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The Marietta City Schools Board of Education will hold a special board meeting Monday to discuss the results from the bond levy on Nov. 5. The regular November board meeting will be held Thursday. Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be held at the board of education offices at 111 Academy ...

Bee City kicks off speaker series

WILLIAMSTOWN — The First Baptist Church of Williamstown was abuzz Thursday evening as Williamstown kicked of its speaker series as part of its involvement with Bee City U.S.A. Williamstown serves as the only West Virginia town that’s part of Bee City U.S.A., a program that “endorses a ...

MOV Chamber celebrates with annual awards banquet

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored the “Greatest Show” to celebrate another great year of business in the area Thursday. This year, the chamber’s annual awards banquet traded in sit down tables and a buffet-style dinner setting for a circus setting ...

Streets Committee holds meeting about Grandview Avenue

Grandview Avenue was the topic of heated debate within the walls of Norwood United Methodist Church Wednesday. The road’s ownership, Quarry Street residential access to the Colegate Drive, emergency fire and squad access, and residential safety around a blind curve and the slipping ridge ...

Marietta group receives downtown signage survey

Marietta City Council’s regular committee meetings continue this week irrespective of budgetary hearings. Wednesday, Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee met jointly with Streets Committee to hear preliminary findings from Marietta Main Street downtown signage survey. Main ...

W.Va. board agrees to close three Wood County schools

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to close three Wood County elementary schools in the spring of 2020. At the state board’s regular meeting Wednesday in Charleston, members voted 7-1 to approve the closure of McKinley and Worthington elementary schools ...

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The Marietta Natural History Society will host Dr. Donald Althoff, of the University of Rio Grande, on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Room 150 of the Rickey Science Center on the Marietta College campus. Althoff will speak about flying squirrels based on his ongoing research. The December meeting of the ...

W.Va. backs veterans court services

Staff Report CHARLESTON — West Virginia has joined states supporting the expansion of specialized court services for veterans. Attorneys general from 41 states sent a letter to leaders in the U.S. Senate encouraging the adoption of the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019, ...

Alzheimer’s Resource Fair offers support, information

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg hosted its first Alzheimer’s Resource Fair on Wednesday as part of a senior project by student John Kavanagh. Kavanagh is a sociology, communications and literature major and decided to put on the fair for his senior project because of ...

Senator seeks declaration on vaping

PARKERSBURG — A senator from Monongalia County has asked the governor to declare a public health emergency over the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. Sen. Bob Beach in a letter to Gov. Jim Justice requested he instruct the state Department of Health and Human Resources through the Bureau ...

Home built for Betsey Mills looking for new owner

Just off Ohio 60, up a steep one-lane road and private drive is an English Tudor home many people may not know exists, although it is tied to some of the most historically well-known residents of Marietta. The house is on Millgate Drive and was built in 1915 by William Mills for his wife, ...

Marietta water, sewer bills increasing

Bi-monthly Marietta water and sewer bills are going up in 2020. This year, as in years past, residents and businesses pay a combined water and sewer bill based on the cubic feet of water used and disposed of every two months. Within city limits, customers who saw bi-monthly bills of $72.98 ...

W.Va. board votes to close three Wood County schools

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Board of Education by a 7-1 vote has approved a plan to close three Wood County elementary schools at the end of this school year. Voting against was Miller Hall, vice president of the board. Members of the Wood County Board of Education and administrators ...

Coach tries to inspire student leaders

A former Marietta College head baseball coach shared his motivational tips to local students from Washington County's high schools Tuesday afternoon. Mike Deegan, who is currently head men's baseball coach at Denison University in Columbus, said Washington County means a lot to him and his ...

Broughton parent company files for bankruptcy

MARIETTA — The company which owns Broughton Foods in Marietta has filed for bankruptcy and the impact locally is uncertain. Dean Foods Company, based in Dallas, announced Tuesday it and substantially all of its subsidiaries have initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in ...

Oriana House responds to civil suit

Disputing the characterization of its clients at the voluntary residential treatment facility in Marietta, Oriana House Inc. spoke out Tuesday in response to the ongoing civil suit by the city. “These are human beings who need a therapeutic environment to try to get well; you can’t just ...

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The O'Neill Center will host a caregiver's workshop at 1 p.m. Monday. The workshop will provide a better understanding of dementia, strategies to cope and services to help. The workshop is free of charge and open for families to attend. Space is limited; call 740-373-3914 to reserve a ...

Wood Schools midterm grades delayed

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials will delay school midterms until later in the month as the school system continues to repair damage from a computer virus. However, officials say online tools to check grades and allow students to work on lessons from home were not affected by the ...

Marietta celebrates Veterans Day

Marching in tandem to the beat of Marietta High School's Wall of Sound, honor guards, Civil War reenactors and veterans from all of the U.S. Armed Forces filed down Putnam Street to the memorials in East Muskingum Park Monday. "To participate in something like this is pretty special," said ...

Grand jury indicts three for child sex crimes

From staff reports Three local men were recently indicted for sexual offenses against juveniles by a Washington County grand jury. Stephen "Matt" Snider, 39, of 801 Talbot St., Belpre, was indicted on six counts of gross sexual imposition, all third-degree felonies. The indictments stem ...