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Zachary Klemm, a science teacher at Wheeling Middle School, starts an exciting adventure with the schools Gaming Club. Klemm started the club last year, where he hosts a weekly game of Dungeons and Dragons for students. The club gives students a fun, safe place to hang out after school, while also teaching them so basic skills. From left; Klemm, Grace More, Brooke Sikole, Logan Frazier, and Angie Kash.

Games help ‘nerdy’ residents find sense of kinship, belonging

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Most everyone has their own interests, hobbies, and activities to occupy their spare time. For some people, this takes the form of sports, a favorite TV show, or sitting down to read. Others might have interests that veer away slightly from what is considered mainstream. ...

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The new Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and County Jail is coming closer to completion, and on Monday county commissioners approved new furniture to the building, bringing it one step closer to being ready for employees.

Commissioners approve equipment, furniture for new jail

WOODSFIELD — As the new Monroe County Jail gets closer to completion, local officials received approval for some new equipment that will be vitally important to the facility on at Monday. Monroe County commissioners heard from Phillip Keevert, the director of the Monroe County Emergency ...

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Promenaders to celebrate Christmas

OHIO VALLEY Promenaders Square Dance Club members dance during a past gathering. They are getting ready for their annual Christmas dances sponsored by the Ohio Valley Promenaders Square Dance Club. Dances will be held at the Bellaire Public Library from 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 6-9 p.m. ...

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Monroe County Commissioner Tim Price reads over the agenda for Monday’s meeting. The commissioners briefly entered executive session to discuss a labor contract with county Engineer Amy Zwick, emerging with no action  taken.

Monroe County Commissioners hear engineer requests

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Engineer’s Office brought several items before the county commissioners Monday, including the possibility of contracting out for grass mowing services. County Engineer Amy Zwick talked with commissioners about the possibility of hiring outside help for ...

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Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben, points to one of two areas where paint was scraped from the Starman nutcracker when it was taken from the Nutcracker Village on Saturday. Barilla said he is thankful the nutcracker was returned by the two people who face charges of theft in Steubenville Municipal Court in connection with its disappearance.

Stolen nutcracker returned to village in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — The Starman nutcracker inspired by the late rock singer David Bowie was returned to the Nutcracker Village at Historic Fort Steuben after it was taken on a short trip out of Steubenville Saturday. Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben, said the 6-foot-tall figure ...

Justice: China Serious About Deal

WHEELING — Although relatively short on specifics during a Monday press conference, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice showed plenty of enthusiasm for what he termed a “deathly serious” $83.7 billion China Energy investment plan for shale natural gas and petrochemical projects in the Mountain ...

Duo to collect toys for hospitalized children

STEUBENVILLE — Retired Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Ed Weigand and retired patrol dispatcher Diane Holubeck again are collecting toys that will be given this Christmas to patients at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Holubeck and Weigand have been collecting the toys at the ...

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Division 1 Donuts launch

Division 1 Donuts is open for business and serving a wide variety of fresh, custom-made treats. Brian Kolb, owner, said he looks forward to heavy business at the Ohio Valley Mall location. Kara McFarland is pictured preparing doughnuts for sale. T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK

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Buckeye Online School for Success students

BUCKEYE ONLINE School for Success students pose at the Ohio State Capitol Rotunda. Front row, from left, are James Mittermeir, Alberto Dunlap, Ayat Husain, Hailey Domkowski and Kinsey Dietrich; and back row, from left, Noah Leonard, Madeleine McNamara, Emmanuel Gessler, Alana Drnek and ...

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TRAVIS CLARK, left, and Karen Fisher form Team Terror inside Terror Inc. Training Center in Morristown. They will work with individuals, especially children with developmental disabilities, discipline issues or autism. Fitness, nutrition and other ways to live a healthy life will be taught, as will skills in boxing and weight training.

Terror Inc. Training Center to help disabled children

MORRISTOWN — Travis “The Terror” Clark, a professional fighter and West Virginia heavyweight boxing champion, has always wanted to own a gym. Combine that with his love for children, especially those who aren’t as fortunate as others, and that dream has been realized with the opening of ...

Jefferson County Clerk of Courts reports

September 2017 Report John A. Corrigan, clerk of courts at the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville, provided the following report for the month of September: Auto Title Department, total vehicle fees and taxes — County, $37,055.63; State, $685,240.61; Total, $722,296.24; ...

Senate passes resolution urges review OPEC practices

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday, sponsored Sen.Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, urging Congress and the president to take actions to counter the manipulation of oil markets by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. “Throughout my life, it ...

Cera bill to expand high-speed internet access clears first hurdle

COLUMBUS— State Reps. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, and Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, this week offered sponsor testimony before the House Finance Committee on House Bill 378, legislation to create the Ohio Broadband Development Grant Program, an effort designed to encourage the expansion of broadband ...

Belmont Career Center honor roll

First 9 Weeks AG I Brianna Hale — Bridgeport AG II Josie Stephens — Union Local Tristen West — Bridgeport Allied Health II Chace Alexander — St. Clairsville Taylor Huntsman — Union local Dara Lucas — Union Local Kelsey Perdue — Barnesville Taylor ...

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Sons of Italy planning wine tasting festival

BELLAIRE — This December the Sons of Italy will share and celebrate a beloved element of the culture that has made its way to the United States. On 6 p.m. Dec. 15 the Sons of Italy Cultural Committee will be holding a special holiday Wine Tasting Festival. “What’s unique about this time, ...

Barnesville restricting bow and arrow use

BARNESVILLE — Village of Barnesville Council passed an ordinance this week regulating the use of bows and arrows in the village in response to a resident finding a neighbor’s stray arrow in his yard. Meanwhile, council also approved giving a $1 per hour payraise to all full-time village ...

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Health Plan: 325 more workers in downtown by January

WHEELING — As contractors put the finishing touches on the first brand new building to grace downtown in decades, officials with The Health Plan hope their headquarters will help the city grow and prosper in symmetry with the firm. With about 325 full-time workers set to join the company’s ...

Fatal crashes, DUI arrests up over Thanksgiving holiday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported an uptick in fatal crashes and DUI arrests over the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. However, there were no local fatalities in Belmont County during that time period. Sgt. Brian McFarland of the highway patrol reviewed the ...

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Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers speaks to commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting.

Harrison County sheriff receives appropriations

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved fund appropriations for the sheriff’s office Wednesday, helping the department get through the rest of the year. Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers spoke to commissioners at the regular meeting Wednesday, requesting appropriations in the ...