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Coats for Kids campaign is collecting

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An annual project to provide warm outerwear for children and families in need is ready to go into operation. Coats for Kids will offer free coats, hats, gloves and scarves for children of all ages starting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Lisa Valentine, a project coordinator for ...

Muskingum Township seeks replacement trustee

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During the weekly meeting of the Washington County Commissioners, the passing of a Muskingum Township trustee on Monday was noted. Commissioner David White said he had known Robert Dunbarger since middle school and was shocked to hear of his death. "It's a tragedy for the township and the ...

Around town

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Weather permitting, Brownsville Road (C-33) will be closed at the 0.6 mile mark on Monday for landslip repair and will remain closed for one week. In addition, drivers should expect delays on Vickers Road (T-456) beginning next week during the repair of two landslips. • For ...

Tale of two counties

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By John Caniglia and David Knox The Plain Dealer In Ohio's western breadbasket, amid thousands of acres of lush Mercer County farmland, grows an economic engine that is fueled by small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies that are cultivating new businesses and steadily growing older ...

13 dead including gunman in shooting at California bar

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people are dead after a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" Wednesday in Southern California, sending hundreds fleeing in terror including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities ...

Next steps for rehab centers downtown

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Legal opinions are needed and a possible reopening of negotiation is on the table for residential substance abuse treatment in Washington County. On Monday, Oriana House leadership met with parents of St. Mary Catholic School to discuss the nonprofit's intent to open a medically assisted ...

Plant science

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Gravity is something we take for granted, in part because it's hard to get away from. Sarah Wyatt, a research scientist in plant biology at Ohio University, wanted to find out how removal of the influence of gravity affects the way plants grow, and she did it by sending plants to the ...

Around town

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The Western Washington County Historical Society will have a meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Barlow Library. Tim Collins will show photos and tell about working with his grandfather on the CHEL farm in Fleming in the 1950s. His grandfather only farmed with horses and the farm had an octagonal ...

Heathers the Musicial coming to MC

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Envy, treachery, duplicity, the pursuit of approval – it may sound like Tuesday's midterm elections, but this is in fact high school since the dawn of public education. The Marietta College theater department production of "Heathers the Musical" opens Friday night at the Hermann Fine Arts ...

Roundup of Veterans Day events

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From staff reports A number of parades and ceremonies are planned in honor of Veterans Day throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. One local event is planned for the holiday on Sunday, while the parades and programs will be held on the Monday immediately after the holiday. • In Marietta, ...

Marietta City Council reviews sewer lawsuit

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Marietta City Council reviewed future steps in the sewer lawsuit against the Washington County Commissioners Wednesday. The lawsuit is founded in a breach of contract by the commissioners to sewer Devola and Oak Grove residences in accordance with a schedule outlined in the May 12, 2011 ...

School officials look to expand ArtCart program

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PARKERSBURG — Passage of Wood County Schools’ continuing levy Tuesday means an Artsbridge-organized program to bring arts into schools will continue, but officials say they eventually want to see ArtCart in every elementary school. The ArtCart program brings art lessons to students in ...

Income tax levy passes

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Marietta City’s income tax increase, marketed as a fire and streets levy, passed Tuesday by 11.96 percent of the vote. The income tax issue will raise Marietta’s current 1.7 percent income tax to 1.85 percent, with the additional income to go solely to streets paving funding and fire ...

Livengood will serve as county’s auditor

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Two-thirds of Washington County voters supported the current chief deputy auditor in becoming the next auditor in the county. Republican Matthew Livengood, 48, of Marietta, took the early voter lead at 62.73 percent of the vote and kept that lead throughout the night, finishing with 66.27 ...

Around town

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New Matamoras United Methodist Church, at 604 Third St., will hold a special service at 10 a.m. Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, including a presentation of all names of World War I veterans buried in Grandview Township cemeteries, the reading of two poems ...

Triplett wins judge race

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Marietta attorney John Triplett will take up a judgeship in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas after being elected to a six-year term Tuesday night. Triplett ran against Shoshanna Brooker, a Fleming attorney who has been a county magistrate for the past five years. “I’m old ...

Ritter to fill county seat

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Republican Kevin Ritter defeated Democrat Jim Raney Tuesday in the Washington County Commission race, winning almost 66 percent of the vote. The two were vying for the seat that will be left open by commissioner Rick Walters, who did not seek re-election. Ritter said he has been addressing ...

Issue one fails

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From staff reports Ohioans gave a resounding “no” to the statewide Issue One on Tuesday, with 63.63 percent of the state voting against it. The issue also failed in Washington County, with 81.65 percent of voters opposing it. If adopted, the amendment would have: ¯ Reduced sentences ...

Republicans retain state representative seats

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Washington County will continue to be represented by Republicans in Columbus for the next two years. GOP candidates in House Districts 94 and 95 won handily in Tuesday’s election. Incumbent Republican Jay Edwards won a second term representing District 94, and the contest to take District 95 ...

Voters OK three levies in parts of the county

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Three levies in communities around Washington County were approved by voters Tuesday. In Belpre, voters passed a measure that will allow Kroger to operate as a state-licensed liquor agency, without Sunday sales. This means Kroger can operate a Spirits Shop near its store on Washington ...