Michael Erb   Special to the Times
Parkersburg High School student and volunteer Madi Gribble paints the face of Timmy Roberts, 12, a student from Edison Middle School, at an activity station Tuesday during the Artsbridge Very Spectacular Arts Festival at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Very special day for the arts

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PARKERSBURG -- Artsbridge held its 19th annual Very Spectacular Arts Festival for school children with disabilities on Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and saw some of its highest event attendance in years. Artsbridge Executive Director Jane Irvine said in years past the ...

Belpre meeting to peer into city’s future growth

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BELPRE - Belpre residents will have a chance to voice their hopes and concerns for the future of the city. The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce and the Voinovich School of Public Affairs at Ohio University invite residents, business leaders and the public to a community meeting Thursday from 7 ...

Williamstown Council OKs $1.74M budget

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By Jeffrey Saulton Special to the Times WILLIAMSTOWN - Welcoming Habitat for Humanity to town and setting the 2017-2018 budget were the top topics at the Willamstown City Council meeting Tuesday. Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, said the ...

Former Wood County sheriff Merritt dead at 81

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By Jeffrery Saulton Special to the Times PARKERSBURG - Former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt died Tuesday afternoon at age 81. Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham, a former chief sheriff's deputy, confirmed the former sheriff's death. Graham said Merritt's family said he died at the ...

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O’Neill Center health fair 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon. The O’Neill Center will host a health fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Screening stations will include blood sugar, blood oxygen, blood pressure, BMI, posture and more. There will also be a massage area. ¯ For information: ...

Good leaders don’t leave the future to chance


A couple times a year during my childhood, my family loaded up the old Studebaker and began a travel adventure to Grandmother’s house in Crossville, Tenn. It was a long, arduous experience. The fighting my two brothers and I engaged in was punctuated with picnics in lonely churchyards or ...

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Flowering cherry blossom trees in the Japanese Garden at Dawes Arboretum in Columbus draw crowds of all ages in spring.

Spring’s colors

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With the first day of spring still a bit chilly in the Mid-Ohio Valley, locals can look forward to tours of area arboretums and gardens for the first glance at a brighter season. “As Ohio weather goes, we were tricked a few weeks ago with that 60-degree weather,” said Dawes Arboretum ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
On Monday, Mike Voshel, of the Williamstown Auction Center, shows that much of the machinery used in the workshops of the Fenton Glass factory are still operational and will be up for auction in the coming weeks.

Auction: Fenton’s final chapter

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WILLIAMSTOWN - With fewer than six weeks until the first of three final auctions, the Fenton Glass factory is currently undergoing a whole cataloging operation to prepare for the June demolition of the building. "We'll be selling the tools from the maintenance shop, filing cabinets, desks, ...

By Peyton Neely   The Marietta Times
Riley Depuy, 11, dressed as Benjamin Franklin, talks with his friend Tommy Kerenyi, 12, who is dressed as Chesty Puller, during the Social Studies Fair at St. Mary School on Monday night.

Social Studies Fair at St. Mary School

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Bill Gates, Princess Diana and even Vincent van Gogh visited St. Mary School on Monday for the school's third annual Social Studies Fair. The fifth and sixth graders dressed in their best costumes for the event, sharing all the knowledge they learned about some important figures in ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Marietta High School senior Jackson Kelly, 18, works with Marietta College students Jane Peterson, 18, of Minot, N.D., and Hilary Hao, 21, of Bejing, China, at Marietta College during a peer mentorship class for the entrepreneurship classes at both the high school and the college.

College, high school students collaborate

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Working minds of high school and college students congregated into Room 103 of Thomas Hall on Marietta College’s campus Monday to explore new ideas and share existing ideas among each other. The entrepreneurship classes at Marietta High School and Marietta College joined forces to learn ...

Frontier parents speak up against realignment

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NEW MATAMORAS — Discussion of realignment for the elementary schools in the Frontier Local Schools District brought a room full of about 40 concerned parents to the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday night. Parents are worried about new class sizes that have been set forth by the ...

Warren makes a point about quality construction

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By Sam Shawver Special to The Times VINCENT—A resolution supporting quality construction was passed by a unanimous vote of the Warren Local School District Board of Education Monday as the board continues to seek a bond issue to raise $23 million toward a new high school, elementary ...

Belpre board concerned about Class of 2018

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BELPRE - While things are on track in a positive way for this year's graduation, Belpre City Schools officials are concerned about requirements affecting 2018 graduates in Ohio. Bernie Boice, the district's director of instruction, told the school board Monday that spring testing began this ...

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Disabilities board committee meeting The Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold a board finance committee meeting at noon March 28 at Ewing School, 1701 Colegate Drive, Marietta. All meetings of the WCBDD are open to the public. Longaberger Basket Bingo ...

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St. Mary Junior High Science Fair

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St. Mary Catholic School recently held its Junior High Science Fair. There were 31 projects in total and 16 students received superior ratings and are eligible to move on to the District Level Science fair to be held at Zane State on March 25. Pictured are the superior award winning students: ...

Nonprofit board workshops planned

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From local reports Have you ever been on a nonprofit board? Are you on a board now? Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a board member? Marietta College’s Nonprofits LEAD program will be offering two nonprofit board training workshops this spring for current board ...

Men’s Weekend at Celebration Center

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A Men’s Weekend will be from March 24 to 26 at the Celebration Center of Marietta, 822 Front St., with guest Bill Terry. Topics: “Do men matter?” “What does it mean to be a man today?” “Being a spiritual leader in the home.” “Elements of a successful men’s group.” Terry is ...

Warren competes in Ohio Music Educators contest

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The Warren High School’s A Cappella, Treble Chorus and Bass Chorus competed in the Ohio Music Educators Association’s District 9 Contest on March 4, 2017 at John Glenn High School, New Concord, Ohio. Treble Chorus and A Cappella received SUPERIOR ratings with Bass Chorus received an ...


More blues

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After two days and eight performers another edition of the River City Blues Festival in Marietta is in the books. Peggy Bolen, a member of sponsoring organization The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society, said the festival brings fans from near and far for two days of nothing but their favorite ...

Paxton Bolion-Hudnall, right, 7, of Belpre, tries the fatal vision goggles demonstration Saturday with Deputy Hannah Tornes, left, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Sixth annual Safety Day at the mall

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VIENNA — Hundreds of area families gathered at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna on Saturday for the sixth annual Safety Day program, learning a variety of safety lessons important for children and adults. About 20 local safety organizations from throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley participated ...