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Coronavirus

Local testing options employ different techniques, procedures

Testing for coronavirus infection varies in procedure, timeline and cost by the providers in the Mid-Ohio Valley offering the option for out-patient analysis. Through first-person accounts provided by administrators of the test and independent experiences, the following compares the four ...

Warren High announces graduation days

Warren High School graduation will be live-streamed over the final three days of July, replacing the traditional full-crowd gathering hoped for this summer. “We’ll run it more like a whole bunch of individual graduations, but live stream the whole thing,” explained Principal Ryan Lemley ...

Washington, Athens counties at elevated risk for COVID-19

Washington and Athens counties were among those with elevated risk levels for coronavirus community spread that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. ‘We had 18 counties move from yellow to orange” said DeWine, describing the elevation from a level 1 (yellow) to level 2 (orange) risk ...

MHS Prom and in-person graduation canceled

Marietta High School’s prom and in-person graduation are canceled this year. “Looking at the numbers and with the 10-person (gathering) limit still in effect it was a tough decision,” said Principal Chad Rinard. “We wanted to give that closure to the 2020 class but putting 250 to ...

Gov. Justice delays W.Va. school start to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced ...

COVID means change for driving tests

Taking a driving test by following an instructor's directions through the streets of Marietta may be a thing of the past. Those signing up to take their driving test now will follow a closed course through cones instead of a street course. Lindsey Bohrer, assistant director of the Ohio ...

Churches begin holding in-person services

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

County library locations to re-open

After being closed for months, most of the branches of the Washington County Public Library will open on Monday. Although the libraries have been offering curbside service, this will be the first time the stacks are open to the public for several months. With the exception of the Lafayette ...

Three local agencies get COVID funds

Three Washington County agencies will soon receive nearly $79,000 to cover COVID-19 expenses. The Belpre Police Department, the Marietta College Police Department and Marietta Municipal Court will get their budgets in the next few days to see what exactly is funded. Marietta College Police ...

Fort Frye BOE discusses fall classes

BEVERLY — Fort Frye Local Schools board of education discussed similar preparations other Washington County districts have adopted over the last two weeks during its regular board meeting Tuesday. Like Frontier Local adopted Monday, Fort Frye passed two resolutions related to coronavirus ...

Virtual, in-person camps being held

Children who are looking for something to do this summer can still sign up for summer camp, with a mix of online and in-person options available. The Castle Museum is holding a virtual history camp as well as an in-person archeology camp in the next few weeks. "We're having our virtual ...

Health officials recommend watching fireworks from car

The Fourth of July is a time for family, grilling out and fireworks. This year, the fireworks displays will be scarce. Roger Coffman, Washington County Health commissioner, said he hasn’t had conversations with anyone about fireworks this year. “We can give them instructions,” he ...

New business thrives despite pandemic

McCONNELSVILLE — One week open, and the newest addition to the Morgan County seat has been met with patrons as young as 9 months and as old as 90 filling, with social distance, tables and the bar top. "We've had whole families come in, they ordered pizza, or Saturday had the food truck," ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival goes online this year

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will go virtual this year starting at 6 p.m. today. More information, a schedule and links to the performances are available at movmcf.org and the Facebook page facebook.com/MOVMCF/. The first virtual event will be held through ...

Washington County fairs will go on

As Ohio venues continue reopening after the curve of infection slowed for coronavirus, farm families and fair boards alike are prepared to show off the months of work children put in each year with their market projects. Officials at all three of the fairs in Washington County have confirmed ...

Peoples Bank Theatre starts online concert series

Vienna resident John Walsh had an unusual concert last weekend as he played to a mostly empty Peoples Bank Theatre. The performance was part of a live streamed series to raise money for the theater's operating expenses. "The reality is, I was playing for who knows how many people, so that ...

Retired teachers have odd good-bye but cherish careers

Most retiring teachers get a chance to say goodbye to their students in person, but some local teachers didn't get that chance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marietta resident Pam Stephanik spent most of her 43 years teaching at Putnam Elementary School. When she retired June 1, she was ...

New wave of businesses open

As part of Responsible RestartOhio, more local venues can open, although many are opting to wait. Places such as museums, movie theaters, outdoor playgrounds and public recreation centers can open as long as they follow retail, consumer, service and entertainment guidelines. Campus Martius ...

Career center back to in-person classes

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic's spread into the Midwest, Wyatt Jones, 19, of Parkersburg, was let go. "I was working at a pizza place and they had to lay a bunch of people off," Jones explained. Many restaurants faced the same predicament, without customers to serve at tables and ...

COVID-19 case at North Central Regional Jail

PARKERSBURG — The last Mid-Ohio Valley county to record a positive COVID-19 case has one, while Washington County health officials say they are no longer monitoring any active cases. A positive case is expected to be added to Doddridge County, said county Health Department Administrator ...