Around town

Christmas tree drop off until Jan. 20

Marietta residents can drop off Christmas trees until Jan. 20 at the following locations:

Indian Acres Park.

Lookout Park.

Buckeye Park.

Greenleaf on Ohio 821 (stop at the Muskingum Drive retail store for a dump ticket).

‘Successful Start’ business seminar

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce offer free, two-hour “Basis of a Successful Start” workshops that will answer questions about how to start a business. The January workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in the library on the Washington State Community College campus. The workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration is accepted until noon the day before the event by calling 373-5150 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailing

Free meal Thursday at Tunnel church

A free community meal will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tunnel United Methodist Church, Ohio 550 and Coffman Road.

Dog tags on sale around the county

2014 dog tags will be sold at the following locations. The cost is $16 if purchased before Jan. 31 and $32 if purchased after Jan. 31.

Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 – Little Hocking Bank

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 – Newport Peoples Savings Bank

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 – New Matamoras Savings Bank

Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 23- Belpre City Hall

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 – New Matamoras Savings Bank

1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 – Bartlett Bank

Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 – Beverly Village Hall

Noon to 2 pm. Jan. 29 – Barlow Bank

5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 – Belpre City Hall

11 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 – Lower Salem Savings Bank

Tags can also be purchased in the Washington County auditor’s office or at The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, 90 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta.

Spaghetti dinner, square dance

A spaghetti dinner and square dance fundraiser to benefit the St. John Central Grade School will be at the Knights of Columbus hall in Churchtown Jan. 18. The dinner will be from 6 to 7 p.m. with the square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be drawings to win cash, including a grand prize of $2,500, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket purchase. Student admission for those ages 13 to 18 is $5 at the door. To purchase a ticket for the event, call 896-2697.