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Officials explain county enterprise fund

One of the many difficult decisions being faced by the Washington County Commissioners in sorting out the Devola sewer project – generally estimated at between $15 million and $22 million in capital cost – is how to divide up the way it is paid for. The county will have two general ...

Handel’s Messiah to be performed Sunday

Hannah Miller, 20, of Marietta, is kicking off exam week a day early Sunday with a performance she feels privileged to be included in. Miller is one of the five soloists joining Marietta College's Oratorio Chorus for its 93rd performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah on Sunday. "There ...

Harmar students continue Fearing House tradition

Fifth-grade students from Harmar Elementary participated in a long-standing tradition of visiting the Henry Fearing House Museum for Christmas on Friday. The students added ornaments they decorated to a tree in the museum. Marietta resident and museum volunteer Mary Jo Hutchinson said the ...

Scholarship honors former MHS athlete

A local athlete who died at the age of 33 will be memorialized by her son through a scholarship at Marietta High School. Wana Rinard, a 1977 graduate of Marietta High School, died in 1993 from breast cancer. "It was breast cancer that metastasized to her bones," said her son, Patrick ...

Around town

The Washington County Suicide Awareness Coalition will hold a Hope for the Holidays Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Muskingum Park for those remembering loved ones lost to suicide. The youth of Tunnel United Methodist Church will present its sixth annual live nativity Dec. 14 from 6 ...

“Move Over” signs posted after crash that injured a trooper

Signs were installed Thursday around Washington County to remind people to move over if they see a stopped vehicle with flashing lights. The three signs were placed at the request of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a result of a crash that injured Sgt. Eric Knowlton in ...

Children undercounted in census

The self-reliant character of Appalachians coupled with suspicion of the federal government could cost local governments in Washington County when the 2020 Census count rolls in. Flite Freimann, the executive director of the county Job and Family Services office and a member of the county's ...

State report card system may be revamped

The days of the A-F grading system for Ohio schools and school districts may be numbered. A state committee formed to examine the Department of Education report card system held its final meeting Wednesday and is now working on a report. Ohio Rep. Don Jones, the Republican who represents ...

Nutcracker comes to Marietta stage tonight

Prepared to wow with the magic of the holiday classic, the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company is pulling out all of the stops for its performances today and next week. "We have a professional company of adult dancers, a guest artist and several juniors and seniors in high school dancing in The ...

Commissioners approve 911 projects

Funding for emergency dispatch improvements in the county was approved by commissioners at their weekly meeting Thursday. The commission approved four projects requested by the Washington County 911 Technical Advisory Council. Funding will come from the 911 levy money, according to Lt. Chris ...

Around town

The Wolf Creek Local school district will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the high school library. The O'Neill Center will host its annual craft show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Many local artisans will be selling handmade items. RSVP will be selling chicken and noodles, ...

Marietta City Council begins wrapping up year

Marietta City Council met Thursday in the first of four meetings to wrap up 2019 and all legislative actions of the current elected body with terms expiring on Dec. 31. Nine ordinances were introduced Thursday, but without the minimum six of the seven voting members in attendance required to ...

MOV Regional Airport considering upgrades

PARKERSBURG —The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is looking at a number of upgrades in the coming years to modernize it with the needs of an airport in the 21st Century. Airport Manager Glen Kelly appeared before the commission Thursday to give an update on what is happening at the ...

A tradition for hunters

CUTLER—Taking refuge from biting winds and low temperatures, deer hunters filed into the Cutler Community Center Wednesday. "Oh, the ladies have done this for years," smiled Kate Harris, of Cutler, a member of the Cutler Ladies Aid Society. "It started in the church kitchen, but now we ...

Lowell mayor’s race unchallenged despite ballot errors

A month after the election, the Lowell mayor's race isn't facing a challenge despite some issues with paper ballots on Election Day. Incumbent Mayor Steve Weber beat his opponent, David Hanes, by only seven votes. "We know in this case, the poll worker had to hand out paper ballots," said ...

Joint committee talks signs, sidewalks

MARIETTA – Two committees of Marietta City Council met in a joint session Wednesday over legislative planning for 2020. The Planning and Zoning and Streets committees to discuss downtown businesses and rights to add signage above the city sidewalks in the C4 commercial district. The C4 ...

Festival of Trees auction benefits Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center

PARKERSBURG — The 33rd annual Festival of Trees auction to benefit the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in West Virginia was held Wednesday night at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Easter Seals will use the $15,000 raised from the event toward patient care, according to Allison O’Konski, ...

Wingett Run man arrested for threats, violence

From staff reports A Wingett Run man was arrested Tuesday night around 9:15 p.m. after allegedly hitting a woman while she was holding a child, as well as threatening to cut a child's throat and firing several shots. Tyrone Anthony Fry, 34, of 307 Upper Fifteen Mile Creek Road, was arrested ...

Around town

The Honor Society and the Veterans Club of Washington State Community College will host a pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's of Marietta. The youth of Tunnel United Methodist Church will present its sixth annual live nativity Dec. 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. Guests ...

Naik building coming down; others cited

PARKERSBURG — A Naik companies building cited by the Parkersburg Fire Department is being torn down, while a March 1 deadline has been set to address issues at three other facilities in the city. A building permit was issued last week to demolish Building D at 3107 Gateman Drive, Parkersburg ...