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Three judicial races on general election ballot

Contested judicial races: ¯ Washington County Court of Common Pleas — John Halliday and Shoshanna Brooker. ¯ Ohio Judge of Court of Appeals, Fourth District — Stacy Brooks and Kristy Wilkin. ¯ Ohio Justice of Supreme Court — Sharon Kennedy and John P. O’Donnell. Source: ...

School funding under microscope

“There’s nobody that’s going to become an expert on school funding by doing a Google search, I can guarantee you that,” said Ohio Rep. Don Jones, R-Freeport. “The school funding formula is sophisticated, it’s hard to understand even for those that are in the business ... It is ...

Grand jury indicts 15 people

Gun charges and gross sexual imposition were some of the indictments recently sent down by the Washington County Grand Jury. During the investigation of another possible case for William McFall Jr., 62, of 1218 Williamson Ave., New Matamoras, he was charged with four counts of having weapons ...

Dotson gets community control for bomb threat

More than a year after calling in a bomb threat at Boxers Bed & Biscuits in Belpre, Gayle Dotson was sentenced to two years community control Friday morning. Dotson, 50, of 2446 Dutch Ridge Road, was arrested in July 2019 on the charge of making false alarms. She had been an employee ...

Arrest in Citizens Bank robbery

The man arrested Thursday night after allegedly robbing the Citizens Bank in Marietta had robbed other area banks in the past. William Edward “Billy White Shoes” Johnson, 55, last known address of Lancaster, was found at a motel in Parkersburg with the assistance of the Williamstown ...

MCS meets Monday; Q&A Tuesday

On Monday, Marietta City Schools will hold its first in-person board of education meeting since the pandemic hit. Then Tuesday, the Times will host and moderate a live-streamed question and answer session with district leadership on the bond issue under consideration by voters through the ...

Marriages and divorces

Marriages The following individuals recently applied for marriage licenses at the Washington County Courthouse: ≤ Tyson Andrew West, 26, and Alisha Marie Stafford, 30, both of Lower Salem; Oct. 16. ≤ David Leo Smith, 23, of Cutler, and Machelle Ranee Blankenship, 22, of Vincent; Oct. ...

Property Transfers

Property transfers Aurelius Township ¯ Charles M. Wasson to Tobias J. Miller and Amanda J. Miller et al, 14330 State Route 821, Macksburg, land and parcels, $245,000, fiduciary deed. Barlow Township ¯ John W. and Janelle L. Ruth to Shearon A. Laux, 8965 State Route 339, Vincent, land ...

Police records

Reports/Washington County ¯ A deputy met Tuesday with Andy White in Belpre Township in reference to damage/theft from his pick-up truck. This case remains under investigation. ¯ A deputy began an investigation Tuesday into identity fraud. This case remains under investigation at this ...

Chase Bank will shutter Putnam Street branch

No employees will be impacted by the consolidation of two branches of Chase Bank in Marietta. “Our branch at 125 Putnam St. will consolidate into our branch at 10 Acme St., about 1.5 miles away. This consolidation will occur on Nov. 9,” said Carlene Lule, public relations representative ...

Suspect caught in Citizens Bank robbery

A man has been arrested for the Thursday armed robbery of a bank in Marietta, authorities said Friday morning. William Edward "Billy White Shoes" Johnson, 55, last known address of Lancaster, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for the robbery of the Citizens Bank in Marietta, the Marietta ...

Survey answers election questions

Many voters are casting their ballots early, but others are still seeking final answers to questions concerning levies in Washington County and specific to their townships, school districts and communities before Nov. 3. “There are a good bit of people that still wait until Election ...

Bank robbery suspect sought

Police are asking for information after a Marietta bank was robbed Thursday afternoon. Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp said between 2:10 and 2:15 p.m. Thursday, a man believed to be in his 20s or 30s entered the Citizens Bank at 110 Second St. “He was a small statured male in an old man ...

Commission talks court upgrades

Playground equipment and common pleas court upgrades were discussed at Thursday morning’s Washington County Commission meeting. As part of a 2019 Community Development Block Grant, Marietta Township was awarded $21,500. “It’s for playground equipment for the community center in Reno,” ...

Drive-thru food drive set for Saturday

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have another opportunity Saturday to support local food pantries through a drive-through food drive at the Parkersburg News and Sentinel in downtown Parkersburg. Like the Times’ event last month, this drive will be held in the newspaper parking lot, at 519 Juliana ...

MCF grants more than $128,500

Staff Report After its completion of the $60K for 6 campaign, the Marietta Community Foundation dove head-first into supporting local nonprofit organizations through its 2020 Fall Grant Cycle. Through the foundation’s Community Impact Fund, COVID-19 Relief Fund and individual donor funds, ...

MOVP to present ‘The 39 Steps’ online

Staff Report “The 39 Steps,” a classic British suspense thriller, will be presented online on Zoom by the Mid Ohio Valley Players at 8 p.m. today. The show, the latest installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre, is best known from the 1935 movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It is loosely based ...

Remembering a legacy

From children in tutus to acrobats dropping from the rafters, the memories that one local patriarch has made possible for generations to come will not easily be forgotten. And neither will he. “It’s just hard to accept that he’ll not be back in here for another show,” said Hunt ...

Police investigating armed robbery at Citizens Bank

MARIETTA - Authorities are at the scene of an armed robbery at Citizens Bank on Second Street in Marietta. Someone around 2:30 p.m. today entered the bank with a handgun, the Marietta Police Department said. Authorities are looking for a white man in his late 20s or 30s, wearing blue pants, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley reviews reaches of provided internet

Applauding the efforts of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and his all-call to West Virginians to refute federal documentation of internet access with true data, a challenge has arisen on this side of the river. “Washington County, Ohio’s response: ‘Hold my beer,’” joked David Brown, ...