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Fun, family and flags in Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — Local residents enjoyed a day of family fun and patriotism Saturday during the sixth annual Community Day in the Park. The sky early in the day threatened to sprinkle some rain on the celebrants, but by the time noon came around the sky was clear and people began to show up ...

Study shows exercise passes on good health to offspring

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Pregnant women are asked to make healthy choices so that their unborn child will exhibit healthy traits, however a new study suggests that men’s lifestyle choices may also affect their unborn children. As Father’s Day approached this year, a study performed by Ohio ...

Drive safe during summer mowing season

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Warm, wet spring conditions have people across the region mowing grass every chance they get, and that can be a dangerous task at the edges of properties that lie along roadways. Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively said a three-vehicle crash involving a mower occurred ...

Volunteers turn out for River Sweep

Local News

YORKVILLE — Volunteers were out working hard to keep the Ohio River clean Saturday morning during the annual Ohio River Sweep. Relatively little trash had to be collected at Pike Island Locks and Dam compared to previous years at the site. The cleanup was scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon, ...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Business

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers ...

Turkey slams southern EU nations on drilling bid off Cyprus

Business

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Saturday criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a declaration ...

Wheeling Hospital accredited for treating STEMI heart attack

Community

WHEELING – Wheeling Hospital again has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for its fast and effective treatment of the most severe type of heart attack, known as a STEMI. The hospital has earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving ...

‘Destination Weekend’ planned to celebrate historic events

Community

By LINDA COMINS For The Times Leader WHEELING —Community leaders have organized a “destination weekend” full of heritage activities and fun events in downtown Wheeling this week. The celebration features commemoration of historic milestones and exploration of the city’s waterfront ...

Belmont County firefighters: Volunteer or paid, the job must be done

Community

BELMONT — While the need for firefighters will continue for as long as there are people to save, a decline in volunteerism has some wondering what the future of the profession will look like. There are now 22 fire departments remaining throughout Belmont County. Four departments closed or ...

Sex, drug cases arraigned

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Thursday’s arraignments included Derrick Ellington, who appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and pleaded innocent to three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, three counts of ...

Cera meets with Yoss during 2019 Judicial-Legislative Exchange Day

Community

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, recently hosted Monroe County Court Judge Jason Yoss for Ohio’s Judicial-Legislative Exchange Day, an annual event that brings judges from across the state to Columbus to meet with their state legislators. “Judge Yoss is not new to the ...

Bellaire Middle School honor rolls

Community

∫ PRINCIPAL’S LIST FIFTH GRADE Gavin Alloway Katelyn Baker Scott Balsei Stephen Bell Gwen Brown Tyrese Burch-Galloway Emma Collier Tegan Corbett Dane D’Aquila Aubriel Dodds Kyla Estes-Gordon Sienna Garloch Baylee Hornbeck Adrianna Leigh Mya Marinacci Alex ...

Retired Teachers

Community

Photo Provided The Belmont County Retired Teachers Association recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to future educator, Kaelyn Miller. Miller is a 2019 graduate of Union Local High School. She will be attending Ohio University Eastern in the fall, majoring in education. She plans to be a ...

Brain therapy pilot program offered to veterans

Community

Three agencies in Ohio are launching a pilot program to make Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy available for veterans with substance use disorders and mental illness. Historically TMS has been used to treat depression, but there is growing evidence that it has the potential to help ...

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

Community

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn’t been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school ...

Furniture store receiving ‘face lift’

Local News

MARTINS FERRY — Carolina Furniture is performing a series of upgrades and improvements to the face of its building. Carolina Furniture owner Bill Pajak said Friday that the building is receiving a “face lift.” “We were long overdue for a face lift. I’m glad to be getting it ...

Booth arraigned for child porn, voyeurism

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The man convicted of entering the women’s restroom at an Interstate 70 rest stop in Belmont County and recording images of people was arraigned on multiple felony counts involving child pornography this week. James Dean Booth, 39, of 1516 N. Eighth St., Martins Ferry ...

JB Green Team holds hazardous waste collection

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County residents are asked to take note of an important change of location for the 2019 Belmont County JB Green Team Household Hazardous Waste Collection. The collection, originally scheduled to be held at the Ohio University Eastern Campus, has been moved to the ...

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

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NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and ...

Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works

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PARIS (AP) — The billionaire French donors who publicly proclaimed they would give hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials. Instead, it’s mainly American and ...