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Council continues blighted properties discussion

The processes of blighted property acquisition were clarified Friday after a contentious regular business meeting of Marietta City Council Thursday. Marietta City Law Director Paul Bertram explained that a comment made on the city's Facebook Live stream won't be included in the body's official ...

Cookie business adapts for those staying at home

The Cookie Nook in Marietta is offering something new for people who want to break the monotony of sheltering in place. Duffy Sprague and Katie Warden, owners of the cookie shop, are now selling do-it-yourself cookie kits. "They are $10 each and inside the kit you get six blank cookies, three ...

Blood drives still going on; need remains

In a time when people are encouraged to stay home, the American Red Cross is still in need of blood donations. Jennifer Offenberger, associate vice president of service excellence with the Memorial Health System, said there is always a need for blood. "People need it for chemo treatments or ...

Ohio restaurants, salons to reopen

New dates for reopening Ohio were announced Thursday, while some businesses in West Virginia are already up and running. Across the Ohio River, The Yellow Jacket Sweets and Eats in Williamstown opened for the season Thursday with curbside pickup, delivery and outdoor seating spaced seven feet ...

Belpre father who shook infant released early

After spending two years in prison for shaking his 2-month-old son, a Belpre man was granted judicial release Thursday morning. Graeme Alexander, 30, last known address 814 Leonard Ave., Belpre, was sentenced in March 2018 to four years in prison. He was arrested in June 2018 and charged with ...

Commissioners hear about potential highway project

Thursday's meeting of the Washington County Commission was once again open to the public. The last few meetings had been broadcast on the county's website. Commissioner Ron Feathers said they were comfortable having in-person meetings with social distancing in place since they meetings are ...

Marietta College looks toward post-pandemic future

The threat of a global pandemic and the need for social distancing have accelerated efforts by Marietta College to rethink how it will operate in the future, the president of the college said. President William Ruud said officials already are working on plans for a fall semester, but with so ...

Around town

Safetytown 2020 has been canceled due to the restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19. It will resume in 2021. Beverly American Legion Post 389 at 114 Fifth St. will host a take-out fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Meals include deep-fried fish with fries and cole slaw for $8. To order, call ...

Food pantry blessed with multiple donations

Thursday was a day of thanks at the Gospel Mission Food Pantry. "We have been so very blessed," said executive director Candy Waite after the Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon of West Virginia and Ohio of the Marine Corps Veterans Association dropped of a $150 check to support groceries at the pantry. ...

Fate of summer pool openings, festivals still up in the air

This spring's COVID-19 pandemic may mean there will be fewer activities this summer. It has already been announced that the Belpre Pool will not open, but the fates of other community pools are not so clear. "Right now, the way it looks, we won't be opening until later, if at all," said ...

Memorial may be past COVID peak, relaxes some visitor rules

Representatives from the Memorial Health System held an online press conference Wednesday to discuss new and continuing safeguards. Scott Cantley, president and CEO, said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has said to resume business operations from a health care standpoint, and the first step is to ...

FCC decision on local reliable internet options expected this week

Local officials and organizers are calling on southeast Ohio residents to make their voices heard in Washington D.C. to help bring reliable and faster internet to the area. "We can't depend on anyone else advocating for us if we don't," said Development Director Bret Allphin, of Buckeye Hills ...

Nearly 90-year-old busy making hundreds of masks

Though her glasses are rose-colored, her vision of service to others is still practical, as she's made hundreds of masks through the pandemic. "I feel that God gave me the gift to do it, so I'm going to help," said Hettie Reed, 89, of Watertown Township. "If you're able to work, you need to ...

Marietta College helps international students during pandemic

While COVID-19 and a nationwide shutdown of schools and businesses has been challenging for all residents, international students in particular have faced additional hurdles. Marietta College President William Ruud said administrators have taken additional steps during the shutdown to make ...

Around town

The Wolf Creek Local Board of Education has changed its May regular meeting to May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library. Southeastern Ohio Legal Services has canceled its May legal clinic. For time-sensitive legal issues that cannot wait until June or July, call SEOLS at 1-833-288-2936 ...

MOV Players preparing encore radio show

Staff Report Last week’s premier by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players social distance theater was so successful, the community theater group will continue with a second installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday. Presented by electronic means and online, the Mother’s Day show will be a ...

Scholarship honors former Fort Frye student, soldier

When Lacey Hays, 18, of Newport, ships off for U.S. Army basic training next month, she's taking the prayers and love of more than her own family with her. Hays is one of two recipients of scholarship funding from the Christian Ward fund, given in memory of the young soldier who died in a ...

Major Ohio 7 project starts this week

Work began Tuesday on a $2.2 million resurfacing project in Belpre Township. One lane will be closed and traffic will be maintained with a temporary signal between Ohio 618 and Ohio 7 through Friday. This part of the project is to remove abandoned railroad tracks. Resurfacing work will begin ...

New moon: downtown eatery changes hands

A downtown eatery is changing hands, but its owner, Marietta' former mayor, will still be part of the establishment, through the food he grows and the music he makes. "I bought that building in 1987, so 33 years —more than half of my life — has been part of seeing the renaissance of the ...

Veterans services back in full swing

Service to those who served is back in full swing for two local agencies. The Washington County Veterans Service Commission not only swore in another commissioner, David Fitzgerald, Tuesday, but is also back to staffing its office and making appointments to aid local servicemen and women of ...