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Ohio 647 still down to one lane

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MARTINS FERRY — A section of Ohio 647 that features a massive slip continues to be one-lane only for drivers weeks after the damage occurred. The slip, which occurred last February, has continued to deteriorate. Upon approach to that area signage warns the road is “one lane.” Orange ...

Armed burglary convict sentenced

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The sentence of an 18-year-old man convicted of the armed burglary of an occupied residence in Bridgeport was sentenced to three years behind bars Monday. Richard Lee Armstrong III, 18, of Canal Winchester, was sentenced to three years in prison for burglary, a felony of ...

Drivers sentenced after high-speed chases

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two defendants were sentenced Monday for separate high-speed chases, and Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato had some harsh words for this dangerous behavior. James Christopher Putnam, 43, of Waynesburg, Pa., was sentenced to one year and eight months in ...

College to open new MTC building

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont College will open a new Mechanical Technology Center building by the end of this year. The school purchased the 5,000-square-foot building and the nine acres it sits on in 2011 for $525,000. The building was formerly North Star Polaris and was used as an ATV ...

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

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NEW YORK (AP) — Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you’re craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it’s not there to see if you’re stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you’re buying. It’s a new technology being ...

Sears at OV Mall to close

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ST. CLAIRVILLE -- Sears at the Ohio Valley Mall is expected to close this summer, said Joe Bell, Cafaro Co. spokesman. Bell said today while the Cafaro Co. has been preparing for years for a possible closure of the store, they were somewhat surprised to learn the news. Initially Sears said ...

Handful of U.S. states are poised to legalize sports betting

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday. Barring a ...

Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores. The department store chain said Tuesday that it will accept Amazon returns at all its 1,150 stores starting in July, expanding its nearly two-year test of the service from 100 ...

Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged

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NEW YORK (AP) — The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn’t have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn’t within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500. Even his $1.5 million paycheck was a paltry sum ...

Martins Ferry Volunteer Firefighter Monument being prepped

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department is getting ready to memorialize three of its former members who have died. On Monday, Randall L. Gallagher Memorials Inc. of St. Clairsville donated time and materials to inscribe three names on the department’s memorial ...

Ohio University Eastern’s Klein named ACE Fellow

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The American Council on Education announced Monday that Bob Klein, associate professor of mathematics and interim dean of Ohio University Eastern, has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. “Dr. Klein provides exemplary leadership through his commitment ...

Analysis complete in child porn case

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The state’s analysis of evidence is complete in the case against two former fugitives in a child pornography case, and their May trial dates remain. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato heard updates on the cases of Wesley Alan Burdge, 44, and his ...

Bellaire Public Library’s first Dyngus Day celebration a success

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BELLAIRE — Organizers said the Bellaire Public Library’s first-ever Dyngus Day celebration on Monday evening was a success. Dyngus Day, a Polish term, translates to “Wet Monday” in English and is a 1,200-year-old traditional Polish holiday celebrated the Monday following Easter ...

Martins Ferry police officer enforcing building codes

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MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry is using one of its police officers to help enforce building codes. Officer Tim Starkey already has been writing citations for violations related to trash, tall grass and weeds, and building codes violations, along with condemnations of dilapidated ...

Ohio Bill proposes driving age changes

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A bill before the Ohio Legislature requiring teenage drivers under 18 years old to use their learner’s permits for a full year would mean minors would have to be at least 16¢ before they could get their probationary driver’s license. The proposed legislation aims to ...

Barnesville’s Hutton Memorial Library roof replacement underway

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BRENDA BROWN, director of the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, says work has resumed on the library’s roof top. The project consists of the installation of metal panels and a new roof to water seal the library. The work is being done by Mansuetto Roofing & Sheet Metal of Martins ...

Ferry native receives Firefighter of the Year Award

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MARTINS FERRY — A Martins Ferry native who works as a professional firefighter in Columbus, Ohio, recently received an award for rescuing a man from a burning home. On Jan. 30, Lt. Terry Wildman, of the Columbus Division of Fire, responded to a report of a house fire with a possible victim ...

Bellaire Public Library to host Dyngus Day on Monday

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BELLAIRE — For the first time, Bellaire Public Library will be celebrating Dyngus Day — a 1,200-year-old holiday that is part of the Polish and Eastern European heritage celebrated the Monday following Easter. It is a light-hearted festivity encompassing love, laughter, and fun. ...

Nuclear operator: Closing plants would be felt around Ohio

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shutting down Ohio’s two nuclear power plants would be more costly to the state than approving a financial lifeline to keep them operating, backers told lawmakers this week. In the first legislative hearings on what critics are calling a bailout for the nuclear ...