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Mediation between city and county “unsuccessful”

Another effort to settle the sewer dispute between Washington County and the city of Marietta has not produced an agreement. The attempts between Washington County and the city of Marietta to settle a dispute over millions of dollars in sewerage construction went through another session of ...

Top Drawer opens in new location

After 21 years at the same location, Sarah Dye, owner of Top Drawer Furniture and Design Studio, accepted the advice of her daughter and took the plunge and moved her business to a new location from 200 Front St.. "My daughter told me I should always be re-inventing things," said ...

Around town

The STOP Alzheimer's Team is holding a dinner/auction Nov. 3 at the Marietta Shrine Club. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served from 6 to 7. There will be both a silent and live auction. The cost is $30 per ticket and $50 for two tickets. Tickets may be purchased by calling Tammie ...

Washington County looks to economic future

About 70 people gathered Tuesday night on the second floor of the recently renovated Ketter Block building on Front Street to get a glimpse into the economic future of Washington County and a look at the development landscape. The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority’s annual meeting offered a ...

Williamstown project update: Architect says school construction progressing

PARKERSBURG — Construction of the new Williamstown-area elementary school is progressing well and design of two other major facility projects is nearly complete. Chris Campbell, project architect with ZMM, presented the updates at Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. ...

Marietta council seeks new bids on Harmar property

Marietta City Council is directing the administration to re-advertise a property in Harmar, after the last two bids were considered unresponsive. Marietta Law Director Paul Bertram explained the legal term of unresponsive rested in the bids falling short of a minimum bid specification for the ...

Christmas comes early to the City of Marietta

Volunteers converged upon the Armory Monday to unbox the new downtown winter holiday decorations. “It’s just such fun, having the college students and volunteers and everybody excited for this,” said volunteer Denyse Fordham, as she carried a new pre-lit wreath upstairs. The holiday ...

Man sentenced to prison for beating infant son

A 20-year-old former Marietta man was sentenced Monday morning to four years in prison for beating his infant child. Kyle Williams, of 764 44th St., Vienna, was arrested after the Washington County Sheriff's Office was notified on Aug. 29, 2017 by Marietta Memorial Hospital staff that a ...

Ex-coach from Belpre pleads to sexual abuse charges

PARKERSBURG — A former Belpre High School soccer coach pleaded guilty this morning to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Trent Jacob Stanley, 23, of Ravenswood, entered the plea before Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton this morning. Under the terms of the plea agreement, ...

Marietta BOE discusses finances

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education noted financial and headcount projections that will affect reserve dollars in the next five years at the board’s regular meeting Monday. “If no changes take place we’re going to spend $1.4 million more in the next three years,” noted Frank ...

Warren BOE hears FFA update

VINCENT — Twice-retired agriculture science teacher Allen Clark made a brief comeback to Warren Local Schools Monday night. Clark listened in the audience at the regular board of education meeting as Paul Mock, southeast regional manager for the Ohio School Boards Association, read out ...

Around town

Performers for Pets, a benefit concert with four bands, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Over the Moon Pub & Pizza, 170 Front St., Marietta. The event will feature Cutler Station, the Josh Lee Band, Ben Davis JR and Mr. Fancypants. Admission is a bag of Purina dog or cat food, with all ...

LSICs present at Williamstown High

Local School Improvement Councils from the Vienna and Williamstown areas gathered Monday at Williamstown High Schools for their annual LSIC presentations. Committees from Williamstown High, Williamstown Elementary, Vienna Elementary, Waverly Elementary, Neale Elementary and Greenmont ...

Belpre Council talks billing for services

BELPRE — Belpre City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance which will institute soft billing for emergency and non-emergency services by the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department. Council member Donna Miller, chair of council’s police and fire committee, has been working on the ...

Few answers a year after IEI fire

PARKERSBURG — One year ago this month, residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley awoke — some much earlier than usual — to find a massive fire raging in the former Ames shovel plant off Camden Avenue in south Parkersburg. Those who didn’t hear about from local or social media or via word of ...

Party on Putnam Street

It was both a hair-raising and money-raising experience Saturday evening as the “Nightmare on Putnam Street” Halloween Party was held at the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. Over 200 people attended the event, with proceeds benefiting the Hippodrom/Colony Theatre Association, a ...

Q&A: Book was a labor of love for author

Independence Township resident Michael Dean Kiggans wrote the first line of his novel “The Funeral Plain” in 1987. Last year, the book was finally published, and is acquiring plenty of praise. Kiggans started writing the coming of age story when he was still working full-time as a power ...

PopCon draws excited crowds

PARKERSBURG — Crowds of people — some dressed as a variety of characters from movies, TV, comics, games and other forms of popular culture — flooded through West Virginia University at Parkersburg for the Parkersburg PopCon on Saturday. The PopCon celebrated aspects of popular culture, ...

ArtOberfest fun despite being forced indoors

PARKERSBURG — It might have been a little chilly outside, but that didn't halt the crowds of people on Market Street enjoying the annual ArtOberfest early Saturday evening. The event, which was put on by the Parkersburg Art Center and The Parkersburg Brewing Co., featured live music, good ...

Around town

Health department will be closed on Tuesday The Washington County Health Department will be closed on Tuesday for a staff in-service and training. Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on Wednesday. Pancake breakfast at K of C in Churchtown St. John the Baptist ...