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The O'Neill Center will offer square dance lessons on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the basement. • For information: 740-373-3914. The St. Marys Community Concert Band will resume practices at the St. Marys Marina, St. Marys W.Va., on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome ...

Residents question new school’s impact on traffic

The fifth public meeting on the Marietta City Schools levy proposal attracted five people, at least four of whom were from the Colegate-Glendale neighborhood, who engaged Russ Garrison, the board of education vice president, and Frank Antill, the district treasurer, in a freewheeling discussion ...

Steam Power cars draw a crowd

Quietly huffing like small locomotives, with a bit of mechanical clank to go with it, steam-powered antique cars could be seen coming and going around Marietta this week. The Midwest Steam Car Tour is in town. The 18 vehicles on the tour, all Stanley Steamers, range in origin from 1904 to ...

District advisory council called to address health department oversight

Township trustees across Washington County are raising their eyebrows and discussing calendar adjustments as the recently-scrutinized county health leadership brings their liability into question. A meeting of the District Advisory Council, which is the county township trustee oversight of ...

Township and villages have oversight of county health operations

Fiscal and directional oversight of the Washington County Health Department is set up by state law to allow those governed to have representation in how the funds are spent within state-mandated health services. Washington County townships and villages semi-annually contribute to the county ...

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Friends of Lower Muskingum River will host a river clean-up for Make a Difference Day with Marietta College on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Attendees are asked to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes, and to carpool if possible as the parking lot on the west side of Devol's Dam is small. The ...

Bra fundraiser to help shelter, homeless women

Using humor and art to shed light on a sensitive and often forgotten women's health issue, the local Zonta women's club is launching a new fundraiser. "It's very tongue in cheek, classy, but funny," said Desni Crock, current president of the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio Valley, as she explained ...

Local swim teams missing pool

Competitive swim teams in Marietta have tried a number of arrangements for practice facilities since the Marietta Family YMCA pool closed in January, but the ad hoc situation for training has been hard on the teams. Ryan Zundell, coach of the Marietta Marlins, said his team has tried a ...

Agencies tangle over relocations, renovations

Growing pains have raised questions between county agencies on Davis Avenue as offices shift and renovations begin. Following a memo sent to the Washington County Board of Elections recently from Washington County Job and Family Services, the elections board met last week to not only conduct ...

Apple cider explained

Despite the warm weather, autumn is right around the corner and for some people, that means pumpkin spice drinks. For others, it means apple cider. Christa Hein, founder of "Bring the Farm to You," visited the Barlow Library Tuesday morning to demonstrate how to make apple cider. She brought ...

Deceased woman found at Speedway

From staff reports A deceased woman was found early Tuesday morning at the Speedway on Seventh Street in Marietta. According to police reports, a Speedway employee found a person passed out behind a cooling unit beside the building around 6 a.m. Officers and the Marietta Fire Department ...

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The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. The Williamstown Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon. Detours may be made across the interstate bridge. There may be delays along all intersections between Tomlinson ...

City paving project begins

The 2019 Citywide Paving Project kicked off Monday in Marietta with the milling of several streets around the city. The first part of the project is to mill the streets, which removes layers of asphalt to level the paved surface. Local construction company Shelly & Sands was contracted ...

Marietta College hosts College Night

High school and middle school students from around the area visited Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center Monday evening for their annual Mid-Ohio Valley College Night. The college night gives area students the opportunity to talk to representatives from schools of which they ...

Schools receive state report cards

Two Washington County school districts advanced one grade, two fell one grade and two remained the same in the 2018-19 state report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education last week. Belpre City and Warren Local districts went from a D to a C overall, Frontier Local Schools went from ...

Warren BOE gets construction update

VINCENT — With the concrete block structure of its new elementary school rising less than a mile away, the board of education for Warren Local Schools received an update Monday night on the district’s construction project. “We’re fully under way with the elementary building, and the ...

New Matamoras residents considering new levy

Residents of New Matamoras will have a full ballot this November, considering two levies, two liquor options and a few political candidate seats. Village residents have an additional operating levy to consider after passing a 2-mill levy in 2017 authorized for five years. The additional ...

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The Devola Volunteer Fire Company's Social/Fall Fest will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building, 639 State Route 821, Marietta. The Village of Beverly Volunteer Fire Department will be testing and flushing fire hydrants in Beverly and Waterford ...

Marietta Council talks spending

Marietta City Council considered a series of appropriation and transfer requests Monday through joint committees with council’s’ finance committee. Water and Sewer Committee, with Finance, heard from City Engineer Joe Tucker about additional change-orders needed to deal with sinkholes and ...

Dudley’s Florist moves into former Rossi spot

It's only been a couple of months since Rossi Pasta closed its doors, but a well-known local business has moved into its former location at 106 Front St., Marietta. Dudley's Florist opened its doors on Sept. 6, just in time for the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival and First Fridays. "We weren't ...