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Controversial book to remain in Marietta curriculum

"The Handmaid's Tale," a work of literature by Margaret Atwood, narrowly survived a challenge to be removed from the Marietta City Schools curriculum Tuesday morning. The item was placed on the agenda of a special board meeting, which originally was called to hear a presentation by members of ...

WSCC student thriving after transplant

Casey Jo Higgins drives a 1959 Dodge Coronet. That's an important bit of trivia in the 31-year-old Washington State Community College student's profile because it offers a glimpse into her future. She's one semester away from graduating in business management and technology, with the intent ...

App launched for local doctor “visits”

What do you do if you don't have insurance, but become ill in the middle of the night? What if your child is sick but you don't have transportation to an urgent care facility? The Memorial Health System has a new app called MemorialCareNow, which is designed to help people have access to a ...

Around town

Volunteers for the 2019 Christmas Day Feast are invited to attend the first fall planning meeting at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, ground floor. • For information,: Bruce Edward Haas, project manager, 740-629-1277. Family & Children First will sponsor a ...

Reno family loses home to fire

Though an electrical fire displaced a Reno family over the weekend, community response to meet their needs has left both neighbors and first responders proud. "It was scary," said Lyle Smith, 59, a neighbor of Joey Hill and Rachel Neville. Smith called 911 when he first saw the flames ...

Lowell plagued by brown drinking water

LOWELL — No one knows exactly why the drinking water in Lowell turned brown, but about 15 people showed up at a board meeting of the village water utility Monday night looking for answers. The problem is caused by oxides of manganese and iron in the water. Both metals occur naturally in ...

Transitional kindergarten to begins its second year

On Monday, a meeting of 18 teachers and administrators was held at the board office of Marietta City Schools. The group went through registrations for kindergarten students, seeking candidates for the second year of transitional kindergarten. The program is designed to give some children an ...

Women of St. Luke’s work to serve the community

The call to serve is generational for the women of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marietta. "All women of the church are invited, I don't care if you're 6 or you're 96," said Carol Cisler, 81, of Marietta. Cisler has served with the Episcopal Church Women for the last 15 years, carrying on ...

Health department facing move

A continuing shuffling of the location of Washington County agencies will mean a move for the Washington County Health Department, after commissioners approved a plan that will have their new address as 1115 Gilman Ave. The need to move offices began earlier this year with the merger of ...

Around town

The Warren Middle School Academic Boosters will host a Color Blaze Fun Run/Walk fundraiser Oct. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Barlow Fairgrounds. Early bird registration is available until Oct. 4 for $25 per person and includes a T-shirt. After Oct. 4, registration is $35 (and may or may not ...

Garden enthusiasts gather

The annual “Bring One ... Take One Flower & Seed Exchange” was held Saturday in Upper Muskingum Park in Marietta. The unique event gives gardeners in the community an opportunity to go home with some new plants and seeds plus a gain valuable knowledge about their passion. Organized ...

Motorcyclist killed

BELPRE — A Belpre man was killed early Saturday morning in a motorcycle accident along Joe Skinner Road near Belpre. The crash occurred on County Road 51 (Joe Skinner Road) near milepost 1 at around 4 a.m., according to a press release issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. A 2016 ...

Critics say database of opioid distribution paints unfair image

PARKERSBURG — Numbers released on opioid pills distributed in the Mid-Ohio Valley do not tell the whole story, critics say. The data was made public after The Washington Post along with HD Media, which publishes the Charleston Gazette-Mail, sued the national Drug Enforcement Administration ...

Minister says goodbye after 22 years

In her earlier days serving as the first female minister of Marietta’s first church, a congregation member asked the Rev. Linda Steelman to prove her commitment to the community in the most eternal way. “She said ‘If you’re so connected to the community, prove it. Buy a plot,’” ...

Recovery Point holds open house

PARKERSBURG — The nation is suffering from years of substance abuse; the need for recovery is bigger than one community. “Addiction is a complex issue, and it is important to aid those in recovery,” said Brian Aluise, who was at Recovery Point Parkersburg’s open house Saturday, ...

AROUND TOWN

Bow hunter test will be offered in city The test to obtain a City of Marietta bow hunter’s permit will be held on Sept. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Buckeye Park. A bow with practice tips is required to take the test. Grief support seminars will start on Sept. 9 St. Paul’s Evangelical ...

Our Lady of Mercy marks a century of service

LOWELL – The green, placid grounds surrounding Our Lady of Mercy Church sit in the midst of forests and fields at the top of Lowell Hill Road. The church building, rectory and landscape, flanked by a well-kept cemetery, feel fresh and quiet on a cool, cloudy Friday morning. The church's ...

MCS levy: A look at the district’s aging buildings

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about the Marietta City Schools levy to be decided by voters in the Nov. 5 election Darrell Prim walks through the boiler room in the basement of Washington Elementary School and draws back a piece of carpet tacked up over a dusty niche. ...

Woman sentenced for eighth OVI

A Marietta woman with seven prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol was sentenced Friday morning to 18 months in prison. Michelle Thompson, 44, of 117 Dean St., Marietta, was arrested Jan. 1 on Ohio 821 after driving her 2010 Ford Escape off the right side of the roadway, ...

EVE auction draws a crowd

The guests were greeted with a smile and a glass of sparkling wine. Outside the Lafayette Hotel ballroom, 14 tables were covered with items ranging from sleep accessories to jewelry. EVE, Inc., has held a benefit auction for the past 36 years, its main annual fundraiser. Between the silent ...