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County engineer asks commissioners for higher share of sales tax

Washington County Engineer Roger Wright informed the commissioners on Thursday how the new Ohio gas tax will benefit road and bridge repairs in the county. "The gas tax is very important to rural counties, but it's not going to solve all our problems." he said. Wright said the county won't ...

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Cadets For A Cause will host a baked steak dinner and family movie night from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Frye High School. "Ralph Breaks The Internet" will start at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Movie admission is by donation. All proceeds will go to the Fort Frye ...

Wastewater treatment plant cost of renovation lowered

Marietta City Council’s Water and Sewer Committee reviewed lowered costs of the wastewater treatment plant renovations Thursday. “It’s not often you get to say your project cost less than anticipated,” said City Engineer Joe Tucker. “But in this case having (Pickering Associates ...

Response filed in Oriana complaint

The Supreme Court of Ohio has assigned a visiting judge, and Oriana House Inc. has responded to the city of Marietta's complaint in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Both actions took place this week following the filing last week by City Law Director Paul Bertram for an injunction ...

Area departments get grant for new radio system

In the quest for reliability in hilly terrain, local fire departments across Southeast Ohio are eagerly awaiting the arrival of new radios in the coming weeks. "With our radio system now, we have several dead spots across the county because of the terrain," explained Mark Wile, president of ...

Warren to vote on resolution to arm teachers

With the end of the school year only a month away and 2018 having set a record for shooting incidents on school property in the U.S., the school districts of Washington County are considering their responses to the threat. The Sandy Hook Promise group stated in December that 94 shooting ...

Law enforcement looking to fix staff shortages

Local law enforcement agencies continue to wonder what to do in order to fill empty job openings in their departments. "We are still working on it," said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. "We are hoping to increase our benefits package," Mincks said a planned promotional video to ...

Anchorage offers photo day, makes progress on restoration

Hidden Marietta will offer people an opportunity to visit and photograph the historic Anchorage home in Harmar Village all day on Saturday. The 22-room Anchorage was originally built in 1859 by Douglas Putnam for his wife. The home received its iconic name after the ship-building Knox family ...

Streets committee hears update on traffic signal project

Marietta City Council’s Streets Committees met Wednesday to discuss fiberoptic traffic signals in the city, City Engineer Joe Tucker updated council on planning that has been in the works for many years. “Where this project is really coming from is (Utilities Maintenance Foreman) Dale ...

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The Camp Hervida Chicken BBQ and country store will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 4 at 1260 Camp Hervida Road in Waterford. The menu includes a half chicken or a quarter chicken, a baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert and beverages. Tickets available at the door for $10 or ...

W.Va. fire marshal issues orders for Naik properties, separate warehouse

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia State Fire Marshal this week labeled two buildings owned by the Naik group of companies and one where they lease space as fire hazards and ordered owners to comply with requirements from recent inspections or cease operations. The orders for Naik facilities ...

The music man

Music surrounds, infiltrates and emanates from everything. That's the lesson retiring band director Marshall Kimball, 69, of Marietta, hopes the generations of students he has taught over almost 50 years remember. "My oldest students are 65, they're grandparents, have kids who have been ...

Ken Starr keynotes Washington County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Dinner

Former Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Investigation Ken Starr spoke about the lack of merit an impeachment of President Trump would have on Tuesday at the Washington County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Dinner. The 300 attendees of the dinner were treated not only to a speech from ...

New school funding system won’t make the state budget

Four out of the six public school districts in Washington County would have seen increased support from the state with passage of the Cupp-Patterson school funding formula, but it now appears unlikely that the 133rd Ohio General Assembly will take up the bill. The Fair School Funding Formula, ...

Marietta stops chalking parked cars

A federal court's ruling this week has already changed parking enforcement practices in Marietta. "We're immediately suspending chalking operations," confirmed Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp on Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the sixth district ruled Monday that chalking vehicles ...

Marietta clean-ups planned for Saturday

Community service will come in many forms Saturday from Marietta Main Street volunteers clearing out downtown flower beds to municipal court helpers picking up debris from recent wind storms in Oak Grove Cemetery. "When the court gives us these opportunities to volunteer it's also helping ...

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Oak Grove Recreation Center will have an annual plant and bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 535 BF Goodrich Road. The sale will feature a variety of hanging baskets, annual plants and vegetables. The required annual meeting of the Washington County Engineer and the Township Trustees ...

Ground broken on new Warren Elementary School

VINCENT — Under Warrior-blue skies about 200 people gathered Monday afternoon to mark a Warren Local Schools milestone – groundbreaking for a new elementary school, the first physical presence of the district’s $63 million building project which eventually will provide students with a ...

Norwood Antique Mall returns to Marietta

Surprising even himself with an early opening, Eric Taylor was happy to unlock his doors in the old neighborhood Monday. "We had planned on opening up in May, and then thought, we're here, why not?" laughed Taylor, co-owner of Norwood Antique Mall. After about a decade in business there, ...

Marietta BOE briefed on music therapy

A music teacher told the Marietta City Schools Board of Education at its meeting Monday night that she hopes to receive a grant to bring greater access to music therapy to the district. Martha Webster, a music teacher at Phillips Elementary School, said in a presentation that she had ...