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Belpre Council talks billing for services

BELPRE — Belpre City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance which will institute soft billing for emergency and non-emergency services by the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department. Council member Donna Miller, chair of council’s police and fire committee, has been working on the ...

Few answers a year after IEI fire

PARKERSBURG — One year ago this month, residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley awoke — some much earlier than usual — to find a massive fire raging in the former Ames shovel plant off Camden Avenue in south Parkersburg. Those who didn’t hear about from local or social media or via word of ...

Party on Putnam Street

It was both a hair-raising and money-raising experience Saturday evening as the “Nightmare on Putnam Street” Halloween Party was held at the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. Over 200 people attended the event, with proceeds benefiting the Hippodrom/Colony Theatre Association, a ...

Q&A: Book was a labor of love for author

Independence Township resident Michael Dean Kiggans wrote the first line of his novel “The Funeral Plain” in 1987. Last year, the book was finally published, and is acquiring plenty of praise. Kiggans started writing the coming of age story when he was still working full-time as a power ...

PopCon draws excited crowds

PARKERSBURG — Crowds of people — some dressed as a variety of characters from movies, TV, comics, games and other forms of popular culture — flooded through West Virginia University at Parkersburg for the Parkersburg PopCon on Saturday. The PopCon celebrated aspects of popular culture, ...

ArtOberfest fun despite being forced indoors

PARKERSBURG — It might have been a little chilly outside, but that didn't halt the crowds of people on Market Street enjoying the annual ArtOberfest early Saturday evening. The event, which was put on by the Parkersburg Art Center and The Parkersburg Brewing Co., featured live music, good ...

Around town

Health department will be closed on Tuesday The Washington County Health Department will be closed on Tuesday for a staff in-service and training. Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on Wednesday. Pancake breakfast at K of C in Churchtown St. John the Baptist ...

Bridge to be saved

You can look but you can't cross. The Hills Covered Bridge – also known as the Hildreth Covered Bridge – has been closed to pedestrians for more than two years. But in another two years, work to repair it can begin. It's one of the premier covered bridges in the region, 122 feet in ...

Marietta woman sentenced to prison for fatal crash

A Marietta woman pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court, and is expected to serve a three-year prison sentence for a drunk driving crash that killed her passenger. Kaitlyn G. Barton, 20, of 101 Stonecrest Drive, Marietta, ...

Area to decide two Congressional races

The Nov. 6 election has many elements for voters in Washington County, but national issues have driven congressional choices to the top of the agenda for many. Two races give local voters the opportunity to help shape the law-making federal bodies for the next two years. For Congressional ...

Students, residents board ship replicas

If it weren't for the throngs of children dressed in modern clothing, people visiting the Marietta Harbor Friday morning may have thought they had stepped back into the 15th century. Replicas of two ships that Christopher Columbus used to cross the Atlantic, the Nina and Pinta, sat as living ...

Hope for Harmar projects

Ten Harmar-specific projects did not make the cut for 2019 funding through the federal Community Development Block Grant. Half of those were requested by citizens while the others were by a member of Marietta City Council. "We were able to fund everything that had at least two requests and ...

Panel addresses lowering voting age to 16

Should the voting age be lowered to 16? That and other questions about Americans' most fundamental right came under discussion at a lunchtime forum in the Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College on Thursday. The session, attended by about 25 people, was in an expert panel ...

Memorial hosts Celebration of Age

As people progress through life they gain a bounty of knowledge and experience. The Memorial Health System held its annual Celebration of Age event Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene to not only pay homage to those people 55 and older, but to promote healthy living for our area ...

The Times publishing two books on Marietta’s history

The Marietta Times is publishing two books this fall that showcase Marietta's past with hundreds of photos. More than 600 photos are presented in "Around Town" and "Picturesque Past," hard-back books showcasing the people and places that have added to the fabric of life in the area since the ...

Voters head to the polls

The contest for Ohio governor continues to be a hard-fought campaign, with Ohio deemed one of eight toss-up states in the governor category by RealClearPolitics, a poll analytics organization. The variation in polls taken in October show the candidates essentially tied, with a Suffolk ...

Discover the voyage

The unknown craftsmen who designed the ships in the fleet of Christopher Columbus used the caravel model of ship building, which is suitable for open ocean sailing, exploring coastlines and going up rivers. More than 500 years later, painstaking reproductions of two of those ships are now ...

Man wanted for attempted murder

From staff reports The Washington County Sheriff's Office was searching Thursday for an Amesville man wanted on an attempted murder charge. A warrant for Vincent Roberts, 37, of 1920 Roberts Road, Amesville, was issued on Wednesday for attempted murder and aggravated burglary. The charges ...

Commission races, levies on ballot in surrounding counties

The counties neighboring Washington County all have at least one contested local election on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with a number of levies. Monroe County In Monroe County, a commissioner's seat and the county auditor position both have candidates, and voters will be asked to approve a ...

Income tax rate: How does Marietta compare?

The two-thirds voter opposition to Marietta's last attempt to increase the city income tax in May 2017 had a resounding message: taxed enough already. But voters in some other southeastern Ohio cities have recently approved increases, including Athens and Portsmouth. In a poll of some cities ...