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The Sears store at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville continues to operate, but the future of the entire chain retailer is in doubt. After years of financial losses, the company said it has “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its Sears stores open.

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As the Kmart store at the Ohio Valley Mall prepares to close its doors for good on Sunday, parent company Sears Holdings Corp. announced that it lost billions last year and has “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its Sears stores open. It’s a dramatic ...

City hopes $55K allocation will flush away sewage problem

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MARTINS FERRY — City resident Lou Suriano may not have to deal with the smell of sewage in his home much longer thanks to action taken by Martins Ferry City Council on Wednesday. And in an unrelated matter, Mayor Robert Krajnyak said he plans to send a letter to Wheeling Hospital CEO Ron ...

Ferry native shot while working as an officer

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MARTINS FERRY — A Martins Ferry native who works as a police officer in Columbus is recovering in a hospital after being shot by an alleged drug dealer. Patrick Shrodes, son of Councilman Bruce and Barbara Shrodes of Martins Ferry, was shot the night of March 15 while trying to serve a ...

Commissioners address infrastructure

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Board of Commissioners addressed infrastructure concerns during its Wednesday meeting. The board heard from guests, including Doug Giffin of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who inquired if the commissioners could further assist the ...

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 Staff members of Buckeye Local High School play defense as students try to score a point during Wednesday’s basketball game.

Buckeye Local plays for a cause

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RAYLAND — After members of their community experienced a loss last week, the Buckeye Local Panthers came together to help them out, playing a charity basketball game to raise money. The Dombroski family recently lost their Mount Pleasant home and everything they owned in a devastating ...

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A panel of six business owners share their stories and advice at a Women in Business Forum hosted by Ohio University Eastern on Tuesday. From left are entrepreneurs Dr. Stefanie Yahn, Lara Graves, Katy McKinley, Jeana Paglialunga, Joyce Paglialunga and Paula Sikora.

Female business owners share their stories

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The number of women-owned businesses has increased dramatically in the last few years, an d as part of its 60th-anniversary celebration coming up this fall Ohio University Eastern hosted a Women in Business Forum Tuesday at Shannon Hall. The forum was designed to ...

Battle for OVMC heats up

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WHEELING — Attorney Thomas G. Casto on Tuesday said Wheeling Hospital has spoken to Ohio Valley Medical Center about acquiring it and “has no interest in seeing OVMC close.” In response, Michael Garrison, attorney for Alecto Healthcare Services — the California firm that intends to ...

City may get break on Ohio 647 slips

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MARTINS FERRY — City Council learned during a recent meeting that the city may not have to help pay for repairs to three slips along Ohio 647. The city previously appropriated about $50,000 toward the cost the repairs, while the Ohio Department of Transportation was planning to cover the ...

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A slide shows the layout of the new school building that will soon be constructed for the Harrison Hills City School District. The new building will have a 21st century feel to it, containing state-of-the-art education facilities for the students.

Harrison discusses building

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CADIZ — Members of the public gathered in the Harrison Hills High School auditorium Tuesday evening for a special meeting regarding the district’s new school building. The Harrison Hills City School District Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss the new building that will ...

Retired physician is honored for service to Tiltonsville

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TILTONSVILLE — Dr. Patrick Arakawa came from his native state of Hawaii to Tiltonsville in 1966 to open his medical practice. He retired in February after 51 years of service, and on Tuesday night Mayor Ty Lollini and council honored Dr. Arakawa by passing a resolution renaming Third Street ...

2nd opinion sought in fatal shooting case

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Lewisville man accused in a fatal shooting that occurred along Ohio 800 south of Somerton is contesting his competency evaluation. As a result, his trial date was continued until a second opinion can be obtained. Harold Wayne Johnson Jr., 46, of 32302 Firehouse ...

Monroe County Commission talks grant funding

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WOODSFIELD — Monroe County township trustees and community members attended a public hearing Monday about how grant money may be spent in the county in 2018. Mary Jo Westfall of the Monroe County Ohio State University Extension Office said the county is set to receive $150,000 from the ...

Hearing date delayed for OVMC sale

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WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital’s attorney objected Monday to the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s proposed April 11 date for a public hearing on Alecto Healthcare Services’ application for a certificate of need to purchase Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital. ...

World War I monument spruced up in Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — A monument dedicated to those who fought during World War I received some care this past weekend at City Park in Martins Ferry. Travis Pollock, a landscape horticulturist and owner of Go Green Landscaping of Colerain, on Saturday decided to clean up the area, remove the old ...

Trauma

Training focuses on trauma-informed care

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — People with disabilities experience more abuse than others, yet their needs often go undertreated or minimized. That means the trauma continues to have an impact on their lives years after the abuse occurred. The Belmont-Harrison-Noble County Boards of Developmental ...

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Temporary sanitary line installed in alley

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MARTINS FERRY — A new temporary sanitary line has been installed in an alley between North Seventh and Eighth streets and appears to be working well, said Martins Ferry City Service Director Chris Cleary. Cleary said the line connects to a different manhole. The work was conducted ...

Council votes to change vicious dog ordinance

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- City Council decided to make changes to its proposed vicious dog ordinance this evening. Council members voted to eliminate breed-specific language that targeted pit bulls from the pending legislation. Council also approved reducing the required amount of liability insurance ...

St. C. man dies in crash

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FLUSHING -- William B. Graham, 53, of St. Clairsville died early Sunday after he was ejected from the vehicle he was driving on Ohio 149 south, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd McDonald. About 1 a.m., Graham's vehicle, a 2006 Hyundai Azera, traveled off the left side of the road, ...