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Marietta’s Safetytown set to launch

For the first time in 42 years, Safetytown is going bilingual in Marietta. "This year for the first time we have enrolled a child who speaks only Spanish," said Cheryl Cook, widow of the late Samuel R. Cook, whose name flys on all of the Safetytown banners in Marietta. "Abigail Worstell, a ...

WCCC OKs staff compensation package

A series of compensation packages for staff were approved Thursday night by the Washington County Career Center board. The approval gives across-the-board increases of 3.5 percent for the coming year, 3 percent for the following year and 2.5 percent for the year after that for teaching staff, ...

Park restrooms continue to be public issue

Marietta's parks are seeing plenty of activity in the late spring season, but a lack of restroom facilities continues to be a problem for many who enjoy the public spaces. There are open public restrooms at the Armory, 241 Front St., and the Marietta Harbor but none in Marietta's parks, ...

Safety-service director position debated

The City of Marietta has operated without a safety-service director for a little more than a month. "We're all stretched a little thin," said Assistant Safety-Service Director Bill Dauber this week. "The mayor and (development director) Andy (Coleman) are handling the projects initiated under ...

Elder abuse common, know the signs

The statistics are frightening when it comes to elder abuse. Every five seconds, an elder is abused in the U.S. Approximately 1 in 10 American elderly persons have experienced some form of elder abuse. Those types of numbers are why the Washington County Elder Abuse Awareness Coalition ...

Blasting off

Science packaged as fun might account for the runaway popularity of the 4-H Space Science Camp, now in its 26th year. An expanded program this year offered three days of recreation and scientific insight for 61 students from around Ohio, ranging in age from 11 to 14. The camp, sponsored by ...

Cell phone study needs more data

The National Association of Counties project to map gaps and weaknesses in the country's cell phone system is into its fourth month, but more data is needed before the association can report its findings to the Federal Communications Commission. Although the data is being loaded into a ...

Around town

Williamstown Bank's 100th Anniversary Celebration and Donation Drive will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable items to donate to The Children's Home Society of West Virginia, The Humane Society (Pleasants County and ...

Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club shares expertise

With power tools, epoxy and patience, two more handmade canoes will be on the waters of the Muskingum River in just a few weeks. The first vessels were a test run between the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club and two local middle schoolers—putting the book “Building the six-hour canoe” by ...

Short family supports technology at Warren schools

For the Short family, Go Warriors has meant: Go into the future. Allen Short served as the principal at Warren High School from 1970 through 1982, and his wife, Nancy Short, taught sixth grade at Little Hocking Elementary School. All four of their sons are Warren graduates. In gratitude to ...

River sweep Saturday

PARKERSBURG —The annual Ohio River Sweep will be held Saturday in Parkersburg and other communities along the river’s length. Locally, volunteers will assemble around 9 a.m. Saturday at Point Park where organizers will dispatch them to different locations to remove trash from the ...

Wood BOE begins consolidation work

PARKERSBURG -- The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday unanimously approved moving forward with a schools merger and consolidation process. Officials say the district will look at closing and consolidating four schools before the start of the 2020-21 school year. While board members ...

Induction set for Saturday

Although it’s been around for more than 60 years and has conferred numerous awards to young people who are aspiring artists, the Ohio River Valley chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters has kept a low profile. And despite its esoteric name, there’s nothing snooty about the ...

Tuesday night concert sold out

He was sitting on an old suitcase with fuzzy fabric providing cushion as he opened the night singing into the body of a junk guitar. “I like people to come and be open; the night tends to go the way it should that way,” said Matt Lorenz before the music. “I like to meet people where they ...

Rerouted traffic from Ohio 60 strains local roads

While some debris was cleared over the weekend on Ohio 60, local roads felt some of the rerouted strain as residents tried to avoid the one-lane delays just past 8490 State Route 60, north of Devola and a mile south of Lowell. “Of course that landslide is ODOT”s baby and they tried to ...

Teen killed in Ohio 555 accident

McCONNELSVILLE -- A teen-age girl riding in the bed of a pickup truck was killed Sunday morning in a traffic accident on Ohio 555 in Morgan County about 12 miles north of the county line, according to the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Jillian Adams, 18, of McConnelsville, ...

Garden party Thursday

Ricky Nelson may have sung about attending a garden party in 1972, but locals can attend their own garden party at The Castle in Marietta. “We have a very beautiful courtyard and it’s just a chance to bring in the community and celebrate what we do here at The Castle,” said Kyle Yoho, ...

Cauthorn recognized for service

The county prosecutor’s office recognized Alison Cauthorn’s 31 years of state service, her first two as a state public defender in Columbus and the remaining 29 in the Washington County Prosecutor’s office as an assistant prosecutor. “I started at the prosecutor’s office on June 4, ...

Community college offers robotics program

Students wanting to learn more about working on robots now have the opportunity to starting this fall at Washington State Community College. The college’s new Robotics and Mechatronics associate degree program has been two years in the making and the final pieces are starting to come ...

Belpre council deals with Farson Street landslips

BELPRE — Belpre City Council approved an emergency resolution to deal with a pair of landslips on Farson Street at Monday’s regular meeting. Council unanimously approved all three readings of a resolution accepting the best low bid for the repair project and giving the safety-service ...