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ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Stacey Steed, AmeriCorps VISTA with the Washington County Homeless Project, right, demonstrates how the washing machine works at Wash-N-Go Laundromat in the Frontier Shopping Center on Wednesday. The goal of the Laundry Project is to assist 20 low-income families with the cost of using the machines, detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. The cost of the program is roughly $600 a month.

Laundry project

Gathering dirty clothes up off the floor, lugging them to another room and throwing them in the washing machine is a luxury many people take for granted. But for the staggering number of families living below the poverty line in Washington County, doing laundry can sometimes mean the choice ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Lyla Stewart, Henry Nicely and Layne Stewart, watch the demolition of the Fenton factory in Williamstown Wednesday.

Fenton: Memories live on

WILLIAMSTOWN—When she awoke Wednesday, Chris Fenton knew the end of an era was near. “You could see through the holes where the windows were to the trees on the other side. I knew it would happen soon,” she said. “Then when I came home from Parkersburg the first wall was starting ...

DeWine sues DuPont over PFOA releases

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today said he has filed a lawsuit against DuPont for releasing toxic chemicals into the Ohio River. The suit, filed in Washington County Common Pleas Court, said the company released PFOA, also known as C8, into the river despite knowing the risks to people ...

May primary contests set

The pending retirements of two prominent public officials have resulted in contested races for two races in the May 8 primaries, and a third failed to file, leaving one office open. Washington County Commissioner Rick Walters, whose four-year term is up in January, has confirmed he ...

Council focuses on pedestrian safety

Marietta City Council's Streets Committee gave the go-ahead for two upcoming streets projects Wednesday. "We'll have resurfacing at on Third at Marion, Washington and Warren," noted Chairwoman Kathy Downer. "And there will be solar powered flashing lights too. This is all to focus on ...

Chocolate delights to benefit EVE, Inc.

The chocolate covered bacon may go fast. But if it does, there will be plenty more sweet options to sample, from homemade cookies and brownies, to Putnam Chocolate treats to a dessert known as Chocolate Thunder, made at the Third Street Deli. “It’s chocolate cake with chocolate icing ...

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New art exhibit opening at Marietta College

Insight into the evolution of modern art in India, along with a view of one of Marietta College's premier collections, will be on display with the opening of a new exhibition Feb. 16. Titled "Painterly Intricacies: Selected Artwork from the Dr. Richard Krause Collection and Visiting ...

Chemours to check for GenX in water wells

PARKERSBURG – Chemours at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will sample water wells around the Washington Works for the chemical that succeeded C8 in the Teflon-manufacturing process. GenX is produced at a Chemours facility at Fayetteville, N.C., where over the past ...

Around town

Children Services Board meets today The Washington County Children Services Board will meet in regular session at 4:30 p.m. today at 204 Davis Ave. An agenda is available upon request by contacting the agency at 740-373-3485. Education Works SEO monthly meeting Education Works SEO will ...

Habitat dinner & auction

The goal of home ownership for families who would otherwise struggle is what Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley is all about. The 18th annual Paul L. Callihan Dinner & Auction planned for Friday will bring together those who support the program and those who benefit from ...

Musical variety at Peoples Bank Theatre festival

From staff reports Peoples Bank Theatre will host the Undercurrent Winter Festival on Friday and Saturday. Organizers said the goal of the event is to bring awareness to the variety of high quality music in Ohio and West Virginia, empowering local musicians to see even more value in their ...

File-This Feb. 4, 2018, file photo shows United States' Lindsey Vonn competing during an alpine ski, women's world Cup downhill race, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. The Olympic speed courses at Jeongseon were raced just once on each World Cup circuit. In the womenÕs test race last year, Sofia Goggia of Italy beat  Vonn on a slightly different course setting. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti, File)

Winter Olympics

Ohio has no dogs in the hunt, so to speak, in the Winter Olympics, which officially open Friday in the Republic of Korea. But there is still some interest in Marietta. Of the entire U.S. Olympic roster of competitors in the Winter Games — more than 200 — none are from Ohio or West ...

Rules for snow removal

With many more weeks of winter still on the books, restocking the supply of de-icer and keeping shovels out may be in order. Throughout Washington County, municipalities have policies on the books that make it the responsibility of the property owner to clear walkways. “Sidewalks, ...

Council hears about docks, Anchorage

Marietta City Council heard requests and updates for the West Side from both the Washington County Historical Society and Marietta High School crew Tuesday. Katie Thomas, booster representative for the Tiger Navy, reminded council of the loss of the high school boat docks last month after ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Amy Brockett, an employee of Teri Ann’s in Marietta, organizes some gowns that have been brought to the store to be donated to the Gowns for Your Day event March 2 and 3.

Prom season assistance

For the sixth year, Gowns for Your Day will help provide a little bit of magic for every girl who wants to look like a princess for her prom. The idea was first created in 2013 by Charlotte Cox, an Indianapolis resident, during her last year of college in Toledo. The event,which provides ...

Tyler Hartline, a Marietta High School junior, portrayed Harold Hill in last year’s production of “The Music Man.” The teen is involved in football, 4-H and choir and plans to 
teach music.
Photo submitted by Tyler Hartline

Teen of the Week enjoys creativity, hard work

Marietta High School junior Tyler Hartline straddles the line between creativity and community service and still manages to perform at the top of his class. He credits his family’s support for being able to juggle everything, from football to 4-H to choir. It’s a task that can be daunting ...

No deal on power plant seen as a plus

PARKERSBURG – A decision not to proceed with the sale of the Pleasants Power Station was a win for consumers, the head of an opposing coalition said on Tuesday. “It’s definitely a big victory for West Virginia rate payers,” said Emmett Pepper, executive director of Energy Efficient ...

Williamstown votes to begin paying intake fee July 1

WILLIAMSTOWN — A proposal from the Wood County Commission to ask the county’s municipalities to pay a $30 intake fee for arrests taken to the Wood County Holding Center was discussed by the Williamstown City Council Tuesday. In a unanimous vote, with one member abstaining, the council ...

Around town

Marietta Schools continue orientations Marietta City Schools will continue with orientation/special meetings with the Marietta Board of Education, next meeting at 2 p.m Tuesday in the board room. The meeting will conclude by 4 p.m with discussion topics of academics and any other matter ...

FAA considers airport upgrade to allow bigger planes

WILLIAMSTOWN — Regional jets could be flying more often to and from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. The airport is undergoing a Part 121 inspection process with the Federal Aviation Administration, which “upgrades us to full air service,” airport Manager Glen Kelly said after ...