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Marietta City Council adopts state building codes

Marietta City Council still held its regular business meeting Thursday, despite barely having enough members present to make a quorum. With former Councilwoman Kathy Downer's resignation official June 1 and her replacement not yet appointed by the Washington County Democratic Central ...

Changes to CABL routes coming

The second public hearing for changes to the Community Action Bus Lines transit route in Marietta were discussed during Thursday's Washington County Commissioners meeting. During the first public hearing, officials spoke about how traffic flow changes have made it difficult over the last few ...

High Schools That Rock has guitar camp for aspiring musicians

The ensemble of five acoustic guitars, an electric bass and drums began tuning, thumping and humming, getting cables arranged, checking microphones and settling in. The familiar chords of “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty rang out in unison, and a girl with dark braided hair began to ...

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Tri-County Food Pantry will hold its annual fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. June 22 at Salem-Liberty Elementary School in Lower Salem. The menu will include Cowboy Dan's chicken, sliced ham, mashed potatoes, homemade noodles, green beans, slaw, cottage cheese, rolls and homemade desserts. Coffee ...

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Third Street

A pedestrian on a bicycle was stuck by a vehicle Wednesday night by the Beer Barn on Third Street in Marietta. Marietta Police Sgt. Katie Warden said a Beer Barn employee called in around 6:52 p.m night and reported that a 28-year-old woman was riding a bicycle on the store’s private ...

Marietta D-Day survivor was part of Ghost Army

A long-time Marietta resident had a special role in the events around the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944. Delbert Weber, who turned 99 on May 15 and now lives at Elmcroft of Marietta, was a staff sergeant in the Army as part of the 603rd Engineer Division, 23rd Headquarters Special ...

Decision expected in Marietta vs. Oriana House this summer

A resolution is expected by summer's end in the civil litigation between the city of Marietta and Oriana House Inc. On Wednesday, Appointed Judge John Solovan heard oral arguments 45 days after the city's initial filing asking the court to force Oriana House to comply with city codified ...

Local youth offered wildlife experience

WILLIAMSTOWN—Starting their safari summer just like adult scientists, six children constructed their nature journals before venturing out in a light drizzle Wednesday. "Real scientists take really good notes, and rubbings and always write down what the weather was that day," explained ...

Men’s health focus of event

From staff reports Worldwide, women have made the greatest gains from advances in health. From 1970 through 2010, life expectancy for women globally went from 61.2 to 73.3 years, an increase of more than 12 years, according to the World Health Organization. For men, it went from 56.4 to ...

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The Castle on Fourth Street in Marietta will host its annual Garden Party from 7 to 9 p.m. June 13 in the courtyard. The event will feature appetizers and pleasant jazz music provided by the Fifth Street Jazz Trio among the beautiful Castle gardens. Attendees can win two complimentary tickets ...

Residents still waiting for drainage fixes

Consistently brought before city council over the last several years have been issues concerning stormwater and drainage. Some are easily fixed, like the damage done to the corner of Washington and Seventh streets that dented and partially blocked a storm drain. "This was an easy fix, we ...

County parties to fill prosecutor, council seat

Both Washington County central committees are circling candidates to fill remaining time in two publicly elected terms. The Washington County Republican Central Committee met Monday and appointed three more members to its voting body and selected June 15 for a vote to fill the remainder of ...

Arsonist given early release sent back to prison

A Whipple man granted judicial release in May 2018 was sent back to prison Tuesday morning. Troy Johnson, 23, of 2400 Dalzell Road, was sentenced to serve the rest of his four-year prison term by Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth. Johnson was originally indicted with ...

Service clubs step up for food pantry

Theft is a surprisingly common activity among two of Marietta's most prominent service clubs, although prosecution has never been involved. The Marietta Noon Lions and Rotary clubs don't have a lot of assets to steal, but the brass bells each club uses to call its meetings to order have ...

“Incorrigible” criminal sentenced to four years for burglary

A Marietta man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday after a December 2018 arrest on burglary charges. Michael A. Wallace II, 26, of 105 Leland Ave., was arrested at the Ohio 550 residence of Zachary Barnes and his family after a police chase in Warren Township. "It started as a ...

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Moss Run Community Church's Vacation Bible School for all children ages 2 and up will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 26-28. The theme is "The Incredible Race." There will be Bible lessons, crafts, games, songs and refreshments. The church is located 10 miles from Marietta on Ohio 26. The ...

Washington County worker struck, killed by train

A Washington County worker died Monday afternoon when he was struck by a CSX freight train about nine miles north of Marietta on the west side of the Muskingum River. Michael Douglas, 52, of Marietta, was part of a county crew doing work in Oak Grove, and the group had stopped for lunch in ...

YMCA child care numbers grow at new site

Summer break has enrollment growing for the Marietta Family YMCA as it heads into its second week of child care in a new facility. Now located off of Colegate and Academy drives, the community recreation nonprofit has its eyes on group fitness classes in the new facility at 1301 1/2 Colegate ...

How sweet it is: new home-based cookie business opens

In two weeks, the pair has taken on 14 orders, dancing around the kitchen testing recipes and designs in Devola as their sons wrap up spring baseball season together. "Both of us were hobby bakers," noted Katie Warden, 40, as she pulled up a recipe in her home Monday to try for a new ...

Friends of Lower Muskingum to sweep river

One message Tiffany Harvey has taken away from many riverbank clean-ups: Stop using plastic drink bottles. “What we pick up is mostly plastic bottles, water bottles and soda bottles,” she said Monday. “That’s why I tell everyone to just stop buying single-use water ...