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Belpre alumni hold annual ice cream social

BELPRE — For the past two decades, the graduates of Belpre High School have gathered every second Saturday in July to share food and fellowship, and to support a good cause. The 20th annual Belpre High School Alumni Association’s Ice Cream Social and Cruise-In on Saturday at Howes Grove ...

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Free legal clinic will be offered July 17 The Washington County Bar Association, with the assistance of SEOLS, is offering a free advice clinic on the third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St. for Washington County persons unable to ...

A Roarin’ good time

The sleek boats were parked in a diagonal line on Front Street as the sun sank toward the western horizon. Hundreds of people ambled on downtown streets, admiring and photographing the boats and chatting with their drivers. The city was getting casually warmed up for Riverfront Roar. Jimmy ...

Arrest in Beverly armed robbery

A Beverly man is being held on $250,000 bond at the Washington County Jail after being arrested in the early hours of Friday morning for robbing the Par Mar store in Beverly. Around 11 p.m. July 5, the Marathon gas station in Beverly was robbed at gunpoint, while the Par Mar store was robbed ...

Marietta man sentenced for attempting to shoot man in head

From staff reports Marietta resident Austin Leroy Lightfritz was sentenced Friday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to felonious assault and tampering with evidence for attempting to shoot a man in the head last year. Lightfritz, 20, of 116 Harmar St., was arrested in May 2018 ...

Beverly-Waterford tradition continues

BEVERLY—With area cheerleaders running through colored powder clouds, teenagers stealing kisses on the park benches, grandparents waving to grandchildren on the carnival rides and the smell of fair food in the air, the second night of the Beverly-Waterford Homecoming was greeted with warm ...

Marietta man sentenced for trafficking heroin

A 38-year-old Marietta man received 60 days in jail for trafficking in heroin Friday, after pleading guilty to the fourth-degree felony in May. Edward "Pooh" Murphy Jr. of 204 Brandy Drive, was arrested in April 2018 and charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, a fourth-degree felony; ...

Man with 11 OVI convictions gets early release

From staff reports A Parkersburg man who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in January received judicial release Friday morning to go to rehab. William Schofield, 58, was sentenced after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony Operating a Vehicle under the Influence charge. He was told ...

Participation urged for CDBG meetings

After no attendance at the first public meeting for federal Community Development Block Grant funding, local residents have limited chances to have their requests heard. "We've just called it, nobody else obviously (knew about the meeting) either," said Andy Coleman, city development ...

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Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual ice cream social and barbecue chicken dinner Aug. 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. at 102 Oak Grove Lane, Marietta. The event will include a country store, bingo, raffles, inflatables and music by Phase II. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of ...

Harvest of Hope to hold farm-to-table dinner

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in a recent report estimated that one-third of all food produced in the world is either lost because of damage in the supply chain or wasted by being discarded by markets or consumers, amounting to about 1.3 billion tons a year. ...

Beverly-Waterford Homecoming parade weathers storm

BEVERLY — The year after World War II ended, the people of Beverly and Waterford decided that the homecoming spirit that welcomed their men and women back from war should be an annual event. This year, that spirit continues as the two communities joined to celebrate another anniversary of ...

It’s Roar time

With road closures planned and races set, organizers are praying for good weather and smooth rides this weekend at the Riverfront Roar. "We're hoping that we chase this rain away. If we can get by tonight and set up, the rest of the weekend looks hot but pretty good," said Barry Mullen, a ...

Response to new courthouse security seems positive

The new courthouse security has been in place for almost two weeks and so far, results have been mostly positive. Starting July 1, when people now enter the one-way-in, one-way-out entrance to the courthouse, they must go through a metal detector. "I've been pushing for this for a few years ...

Children Services loan paid back early

A loan to the Washington County Job and Family Services was paid back six months early during Thursday's Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting. Flite Freimann, executive director of Washington County Job and Family Services, explained that in December, the Children Services board ...

Celebration held for ordinance anniversary

The first recognition of the rights of women and those of African descent were celebrated while pouring rains drove celebrants into the refuge of the First Congregational Church in Marietta Thursday. Gathered in the church were historians, local museum curators, and state government officials ...

Council talks armory, marijuana legislation

Additional renovations work means the gym facilities at the Armory will soon be put to use for the first time in decades. Ohio Valley Spray Foam insulation systems closed off the ground floor of the Armory to add insulation between joints in the ceiling Wednesday. "The work is expected to ...

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Barlow Presbyterian Church will hold a community luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The menu will include chip beef gravy and creamed chicken over biscuits, green beans and desserts. Barlow Presbyterian Church is located at Ohio 550 and Warrior Drive. The Washington County Health ...

Summer a time for projects at area schools

Students at the Washington County Career Center will see some new elements at the school when classes resume in the fall. "We built a new greenhouse," superintendent Dennis Blatt said Wednesday. "The other one had been here since the school was built, in 1972." The greenhouse, about 1,500 ...

Plea from driver in fatal ATV crash

It was the conclusion of a long and painful two years for the family of Tyron Reed as the man involved in his death, Corey Lang, entered a no-contest plea Wednesday on three charges incurred the night Tyron died. Lang, 25, sitting next to his attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, listened as Washington ...