JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
From left to right, Yoshio Shimo, president and CEO of Hino Motors Limited, Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford and Takashi Ono, president of Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Williamstown plant Tuesday.

Decade with Hino

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WILLIAMSTOWN - Celebrating 10 years of assembly off of Williams Highway, local residents were lauded for their work ethic and part in a global vision in business at Hino Motors on Tuesday. "The best thing in the 10 years that I've been here is seeing the young people come in and grasp the ...

More aid would help pay for new armor

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They may leave a bruise if they’re shot, but they’ll still get to go home to family. And one local officer recently saw the prevention of life-threatening injury because his was on when he was attacked with a knife. A mirrored bill currently before both the U.S. Senate and House of ...

Pot grower pleads guilty to crime

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The Marietta man who conducted a marijuana growing operation on an elderly couple's farm in Fleming pleaded guilty to one count of illegal cultivation of marijuana, a second-degree felony, on Tuesday. Eric Luke, 30, of 115 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, tended to 149 marijuana plants on the back ...

KATE YORK   The Marietta Times
Gus Letto looks through the 1875 Atlas of Washington County on Tuesday. Letto has been researching Churchtown and its people for nearly 60 years.

Obsessed with Churchtown

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CHURCHTOWN— Gus Letto has a near-guarantee for the residents of Churchtown, past and present. “If anybody from this (St. John the Baptist Catholic) parish walks through the door, I can almost certainly tell you your ancestors, including 16 great-grandparents,” he said. Letto, 85, ...

Wood BOE reviews school transfers

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PARKERSBURG -- Officials said preliminary out-of-district enrollment numbers for Wood County Schools show consistency in most areas, with some schools actually seeing improvements. The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday received numbers on students transferring in and out of area ...

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Behavioral Health Board meets Aug. 24 The regular monthly meeting of the Washington County Behavioral Health Board will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Washington County Behavioral Health Board office, 344 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. In addition, the Steering Committee will meet at the board ...


Harmar St. man skips criminal sentencing

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From staff reports A warrant for the arrest of Glenn Roger Johnson, Jr., 30, 116 Harmar St., Marietta, was issued in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday after Johnson did not show up for his sentencing in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Johnson was supposed to be sentenced ...

Effective leaders gather consensus around goals, then use expertise


On April 22, 2009, I traveled to Frankfort, Ky., picked up my older brother, Joe, and headed the next day to Springfield, Mo., where my younger brother, Jack and his family lives. We had planned a tornado shelter that would be made of strong stuff. Joe designed the structure with input from ...

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A back seat to safety?

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Ohio is one of 21 states that doesn’t require use of seat belts in the back seat for adults, and according to a new report there are more people not wearing those belts than previously thought. That can be a safety hazard not only for those passengers but for the driver of the vehicle as ...

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Racers start up on their bikes to complete an obstacle course on the Armory lawn at last year’s Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival.

Upcoming weekend promotes outdoor fun

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The Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival kicks off Thursday and will include a weekend full of fun outdoor recreation activities with few IPAs and ales along the way. This is the seventh annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival featuring Marietta’s outdoor activities. The festival maps out ...


Shrine Club brings Buckeye to Marietta

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The Marietta Shrine Club is hoping more members will turn out this month for a dinner with a former Ohio State and NFL football player. “I want to make our meetings more interesting,” said the club’s president, Barry Taylor. “I want to get people back to the excitement in what we ...

Utilities aggregation deadline in Marietta this month

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Utilities aggregation is nothing new for Marietta residents but the deadline to opt out is coming up this month. “There can be some lower offers people can take advantage of but with aggregation you’ve got a fixed rate over a longer term with a reliable supplier,” explained Tom ...

Teen court: Peers would prosecute, defend, act as jury

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PARKERSBURG -- The chairman of the city’s Youth Advisory Committee on Monday outlined a Teen Court program he and supporters say could provide a positive alternative for students starting down a negative path. Michael Hess, a Parkersburg South High School student and chairman of the ...

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Beverly ice cream social benefit Sunday The eighth annual ice cream social benefiting The Beverly Masonic Foundation, Washington County Special Olympics and other charities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Dodge Park in Beverly There will be all-you-can-eat food and ice cream, ...


Jail time ordered in chainsaw theft case

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From staff reports Jesse Stoops, 32, of 24 Mount Bell Road, Coolville, was sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court Monday to 120 days in jail and two years of probation. Stoops had previously pleaded guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony, after law enforcement watched video of ...

WAYNE TOWNER Special to The Times
Josh Wilson, of St. Albans, gave knot tying demonstrations and other 18th and 19th century skills during the Inland Waterways Festival in Marietta on Saturday and Sunday.

Inland Waterways wraps up weekend festivities

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MARIETTA — Hundreds of people visited the Ohio River Museum on Saturday and Sunday during the 2017 Inland Waterways Festival in Marietta. Held every two years by the Friends of the Museums in partnership with the Washington County Public Library, the goal of the free event is to educate the ...

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Marietta resident Amanda Mercer runs in the Iron Man Triathlon on July 23 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Local woman competes in Iron Man

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It’s a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run with no breaks. Marietta resident Amanda Mercer recently conquered her first Iron Man Triathlon, racing for 12 hours and four minutes along with two local friends, Steve Schoonover and Mike Clark. The race, held July 23 in Lake ...

JEFFREY SAULTON Special to The Times
Members of the Belpre High School Marching Band at Belpre Homecoming.

Homecoming success

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BELPRE — For the Belpre Homecoming the 85th edition may go down in history as having one of the best attended Saturday nights. Karen Waller, executive director of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, said organizers were pleased with the steady crowd they saw all day and the near perfect ...

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Ice cream social in Beverly Sunday The eighth annual ice cream social benefiting The Beverly Masonic Foundation, Washington County Special Olympics and other charities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Dodge Park in Beverly There will be all-you-can-eat food and ice cream, and ...