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Coronavirus

Case numbers slowing in some local counties

By the end of May, only four people were still being monitored for symptoms of coronavirus in Washington County, and no new cases have been added to the 117 from a week ago. "All the numbers that we're doing is from a case perspective for the whole county," explained Sherry Ellem, public ...

Daycares, camps reopen with adjustments

Day camps and daycare centers reopened in Marietta Monday with limited capacity but still spots are open for families needing child care. "Usually the first day back in the summer we have 55 to 60 kids here and will get up between 70 to 80 through the season, but we are restricting ourselves ...

City works on backup plans for streets

With state funding uncertain for some city 2020 asphalt paving projects, Marietta City Council members are looking to contingency plans to still address "orphan" streets this fall while other projects move forward. Orphan streets are roads and alleys otherwise ineligible for state and federal ...

Williamstown celebrates grads

WILLIAMSTOWN – Williamstown High School celebrated its graduating class Friday with a parade, virtual awards ceremony and a video presentation showing pictures of the graduating class. "I am glad the weather held up enough to do the parade, but wish they didn't have to miss out on so much," ...

Restaurants use closures to renovate

When health restrictions due to coronavirus began limiting restaurant foot traffic in March, some local businesses took the uncertain time as an opportunity to remodel, renovate and refresh their spaces. "We did extensive work, some of the stuff we did, we couldn't have done without a ...

Ohio children to get SNAP benefits for summer

Students who are eligible for free and reduce price meals will receive a one-time bonus to help them eat this summer. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will send out SNAP benefits to every child in Ohio who qualify for the free and reduced price meals. About 850,000 Ohio children ...

Community Action gets grants for meals

Donations and grants through Meals on Wheels America and AARP are helping keep local seniors fed during the pandemic. About six weeks ago, Meals on Wheels America offered grants for senior meals, said Washington-Morgan Community Action Executive Director David Brightbill. "We applied for ...

Cancellation of ice cream socials hits VFD budgets

A summer staple for many Washington County residents is the ice cream social at their local fire department. Along with most activities this summer, ice cream socials are being canceled due to COVID-19. "About everybody has something as a fundraiser," said Mark Wile, Warren Volunteer Fire ...

Food, child care services being set up for youth this summer

At the start of closures due to coronavirus, local nonprofit boards were among the first to look at summer food needs for children and act. Those decisions will soon be implemented, providing food and child care this summer. "Our boards made the decisions when we still didn't know if or how ...

Aquatic center among pools to remain closed

Due to health restrictions still required in Ohio for pools after May 31, the Marietta Aquatic Center will not reopen in 2020. "This was an extremely tough decision," said Marietta Safety-Service Director Steve Wetz Wednesday after the public announcement. "We've been talking about it for a ...

O’Neill Center offering two senior food services during shutdown

Two O'Neill Center projects are helping Washington County seniors get through the COVID-19 pandemic. The first project helps seniors with their groceries. "Basically all of our services were shut down," said Connie Huntsman, O'Neill Center executive director. "We had to find a way to reach ...

Warren plans end-of-school-year parades

From staff reports Warren Local Schools will hold end of school activities for Little Hocking and Warren elementaries, as well as Warren High seniors. On Friday, a car parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. for Warren High seniors. Seniors can decorate their cars, although people must stay in ...

Schools reel from state budget cuts

Though the spring five-year financial forecast is due at the end of May for local public school districts, treasurers are saying projections can't be relied upon due to the impacts coronavirus. "After this school year closes we may be able to project, but it also depends on how quickly people ...

Township trustees prepare for budget cuts

As a result of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order to slow down the coronovirus, counties were told they should expect at least a 20 percent drop in sales tax revenue for the rest of 2020. The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently sent township fiscal officers a letter ...

Marietta purchases devices for each student

One device per student. That's the direction Marietta City Schools is headed for the 2020-21 school year and other local districts may be doing the same. The way it works, explained Director of Curriculum and Technology Jona Hall during Marietta's board of education meeting Monday, is like a ...

Parades to be considered on case-by-case basis

Three formal school parades and one informal neighborhood parade are on the calendar this week, needing clarification as to whether they'd be shut down by the Washington County Health Department. Last week, a food drive/children's parade scheduled by the Lowell Fire Department was canceled by ...

“Visitation stations” now in place at some nursing homes

Though hugs for loved ones in a nursing home are still not on the table, a face-to-face visit with some sort of barrier or distance is now possible. At both of the Continuing Healthcare Solutions' facilities in Washington County, Belpre's Landing and Muskingum Skilled Nursing and ...

U.S. and European leaders worry about lack of vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop. In separate stark warnings, two major European ...

“We had to get out”; Local residents enjoy restaurant re-openings

With an eye on gray clouds, some early birds snagged a patio seat at the few food services offering outdoor seating for reopening day Friday. "We had to get out, and so celebrating his preschool graduation today was perfect," said Kyle Medlin, of Waterford, as he joined his wife Tisa and son ...