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Five child care centers remain open in county

The whiplash of COVID-19 has especially affected child care. First schools closed, with the associated anxiety for working parents who needed someplace for their children during job hours. Then, non-essential businesses were closed, putting many of those same parents out of work and removing ...

Ohio voting will be by mail; No Election Day

Election Day in Ohio is neither March 17 nor June 2. The Ohio primary will be decided on April 28. But outside of those with qualifying disabilities, only absentee ballots will be added to early votes. Today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign into law Ohio House Bill 197, approved ...

Unemployment claims “record-breaking”

Washington, Morgan, Monroe and Noble counties have a combined labor force of about 44,300 people. Unemployment before the community spread of COVID-19 was reported between 7.3 and 12.3 percent in those counties of Ohio in January. “Most people were anticipating a paycheck tomorrow,” ...

Fort Frye board discusses new normal

The Fort Frye Local Schools board of education met with a foot in each world Thursday evening, three members in physical attendance at the meeting and two other board members and members of the public attending remotely. Superintendent Stephanie Starcher said the legislation enabling boards to ...

Commissioners deny request for cellphones

The Washington County Board of Commissioners live streamed their first meeting Thursday after gatherings of more than 10 people were banned. Once the meetings stream, they are put on the commissioners' YouTube channel, which is available through the board's page on washingtongov.org. Cindy ...

Marietta man sentenced on heroin charge

A 28-year-old Marietta man was sentenced to 90 days in the Washington County Jail Thursday for aggravated possession of heroin. Thomas W. Dearth, last known address 785 Bender Road, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24 to the fourth-degree felony. In November, he was indicted on both aggravated ...

Around town

The Marietta City Tax Office is closed to the public. A drop box is located in front of the building at 301 Putnam St. For assistance with a city tax form, call 740-373-4032. If necessary, forms may be filled out and payments may be taken curbside. All taxpayers with a prearranged agreement ...

Second case of COVID-19 reported in Wood County

PARKERSBURG — A second person in Wood County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reported on Thursday. “Both (patients) are being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center,” the emailed news release said. No further information ...

Wood County Schools to resume meals Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will resume its student feeding program Tuesday, distributing boxes containing five days of meals at locations throughout the county. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the times and locations will be announced through flyers, a call message to all parents, ...

Local residents ready to help

People in Marietta stand ready to help their neighbors, but their neighbors, for now, seem to be doing OK. The NextDoor website that connects people in the Oak Grove and Devola communities posted a call for people willing to help the elderly and infirm, those unable or unwilling to go out in ...

Memorial employee tested for virus

The Memorial Health System announced Wednesday that an employee is exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus. "We have an employee of our wound center that is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19," said Associate Vice President Jennifer Offenberger. "They have been assessed and tested, but ...

Experts: Stock up but disaster supplies aren’t needed

How does a family prepare for a 14-day quarantine? “You have to do what works for your family, a family of two to three people is going to be different than one of five to six members,” said Registered Dietician Kim Ambrose, a contractor with Memorial Health System. “And with so many ...

Local residents modifying jobs from fitness to counseling

For some local residents, the closing of businesses has led them to re-think how they do their jobs. Jennifer Deem has owned Marietta Boot Camp for 10 years and is now holding classes through a Facebook private group. "I am a group fitness instructor and I've been teaching some classes ...

Delivery services take precautions

One of the most essential services Americans have is package delivery, whether it be by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. While others are asked to stay home, carriers are still required to deliver mail and packages, despite adverse conditions. T.J. Dowler, a postal carrier in ...

Around town

Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., with concern for the health of attendees, staff and community, as well as the directive from Bishop Gregory Palmer, will be closed for worship at least through April 12. The March regular meeting of the Fort Frye Local School Board of Education ...

COVID-19 patient being treated at Camden Clark

PARKERSBURG — The first person in Wood County to test positive for the novel coronavirus is being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center as health officials work to notify people with whom the individual may have had close personal contact. The West Virginia Department of Health ...

Wood Schools to revise meal program

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools wrapped up a week of meal distributions at four schools Wednesday, but officials say the student feeding program likely will dramatically change when is restarts Monday. Schools throughout West Virginia and Ohio shut down last week due to concerns over the ...

Homeschooling now the norm

Educators and behavioral health specialists are both echoing the same message to parents who are now finding themselves at home with young learners. “Remember to give yourself grace. We’re all trying to adjust to this change right now,” said Bethany Colvin, a fifth-grade teacher at ...

Telehealth options growing

As Ohioans adjust to the statewide order to stay at home, telehealth services are available not only to cope with any added stress, but also to meet low-risk physical health concerns. “During this tough time, we have both dysregulated adults and children all trying to adjust,” said Doug ...

County food pantries get 8,000 pounds of food

A grant from the Marietta Community Foundation is supplying around 8,000 pounds of food to Washington County food pantries. The food was dispersed Tuesday by vehicles owned by Washington County Harvest of Hope. Joe Baker delivered nearly 40 boxes and bins of food to Gospel Mission Food Pantry ...