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A large crowd came out to support the Fur Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

Hundreds turn out for Fur Ball in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Marietta community has a soft spot in its heart when it comes to raising money for furry friends in need. That was evident by the tremendous turnout Saturday night for the 14th annual Fur Ball fundraiser. The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley event was held at the Shrine Club ...

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Photo released of robbery suspect

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Police have released photos and a description of the suspect in a robbery this morning at River City Perk on Seventh Street. The suspect — a woman approximately 20-30 years old, wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored hoodie and light-colored socks with flip-flops — ...

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Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp, left, and Capt. Aaron Nedeff review old files to be destroyed.

Marietta Police Chief Hupp returns to full duty

MARIETTA — Crediting the community support and prayers for pushing him through physical therapy, Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp is back to full duty. More than six months after a serious car accident on Pike Street placed Hupp in the hospital with multiple broken bones in his leg and ...

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Marietta firefighters Jack Hansis and Tim Casto reflect on some of their first runs together that resulted in stories in The Marietta Times in 1988.

Marietta firefighters to retire

MARIETTA — Two longtime Marietta Fire Department firefighters are hanging up their uniforms for the final time this spring. Jack Hansis, 61, and Tim Casto, 56, both agreed that leaving the fire department wasn’t going to be an easy transition for them. “I’ve never been someone who ...

Marietta sets deadline to switch out water meters

MARIETTA — Wrapping up the city’s meter replacement project, Marietta’s water department has run into a couple hurdles in the last year. The most pressing though is that roughly 200 Marietta water customers will be without water service by month’s end if they continue to refuse to ...

Patrol arrests Logan man after pursuit

ATHENS — Troopers from the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested a Logan, Ohio, man after a three-county pursuit. At approximately 1:59 a.m. on Sunday, Gary L. Knapp Jr., of Logan, failed to stop after a traffic violation in Athens County near Glouster, police said. A ...

Wood County company enters construction contract

MINERAL WELLS — Conley Fabrication LLC in Mineral Wells has entered into an agreement with JAG Mobile Solutions Inc., a Howe, Ind.-based company, to cooperatively build specialty trailers. JAG Mobile Solutions has manufactured and supplied world-class units for the specialty trailer ...

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Representatives of Shale Crescent USA attended the World Petrochemical Conference March 20 in Houston. Standing in front of its display are, from left, Wally Kandel, Mark Schwendeman, Brian Chavez, Christy Chavez, Greg Kozera and Jerry James, members of the Shale Crescent board of directors, except for Kozera, who is director of marketing.

Shale Crescent USA attends Texas conference

MARIETTA — Shale Crescent USA, a non-profit group of business and community leaders from Ohio and West Virginia, attended the World Petrochemical Conference March 20 in Houston to promote the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Shale Crescent for high-energy manufacturing industries to expand or ...

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Addie Renner, left, helps her grandmother Jan Whitman make a bowl during the Art-O-Rama at the Parkersburg Art Center on Saturday.

Art-O-Rama showcases variety at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — Whether it was making a puppet or making a bowl in the pottery studio, 400 local children had a day of making art and seeing art made during the annual Art-O-Rama at the Parkersburg Art Center on Saturday. Jessie Siefert, education director for the art center located on Market ...

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Pete and Jane Pantelidis show their son Konstantinos Pantelidis how to fly a kite at the eighth annual New Era Kite Fest on the grounds of the Mineral Wells Elementary School on Saturday.

Kites take to the sky at Mineral Wells festival

MINERAL WELLS — Kites of all shapes and sizes were everywhere during the eighth annual New Era Kite Fest on the grounds of the Mineral Wells Elementary School on Saturday. Max Barker, president of the New Era School and New Era Kite Club, said about 50 families turned out to fly a kite on a ...

