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The heat is on

Remnants of Tropical Storm Barry are expected to drift up the Ohio River Valley, with rain in the forecast for the Marietta area Wednesday afternoon and evening. After that, it's going to be heat and humidity, with temperatures forecast into the mid-90s and heat indices over 100 degrees. ...

Rodgers resigns from health board

Several loose ends remain at the Washington County Health Department following the removal of Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Wittberg last week and a tense board meeting Monday resulting in the resignation of a board member. Board President Bruce Kelbaugh was confronted Monday by both Dr. ...

Warren BOE approves gas line removal

VINCENT — An unmapped gas line on the property where the Warren Local school district building project is taking place provided an unwelcome surprise this month. The board of education Monday night approved a resolution to allow superintendent Kyle Newton to contract for the line’s ...

Cutler fundraising for historical marker

At the end of July, heritage and history will be celebrated with bingo and a cause. "Cutler had been a station of the Underground Railroad," explained Kay Harris, 77, of Cutler. "We've been working on the history of Cutler for a long time and thought it would be neat to have a sign here... ...

Around town

The Beverly Library and The Beverly-Waterford Community Pool Committee will host a family movie night at the pool from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5 or free for children under 3. Attendees will get a bag of popcorn and concessions will be available. Children who completed the ...

City administration urges council to make maintenance hires

Marietta city administration and council are in a holding pattern over addressing citizen complaints in city parks and cemeteries. The issue resurfaced again in council's finance committee Monday as Assistant Safety-Service Director Bill Dauber brought before members present a second request ...

Storm delays races on last day of annual powerboat event

Although there was a bit of heat and rain Sunday, the 2019 Marietta Riverfront Roar came to a rousing and successful conclusion, officials said. The annual powerboat races were held this weekend in Marietta on the Ohio River where hundreds watched the 19th annual Riverfront Roar, an American ...

Author and illustrator David Catrow visits MOV kids

Communication using imagery has the power to make people think. Those are some thoughts that writer and illustrator David Catrow stressed to children Saturday as part of Washington County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The event was held Saturday morning at Campus Martius Museum ...

Governor’s Workforce League has local connection

The newly-created Ohio Workforce League will have a local voice, with its members including Jesse Roush, executive director of Workforce Development and Corporate Partnerships at Washington State Community College. The group was created in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s ...

Belpre alumni hold annual ice cream social

BELPRE — For the past two decades, the graduates of Belpre High School have gathered every second Saturday in July to share food and fellowship, and to support a good cause. The 20th annual Belpre High School Alumni Association’s Ice Cream Social and Cruise-In on Saturday at Howes Grove ...

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Free legal clinic will be offered July 17 The Washington County Bar Association, with the assistance of SEOLS, is offering a free advice clinic on the third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St. for Washington County persons unable to ...

A Roarin’ good time

The sleek boats were parked in a diagonal line on Front Street as the sun sank toward the western horizon. Hundreds of people ambled on downtown streets, admiring and photographing the boats and chatting with their drivers. The city was getting casually warmed up for Riverfront Roar. Jimmy ...

Arrest in Beverly armed robbery

A Beverly man is being held on $250,000 bond at the Washington County Jail after being arrested in the early hours of Friday morning for robbing the Par Mar store in Beverly. Around 11 p.m. July 5, the Marathon gas station in Beverly was robbed at gunpoint, while the Par Mar store was robbed ...

Marietta man sentenced for attempting to shoot man in head

From staff reports Marietta resident Austin Leroy Lightfritz was sentenced Friday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to felonious assault and tampering with evidence for attempting to shoot a man in the head last year. Lightfritz, 20, of 116 Harmar St., was arrested in May 2018 ...

Beverly-Waterford tradition continues

BEVERLY—With area cheerleaders running through colored powder clouds, teenagers stealing kisses on the park benches, grandparents waving to grandchildren on the carnival rides and the smell of fair food in the air, the second night of the Beverly-Waterford Homecoming was greeted with warm ...

Marietta man sentenced for trafficking heroin

A 38-year-old Marietta man received 60 days in jail for trafficking in heroin Friday, after pleading guilty to the fourth-degree felony in May. Edward "Pooh" Murphy Jr. of 204 Brandy Drive, was arrested in April 2018 and charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, a fourth-degree felony; ...

Man with 11 OVI convictions gets early release

From staff reports A Parkersburg man who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in January received judicial release Friday morning to go to rehab. William Schofield, 58, was sentenced after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony Operating a Vehicle under the Influence charge. He was told ...

Participation urged for CDBG meetings

After no attendance at the first public meeting for federal Community Development Block Grant funding, local residents have limited chances to have their requests heard. "We've just called it, nobody else obviously (knew about the meeting) either," said Andy Coleman, city development ...

Around town

Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual ice cream social and barbecue chicken dinner Aug. 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. at 102 Oak Grove Lane, Marietta. The event will include a country store, bingo, raffles, inflatables and music by Phase II. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of ...

Harvest of Hope to hold farm-to-table dinner

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in a recent report estimated that one-third of all food produced in the world is either lost because of damage in the supply chain or wasted by being discarded by markets or consumers, amounting to about 1.3 billion tons a year. ...