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Victim identified in Route 50 accident

Authorities this morning released the name of the person killed in an accident Monday on U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. Chad D. Kilburn, 60, Cairo, was killed in the accident at Red Hill Road and U.S. 50, according to Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens. Kilburn was driving a 2014 ...

Local health departments under the weather

As the nation kicked off National Public Health Week, turmoil and change has continued in local administrations. ¯ Marietta-Belpre Health Department Concerns about the joint health department encompassing both of Washington County’s cities have residents and other health workers ...

Check-In: Drug Court optimistic for future work

With the lifting of some restrictions due to COVID-19, Compass Drug Court officials are hopeful they will see some semblance of normal soon. “We’re doing well and chugging along and hopefully we’ll get back in person,” said Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi, who ...

Marietta Aquatic Center set to open May 29

By Michele Newbanks Staff Reporter Local residents sweltered in the hot summer sun last year, but with the easing of some pandemic restrictions, families will have a place to cool off starting May 29 at the Marietta Aquatic Center. But between now and then, a lot of work will be done to ...

Coffee shop opening soon

Lock No. 4, a new coffee shop in Beverly, is planning a soft opening later this month. According to Lock No. 4’s Facebook page, it will offer “endless flavoring options” for speciality coffee drinks as well as cold, hot, and iced drinks. There will be options for non-coffee drinkers, ...

Stand your ground laws discussed

Laws that expand the right to shoot to kill in perceived self-defense yield unequal consequences in the justice system depending on whether the person shot was white, according to research published In February. So-called “stand your ground” laws, one of which was passed in Ohio last year, ...

4-H endowment dinner continues

This year’s 4-H endowment dinner and auction was unlike any in the past. With the aroma of grilling steaks and chicken in the air, the Washington County Fairgrounds was a hubbub of activity as people pulled vehicles up near the junior fair building to pick up silent auction items and ...

Mass clinic

Snaking around the Wayne Street medical campus, close to the Ohio River, more than 1,400 individuals in their vehicles were vaccinated Saturday in Marietta’s first mass-vaccination clinic with the Johnson and Johnson single-dose innoculation from coronavirus. At the entrance to the campus, ...

Proposals call for expanded passenger rail service in Ohio

The possibility of expanded passenger rail service in Ohio has some residents brainstorming how it might impact their lives. A Columbus resident imagines being able to take a train to Chicago, a place they haven’t been “in ages.” A baseball fan from Dayton thinks he’d be able to attend ...

Drive-Thru Egg Hunt

Janet Stacy, her children and grandchildren enjoyed the second drive-thru Easter egg hunt Sunday at the Stacy Family Farm, but it’s not necessarily something she wants to see become an annual tradition. “We started last year because of COVID,” she said, recalling the early days of the ...

The Statehouse punch heard ‘round Ohio

As lawmakers gathered inside their new legislative chamber for the first time in January 1857, Gov. Salmon Chase stood at the rostrum to offer a message of dignified government. The new Ohio Statehouse, he hoped, would long stand as a symbol of “well-ordered institutions, and the enduring ...

A sweet reunion

Safe activities are in full swing at the O’Neill Center and for some, it is the first opportunity for safe fellowship since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the O’Neill center opened its doors per Gov. Mike DeWine’s order last September, some have been leery of ...

Marietta Community Church has permanent location

If you go: ¯ Who: Marietta Community Church. ¯ Where: 200 Franklin St., Marietta. ¯ Service time: 10 a.m. ¯ Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/watch/mariettacma/ Source: Marietta Community Church. After 21 years at the Marietta YMCA, the Marietta Community Church has a ...

ODOT road construction updates this week

The Ohio Department of Transportation has released updates on coming roadwork for the first full week of April. In Washington County, seven projects are underway either in pre-construction or construction phases. ¯ I-77 resurfacing - A resurfacing project begins on April 19 on I-77 between ...

Extended hours for Marietta Area Recycling Center

The Marietta Area Recycling Center (MARC) will have extended hours effective Tuesday, April 6. ¯ Tuesdays — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ¯ Thursdays — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ¯ Saturdays — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MARC accepts cardboard, paper, bottle glass, steel and aluminum cans and #1, 2, 4 and 5 ...

Police reports

Reports/Ohio State Highway Patrol ¯ A two vehicle accident occurred March 22 on Township Road 1109 in Muskingum Township. Makayla Nichol Muntz, 18, of 107 Walnut Lane Apt. A, Belpre, and Emily Grace Bichard, 18, of 103 Milton Road, Marietta, were westbound on Township Road 1109. Bichard’s ...

Lowell structure fire closes U.S. 60

From staff reports A structure fire in Lowell closed down Ohio 60 for around two hours Thursday afternoon. Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Chief Josh Harris said the call came in around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. “At the time, it was a confirmed structure fire. The owner called it in,” Harris ...

Driver shot after ramming Capitol barricade

WASHINGTON (AP) — A car rammed a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon, injuring two Capitol Police officers and leading to the driver being shot, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. At least one officer was in serious condition, while the driver was in ...