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Sternwheel captains share tales

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There's a certain language amongst river folk. "We can talk boats, and places and parts no matter what," said Bill Richards, 68, of Oak Grove. Richards and his brother-in-law Paul Flagg, 75, of Florida, were excited to tour a couple of the paddleboats down at the Ohio River levee Thursday, ...

Tobacco forum weighs changing age limit

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Tobacco 21 is looking down the road, so to speak. When people begin smoking at a young age, they are more likely to acquire a lifelong addiction, according to medical studies, and Washington County Health Commissioner Dick Wittberg believes that raising the minimum age for legal tobacco ...

Commissioners make distributions to townships

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Washington County Commissioners conducted about 20 minutes of routine business at their weekly meeting Thursday morning. Agenda items included approval of fund transfer requests from several departments, appropriations, travel requests, and bills. The latter was exceptionally large because it ...

4-year-old selected for dance magazine

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Addie Johnson, 4, of Marietta, was selected in a nationwide dance model search for the recital and competition dance costume company. She traveled with her parents to New Jersey this summer for a professional photo shoot in six costumes with her hair and makeup crafted by the company as ...

Barber shop celebrates 20 years

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Muskingum Barber Shop is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday. "There will be pizza and cupcakes for anyone who comes in to celebrate with us," said owner Paula Bigley. Bigley said she's very excited that she can now say the shop has been a business for 20 years, a milestone many ...

Around town

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Milling will begin Monday and be completed Wednesday weather permitting for the city's 2018 paving project. Paving will follow beginning Wednesday and concluding on Sept. 21, weather permitting. The following are streets included: 1st Ward: Aurora Street (Shade to Sunset), Shade Street ...

Grief spurs action

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She still hears him when the owl hoots outside their home. He still remembers him as he teaches his students compassion for mental illness. Four years after Grant Bauer took his life, his parents Bill and Mary Ella Bauer still ache with the loss of their son. Grant, 25, of Marietta, shot ...

Wayne National Forest mineral auctions canceled

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The withdrawal of two mineral leases set to be auctioned later this month in the Wayne National Forest was received with relief from an organization that had protested the proposal and frustration from the state trade organization for oil and gas interests. The two plots, one of 35 acres and ...

A girl and her dog

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Slender, 3-year-old Romy Booth moves easily and smoothly around the Booth family living area at the house on Third Street in Marietta, her long hair streaming and eyes seemingly fixed on something in the middle distance, a slight smile playing about her features. On Wednesday afternoon, it ...

Interfaith service to be held at sternwheel festival

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On the Sunday of Sternwheel seven pastors will speak and sing in the celebration of Christ. "We're ecumenical," said Pastor Kenneth Brown, of the Marietta Community Church. "Different people are bringing different pieces of the puzzle as this focuses on celebrating Jesus, not pitching ...

Around town

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There will be free parking and a shuttle service to the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival this weekend. Those interested should park at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 922 Front St. The shuttle will drop off and pick up at Tiber Way on Butler Street between Front and Second streets every half ...

Livestock sale closes Washington County Fair

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The Washington County Fair wrapped up Tuesday with thousands of dollars in community support for the market livestock sales. One goat sold for $15,000, steers averaged at $925 and lambs, chickens, turkeys, goats, market beef and dairy feeders also made their way through the ring with final ...

Fort Frye starts violence prevention, anti-bullying programs

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BEVERLY—Fort Frye seventh-graders through seniors are heading into this school year with an eye on inclusivity. Early Tuesday before classes leaders from all of the grades sat with Principal Andy Schob and other school administrators to discuss how as students they can prevent violence in ...

New Salvation Army officers come with open minds, hearts

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The latest leaders of the Salvation Army in Marietta may be new to the community but their roots in the service organization are strong. Lieutenants Elisha and Megan Moretz began their assignment in Marietta just over three weeks ago and have been busy meeting residents and familiarizing ...

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The fifth annual Round the Island Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Race will be held Sunday. The event is organized by the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and race starts at 9 at the Ohio River Boat Ramp in Williamstown. Participants can enter using single or double kayaks ...

No decision yet on airport carrier

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport continues to await word from the U.S. Department of Transportation on whether it will have a new service provider. If the DOT approves the recommendation by the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority to allow Tennessee-based Contour ...

Liquor issue on ballot in Belpre

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BELPRE - Voters in Precinct 1-B in Belpre in November will vote on whether Kroger can operate a Spirits Shop near its store on Washington Boulevard. The Boards of Elections for Ohio and Washington County have certified enough signatures have been filed to put the issue on the Nov. 6 ...

Fair Weather: Heat, humidity good news for ice cream vendors

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Hot, humid, no breeze and a captive audience: there was a lot to like for an ice cream vendor on Labor Day at the Washington County State Fair. It meant Lowell resident Dan Lang was having a good day. Lang said he’s been coming to the fair for decades, first showing animals when he was a ...

Farm chore relay: Contestants choose individual approach for race

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It wasn’t a large field of entries, but it was quality competition. The farm chore relay on Sunday at the Washington County Fair drew four competitors, all in the under-18 category. “We had about 20 yesterday, there aren’t so many people on the grounds today,” Morgan McCoy said. ...

Williamstown Lions hold White Cane Day

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WILLIAMSTOWN — For nearly a century, the Lions Clubs around the world have worked to help those with sight issues and blindness and one local club continued its efforts to help. The Williamstown Lions Club held its annual White Cane Day fundraising event on Monday at the intersection of ...