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Long-time blighted property on Eighth Street comes down

Demolition day had neighbors celebrating Thursday as the sight of an excavator ushered an end to more than 13 years of blight, trash, vermin, public health and tall grass complaints filed with the city of Marietta. "I didn't see the vermin scatter, but now the raccoon I have coffee with every ...

Cost scenarios estimated for Devola sewer project

Confusion over timing and cost to sewer Devola has left residents with unanswered questions, even after a public meeting in October that provided updated information. While there are still many question marks in the plan, two possible scenarios for the project compiled by The Marietta Times ...

Marietta BOE responds to levy defeat

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education set several ideas into motion Thursday night in response to the defeat of the building project levy in the Nov. 5 election. Board vice president Russ Garrison offered three motions at the end of the meeting, the first of which was to direct ...

Fort Frye Local forecast shows cash decline

BEVERLY — The five-year financial forecast for Fort Frye Local Schools shows a continued decline in cash balances through fiscal year 2024 as, like other districts, it contends with increasing costs and flat revenues. The board of education was presented with the forecast Thursday night. ...

Commissioners discuss state treatment agreement

A treatment agreement with the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction was brought back to the floor for discussion during Thursday morning's meeting of the Washington County Commission. "Nobody that's taking federal grant money will be prescribing or recommending or encouraging ...

City Council refuses owner’s extension request

Marietta City Council refused a 90-day extension request Thursday by voice resolution. "This comes down to we either believe our people who say it's an imminent danger or we don't," said Councilwoman Susan Boyer as Resolution 91, which passed during the regular business meeting of council on ...

Around town

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption Holiday Bazaar will be held Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Social Hall, 506 Fourth St., Marietta. The sale will include holiday cookies, candy, a variety of baked goods, holiday crafts, holiday gift items and Rada Cutlery. This event is sponsored ...

Christmas on display

The six big windows facing Second Street from Peoples Bank tell a story. Finished a few days ago, the annual Christmas display is not only thematic but includes details that will draw passersby into the dioramas. It's the 16th year that the bank has engaged Crown Florals to create a ...

Verdict reached in Ames trial

A Marietta woman accused of trying to kill her husband on Oct. 29, 2018, was found guilty of second-degree felonious assault after the 12-member jury deliberated for almost five hours Wednesday evening. Michelle Ames, 42, of 141 Franklin St., Marietta, did not testify on her own behalf during ...

Pizza profits benefit local cancer fund

Thanks to the efforts of the staff of The Original Pizza Place in Marietta, more than $2,800 was recently raised to help cancer victims in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The pizzeria has participated in the national fundraiser Slice of Hope since for several years. "I think we've participated since ...

Around town

Marietta Bible Center Church will hold the service "Thankful Before Thanksgiving" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Marietta Bible College Choir will sing and dinner for all will follow the service. The church is located at 4070 State Route 60. The Beverly Eagles will host a fish fry Nov. 29 beginning at ...

Oak Grove fire department considering levy, paid EMTs

The Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department is the most recent among Washington County volunteer departments to consider using paid Emergency Medical Technicians to staff its ambulance service. Squad chief Misty Mason said Monday that it has become increasingly difficult to recruit volunteers for ...

Marietta woman on trial for attempted murder

A Marietta woman on trial for the attempted murder of her husband may have pulled the trigger, but her defense attorney said it was because her husband threatened her. The trial of Michelle Ames, 42, of 141 Franklin St., began Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Washington County Common Pleas ...

Front license plate change in Ohio could be reversed

Safety and suspect apprehension are the driving reasons behind an effort across the state to reverse part of this spring's transportation bill. As of July 2020, front license plates will no longer be required on vehicles in Ohio as part of that bill which was primarily passed as a budget ...

Warren chorus to perform at Cavs game

VINCENT - For the Warren High School bass chorus, Saturday will mark the continuation of a years-long tradition. The group will open the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game by singing the national anthem. "Several years ago the Cavs contacted me about having the chorus come to sing," choir ...

Around town

The Marietta City School District Board of Education will hold an executive session Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. The regular November board meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Board of Education offices, 111 Academy Drive. The Beverly Eagles will host a fish fry ...

Children’s Museum planned for Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The former Masonic Temple at Ninth and Market streets is the planned site of the Children’s Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The museum will be aimed at children up to 8 years old, with an emphasis on subjects of local interest and science, technology, engineering, arts and ...

Wood BOE criticized for lack of visits

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County Schools principal compared Wood County Board of Education members to “absent parents” after several invitations to come to her school resulted in no visits. Darlene Parsons, principal of VanDevender Middle School, spoke during Tuesday’s regular board ...

Gas leak causes evacuation of library, homes

Two public institutions practiced emergency protocols in Marietta on Monday during a real potential emergency. The Washington County Public Library evacuated just after 10 a.m. while Washington Elementary School kept its students sheltered within the building as a gas leak opened on Fifth ...

Marietta BOE discusses why school levy failed

There might be no single, unifying reason that Marietta voters rejected a proposal to fund $55 million for new school buildings, but the Marietta City Schools Board of Education spent all of a 90-minute meeting Monday night trying to figure out what went wrong. The district's bond levy ...