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Foster Families Foundation raising money to help kids

The recent formation of a foundation to help children in foster care was done with the intention of letting children in the system experience more of the joys of childhood. The Washington County Foster Families Foundation (WCFFF) was established with initial proceeds from a Tanya Tucker ...

Wolf Creek gets update on guidance counselor

WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday night at Waterford High School heard a detailed presentation from part-time guidance counselor Beth Morris about student activities and her job. Morris said the job elements of being a school counselor ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Katherine Hawbaker, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, sits atop the sanctuary roof where solar panels installed last fall may soon be joined by additional panels to provide electricity to the church’s offices next door.

Solar panel funding challenge

An anonymous donor has challenged the community to be more environmentally conscious with a promise of a matching grant for solar panels. “The panels that power our sanctuary have room for a few more,” said Katherine Hawbaker, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of ...

Belpre Council amends Nov. levy

BELPRE — Belpre City Council voted Monday to amend a 1.75 mill additional levy which will be on the ballot in November after learning the original resolution did not meet state code in Ohio. In July, council unanimously approved a resolution providing for the tax levy for provision of ...

Former local residents deal with Hurricane Irma

By Jess Mancini and Evan Bevins Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — Some former Mid-Ohio Valley residents weathered the storm in Florida where Hurricane Irma wreaked devastation upon the Sunshine State. Vienna native Lauren Smith Heeren, a 2003 graduate of Parkersburg High School, ...

around town

Williamstown Bicycle Tour Sept. 17 The Fourth annual Williamstown Bicycle Tour is planned for the community at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Riders of all abilities are welcome to this event sponsored by the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club beginning in Tomlinson Park. The tour of quiet ...

Small plane lands safely on I-77

From local reports FAIRPLAIN — The pilot of a small airplane made a safe emergency landing on Interstate 77 in Jackson County Monday after experiencing an engine problem, an official said. The unidentified pilot, who is from the Charleston area, landed the two-seat J3 Cub, a light ...

The fireworks display on Saturday didn’t disappoint the thousands of people gathered on the levee, in the river and elsewhere.

JANELLE 
PATTERSON
The Marietta Times

Sternwheel Festival winds down Sunday

The 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival came to a close Sunday with sternwheeler races and a huge classic car show in downtown Marietta. The three-day festival concluded with over a dozen of the featured sternwheelers taking to the Ohio River for four races and what organizers believe to be ...

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Q&A: All about the Shenandoah

In 1923, the U.S. Navy launched the nation’s first rigid dirigible, the USS Shenandoah, also the first airship to use helium, not hyrogen. Conceived as a scouting tool but ultmiately used for promotion, it was during a tour of fairs that tragedy struck. On Sept, 3, a squall ripped the ...

Kayakers paddle down the Ohio River with the sternwheel festival in full swing behind them.

Round the Island kayak race

The sounds of paddles slicing though the Ohio River water and a backdrop of sternwheelers lined up on the Marietta levee under a clear blue sky set the scene for the start of the fourth annual Round the Island Kayak, Canoe and SUP Race Sunday. Nine kayakers participated in the informal ...

WVU has new tomato varieties

From local reports MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University has named two new varieties of tomatoes created by school researchers to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. West Virginia ’17A and West Virginia ’17B were ...

Around town

Bigfoot discussion at the Barlow Library The Barlow Library will be hosting a free program “Ohio Night Stalkers” Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Join M. Feltner & M. Miller, Bigfoot researchers & lecturers as they discuss their field research and photographic evidence. They will share ...

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The party is on

On Greene Street, hot dogs with chili sauce and french fries were in demand at the Noon Lions Club concession. ”Our french fries really are great,” Donna Fairchild said as she reached for another batch to serve up. All around downtown Marietta, girls, boys, men and women beckoned ...

Blood drives to help refill area supplies

With summer coming to a close the need is high for blood donations. “I do need more people to sign up because people have been on vacation over the summer,” said Linda Miller, organizer of the Lowell drive held at the volunteer fire department. “There’s a great need for blood out ...

Repair delays 911 upgrade

The changeover to a digitally networked system for Washington County 911 emergency dispatch has been delayed because of a piece of defective equipment. Lt. Rich Hays, the 911 coordinator for the county, said the problem was uncovered during testing that took place around Aug. 18. The ...

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Man fails to appear for sentencing

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Dustin Riley, 32, of 735 Seventh St., Marietta, Friday after Riley failed to appear for sentencing in Washington County Common Pleas Court. “He is not here,” said Riley’s attorney, Shawna Landaker in Judge Mark Kereny’s courtroom. Assistant ...

Drive for Fifth/Washington playground makeover

A lofty project in the Mid-Ohio Valley has kicked off new fundraising efforts and a social media campaign with the safety and enjoyment of all community children as the main motivator. The Northwest Territory Community Playground campaign has hopes to raise approximately $875,000 to replace a ...

Local events commemorate memory of 9/11

By By Wayne Towner Special to the Times A number of programs are being held this week to mark the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. ≤ In Marietta, Washington State Community College will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday on the front ...

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PERI meeting is Wednesday PERI, (Public Employee Retirees, Inc.) meeting on September 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at a new location: Marietta First Church of Nazarene, 100 Millcreek Road – Off Colegate Drive. Kevin Smart, from Representative Bill Johnson’s office will be presenting information ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Randy Wilson, with the Marietta Noon Lions Club, prepares the food trailers for moving into place at the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival on Thursday. Vendors converged on downtown Marietta to line up and will be open for business this evening through Sunday of the festival.

Festival tastes

Visitors to the 42nd Ohio River Sternwheel Festival won’t go hungry with close to 20 food vendors planning to line Front, Greene and Second streets for the three-day event. “This will be our third year at the festival,” said Rebecca Wyatt, owner of Simply Vintage Cupcakes, based in ...