2018 election

Ritter wins GOP race for commissioner

Kevin Ritter celebrated with friends and family Tuesday after the contested primary election for county commissioner resulted in Ritter’s Republican nomination. Ritter will go on to face James Raney, a Democrat, in the General Election on Nov. 6. “We start working hard tomorrow. The ...

Children Services levy wins by more than 1,000 votes

With the cost of foster placement to Washington County Children Services rising exponentially, an independent committee promoted a 0.55-mill levy to support the program. On Tuesday, voters showed their approval: the measure passed by more than 1,000 votes. Committee co-chair Mike Webber ...

Belpre Schools’ levy approved

Voters approved an emergency operating levy for Belpre City Schools Tuesday by a margin of 160 votes. The levy passed with 959 votes for and 799 votes against. The 10-year levy will generate $1.5 million a year for the school system. Officials say the school system will run out of money by ...

Common pleas judge: Triplett to face Brooker

The Republican primary for Washington County Common Pleas Judge was a very tight race from the moment the polls closed Tuesday evening. The eventual winner was John Triplett, who earned 3,467 of the Republican votes to John Halliday’s 3,311. There were a total of 7,179 Republican ballots ...

Livengood wins write-in duel for auditor

Handwritten votes made the results of the primary race for county auditor the last to be tallied Tuesday. Washington County Board of Elections Member Jim Huggins said 1,832 votes were cast between the two Republican write-in candidates. "These will be recounted in the morning, but we ...

Township voters approve levies

From staff reports Four township renewal and replacement levies and one additional township levy were passed by Washington County voters in Tuesday’s election. In West Muskingum Township, voters approved a five-year, 4-mill renewal levy for fire and emergency medical services. The levy ...

Results from surrounding counties

From staff reports Local contested elections in neighboring counties resulted in the ejections of two Republican incumbents. Sitting commissioners Tim Van Horn in Morgan County and Virgil Thompson in Noble County both finished third in three-way races for the Republican nominations. In ...

Ford wins 12th term as Williamstown mayor

WILLIAMSTOWN — With all precincts reporting there will be a change in the makeup of the Williamstown City Council in July. In unofficial totals for the May 2018 election, incumbent councilman Ron Erb finished third and the council’s newest member will be Jim Parker. Incumbent Marty ...

Wood BOE election results

PARKERSBURG -- The Wood County Board of Education will welcome three new members in July. Candidates Rick Olcott, Justin Raber and Debbie Hendershot were elected to the board Tuesday evening. Olcott received 5,200 votes, Raber received 5,180, and Hendershot received 4,983. The new board ...

Governor’s fight highlights Ohio primary election

By Julie Carr Smyth The Associated Press COLUMBUS— A former consumer watchdog under President Barack Obama pushed into the final days of an unexpectedly close Democratic gubernatorial primary in Ohio against an ex-congressman with a catchy populist slogan. In final ads headed into ...

Voters can still cast early ballots

Out of the 43,000 registered voters in Washington County, fewer than 5 percent have come forward to vote so far in the primary election. Polling day is Tuesday, but voting machines at the county board of elections office on Davis Avenue have been open for early in-person voting for ...

Schools seek levy support from Belpre Council

BELPRE - Representatives of Belpre City Schools went before Belpre City Council Monday, seeking support for an emergency operating levy before voters in May. The school district is seeking a 10-year levy which would generate $1.5 million a year for the school system. Officials say the ...

Sewer fight dominates commissioners’ race

With four county commissioner candidates to pick from in this year’s election cycle, planned action in the Devola sewer debate could change. It’s a multi-faceted issue that has brought about two current lawsuits against current commissioners for not following Ohio Environmental ...

Children Services seeks money

Mike Webber likes to say it will cost $20 a year. Doug Mallett prefers to say five cents a day. Either way, they figure, it’s not much to ask for when the future of the county’s children is at stake. Webber is co-chair of the Foster Placement Levy committee, a group dedicated to ...