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Holiday Loft Tour Saturday

The Marietta Main Street Holiday Lofts Tour is for those who want to go beyond the storefront of history of downtown Marietta and get a look at the upper stories of the past. The self-guided tour, which includes 14 stops, begins Saturday at 6 p.m. and continues through 10 p.m. Highlights ...

Board will vote on WHS official’s resignation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet Tuesday to accept the resignation of a Williamstown High School administrator who was removed in August due to a police investigation. Assistant Principal Jeff Bayles was suspended with pay Aug. 25. That was changed to a ...

Wood County to get $1.4M from state for fighting fire

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commissioners Monday are going to Charleston where they will accept a check to cover the county’s expenses from the Intercontinental Export Import plastics fire. A check for $1.4 million will be given to the county commission at 2 p.m. Monday in a presentation ...

Around town

$2 bag sale at Vincent area food pantry A $2 bag sale will be held Monday through Dec. 28 at the thrift store of the Western Washington County Food Pantry, 18 High St., Vincent. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. ¯ For information: 740-678-1065 or ...

Dining on the river

Salads with maple pecans, pork medallions with port wine sauce, even an array of desserts are now in store for those looking to enjoy fine dining on the Muskingum River. Today the Riviera opens for dinner beside a longtime staple of Marietta, the Valley Gem. “The primary reason we’re ...

Patrol tracks fatal crashes seeking trends

Excessive speed, alcohol and seatbelt usage are suspected as contributing factors in at least one recent fatal crash in Washington County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Justin Jones, 32, of New Matamoras, was killed on Thanksgiving Day when he was driving southbound on Ohio 7 ...

Man pleads guilty to woman’s OD death

From local reports PARKERSBURG– Christopher Scott Murvine, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced Wednesday after his guilty plea to charges of petit larceny and voluntary manslaughter in connection with the January 2017 overdose death of Hannah Hescht. He ...

DuPont named in lawsuit over IEI fire

CHARLESTON, W. Va — DuPont has been named as one of the defendants in the fourth class-action lawsuit filed over the Oct. 21-29 fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg. Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District ...

Rights of way discussed by council

A comprehensive right of way ordinance defining prohibitions, permits, length of terms and application procedures was the subject of a public hearing held by Marietta City Council Thursday. "Our town is very, very old and there are not maps showing where every line and sewer are," said ...

County hikes pay for Veterans Service board

The Washington County Commissioners heard some end-of-the-year business from the SNAP Ed program and Job and Family Services during the weekly meeting on Thursday. They also agreed to a requested increase in pay for members of the Veterans Service Commission. James Giesey, executive ...

Broughton Trail bridge installed

The next step — about a dozen steps, if you’re counting — toward completing the Devola Multi-Use Trail on the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area was taken Thursday morning. The East Bridge across the creek next to the parking area off Ohio 821 was completed, with help of a ...

Clothing retailer plans new store in the mall

VIENNA, W.Va. — A global clothing retailer will open in the Grand Central Mall in the site of the soon-to-be-closed Elder-Beerman, company representatives announced. H&M plans to open its first store in West Virginia by fall 2018, the company said. “Grand Central Mall is proud to ...

Airport manager provides update

PARKERSBURG — Airports can play an important part in the economic development of an area, the local airport manager told county commissioners. Glen Kelly, the new manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, appeared before the Wood County Commission Thursday to give an update on ...

Around town

Little Hocking Water plans Tuesday shutoff The Little Hocking Water Association will be turning the water off for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday in the following areas: Village of Watertown, including Ohio 676, Ohio 339 north of the intersection with Washington County Road 109. A boil ...

Wetlands work

Thanks to a joint effort of different entities, the entrance to the Kroger Wetlands is now more visible and easily accessed off of Acme Street. Several people took advantage of the beautiful weather Wednesday to wander through the wetland, including local wildlife photographer Bruce ...

Expansion ahead for Epicenter

The Epicenter is shifting. The space dedicated to start-up businesses and assistance for entrepreneurs is moving from the ground floor of the Armory, where it has functioned since January, across the Muskingum to the Tenney and Associates building on Lancaster Street. The move is planned ...

Election count now official

With 878 votes cast as absentee, on Election Day and through provisional ballots for Newport Township’s two open trustee positions, a tie in the second race was decided this week by a draw from a hat. “That’s the first time in my 10 years that I’ve ever seen a straight tie,” said ...

Hometown Holiday Spectacular Friday

The sounds of the season were full and bright on the stage of the Peoples Bank Theatre Tuesday as members of various musical acts took the stage to rehearse for an upcoming show. The second annual Hometown Holiday Spectacular will take place on Friday beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 ...

Christmas Zoo open on Putnam

On a good day or a bad one, for many children there’s nothing quite like hugging a stuffed toy animal. “To one person, it’s a stuffed animal but to another it could be a friend, something to hug when they need it,” said John Wharff, owner of WMOA 1490 AM radio. The station has ...

Council gets update on water, sewer jobs

Marietta City Council's Water and Sewer Committee met Wednesday to discuss progress to both the current renovation of the wastewater treatment plant and plans for upgrades to the water treatment plant. Council learned that the River Trail will be reopened next week behind the city's ...