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Law enforcement pursuing St. C. bank robber

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Law enforcement are searching for a man who robbed the Huntington bank in downtown St. Clairsville at about noon today. Officers at the scene said the man entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding money. He did not show a weapon and fled on foot. The bank is ...

Ferry Schools talk roof replacement

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City School Board of Education again met in executive session Thursday night regarding its treasurer, but it still came away without a decision. Treasurer Karen Blake has been suspended without pay since July. The board has not given a reason for the ...

Kasich continues serious look at presidential run

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BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he’d prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he’s entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn’t defeat President Donald Trump ...

Security, futures discussed at UL school board meeting

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BELMONT — Security and plans for the remainder of the school year were the topics of discussion among board members Thursday during Union Local School District’s last meeting of 2018. About two weeks ago, the Village of Bethesda announced it would no longer provide police service to ...

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across U.S.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion ...

Starbucks to expand delivery in U.S., China

Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China as it tries to accelerate growth in those two markets. The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with Uber Eats. It isn’t yet saying which stores ...

Boy Scouts’ struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring “all options” as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling ...

Wish Tree continues to spread good cheer

Community

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University Christmas Wish Tree is a tradition that spreads joy to area nonprofits. “The faculty, staff and students get involved every November and December to make this annual giving tree a reality. Providing gifts for children in need is what it’s all about ...

Equipment program set for Career Center

Community

WOODSFIELD — Swiss Hills Career Center students will have the opportunity to get training with a heavy equipment program in 2019. The program also will be a part of the construction trade courses that are offered at the school. Heavy equipment operation consists of backhoes, bulldozers, ...

Traffic commission debates expanding hours for meters

Community

WHEELING — Parking meters in front of a Downtown Wheeling business may get expanded hours after the Wheeling Traffic Commission granted a request Thursday. Members of the traffic commission debated the pros and cons of allowing parking meters in front of the barber shop Stradwick’s Fade ...

Bethesda Christmas Cantata planned

Community

BETHESDA — The public is invited to a Christmas Cantata, “When Love Was Born,” along with a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Bethesda Methodist Church on North Main Street.

Owners of squalid home face arraignment

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two property owners of a home where children younger than 1 were allegedly living in squalid conditions were arraigned Thursday morning before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Paul Lee McEndree and wife Kathy Jo McEndree, both 41, both of 55688 Wilson Ave., ...

Opposing views expressed at ethane cracker meeting

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SHADYSIDE — People with varying interests in a proposed ethane cracker plant filled a room Wednesday to discuss a discharge permit that would allow the plant to dump certain chemicals into the Ohio River. Some touted the economic benefits of PTT Global Chemical’s proposed plant, while ...

JSW to employ 1,000 people

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STEUBENVILLE — A recently refired steel mill in Mingo Junction will employ 1,000 people as the company that purchased it earlier this years pumps $500 million into the plant, its corporate vice president said Wednesday. Pete Vojvodich, vice president of human resources and safety for JSW ...

Former fiscal officer owes more than $22,300

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BRIDGEPORT — State auditors on Tuesday ordered a former Bridgeport fiscal officer to repay more than $22,300 to the Belmont County village. Bridgeport’s 2014-15 financial audit issues findings for recovery against the woman. The auditor is ordering her to repay $12,835 for alleged improper ...

Officials deny vacating Pultney Township road

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners addressed a crowded office Wednesday when it ruled against vacating a portion of McGregor Hill Road in Pultney Township. Numerous residents who live along the road reiterated their reasons for or against the vacancy, with those in ...

Thomas must provide records or face jail

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas has been ordered to provide records to a plaintiff’s attorney by Jan. 4 or serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court. Common Pleas Judge John Vavra imposed the order in court Wednesday, according to Belmont County Clerk of Court ...

Fitzsimmons donation to make special wish happen

Community

WARWOOD — A Wheeling native living with the effects of a rare form of lymphoma will get to visit the California Redwood Forest in his wheelchair following a donation from the Fitzsimmons Foundation. Keandre Benjamin, 21, a graduate of Wheeling Park High School, has plans to travel in March ...

Another fatal fire

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NEFFS —The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fatal fire that occurred Tuesday night here, said Neffs Fire Department Capt. Robert Conaway. Conaway confirmed the occupant of the house, Louis Meager, died as a result of the fire. The fire call came in at 8:56 p.m. and ...