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Heating assistance available

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Although southeast Ohio has experienced a mild winter so far, many people are seeking assistance in keeping the heat on in their homes. "November is always busy. People, for example, who get their gas turned off during the summer realize that winter is coming and they need to get the heat ...

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The Marietta/Belpre City Health Department at 304 Putnam St. will be holding a free hearing specialty clinic on Jan. 17. This clinic is available to all those under 21 years of age regardless of insurance or income. Many children come to this clinic after failing school hearing screenings, ...

Contour posts strong first month at airport

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Enplanements exceeded expectations in Contour Airlines’ first month of service at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. Airport Manager Glen Kelly said during Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting that he’d projected 270 enplanements based on ticket sales ...

Wood BOE meeting continues during outage

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The Wood County Board of Education’s first meeting of 2019 was darker than expected Tuesday evening after a blown transformer knocked out power for a section of Parkersburg. About 20 minutes into Tuesday’s meeting at the Wood County Schools Central Office at 13th and Plum streets in ...

Shutdown causing a few hiccups in the valley

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The locks and dams are still being tended, but no one is looking after the forest. Money is still available for housing subsidies and food stamps, but no one can close on a USDA-financed mortgage. Airports are still operating, and the mail continues to move. The federal government shutdown ...

Local nonprofits say they haven’t seen decrease

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Tax reforms in 2018 were predicted to impact charitable giving after requirements for a deduction on taxes nearly doubled. The standard deduction jumped to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly and as a result, the number of households itemizing their ...

Belpre BOE honors Dunn

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The Belpre Board of Education Monday said goodbye to outgoing Superintendent Tony Dunn while planning ahead for the year to come. Dunn, 59, retires at the end of this month. He has been superintendent in Belpre for eight years and has spent 32 years in education. He will be succeeded by ...

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The Beverly-Waterford Squad Building on Fourth Street will host a craft vendor show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and all proceeds go to the Congenital Heart Disease Fund. Family & Children First is sponsoring the Incredible Years Preschool Basic Program. The class ...

Wolf Creek gets good economic news

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WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Local school district started the year off with some encouraging news. Treasurer Rachel Miller told the board at its first meeting of the year Monday that the evaluation of the Waterford Energy Center, an 866-mw gas fired power plant sold by AEP to Lightstone ...

Roofs, middle school soccer on Wood BOE agenda

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The Wood County Board of Education will gather tonight for its first meeting of 2019. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. today at Wood County Schools Central Office at the corner of 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public. The board will receive information on ...

Options for Sears store in Vienna being considered

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From staff reports No plans have been announced yet for the space vacated in December by Sears, but one possibility is the potential demolition of that portion of the Grand Central Mall. If that happens, a new structure could be on the horizon, but no final decision has been made, mall ...

Marietta Bridal Show goes off without a hitch

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For those planning to tie the knot, Sunday's Marietta Bridal Show was the place to be. Held in Marietta College's Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, the show offered an opportunity to see what area vendors have to offer as far as weddings go. Organizers of the annual event expected 800 people to ...

Q&A: New YMCA leader happy to call Marietta home

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The Marietta Family YMCA has a new leader. Kerry Jean Waddle has been named the new CEO of the Y, which had been operating under interim CEO Phil DiCasolo since April. “We are excited to have a dynamic leader who has a history with the Marietta Family YMCA, and who truly believes in the ...

Art Center kicks off Arty Party kids’ series

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center kicked off its annual series of “Arty Parties” on Saturday, which give local children a chance to try their hands at a variety of arts and crafts activities every Saturday through March 9. The free Arty Party program, which is sponsored by the ...

Local rally planned by federal employees

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By Brett Dunlap Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — Local federal employees will be holding a rally on Thursday to call for an end to the partial government shutdown. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Chapter 190 will hold a public rally on Thursday from noon-1 p.m. at ...

Belpre board will meet, say goodbye to Dunn

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From staff reports BELPRE - The Belpre City School District Board of Education will hold its organizational and regular January board meetings today at the Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center. The organizational meeting will begin at 4 p.m. immediately followed by the ...

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Tree crews will be working for weeks Asplundh Tree Expert Company crews have begun to clear around electrical facilities. The work is expected to take about eight weeks, barring bad weather. Representatives from Asplundh will be ahead of tree crews marking trees that are identified to be cut ...

Signs of the times

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The message is difficult to argue with: Hate Has No Home Here. But it is a sentiment that can get a conversation going. During the past several months, that message – in white print on a blue background, in six languages – has been appearing in the yards of Marietta with increasing ...

New law could change prison time for violent offenders

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In an effort to curtail violent offenders leaving jail too soon and re-offending, a new Ohio law, which goes into effect on March 21, allows judges to give indefinite sentences with minimum and maximum ranges for people convicted of violent first or second-degree felonies. Their ultimate ...

Area schools work to identify, treat childhood trauma

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Teachers and school administrators are learning how to identify childhood trauma to better address student mental health and behavioral issues. The Adverse Childhood Experience, or ACE, Questionnaire is designed to determine a child's risk due to childhood trauma. Things like divorce, ...