25 years ago
Governor Richard Celeste attended bicentennial celebrations. He dedicated the levee fountain at the official opening ceremony.
A Parkersburg man intends to sue the city of Chicago for stealing his song. Four years before, he'd written a song for a promotional contest held in order to find a new theme song for the city. He claims his song, "Chicago Keeps Calling Me Home," was reworked into Chicago's new "Calling Me Home Chicago." He rewrote his original song into "Marietta Keeps Calling Me Home" for the bicentennial celebration. Chicago threatened a lawsuit to defend any "trade libel."
Belpre missed the vote on the proposed Washington County 911 system. The failure to vote for putting the issue on the ballot put an end to the countywide emergency telephone system.
In addition to Marietta Memorial Hospital's 6th annual Road Run, there will also be a 5-kilometer walk. The course has been changed from primarily hills to flatter areas to help encourage family participation. The new course is also wheelchair accessible.
25 years ago
Washington County Courthouse employees worked in no air conditioning. Commissioners rented four fans from D&R Rental to help cool the building.
If a domestic violence case is filed, it is now required that the accuser appear in person for a hearing at court to drop it.
Artsbridge opened a visitor center to promote Blennerhassett Island and other Marietta and Parkersburg tourist attractions.
100 years ago
The Marietta Daily Times began using a new printing press that prints 5,000 papers per hour.
A Marietta man fell nearly 25 feet while working on a train trestle in Waverly, W.Va. He is expected to make a full recovery.
A new postmaster has been selected for Marietta.