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PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Washington State Community College president Bradley Ebersole hugs his wife, Gail, as he finishes up his farewell speech during Noon Rotary Club of Marietta’s meeting at the Lafayette Hotel on Thursday.

Rotary salutes Ebersole

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First, get rid of the jacket and replace it with a Hawaiian shirt. This was the start of Bradley Ebersole’s farewell speech at Noon Rotary Club of Marietta’s meeting on Thursday. “Noon Rotary has been a big part of my time in the Marietta community,” said Ebersole. “I will always ...

No Broughton social this year

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For the first time in 33 years, no ice cream social will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds this summer. Broughton Foods announced the postponement of the event Thursday citing a lack of applications that met the criteria the company hoped to see from local organizations ...

Warren officials polish pitch for bonds

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VINCENT—Updates on the upcoming building projects were a big topic of conversation among the Board of Education for Warren Local Schools at Thursday night's regular board meeting. Superintendent Kyle Newton explained that he and Treasurer Melcie Wells are currently practicing their ...

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Garden party benefit

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More than 90 locals gather for the annual garden party fundraiser at the Castle in Marietta Thursday. The event was attended by board members, staff, volunteers and locals and accompanied by local pianist Jenni Phillips. "It's just a social evening," said Education Director Kyle Yoho. ...

Delta Queen owners troll for local support

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By Brett Dunlap and Paul Lapann Special to the Times PARKERSBURG -- If the U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill this summer, the Delta Queen could be traveling on American rivers again next summer, according to the vessel's owners. Cornel Martin, president and CEO of the Delta ...

Economic plan for Belpre unveiled

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BELPRE - About 50 community members attended a special meeting Thursday to hear about a proposed strategic plan for economic development for Belpre. The plan was developed by Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which investigated strategies to enhance ...

AROUND TOWN

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Summer kids’ event at Pioneer Presbyterian A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Belpre July 10 to July 14 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 P.M. Maker Fun Factory is for kids from age 3 to sixth grade. For more information, call Pastor Rick ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Axyl Schramm, 4, of Marietta, and his grandmother Theresa Schramm, of Beverly meet a penguin during a program put on by the Washington County Public Library Wednesday in Beverly.

Fun with books

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The Washington County Public Library is already in full swing with its summer programs for children, teens and adults. "We started signing up the day after Memorial Day for our youth reading program," said Julie Stacy, manager of youth services for the library's Marietta location. In Beverly ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Washington County Wildcat Special Olympic Athlete Josh Donahue, 28, of Waterford, left, runs with Lt. Chris Chesar, right, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and several other law enforcement officers Wednesday during the Marietta leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Torch Run tests athletes

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With cheers and applause athletes with the Washington County Wildcats Special Olympics team welcomed runners carrying a torch billowing flames into the hot summer morning. "It was a fantastic run," said Josh Donahue, 28, of Waterford, who ran alongside Lt. Chris Chesar of the Ohio State ...

Thunder and lightning season arrives

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Summer has officially begun and that means it’s the peak season for thunderstorms in the United States. “We’ve been lucky to have a very quiet season so far,” said Maura Casey, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va. “Looking ahead, it doesn’t look ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Karen Foster, 48, of Parkersburg, paddles her way along the Muskingum River during the Kayaking 101 class on Wednesday.

Kayaking 101 class

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Summertime is the busiest time for the rivers found throughout our area. Kayaking has became more and more popular and following the right water safety is important no matter how much you think you know about the recreational water activity. Jess Talbott, kayaking guide and specialist for ...

Movie maker focusing on C8 story

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From staff reports PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg native and noted documentary filmmaker is participating in a project about C8 in the Mid-Ohio Valley. "The Devil We Know" is a collaboration of Stephanie Soechtig, Erin Brockovich and Morgan Spurlock, the Parkersburg native whose fame started ...

Belpre school board OKs ’18 budget, 2 new hires

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BELPRE - The Belpre Board of Education finished out the 2017 fiscal year Wednesday and approved a FY2018 budget for Belpre City Schools. The $12.7 million FY2018 budget is about $700,000 less than the FY2017 budget, reflecting an end-of-year revenue adjustment. Belpre City Schools ...

Truth is on the side of the best leaders

Business

When I was a roof bolter at Youghiogheny and Ohio Coal Company (Y & 0) near Powhatan, Ohio in 1976, I found myself dressing beside an older man named Karl Kaftan. Karl was a very friendly guy who talked more than I, which takes some doing. Soon, he began telling me his fascinating life ...

Blennerhassett Island hosts events

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By Wayne Towner Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — A number of special activities are planned on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park through the end of June and the month of July. Information about all of the events is available by calling 304-420-4800. Boat tickets are sold at ...

2 summer stock productions at Marietta theater

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Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta will be offering summer stock productions of “Cabaret” and “The Merchant of Venice.” The musical “Cabaret,” directed by Geoff Coward, will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with additional performances on June 30 and July ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Marietta Aquatic Center lifeguard Kelsey Hall, 18, works with 3-year-old Evelyn Kufel during swim lessons on Tuesday morning.

LEARNING TO SWIM

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Mid-Ohio Valley children are flocking to local pools. Some may be natural swimmers but others might need a little assistance. Educating kids about water safety is vital and some pools offer swimming lessons to ease the stress of teaching a child how to swim. "Almost everyone owns a pool ...

Marijuana cultivation deadline nears

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Was the cart put before the horse? Nine months since medical marijuana was legalized by state legislators in Ohio, local governments are wary to lift moratoriums established immediately following that legislation because regulations on processing, testing, dispensaries, physician, ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Melissa Cannell, visitor services and environmental education intern at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, shows kids attending the Budding Arts event how to draw a diagonal line on Tuesday afternoon at the refuge.

Kids’ art class at the refuge

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WILLIAMSTOWN—Working on perfecting their lines and adding detail, several children gathered at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday for the Budding Artists event. Melissa Cannell, visitor services and evironmental education intern, guided the group through the ...

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times
Left, Anna Bordonada, 27, of Elizabeth, W.Va., balances on a slackline with Cat Bigley, right, during an introductory slackline yoga class in Muskingum Park Tuesday.

Unique brand of yoga is practiced locally

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Trying to calm her heart and trust her own strength, Becky Goings pushed off the ground to balance for but a few moments on a 2 inch strap in Muskingum Park. "I have to remember to breathe," she said. "Keep that lead toe laser-beamed to the ground," coached Marietta fitness guide Cat ...