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Superintendent suggests meeting format change

PARKERSBURG — Superintendent Will Hosaflook wants the Wood County Board of Education to consider a change to its meeting formats to allow more public involvement and a deeper understanding of education issues in Wood County Schools. At a recent board meeting, Hosaflook brought up the idea of ...

Harmar Hill route set to reopen soon

Despite some cold and rainy days since October, the Lancaster/Alta waterline replacement project in Marietta is approaching its planned milestone on schedule. "Today's rain killed us, you can't pave or patch in the rain," said Jim Wark, providing oversight of the city project through ...

Woman granted judicial release after four months

A Marietta woman was granted judicial release after four months in prison for her eighth conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol. Michelle Thompson, 44, of 117 Dean St., Marietta, was sentenced in late August to 18 months in prison after an arrest Jan. 1 on Ohio 821. Prior to ...

City Council meets for emergency legislation

Marietta City Council met for a special business meeting Monday on several pieces of emergency legislation. Ordinances 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277 and 278 were all introduced Thursday. Those ordinances cover the following: ¯ Ordinance 270 increases sewer charges for ...

Rare sternwheeler returned to Mid-Ohio Valley

After 96 years, the J.A. Cresap, a wood-hulled sternwheeler has finally returned home to Clarington. The boat was brought back to Clarington through the efforts of the Ohio Valley River Museum. After repairs and restoration, the boat will be housed at the Hannibal Lock and Dam. Taylor ...

Wolf Creek BOE talk repairs

WATERFORD — Waterford Elementary School and Waterford High School are to get substantial repair work next year. The Wolf Creek Local Schools board of education on Monday night set a special meeting for 5 p.m. Dec. 16 to review the plans. “I would say it’s a lot of work,” ...

Students shadow city officials and handle city business

BELPRE — Students from Belpre High School received firsthand knowledge of how a small municipality operates as they shadowed city officials Monday during the annual Student Government Day in Belpre. The students spent time Monday morning and afternoon shadowing city officials and council ...

Around town

Discover Diabetes, a free seminar on how to reverse diabetes, lose weight without exercise, and increase your energy levels, will be held Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Back In Line Chiropractic & Wellness LLC, 130 Maple St., Marietta. The seminar will be led by Dr. David Norris DC, MS, DACBN, ...

The season to be jolly

There’s really nothing that compares with seeing a child’s reaction when seeing Santa Claus up close. This year, with Marietta Main Street’s efforts, children and families got the full effect while visiting with Santa outside at the gazebo in East Muskingum Park in Marietta. Marietta ...

Betsey Mills craft show continues to bring community together

With crisp cool weather and a desire to chase down those special Christmas presents, shoppers, filled the Betsey Mills Gymnasium on Saturday for the annual Christmas Village Craft and Gift Show. Always held the first Saturday in December, the event has become a long-standing area Christmas ...

Many enjoy Winterfest celebration

PARKERSBURG — A day-long series of holiday activities ended Saturday evening with the fifth annual Winterfest celebration in downtown Parkersburg. The day began Saturday morning with the Vienna Holly Days Parade, followed by the annual Parkersburg Christmas Parade. For the past five ...

Around town

Meeting for Christmas Day Feast is Sunday The next meeting of volunteers for Christmas Day Feast 2019 will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fellowship Hall of Marietta First Presbyterian Church. Volunteers are needed to promote the event, prepare and deliver meals, bus tables and clean ...

Local students part of international climate change project

WARREN TWP. – Students at Warren Elementary School are developing global reach. The fourth grade classes have connected with a writing project that could influence decision-makers on climate change. The project began with teacher Melinda Stabler's contact in London, England. Her daughter, ...

Local veterans honor those lost in Pearl Harbor attack

She still can hear the announcement over the radio. "Hello NBC, hello NBC. This is KGU in Honolulu, Hawaii," said the voice. "I am speaking from the roof of the Advertiser Publishing Company building." Though the toll wasn't in yet, 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines and 218 army soldiers ...

Officials explain county enterprise fund

One of the many difficult decisions being faced by the Washington County Commissioners in sorting out the Devola sewer project – generally estimated at between $15 million and $22 million in capital cost – is how to divide up the way it is paid for. The county will have two general ...

Handel’s Messiah to be performed Sunday

Hannah Miller, 20, of Marietta, is kicking off exam week a day early Sunday with a performance she feels privileged to be included in. Miller is one of the five soloists joining Marietta College's Oratorio Chorus for its 93rd performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah on Sunday. "There ...

Harmar students continue Fearing House tradition

Fifth-grade students from Harmar Elementary participated in a long-standing tradition of visiting the Henry Fearing House Museum for Christmas on Friday. The students added ornaments they decorated to a tree in the museum. Marietta resident and museum volunteer Mary Jo Hutchinson said the ...

Scholarship honors former MHS athlete

A local athlete who died at the age of 33 will be memorialized by her son through a scholarship at Marietta High School. Wana Rinard, a 1977 graduate of Marietta High School, died in 1993 from breast cancer. "It was breast cancer that metastasized to her bones," said her son, Patrick ...

Around town

The Washington County Suicide Awareness Coalition will hold a Hope for the Holidays Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Muskingum Park for those remembering loved ones lost to suicide. The youth of Tunnel United Methodist Church will present its sixth annual live nativity Dec. 14 from 6 ...

“Move Over” signs posted after crash that injured a trooper

Signs were installed Thursday around Washington County to remind people to move over if they see a stopped vehicle with flashing lights. The three signs were placed at the request of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a result of a crash that injured Sgt. Eric Knowlton in ...