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Coronavirus

Career Center starts some in-person classes

Board members of the Washington County Career Center Board of Education met Thursday evening to discuss the district's plans moving forward. The Adult Technical Division opened its doors to face-to-face classes on Monday. "We are taking many precautions and following social distance ...

Next Sweet Corn Fest to be 2021

From staff reports The 13th Annual Marietta Sweet Corn Festival has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021. The Sweet Corn Festival Committee met via Zoom on Monday and unanimously supported the postponement of the festival until July 16 and 17, 2021. The Sweet Corn Festival will ...

Excess deaths measure a work in progress for CDC

PARKERSBURG — The CDC this week revised a metric that showed higher-than-expected death statistics around the country but whose accuracy was inconsistent from state to state. A report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of April showed approximately ...

Most U.S. states fall short of recommended testing levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the COVID-19 testing levels that public health experts say are necessary to safely ease lockdowns and avoid another deadly wave of outbreaks, according to an Associated ...

Restaurants eye extra outdoor seating options

Marietta restaurants with permitted outdoor seating or with a private patio may begin serving food outdoors at their establishments today and in their dining rooms next week, if they follow distancing requirements under the Ohio health order. But, a minimum of six feet between tables or a ...

Tax revenue drops to impact city, county

City and county finances still have an uncertain future, according to administrators buckling up for the impact of COVID-19. The reason local governments are nervous? Without individuals traveling for more than essentials, gasoline tax revenues (which fund road repairs) auto sales tax ...

Cancellation of parade leads to questions on health department authority

It may be better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission when it comes to COVID-19-inspired parades, according to Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil. "To me, it seems like people on their porches and in their houses should be able to wave as a parade goes by… let's give people a ...

Childhood cancer group reroutes money to local families

A local group which helps families affected by childhood cancer has given $21,000 to assist 42 local household. The BrAva organization typically gives $20,000 to CureSearch in addition to helping local families, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, they voted as a committee to give the ...

Wine and Dash group grows in popularity

Groups of local residents are popping up all over Facebook who are looking to put a smile on someone's face. MOV Wine and Dash started May 6 and the private group is already up to 2,200 members. People join the group and there are albums for each area, such as Belpre, Marietta, north ...

Marietta retailers reopen

Though a power outage in downtown Marietta added a slight hiccup to retail reopening day, business owners said they were happy to be back Tuesday and cautiously optimistic about shoppers returning. "I'm not sure what this will bring," said Cheryl Lang, owner of A Unique Flower and Gift Shop as ...

WSCC students refurbish computers for local children

Wipe, repair and repurpose also applies to technology as two Washington State Community College students have worked for the last month to refurbish computers for children. "It's fun but also to give back and help these kids get their schoolwork done," said Nick Offenberger, 21, of ...

Lowell parade to honor of Fort Frye students

As a way to get the Lowell community involved in the community after two months of staying at home, a parade will wind its way through the village's streets Wednesday evening. "It's just because these kids have been inside and haven't been able to do anything," said Lowell-Adams Volunteer ...

First Lutheran Church establishes prayer wall

PARKERSBURG — The First Lutheran Church on 19th Street has established a prayer wall at 19th and Liberty streets on the fence of its community garden. The prayer station is among the many activities First Lutheran initiated during the pandemic to give parishioners, neighbors and everyone in ...

Apartment tenant alleges discrimination related to COVID-19

The institution of stay-at-home orders, and now safer-at-home orders in Ohio has caused alarm for those living in government-subsidized housing. Marietta City Law Director Paul Bertram forwarded a complaint of discrimination to the city's fair housing board in March in which a local housing ...

Riverfront Roar canceled

From staff reports Cancellation of the 2020 Marietta Riverfront Roar was made public Friday. The board of directors of the Marietta Riverfront Roar voted during a teleconference meeting on Thursday evening to cancel the 2020 event, scheduled for July 10-12. "It was a difficult decision to ...

Cookie business adapts for those staying at home

The Cookie Nook in Marietta is offering something new for people who want to break the monotony of sheltering in place. Duffy Sprague and Katie Warden, owners of the cookie shop, are now selling do-it-yourself cookie kits. "They are $10 each and inside the kit you get six blank cookies, three ...

Ohio restaurants, salons to reopen

New dates for reopening Ohio were announced Thursday, while some businesses in West Virginia are already up and running. Across the Ohio River, The Yellow Jacket Sweets and Eats in Williamstown opened for the season Thursday with curbside pickup, delivery and outdoor seating spaced seven feet ...

RIVERFRONT ROAR: Canceled

Marietta Riverfront Roar 2020 Canceled The Board of Directors of the Marietta Riverfront Roar voted during a teleconferenced meeting on Thursday evening to cancel the 2020 event, scheduled for July 10 – 12, 2020. “It was a difficult decision to make, but there are a lot of moving parts, ...

Marietta College looks toward post-pandemic future

The threat of a global pandemic and the need for social distancing have accelerated efforts by Marietta College to rethink how it will operate in the future, the president of the college said. President William Ruud said officials already are working on plans for a fall semester, but with so ...