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Man gets 60 days for thefts from church

One of two individuals indicted for breaking and entering the Newport United Methodist Church was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 60 days in jail. Mitchell L. Erb, 33, who is serving time at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, W.Va., was indicted in January on a fifth-degree ...

Law enforcement to increase Sternwheel presence

From staff reports A joint force of the Marietta City Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol released a statement Friday morning regarding rumors of violence at this year's Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. "In July of this year, two national 'outlaw' ...

Streets to be closed for Sternwheel Fest

Staff report The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival committee has designated street closures for the weekend event, and this year shows no changes from previous festivals. Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, the 100 blocks of Greene and South Second streets were scheduled for closure, and the 100 ...

Workers prep for Census Day

Although Census Day – April 1, 2020 – is more than half a year away, the Census Bureau already has troops in the field. A few dozen workers are out in Washington County working to verify addresses to create a framework for the data that will be gathered on Census Day. “We’re ...

Bunner gets 120 days on possession, obstruction

From staff reports An Athens man was sentenced to 120 days in jail Thursday morning on possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of official business. James M. Bunner, 37, of 16640 Thompson Ridge Road, Athens, pleaded guilty in October 2018 to one count of possession of drugs, a ...

Sternwheelers arrive for this weekend’s festival

Sternwheelers from around the area dock at the Ohio River levee every year for the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. For some, it’s a way to reconnect with friends they see at the same time every year. Jack Bedeck of Pittsburgh docked his sternwheeler “E.L. Thumper” on Saturday in ...

Property owner granted continuance

With 30 days and three options open to the defense, neighbors were put off by the legal process again Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. The focus of the court’s continuance was the City of Marietta’s case against Scot Edgerton, the owner of the number one blighted house ...

Several workers arrested at fair

Four people were arrested this weekend at the Washington County Fair on various warrants. “We did make some arrests at the county fair this year,” said Maj. Brian Schuck of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “No, unfortunately it’s not unusual.” The first arrested was ...

How it Works: Song Colony offers collaboration

A song can come from anyplace or nowhere at all, and The Song Colony members can pull music from the slightest phrase, even a single word. The informal group, usually between a dozen and 20 musicians, meets one evening a month at The Stage Door, next to the Peoples Bank Theatre on Putnam ...

ODNR: Watch out for copperheads

While one family fights to eradicate the venom from their child’s system in Columbus, local advice is to be on the lookout. “It would be much better to prevent this than go through this ordeal again,” said Pamela Lankford, of Lowell, as she sat in Nationwide Hospital in Columbus with ...

Festival set for Veterans Memorial Park

PARKERSBURG — The Festival of Art, Music and Movement will be held 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. The festival celebrates and fosters positive relationships among individuals, families, businesses and organizations, ...

Learning in Retirement program offers courses

The Institute of Learning in Retirement is offering courses ranging from the public perception of journalism through movies to the origins and dynamics of lacrosse, starting Monday and continuing through November. The ILR, founded as a community organization in 1992 and administered through ...

Washington County Fair wraps up with livestock sale

The Washington County Fairgrounds were abuzz with activity Tuesday night as the fair wrapped up with the annual livestock sale. “There seems to be more attendance at this year’s fair than last year,” said Debbie Tornes, Washington County Fair Board treasurer. “I know the numbers ...

Sternwheel prep in full force

The three-day Ohio River Sternwheel Festival kicks off Friday with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. on the Ohio River levee in Marietta. The festival has brought thousands of attendees to the Ohio River levee for the last 44 years. Visitors to the event last year may have gotten hit with some ...

Armory noise concerns being addressed

Following noise concerns voiced before Marietta City Council two weeks ago in the Armory, some tentative agreements are in place while the city works to find a more permanent solution. The city contracted with the Marietta City Schools district on a 20-year lease last summer to restore the ...

GoPacks program expanding

The GoPacks project has grown in several ways this year. Established in 2015, GoPacks was set up to provide nutrition to children whose families experience food insecurity. Although most such children are eligible for free or reduced-rate breakfast and lunch at school, weekends and holidays ...

Frontier’s new superintendent a familiar face

NEW MATAMORAS – Becoming superintendent of Frontier Local Schools wasn't on Beth Brown's list of expectations for the 2019-20 school year. Brown, who is entering her fourth year as principal of Frontier Middle and High School, said she received a phone call early in August from ...

Around town

American Legion Post 389 in Beverly will host its 10th annual Chili Cook-Off and Rally in the Alley on Sept. 28. The event will feature the ALA 16th annual Poker Run at 11 a.m., live bands, a Harley-Davidson bike raffle, spit fire BBQ, beer and more. The cook-off will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. ...

Harmar project earns award

Consistency, multiple small projects including curb repairs, playground painting and enlisting Marietta College student volunteers over the last year have focused Columbus eyes on Harmar. “The award category is for best event or project, but this was a series of projects and events reaching ...

Youngsters get to show off animals at the fair

Anyone who knows the Washington County Fair knows the carnival rides, contests, vendors and food wagons support one purpose: children and their animals. Young people spend months raising pigs, rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats and other farm animals into their prime to compete, then be ...