below, making it hard to see the rough patches heading up Washington Street onto Cisler Drive. “People are often crossing over into the opposite lane to avoid it if you know it’s there, but that’s scary too because they’re coming ...

Bricks for sale for Beverly shrine

There’s a brick for Leland “Red” Cronin, who served in the Army during World War I. There’s another for Melvin Wainwright, who served with the Navy during World War II. The grandson and son of those veterans, Steve Wainwright, is just one local resident to pay tribute to loved ...

Fourth-graders test egg protection ideas

Bubble wrap, popcorn, sponges and duct tape all made an appearance Friday as they were lobbed off the roof of Phillips Elementary for the school’s annual egg drop. The drop is a science experiment the fourth-grade classes have participated in for the last 17 years. “It started at ...