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Holidays a time to reconnect, assess

This is a time of year when family visits become more frequent, and that can mean noticing that the elderly members of the family might be struggling with some of the challenges of daily living. “During the holidays we get lots of calls because people tend to feel more isolated during the ...

Contractors Building Supply marks 20 years

Brightly lit and spacious, the Contractors Building Supply store on Marietta’s east side offers a quiet and well-stocked experience for professional builders or do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The entry, with coffee available on a table left of the door, gives way to a designer showroom with ...

Options exist for getting rid of live tree

While there’s no help vacuuming up those pine needles, there are several options for area residents to dispose of their live Christmas trees this year. Marietta has a tree drop-off location at Buckeye Park, and city residents can also take their trees to Greenleaf Landscape for free ...

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Township to hold year-end meeting The Lawrence Township Trustees will hold their 2017 year-end meeting, followed by the 2018 organizational meeting, at 5 p.m. today at the Little Muskingum Volunteer Fire Department. Coffee Break to begin at library The guest speaker at the New Matamoras ...

Van crashes into I-77 rest stop at Mineral Wells

MINERAL WELLS — A single-vehicle crash severely damaged the northbound rest stop along Interstate 77 south of Mineral Wells on Wednesday. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said a van driven by David A. Danforth, 35, crashed into the building where the restrooms were located. He said ...

Holiday lights on the move

By Michael Kelly The Marietta Times mkelly@mariettatimes.com Judy Baker sat behind the table in the basement of the Unitarian Church downtown as people came in the door and trod down the short stairway, dressed in layers, gloves and helmets, ready to ...

Ohio’s bi-partisan effort to slow drug flow

Ohio’s senators are near success on two bipartisan bills aimed at stopping the flow of fentanyl into the U.S. A bill sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown has passed the Senate and is awaiting the president’s signature to release $15 million to add new screening and laboratory equipment to the ...

Teen of the Week: St. Mary student busy with school, family

Leslie Huffman’s mother, Nicole, jokes that in their household of six children, her daughter often needs a striped shirt and a whistle. “She’s the peacekeeper,” she said of her 13-year-old. “She likes to keep the peace. And she always has a smile on her face.” She never has to ...

Number of new laws in play in the new year

The most wide-reaching new laws coming into effect in 2018 will give a modest boost to low-wage workers. The Ohio state minimum wage will increase from $8.15 an hour to $8.30 an hour, starting Jan. 1. An increase will also be applied to tipped workers, whose minimum wages will go from $4.08 ...

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Excel course to be offered in January Washington State Community College and Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer a Beginning Microsoft Excel course set for Jan. 17, 24 and 31, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m. at Chamber office, 713 Park Drive. Cost for the course is $75. Participants ...

Exchanges give way to more post holiday spending

By Jeff Baughan Special to The Times PARKERSBURG — The day after Christmas, a day of exchanges with shopping continuing with the post holiday sales, wasn’t so much into exchanges as it was spending on Tuesday. At Muberry Lane in Parkersburg, constant traffic through the door continued ...

Snowy owl is on the mend

MORGANTOWN — The snowy owl that caught the attention of Wood County residents is alert and eating well at the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia in Morgantown, a veterinarian said Monday. The young male owl, believed to be 7 to 8 months old, has gained weight and is reseasonably well, ...

Christmas dinner continues

PARKERSBURG —There was talk about discontinuing the Christmas Day community dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg this year. The congregation is getting older and not as many people are available or able to volunteer on Christmas morning. But Amy Leach and Chris Alfred were ...

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Adams Twp. will clear roads during the day Due to funding and for the safety of employees the roads in Adams Township will be cleared and treated during daylight hours and after the storm has passed. Anthony Hill and Schau Hill will be cleared and treated when it is safe to do so, please use ...

One on one with Santa

Once the calendar turns to December, Santa Claus is often too busy preparing toys and gifts at the North Pole to meet every little boy and girl around the world. Luckily, he has Santa surrogates like Rocky Harpold, of Belpre, who fill in, making appearances, taking wish lists from children ...

Marietta man dies in accident on 550

The Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle fatal accident that occurred Saturday on Ohio 550 in Warren Township. The accident happened about 12:45 p.m. Saturday near Milepost 19 on Ohio 550. Jeremy W. Parks, 36, of Marietta, was operating a 2000 ...

Students send Santa letters

PARKERSBURG - More than 300 area children sent letters for Santa Claus to Parkersburg South High School, and students made sure every one got a personal reply from St. Nick himself. Teacher Justin McKown said his freshman Honors English classes have received 337 letters since the end of ...

Many flock to mall for last-minute gifts

VIENNA — It was the day before Christmas and many still had shopping to do in a flash. People flocked to the Grand Central Mall in Vienna on Sunday to pick up a last-minute gift or to get all of their shopping done in one big mad dash on Christmas Eve. Members of the Parkersburg Woman's ...

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Frontier organizational meeting slated Jan. 3 The organizational meeting for the Frontier Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Frontier High School library. Ludlow trustees will meet Thursday Ludlow Township trustees will hold their regular December ...

Our Town: Residents enjoy ‘quiet safety’ of life on the Hill

Up on the hilltop of the west side there sits a community all of its own, part of Marietta but situated above most of it. With modest houses generally with one-third to a half acre of land, garages and ample front lawns, Harmar Hill is known for its quiet safety. “I’ve lived on ...