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Warren BOE hears building update

VINCENT — The progress of the Warren Local School building project is apparent to anyone driving along State Route 339 south of Barlow. The district’s big consolidated elementary school has been raised its full two stories and roofed, lights visible through the windows after dark. “It ...

College offers a chance to serve the community

On Monday, educators and students are being called to take a "day on, not a day off" for the national holiday. As part of the initiative, Marietta College will be hosting a service day next week for both students and community members to impact local nonprofits through various labor and ...

Finance committee advances 3 requests

City council moved forward three requests for legislation Monday including authorization to appropriate a $1.154 million loan for upgrades to the water treatment plant. The plant’s design upgrades have been discussed at length for more than four years as the aging treatment system sitting ...

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The Washington County Board of Elections will be closed January 15-17 to allow the board and staff to attend the 2020 OAEO Winter Conference. The office will also be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. on Jan. 21. •For information: ...

Belpre council holds first meeting of 2020

BELPRE — Belpre City Council held its first regular meeting of 2020 on Monday evening, still one member short. Council President Larry Martin said he made council’s committee chair and member assignments as best he could until the open at-large seat on council is filled. Most of the ...

W.Va. gubernatorial candidates build campaign coffers before filing period

CHARLESTON — Several Republican and Democratic candidates for governor of West Virginia ended 2019 with thousands of dollars in campaign contributions going into the candidate filing period starting Monday. Campaign finance reports for the 4th quarter of 2019 — covering campaign ...

High on Hope offers inspiration to those struggling

ELIZABETH — High on Hope Ministries held a panel discussion Saturday night at the Elizabeth Baptist Church in Elizabeth, with the goal of equipping those in attendance with the resources to help people battling drug addiction. This was the fifth panel discussion in the state, and the ...

Wood County man competes in ‘Worst Cooks’

WASHINGTON, W.Va. — A local man learned a new skill as he competed on season 18 of Food Network’s show “Worst Cooks in America.” Leo Lech’s family has a tradition of cooking; his mother frequently cooked dishes from her native Poland, and his three daughters know their way around ...

Squaring off: Trump & Pelosi face off ahead of impeachment trial

By Lisa Mascaro AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced off Sunday ahead of his impeachment trial, as she said senators will "pay a price" for blocking new witnesses and he quickly retorted that she and House Intelligence ...

Parkersburg turns out in support of President Trump at gathering

PARKERSBURG — Close to 150 people from across the Mid-Ohio Valley gathered at the corner of Murdoch and Lakeview avenues Saturday to show their support for President Donald Trump, his decisions and to protest against his impeachment. Many of those gathered waved flags that read “Trump ...

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Paranormal Expo will be held in Marietta Hidden Marietta will present a Paranormal Exposition featuring Dalen Spratt, star of the hit show “Ghost Brothers,” Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Lafayette Hotel. Admission is $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. ¯For ...

The 5G hitch

The continuing hunger for more data, more sophisticated uses and more of just about everything else to feed the world's cellphones has challenged technology to keep pace. The latest evolution in mobile connectivity is known as 5G, and it represents a leap forward in the amount of data that can ...

State investigation of former prosecutor ongoing

The investigation is ongoing on the complaint filed by the Washington County Bar Association regarding the actions of former Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, even after the conviction and resignation of Rings. The bar association voted at its April 29 meeting to authorize the ...

Marietta woman sentenced to five years for shooting at husband

The minimum sentence of five years in prison was handed down Friday to a Marietta woman found guilty of felonious assault for shooting at her husband. Michelle Ames, 42, of 141 Franklin St., was found guilty on Nov. 20 for the assault, which followed a domestic dispute on Oct. 29, ...

Devola planning meeting looms as residents decide whether to fight decision

Devola residents have options to consider this weekend before attending Tuesday's public meeting hosted by the Washington County commissioners. The meeting comes just days after a Thursday evening meeting in which Devola residents were invited to hear from an attorney about their options in ...

Warmer winter weather may continue

In what would normally be a colder year for the Mid-Ohio Valley based on patterns of weather associated with the solar cycle, new records for heat are in store this winter. "At least for this weekend and into the first part of next week we're expecting well above normal temperatures," said ...

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The Washington Soil & Water Conservation District is holding its annual tree sale now through Feb. 14. Edible trees, conifers, plants for bees, and wildlife boxes are available. Call 740-885-3318 or visit the website washingtoncountyswcd.com for an order form. The Marietta Natural History ...

Medics in short supply, on the ground and in the air

McCONNELSVILLE – David Ankrom spends a lot of his time out in the community. In addition to touting the rewards of a career as a flight medic with his company, MedFlight, he's looking for people. Ankrom, the external base lead for MedFlight's southeast Ohio operation at the Morgan County ...

$1 million bond set for man accused of raping multiple children

A Marietta man faces life in prison after being indicted recently by a Washington County grand jury on 20 counts of first-degree felony rape of seven children from ages 5 to 17. Richard Curtis "Rick" Decker Jr., 62, of 708 Front St. Apt. 14, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning during his ...

Residents meet behind closed doors to discuss sewer project

More than 150 Muskingum Township residents met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss legal strategy for fighting an impending sewer project through the court system. “I just got the flyer on my door,” said Gary Rhoades, 74, of Devola. “And we’re not sewered, so we came to see ...