Barnesville resident Kathryn Clayton holds a sign expressing hers views during the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Earth Day marked

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The world saw brain power take a different form Saturday. From the Washington Monument to Germany’s Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland, scientists, students and research advocates rallied on an often soggy Earth Day, conveying a global message about scientific ...

Civic groups good neighbors to all


MARTINS FERRY — Many of our Ohio Valley neighbors do important, good work behind the scenes — they clean up trash, ready ball fields for spring and summertime play, build playgrounds, take care of veterans and give scholarships to seniors preparing to graduate. Their work is immeasurable ...

The Dollar General located in Neffs provides low prices and convenient shopping to a mostly rural population.

Dollar General’s retail model works

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MARTINS FERRY — The triumphs and failures of stores in Eastern Ohio indicate that convenience, low prices and a smaller physical footprint may be keys to success in the retail industry. Many large chain retailers are finding the market more and more difficult to compete in, with several ...

Powhatan council discusses road slip

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POWHATAN POINT — A number of projects dominated discussion at the Thursday meeting of Powhatan Point Village Council. Officials eyed construction of a salt bin, replacement of drainage pipe and a roof, as well as a demanding issue on German Hill Road. German Hill Road has gone from two ...

Early voting underway for levies

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YORKVILLE — Early voting is underway for the May 2 election with three local levies on the ballot. The village of Yorkville placed a 1-mill levy on the May 2 ballot Officials there have held several public meetings to raise awareness for the vote. If approved, the money generated by the ...

$4K gift from Wheeling Subaru to enhance Oglebay Good Zoo exhibits

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WHEELING — A $4,022 gift from a local auto dealership to the Oglebay Good Zoo will support animal care and significant improvements to the facility including renovations and new exhibits. As a part of Subaru’s “Share the Love” event, Wheeling Subaru contributed the money to the zoo ...

RON NAYLOR, second from left, of Fat Boys Bail Bonding donates tourniquets to the Martins Ferry Police Department on Friday. From left are Sgt. Beth Scales, Naylor, Officer Steve Veltri, Officer Shamus Nixon, Officer John Holmes and Sgt. Bob Walton hold some of the tourniquets given to them.

Ferry receive tourniquets

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MARTINS FERRY — It is the type of live-saving device police officers hope they never have to use — a tourniquet — but now Martins Ferry’s finest are equipped with them, just in case. Ron Naylor of Fat Boys Bail Bonding donated the tourniquets on Friday to the Martins Ferry Police ...

Ohio University Eastern Honors Convocation set for April 28


ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - The Ohio University Eastern Campus Honors Convocation will take place on Friday, April 28 at 7pm in the Health and Physical Education Center. This year's class features 46 degree recipients in fields such as applied management, communication studies, criminal justice, ...

Preschool open house is April 27


BELLAIRE — Head Start, a free preschool child development is holding an open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at all local Head Start sites. Those centers and their location are: Indian Run Learning Center, 4129 Noble St., Bellaire; the St. John Vianney Learning Center, Ohio 7 North, Powhatan ...

Martins Ferry middle school principal’s list and honor roll


Martins Ferry Middle School Principal’s List – Third Nine Weeks Fifth Grade Michaela Beale, Carter Bennett, Mckenzie Carte, Nicholas Cunningham, Jasmine Fuller, Makenzie Garrison, Turner Krol, Campbell Kropka, Skylar Kuri, Lydia Lash, Andrew Leiffer, Baron Lucey, Addison Lude, ...

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St. Clairsville High School students in the cast of “Mary Poppins” strike a pose during a break from rehearsing for this week’s opening performance of the group’s 2017 spring musical.

‘Mary Poppins’ brings theatrical, musical magic to St. C. stage


Musical theater will spring to life in St. Clairsville starting this week when the St. Clairsville High School Players present their 2017 production of “Mary Poppins.” The spring musical will take place at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and next week on Wednesday, Thursday and ...

Corrosion throughout the Bellaire Water Treatment Plant – such as the high service pump room – has wreaked havoc on the facility’s machinery components.

Bellaire Council debates rates

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BELLAIRE — A dispute about the need to raise water rates led the discussion during this week’s meeting of Bellaire Village Council, when that proposed hike and a proposed increase in garbage collection rates were rejected. Councilman Dan Brown said council was not sufficiently informed ...

Thursday Music Club announces honors recital on April 23


WHEELING — The Thursday Music Club of Wheeling sponsored the Annual Young Musicians Auditions held at West Liberty University on March 31-April 1. Ninety students presented memorized solo works in piano, voice, and organ. This years’ auditions judges included WLU Faculty members Gerald ...

Speed a factor in W.Va. 88 accident

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WEST LIBERTY — Law enforcement officials said speed was a factor that led a Buckeye Local High School bus to collide with a tree on W.Va. 88 near West Liberty, injuring numerous students on board. The bus carrying members of Buckeye Local’s varsity football team was traveling to West ...

ODOT investing $2.3 billion across Ohio in 2017

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MARTINS FERRY — The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning for another near-record construction season across the Buckeye State. This year, ODOT will spend $2.3 billion improving the state’s roads and bridges. In 2015, ODOT invested a record $2.4 billion on roadway infrastructure ...

SISTERS NICOLE Stephens, left, and Amanda Capuano recently opened their new insurance office, ValleyWide Insurance, in Martins Ferry.

New ValleyWide insurance office opens in Martins Ferry


MARTINS FERRY — A new business that opened recently in Martins Ferry — ValleyWide Insurance — is the brainchild of sisters and proprietors Nicole Stephens and Amanda Capuano. Located at the corner of Hanover Street and Zane Highway, ValleyWide’s focus is on customers. The agency ...

Man arrested after allegedly brandishing gun

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Man arrested after allegedly brandishing gun BELLAIRE — Bellaire police arrested a man at gunpoint Thursday when a verbal dispute in the 1800 block of Belmont Street allegedly led to an individual brandishing a handgun and threatening to shoot. Police were dispatched to handle the ...


Whiteside donates T-shirts to drug free club


T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Whiteside auto dealership of St. Clairsville makes a donation of 750 T-shirts to the high school students who have enrolled in Belmont County staying Clean, a drug-free club. Every participant in the club will receive a shirt. The club year will end May 9 with a ...

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ABOVE: More than 20 students were injured when this Buckeye Local School District bus hit a tree along W.Va. 88 near West Liberty on Thursday.

Almost 30 students injured in school bus crash near WLU

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WEST LIBERTY — At least 26 Buckeye Local High School students and one adult were treated at local hospitals Thursday after their school bus left the road and crashed into a tree along W.Va. 88 about a mile south of West Liberty. Although several of the students suffered severe injuries, ...

Monroe continues oil and gas development


WOODSFIELD – The oil and gas industry in Monroe County continues to develop, with Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC, based in Denver, still on track to develop and build a natural gas liquids storage facility in salt caverns just north of Clarington. According to county economic development ...