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Barlow Fairgrounds readied for modified annual event

BARLOW TWP. — The 149th season of Barlow Fair is less than a week out for junior members ready to show animals, bake and wrap up fair season in Washington County this year. “We’re thankful that the other two fairs were able to follow the restrictions and that we can do the same, but also ...

Grand Jury

The Washington County Grand Jury recently indicted a New Matamoras man involved in a fatal crash in June 2019. The grand jury indicted Joseph Barnes, 26, of 17669 County Road 9, on six charges, including one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a first-degree felony; one count of ...

Washington County moves to orange on state alert map

Washington County increased by one level on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System Thursday due to two indicators triggered for increased risk of coronavirus exposure. State alert system is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework ...

Wood County Adult Learning Center moves

PARKERSBURG — After a one-year stay on Market Street, the Wood County Adult Learning Center relocated to the sixth floor of St. Joseph’s landing at 600 18th St. over the summer. Combining the two previous locations known as Lincoln and Lakeview Adult Learning Center in the summer of ...

Local man hopes to encourage with novel

A Parkersburg man has written a book he hopes will encourage people to find happiness. “Leah, a Love Story” is taken from the Bible, William J. Henry said. The book is his third. “I guess it is an opportunity to help people who feel they have to rely on other people for their ...

MHF gives $100K to community college

Washington State Community College has received a grant of $100,000 by the Memorial Health Foundation to enhance the nursing work force through its Education and Advancement to Registered Nurse initiative. E.A.R.N. is an in-demand job advancement program to meet the immediate needs of local ...

Williamstown library sponsors ‘storywalk’

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Public Library has created a local “Storywalk” area at Fenton Park in Williamstown to inspire children to read more often. The project was officially installed over Labor Day Weekend after Nancy Morehead, the librarian at Williamstown Public Library, was ...

Sistersville Ferry to offer October cruises

SISTERSVILLE – For the first time, the Sistersville Ferry is offering October cruises for anyone wishing to book a private event. Normally the ferry season ends at the end of September but pilot Bo Hause said they decided to offer the private cruises as an opportunity to bring in more ...

Morrison named premier Bryant dealer for fourth year

MARIETTA — For the fourth consecutive year, Morrison Inc. has been recognized for its commitment to excellence with a spot in the 2020 Circle of Champions by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. Morrison is one of only 15 dealers in Ohio to achieve the status and in the top 3 percent ...

Representatives meet with Washington County commissioners

Representatives of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley expressed shock regarding complaints voiced with the Washington County Commissioners this week. “(Wednesday), I spoke on the phone with the county dog warden, (Sgt.) Kelly McGilton ... she explained some of her ongoing frustrations ...

Around town

Castle to host virtual cooking class The Castle, in partnership with The Cook’s Shop, will present “Kleindeutschland Marietta,” a virtual Food History Cooking class Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The class will be conducted via Zoom meeting. Registration is $8 per attendee; pre-registration ...

Election officials outline safety rules

About two dozen precinct elections officials met Thursday night to discuss how to keep people safe during in-person voting in the November election. Karen Pawloski, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said almost 400 people have signed up to be poll workers this ...

Barlow trustees meet to discuss campus road

Barlow Township trustees passed a resolution this week to have the Warren Local School District take ownership of the new road built south of the school campus. Two of the trustees met Thursday morning with the Washington County Commissioners to discuss their resolution, which was signed on ...

Marietta City Council passes three items

Marietta City Council only passed three pieces of legislation Thursday. Ordinance 117, a fiscal authorization to transfer and appropriate funds not only authorized the outlay of $45,341 within the fire income tax fund for injury prevention equipment, but also put in place $30,000 to complete ...

Building official discusses Residential Code confusion

Misconceptions abound about construction and renovations within the city of Marietta and Washington County. Chris Wilson, building official with the Southeast Ohio Building Department, said what people don’t understand is that their private residence has residential building code ...

Teacher gets $4,000 grant for books

WILLIAMSTOWN — Seeing a need for new books in the school’s book room, Williamstown Elementary School third-grade teacher Jamie Deem was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Part of the new Williamstown Elementary school that opened at the start of the school ...

Pence touts accomplishments, hammers Biden in Zanesville campaign stop

ZANESVILLE — Vice President Mike Pence made a campaign stop in the Zanesville area Wednesday evening, holding a “Workers for Trump” event at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. Pence’s speech — in front of a large crowd that continued to fill the overflow area even after he started ...

Woman sentenced in drug case

A Cottageville, W.Va., woman cried and was visibly nervous as she was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years community service Wednesday afternoon. Kyleigh Danielle Rymer, 29, was arrested in June as part of one of the largest drug seizures in Washington County history. She pleaded guilty ...

Ohio Valley Opry to mark anniversary with telethon

MCCONNELSVILLE — This time last year, the fixture of entertainment in McConnelsville unveiled its $900,000 investment in the historic center of the town. It spent the winter months returning audiences to the seats, showing off renovation and preservation work completed, with an eye on large ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to give radio play

Staff Report MARIETTA — A radio play presentation of an episode from one of America’s most popular westerns will be presented 8 p.m. Friday online on Zoom by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players. Part of the WMOVP Radio Theatre social distancing theater initiative, the troupe will present “Cheap ...