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Restaurants making steady comeback

After testing the waters under added restrictions, those at local restaurants say they are optimistic that patrons are continuing to eat out. "We've seen an increase in sales since we opened again, but others have wanted to wait to come in and we respect that and are keeping our delivery with ...

Man sentenced for construction zone crash

Almost two years after causing a collision that sent a Marietta woman to the hospital, Joshua Ross was sentenced Wednesday morning to 30 days in the Washington County Jail. Ross, 39, of 1161 E. Whittier St., Columbus, was also given three years of community control and a five-year driver's ...

New care facility opens on Harmar Hill

MARIETTA — Waterview Pointe on Harmar Hill Wednesday started accepting residents into its renovated 48,000 square foot long- and short-term care facility. Original built in 1966, the facility at 117 Bartlett St. underwent a multi-million dollar renovation over the last year by new owners, ...

Two future nurses receive hefty scholarships

Warren High School senior Sarah Holbert received an unexpected call on Monday. She was told half of her college tuition and fees would be covered for the next four years. Holbert, 18, got the call from the Marietta Community Foundation that one of the recipients of the Carol Christy ...

Baby bird re-nested

Photo by Janelle Patterson Steven Beaver, 30, of Marietta, returns a fledgling bird to protected greenery away from the road in front of his home Tuesday. "I got home and saw him in the road and it was hot, his eyes were closed and he seemed to be barely breathing," Beaver explained ...

Around town

The Music in the Park concert series held on Thursdays in the summer will be canceled for the month of July. A decision will be made about August later . Reno Water and Sewer District will hold the regularly scheduled board meeting June 16 at 6 p.m. in the Reno Water office, 170 Mount Tom ...

Rumors spark heightened police presence

PARKERSBURG — Downtown property owners took precautions Wednesday in response to rumors that planned protests in the area could turn violent. As of late Wednesday afternoon, there had been no reports of violence, and only a few people showed up to protest, following the cancellation of a ...

Williamstown mulls opening city pool

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown administrators continue deliberating whether to open the pool this year. More information, is needed, Mayor Jean Ford told city council on Tuesday. The two major points of information Ford said were needed are the total circumference of the pool to know what the ...

Windows broken throughout downtown Marietta

Eight windows in Marietta were shattered in the midnight hours between Monday and Tuesday, and to local departments are investigating. "At first I was thinking what if it was targeted? I had marched in Parkersburg on Sunday and had shared what was happening there and someone took a screenshot ...

Case numbers slowing in some local counties

By the end of May, only four people were still being monitored for symptoms of coronavirus in Washington County, and no new cases have been added to the 117 from a week ago. "All the numbers that we're doing is from a case perspective for the whole county," explained Sherry Ellem, public ...

Race car dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness

Fleming residents Dusty Boley and his wife, Teresa, have found a unique way to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Boley's modified dirt track race car was given an Alzheimer's awareness theme for the 2020 race season, complete with names of 65 people affected by the ...

Construction projects progressing on time

Roads all over Washington County are under construction, with seemingly no end in sight. "We're in full construction season now," said Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 10. She said the construction on Interstate 77 and Ohio ...

Around town

The Marietta/Belpre Health Department has resumed immunization clinics in both Marietta and Belpre. Appointments for childhood and adult immunizations are available with modifications to maintain the health and safety of our clients and staff. Services will be scheduled by appointment only; ...

Protest planned in Marietta

The right to assemble, and peacefully protest is to be upheld in Marietta on Sunday, as local residents plan to make their feelings known about issues of racism across the country. The city will be one of hundreds nationwide to protest after the death last week of a black Minnesota man while ...

Daycares, camps reopen with adjustments

Day camps and daycare centers reopened in Marietta Monday with limited capacity but still spots are open for families needing child care. "Usually the first day back in the summer we have 55 to 60 kids here and will get up between 70 to 80 through the season, but we are restricting ourselves ...

Long-time firefighter takes on inspector role

A love of helping people is what Marietta's new fire inspector said led him the new role. Forrest "Frosty" Schneider was sworn into the position Thursday. The Marietta resident started at the fire department as a firefighter and EMT on June 14, 1999, and said he liked that he got to interact ...

Rotary awards scholarships for service

Each of the 14 scholarships given out recently by the Marietta Noon Rotary Club were given to local high school students who excelled in community activities and service. "When we give the scholarships, because Rotary is a service club, we weight heavily on the community activity and community ...

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High Schools That Rock will offer its 19th annual Guitar Camp, online for students in elementary, middle or high school via Zoom. Individual classes are held on the hour and half-hour daily during the week of June 8-12 with the first class starting at 9 a.m. Early registration fee is $15. ...

Protests in the Mid-Ohio Valley and beyond shed light on violence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters took to the streets across America again Sunday, with violence flaring in pockets of largely peaceful demonstrations fueled by the killings of black people at the hands of police. A truck driver — apparently deliberately — drove into demonstrators in ...