Around town published Jan. 12

Small business workshop planned

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta will hold its next Basis of a Successful Start workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Washington State Community College’s Infinite Learning Center in the library building. The first half of the workshop will provide potential business owners with information on how to get a business started. The second half of the workshop guides participants through the process of preparing a business plan, defining their target customer and identifying the competition. The workshop is free but registration is required. Registration is accepted until 4 p.m. the day before the event by calling Julie Wharton or Pamela Lankford at 373-5150 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailing anytime at or

Smoke detectors are offered to residents

The Devola Volunteer Fire Company will be donating a limited number of smoke detectors to East Muskingum Township residents in need. The alarms are available due to a donation from the Hancock Charitable Fund, via the Marietta Community Foundation.

For information: Joanne, 374-5632.

Free legal advice clinic Wednesday

The Washington County Bar Association and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will hold their next free advice clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta. Walk-ins are welcome. The clinics are for Washington County residents unable to afford legal representation (less than 187 percent of the poverty guideline).

For information: 374-2629.

Sign up for library youth programs

Registration is under way at the New Matamoras Library for the winter/spring Toddler Time and Story Hour programs. Toddler Time is an interactive program for 2-and-3-year-olds and their parent/caregiver. Story Hour is for 4-and-5-year-olds. Both programs feature stories, crafts, creative play and music. They will begin Feb. 6. Registration is required by calling 865-3386.

Belpre BOE will hold meeting Monday

The Belpre City Schools Board of Education will hold its organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center, with the regular monthly meeting to follow.

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