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Compromise reached on Ohio gas tax

Ohio's next two-year transportation budget is headed to the governor's desk for approval with compromises that will impact more than just gasoline and diesel-fuel consumers at the pump. "My big takeaways that people need to know are that it's taking effect on July 1, there's no phase-in," said ...

Local first-responders honored Wednesday

BEVERLY—The Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce in co-operation with the Sons of the American Revolution gathered in Beverly on Wednesday to honor those first-responders in the county that exemplify the integrity and bravery that are needed for their jobs. The 36th ...

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The regular meeting of the Fearing Township Trustees has been changed to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fearing Township Office in the garage in Stanleyville. The next Boost Your Business workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Huntington Bank, 226 Third St., Marietta. The ...

Educators learn strategies to help children cope with trauma

Childhood emotional injury and neglect has become so pervasive that an entire strategy for incorporating a response to it has been developed for educators: trauma-informed schools. Children suffer from abuse, abandonment, neglect, the threat and reality of violence, bullying, health problems ...

Arsonist gets four years; says he’s now a jail preacher

A Lower Salem man will spend the next four years in prison for attempting to burn down a house with a man in it. Noah Rutter, 21, of 6500 Germantown Road, was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. In September, Rutter, along with his brother, were having continued ...

Oversight of hemp, CBD could move to Ohio agriculture department

One of the unintended consequences of the legalization and mandated regulation of medical marijuana in Ohio is that it impacted not only existing consumer markets but also agriculture. State legislators authorized legalization in 2016, but as of last week were still cleaning up one regulation ...

Zonta Unique Boutique to offer deals this week

Racks of clothing were filling up Monday evening as five women sorted incoming donations in the Marietta Township Recreation Center. Skirts, dresses, sweaters, shoes and even some men's wear went out on display. The spring Unique Boutique opens Friday afternoon, offering hundreds of ...

Suicide awareness, remembrance goals of upcoming walk

With an effort to raise awareness, remember the loss and prevent further suicide, the Washington County Behavioral Health Board will host a community walk April 13 beginning and ending in Indian Acres Park. "This is our second year running this walk independently and calling it 'A Walk to ...

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The Washington County Republican Women's Club will hold a baby shower for the Women's Care Center, a Christian crisis-pregnancy center, on Monday at First Baptist Church, Marietta. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the shower and a brief business meeting. All Republicans are welcome. A ...

Open doors

Though spring sprung with freezing temperatures, several local seasonal businesses and nonprofits have opened their doors to welcome the sun. Andrew Lisk, 22, owner of Lisk Lawn Care, is gearing up for mowing to begin next week, The Castle and Ohio River Museum opened their doors for the ...

Districts support new school funding proposal

As experts at Washington County school districts work through the implications of the proposed state budget changes for education, the potential benefits for the two smallest districts in the county are becoming clearer. Both Frontier Local Schools, with an enrollment of about 585 students, ...

Washington County Career Center outdoor tech facility becoming more realistic

A project to provide tech students at the Washington County Career Center with a realistic experience working outdoors on the type of equipment they would encounter in a typical Mid-Ohio Valley industrial plant went into action last year. Last week, funding was confirmed for Phase II of the ...

State, federal agriculture officials visit Marietta

Students, farmers, agriculture educators, representatives from southeast Ohio county soil and water conservation districts and all three Washington County commissioners welcomed both the state assistant agriculture department director and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Marietta ...

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The regular monthly meeting of the Independence Township Trustees will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Townhouse on Upper Archers Fork Road. A special meeting of the Warren Local Schools Board of Education will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held at Warren Middle School ...

Community comes out to help area food banks

WILLIAMSTOWN — With an ongoing need to stock area food banks, the annual Empty Bowls Luncheon for Hunger was held Saturday for the first time at the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown. Empty Bowls is a national concept that goes back to John Hartom, a Michigan art teacher in the ...

Men Cook competition

Guests challenged the community to look inward and embrace their inner hero at the fourth annual United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley Men Cook on Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The United Way ...

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Free computer classes at Marietta library The Marietta location of the Washington County Public Library, at 615 Fifth St., will offer free computer classes in April. At 1 p.m. Tuesday the class will be Digital Tablets – Working with Apps; at 10 a.m. Thursday the class will be eBooks at the ...

Taking away the pain

Families of cancer patients often feel like helpless bystanders as a loved one battles the disease, with doctors and medical personnel on the front lines and the family in a rearguard role of home care and observation. Elijah McIntrye, 17 and a student at Williamstown High School, decided to ...

Task force proposes new Ohio school funding formula

The state's method of distributing funding to public schools in Ohio has long been criticized as failing to address inequalities between rich and poor districts, so the findings of a task force established by two state lawmakers have been awaited with anxiety and anticipation by school district ...

Third person sentenced in New Matamoras home invasion

The third of six co-defendants in a violent home invasion in Mew Matamoras was sentenced to two years in prison Friday. During the early morning hours of Nov. 7, Gabriella Chaffin,, 19, of 2603 16th Ave., Parkersburg, along with Joseph L. Slider, 28, whose last known address was 112 Sunset ...