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Food pantry blessed with multiple donations

Thursday was a day of thanks at the Gospel Mission Food Pantry. "We have been so very blessed," said executive director Candy Waite after the Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon of West Virginia and Ohio of the Marine Corps Veterans Association dropped of a $150 check to support groceries at the pantry. ...

Fate of summer pool openings, festivals still up in the air

This spring's COVID-19 pandemic may mean there will be fewer activities this summer. It has already been announced that the Belpre Pool will not open, but the fates of other community pools are not so clear. "Right now, the way it looks, we won't be opening until later, if at all," said ...

Memorial may be past COVID peak, relaxes some visitor rules

Representatives from the Memorial Health System held an online press conference Wednesday to discuss new and continuing safeguards. Scott Cantley, president and CEO, said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has said to resume business operations from a health care standpoint, and the first step is to ...

Nearly 90-year-old busy making hundreds of masks

Though her glasses are rose-colored, her vision of service to others is still practical, as she's made hundreds of masks through the pandemic. "I feel that God gave me the gift to do it, so I'm going to help," said Hettie Reed, 89, of Watertown Township. "If you're able to work, you need to ...

Marietta College helps international students during pandemic

While COVID-19 and a nationwide shutdown of schools and businesses has been challenging for all residents, international students in particular have faced additional hurdles. Marietta College President William Ruud said administrators have taken additional steps during the shutdown to make ...

MOV Players preparing encore radio show

Staff Report Last week’s premier by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players social distance theater was so successful, the community theater group will continue with a second installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday. Presented by electronic means and online, the Mother’s Day show will be a ...

Veterans services back in full swing

Service to those who served is back in full swing for two local agencies. The Washington County Veterans Service Commission not only swore in another commissioner, David Fitzgerald, Tuesday, but is also back to staffing its office and making appointments to aid local servicemen and women of ...

Peoples Bank donated to food pantries

Peoples Bank, will donate $250,000 to Peoples Bank Foundation Inc. to be used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release, the majority of the funds are expected to be donated to food banks and food pantries in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. "Part of being a true ...

Marietta College weathers COVID changes

Marietta College President William Ruud said administrators, students and faculty had little time to adapt to remote learning during the COVID-19 shutdown. Schools and colleges throughout Ohio and the United States closed in mid-March as part of an effort to slow and stop the spread of ...

Groups find new ways to battle substance abuse

PARKERSBURG – Despite the pandemic, organizations are combating the substance abuse issue by coming up with ways to engage with clients and other residents. With in-person meetings and group gatherings temporarily suspended, the focus is shifted to providing informational webinars, ...

Belpre first-grader gives love to first responders

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That's what little boys are supposed to be made of. Michelle Duley said her 7-year-old son, Carter, is much more than that. "He's a giving person. He really does have a heart of gold," she said. Carter expanded that gift of giving as he visited local ...

Country Roads Food Drive to help West Virginians

Staff Report PARKERSBURG - Donations will be accepted today for a statewide food drive in West Virginia. The Country Roads Food Drive collection and fundraiser will help feed families across West Virginia during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...

First wave of local businesses reopen

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's Stay Safe Ohio order went into effect Friday, allowing for the opening of some businesses. The order is in effect until May 29, or until modified by the governor's office. Businesses allowed to open Friday were dental and veterinary offices. Sites that offer elective ...

COVID grants available for justice system

Nearly $16 million in criminal justice grant funding is now available through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Agencies that can apply for funding include local law enforcement, probation and parole offices, local courts, victim service providers, and adult, juvenile and community ...

Kindergarten registration see changes

Kindergarten registration for local school districts is usually an end-of-winter or early-spring activity. "We're still having ours, but the usual way we do things where it's like a college sport signing and the kindergartener gets to leave with a backpack can't happen right now," said Kyle ...

Facial protection can be a trigger for some

Last week, Dawn Nau, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, went to the grocery store for the first time since wearing a mask became mandatory in her state. For someone with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, this was a huge task. “To be honest, I thought I was being brave,” she said. ...

Marietta schools reaching out for digital input

An online survey resource first discussed by the Marietta City Schools Board of Education in December is seeing a renewed interest as the continued pandemic has kept students home from school. Thought Exchange is a digital platform that allows for thoughts and questions to be ranked by ...

Marietta company making, giving away mask filters

Skuttle IAQ Products are giving away filter sheets that can be used inside of cloth masks. This filter material is a MERV 11 filter which is made for reducing dust in the home and filtering out particles that are as small as 1.0 microns, but is not as effective against the coronavirus ...

Belpre pool won’t open this year

BELPRE – The Belpre City Pool won't be opening in 2020. Mayor Mike Lorentz said he made the decision because current guidance from state officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic dictates the pool can't open until late May at the earliest. With the facility traditionally closing around the ...

Some businesses prepare to reopen

Local business owners are still scratching their heads on the changes in guidance from state leaders as they look to reopen this month in a staggered start. "Monday, everything was one way, then Tuesday things were different, it's been confusing," said Elyse Gorby, sales lead of Marietta ...