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Clothesline Project

“Embrace your voice.” Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to speak up about their experiences, especially in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness month. EVE Inc. is a nonprofit in Marietta which provides aid to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Its sexual ...

Earth Day Cleanup

WILLIAMSTOWN — On Saturday, the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge hosted a kayak and canoe river clean up as a part of local Earth Day celebrations. Due to COVID-19, all events have been spaced out to help keep crowds down. Kayakers paddled the river, scanning for trash in the ...

Walk for Life returns to park

PARKERSBURG — The Women’s Care Center marked 30 years of providing education and care to women facing unexpected pregnancies Sunday with the return of one of its biggest fundraisers. “It’s been all about giving hope to women who find it difficult to choose life and ... sharing the ...

High school students learn about classes at Career Center

The Washington County Career Center hosted a free manufacturing and industrial careers field day on Friday. Many local industry and manufacturing employers like DuPont, Morrison Inc. and Novolex attended the fair, and they discussed what skills were needed to be employed in their field. ...

Bill would ‘null and void’ gun laws

Fourteen House Republicans signed onto legislation that would allow the state of Ohio to nix federal gun laws and court rulings that legislators deem to violate of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. House Bill 62 would declare any federal law, executive order, administrative ...

Police reports

Reports/Washington County ¯ A lieutenant began an investigation Sunday into a domestic violence incident. After completing the investigation, charges were filed on a juvenile subject. ¯ A deputy responded Monday to Veto Road, Belpre, to a report of Myles Merew being at this residence ...

Property transfers

Adams Township ¯ John R. and Deborah L. Zimmer to John R. and Deborah L. Zimmer trustees, 1060 VanFossen Road, land, warranty deed. Barlow Township ¯ Patricia A. Graham and Michael R. Maddox to Thomas and Amy Bean, 795 Warrior Drive, land and parcels, $107,000, joint survivorship. ¯ ...

Seevers sentenced to 9 months in prison

One-half of a duo in a joint case of sex crimes upon a minor was sentenced to prison Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Lyrisha Marie Seevers, 23, of 276 Ridgewood Drive, Apt. G, Marietta, was initially indicted with rape, a first-degree felony; complicity in the commission of ...

Devola sewer project gets $1M funds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently selected the Devola sewer project for federal funding in the amount of $1.075 million. Washington County Commissioner Charlie Schilling announced the funding at Thursday morning’s commission meeting. “This is a really big deal and it just goes to ...

Schools look to tailor curriculum

Marietta City Schools’ upper elementary and early schooling curriculum will be adapting to meet the needs of students as the district consolidates from six academic buildings to four in the next school year. The district will have the opportunity to reach students who are excelling and ...

Booth, Schiling look back on first 100 days

It’s been around 100 days since the Washington County Board of Commissioners added two new members and things are off to a good start. “I can sum it up in one word,” said Commission President Kevin Ritter with a laugh. “Bromance.” Commissioners Jamie Booth and Charlie Schilling ...

Investigation nets 12 arrest warrants

From staff reports ATHENS, Ohio — A 17-month collaborative drug trafficking investigation resulted in 12 federal arrest warrants for individuals living in Franklin and Athens counties. The collaborative investigation was between the Fairfield-Athens Major Crimes Unit, the Ohio Bureau of ...

Road Construction

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in four southeast Ohio counties in the coming weeks. All outlined work is weather permitting. ¯ City of Marietta signal/fiber optic upgrades: A traffic signal and fiber optic system project is taking place at various ...

Sentenced

Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday assigned the maximum available jail sentence to also retain community control and oversee the ordered repayment of restitution in a $147,214.10 theft sentence hearing on Wednesday. Debra Davis, 58, of 130 Wilson Ave., Newport, was sentenced ...

Marietta College gets $1M grant

The Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner has announced that Marietta College will receive a $1,051,500 Choose Ohio First Grant to support students in the fields of science, (including the health professions) technology, engineering, and mathematics. The award is divided ...

Down Syndrome abortion ban stands in ruling

A court of appeals said an Ohio law banning abortions in Down Syndrome cases can continue, reversing the decision of a lower court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said a group of clinics who provide abortions across the state “failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success” ...

Council reviews zoning law

On Wednesday, Marietta City Council’s Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee reviewed language in a draft request for qualifications letter penned by the city law director. The meeting was a follow-up public discussion began last week following the repeated call for review of ...

Frontier has large number of enlistees

NEW MATAMORAS — Nearly 10 percent of the Frontier High School class of 2021 have declared intent to enlist in a branch of the U.S. Armed Services after graduation. Haley Bills and Austin Brooker are committed to the U.S. Army Reserves, while Braden McLeish and Owen Panozzo are committed to ...

Will there be festivals in ’21?

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused disruption and canceled virtually every local event in the Mid-Ohio Valley. But this year, as vaccines roll out and certain restrictions are lifted, Marietta has plans to hold several events, while some local favorites will delay for another year. The ...