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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Local briefs

Water service to be interrupted MARTINS FERRY — Water service to the Crawford Heights area will be shut off from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday to allow for the replacement of valves in the water department’s main pump room, said Martins Ferry Service Director Chris Cleary. Water does not need ...

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Martins Ferry’s Larry Deaton: He’s always lending a hand

By SHELLEY HANSON Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — Those Christmas lights just don’t magically appear in the city of Martins Ferry each season, they had to be put by someone. And for the last 15 years Larry Deaton has done that job and much more for residents of the Purple ...

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County elections board discusses relocation of Belmont’s polling spot

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE— The Belmont County Board of Elections recently discussed electronic polls books, moving a polling location and other issues during a regular meeting. The elections board discussed moving the village of Belmont’s polling ...

Martins Ferry Chamber hears job report

By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor MARTINS FERRY — Chamber of commerce members heard about a job services agency operating out of the city during Tuesday’s meeting. Mike Schlanz is the manager of the Ohio Means Jobs office, a division of the Belmont County Department of Job & ...

Catholic Charities to host ‘Hope’ gala event

WHEELING — Catholic Charities West Virginia’s seventh annual Gala, titled “Impressions of Hope,” is scheduled to be celebrated from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom. The gala will be hosted by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of ...

Hilltop Opera to perform ‘Die Fledermaus’ today

WEST LIBERTY — “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr., will be performed by West Liberty University music students today. The opera will be staged at 7:30 p.m. in the Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. Directed by Associate Professor Linda Cowan, it will be sung by all college ...

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An education about drug addiction in Steubenville

By DAVE GOSSETT For The Times Leader STEUBENVILLE — Local educators from Jefferson and Harrison counties received a frank and detailed lesson on drug addiction among teenagers Tuesday afternoon at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center’s George-Pugliese Conference ...

OVETA students discover new opportunities

CONNORVILLE — Students in the Ohio Valley Energy Technology Academy learned about one educational opportunity to gain advancement in the energy field. About 25 pupils joined instructors Anthony Barsch and Kevin McCain at Belmont College on Feb. 8, when they learned about the college’s ...

Cyclist injured in accident

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An accident involving a car and a bicycle sent the cyclist to Wheeling Hospital with severe injuries on Sunday. At around 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Cumberland Trail Fire District responded to the scene of an accident on U.S. 40 in ...

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Pre-prom Safety Day

Photo Provided AAA, the Ohio Valley Mall, The Times Leader, mall vendors and the entire community are coming together again to create safety awareness for students as Prom time approaches. The fifth annual Pre-Prom Safety Day will be held March 30 at the mall in St. Clairsville. The Pre-Prom ...

Bipartisan bill would end student loan tax penalty for families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Chris Coons, D-Del., and Angus King, I-Maine, re-introduced legislation last week to eliminate a tax penalty levied on student loans forgiven for families after the death of their child and for Americans who develop permanent disabilities. ...

Switzerland of Ohio to use Laude system

WOODSFIELD — The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education is preparing to change from a class ranking system to a laude system in order to encourage students to take more advanced classes and to encourage higher student achievement across the spectrum. Jennifer Bohach, ...

Ohio Valley Newsliners

Martins Ferry Police Department On Saturday, Brandon Michael Green, 24, of 101 Main St., Rayland, was cited for driving 61 mph in a 50 mph zone. He was fined $139. On Saturday, David A Warner, 20, of 2407 Alexander Manor, Steubenville, was cited for driving 65 mph in a 50 mph zone. ...