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New life for the old Dils center

PARKERSBURG — For decades, the Dils department store was a retail destination in downtown Parkersburg. Then, it served as a banquet and convention center, with offices for a number of businesses and agencies. After a few years in limbo, the building has a new owner, The Dils Center LLC, ...

Pets on parade and performing for Ely Chapman fundraiser

Who doesn’t like pet tricks? It’s a sure fire way to put a smile on anyone’s face. Some of those tricks were displayed Saturday as pets and their owners auditioned for the pet trick portion of the upcoming Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade event. Man’s best ...

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Fort Frye board meeting changed The date and time of the January regular meeting of the Fort Frye Local Schools Board of Education has been changed to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Beverly-Center Elementary cafeteria. Winter/Spring Story Hour registration now Registration is now underway ...

Beverly & Waterford

BEVERLY—Rural but close to city amenities, friendly, progressive … the people of Beverly all used these terms to describe their community. Set on a sweeping bend in the Muskingum River, the village of 1,300 people was founded in the late 1700s only a year after Marietta, settled by ...

Our town: Sports rivalries run deep, extend across generations

More than a river divides Waterford from Beverly. The two communities, which Washington County Commissioner Rick Walters said are so close “you could drive a golf ball from one to the other across the river,” are home to one of the best known rivalries in high school sports. The Fort ...

Vigil commemorates a life

The billboard reads “Trey’s Life Mattered,” and it was clear Friday night that it mattered to many people. More than 30 friends and family, along with an unexpected stranger, gathered in sight of a billboard on Ohio 60 near Colegate Drive purchased by Trey Moats’ mother, Lenora ...

Towns get pool funding lined up

As cities and villages look to the year's projected expenses this year the fate of community pools are always in the balance. "The involvement of the community has really helped so we're going to see the pool open again in 2018," said Beverly Councilman Jim Ullman about the ...

Church looking for help on solar project

Two-thirds of the way to meeting a $10,000 matching challenge grant, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta is hoping to get to the finish line by Earth Day on April 22. The money will go toward FUUSM’s energy efficiency projects, launched in October 2106 when the first ...

Winter education series for bike enthusiasts

Local adventure enthusiasts have kicked off a series of shop talks to encourage new activity on the local trails and rivers. “We’re calling it ‘The More You Know,’” said Lincoln Smith, service manager of the Marietta Adventure Company. “I’m doing the flat fix class and ...

Former trooper sentenced

A former Ohio State Highway Patrol Commander found guilty of theft and still facing federal charges of cyberstalking and deprivation of rights under color of law, will spend the next month in the Delaware County Jail after sentencing Friday. William P. Elschlager, 48, of 305 Masonic Park, ...

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Wolf Creek board special meeting Mon. The Wolf Creek Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 8:15 a.m. Monday for the purpose of appointing a board member and any other items deemed necessary. The meeting will be held in the Waterford High School Library. Icy conditions ...

Blood donations

January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types. They want to encourage donors to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. “Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact ...

County vs. the Ohio EPA

So many people came out to express their concerns over an ongoing sewer dispute between Washington County and the City of Marietta that a Thursday county commission meeting was recessed until Monday at 10 a.m. when it will be moved to a larger facility at 204 Davis Ave. to accommodate more ...

Marietta schools officials explain possible changes

The administration of Marietta City Schools got its first chance Thursday night to harvest a broad community response to a proposal to remake the elementary school system. The meeting in the Marietta High School auditorium drew more than 200 community members, with up to a dozen at a time ...

ECOT closing its virtual doors today

By Kantele Franko The Associated Press COLUMBUS — One of the nation's largest online charter schools is closing abruptly, leaving families of the roughly 12,000 Ohio students from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow scrambling to find other schooling options halfway through the academic ...

Counting the dollars in city’s pay freeze

Though the checks for longevity are not cut until the latter end of the year, Marietta City Council approved a freeze for both step raises and longevity this month following the passage of a bare bones budget. The cuts, which first occurred with stripping bare planned purchases last year ...

City Council authorizes River Trail expansion

Thursday Marietta City Council passed the final authorization needed to continue work on the River Trail out to Walmart. Though the vote was 5:2, with both Councilwomen Cindy Oxender and Cassidi Shoaf against, the ordinance passed with a suspension of second and third readings and an ...

Hearing clinics detect problems

Children and their families shuffled around the second floor hallway of the Marietta City Hall Annex on Putnam Street, talking to nurses and therapists, sitting and waiting, heading into exam rooms. Some had been referred by schools, others by agencies, some came in on their own. The event ...

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Waterford Twp. trustees meet Thurs. The Waterford Township Board of trustees will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month for the calendar year 2018 at the township building. Beekeepers to meet Tues. at career center The next Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ ...

New trial date for ex-Patrol commander

From staff reports The trial for the former commander of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has a new date. William P. Elschlager, 48, of 305 Masonic Park Road, Devola, will next appear in March for trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of ...