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Veterans Gallery paintings honor Bush

The Veterans Gallery in Little Hocking is a walk through history with more than 120 paintings of the late President George H.W. Bush’s service as a Navy pilot in World War II. Thomas Stahl started 22 years ago when he was commissioned to paint the USS San Jacinto, the aircraft carrier upon ...

Shredded tree attracts global attention

A shredded Christmas tree at the Parkersburg Art Center is getting global attention. Kasey Snyder and Kelley Cartwright, both of Parkersburg, are the Christmas tree creators drawing attention for their “Banksy Tree.” They created the “Banksy Tree” for the Parkersburg Art Center’s ...

Remains of missing Parkersburg woman found in Belpre park

PARKERSBURG — Thirty-five years after Leslie Diane Marty was murdered and 20 years after her killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, authorities have recovered her body. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin announced Monday that city police officers, the Washington County ...

County caught off guard by court decision on sewer project

A summary judgment in Washington County Common Pleas court ordering the county commission to proceed with installation of a sanitary sewer system in Devola caught the county by surprise. The decision was issued Thursday by Judge Linton D. Lewis, Jr., a retired Perry County judge appointed to ...

Police: Armed robber may have cased out other local stores

From staff reports The man who robbed the Marietta Rite Aid Sunday, injuring a pharmacist, might have also cased out the Vienna Rite Aid prior to the crime, said Marietta police. As of late Monday, the suspect was still at large and police were seeking the public's help in identifying ...

New mom gets jail time for attempted murder coverup

A young woman who two weeks ago gave birth to her first child was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year of community control for her role in what Washington County prosecutors allege was an attempted murder. Hanah Clark's husband, Austin Lightfritz, on May 27 got into an altercation with ...

Law library undergoing renovations

During city budget hearings this fall Marietta City Council questioned a line item within the court budgets which predicts a send of $90,000 to the county law library. Recently, Law Librarian Juanita Henniger explained what that pays for. "That goes for our books, which have to be updated ...

Around town

There will be a special meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Warren Middle School Band Room, 70 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for the purpose of having a work session relating to the Ohio School Facilities construction project. The guest speaker at the ...

Judge dismisses part of IEI suit

PARKERSBURG — Parts of a lawsuit filed as a result of the IEI Plastics fire have been granted while other parts were denied. The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Chief Judge Thomas E. Johnson issued a ruling Monday in the case of “Timothy Callihan ...

Holiday Loft Tours

Those who travel in downtown Marietta by wonder about many of the downtown buildings and what the upper floors may offer. Some of that curiosity was satisfied Saturday as Marietta Main Street held its annual Holiday Loft Tour. With 130 pre-sold tickets, this year’s event featured nine ...

MPD searching for armed robbery suspect; Rite Aid pharmacist injured

Marietta Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Rite Aid on Greene Street early Sunday evening. The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. at Rite Aid, located at 301 Greene St. Police were looking for a reddish or maroon-colored car, possibly a Ford. Police believe the car may have a ...

Police release photo of robbery suspect

Marietta Police have released this photo of a suspect in an armed robbery at the Marietta Rite Aid Sunday evening. The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. at Rite Aid, located at 301 Greene St. Police were looking for a reddish or maroon-colored car, possibly a Ford. Police believe the car ...

Paranormal fans flock to unique event

PARKERSBURG — On Saturday, residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley ventured to the Dils Center in downtown Parkersburg for the Paranorm MOV event in search of local monsters and ghosts. "This is a new event to this area. It's something we feel has the interest of a lot of people," said Phil ...

Q&A: Preparing the Fearing House

This weekend, those who visit Marietta’s west side can once again get a feel for what a Victorian-era home in Marietta might have looked like during the holiday season. The Fearing House, at 131 Gilman Ave., will be dressed in Victorian holiday finery for an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. ...

Historic homes on Julia-Ann holiday tour

PARKERSBURG — People came out to the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg throughout the weekend for its annual Christmas home tour. Known this year as the "Tour, Tea and Treasures, a Victorian Tour of Homes and Antique Show," there were four historic homes featured on the ...

Police recover body of woman missing since 1983

PARKERSBURG - The body of a woman missing since 1983 was recovered in the former Shell employee park off Washington Blvd. in Belpre through an inter-departmental investigation. The break in the 35-year-old case was announced Monday morning during a press conference at the Parkersburg ...

Around town

Special Board of Elections meeting The Washington County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Board of Elections Office. The meeting is to discuss the delivery trucks used for the Nov. 6 General Election and a voucher for the Ohio Association of Elections ...

Report: MC has $55 million annual impact on community

Marietta College released a study Saturday measuring the economic impact of the college's presence on Washington and Wood counties. Based on the combined operating budget, student and visitor spending, and construction expenditures, the study calculates a total economic impact on the area of ...

Court sides with EPA on Devola sewer issue

From staff reports The Court of Common Pleas in Washington County has ruled against Washington County in favor of the Ohio EPA, ordering that Devola must be sewered. The court order, which was issued on Thursday, states: "This court finds for the Plaintiff (the Ohio EPA) and against the ...

Suspect in home invasion apprehended; One still at large

From staff reports One of two people the Washington County Sheriff's Office was seeking in connection to a violent home invasion Tuesday in New Matamoras was apprehended on Friday. With the assistance of the Wood County Sheriff's Office and the Parkersburg Police Department, Parkersburg, ...