Local News

Benchmarks due for update

Local officials say flood benchmarks from the Valley's 2004 and 2005 floods should not be depended upon this weekend. "It's been 14 years and we've had additions like Walgreens, Taco Bell and Qdoba so the topography has changed a lot since the last major flood," said Carrie Ankrom, Marietta ...

Trailer fire claims victim

From local reports BOAZ — A man injured in a house fire in Boaz Monday has died, according to the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office. The 59-year-old man, whose name has not been released by investigators, died Wednesday, said Courtney Rosemond, public information specialist for the ...

Engineering basics

Andrew Curtis Le and Bryar Powell crouched on the concrete floor of the classroom and watched intently as they released the balloon. It zipped about two feet before arcing into the baseboard. But after adjusting the straw and a construction-paper rudder through a few more tries, the ...

Belpre man sentenced on weapons, drug charges

A Belpre man spent his birthday morning Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court and spent the rest of the day beginning his 60-day jail sentence. Tyson D. Cunningham, 31, of 718 Colvin St., was sentenced for convictions of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, ...

Wood Co. considers joining opioid lawsuit

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission’s support is being sought in a growing lawsuit being filed against those who manufactured and distributed opioids over the years, allegedly leading to the state’s drug abuse crisis. Attorneys Mark Colantonio and Clayton Fitzsimmons of the ...

Wood County teachers, service employees on the picket lines

PARKERSBURG -- Area teachers and service personnel stood in the rain and cold Thursday to protest low pay and dwindling benefits as part of a statewide work stoppage. Thousands of public employees converged on Charleston Thursday morning to hold protests on the state Capitol grounds, but ...

Around town

Recycling center closed for flood prep Effective today, the Marietta Area Recycling Center will be temporarily closing for flood preparation and will stay closed until the waters recede. The center will be relocating to higher ground, the paper, cardboard and green glass trailers and totes ...

Police

Reports/Washington County ¯ A deputy began an investigation on Monday in reference to identity fraud. This case remains under investigation. ¯ Andrea Pope, of Sardis, reported Monday that a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was stolen from Grandview Hill Road in New Matamoras. This case remains ...

Fair: What’s ahead?

Even though some forecasts put flood waters back on the property of the Washington County Fairgrounds this weekend, fair board members still plan to hold a community town hall Saturday. They’ve just decided to move locations. “We’ll be in the Evergreen Recreation Center in ...

Black History Month: Sumner School: Forever historic

BARLOW—A little-known aspect of local history was the focus of a presentation offered Wednesday morning to Warren High School students to illuminate Black History Month and bring it closer to home. Michael Rice, assistant director of admissions and student affairs at Ohio University, is ...

Council gets report on traffic timing

With 533 crashes recorded on the Ohio 7 corridor in Marietta between 2014 and 2016, Marietta City Council heard the results of last year's signal retiming project Wednesday. TEC Engineering Vice President Edward Williams presented the data to council's streets committee as he identified ...

What’s ahead on the river?

Seven-day forecasts put Marietta into a major flood this weekend, according to both the North American Ensemble Forecast System and the Global Ensemble Forecast System. However, the short-term National Weather Service model used often for local river level predictions maintains that the ...

Work stoppage begins today in W.Va.

PARKERSBURG - Teachers and service personnel are prepared to take to the streets today as part of a planned two-day work stoppage to protest low pay and dwindling benefits. State representatives of teachers, service personnel and other public employees announced the planned stoppage ...

Old school property undeveloped

A new, more prominent for-sale sign recently appeared at the entrance to more than seven acres of vacant land at 1099 Colegate Drive, the property occupied until four years ago by North Hills Elementary School. The land has been subdivided into residential lots, most of which are about ...

Around town

Waterford Elementary kindergarten signups Waterford Elementary School kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily the week of March 12-16. This is registration only and the child is not required to be there. An appointment will be made for ...

Pets go on parade

At this weekend's first Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade at the Peoples Bank Theatre, there's a place for a dog that can play basketball and one that can run through an agility course seamlessly. But there's also a place for the family pet who still hasn't ...

Pinewood Derby Sat. at mall

From staff reports The 46th annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships will be Saturday at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Information and registration links can be found at allohak.org. Organizers will not be able to take onsite registrations ...

Assessing damage

The Ohio River subsided after a weekend engagement in the low-lying areas of Marietta, and by Tuesday morning sheets of polished mud around the levee were among the few signs remaining of its visit. Streets were re-opened although Virgina Street remained closed most of the day Tuesday and ...

Convention, visitors bureau looks ahead

The Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau had a positive message for local officials and business owners at its annual meeting Tuesday despite financial loss in 2017. Mike Iaderosa, treasurer of the CVB board of directors, explained that with $52,000 less in the budget ...

Warren district to unveil new logos

VINCENT —Along with its new buildings, the Warren Local school district also is getting a new image. Superintendent Kyle Newton said during a regular meeting of the board of education Tuesday night that the district will unveil a new set of logos Thursday afternoon at a special school ...