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Coronavirus

Pandemic causes schools to grapple with staffing

Virtual options are on the table still for public school districts and their families in Washington County, but one factor that’s not state-color-code dependent is the availability of staff to keep the physical doors open. “Last week, we had one day with 16 unfilled absences,” explained ...

Show the discussion of the Life and Purpose Behavioral Health new talk show

New online talk show being filmed locally

A new online talk show filmed in Muskingum Township airs its fourth episode today at 6:15 p.m. The host: Doug Pfeifer, CEO of Life and Purpose Behavioral Health. The show: Therapy Talk. The platform: YouTube. The first two episodes feature Pfeifer and Director of Clinical Services Janice ...

Owner elects to close Harmar Tavern, Spagna’s

Two popular eateries on Marietta’s west side have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the owner hopes to reopen both Harmar Tavern and Spagna’s eventually. “As we watch the number of confirmed COVID cases and increased deaths, we have made the difficult decision to close both ...

Finance committee discusses stimulus; HVAC, homelessness

Another $443,204.45 in federal stimulus funds is up for grabs within Marietta city government as legislators and administrators search for eligible spends of extra funds distributed to city coffers. The funds, received Monday, are a part of approximately $1.2 million in CARES Act dollars the ...

Ohio hospital numbers released

Ohio’s COVID-19 cases are surging for the third time, and social media channels have exploded with anecdotes describing how much space there is available at area hospitals. Some “undercover” videos show patients roaming empty wards. Other posts tell tearful stories by doctors and nurses ...

Washington County Health Department without an administrator again

The Health Administrator for the Washington County Health Department resigned Monday during one of two executive sessions in a special meeting of the department’s board. Roger Coffman, 62, of Tunnel, was appointed to the role of administrator in September of last year following a tumultuous ...

BREAKING: No visitors at Memorial Health System

Memorial Health System announced today increased restrictions to prevent coronavirus spread as the valley faces a continued rise in cases: no visitors. "Starting November 24, we will not be allowing visitors into our facilities. Visitor exceptions for pediatrics, end of life care, maternity ...

Marietta BOE talks COVID-19

Updates regarding COVID-19 and the school facilities were discussed during Monday’s meeting of the Marietta City Schools Board of Education. Superintendent Will Hampton began by talking about some of the challenges the coronavirus has brought to the school system. A major issue is a lack ...

Virus cases spike over weekend

Confirmed cases of coronavirus again spiked over the weekend in the Mid-Ohio Valley. From reports by Ohio and West Virginia health authorities, Ohio jumped in confirmed cases state-wide by 14,869 new reports between Friday and Sunday and 1,127 new probable cases, with 41 deaths. West Virginia ...

Arts Council announces grants

By Janelle Patterson Staff Reporter The Ohio Arts Council announced the investment of $20 million in CARES Act funding to arts organizations Thursday. In Southern and Eastern Ohio, four counties saw a total of $480,500, while Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan and Noble ...

Belpre City Schools has COVID-19 update

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley held a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday evening to give an update about the recent rise of positive COVID-19 cases in the area potentially causing Belpre City Schools to go with full-remote learning in the near future due to the ...

MOVP presents online show today

Staff Report The Mid-Ohio Valley Players WMOVP Radio Theatre returns to cyberspace with a Thanksgiving episode of “Fathers Knows Best” at 8 p.m. today on Zoom. WMOVP Radio Theatre was created early in the pandemic when live theater was closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 ...

41 students, 2 staffers from Belpre Elem. quarantined

BELPRE — A positive COVID-19 case and a probable case per CDC guidelines were confirmed at Belpre Elementary School amongst non-teaching staff Wednesday in a press release on the Belpre City Schools website. According to the release from Belpre Elementary Principal Lauren Keeling, contact ...

Belpre municipal buildings closed

Belpre municipal buildings, including the city building and Senior Center, will be closed to the public starting today as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. “It just seemed like the thing to do right now until we get a grip on these cases,” Mayor Mike Lorentz said. Limited ...

Coronavirus closes after school care; state restrictions increase

Ely Chapman Education Foundation in Marietta has suspended its supplemental education programs (before, during and after school) until at least after Thanksgiving. “Effective Nov. 16, all day and afterschool programs are suspended. According to the Marietta-Belpre Health Department, the ...

Spike in positive COVID-19 cases prompts new concerns

Confirmed cases of coronavirus jumped by 36 new reports between Wednesday and Thursday in Washington County, the most recent expansion of the 221 new cases reported in the county within the last two weeks. With those cases including students and staff within Marietta City Schools, the district ...

Belpre Elementary honors veterans

BELPRE — Unable to hold their annual Veterans Day assembly inside Belpre Elementary School on Wednesday, students and faculty still showed their appreciation to veterans by decorating the school and offering a Veterans Day drive-thru Thursday evening. On display was artwork done by the ...

Update: MCS Cohort 1 students will be in buildings Monday

UPDATE: Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton said Cohort 1 students will be in buildings Monday, while Cohort 2 students will attend classes remotely next week. Additional cases confirmed with students and staff have necessitated the shift. Marietta City Schools COVID-19 ...

DeWine: Ohio ramping up mask rules

Warning shots were fired Wednesday evening from the pulpit of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. DeWine’s coronavirus briefing opened with hope for developments of a vaccine, but within a minute, his warning hinged on the third wave of infection plaguing Ohioans. “We’re now seeing a third spike, ...

Ohio National Guard administers free COVID-19 test

Nearly 200 local residents were administered a free coronavirus test Wednesday in Marietta. Administered by the Ohio National Guard, this was the second public drive-thru and walk-up testing held at the corner of Third and Butler streets. Tom Perry, Marietta College’s vice president for ...