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Zane Highway house razed

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON KENNETH GRUBB, an employee with AJD&M Construction, uses a wheelbarrow to dump parts of a house being razed on Zane Highway in Martins Ferry this week. Grubb said an adjacent property owner who owns the home hired the company to demolish the house. The remaining ...

Barnesville Chamber moves spring cleanup

BARNESVILLE — Making a city look its best can make the residents happier and draw new people in for business. Barnesville will have its second Spring Clean Up Day from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. May 1. The original date was set for April 24, but it had to be rescheduled by the Barnesville Chamber of ...

Woman gets sentence after counterfeit urine fails

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A defendant’s plan to evade the court’s drug-testing procedure while on probation failed when the substitute urine she used for the screening also tested positive for drugs. Kiana Bri’en Wallace, 24, incarcerated, appeared in Monday’s Belmont County Common Pleas ...

DeWine, Husted, stop on campaign trail

T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, left, stands with Attorney General Mike DeWine and constituent Sheila Cochron, of Cambridge, during a campaign stop at Belmont County’s GOP headquarters in St. Clairsville. DeWine is running for governor, while Husted is ...

WesBanco Buck

Photo by Joe Lovell WesBanco Buck holds a T-shirt from The Health Plan with a challenge to all local businesses to participate May 26 in the Ogden Newspaper Half Marathon Classic 2018 Corporate Challenge starting at 14th and Main streets. The Health Plan employees and their families are ...

Roast beef sandwich dinner is Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The St. Clair Ruritan Club is having a roast beef sandwich dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the club, located by the St. Clairsville Football Stadium. Dinner includes hot roast beef sandwich, green beans, dessert and drink. Proceeds benefit community projects. ...

Sheriff’s Residence Museum open for season

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Every room in the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence Museum has a different community’s pride on display, and the museum is now open and welcoming curious tourists and locals who are interested in getting a look at their home’s roots. This season, which continues ...

Six protest new Bellaire business

BELLAIRE — Six protesters with the American Indian Movement demonstrated Saturday on Union Street in Bellaire against the name and logo of a new business. Peace Pipes, a smoke and hippie culture shop, has irked the group, whose members say the store appropriated an icon central to Native ...

‘Peace Pipes’ opening day may see protesters

BELLAIRE — A new business in Bellaire that sells “hippie culture” items such as glass pipes, tie-dye shirts emblazoned with marijuana leaves and other items is anticipating a protest to occur today during its first day of business. Tim Alley, owner of Peace Pipes on 3195 Union St., is ...

Ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

STEUBENVILLE — Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps took under advisement a decision that could lift the sex offender reporting requirements for one of two men convicted five years ago in a Steubenville rape case. Ma’Lik Richmond, 21, and his attorneys with the state public defender’s office, ...

Union Local board hears about testing problems

MORRISTOWN — A teacher told the Union Local Board of Education about a “giant mishap” that occurred during state-mandated testing Wednesday and asked members to take political action. Sixth grade teacher Sheryl Sonk told the board about a computer glitch that prevented some students ...

Drug sentencings, sanctions in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Court saw another heavy docket of chiefly drug-related offenses this week, with more cases arraigned the week before. Judge John Vavra presided Monday when Ryan Patterson, 28, of 1272 Bryce St., Bellaire, was sentenced to 42 months in prison. He ...

Annual roast beef dinner

T-L Photo/KIM NORTH ST. ANTHONY’S Church on Main Street in Bridgeport will hold its annual roast beef dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Take-out service will be available, as will transportation from the parking lots by golf carts. The menu consists of roast beef, mashed potatoes, ...

Rep. Cera supports school resource officers legislation

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced his support for House Bill 318, which passed out of the House Wednesday. The bipartisan legislation outlines the duties of school resource officers and provides funding to train officers and provide school safety programs for ...

Tourism update for Belmont County

T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK Belmont County Tourism Council Director Barb Ballint appears before the Belmont County Board of Commissioners and gives a quarterly update of activities covering January through March. She reported 2018 kicked off with preparations for trade shows, expos and the ...

OUE Theatre presents ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern is proud to announce its up-coming production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece “The Importance of Being Earnest” on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and April 22, 26, 27 and 28 in the Shannon Hall Theater. “The ...

Poetry festival returns to mark new biography of James Wright

By LINDA COMINS For The Times Leader MARTINS FERRY — A one-time renewal of the James Wright Poetry Festival is being offered to mark publication of a long-awaited biography of the Martins Ferry native and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. A free, one-day edition of the festival is planned ...

Belmont Street paving gets underway in Bellaire

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON BELLAIRE WATER Department employee Bill Keefer, right, waits for a chance to look for waterline valve lids on Belmont Street while a machine sweeps grindings. The work by Lashing Paving of Martins Ferry involves removal of 3.5 inches of old pavement and installation ...

Designer Purse Bingo to benefit help center

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tri County Help Center, the nonprofit domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and mental health agency for Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties, is hosting a Designer Purse Bingo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Marian Hall in St. Mary’s Church. Admission to the ...

Bridgeport residents concerned about road slip

BRIDGEPORT — A slip on the side of the road has several residents of the Bridgeport area concerned. The slip began several months ago on Ohio Street in Bridgeport, leaving a large depression on the side of the road that has been surrounded by orange construction barrels. Large cracks are ...