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FirstEnergy expects to invest $166 million in transmission and distribution projects in Mon Power’s service area in 2017 to enhance service reliability for customers. Among the projects will be the replacement of 26 disconnect switches at a total cost of $1.3 million in a number of 138-kilovolt transmission substations like the one pictured here. The switches will allow electricians to disconnect the substation breakers from the grid so equipment can be safely inspected, upgraded and maintained.

First Energy plans Monongahela Power projects

PARKERSBURG — The electric company plans to spend $166 million on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects, including projects in Wood, Pleasants and Calhoun counties, officials announced. First Energy said the projects in Monongahela Power’s 34-county service area in West ...

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Mike Voshel, of the Williamstown Auction Center, shows that much of the machinery used in the workshops of the Fenton Glass factory are still operational and will be up for auction in the coming weeks.

Fenton Art Glass equipment going to auction

WILLIAMSTOWN —Auctioneers are cataloging items at the old Fenton Art Glass for an auction before the facility that once made glassware known around the world is demolished in June. “We’ll be selling the tools from the maintenance shop, filing cabinets, desks, lockers, chairs and items ...

People’s Bank given award

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank of Marietta is one of nine winners of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The winners will feted at a celebration on May 17 in the Columbus Athenaeum. The Governor’s Awards Selection Committee, comprised of six Ohio Arts Council board members and ...

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McKinley Elementary School fifth-graders Alexis Atkins, left, and Rochel Young, right, work on revising articles for Cathy Flint’s journalism class. The students use newspapers to research topics, then create summary articles and record a broadcast of them reporting on the topic.

McKinley Elementary School students explore newspapers, journalism

PARKERSBURG — Students at McKinley Elementary School are learning firsthand the importance of media and journalism by working with newspapers and broadcasting. The fifth-grade journalism program is led by teacher Cathy Flint and supported by Sally Cox, technology consultant for McKinley ...

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The MOV Flamin’ Fury girls youth fast-pitch softball team will be recognized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame for winning the USSSA Class A under 12 girls fast-pitch softball World Series in 2016. Players from left, front row, Alyssa Marlatt, Hannah Thoburn, Taylor Graham, Kassidy Trimble and Arika Quinlan. Back row, Coach Jason Graham, Brionna Patterson, Cameryn Davidson, Paige Adams, Brooke Sizemore, Madison Richards and Coach Dan Sizemore.

Girls fast-pitch team inducted into Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — A local youth girls fast-pitch softball team will be recognized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame. The Mid-Ohio Valley Flamin’ Fury will be inducted for winning the 2016 United States Specialty Sports Association Class A 12 and under girls fast-pitch World Series ...

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Marietta’s Company B,7th Ohio National Guard stands on the steps of the armory on Front Street before leaving for Camp Sheridan.

Marietta to commemorate anniversary of WWI

MARIETTA — A number of activities in April will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the role played by Marietta and Washington County residents in that conflict. An evening of music and history in downtown Marietta for “Founders Day” on April 7 will mark the centennial ...

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Kristin Mallory, one of the candidates for the Washington State Community College president position, speaks during the open forum at WSCC on Thursday afternoon.

Washington State Community College holds forum for potential presidents

MARIETTA — As Washington State Community College nears the decision of who will serve as the next president, the college held open forums for all of the candidates this week. Faculty, staff and members of the board of trustees filled the Community Room on campus on Tuesday and Thursday to ...

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Flowering cherry blossom trees in the Japanese Garden at Dawes Arboretum in Columbus draw crowds of all ages in spring.

Arboretums, gardens ready for tourists

MARIETTA — Spring’s first days are still wintry in the Mid-Ohio Valley, but there’s tours available of nearby arboretums and gardens. “As Ohio weather goes, we were tricked a few weeks ago with that 60-degree weather,” said Dawes Arboretum Executive Director Luke Messinger. “We ...

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DuPont donates artwork to museums

WILMINGTON, Del. — DuPont announced this week it will make a donation of works of art from the DuPont collection and the Hotel du Pont to the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum and Hagley Museum & Library. The donated artwork includes pieces by three generations of the ...