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Marietta schools requests $55 million bond issue from state

The Marietta City Schools board of education unanimously passed a resolution Monday night to request permission from the state to put a bond levy for $55,670,000 to district voters in November. The next step in the project to rebuild the district's schools, after the state grants permission, ...

Local union celebrates 100 years

The trade that built the pathways on which power flows in the Mid-Ohio Valley is marking its 100th year of union organization this week. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 972 was initially organized on June 19, 1919. In the century since then, the electricians have ...

Vacation Bible Schools adapt to busy schedules in the modern age

Vacation Bible School used to entail one to two weeks of interactive lessons, usually culminating with a play or production for the congregation at its conclusion. “I’m almost 80 and I attended Vacation Bible School when I was a kid, I probably wouldn’t be Christian today without ...

Around town

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education will have a special meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Ohio School Boards Association will provide a customized workshop. This will be a working session and no action will be taken. Beverly Library Lap Time for children 2 and under will be held Mondays ...

Recent fatality shows importance of railroad safety

Between 10 and 20 people in Ohio are likely to die from injuries on a railroad track each year. That's been the trend according to the Federal Railroad Administration for the last decade with only two years of outliers—2010 and 2011—and the majority of those deaths each year occur on CSX ...

Warren BOE authorizes concealed firearms for teachers

VINCENT — The Warren Local Schools Board of Education on Monday night approved a resolution that will allow superintendent Kyle Newton to authorize designated staff to carry concealed firearms in schools. The resolution was passed after coming to the board last month and being tabled to ...

Marietta College celebrates Juneteenth

Independence Day in the United States is celebrated on July 4 each year, but it's not the only day of freedom celebrated in the nation. "Just like the Fourth of July, this should have the same national recognition, this is when a large number of people were actually free," said Dr. Nkenge ...

Coil named new Washington County prosecutor

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Coil has been selected to fill the remainder of the county prosecutor term, following the criminal conviction and resignation of former prosecutor Kevin Rings. Coil was selected as interim prosecutor Saturday by the Washington County Republican ...

Around town

The next Washington County Family & Children First council meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Washington County Family and Children First office, 202 Davis Ave. • For information: 740-376-7081. Ludlow Township will hold its regular June meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 27 at ...

Peace officers academy back at WSCC

The course for training police officers and sheriff's deputies at Washington State Community College received enough enrollment to go ahead for the first time since the spring of 2018, the board of trustees was told at its monthly meeting Monday. The Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy ...

Marietta Times to host cruise-in Thursday

From staff reports The oldies will be rolling in Thursday at the Cruise-In sponsored by The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta, where there will be ample parking for visitors and ...

Clean sweep

Respect the world we live in, don’t litter. That was the general message of those who volunteered Saturday to clean up along local the river banks as part of the annual Ohio River Sweep. Many groups of volunteers made a difference by picking up debris along the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, ...

W.Va. leads nation in OD’s; Ohio and Pennsylvania close behind

CHARLESTON — West Virginia led the nation in drug overdose death rates in 2017, followed closely by Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a study released this week by the Commonwealth Fund. With an average of 57.8 deaths per 100,000 residents, West Virginia’s drug fatality rate was nearly ...

Color run fundraiser for Tomlinson Park

WILLIAMSTOWN — People from around the area got to show off their true colors as they helped raise money for an accessible playground at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. A 5K Color Run was organized by the Community Spirit Youth program with the goal of raising money to help purchase the ...

Island will host annual W.Va. Day

From local reports PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will host its annual West Virginia Day Celebration on Thursday. The first boat going to the island is 11 a.m. and park officials will begin the celebration by singing “The West Virginia Hills” on board the ...

Around town

MOVP’s ‘The Crucible’ opens this Friday The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will present the Arthur Miller classic, “The Crucible,” at Players Theatre, 229 Putnam St. in Marietta. Performance dates are June 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and June 23 and 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adult, ...

Under the hood

There was a time in America, especially midwestern America, when fathers and sons (and less often in those days, daughters) who could barely talk about anything serious to each other could form deep relationships over the dirt, busted knuckles, swearing and solid satisfaction of working on cars ...

Woman who stole 800 pill from pharmacy avoids jail time

A Vienna woman caught stealing more than 800 Hydrocodone pills from a Marietta pharmacy last year avoided imprisonment Friday. Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi sentenced Kaitlin Lott, 28, of 902 27th St., to two years of community control with the contingency that if Lott ...

Man responsible for Municipal Court bomb will stay in custody

The manufacturer of a set of explosives found both in Marietta Municipal Court and in a private home in 2016 will remain in the care of Appalachian Behavioral Health following a hearing Friday. Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi held a further commitment hearing Friday in the ...

18 months for assault with brick

A Marietta man was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for hitting a man in the face with a brick. Zachary Allen Myers, 29, of 100 State St., was arrested after the assault, which occurred July 12, 2018, and pleaded guilty in May to a fourth-degree charge of aggravated assault. "This is ...