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Washington County Fair draws large crowd

MARIETTA — Hot, humid, no breeze and a captive audience. There was a lot to like for an ice cream vendor on Labor Day Monday at the Washington County State Fair. It meant Lowell resident Dan Lang was having a good day. Lang said he’s been coming to the fair for decades, first showing ...

Children compete in farm chore relay at Washington County Fair

MARIETTA – It wasn’t a large field of entries, but it was quality competition. The farm chore relay on Sunday at the Washington County Fair drew four competitors, all in the under-18 category. “We had about 20 yesterday, there aren’t so many people on the grounds today,” Morgan ...

Two structure fires under investigation

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Fire Department responded Monday morning to two structure fires within a short distance of each other in Parkersburg. Capt. Jim Tracewell said the first call came in at 5:52 a.m. Monday about a structure on fire at 1325 Highland Ave. Firefighters arrived to ...

Walk Against Heroin event slated

PARKERSBURG — The third annual Walk Against Heroin will be held noon Saturday at City Park. “We can never forget the ones we’ve lost,” said Rich Walters, VOCA Treatment Center’s national outreach director, an organizer. Aside from the one lap in remembrance of those lost, guest ...

Dining with the Blennerhassetts program is Saturday

PARKERSBURG — A special Dining with the Blennerhassetts will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The cost for the all the program events, boat ride, dinner and entertainment is $75 per person. Reservations must be made by calling the Blennerhassett ...

Study: Ohio failing schools

MARIETTA — If the goal of state funding support is to provide equal opportunities to all students in Ohio, the state has failed, a recent study suggests. Twenty years after the Ohio Supreme Court found in DeRolph vs. Ohio that the way schools are funded by state money doesn’t meet the ...

The Little Miss-Mr. Sternwheel Pageant set for Friday

MARIETTA — The Little Miss-Mr. Sternwheel Pageant will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lafayette Hotel ballroom in downtown Marietta. The pageant is open to the public. Contestants between the ages of 5-8 years will be judged on poise, appearance, public speaking and personal interview. The ...

NAFTA: Any trade deal should benefit Americans

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said last week Mexican officials are ...

Washington County Fair enjoys large turnout

MARIETTA — The long, rich tradition of the Washington County Fair continued this weekend as fairgoers flocked to the Washington County Fairgrounds for the animals, entertainment, midway rides, children’s activities, tractor pulls and fair food. The Washington County Fair will conclude ...

Sports betting kicks off in Charles Town casino

CHARLES TOWN — The Sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races kicked off just in time for football season. That was the goal of the operation as the casino held a gala opening Saturday morning just before the start of the noon games in college football. Betting on sporting ...

Tampico Mexican Restaurant details upgrades to downtown Marietta location

MARIETTA — It’s expansion year for Marietta’s downtown Mexican restaurant. “We got new counters, a new server station, a chip machine, margarita machine and daiquiri blender and a new bar,” beamed Kathleen Harmon, assistant manager of Tampico, on Friday. “And we got the (city) ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council reports achievements

PARKERSBURG — The program year ending June 30 marked another year of record growth, according to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council. The regional council is tasked with community and economic development for the eight-county region of Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action launches PSA contest

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action has organized a contest for students to develop a public service announcement about climate change. The environmental advocacy group is encouraging high school and college students to develop an announcement of 25 seconds or less about the danger ...

Newport man sentenced for domestic violence

MARIETTA — Aaron Robinson, 24, of 90 Stanley St., Newport, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a drug assessment Friday. Robinson had previously pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. In April Robinson was arrested on charges of abduction and domestic violence, ...

Washington County Fair parades through Marietta

MARIETTA — The 2018 Washington County Fair Parade kicked off the annual five-day parade along Front Street on Saturday morning. The 90-minute parade featured dozens of units, including high school bands, civic organization, veterans organizations, area businesses, political candidates and ...

Dils Center holds grand re-opening

PARKERSBURG — The Dils Center held its grand re-opening on Saturday and owner Morgan Stubbe said she has received so much support since the death of her husband, Todd, on July 4. “We purchased the building back in November, and have been working to repair the event center since,” said ...

MOVTA, Simonton Windows team up for shuttle service for company’s employees

PARKERSBURG — A new bus service — the Simonton Shuttle — will transport people to Ritchie County starting Monday in a partnership with Simonton Windows and Doors. Simonton, part of PlyGem Industries, is launching the partnership with the Mid Ohio Valley Transit Authority to create ...

Sept. 14-16 a busy weekend in the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The third weekend of September will be a busy one in the Mid-Ohio Valley, with a wide range of activities and attractions for all tastes, including barbecue, riverboats, river paddling and arts and crafts. * The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau will host ...