Rescue animals riding in style in Belmont County

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Animal Rescue League has been doing its part for the welfare and advocacy of animals in the area since 1974 — and now it plans to do a little more. The league’s Board of Directors announced the group is adding to its list of services by becoming ...


St. C.’s Dominic Alexander in tough battle against cancer

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By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The community is coming together to help a special second grader and his family in a fight against cancer. Dominic Alexander, a second grade student at St. Clairsville Elementary, was recently and very suddenly diagnosed ...

Ohio police must collect traffic stop data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state certification process will require that all Ohio police departments for the first time collect data on the race and gender of people they pull over in traffic stops or take aside for questioning, in an effort to reduce potential police bias against ...

Congress returns; health care, Supreme Court on agenda

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on ...

MARTINS FERRY Middle School teacher Debbie Lucas teaches her language arts class on Friday afternoon. Gov. John Kasich is proposing that teachers complete externships with local businesses to have their licenses renewed.

Value of Kasich’s externship proposal scrutinized

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COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018-19 came out in January, and includes a controversial provision that would require teachers to complete “externships” with a local business in order to have their licenses renewed. The renewal process generally occurs ...

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Expansion continues at The Highlands in Ohio County


WHEELING — Business growth continues at The Highlands in Ohio County, as both Nini’s Treasures and Tony’s Spa are moving to larger locations to better accommodate their stores, while officials plan to announce a new tenant soon for the former Cracker Barrel building near Interstate ...

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MARTINS FERRY volunteer firefighters work on hot spots smoldering following a devastating Oct. 9 fire in downtown Martins Ferry that destroyed several businesses including Winter’s Hardware store, shown here.

Fighting fires not for faint of heart


BELLAIRE — When the floor collapsed beneath Ricky Smith’s feet it seemed like hours instead of seconds passed until he hit the basement level. Smith, who now is chief of the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department, luckily escaped serious injury during that Jefferson Street house fire ...

‘Sanctuary Cities’ issue sparks debate among Ohio lawmakers

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MARTINS FERRY — The sanctuary city controversy has sparked much debate in the last few weeks, and Ohio’s state and local representatives are speaking out about it. President Donald Trump recently took the lead in speaking out against illegal immigration and making good on campaign ...

Shadyside High School guidance counselor Ken Steiner resigns

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SHADYSIDE — After 43 years in education Ken Steiner is ready to retire, but the reason why is not because he wants to stop working. “I am not sleeping at night. I feel like I have a cloud over my head. I have never had anything bother me as much as this during my entire career,” said ...

Webark animal shelter promoted spay day

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WHEELING — Each year, the Humane Society of the United States sponsors “World Spay Day,” a campaign that provides an opportunity for local animal shelters to promote their spay/neuter programs, highlight the need for such programs, and draw community support in the form of donations ...

Time of change at Ohio Valley Mall

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Bargain hunters now browse through discounted merchandise at both ends of the Ohio Valley Mall, as the large MC Sports store adjacent to Sears will soon join Kmart and Elder-Beerman in vacating the Belmont County retail hub. However, as these stores go out of business ...

Jefferson County tackles junk car problem


STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday discussed junk cars throughout the county and agreed to sign a grant application for a new water treatment plant in Brilliant. County Commissioner David Maple said he was contacted by a real estate agent trying to sell houses on ...

Celtic Fest is Saturday in Wheeling


WHEELING — The 21st Annual Wheeling Celtic Celebration held at the Wheeling Artisan Center is scheduled this year for a one day event on Saturday, March 4. The celebration, sponsored by Wheeling Heritage, will open with entertainment and activities at 11 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by ...

In Sidney, Portman visits Sapa Extrusions


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, visited Sapa Extrusions in Sidney, Ohio, to meet with company leadership and tour their facilities. Portman saw firsthand the Ohio aluminum manufacturing jobs that he has been working hard to protect. “Here in Ohio at companies ...

Jefferson County Joint Vocational Schools students travel to D.C.


BLOOMINGDALE — Some students from the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA adviser Tammy Sismondo and regional officers Hunter Huggins, Harmony Crummit and Luke Gescheider discussed their leadership training ...

Buckeye Local to stage ‘Fiddler on the Roof’


CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local High School students will present “Fiddler on the Roof” on March 16-18. The curtain will rise each night at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, and tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The story, which is based on “Tevye and His Daughters” and other ...

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Martins Ferry Middle School students Kameron Myers, Skyler Sall, and Makenna Klarr stand with teacher Greg Steele for a picture celebrating their winning of the  National Education  Foundation’s Minecraft Contest. The contest tested students digital literacy by having them create items in Minecraft that represent school spirit.

Martins Ferry students win Minecraft contest

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MARTINS FERRY— A group of local students were recently name the winners for a national contest dealing with digital literacy. Students of Martins Ferry Middle school competed in the National Education Foundation’s Minecraft Contest. Minecraft is an online game where players have free ...