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The regular meeting of the Independence Township Trustees will be held at noon May 3 at the townhouse on Upper Archers Fork Road. • For information: 740-473-2766. Beverly American Legion Post 389 is sponsoring a public breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds go to American ...

Earth Day celebration a success downtown

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning on the lawn of the Armory in downtown Marietta to celebrate Marietta Earth Day. The event was started 20 years ago with the help of the late Marilyn Orrt of Marietta. Each year it features exhibits, displays and activities for all ages, especially ...

Oliver Tucker Museum in Beverly will receive a historical marker

On Saturday, Beverly’s Oliver Tucker Museum will be granted a historical marker, something the Lower Muskingum Historical Society made a goal nearly 20 years ago. The museum features a home built in the early 1850s by Beverly founder John Dodge and a log house built in 1798, as well as ...

Anglers head out to Parkerburg city parks for derby

PARKERSBURG — Despite a bit of rain and a chilly breeze, children from ages 3 to 14 came together in hopes of catching the biggest fish of the day, or even better, the golden trout, at the 39th annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby. The derby was held at City Park and Southwood Park on Saturday ...

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Fearing VFD will host Mother’s Day Dinner Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Mother’s Day Dinner on May 12. Serving begins at 11 a.m. at the fire station, located at 1975 Stanleyville Road, Whipple. The menu will include baked steak or chicken with mashed ...

Solar energy becoming more accessible

With solar energy having become a mature technology that is becoming less costly each year, renewably-sourced electricity is now within the financial reach of most householders. The clock, however, is ticking on a federal installation tax credit that has sweetened the deal for several ...

Work planned for Lancaster Street

Driving down Lancaster Street from Harmar Hill to Fort Harmar Drive is a bit of a bumpy ride. "It's called washboarding," explained Eric Lambert, the city project manager working on a multi-faceted project to upgrade not only the roadway but what lies beneath. First, a water line replacement ...

Job and Family Services relocation approved

The first phase of a move of Washington County Job and Family Services employees to 204 Davis Ave. is expected in the next couple of weeks. A unanimous vote during the commissioner's April 11 meeting approved the start of a multi-phased plan that will consolidate the recently merged Job and ...

Good Friday celebrated without Walk of Witness

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times Pastor Don Archer of Christ United Methodist Church removes a cross from his church's sanctuary after it was used during a special service for the 2019 Walk of Witness on Friday. Archer said the walk was canceled at the last minute before its scheduled ...

Complaint against county prosecutor updated

From staff reports The civil lawsuit calling for the removal of Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings saw updates Friday. According to the Washington County Clerk of Courts, Retired Judge Janet Burnside, who was appointed Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court to oversee the case, scheduled a ...

New law on student absences goes into effect

The murder of a 14-year-old girl in Cleveland two years ago prompted the Ohio Legislature to spell out the actions that schools are required to take when students don't show up for class. Called "Alliana's Law," Senate Bill 82 enacts a statutory requirement for schools to notify parents, ...

Rivers, Trails and Ales seeking volunteers

Sixty events, new rides and expansion are all in the works for August's ninth annual River, Trails and Ales Festival in Marietta, and the coordinators are looking for more community volunteers to help put it all in place. "Right now we're still in development but there's potentially going to ...

How it works: Funding for farmers

Investing in farm and land infrastructure can be pricey, whether it's putting in place and following a forest management plan at a cost of $2,500 to $12,000 or constructing a high tunnel to extend the growing season, which runs from $750 to $1,000. But two Reno farmers highlighted this week ...

Construction season underway

As the temperatures start to rise, road crews and engineers will be hitting the streets to ensure all the public facilities and roads are repaired after a long winter of abuse. Roger Wright, Washington County engineer, said in the upcoming road construction season his department will be ...

Man jumps in Ohio River after police chase in Marietta

From staff reports A Little Hocking man was arrested Thursday after leading police on a chase through Marietta and then jumping in the Ohio River in an attempt to evade officers. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said that a detective from the sheriff's office was driving down Seventh ...

Newport students awarded for penmanship

NEWPORT – Newport Elementary School students and teachers cheered loudly during an assembly Thursday afternoon. "There have been a lot of good things happening, things to celebrate, and I wanted to recognize you kids," principal Brian Williams said. "We received an Ohio Department of ...

Commissioners approve natural gas contract

On Thursday, the commissioners signed a three-year contract with Houston, Texas-based Constellation Newenergy LLC, to supply all of the county government's natural gas starting July 31. Commission President David White said they received the contracts at the beginning of the year, but have ...

Council files injunction against Oriana House

City Law Director Paul Bertram notified Marietta City Council that an injunction against Oriana House Inc. was filed Thursday. “This asks the court to determine whether or not Oriana must go to the planning commission,” Bertram explained after the regular business meeting. He said ...

Beverly-Center Elementary School receives progress award

BEVERLY – Beverly-Center Elementary School has become the second school in Washington County to receive the Ohio Department of Education High Progress School Award. The Fort Frye Local School District Board of Education was notified of the honor at its monthly meeting Thursday ...

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The Village of Lowell's water department will be flushing fire hydrants from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Marietta VFW Post #5108 located at 319 Pike St. in Marietta will host a Hoe Down Square Dance and Round Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday featuring 4 Hits & a Miss Country Band. ...