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Coronavirus

EVE Inc. offers mask advice to survivors of assault

Many would agree wearing a mask is not exactly comfortable, but for domestic and sexual assault survivors, it can trigger strong, negative emotions. EVE Inc., an organization in Marietta that helps men and women who may be in these situations, gave some tips for people who may have negative ...

Court adapts to pandemic, cases progress

Despite COVID restrictions, court cases are still moving forward at the Washington County Courthouse. Several cases, including those of Kendall Richards and Devin Lindsey, were completed this year, with others extending into the new year. “Ones that are more complicated are being ...

Peoples Bank donates $100K to COVID-19 relief

From staff reports Peoples Bank President and CEO Chuck Sulerzyski presented a $100,000 matching gift Friday to the Memorial Health Foundation for Memorial Health System for COVID-19 relief. “The COVID-19 pandemic has surged in our region in the last several weeks. We are so lucky to have ...

Williamstown lights up for holiday

Williamstown celebrated the spirit of the holidays and gave back with its first Light Up The Town socially-distanced celebration on Thursday. Santa, his elves and even the Grinch rode around town in an escort led by the fire and police departments to wave to residents and encourage joy amidst ...

Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program distributes gifts in Marietta

Approximately 560 Washington County children will have presents under the Christmas tree as a result of this year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Marietta. Gifts were distributed drive-thru style at the rear of the fair board office at the Washington County Fairgrounds on ...

Camden Clark Medical Center receives vaccine

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine shots in Parkersburg were given out at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center on Tuesday. Issued out at 6 a.m., the first two to receive the shots were the hospital’s Emergency Department Director Brian Richardson and David Gnegy, President of ...

Board of Health closes out 2020

The Washington County Board of Health met for its final regular business meeting of 2020 Monday to close out the year’s accounts and discuss constraints of funding for coronavirus contact tracing. The board, minus the absent president, also unanimously voted to discontinue the ...

Marietta schools go fully remote

After classes conclude this week, Marietta City Schools students will stay home the first two weeks of instruction in 2021. Superintendent Will Hampton asked the district’s board of education on Monday to approve the option to remain fully remote for all students following the winter ...

Wolf Creek BOE hears teacher survey results

WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Local Board of Education was apprised of results from a recent teacher survey during Monday evening’s meeting. Sara Beardsley and Sharon Baumgard, co-presidents of the Wolf Creek Local Education Association, said 45 of the 53 members of the organization ...

How to translate COVID data

Multiple data points, data sources and entities contacting each other and state offices to track a pandemic can mean translating reported daily data from a summary map becomes confusing. For example, Thursday’s death records from the Ohio Disease Reporting System for Washington County show ...

Washington County continues to see more cases

According to Thursday’s Ohio Disease Reporting System data, 41 Washington County residents who have been diagnosed with coronavirus have also died, though only 31 deaths are logged as due to the virus and two are logged as probably due to the virus on the county map dashboard produced by the ...

Teachers’ union organizes peaceful demonstration

Tense times are calling on individuals who work together to exercise emotional discipline this year and seek avenues for peaceful protest and difficult, but necessary, dialogue. Marietta City Schools are no exception. The city school district’s teacher union organized a demonstration ...

Washington County and Noble County reach red in Ohio advisory system

Today's coronavirus data in Ohio has pushed Washington and Noble counties into high alert. Morgan County schools went remote until Christmas, according to a robocall that notified families last night. Warren Local Schools in Washington County will remain hybrid (separated student populations ...

Humane Society closes due to COVID-19

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley hopes to reopen Thursday after closing due to an employee testing positive for COVID. “We are scheduled to reopen on Thursday as long as we have no one else test positive,” Madison Barnett, feline kennel tech, said. She said they have been keeping ...

Board of Health officially accepts Coffman resignation

The Washington County Board of Health officially accepted the resignation of Department Administrator Roger Coffman on Monday in a special business meeting. Coffman resigned in the last special meeting of the board, during executive session on Nov. 23. But since Ohio public meeting laws ...

Santa appearances adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

Although COVID has dampened some Christmas cheer this season, kids still have the opportunity to see Santa Claus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Oak Grove on Sunday aboard one of Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s trucks for their annual Santa Run. Chaplain Gary Doan said the Santa ...

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 ...