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Marietta Main Street changes leadership

Marietta Main Street, the nonprofit organization for advancing and promoting the city's downtown, has replaced its executive director – and sole employee – following the resignation of Sam Tuten, who had been in the job less than a year. The director Tuten replaced, Cristie Thomas, has ...

Marietta City Council authorizes sewer line repair funds

Marietta City Council met in special session Tuesday to authorize repair funds for sewer lines in Harmar and behind Front Street businesses. The Ohio Water Development Authority loan of $752,712.04 will afford the city capital to install a special lining in the failing sewer lines on the west ...

Around town

The 18th annual High Schools That Rock Guitar Camp will be held from June 3-7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Third and Putnam streets in Marietta. The camp offers instruction to new and accomplished students entering grades 1-12. Mark Doebrich, the primary instructor, ...

102 Williamstown students earn diplomas

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High School honored 102 graduates Tuesday at the school’s 110th commencement ceremony. Principal Jason Ward said it was an especially meaningful event for him. “As first year as head principal, I could not ask for a better senior class to set the ...

Patriotic Parades: Marietta residents line streets on Memorial Day

As the rising sun burned away the morning mist on Monday, it revealed patriotic residents of Marietta giving their respects to the fallen heroes that have provided them with the freedom they cherish. Two parades highlighted the Memorial Day weekend that payed respect to the memory of the ...

Belpre honors locals with annual service

BELPRE — Since the beginning of the U.S., 1,000,460 people have lost their lives to war, said Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz, at Monday’s Memorial Day Service at Leavitt Funeral Home in Belpre. There are 58,318 names of people who have lost their lives written on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ...

Summer makes a splash: Unofficial start to season brings pool weather, fun

With temperatures in the 80s throughout Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer became a quest to keep cool throughout Marietta. The Lowell Pool and Marietta Aquatic Center did their best during the holiday in order to help visitors beat the heat and have fun. Stephanie Bills, ...

Parkersburg remembers in City Park observance

PARKERSBURG — Crowds of people gathered at the Parkersburg Memorial Day Service on Monday at City Park to remember those who have given their lives for America’s freedom. “This banner we fly is a memorial to those you have come here to honor this day,” said Mariann Bennett, Commander ...

Memorial Day mission

Tiger Scout Sam Moynihan, 7, from Oakville, Mo., places flags on graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County as part of the 70th annual Memorial Day Good Turn on Sunday. About 5,000 scouts placed more than 150,000 flags in front of the headstones of veterans buried at the ...

Fire claims life of Bird Watcher’s Digest founder

The co-founder of Bird Watcher’s Digest, based in Marietta, died Saturday as the result of a house fire. In a post on the Bird Watcher’s Digest Facebook page, the organization announced the passing of Elsa Thompson. “In a house fire believed to have been electrical, she died exactly ...

W.Va. storage tank fire that prompted state assistance is out

FRIENDLY, W.Va. (AP) — A massive natural gas storage tank fire in West Virginia is out. News outlets report the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said in a statement that the blaze was extinguished around 5 a.m. Sunday after all-night efforts by local fire ...

MHS seniors say goodbye to high school

A total of 224 seniors received their diplomas Sunday afternoon during Marietta High School’s 167th commencement ceremony which was held in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on the Marietta College campus. Suddenly, graduation was here and it was becoming a reality as the seniors were ...

Waterford Class of ’19 graduates

WATERFORD — The graduating class of Waterford High School was reminded about what got them through their school years during graduation Sunday. Waterford had 57 seniors who went through commencement exercises at the Harry W. Cooper Annex with faculty, school officials, family and friends. ...

Fort Frye Cadet grads blazing a trail in the world

BEVERLY — Ninety-one Fort Frye High School Cadet seniors received their diplomas as they walked across the gymnasium stage Saturday in Beverly. The newly air-conditioned gymnasium was packed as friends and relatives of the graduates were on hand to show support for ...

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Barlow-Vincent alumni banquet The Barlow-Vincent annual alumni banquet will be held June 8 at Lighthouse Baptist Church on Ohio 339 in Barlow. Registration will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are requested by Thursday and should be sent to Sue ...

Locks part of local, Ohio history

For more than 175 years, the lock and dam system on the Muskingum River has done more than just help control flooding in the valley. It has served as a symbol of the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Ohio's past. When construction began on the 11 locks and dams along the Muskingum River from ...

Local educators say adversity score could help area students

For many high school grads in Appalachia, a college degree can be the ticket out of poverty. In the six school districts in Washington County, poverty is a common drawback, with close to half of students in many schools living below the poverty level. The College Board, the national nonprofit ...

Guilty plea in crime against 7-year-old

A Marietta man pleaded guilty Friday to gross sexual imposition in a case involving a 7-year-old girl. Lucas T. Haynes, 23, last known address of 736 Greene St., Apt. 11, pleaded guilty on Friday to one third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition. The charges stem from his April 1 ...

Belpre man sentenced to jail for torturing pet

A Belpre man was sentenced to 60 days in jail Friday for torturing his wife's cat, which subsequently died from its injuries. Matthew Robert Moyers, 41, of 2524 Oxbow Road, Belpre, was arrested on Nov. 30, 2018, and charged with four counts of Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals. As part ...

Warren Warriors celebrate commencement

The band played, the choir sang and the graduates walked Friday night at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, packed to the point of standing room only with friends, families and fans of the Warren High School class of 2019. As the nearly 200 students in blue and white gowns waited in a line ...