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PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Waterford residents Jesse Townsend, 31, and her daughter Chloee Townsend, 5, read a book together at the Beverly branch of the Washington County Library on Wednesday afternoon.

Very first Day of school

The first day of school is quickly approaching for districts and the pre-kindergarten nerves may be taking over for parents sending their little ones to school for the first time. “Parents need to help their children be independent before coming to kindergarten and they also need to let ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
 From left to right, City Engineer Joe Tucker explains the designs of the Marietta Wastewater Treatment Plant to Anna Vukovic and Councilman Tom Vukovic, with the aid of Dale Kocarek, of Stantec, and Zac Campbell, of Pickering Associates.

Wastewater plant open house

Marietta officials welcomed local residents Wednesday to an open forum on the final renovations to the city's wastewater treatment plant. "I welcome any questions and anything we can clear up about our plans," said City Engineer Joe Tucker. "We can show that we've made steady progress ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Jenna Jackson, 11, of Marietta, looks through dirt for artifacts at The Castle’s Kids’ Archaeology Camp on Wednesday.

Castle’s Archaeology Field School

Learning about the people that once made Marietta their home was the focus of the Kids’ Archaeology Camp at The Castle in Marietta this week. Several young, eager archaeologists dug their way through the dirt Wednesday, discovering pieces of pottery, glass and other artifacts that were ...

CVB director leaving for job marketing in southern W.Va.

From staff reports Jeri Knowlton, executive director of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced her resignation and will be taking a new position in Southern West Virginia as marketing manager for a network of community hospitals. Knowlton has served as ...

AROUND TOWN

Social helps Beverly Masonic Foundation The eighth annual ice cream social benefiting The Beverly Masonic Foundation, Washington County Special Olympics and other charities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug.13 at Dodge Park in Beverly There will be all-you-can-eat food and ice cream, ...

JANELLE PATTERSON  The Marietta Times
Betsy Silk, of Marietta, addresses Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn during a town hall meeting in Marietta High School's auditorium Tuesday.

GETTING CONNECTED

Hills and hollows are a defining aesthetic to Appalachia but have been long used as the excuse for why rural internet access cannot be achieved - alongside the lack of numbers in customer demand. "I'm frankly tired of that myth so we're here to myth-bust today," said Liz Shaw, organizer of ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Tyler Purvis-Mitchell, 23, of 2 Sard Road, Albany, N.Y., left, listens to  closing arguments with defense attorney George Cosenza in Judge Randall Burnworth’s Common Pleas courtroom on Tuesday.

Inmate convicted of assault

The New York man that attacked a Washington County man while incarcerated at the Washington County Jail last November was found guilty of felonious assault by a jury on Tuesday. Tyler Purvis-Mitchell, 23, of 2 Sard Road, N.Y., was found guilty of the second-degree felony after a two-day ...

MOVP hosting community picnic

The Mid-Ohio Valley Players are inviting members of the community to join them for a picnic on Saturday to meet the people that keep the all-volunteer theater alive and to learn how they could get involved. “We like to get to know people and that’s what this picnic is for,” said Kermit ...

Historic Town Fair focuses on preservation

Continuing with Marietta Main Street’s Historic Preservation series this year, a full-day summit will welcome experts in building codes and a range of experience in preservation to a Historic Town Fair next month. “Speakers will be joining us from firms and local organizations in Ohio and ...

Vehicles removed from lot on W.Va. 14

WILLIAMSTOWN — Less than a year after it was filed, a lawsuit brought by the City of Williamstown against Alliance Auto Group may be dismissed soon. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Williamstown City Council, an update on the status of the cleanup was delivered by Blaine Myers, city ...

Wood BOE takes no action on South position request

PARKERSBURG — As the start of the 2017-2018 school year approaches, the Wood County Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday to approve personnel changes in preparation but took no action on a request to create a new position at Parkersburg South High School. At the July 11 ...

around town

Kyle Bankes 5K on Aug. 19 The fifth annual Sergeant Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K will be held Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. at Fort Frye High School in Beverly. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Register by Aug. 3 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. The cost is$20 per person to register before the race and ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Vicky Wood, president of Washington State Community College, meets with Frontier High School junior Seth Felton during his College Credit Plus advising meeting on Monday.

WSCC President

Washington State Community College welcomed its seventh president, Vicky Wood, onto campus at the beginning of this month and Wood said she has had no problem settling into her new home. “I grew up in a rural community of Prospect, Ohio and am a first-generation community college ...

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Man on trial from jail brawl

A man accused of taking part in a violent fight in the Washington County Jail in November had his trial begin Monday, with the other inmate involved taking the stand. In Judge Randall Burnworth’s Common Pleas courtroom on Monday, Tyler Purvis-Mitchell, 23, of 2 Sard Road, Albany, N.Y. ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
A Monarch butterfly takes a drink of nectar from a flower inside the butterfly house at Thomson’s Landscaping on Monday.

Butterfly House is open

It’s that time of year where butterflies can be spotted sipping nectar from flowers in gardens everywhere. Thomson’s Landscaping in Marietta offers an opportunity for residents to see the life cycle of butterflies first-hand at their butterfly house that opened again just a couple ...

Belpre prepares for start of classes

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools is preparing for the start of the 2017-2018 school year which is scheduled to begin in mid-August, with several activities planned in the two weeks prior to the date students begin class. The Belpre City Schools Board of Education reviewed the schedule of ...

Upcoming presentation covers climate issues

From local reports PARKERSBURG – Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action will present “Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities,” a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s recent webinar presentation, at its third Thursday outreach meeting 7 p.m. July 20 at the First ...

around town

Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K Aug. 19 The fifth annual Sergeant Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K will be held Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. at Fort Frye High School in Beverly. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Register by Aug. 3 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. The cost is$20 per person to register before the ...

Real estate tax statements mailed

Real estate tax statements for the last half of 2016 were mailed on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from the office of Dorothy K. Peppel, Washington County treasurer. The last half plus delinquencies, if any, are due no later than Aug. 4, 2017. Payments can be made at the county treasurer’s office on ...

WAYNE TOWNER  Special to the Times
Sebastian Skinner, 2, of Marietta, played in a sandbox filled with corn kernels Saturday during the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival.

Oh, so sweet

With the slogan "Still a buck an ear," touting the $1 per ear of corn price for its namesake staple, the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival drew many visitors to Muskingum Park on Saturday. The family-oriented event began Friday evening and concluded Saturday evening after two days of food, ...