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Historic Harmar Bridge scheduled to close Saturday

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Historic Harmar Bridge is scheduled to swing, and then be closed. The bridge is in dire need of repairs, posing a physical risk to public safety for pedestrians, cyclists on the structure and both vehicular and boating traffic below while it remains in use. As a ...

Marietta BOE votes to close Putnam, Harmar schools

After months of public consultation and internal discussions, the Marietta City Schools board of education issued a decision Monday night on the short-term future of the district. The decision will involve shifting several grades around and closing two elementary schools, Putnam and Harmar, ...

Bankruptcy expected to have little impact on local troops

Although the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, it shouldn't affect the operations of the local council. "We are locally controlled and operated, and unrelated financially to the Boy Scouts of America," explained Ed Mulholland, ...

Trial underway for former Marietta physician

The trial for former Marietta physician Roger Dale Anderson got underway Monday morning in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division in Columbus. A representative for Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley said they were still working on finalizing the jury late Monday ...

Public hearing on parking changes draws small crowd

Marietta City Council’s public hearing on upcoming changes to overtime parking fines, towing fee regulation and the replacement of criminal proceedings for civil judgments affecting license and tag renewal saw minimal attendance Monday. Ordinances 11-19 will see their third and final ...

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Living Faith United Methodist Church will hold a quarter auction to benefit Jane's Cancer Blasters Relay for Life team on Saturday. Twenty units will be auctioned and door prizes will be given. A soup and dessert bar will be available at noon. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. The church is ...

Revenue, enrollment up at Washington State Community College

Enrollment, revenues and student retention all are up compared to this point last year at Washington State Community College, the board of trustees was told Monday afternoon at its regular monthly meeting. Vice president of finance Jess Raines told the board in his report that revenue from ...

Belpre City Council works to finalize 2020 budget

BELPRE — Belpre City Council took the first step to finalizing its 2020 budget at Monday’s meeting. Council unanimously approved the first reading of its annual appropriation ordinance for calendar and fiscal year 2020. Two more readings will be held at future council ...

ROARin’ Cabin Fever Party

The second annual ROARin’ Cabin Fever Party was held Saturday at the Marietta Shrine Club with the goal to raise money for this year’s 20th Marietta Riverfront Roar, which will again showcase powerboat racing on the Ohio River in Marietta on July 10-12. Each summer, everyone enjoys ...

Tubman program concludes lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Winter Lecture Series at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History completed its four-week run Sunday with a program about former slave Harriet Tubman, who played an important role in the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Ilene Evans, part of the West ...

Home Show has good showing of attendees and vendors

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Great American Home Show brought a steady stream of visitors to the West Virginia National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg over the weekend to view various products and services associated with home construction and renovation. The event is held each year by the ...

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American Revolution program at museum The Brigade of the American Revolution School of Instruction will be held at the Campus Martius Museum Saturday. The program is a nonprofit living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for ...

First-graders get love from around the world

WATERFORD – Valentine's Day turned into a two-week international celebration for Tara Kendall's first grade class at Waterford Elementary School. Kendall posted a request for Valentine's good wishes for the class on her Facebook page in late January, an idea she got from a parent. The ...

Grand jury charges include attempted murder and manslaughter

Attempted murder, involuntary manslaughter and gross sexual imposition were included in recent indictments by a Washington County grand jury. Jerran Keith Knowlton, 40, of 6658 Archers Fork Road, New Matamoras, was charged with one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and two ...

High speed pursuit ends with crash, arrest

A West Virginia man was apprehended Friday evening through the joint efforts of local law enforcement and community outlook. Kevin R. Morgan, 44, whose last known address was 133 Miller St., Paden City, was apprehended by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the ...

Health board will continue working with former director’s nonprofit

The Washington County Health Board, facing a 30-day deadline on reporting for a grant, decided Friday to continue using the services of a nonprofit headed by a former health administrator. The grant, $85,000 of federal funds intended to enhance county services for people affected by the ...

Dog stuck in cave for close to 12 hours rescued

RIPLEY – A dog was rescued Wednesday afternoon in the Ripley area after being stuck inside a cave for nearly 12 hours. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted around 3:30 Wednesday morning, according to Teresa Hager, humane officer for the Jackson County Animal Shelter. The ...

Family opens site for children’s parties

After three years of looking for a suitable location, Charles and Nicole Watson opened Thomas Family Entertainment late last year. "Thomas is my middle name," Charles explained while working at the shop Wednesday afternoon. Located near Poynter's Business Solutions on Ohio 7 south of ...

Around town

The Williamstown High School theater program will present the murder mystery comedy "The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered" by Don Zolidis at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Williamstown old gym. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children and students. The St. John CWC will hold an all-you-can-eat ...