25 years ago
- Deck repair work on the Interstate 77 bridge caused major congestion during evening commutes on the interstate, Pike Street and Colegate Drive. Many drivers were stuck in one spot for over an hour.
- Williamstown prepares to celebrate its bicentennial with a running course, parade, a historic memorabilia display, bands, concessions, craft booths and games.
- The newest production of the Mid-Ohio Valley Players, "Queen of the River," celebrated Marietta's bicentennial in an unusual way: instead of a pioneer theme, the original musical told the story of the bombing of the Union Army depot at Burning Springs during the Civil War.
50 years ago
- 16,500 Washington County and Williamstown residents went to mass polio immunization clinics. Anyone who did not receive the vaccine is asked to contact the Washington County Health Department.
- Mayor Don Curtis will ask the city council for a "protective" measure for the city in which all signs, marquees and other structures overhanging streets and sidewalks will be licensed. This is in response to the "tree case" where the city was held responsible for obstructions which may occur from any source over-hanging or falling on the street.
- Marietta College received a $25,000 "challenge" grant for its expansion program from the Kresge Foundation of Detroit. The grant is conditional upon Marietta College receiving $3,845,000 in gifts by January 1, 1965.
75 years ago
- Upper Gilman Street will be rebuilt. The city council gave an endorsement and appropriated $6,000 toward its reconstruction. The road will be made of reinforced concrete to a width of 40 feet. It will extend from Putnam Street to connect with the existing concrete highway that leads to Westview.
- Belpre's campaign to obtain funds to rebuild the grade school has been slowing down. If citizens can't come up with $5,000 to match the total offered by another resident, the school will not be built.
100 years ago
- Two Williamstown men were rescued from the Ohio River after their canoe overturned.
- Burglars robbed the Dearth residence and made a quick getaway when Mr. Dearth brought out his revolver. Police are still investigating the break-in.