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Matamoras Minute: The Machetanz Family

The Machetanz family was part of the German community in Matamoras. The patriarch was Gottfried, born in 1808 in Saxony. In Germany he and his wife Maria, who was born in 1814, had ten children. In 1858 the family, then consisting of eight living children, came to the United States and ...

Staying connected during COVID

Friends are important to positive youth development. Developing friendships is about more than just having a good time; friendships teach children very important life lessons like communication, conflict resolution and cooperation. Friendships are important to social and emotional development, ...

Dealing with unwanted guest during holidays

The holiday season is the culmination of the year. November and December bring times of celebrating with family, friends and the community. Occasionally, we have to deal with someone that makes the holidays less enjoyable, like Cousin Eddie in “Christmas Vacation.” This year, we all have ...

What precautions are you taking?

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are our pride and joy, and I am sure you have heard the expression, “Had I known grandchildren would be so much fun - I would have had them first,” that sounds funny, but it is very true. Children are blessing to us from above and are sent to ...

Matamoras Minute: Small gatherings

To follow up on the topic of last week’s column there were other sites round and about Matamoras where smaller picnics were traditionally held. These included Cline’s Grove in Monroe County. Located beyond Brownsville it was near Greenbrier. The Cline family was only one of the groups who ...

There may be a hero in the cubicle beside you

Sometimes you don’t have to look far to find a hero. It isn’t always a masked man or grand caped entrance that tips you off to the noble lion heart. Heroes are all among us. At United Way we believe our donors, volunteers and advocates are all cape worthy! They join us in the ...

Matamoras Minute: Better roads

Those familiar with Main and Front Streets in Matamoras observe the height from the road surface to the sidewalk. It varies from 25 inches to nearly level. The greatest step height is 14 inches. The first three blocks of Main Street heading west and Front Street traveling north require anyone ...

Make your plan to vote in the 2020 election

One of the most important parts of our constitution is “We the people.” Without, you, the person voting for his/her elected officials, we would have no democracy, no freedom, no liberty, no pursuit of happiness. The United States could become an authoritarian government. Every election is ...

The O’Neill Center celebrates National Senior Center Month The

While the world has been turned upside down for many over the past several months due to COVID-19, the staff of The O’Neill Center and Belpre Senior Center have been busy figuring out their reopening plans. Events and activities that have been put on hold are slowly but surely returning. ...

United Way introduces new campaign chairperson

Each year our United Way invites a community leader to serve as our campaign chairperson. It is an annual selection where we seek to find a “face of the campaign”... someone who has been our champion and advocate. Someone who truly understands what we do and the importance of our ...

Energy Optimizers, USA donates new tractor to ‘Green Acres’

A big farm requires a big tractor and that’s exactly what the Noble Local School District has thanks to one of its ongoing corporate partnerships. Energy Optimizers, USA, which has done a significant portion of the construction around the school campus in recent years, provided the district ...

Giving to our kids

“Our students, from the youngest to the oldest, deserve the best our community can give to them.” Pretty simple words from Andy Brooks, superintendent of Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. But they could not be more true. Marietta Community Foundation is close to reaching its goal in ...

Long-time Marietta Times editor says good-bye

For the last several weeks, I've been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I've spent most of my career, first as a reporter and then as ...

Matamoras Minute: Dentistry

The profession of dentistry has a long history in Matamoras. Early in the 1880s Dr. Madison Williamson opened a dentist office on the lower end of Third Street near the school house. He then moved to an office on Main Street. About 1888 he left town to set up a practice in Moundsville, West ...

Matamoras Minute: Fourth of July tragedies

This week we take a look at the more tragic events of July 4th in Matamoras. The holiday seems to hold some degree of recklessness for the area. There are three years in particular that were especially evident of this inclination. Early in the 1850s on the eve of the celebration a large crowd ...

Behavioral health in the LGBTQ+ community

Mental health, substance use disorders, suicidal ideations, and other various behavioral health issues do not discriminate and effect people of all ages, race, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender, and religions. As the month of June comes to an end, it provides the opportunity to highlight ...

Millennials should take note of Eric Blair

To my Millennial friends, Your social justice fervor has taken on a revolutionary hue, but not in a 1776 sense. Today looks more like 1789, in France. Or 1918, in Russia. Please listen to one of your own, Eric. Eric, a white prep-school educated son of civil servants, has described himself ...

Matamoras Minute: Automobile industry

Another enterprise in which C.C. Stover played a prominent role in the economy of Matamoras encompassed a fundamental change in industry. He early saw the proverbial “handwriting on the wall” and hitched his wagon onto the coming of the automobile age. The country was moving from horse ...

Upcoming summer youth camp planned

The pandemic has certainly changed the normal routine for many people, and youth have been especially effected. Taking classes online, at home, has brought about a distinct change in the amount of face-to-face interaction that young people have. With plans still unknown for the fall, many ...

Matamoras Minute: Oil and gas

The Stover leases were the center of oil development in the Matamoras fields. But those leases brought in numerous other oil operators who found the pay to be in quantities sufficient to maintain their presence in the area. Oil and gas were found in all directions from town. The Pure Oil ...