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Belpre man convicted for home invasion released early

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A Belpre man was released early from a four-year prison sentence Friday due to his cooperation with the state. Aaron Ratliff, 24, was sentenced in January of 2017 for his role in a Belpre home invasion the year before. Ratliff, along with his brother and two other people broke into the home ...

Washington County Easter activities roundup

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From staff reports Multiple Easter events are planned for this weekend and next in Washington County. "We wanted to get our hunt in before next weekend so in case the kids can't make it to one on actual Easter, they still get to hunt for eggs," said Betty Martin as she prepared for the ...

Governor’s Office of Appalachia visits Marietta campuses

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Workforce development through creative partnerships was the highlight of tours for the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia Friday through Washington State Community College, Washington County Career Center and Building Bridges to Careers. "We often come to these tours and highlight the ...

Around town

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The Washington State Community College Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the community room of the main building. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta will host an African Drum Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 at 232 Third St. in the Social ...

United Way fundraising surpasses $1 million

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VIENNA — Hundreds of community members joined United Way to enjoy some comedy with a cause. The fourth annual Laugh United fundraiser to benefit the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley was held Friday at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Laugh United: A Night of Cocktails ...

Critical repairs

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Larry Lang Excavating Inc. mobilized on Post Street Thursday in Marietta, methodically moving to repair critical damages to a failed sewer line behind Front Street businesses. "Our biggest concern as we're here is safety," said foreman Chris Berg, as a bicyclist rode off of the Historic ...

Rings found guilty on one charge, not guilty on another

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Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings was found guilty of coercion and not guilty of sexual imposition, according to the verdict returned by a jury around 2:30 p.m. today in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Rings, who testified on Thursday, was accused of coercion and sexual ...

Prosecutor Kevin Rings testifies on his own behalf

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Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings was a surprise witness Thursday, taking the stand to begin the fourth day of his trial for coercion and sexual imposition charges. The day ended with closing arguments and the jury beginning deliberation. Jurors spent approximately an hour picking a ...

Opioid hub hears updates

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Every seat around the circle of tables was filled as reports on education, treatment, workforce, mental health and housing were made by area agencies at the Washington County Hub meeting at the Gold Star Park community building Thursday. The hub, formerly called the opioid hub, was formed ...

City battles potholes

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Water is the enemy – at least, water that accumulates on and under roadways – and the city of Marietta streets department is preparing for the annual battle. Although the winter that just wound up was not as severe as the preceding one, plenty of potholes have emerged on city streets as ...

Washington County Career Center hears art project request

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A former student of the Washington County Career Center is proposing a major piece of public art for Marietta, the career center board learned Thursday night. David Griesmyer, proprietor of DG Welding & Design in Malta, is asking for the school’s support in a project to create a massive ...

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The Devola Volunteer Fire Department and water department personnel will be flushing hydrants in the Devola area the week of April 15. Residents could experience a sudden loss of pressure or discolored water. Flush taps until all air has escaped or the water has returned to its natural state. ...

Second woman accuses Prosecutor Kevin Rings of misconduct

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The third day of the trial for Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings included testimony from a second woman accusing him of misconduct. The proceedings also started and finished with significant blows to both the prosecution and defense. Rings, 56, is facing two misdemeanor charges of ...

Concealed carry changes discussed in Ohio

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Concealed carry in Ohio is back in discussion both as a potential constitutional carry bill moves through the state legislature and following a lawsuit settlement with The Ohio State University last month. House Bill 174 was introduced to the legislature as a revision of state weapons laws by ...

Bond set for Marietta man accused of molesting 7-year-old

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A Marietta man accused of gross sexual imposition with a 7-year-old child waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Marietta Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon, but discussion about his bail took about 30 minutes as Judge Janet Dyer Welch attempted to balance reasonable bail with the threat ...

Marietta man sentenced for violent beating of girlfriend

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The injuries, which included fractured facial bones and deep wounds, may have healed, but her life more than a year later is still shattered from the beating and psychological trauma inflicted by Jason Dick, a Marietta woman told Judge Randall Burnworth at a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning ...

New business features arcade games, vintage toys and comics

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When Joe Carpenter concluded his service with the Marine Corps, he returned to Marietta, started college and began looking around for ways to make some cash. What he found was buying and selling vintage toys and comics. He and his wife, Amanda, and his brother-in-law, Ron Miller, set up a ...

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The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. April 20 in the lower level meeting room of the Washington County Public Library, 615 Fifth St., Marietta. Barbara Moberg will speak about The Dawes Family. Visitors are welcome. The Reno Lions Easter Egg Hunt ...

Committees plan joint session on signage, right of way

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Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee and Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee are planning a joint working session this month to rewrite city ordinances concerning business signage on buildings and in the city right of way. That meeting, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 25, will ...

Analyze to get to the root of the problem

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In 1997, my brother Jack who is an archaeologist at Missouri State University began work excavating a site in Missouri called Big Eddy. His work was documented in National Geographic in October of 2005. A unique experiment he and his colleague, Neal Lopinot, conducted in 2000 was chronicled in ...