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PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
This is all that remains of the home at 160 Dana’s Run Road in Newport that caught fire Tuesday night, leaving two of the residents dead.

2 die in Newport blaze

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NEWPORT—Within minutes of each other, two homes caught fire Tuesday night in Washington County, leaving two people dead at one of the homes. Newport residents Eldon Monroe, 49, and Vickie Eddie, 49, died in a fire at their mobile home at 160 Dana’s Run Road. The first call came in ...

2 await Nov. vote for muni court judge

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Two have thrown in their hats for the Marietta Municipal Court judge race this year in Washington County: Democratic incumbent Janet Dyar Welch and Republican challenger Paul Bertram. The position, which oversees civil and small claims cases, forcible entry and detainer actions, evictions, ...

Board reviews future of Wood Co. bond

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By Michael Erb Special to the Times PARKERSBURG - Officials are trying to determine how recent votes by the Wood County Board of Education might affect Wood County Schools' $41 million bond call. In November, the district passed the facilities bond which included the building of a new ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Employees of Combined Insurance work together during a business meeting on Tuesday at the Epicenter located on the bottom floor of the Armory on Front Street.

Building Bridges expands programs

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Not only has a Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter opened this winter but the program has also expanded its partnerships within three school districts and the career center and was recognized by Gov. John Kasich last month. “We hope to expand and include more and more businesses,” ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Brittany Reed, 20, of Williamstown, works on grinding valves for a truck during her diesel mechanics class on Wednesday.

Mechanic-in-training breaks mold

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It’s a profession that has few women, but that’s never discouraged 20-year-old Brittany Reed from pursuing her passion for fixing cars. Working with her father inspired the interest and now Reed is pursuing a degree in auto diesel mechanics at Washington State Community ...

Belpre man arrested on heroin-related charge

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From local reports VIENNA, W.Va. - The Vienna Police Department arrested a Belpre man Tuesday on a charge of possession with intent to deliver heroin. Nicholas James Patterson, 34, was arrested for the felony, which is punishable by confinement in prison for 1-15 years or fined not more ...

AROUND TOWN

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Chesterhill VFD smorgasbord dinner The Chesterhill Fire Department Auxiliary will resume holding its monthly smorgasbord dinners on Sunday. The menu will consist of: baked steak, ham loaf, baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, noodles, dinner rolls, dessert and a ...

Photo illustration by JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Recidivism, nature of offense, flight risk and whether a weapon was used to commit a crime all play into the setting of a defendant’s bail. If a defendant is unable to make bail, they remain in the custody of the Washington County Jail while awaiting trial.

Bail reforms

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While the County Commissioners Association of Ohio has called for the adoption of bail reform based on risk within the Ohio justice system, local officials say county statistics tell a better story than those of the state as a whole. The association published a legislative briefing last ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Barlow Township Trustee Richard Best surveys the closed rest area on Ohio 550 in Barlow Monday.

Roadside stops disappearing

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BARLOW TWP.—About a half mile west of the township’s blinking light at Ohio 550, the Barlow roadside park and rest area is no longer open to the public. “It’s upsetting because it’s been there forever, at least my whole life,” said Alys Wagner, 72, of Barlow. “I went there ...

Mayor insists he will serve despite illness

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He may be facing some health issues, but Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews has no intention of leaving his post anytime soon. “There was a rumor going around town that I was resigning from office due to my health, but that’s far from the truth,” the 78-year-old mayor said Tuesday. “I ...

Council reviews permitting process

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Marietta City Council's Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee met Tuesday for a final review of the permitting duties to be taken on by the city from Washington County officials. The contract, which was only extended to the end of February after changes by the county were sought at the ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Nellie Beardmore and her brother, Bill Hess, both of Marietta, unveil the plaque that honors their late uncle, Dean Hess, at the Memorial Garden beside the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday afternoon.

New marker honors Col. Dean Hess

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Marietta is full of rich history and the new Memorial Garden beside the First Presbyterian Church on Wooster Street is as well. On Tuesday, a new marker was unveiled by members of the church commemorating the late Col. Dean Hess. Col. Dean Hess attended the original Presbyterian Church as ...

Waverly school to stay open; Fenton site eliminated

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By Michael Erb Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — Waverly Elementary School will remain open and a new Williamstown-area elementary school will not be built at the Fenton Art Glass site in Williamstown. The Wood County Board of Education had two split votes Tuesday evening, with board ...

Belpre’s economic development plan on front burner

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BELPRE - A study will be conducted in Belpre, starting this week, to draw up an economic development strategic plan for the city to help leaders chart a course for business development. The study will be conducted and put together by the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and ...

Around town

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New date, location for Fort Frye BOE The date and location of the February regular meeting of the Fort Frye Local Schools Board of Education has been changed to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Salem-Liberty Elementary School, 10930 State Route 821, Lower Salem. Lawrence Twp. financial report ...

Decision-making a part of being a leader

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When I was in grade school, twice a year we were bused to the high school to see the junior and senior class plays. Each of these events was always a thrilling, novel change in our everyday schedule. In 1965, the thrill was especially heightened because my sister, Sylvia, had the female cast ...

Births

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Snider Zachary and Samantha Snider of Waterford announce the birth of their son, Dallas Alan Snider. He was born at 8:13 a.m. Jan. 17, 2017 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jeff and Donna Miller of Marietta, Mike and ...

O’Neill Center schedule

Neighborhood News

Activities at the O’Neill Center, located at 333 Fourth St., Marietta, for Feb. 15 to 27: Wednesday, Feb. 15 9 a.m. Quilting 9 a.m. Rhythm Moves 10 a.m. Chair Volleyball 11:30 a.m. Fun & Fit 1 p.m. Euchre Thursday, Feb. 16 9:45 a.m. Bingo/ Snacks from Heartland 12:30 ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Mabel, 89, and Donald Bennett, 94, spend time together at their home in Lower Salem on Monday afternoon.

Secrets of love

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For many married couples, falling in love and saying “I do” is the easy part. Living happily ever after is what takes hard work. But some longtime local couples say if you find the right partner, it all falls into place. “We never go to bed at night without telling each other good ...