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Peoples Bank donated to food pantries

Peoples Bank, will donate $250,000 to Peoples Bank Foundation Inc. to be used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release, the majority of the funds are expected to be donated to food banks and food pantries in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. "Part of being a true ...

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The Marietta Wastewater Department will be making a sanitary sewer repair in front of 400 Greene St. between Fourth Street and the Williamstown bridge on ramp. Work will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday., weather permitting. The right northbound lane of Greene Street will be closed to traffic to allow ...

Marietta College weathers COVID changes

Marietta College President William Ruud said administrators, students and faculty had little time to adapt to remote learning during the COVID-19 shutdown. Schools and colleges throughout Ohio and the United States closed in mid-March as part of an effort to slow and stop the spread of ...

Groups find new ways to battle substance abuse

PARKERSBURG – Despite the pandemic, organizations are combating the substance abuse issue by coming up with ways to engage with clients and other residents. With in-person meetings and group gatherings temporarily suspended, the focus is shifted to providing informational webinars, ...

Local residents reflect on Kent State shootings 50 years later

This week marks the 50th anniversary of a defining moment for the state and the nation, but for one local resident, watching the virtual commemoration of that moment—during his graduating year— is too painful to complete. "I'm also a Vietnam vet and have seen horrible stuff there, but this ...

Residents concerned about wastewater permit

The public comment period is set to end Wednesday on a permit for a docking facility at Deep Rock Disposal Solutions. The docking facility, which would be located just south of Marietta on Ohio 7, is where local residents are concerned fracking wastewater will be offloaded. The Independent ...

Belpre first-grader gives love to first responders

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That's what little boys are supposed to be made of. Michelle Duley said her 7-year-old son, Carter, is much more than that. "He's a giving person. He really does have a heart of gold," she said. Carter expanded that gift of giving as he visited local ...

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The Tunnel-Warren Chapel United Methodist Churches will provide free community meals May 14. The menu will include meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, dinner roll, grapes, a chocolate chip bar cookie and a bottle of water. Meals will be served as drive-thru pick-ups in the church parking ...

Country Roads Food Drive to help West Virginians

Staff Report PARKERSBURG - Donations will be accepted today for a statewide food drive in West Virginia. The Country Roads Food Drive collection and fundraiser will help feed families across West Virginia during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...

Marking a major milestone

It may not have been the weather she wanted, but a Vincent resident reaching a milestone birthday didn’t let the clouds or COVID-19 get her down. Leo Edwards, has seen both 1920 and 2020 — she celebrated her 104th birthday with a special parade organized by her family. “It’s ...

Marietta College sends graduates off in novel way

The 183rd commencement at Marietta College looked a bit different than in years past. The 175 graduates participated in a live virtual commencement on Sunday, May 3, their graduation date, with the prospects of an in-person traditional commencement at a future date. “This is not what ...

NSAL announces local musical theater finalists

The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters announces the top three finishers of their 2020 Musical Theatre Competition. Eight contestants aged 18-26 from Ohio and West Virginia submitted video performances, as the planned May 21 event at the Smoot Theatre was ...

Wood County eighth-grade students are honored with Horseshoe

CHARLESTON — Seven Wood County eighth-graders were among 223 middle school students statewide to earn recognition as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. The honor is given each year to eighth graders who show high achievement in West Virginia history and culture through the annual Golden ...

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Road project on Ohio 339 will start Tuesday A $2.2 million resurfacing project will begin Tuesday on Ohio 339 in Washington County. As part of the project, from Tuesday through Friday, one lane will be closed and traffic will be maintained with temporary signals between Ohio 618 and Ohio 7 ...

First wave of local businesses reopen

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's Stay Safe Ohio order went into effect Friday, allowing for the opening of some businesses. The order is in effect until May 29, or until modified by the governor's office. Businesses allowed to open Friday were dental and veterinary offices. Sites that offer elective ...

Marietta city employee furloughs on hold

City furloughs are on hold for at least another pay period in Marietta. “As of today, May 1, 2020, I have made the decision to postpone all city of Marietta employees foregoing four hours of pay per week,” wrote Mayor Josh Schlicher in a letter Friday. This announcement was made at 11:39 ...

Peek time for bird watching approaching

The first week of May is a bustling time in the Mid-Ohio Valley for birds that are migrating north. According to Michael Schramm, visitor services manager with Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, at this time around 100 different species of birds can be sited either settling in for ...

COVID grants available for justice system

Nearly $16 million in criminal justice grant funding is now available through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Agencies that can apply for funding include local law enforcement, probation and parole offices, local courts, victim service providers, and adult, juvenile and community ...

Kindergarten registration see changes

Kindergarten registration for local school districts is usually an end-of-winter or early-spring activity. "We're still having ours, but the usual way we do things where it's like a college sport signing and the kindergartener gets to leave with a backpack can't happen right now," said Kyle ...

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Beverly American Legion Post 389 at 114 Fifth St. will host a take-out fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Meals include fish deep-fried or baked with fries and cole slaw for $8. To order, call the post at 740-984-8709. A pick-up time will be given. Turn into the alley and go to the banquet room ...