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Two indicted in traffic stop drug bust

Two men pulled over in a traffic stop were indicted by the grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division, after deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office found weapons and a kilo of cocaine in their vehicle. Denzell J. Atlas, 27, and ...

Dickens Christmas scenes a year-long project

CAMBRIDGE-With hot glue, pliers, a drill, a crowbar and vacuum, Christmas operations are underway on humanoid characters each Tuesday from March to October. "You're entering the land of Christmas in here," said Cindy Arent, a board member with the Dickens Village creative team when ...

Hundreds of Waterford residents to lose gas line

A natural gas pipeline that serves 64 households in western Washington County is scheduled to shut down in June, leaving those households to seek other energy services after nearly 30 years of reliance on the line for heat, appliances and other uses. The impact on the families will be ...

Valley sees flood of closures as coronavirus worries spread

The coronavirus, which the World Health Organization is now calling a 'pandemic,' has led to a series of closures in the Mid-Ohio Valley, from in-person college classes to worship services. In a press conference on Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in the next two days, an order will be ...

New toy store opening downtown

Williamstown resident Andy Alvarez is a self-proclaimed nerd. So, when a part of 206 Putnam St., Marietta, became open, he decided to take his love of buying and selling online into a brick and mortar location. He and his wife, Niki, have been busy getting their new store, Andy's Toy Chest, ...

Officials discuss river cargo reporting gap

Despite state employee travel bans in place Wednesday and some corporations installing new policies to cancel gatherings during the growing health concerns over COVID-19, several officials gathered at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta. They met to discuss a federal petition concerning ...

Around town

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium will visit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today. The location has been changed to The Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta. Admission is free to local families but a photo release form must be signed and submitted prior to entry. Forms will be available at the event. ...

Sistersville Ferry nears return to service

SISTERSVILLE — After closing for the season last year due to staffing issues, the Sistersville Ferry is set to be up and running for this season pending a few inspections and preparations. After Herman “Bo” Hause vacated the position last year, the ferry was left without a pilot. A few ...

Latrobe Street fire injures two firefighters

PARKERSBURG — A structure fire on Latrobe Street Wednesday injured two firefighters, with one being taken to the hospital with second-degree burns. The Parkersburg Fire Department was dispatched late Wednesday morning to a fire at 1113 Latrobe St. Officials said the abandoned house is on a ...

Belpre City Schools to close for 3 weeks

BELPRE — The Belpre Board of Education has voted to close Belpre City Schools for three weeks following an executive order from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. The board held a special meeting Thursday and approved motions to close school until April 7 and to suspend all sports and activities ...

City rolls out maintenance effort

Hit with heavy rain, city employees turned out in reflective gear and with equipment in hand Tuesday to kick off the "All out, Roll out" campaign in Marietta. The maintenance drive focuses combined department efforts this week on the Fourth Ward and will next move through the First Ward, then ...

Grand jury indictments include standoff, threat to school

From staff reports Nathaniel Blayn Becker, who barricaded himself in a Devola residence in early February, was one of two dozen people recently indicted by a Washington County grand jury. Becker, 40, of 312 Lawton Road, Devola, was indicted on four charges, including aggravated menacing and ...

DASH plans next steps, meeting

The movement to stop the Phase II portion of the Devola sewering project is holding another meeting to seek community support. DASH – Devola Against Sewering Homes – has engaged a Canton attorney and is now trying to raise enough money to litigate a case against the Ohio Environmental ...

Employee sentenced for theft from Bartlett store

A former employee of the Country Corner Grocery in Bartlett was sentenced to 30 days in the Washington County Jail and one year community control Tuesday for theft from the store. Katherine Bartimus, 39, of 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, pleaded guilty in January to the one count of theft ...

Around town

Barlow Presbyterian Church will host an Election Day luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The menu will include ham loaf, meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, rolls, green beans and miscellaneous desserts. Barlow Presbyterian Church is located at Ohio 550 and Warrior Drive. #AXELSTRONG ...

Belpre child dies after being hit by automobile

BELPRE — A 6-year-old Belpre boy has died after being hit by a car Sunday morning. Mehkai Griffith Striblin was injured just before noon Sunday in front of his house on Campus Drive, Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams said. It appears the boy “stepped out into traffic and was struck by ...

Virus precautions could impact Ohio elderly, youth voters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The new coronavirus could impact voting in Ohio's upcoming primary among both young adults and the elderly, as dozens of polling places inside nursing homes are relocated and tens of thousands of Ohio State students heed calls to stay away from the campus where many are ...

Artsbridge cancels Spectacular Arts festival

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge has canceled the upcoming Very Spectacular Arts Festival, citing concerns of coronavirus and a state of emergency in Ohio. Artsbride Director Amanda Stevens said the decision was made Tuesday to cancel this year’s festival which was scheduled for March 17 at West ...

Marietta College, WVU switch to online classes

Marietta College and West Virginia University announced Tuesday they will be offering only online classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak. With the emergence of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ohio and across the United States, Bill Ruud, president of Marietta College, ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates at 105th dinner

More than 1,000 people gathered Monday night at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College for networking and dinner during the 105th annual dinner for the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. Booths were set up along the perimeter of the recreation center for people to learn more ...