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Sparks remembered; family gets closure

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The friends and family of Patsy Sparks gathered Sunday at Buckeye Park in Marietta to celebrate her life and to turn the page for themselves in moving on now that her killer was brought to justice earlier this year. Those in attendence gathered to celebrate Sparks’ birthday which will be ...

W.Va. first responders recognized

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HARRISVILLE — An expanded West Virginia Heroes Day: A Salute to First Responders honoring first responders will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at the Ritchie County 4-H Grounds on West Virginia 16 outside of Harrisville. Organizers are inviting first responders from the region to be recognized ...

WVU-P’s Gilmer marks his 1st year

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PARKERSBURG — In his first year as president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Chris Gilmer has worked to make sure people know all about the opportunities available at the school as well as showcase what an integral part of the community it is. Gilmer officially took over as ...

Around town

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Bow hunter’s permit test will be given The test to obtain a City of Marietta bow hunter’s permit will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at Buckeye Park. A bow with practice tips is required to take the test. WCCC will spotlight industrial mechanics The Washington County Career ...

Beautiful Day: Weather cooperates for 9th Rivers, Trails and Ales

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With clear skies and warm temperatures, families set off on adventures Friday by both land and river. “Even with a little bit of H2O last night, today’s numbers are still good,” said Eric Dowler, festival director for the 9th Annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival. “Very popular ...

Few answers yet on Devola sewer timetable

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Residents of Devola are in a sort of flush-and-drain limbo as they await detailed information on the court-ordered sewer project intended to reduce the community's nitrate pollution of groundwater and the Muskingum River. The project, which will cost more than $7 million according to an ...

Sheriff’s office changes weaponry

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Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office will soon be getting new weapons, a re-stocking that occurs about twice each decade. "We have them ordered, but we haven't received them yet," said Sheriff Larry Mincks. "We expect them within a couple of months." Around 70 Smith & Wesson ...

Food Truck Fridays drawing a crowd

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The smell of food cooking and bright sunshine met those venturing out to the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta for Food Truck Friday. Misty Anderson, 51, of Barlow, and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, were in town and decided to stop by the trucks. "She had a dentist ...

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The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, 232 Third St., Marietta, will host an African Drum workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Social Hall. Master Drummer Lawrence Greene will conduct the workshop. The fee is $10; advance registration is required. Call Rev. Kat Hawbaker at ...

Book on area history driving tourism spikes

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Though predictions were for spikes in local tourism next year following the spring release of David McCullough's "The Pioneers," avid readers are already popping up in Marietta. "Our visitation numbers have definitely been up since July 1. We're having to guide tours every hour— we've never ...

Commissioners hear from health board president

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Washington County Board of Health President Bruce Kelbaugh met with Washington County Commissioners Thursday morning to address questions they've had about recent actions of the health board. The health board has been in an upheaval since early July when Dr. Richard Wittberg was removed from ...

Southeastern Ohio man helping draw geographic outlines for census

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As the Census Bureau marshals its resources for the decennial census on April 1, other forces are at work to determine where the political lines in Ohio are drawn. Robert Wiley at Ohio University has been working on that project under a contract with the state for three years. He said this ...

Storms wash out Rivers, Trails and Ales opener

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From staff reports Torrential rains and lightning may have led to the cancellation of the first event for the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival, but it isn’t a setback for the rest of the weekend’s festivities. The Gunlock Park Jam Session was scheduled for Thursday night at the park, ...

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First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, will host an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. Proceeds will benefit a youth educational trip. Free breakfast will be provided until 10 a.m. The Castle Museum will present a program on local art history at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

Time for back-to-school vaccines

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Less than two weeks remain before school starts in Marietta and both local health departments and school nurses have their eyes on herd immunity with 150 to 220 students in each grade. "There are four shots typically that families need to catch up on before their child enters kindergarten, ...

Mister Bee Potato Chips planning new warehouse

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PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee Potato Chips plans to construct a half-million-dollar warehouse next to its location on West Virginia Avenue in Parkersburg. Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of West Virginia Potato Chip Co., discussed the project and other recent improvements to the facility when state ...

Six Washington County students receive 2019 FAO Scholarships

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NELSONVILLE — The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is proud to support the region’s students, from Clermont to Ashtabula counties, in pursuing post-secondary education. And this year, FAO is pleased to announce that more than $390,000 in scholarships have been awarded through over 530 ...

Back at the helm

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Although the heat is still wilting, summer is nearly finished for educators. In Washington Elementary School, the hardwood floor of the empty hallway on the main level gleams with freshly buffed polish, and teachers are in classrooms arranging desks, looking at lists and talking to custodians ...

Ballot set for November election

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The Nov. 5 election ballot will be crowded with candidates for local office, and although many of the races have only one candidate, Washington County voters will have plenty of decisions to make. The Village of Matamoras on Tuesday filed to place a levy on the ballot, an attempt to raise ...