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Barlow VFD to host ice cream social The Barlow Volunteer Fire Department will be having its annual ice cream social on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. BBQ chicken, noodles, green beans, potato salad, hot dogs and sloppy joes are on the menu along with ice cream, pies and cake. There will be ...

A new way to get around town

Looking to fill a need, Josh Ott, the bar manager at The Galley in downtown Marietta, has launched a weekend evening service to get people around the city safely. White Knight Rides, a one-vehicle ride sharing operation, will transport people for a flat rate fare on nights when the bars, ...

Belpre filmmaker to release latest work in Oct.

After recent filming in Ritchie County and on a farm in Vincent, Michael Smith is getting closer to releasing his film “Mister Stitches” by Halloween. The 1930s-era supernatural film “details the grisly events following a botched bank robbery and an attempt by the robbers to use a ...

Belpre Homecoming: Pageants wrap up this year’s festival

BELPRE — Pageants for humans and dogs capped off the 86th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival on Saturday. This year’s festival was missing the carnival rides of past festivals due to a scheduling conflict, but organizers said the public did not seem to miss the rides. “We had some ...

Army reservist trains for 3rd half marathon

Those who have walked, run or even lined the streets during the Marietta McDonald’s Half Marathon have likely noticed a racer not wearing shorts, a T-shirt and running shoes. Instead Matthew Livengood, an Army reservist and Washington County deputy auditor, completes the course in an Army ...

New exec. director of Boys & Girls sets goals

The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County has appointed a new executive director. Rebecca Johnson will succeed Angela Scott, who was interim executive director. The Board of Directors, led by Board President Jason Rollins, unanimously supported Johnson’s hiring at last month’s board ...

Local literacy efforts take root

Even with the amenities of modern technology, nothing can replace the feeling of opening a book and turning that first page. An investment in literacy can nurture a love of reading that positively impacts a student’s academic and professional career for decades. Through agency funds, donor ...

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Genealogical meeting at the Gardner home The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be meeting at noon Saturday at the home of Don and Sharon Gardner for a summer pot luck dinner. The Gardner’s address is 1645 County Road 9, Marietta. The Gardners will furnish the ...

Blood drives hoped to boost supply

It’s the time of year when temperatures run high and blood runs low. The summer, with school out of session and people vacationing, creates a slump in blood donations, and the American Red Cross and Memorial Health System both have issued a plea for people to come out and donate at several ...

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Concerns raised about hotlines

Have you ever called one of the crisis hotlines? That was a question posed during the three Your Voice MOV forums held last month on the opioid crisis. The forums were held in Parkersburg, Belpre and Marietta as a mechanism to bring together professionals from the medical community, legal ...

First Fridays brings storybooks to life

Under the tents in front of The Armory on Front Street, children sat in various stages of attention as adults turned pages and read with expressive faces and gestures books that included "Goodnight Baseball," "Too Much Glue," "Please, May We Keep Him?" and "Ten Pigs – An Epic Bath ...

Youth outdoor day coming up

A morning of outdoor activity and education is being offered for young people next weekend by the Marietta Civitan Club and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Fishing, wildlife identification and target shooting are on the agenda for the eighth annual Outdoor Youth Day at Buckeye Park ...

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The Washington County Republican Women's Club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Marietta First Baptist meeting room, at the corner of Fourth and Putnam streets. Don Jones, Republican candidate for Ohio's 95th district, will be the keynote speaker. Both men and women are invited to ...

Children enjoy storybook experience in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — Under the tents in front of The Armory on Front Street, children sat in various stages of attention as adults turned pages and read with expressive faces and gestures books that included “Goodnight Baseball,” “Too Much Glue,” “Please, May We Keep Him?” and “Ten ...

Williamstown walks to strike out cancer

WILLIAMSTOWN — One year after a summer storm forced the Williamstown Relay For Life indoors, the 2018 Relay For Life was back outdoors in Tomlinson Park Friday. Carmen Hathaway, senior community development manager, north central region, American Cancer Society Inc., said the relay was ...

Marietta removing three homes on blight list

Marietta’s attack on blight continues this week with three homes on the docket for demolition. “The money was in this year’s budget to cover the cost of these,” explained City Law Director Paul Bertram. “The Ohio Revised Code gives us the right, because it’s an imminent threat, ...

Veterans Services won’t move after all

After vocal and prolonged opposition expressed by veterans, the board of the Washington County Veterans Service Commission has decided to remain in its quarters on Pike Street rather than moving to the Courthouse Annex downtown. Veterans Service Commission board president Regis Kern, who ...

Patients tell doctors they need more

About 100 people, most of them medical professionals and many of them standing, packed the ground-floor conference room in the Strecker Cancer Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital on Thursday for a town hall meeting about cancer. The town hall featured two physicians from the American Society ...

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Neighborhood Watch picnic planned Harmar Hill Neighborhood Watch will host a National Night Out picnic Tuesday at Gold Star Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. All Harmar Hill residents are invited to attend and should bring a covered dish to share Genealogical Society to meet Aug. 11 The ...