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JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
 Utlizing bean bags, Steve Brown teaches a first-grade class how to sing while moving to a beat Friday at Putnam Elementary.

DAY IN THE LIFE: A man of note

He never thought he’d be anything else. “I remember I wanted to be a music teacher when I was in elementary school and I started playing piano when I was 5 years old,” said Steve Brown, elementary music teacher for Putnam and Washington elementary schools in Marietta. Brown spends ...

Potential cuts in funding concern schools

At least two Washington County school districts have expressed concern about the possibility of losing tens of thousands of dollars in federal grants that they say help improve education in their schools. The Appropriations Bill passed by the House Sept. 14 followed guidance from the White ...

6 face heroin, meth charges

From staff reports BELPRE — Six people were arrested Thursday on drug charges in connection with an investigation by agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force. On Thursday, agents executed a search warrant at the ...

Career center begins CDL course

Adults looking to break out on the open road and earn a living can soon get trained in a matter of weeks at the Washington County Career Center. “I got paid to see the country,” explained Elizabeth Gardner, the program’s new CDL Program training manager. Gardner brings more than ...

Williamstown police donate seized funds to anti-drug group

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williamstown Police Department on Thursday donated $500 in seized drug money to the Drug Free Jackets at Williamstown High School. Police Chief Shawn Graham said he was thrilled to help out the program, which encourages students to be drug free and allows for random ...

Delegate seeking repeal of helmet law

PARKERSBURG – A bill to repeal West Virginia’s motorcycle helmet requirement will hit the road again next legislative session, according to a local delegate. The issue is personal choice, but there is an economic factor, too, as motorcycle riders tend to avoid travel in West Virginia ...

Cancer Society’s Parkersburg office closes

PARKERSBURG — The local American Cancer Society office on Briscoe Road closed Friday but the nationwide research and advocacy organization isn’t going away. “We are not leaving, only changing,” said Carmen Hathaway, community development manager. The local office is one of a ...

Around town

Fort Frye committee meeting Monday There will be a Fort Frye Local Schools Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the superintendent’s office located at Beverly-Center Elementary School. Water main repairs in North Hills area Repairs to the water main that ...

Royalty crowned Friday

From local reports Friday night Homecoming royalty: Williamstown High - Susan Fauber was named queen while Blake Neely was honored as king during Williamstown High School's homecoming football game Friday evening. Williamstown rolled past visiting Ravenswood High School, 52-14. Frontier ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
 Bill Reynolds talks about the new paint to go up in the historic W.P. Snyder Jr., located near the Washington Street Bridge in Marietta Thursday.

Snyder restoration

Just below the Washington Street Bridge a national historic treasure is under the final phase of years worth of renovations with hopes of completion before its centennial birthday. “This is basically dealing with the interior,” explained Bill Reynolds, the historian of the Campus ...

Ohio Supreme Court to meet in Marietta

The Ohio Supreme Court broke a long, Columbus-based habit 30 years ago and came to Marietta to hold court. Next month, it’s coming back to mark the 30th anniversary of the court’s off-site program, which began in the bicentennial year of the establishment of the Northwest Territories, ...

County may consolidate EMA, 911 offices

By Sam Shawver Special to the Times The appointment of a new director for the Washington County Emergency Management Agency, expected to be confirmed within the next week, could result in the consolidation of the county EMA and 911 offices. “The director post is not yet filled as we have ...

Council salutes retired police officers

Marietta City Council honored four retired police officers Thursday at its regular meeting. “These officers have all worked hard for this city in keeping us safe and I’m glad we can honor them tonight,” said Councilman Steve Thomas, chair of the Police and Fire Committee. The ...

State report card improvements noted to Fort Frye board

By Sam Shawver Special to the Times BEVERLY-Superintendent Stephanie Starcher reviewed the latest Ohio Department of Education report card for members of the Fort Frye Local Schools Board of Education Thursday evening, noting the district showed improvement in 19 of 22 subjects tested in ...

Wood Co. Schools says nearly all teaching jobs filled

PARKERSBURG — Personnel Director Sean Francisco said while the school system still has some hard-to-fill positions, less than a dozen teaching positions remain open in Wood County Schools. The 2017-18 school year started at the end of August, with the Wood County Board of Education ...

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Scavenger hunt in Marietta

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times Mike Schimmel, of Parkersburg, right, leads Kate Bergovoy, of San Diego, Calif., NickVanoster, of Marietta, center, Jeroen Van Loo, of the Netherlands, and Austin Vrunny, of Vienna, left, through Marietta on a scavenger hunt as a team building activity ...

Around town

Suds and Samples at Riverside Gallery Join local foodies and art lovers for an evening of Suds and Samples from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Artists Gallery, 219 Second St., Marietta. For a $10 admission, those attending can graze on appetizers, enjoy a selection of beverages ...

3 enter guilty pleas in court appearances

From staff reports Three people entered guilty pleas in Washington County Commons Pleas Court this week: ¯ Alice Estep, 35, of 3000 S.E. Branch Road, Malta, pleaded guilty to failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and is scheduled to be ...

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Trees in the river

Those who float down the Muskingum River from the Indian Acres boat ramp may notice a few newer additions obstructing the waterway. “There are a couple trees in the water more toward the boat ramp,” noted Jessica Talbott, who led a guided kayak trip Tuesday night for the Marietta ...

Attorney to lead Job and Family Services

By Sam Shawver Special to the Times A local attorney has been selected to take over the director’s duties at Washington County Job and Family Services as current director Tom Ballengee retires at the end of this year. Flite Freimann begins serving as the agency’s assistant director on ...