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Woman sentenced in drug case

A Cottageville, W.Va., woman cried and was visibly nervous as she was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years community service Wednesday afternoon. Kyleigh Danielle Rymer, 29, was arrested in June as part of one of the largest drug seizures in Washington County history. She pleaded guilty ...

Ohio Valley Opry to mark anniversary with telethon

MCCONNELSVILLE — This time last year, the fixture of entertainment in McConnelsville unveiled its $900,000 investment in the historic center of the town. It spent the winter months returning audiences to the seats, showing off renovation and preservation work completed, with an eye on large ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players to give radio play

Staff Report MARIETTA — A radio play presentation of an episode from one of America’s most popular westerns will be presented 8 p.m. Friday online on Zoom by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players. Part of the WMOVP Radio Theatre social distancing theater initiative, the troupe will present “Cheap ...

Painting continues

City crews are working this week on lamp posts on Putnam Street. They will next move to Front, Second, Butler, Post and Greene streets to paint the lamp posts downtown. Then, according to Mayor Josh Schlicher, trash bins, benches and other street furniture will also be refreshed, changing ...

Council hears steps for Brandi’s Legacy

Marietta City Law Director Paul Bertram explained Tuesday that only one procedural step must be taken to continue the service of housing for women and their children as the adult clients work through recovery from addiction with 24-hour staffed supervision, in-building counseling and the ...

BOE outlines options for bond issue

Marietta City Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday to outline options available to the school district, if the proposed bond issue on the November ballot passes. The bond issue is certified for 5.25 mills with 0.5 mills to be set aside each year for maintenance and repairs ...

Around Town

Southeastern Port Authority to meet The Board of Directors for the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority has called an emergency meeting today beginning at 7:30 a.m. This meeting is open via conference or web call only. Email info@seohioport.com for details. Agenda will be provided. Family, ...

Last day for census is Sept. 30

The last day to respond to the 2020 Census is Sept. 30, which will impact state and local communities for the next 10 years. The census day was originally April 1, but because of the pandemic, the deadline was pushed back. “We were ramping up to push hard on the census when COVID hit,” ...

Community Foundation nearly at $60K goal

Staff Report The Marietta Community Foundation has nearly reached the goal in its $60K for 6 campaign for schools for virus-related issues. The campaign was announced in August to raise $60,000 to be equally allocated to the six school systems in Washington County, Marietta City Schools, ...

Rotary donates H2O

Photo by Michele Newbanks Brian Hilverding and Pat Bradford load pallets of water onto a truck bound for Lake Charles, La., at 4 a.m. Thursday, carrying 115,000 bottles of water and seven ice makers to help people affected by Hurricane Laura. Residents can support the effort by writing a check ...

Marietta takes a look at possible traffic signal removal

A traffic signal removal study begins this week at the intersection of Franklin and Market streets in Marietta. Mayor Josh Schlicher and City Engineer Joe Tucker met at the intersection Monday to explain the goals of the study and ended up spending a little more than an hour with one of the ...

Finance Committee reviews 2021 spending recommendation

Marietta City Council’s Finance Committee reviewed an updated recommendation for expenditures of 2021 federal funds Monday, without the implementation or completion of a federally-required multi-year consolidated plan. Finance Committee Chairman Mike Scales said he requested only the ...

Crews work to complete Kraton improvements

BELPRE — Crews were busy Monday working on the last part of a multi-year project to enhance how Kraton handles stormwater. Scott Haverty, Kraton’s manager of capital projects, said primarily, the project is infrastructure on the south side of the plant. It isn’t the only work being ...

Wolf Creek gets $40,671 grant

WATERFORD — Grants, substitutes and a 30-year award were discussed at Monday evening’s meeting of the Wolf Creek Local Board of Education. The board accepted an awarded grant of $40,671 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Rural Education Achievement Program. District Treasurer ...

Belpre to talk electric aggregation

BELPRE — A pair of public meetings regarding electric aggregation will be held prior to the next Belpre City Council meeting in September. During Monday night’s council meeting, held by Zoom, it was announced that Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council would hold a pair of public meetings, ...

Community Reflection

PARKERSBURG— Artsbridge and Grand Central Mall have once again partnered together to help the mall reflect the community. According to Artsbridge Director Mandy Stevens, Jody Hopkins, General Manager of the Grand Central Mall, asked if the Artsbridge would be interested in partnering for a ...

Around Town

Board of Education to hold meeting The Marietta City School District Board of Education will hold a special board meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. This virtual meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live and will discuss building options for the proposed bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot. No action ...

Man killed in accident on Ohio 56

A Lakewood, Ohio, man was killed Saturday afternoon in an accident on Ohio 56 in Hocking County, the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Marc Kourcklas, 30, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on Route 56 and went left of center, striking a 2019 Ford Flex driven by ...

Delays in Wood County expected

PARKERSBURG — Minor delays are anticipated beginning Sept. 21 on Wood County 21, Old U.S. 21, the Division of Highways said. Kelly Paving will resurface the road from about a quarter mile south of Wood County 21/17 to Wood County 40 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day through Sept. 26. ...

Parkersburg YMCA keeps pool programs

Staff Report Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Parkersburg has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 150 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and ...