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Youth recruited for census

It's an opportunity that comes once a decade, and high school students seem particularly receptive. Census Bureau southeast Ohio recruiter Steve Anderson made a pitch last week for students to work the summer as enumerators for the decennial count, and at least two are going after the ...

Challengers for commission seats want improved communication

Three Washington County residents are challenging two incumbent county commissioners ahead of this March's primary election. Incumbent republican David White is being challenged by Lowell resident James "Jamie" Booth in the primary and Lower Salem resident and former commissioner Cora ...

Courthouse to add X-ray machine to security measures

An X-ray unit will soon be the next step in upgraded security at the Washington County Courthouse. Probate-Juvenile Judge Timothy Williams applied for a $35,275 grant through the Ohio Supreme Court last August, along with the courts and the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The grant will ...

New nursing home to open in spring

Fresh landscaping and new stone highlight the remodeled buildings at 117 Bartlett St. The complex, previously called Marietta Center and now renamed Waterview Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, sits high on the hill on the city's west side near Lookout Point. The nursing home closed ...

“An Economist Walks into a Brothel” author to headline lecture

Approaching economics from the form of storytelling is how Marietta College hopes to entice local attendance at the annual Milton Freidman Lecture next month. Allison Shrager, author of "An Economist Walks into a Brothel," will arrive in Marietta Feb. 3 to speak not only with the ...

Tickets on sale for Strecker fashion show

The annual spring fashion show benefiting patients of the Strecker Cancer Center has jumped the queue in spring events. "We're holding it in March after the chamber dinner instead of there between college graduations and Mother's Day in May," explained Daneka Hedges, executive director of the ...

Around town

Marietta Riverfront Roar will host a Cabin Fever Party Feb. 22 at the Marietta Shrine Club, featuring The Bash with Jake Binegar. This fundraiser concert will include door prizes, gun and purse raffles, and 50/50 drawings. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. A limited ...

PACF dinner focuses on childhood trauma

VIENNA — Childhood trauma, including abuse, family dysfunction and neglect, can have a lifelong impact and effect on children, including those impacted by the current substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia. Kathy Szafran, with Crittenton Services, spoke Friday at the Parkersburg Area ...

Dog’s fate rests with court

The McCabe residence on Franklin Street is not an ordinary household. Russell, 52, and Christy, 47, have visitors who include motorcycle club members, people seeking Russell's expertise in mechanics and construction, and sometimes people who, like Russell, are veterans who need a sympathetic ...

Commission incumbents hope for third term

Two eight-year members of the Washington County Commission are up for re-election this March, and they hope to continue the county projects currently in the works. Incumbent David White of Marietta is running against James Booth of Lowell in the Republican primary in March and possibly ...

Marietta BOE weighs district changes

The administration of Marietta City Schools is moving ahead with ideas to make the district more compact while delivering an improved education, according to reports from a meeting held Thursday afternoon. The meeting, called by administration and attended by district staff representatives, ...

Armory revenue covering operating costs

The Armory saw significantly more use in 2019 than in past years. Leasing occupancy is full with the following tenants on the ground floor: • Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. • WASCO, Inc. • Project WAVE. • American Red Cross. With that full occupancy, ...

Commissioners discuss bond for renovations

Washington County Job and Services Director Flite Freimann was questioned at length during Thursday morning's meeting of the Washington County Commission about a bond to renovate the JFS offices at 202 and 204 Davis Ave. When Washington County Children Services and JFS merged early last ...

Fort Frye BOE proposes winter calendar

BEVERLY — Extending winter break a full two weeks and ending the 2020-21 school year before June are the recommendations before the Fort Frye Local Schools Board of Education. Thursday the recommended academic calendar for next school year was introduced to the board, but will not be voted ...

Council questions harbor roof project

Construction of the new roof at the Marietta Harbor is expected to be complete by week's end. The building, located at the end of Butler Street and Post Street in downtown Marietta, is a city asset under the jurisdiction of Marietta City Council's Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee. In ...

FCC chairman visits Marietta; touts broadband fund

A new $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) was outlined at the broadband access roundtable held Wednesday at Washington State Community College. Local dignitaries, along with U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, met in Marietta to discuss the importance to ...

Clerk behind staged Beverly robbery gets two years

The store clerk who was at the center of the staged robbery at the Beverly Par Mar store in July was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday morning in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Luis Alfonso Ambrocio-Bautista, 34, of 215 Fifth St. Apt. A, Beverly, pleaded guilty on Dec. 5 to ...

Starbucks under construction

The location of the former Cashland in front of the Marietta Country Club has seen significant activity over recent winter weeks. The 2,200-square-foot new structure is on track to bring another coffee option to this side of the Ohio River: Starbucks. "They pulled three different permits ...

Council weighs changes to parking ordinances

Marietta City Council has opened discussions to decriminalize parking violations within city limits. Marietta Chief of Police Rodney Hupp and Assistant Law Director Daniel Everson introduced drafted legislation and amendments to city codified ordinances for review Wednesday during the first ...

Around town

Putnam Community Water Corporation will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the office of the water department, located at 920 River Road next to the Devola swimming pool. Election of officers will be held. Members are invited to attend. •For information: 740-373-0975. Beverly ...