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Work ongoing on 2018 slips

Several projects from the county engineer were approved by the Washington County Commission Thursday morning. The first request from Roger Wright, county engineer, was for a new truck. The $32,418 cost of the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 will be covered by the Motor Vehicle Gas Tax. The trade-in ...

Life and Purpose Behavioral Health looks to expand

Life and Purpose Behavioral Health has eyes on the former North Hills Elementary School lot with the hopes of building a new facility. Doug Pfeifer, CEO of the behavioral health firm based just over the hill on Colegate Drive explained to Marietta City Council’s Planning, Zoning, Annexation ...

Around town

Washington-Morgan Community Action will be taking applications for backpacks and school supplies for children attending kindergarten to 12th grade starting Monday at the agency office, 218 Putnam St., from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Families must be at or under 150 percent of the Federal ...

Health officials investigating impact of party

Health officials in both Washington and Wood counties are still trying to trace the impacts of a mid-June gathering outside of Belpre which has been traced to multiple positive test results for coronavirus. “One challenge there is the mobility of this age group and that they’re not as ...

Court rules in favor of prosecutors seeking Trump’s tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a prosecutor's demand for President Donald Trump's tax returns as part of a criminal investigation that includes hush-money payments to women who claim they had affairs with Trump. The court ruled 7-2 in a case in which it heard ...

Diocese comptroller admits to embezzling

COLUMBUS — The former comptroller of the Diocese of Steubenville has admitted to embezzling nearly $300,000 during a nine-year period beginning in 2008. David A. Franklin, who now lives in Kentucky, also admitted Tuesday in federal court in Columbus he had failed to turn over payroll taxes ...

MHS Prom and in-person graduation canceled

Marietta High School’s prom and in-person graduation are canceled this year. “Looking at the numbers and with the 10-person (gathering) limit still in effect it was a tough decision,” said Principal Chad Rinard. “We wanted to give that closure to the 2020 class but putting 250 to ...

Council members gain insight into Community Development Block Grant process

Two additional city council members were welcomed to Flanders Field Pavilion Wednesday in the lower west side of Marietta to learn about successes in navigating the bureaucratic process of requesting federal Community Development Block Grant funds. “In the last two years we set the record ...

Mini farmers markets scheduled

As a way to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices, kids and their families will be provided fresh produce through mini farmers markets the next two weekends. The farmers markets are held through the Right Path for Washington County, which has been helping the county for the last 16 ...

Gov. Justice delays W.Va. school start to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced ...

Washington County event canceled; giving opportunities available

From local reports BELPRE — The Washington County Relay For Life has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic, officials said, but there is still a way for local resident to help the American Cancer Society’s fight against the disease. The event was originally scheduled for ...

Parkersburg Art Center, Actors Guild ready sale

From local reports PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center and the Actors Guild of Parkersburg are teaming up for a sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday with the proceeds to support the two non-profit entities. The sale will be at two locations on Friday. The Art Center will ...

Suspect in standoff charged with gun theft

PARKERSBURG — Guns reported stolen in late June from a Vienna residence were recovered from a Parkersburg apartment that was the scene of an armed standoff that same day. According to records filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, the suspect in both incidents is Robert Leon Murphy Jr., 39, ...

COVID means change for driving tests

Taking a driving test by following an instructor's directions through the streets of Marietta may be a thing of the past. Those signing up to take their driving test now will follow a closed course through cones instead of a street course. Lindsey Bohrer, assistant director of the Ohio ...

Heat causes I-77 to buckle again

It took about two years for the same conditions to crumble concrete in the same spots on I-77 in Marietta. "There was one Friday, three or four Sunday and one (Monday) as well," explained Bert Tooms, highway administrator for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 office. ...

Newport teen releases album on CD, streaming services

A 17-year-old country musician from Newport recently released an album of original music and covers called “Burnin’ Gas.” Evan Cunningham, who will be a senior at Frontier High School, won studio time at the Festival of Art and Movement in Williamstown. He said after talking to the guys ...

State to study airport’s economic impact

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Wood County Airport is participating in a statewide economic impact study that will analyze what the airport and its surrounding properties have to offer as an economic boost to the area. Airport manager Glen Kelly said although he has conducted his own study three times ...

Paul Jordan sworn as Williamstown’s mayor

WILLIAMSTOWN — Paul Jordan officially took office July 1, and Tuesday night was able to participate in his first city council meeting as mayor of Williamstown following being sworn in. The meeting was held at the Tomlinson Park picnic shelter closest to the city building in order to maintain ...

Marietta native’s mural gives new look to Boys and Girls Club

When life hands you time, get creative. At least that's how Marietta native Kyle Burnworth, 40, of Columbus, faced a coronavirus-induced layoff this spring. "I lost my job in May due to COVID layoffs and restructuring and it's been hard, but one day I was laying in my hammock at my house and ...

Around town

The Fairfield Township monthly meeting has been moved to 8 p.m. today due to a scheduling conflict. The Lawrence Township Trustees will hold the July monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Little Muskingum Volunteer Fire Department. Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museums are accepting ...