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Lowell man pleads guilty to theft

By signing a plea of guilty to theft a Lowell man avoided jail time Wednesday with the agreement to pay back more than $50,000 to his son. Willard G. Bush, 41, of Lowell, and his wife, Heather K. Bush, 35, were initially indicted in 2016 after using assets of their son without the permission ...

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Marietta Christian School will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. May 10 in the auditorium of Marietta Bible Center Church, located at 4070 State Route 60, Marietta. "Welcome to Medicare" will be held at the O'Neill Center at 6 p.m. Monday. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program ...

Adaptive golf clinic set for Vienna

VIENNA — Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics will host a free golf clinic for rehab personnel and community members with limb loss and other physical challenges on May 17 at Parkersburg Country Club. First Swing Learn to Golf, a program of the National Amputee Golf Association, will offer ...

City relies on citizens to report hazardous trees

With green leaves out and pollen falling it's now easier to see which trees in the area are no longer blooming and living healthy lives and instead could be a hazard. In Marietta, the process for having a hazard removed starts with reporting it. "To manage an urban forest, and the thousands ...

Washington County prosecutor resigns following criminal conviction

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, who was convicted April 12 of coercion, has submitted a letter of intent to resign to the Washington County Commissioners. The one-sentence letter, received Monday by the commissioners, indicates Rings' intent to resign effective May 15. Rings was ...

Injured trooper visits kindergarten class that sent well wishes

Eric Knowlton credits luck and good training for his survival. Knowlton, 39, a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, pulled over a motorist March 15 and was sitting in his patrol car, with two people from the vehicle he had pulled over sitting in the back seat, when a tractor-trailer ...

Community baby bash to offer info, fun

Dads can strap on an empathy belly, toddlers and babies can get weighed and checked for developmental milestones and moms are welcome to take advantage of the free massages. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Marietta, Help Me Grow workers and other vendors ...

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Deb Root Shell, a retired librarian and published author and lecturer on genealogical and historical topics, will speak at the Multicultural Genealogical Center monthly program in Chesterhill at 1 p.m. Saturday. In the program, "Murder in the Family: Researching a 109-Year-Old Murder," Shell ...

Officials: Wood County Schools facing financial cliff

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will exhaust its savings in less than two years if no changes are made to facilities and personnel, officials said Monday. Administrators and board of education members say they plan to close and consolidate some of the district’s 27 schools within the ...

Second flu wave not hitting locally; measles missing the valley, too

Although a "second wave" of influenza has been reported in parts of the U.S. and Ohio, local health authorities in Washington County said Monday they have not seen any unusual upward spikes in reports of flu. "I think we saw more overall cases this winter," said Valerie Betkoski, director of ...

Rings to resign May 15

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings has tendered his intent to resign to the county commissioners. Rings, who this month was convicted of coercion of a witness, said in the letter he intends to leave the office on May 15. A temporary interim prosecutor will be appointed by the county ...

80-year-old church treasurer sentenced to prison for theft

About a dozen members of the Bethel Lighthouse Baptist Church watched as their former treasurer of 41 years was sentenced to 30 months behind bars Monday for embezzling more than half a million dollars from the house of worship. Wheaton was also ordered to pay back all the money stolen from the ...

Phone issue continues to plague local businesses, residents

For more than a week, residents and businesses in Washington County have been having problems with their conversations being heard when they place a call. Businesses, schools and government agencies are having to make special considerations to deal with the lack of call quality and say they ...

Fair provides health info for seniors

Whether seniors walked away with some extra band-aids or information on nutrition to help with managing diabetes, the goal of the O'Neill Center's health fair Monday was simple. "We want to provide the resources and let people know what's available to them," noted Heather Custer, activities ...

New book explores Civil War romance of two prominent Marietta figures

The more Steve Magnuson examined the relationship between Rufus Dawes and Mary Gates, the more he became convinced that the Marietta couple was almost perfectly emblematic of the Civil War, the strain it inflicted on individual people and relationships, its effect on communities and the way ...

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The Washington County Historical Society and Washington County Public Library will be co-hosting a program meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at The Castle Museum, 418 Fourth St., Marietta. Tom O'Grady, director of the Southeast Ohio History Center in Athens, will present "John Quincy Adams Crosses Ohio ...

Parkersburg Rotary unveils century marker

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Rotary Club celebrated its centennial Monday with the dedication of a marker denoting where the club first met a century ago. Representatives of Rotary, municipal dignitaries and others assembled at the Highmark West Virginia plaza on Market Street, the site of ...

Coal Run woman killed in collision

A Coal Run woman died Sunday and four other people were injured after a head-on collision between two vehicles on Ohio 60. While driving south near mile marker 17 at approximately 5:24 p.m., Joan Barton, 61, had her 2002 Chevrolet Venture struck head-on by a northbound 2005 Audi A4 driven by ...

Historical marker unveiled

BEVERLY — The Lower Muskingum Historical Society’s goal of having a historical marker in front of the Oliver Tucker Museum and log cabin in Beverly is now a reality. A brief ceremony was held and the metal marker made by Sewah was unveiled Saturday on the front lawn along with an open ...

Young author realizes a dream

Before her high school graduation, 18-year-old Hannah McDole, of Vincent, has accomplished a goal many adults strive for: publishing her first book. McDole, a senior at Warren High School, just released a book she spent more than two years writing. Called “The Forgotten Key,” the book was ...