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Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election

By Anthony Izaguirre and Matthew Daly The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall. The success of the 2020 presidential election could hinge ...

Parkersburg council to consider trespass order for condemned structures

PARKERSBURG — An ordinance on Parkersburg City Council’s agenda Tuesday would establish a fine of up to $100 for people who trespass in condemned structures. Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building. Those attending ...

Lots going on in Muskingum park

Millie Strahler, 5, and Maddox Straher, 3, ride their bicycles past Perl Totman on the River Trail in Marietta recently. Totman was cleaning one of his pioneer carvings.

Soldier’s return home ends up as viral video

By Eddie Trizzino Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Nancy Stahl and her husband were going to the grocery store last Saturday to pick up some food for a barbecue when a police car pulled them over. They were asked to exit the vehicle, and what Nancy saw next made her ...

Effort to enter final ward for first rounds Monday

In its final ward iteration for the first rounds of the new city maintenance effort, “All out, Roll out” arrives in Marietta’s Second Ward Monday. “We’ve had crews working in each of the wards and then hope to come back in the fall with another round,” said Mayor Josh Schlicher ...

Pantry has served for 30 years

The Beverly-Waterford Food Pantry has been serving Watertown and Waterford Township for almost 30 years. The food pantry is housed in the basement of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Beverly and is open from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of the ...

23-year-old in custody on rape charges

The 23-year-old Kent man accused of rape of a minor at the beginning of July appeared again in Washington County Common Pleas Court Friday on new charges: pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. “These are separate cases,” explained Washington County Prosecutor Nicole ...

Belpre Schools to hold second online forum

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools will hold another online public forum Monday to guide parents through the district’s fall reopening plan. This is the second online forum held by the school district ahead of the Aug. 24 opening of schools. Superintendent Jeff Greenley spoke July 27 with ...

Around town

Sardis VFD golf scramble Saturday The Sardis Vol. Fire Dept. will hold its 9th Annual Golf Scramble Saturday at the Fairway Riverside Golf Course. Shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Four player team registration fee is $200 and includes green fees, cart rental, breakfast items, and lunch. ¯ ...

Woman arraigned on grand theft charge

A Newport woman accused of grand theft of $138,942.49 from George Broughton; Broughton Commercial Properties, LLC; and GWB Sales, Inc., was granted a personal recognizance bond Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Debra Davis, 57, of 130 Wilson Ave., Newport, appeared for ...

Blighted property on Putnam Street torn down

Demolition day in Marietta Thursday focused on yet another of Marietta City Council’s top 10 blighted properties identified in February 2019. “That list needs to be updated this year,” said City Law Director Paul Bertram Thursday. Last fall, 708 Eighth St., sitting at the top of the ...

29-year-old man ‘sorry’ for killing 21-year-old stepson

From staff reports A 21-year-old Belpre man was shot and killed Wednesday after drawing pistols with his stepfather. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 969 Two Mile Run Road in Cutler in reference to a man suffering from a gunshot wound. They ...

Hundreds gather outside for Trump visit to Clyde’s Whirlpool plant

CLYDE, Ohio — Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump drew quite a crowd Thursday for his visit to the Whirlpool factory. Hundreds of people gathered along the side of the McPherson Highway (U.S. 20) in anticipation of the president’s arrival. Many passing vehicles honked their horns ...

Council approves grant resolutions

Marietta City Council approved five coronavirus-related Community Development Block Grant resolutions Thursday to direct emergency funding to local food pantries and rental assistance. “I don’t want to see anyone go hungry,” said Councilman Mike McCauley, before throwing his support ...

Commission finds additional TANF funding

More funding from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families was received in the second quarter than expected. Washington County Commission President Ron Feathers said he was reviewing the budget and found that TANF funds were $158,000 for the second quarter. Flite Freimann, director of the ...

Marietta man sentenced for stabbing

The man caught on McDonald’s security footage stabbing a man last summer in Marietta was sentenced to an indefinite prison term of four to six years Thursday. Joseph Kirk, 29, of 276 Ridgewood Court Apt. D., Marietta, appeared in Washington County Common Pleas Court Thursday for sentencing, ...

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 ...

Dewine tests positive for the virus

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued a release that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. He took a test for COVID-19 as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, a press release from the governor's ...

Judge denies bond again for Brice

Bond was again denied this week for a Pennsylvania man accused of shaking his baby two years ago when the child was three months old. “He wants to basically claim that the court doesn’t have jurisdiction over him,” explained Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil on Tuesday following a ...

Pasco sentenced to prison for assault

When alcohol and a firearm mix, there are consequences. “This could have been an extremely tragic situation,” said Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin in Washington County Common Pleas Court Wednesday. “The amount of stupidity to shoot a gun at a car, it could have ended the lives of ...