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Marietta City Schools distributing laptops, tablets

Lines formed at Marietta City Schools academic buildings Wednesday for the first of three days of device distribution. “Hi! What’s your student’s name?” Brittany Schob, Marietta Middle School Principal began, as she greeted families driving up the hill in a single-file coned line. ...

Fire departments plan new ways to raise funds

Dine-in sales and bass tournaments are some of the ways local volunteer fire departments are raising money this summer. Mark Wile, president of the Washington County Fire Chief's Association, said the coronavirus has put a damper on every department's budget. Having to buy extra safety ...

Development Authority navigates unusual year

PARKERSBURG — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact local businesses to varying degrees and has impacted the business community throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. The annual membership meeting of the Wood County Development Authority and The Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development ...

Pandemic restrictions in place for local fairs

The Waterford Fair kicks off Thursday with hogs arriving at the community fairgrounds that evening. “Then the show is starting at 8 a.m. Friday and that usually goes throughout the day,” said Bruce Zimmer, 4-H and youth development extension educator with the Ohio State University. ...

Town House cited for violating executive order

The Town House in Marietta was cited Friday night after receiving complaints of violations of an executive order signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to control the spread of the virus. The order, which went into effect July 31, requires all liquor permit establishments that sell alcohol for ...

Wood County commissioners discuss positive COVID-19 test

PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials Monday continued to deal with the pandemic. County Commission President Blair Couch confirmed a third employee has tested positive while a fourth employee has tested negative. ‘‘(The fourth employee) is the blessing today,’’ Couch said. ‘‘We ...

Families looking for flexibility from employers

After selecting blended learning or remote learning with your child’s school, what’s next? Coordinate device pickup for each child, check. Figure out how to work Google classroom, check. Buy masks and water bottles for each kid, check. Map out the days they’re in the building and ...

MOVP takes virtual route to raise funds and entertain

The Mid-Ohio Valley Players returns with is next presentation of social distance theater at 7 p.m. with the WMOVP Radio Theatre and a segment from the “Life of Riley.” The troupe will present the episode “The Rileys’ First Date” on the Zoom platform. Vanessa Rake portrays the young ...

Gov. DeWine sets mask mandate for children in school

All children in Ohio over the age of 2 years, will be required this school year to wear a mask or facial covering in all K-12 schools in the state. “The schools are making decisions and parents are making decisions about how to go back to school and I know that there is a great deal of ...

Wood BOE buys masks, water stations

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday approved the purchase of face masks and water bottle refilling stations in anticipation of the 2020-21 school year. The purchases are to help students and staff remain safe while attending in-person classes this fall during the ...

Volunteers needed as in-state tourism sees boost

Out-of-state travel may have fallen off the 2020 vacation plans due to coronavirus, but as local museums continue scheduling tours with travelers coming from around Ohio, the need for volunteers has increased. “We’ve had a lot of (inquiries) from Ohio; Dayton, Akron, Cincinnati, ...

Marietta BOE discusses levies, public opinions

Two levies were considered in the Marietta City Schools Board of Education special meeting Thursday alongside a summary of public questions concerning the two approved-by-board-vote options for school return this fall. Questions answered by Superintendent Will Hampton: What happens to ...

Ohio reduces county fairs to junior livestock fairs only

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Day cares can return to normal staffing ratios, but county fairs will be reduced to junior fairs featuring livestock competitions for children and teens, without the usual rides, games and grandstand events, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday in his latest updates about ...

Warren Local sets guidelines for fall re-entry

The Warren Local Board of Education set guidelines for reopening schools during its meeting Monday evening. The school year for Warren High and Warren Middle schools will start Aug. 27. The elementary school year will start Sept. 21, due to the construction of the new school. Superintendent ...

Belpre gives information on virtual school

BELPRE - Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley says parents must weigh the pros and cons of in-person learning versus virtual school for their students as the district prepares to reopen at the end of August. Parents are asked to indicate by Aug. 3 whether their children will return ...

River City Farmers Market ready to open Saturday

The River City Farmers Market is geared up for peak produce season for its debut this Saturday in downtown Marietta. “We are ready, we’re excited and think we have about four spots open if someone wants to join us for our opening day,” said Board Member Tom Fagan. “Last weekend we ...

Marietta BOE approves fall re-entry plan

Marietta City Schools Board of Education approved its coronavirus fall re-entry plan for students and staff Monday. “None of this is perfect, it’s the best we can do with what we know and what we have,” said Superintendent Will Hampton. Families will have two options per 9-week ...

Belpre Schools holds online forum

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools held an online public forum Monday to discuss this fall’s reopening plans. The planned opening on Aug. 24 will follow numerous state and federal guidelines to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Superintendent Jeff Greenley led ...

Gov. Justice plans aid for fairs, festivals

CHARLESTON — After being halted, allowed to resume, and halted again, Gov. Jim Justice announced plans Monday to help state fairs and festivals shuttered due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. “It is essential that we preserve our arts and expand our arts, because that is who we are,” ...

Flexibility key as schools look to reopen in fall

The spring of 2020 was unlike any semester for school districts around the country. And while plans for the upcoming school year are still in flux, many expect the return to classes to be just as different as educators deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and experience gleaned from an ...