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Wood BOE approves anti-drug program

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PARKERSBURG -- The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday approved a new anti-drug program for Williamstown High School and a new mathematics program for several Parkersburg schools. The board unanimously approved the Drug-Free Jackets program to begin this fall at Williamstown High. The ...

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Education Service Center organizes The Ohio Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will hold its yearly organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lori’s Family Restaurant in Caldwell. Right Path’s summer dance dates set The Right Path’s 2017 Summer Dances will be held ...

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LGBTQ Rights

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As many members and allies of the LGBTQ community celebrate June as Pride Month, Equality Ohio is shining a light on the fact that not all municipalities have protections in place for those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Athens recently celebrated with its first-ever ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Locks secured to hanging baskets Monday on the Historic Harmar Railroad Bridge will be removed at the close of summer.

New rules of engagement for love locks

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Some signs of love will come down by summer’s end. For several years, couples have been putting “love locks” on the Historic Harmar Railroad Bridge but the padlocks more recently added to flower baskets on the bridge have been troubling to those who maintain the structure. “We’re ...

Drivers reminded to know who has the right of way

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Crashes involving drivers who fail to yield to vehicles with the right-of-way are on the rise in Ohio. Washington County had 235 failure to yield crashes last year, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Drivers need to remember to be aware of their surroundings and of any view ...

City budget numbers can be elusive

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By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com A 2018 tax budget for the city may not be entirely accurate due to budgeting mechanisms that don't align across levels of government. "The county's and city's processes differ," said Marietta Councilman Tom Vukovic, ...

ERIN O’NEILL  The Marietta Times
Swimming for free up to three times a week at the aquatic center is one of the things children enjoy most about being part of Marietta’s Summer Swim and Play program.

Summer time is city rec time

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By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com Around 40 children gathered in the field below the Marietta Aquatic Center Monday to play soccer, pass the football and spend time with friends before heading off to swim. All of these activities are part of the City of ...

Belpre council hears police dog update

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BELPRE - A community effort to acquire a police dog for the Belpre Police Department is entering the next phase, as organizers begin work to collect on pledges which have been given for the project. At Monday's meeting of Belpre City Council, officials received updates from Police Chief ...

Evan Bevins   Special to theTimes
First-responders bring Marietta resident Billy Morrison, on a stretcher, up from the bottom of an embankment, where his truck came to a stop after going off the side of the southbound lane of Interstate 77 near mile marker 177.8 Monday afternoon. Morrison was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center and later Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he was listed in serious condition.

Marietta man hurt in I-77 crash

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PARKERSBURG -- A Marietta man was in serious condition at a Morgantown, W.Va., hospital Monday after his truck went off Interstate 77 and over an embankment. Wood County Sheriff's Sgt. B.A. Pickens said Billy Morrison, 66, of Marietta, was traveling south in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado on ...

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VBS theme picked at Twin Rivers Baptist “Operation Arctic” is the theme for this year’s vacation Bible school at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple. Sessions will be held from 6:15 to 9 p.m. June 19 to 23, at the church. During the VBS sessions youngsters from ...

Ohio’s open meetings law must be taken seriously

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Public officials often thumb their noses at open meetings and records laws. Occasionally, someone blows the whistle on them. What happens? Usually a slap on the wrist and a suggestion that the officials familiarize themselves with requirements for open meetings and records. The presumption is ...

A Zebra Swollowtail butterfly lands on an Orange Butterfly Milkweed plant near a walking path at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.

Burgeoning butterflies

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Additional native milkweed plants were added to bolster the butterfly habitat near the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge near the Visitors Center Saturday on Waverly Road in Williamstown. By planting more milkweed plants, it will help the habitat support more butterflies as they ...

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Q&A: Golf scramble to honor loved one

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When Shirley Wheeler was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009, she was told she would only have six to nine months to live. All these years later, she is still here and fighting the disease. When her son, Todd, was diagnosed with stage IV Esophageal cancer in 2015, she had hoped he would beat ...

One injured in plane crash

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Special to the Times NEWPORT - A Newport man was injured Saturday morning after crashing the ultralight aircraft he was flying. Sgt. Michael Seabolt, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Marietta, said the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Saturday when Roger L. Murphy, 68, of Newport, ...

Pomeroy man charged in assault with bow and arrow

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Special to the Times POMEROY — A Pomeroy man has been charged with felonious assault after allegedly shooting another man with a bow and arrow. According to a release from the Meigs County Sheriff's Office, deputies were notified Friday evening of a man at the Holzer Meigs Emergency ...

Successful W.Va. bass tourney in St. Marys

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ST. MARYS — Good weather and river conditions throughout the weekend led to what organizers said was a very successful 34th annual West Virginia Bass Tournament. The annual festival was held throughout the weekend around the St. Marys Marina with 244 fishermen in 122 boats competing in the ...

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Fishing derby at Buckeye Park Sat. The 12th annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday at Buckeye Park in Marietta for youth 16 and younger. Sign-up will be from 8 to 9 a.m. with fishing from 9 to 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Marietta Civitan Club at 11 a.m. Contests include ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
 The River City Antique Emporium sits vacant Friday between other Second Street shops in Marietta.

Commercial locations

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Of the 334 available business fronts in downtown Marietta, the average occupancy has rested just above 80 percent over the past few years. “I don’t think it’s as doom and gloom as people talk about,” said Marietta Development Director Andy Coleman. “I’m seeing different stores ...

2017 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) completes training

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The third annual Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training was held from May 1 to 5 for Washington County law enforcement personnel. The culminating activity was participating in role plays to test officer’s abilities to de-escalate potential community situations. For example, Officers are ...

Local churches plan Vacation Bible School activities

Religion

Vacation Bible School First Presbyterian Church and Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta are teaming up together to present “Marketplace 29 A.D.” Vacation Bible School. Children will step back in time and catch a glimpse of what life was like during Jesus’ time in Jerusalem. ...