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Newport students win farm essay contest

NEWPORT – Aven Tacy and Payton Tyler have upped their home school's reputation for writing, taking first and second place in a county-wide essay contest. The two Newport Elementary School fifth-graders got hooded sweatshirts, certificates of accomplishment and a hearty round of applause ...

Behavorial health center may move into county building

A possible new behavioral health center was discussed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners during Thursday morning's meeting. Commissioner Ron Feathers said two months ago, Integrated Services for Behavioral Heath had inquired about space in the county where they could start an ...

City services, infrastructure discussed by new administration

With a week in the books under a new administration and new legislative body, agendas for city services and infrastructure were laid out both with staff and at council committee meetings Thursday. Mayor Josh Schlicher gathered department heads for a staff meeting and to officially ...

Around town

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta will host an African Drum Workshop Jan. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall. Master Drummer Lawrence Greene will conduct the workshop. The cost is $10 and advance registration is required. Drums will be provided for students who need them. ...

Student-built homes meet challenge finding buyers

Interest has continued to dip in a long-standing tradition at the Washington County Career Center, in which students build a home and sell it to someone in the public. For many years, there was an auction for the finished home, but when interest waned, pre-sales became the trend. Now, even ...

Man sentenced for staging robbery at Beverly gas station

1-9 WELLS The first of two local men who staged a robbery at the Beverly Par Mar store in July was sentenced Wednesday morning to 180 days at the Washington County Jail. Robert Justin Wells, 37, of 3491 State Route 60, McConnelsville, was arrested after an investigation by the Washington ...

Man in car scam fails to pay back money, accuses judge of bias

The sentencing hearing for a local man accused of more than $1 million scam was postponed Wednesday until the Ohio Supreme Court could rule on an affidavit filed by Richards. On Dec. 31, Kendall Richards, 49, of 1740 Forest Hills Drive, Vienna, filed an affidavit of disqualification to remove ...

Learning in retirement announces winter offerings

The Institute for Learning in Retirement has a six-course lineup for its winter offering with subjects ranging from foreign policy to film musicals. All but one of the courses begin next week, each starting on a different week day. Four of them run for eight weeks, and two of them run for ...

Around town

The Warren Township Board of Trustees will meet on the following dates at 6 p.m. at 95 Coffman Road, Marietta: Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 10, 24; March 9, 23; April 13, 27; May 11; June 8, 22; July 13, 27; Aug. 10, 24; Sept. 14, 28; Oct. 12, 26; Nov. 9, 23; Dec. 14, 28. Family & Children First will ...

Landslide reduces road to one lane

From staff reports COOLVILLE — A state route not far from the Washington/Athens County line has been reduced to one lane. The northbound lane of Ohio 144, between Ohio 124 and Athens County Road 59, was closed Tuesday due to a landslide, said Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer ...

Hardy earns perfect score on ACT

PARKERSBURG — Isaac Hardy, a senior at Parkersburg High School, has earned a perfect score on the ACT exam. Hardy took the test in December and received a composite score of 36, the highest possible score. According to a press release from ACT, fewer than half of 1 percent of students ...

WVU-P has Welcome Back Breakfast

PARKERSBURG — The staff and faculty of West Virginia University at Parkersburg journeyed to the Hundred-Acre Wood on Wednesday for a Welcome Back Breakfast and professional development session. Representatives with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg dressed up like characters from the classic ...

Giving back, giving blood

LOWELL—When Lowell resident Linda Miller decided to retire in June 2014, she became involved in many areas, but none have kept her as busy as coordinating blood drives in the village. Miller, 71, said when she retired, she became very involved with Relay for Life, veterans and delivering ...

Grant money available to rehab two dozen local homes

Twenty-four local homes will soon be helped through Community Housing Impact and Preservation grants. Applications for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation will be accepted starting today. Applications will be available at Washington-Morgan Community Action Program, 698 Wayne St., ...

Local providers learn more about working with LGBTQ community

Resilience and compassion were reiterated throughout an all-day workshop hosted at Marietta College Tuesday for local counselors and social workers. The Washington County Behavioral Health Board partnered with the college's Nonprofit LEADS program and Equitas Health, a federally designated ...

City seeks to buy blighted property on Putnam Street

A joint committee meeting for Marietta City Council included discussions on finance, blight abatement and city asset protection Tuesday. Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee Chairman Bill Farnsworth opened the discussion with the next step for the blighted commercial property at 615-619 ...

Marietta man gets two years behind bars

From staff reports A Marietta man was sentenced to two years in prison after he was arrested in what police say is the largest seizure of drugs in Washington County in the last several years. Jeffrey Wittekind, 31, of 316 Gilman Ave., was sentenced Tuesday morning for tampering with ...

Around town

The Washington County Republican Women will meet at noon Monday in the First Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall, 301 Fourth St., Marietta. Lunch will be served for a $5 donation. Judy Drake (Belpre City Council) will share information from her Washington D.C. trip concerning local and state ...

Teaching in tandem

The third-grade students at Harmar Elementary School returned to class Monday after the holiday break to find a drastically changed environment. During the break, district maintenance crews removed the wall dividing the school's third grade classrooms, creating a single big space on the ...

Assault victim speaks at sentencing hearing for Fleming man

The victim of a felonious assault in May spoke Monday morning at the sentencing of the man who shot at him and hit him with a pipe. "That day, Ryan Starkey pulled a gun on me, from me to you, that's how close we were," said Lowell resident Roe Bules. "I was looking at the barrel and I watched ...