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Vaccinations continue as residents hope to register

PARKERSBURG – Hundreds more people received their initial COVID-19 vaccine doses Thursday in Wood County. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s clinic at the Center for Early Learning at West Virginia University at Parkersburg served 530 people ages 65 and older, said Carrie Brainard, ...

Commission votes to purchase monitors

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase monitors for 19 lift stations in the county. Commission President Kevin Ritter said the monitors are part of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. “It’s a high-tech diagnostic tool that enables us to ...

Knowlton pleads guilty to felony assault

A man who beat his father with a metal baseball bat last January pleaded guilty to felonious assault Thursday at the Washington County Courthouse. Jerran Keith Knowlton, 41, of 6658 Archers Fork Road, New Matamoras, was indicted in February 2020 for attempted murder and two counts of ...

Grand jury hears case on felonious assault, among others

Gross sexual imposition and felonious assault were just two of the offenses brought before the Washington County Grand Jury this week. Jason Dean Lanning, 37, of 105 Melody Lane, Marietta, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, after he allegedly pistol ...

BOE to vote on school calander

BEVERLY — During the Fort Frye Local Schools Board of Education monthly meeting, it was decided that the board will vote on the schools 2021-2022 school calendar in February. Board members at Thursday’s meeting also received updates on the middle school building planning and were told ...

MCC creates part-time clerk for blight

Marietta City Council authorized the creation of a part-time clerk in the fight against blight Thursday, with the caveat that the adoption was a “baby step.” “I am not willing to commit the city to spending money on another city employee without knowing if any of the issues that we are ...

Harmar bridge updates

On Tuesday, Marietta City Council’s Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee spent the majority of its time discussing a historic landmark that once connected Marietta’s downtown to the Lower West Side. But today the full legislative body will not introduce or vote upon grant efforts for the ...

Council to consider 10 new items of business

Marietta City Council will consider one item of old business and 10 of new business today in its second regular business meeting of the month. The position of a part-time clerk in the Department of Property Maintenance solely for the year 2021 (a trial-year, per past council committee ...

Former AEP plant sold for $1.2 million

WATERFORD — The recent sale of the former American Electric Power Muskingum River Plant will hopefully bring jobs back to that side of the county. The 165-acre site was purchased for $1.2 million Friday by the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority and the Belpre Industrial Parkersburg ...

MOVHD starts vaccine list

PARKERSBURG – Within a day of its creation, a stand-by list for people age 65 and older wanting the COVID-19 vaccine grew to more than 5,000 names. With just 500 vaccination slots available for today’s clinic at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, the department announced Wednesday ...

Police Reports

Reports/Marietta ¯ Jon Gilbert turned himself in to the Marietta Municipal Court on Jan. 12 on a warrant for a temporary protection order violation. A patrolman transported him to the Washington County Jail without incident. ¯ An officer investigated the passing of a fake $100 bill at the ...

‘And Then There Were None’ starts on Friday

Live theater returns Friday with the Mid-Ohio Valley Players presentation of “And Then There Were None” by mystery writer Agatha Christie. The story is about 10 strangers invited to a remote island where a mysterious recording reveals their deadly secrets. As they are haunted by a ...

Wood County, Marietta start up face-to-face classes

PARKERSBURG — It was a successful return for both Wood County and Marietta City Schools as they welcomed back students for the first time in 2021 on Tuesday. Wood County Schools returned to a blended learning format that is similar to what was used at the start of the school year, except ...

MCS BOE discusses options for revenue

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday to discuss updates on the upcoming consolidation and restructuring of schools and the consideration of a new levy. According to Superintendent Will Hampton, enrollment for the school district was down significantly this year, which has ...

Beverly, Waterford businesses adapt

It’s been a little over 10 months since the COVID-19 pandemic upended most aspects of daily life. Business around the Muskingum Valley had to adjust then and keep adapting throughout the year to safety recommendations, changes in customer habits and inventory issues. After moving ...

Local hero says he was falsely accused of rioting

A Vietnam veteran in the Mid-Ohio Valley drew online attacks over the weekend and contrasting support this week after being accused of participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. “It’s really a bad feeling to be accused of something you know you didn’t do, and you’re ...

Hospital making wait list for vaccine

Memorial Health System in Marietta is working on getting people signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine and have people ready to receive it as supplies allow. As COVID-19 vaccinations slowly but steadily become available, Memorial Health System will continue to follow the vaccine distribution ...

Beverly Pool continues through community

To encourage summer fun for the whole family, the Beverly community came together to keep and maintain the Beverly Pool. A few years ago, the pool was on the brink of closure because the cost was too much for the Village of Beverly to absorb. With the dedication of volunteers and local ...

Chamber continues to aid local businesses

Although small businesses were negatively impacted by the pandemic, the Muskingum Valley Beverly Waterford Chamber of Commerce and the community continue to promote and help local businesses. The Marietta Times spoke with Sam Skinner, chamber board president, to discuss the chamber’s ...