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Belpre welcomes Dollar Tree chain store

BELPRE — A Dollar Tree is being planted in the former Belpre Save-A-Lot location. A representative of the national chain of stores where every item costs $1 or less confirmed the company’s plans Monday afternoon. “Dollar Tree continues to grow, and we are proud to be part of the ...

New Year, New View

Revelers around the globe are bidding a weary farewell Monday to an unsettling year filled with challenges to many of the world's most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. Here's a look at how people are ushering in the new year: KIRIBATI The Pacific ...

Rite Aid robbery suspect identified as Columbus man

The Marietta Police Department has released the name of the suspect in the Dec. 2 robbery of the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Greene Street. The department had confirmed earlier this month that a suspect had been arrested in northern Ohio by another agency but had declined to name him until he was ...

Commissioners approve 2019 budget

The Washington County Commissioners passed their budget for the 2019 fiscal year Monday, including an overall increase of 3.5 percent. That makes the county budget $58,914,913 in 2019. The anticipated revenues in the county's general fund are $16,367,548, an 8.5 percent increase from 2017. ...

New Washington County judge sworn in

About 100 people packed courtroom A at the Washington County Courthouse on Monday morning to witness a new judge of the common pleas court being sworn into office. John Triplett, who has practiced as an attorney in Marietta since 1992, accepted the judge's robe from outgoing judge Randall ...

Lowell woman who stole from client sent back to jail

A Lowell woman who in 2015 admitted stealing several thousand dollars from an elderly woman for whom she worked as a home health care aide was sent back to prison Monday after failing to comply with her conditions of release. Shoshawna Lowers, 33, was sentenced in April 2016 to 180 days in ...

Around Town

Lowell American Legion will host a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19. Steaks will be cooked to order. Chicken breast and baked steak are also available, as well as no meat. All meals come with salad, bun, potato and free coffee. The Barlow Library will host a free health screening clinic ...

Visiting the past

Visitors of the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta were able to take a step back in time on Saturday. The museum had volunteers who were dressed as Rufus Putnam and his wife Persis Rice Putnam inside the Rufus Putnam House. "This is something different than a regular tour," Jane Young, a ...

Monroe commissioner takes on greater duty

Question: You’re now vice president of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Board of Directors. Was this a board you were on previously? Answer: Yes, this will be my fifth year on the board. I was just a board member but last year I was elected to be the second vice president. Q: ...

Stitchers looking for a new location

PARKERSBURG — The Senior Stitchers are looking for a new place to do their work for the community. The group, which has around 25 members, has spent the last 12-14 years at the Wood County Senior Citizens Association building at 914 Market St. in Parkersburg. They recently received notice ...

Around town

Amateur radio club will hold meeting The Marietta Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Club House, 681 Hartline Road off of Stanleyville Road, Washington County Road 42. All amateur radio operators and the public are invited to attend. ¯ For ...

Top stories: Reporter reflects on year of coverage

In reporting the deliberations of public bodies, what we often see is reactive changes when things go wrong, or at least, aren't working right. Less frequently, we get to report on long-term strategies that are crafted to improve the social environment and create richer opportunities for the ...

Top stories: Year of hope for Times reporter

At the close of 2018, many are looking to what they are thankful for, grew from and experienced. As a community journalist, 2018 in southeast Ohio was far from boring and I leave 2018 with hope. Four stories I covered this year stick out most under that banner of hope. Waters In the ...

Officials share goals for new year

Going into the new year, leaders in Marietta intend to focus on financial efficiency for taxpayer-funded agencies, development of amenities for residents of the city, the future of education, creating an inviting environment for development and attention for the aging population. A brief ...

Local experts say bed bugs are common

As children, most people cringed watching as vampires drank the blood of their victims on the movie screen. Some people in Washington County live with a miniature version of those theatrical monsters: bed bugs. "(Bed bugs) are getting worse," said Jed Lessard, owner of Ohio Valley Pest ...

Around town

The Marietta Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Club House, 681 Hartline Road off of Stanleyville Road, Washington County Road 42. All amateur radio operators and the public are invited to attend. • For information: 740-373-4191 or 740-374-3823. ...

Local company ordered to pay back taxes

A lawsuit filed against a local company by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has been decided, with Malone Renovations of Marietta ordered to pay $81,491.33 in back taxes, fines and interest. The Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth sided with the ODJFS ...

Top stories 2018

The most read local news stories at mariettatimes.com this year: 1. "Fitness center shaping up in former store" was published on April 7 and had 19,447 views. It focused on plans to open the MOVement Fitness Center in the former Tractor Supply space in the Frontier Shopping Center. 2. ...

Raid ends with drug seizure, arrest

From staff reports CHESHIRE, Ohio — Authorities in Meigs County served a search warrant at a residents in early morning hours Friday, arresting one person and seizing a large amount of drugs, money and firearms. In a press release issued Friday afternoon by Meigs County Sheriff Keith ...

Man injured after blowing up trailer

From Staff Reports SISTERSVILLE — A Tyler County man was flown by medical helicopter Tuesday evening to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after he allegedly carried out a threat to blow up his mobile home. According to the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Lee Cooper, of 6684 ...