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Belmont County Head Start accepting applications for 2018-19 school year

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Head Start program, under the direction of Community Action of Belmont County, is still accepting applications of children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old for the 2018-19 school years. Head Start is a federally funded preschool program and is Ohio Day Care ...

Church invaded in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Parishioners of the South Bellaire Methodist Church saw their sanctuary violated May 31 when they found someone had broken into the building. Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan said his office is still looking for leads. “It was ransacked,” said Flanagan. “It’s still ...

Skills training program offered

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Workforce Development and Community Education Department at Belmont College will be offering a free Natural Gas Utility and Pipeline Field Skills Training Program at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville. The four-week program begins on June 11 with classes running 20 ...

Multiple drunk drivers sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses was sentenced to three years behind bars this week by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. John Timothy McGary, 48, of 8444 Cashmere Road, Scio was sentenced to the maximum of 36 months for his conviction for ...

Road closure near Apex Energy Landfill in Harrison County

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners voted to close a road during a meeting Wednesday due to unsafe conditions. The closure will be on County Road 51 from Ohio 646 to the Jefferson County line. Apex Energy Landfill is near this location. Harrison County Sheriff Ron Meyers said he has ...

Chili Cook-off raises record funds for charity

WHEELING — The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off, held last weekend at Heritage Port, earned the largest amount of money since its inception 17 years ago. Under the leadership of cook-off chairperson Rose Humway-Warmuth, the festival raised $10,450 during the single-day event. The funds ...

Trial for accused murderer continued until September

WHEELING — An Ohio County Circuit Court judge granted a motion Tuesday to allow Deandre Davis’ new attorney time to familiarize himself with the details of his client’s murder case. Davis’ attorney, Edward Gillison, told Circuit Judge David Sims that he was contacted last week and ...

Bellaire Council rescheduled

BELLAIRE -- The regularly scheduled meeting of Bellaire Village Council for Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. has been canceled due to the scheduled village-wide water shut off on that day. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 21.

Wheeling dog park expected to reopen this month

WHEELING — The Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park: A PetSafe Park in East Wheeling is expected to reopen by the end of June, when new sod should be firmly established at the site. The park was closed in March after a few dogs sustained cut paws on pieces of glass that surfaced on the field. To ...

Martins Ferry man proud parent of pup performer

Inspired by the sight of other dogs competing at the Dock Dogs event, a Martins Ferry man is training his dog to be a world class diver, and working to bring the event to Marshall County going forward. Kelly John Fitzsimmons was the third owner of his beloved dog, Mazie Mae, due to her being ...

The Flatiron Deli is open for business

WHEELING — The Flatiron Deli has opened for business in Downtown Wheeling. Friday marked the third week since the coffee shop opened May 18 in the Flatiron Building on Main Street. Its general manager, Cynthia Meca, said the shop’s owner has experience running similar shops and has bigger ...

Beallsville High School fourth nine weeks’ honor roll

Seventh grade First Honors — Hallie Bommer, Faith Kohler, Angel Rich, Janessa Steck Second Honors — Loghan Brown, Emily Crooks, Xavier Lieberth, Sydnee Otto, Emily Scheiderer Eighth grade Principal’s List — Rylan Kinzy, Hannah Phillips, Trevor Stephen First Honors — Alissa ...

Bridgeport Exempted Village School District honor roll

Principal’s List — Middle School Fifth grade — Lyrik Brown, Hayley Bungard, Dane Cameron, Josalyn Canter, TaAliah Coulson, Logan Dubil, Lakyn Gerevics, Vanessa Mullen, McKayla Plants, Chloe Porter Sixth grade — Hannah Barath, Damon Burgess, Quinton Burlenski, Adrieauna Ellis, ...

Bellaire Middle School fourth nine weeks’ honor roll

Fifth grade Avery Arno Brody Blazek Aidan Brady Cameron Bryan Lyndzey Crupe Keegan Davis Levi Graham Landon Hans Samantha Hopkins Alexia Husted Kaylee Jenkins Chelsey Lednik Tenise Lucien Taylor Lynn Ava Marinacci Eliana Mason Kaitlyn McCord Madison ...

Shadyside students chosen for Legion Boys State

SHADYSIDE — American Legion Post 521, Shadyside, has selected three high school juniors — Collin Holmes, Quinn Berletch and Anthony Coggins — to participate in American Legion Buckeye Boys State. Boys State is an eight-day intensive education program on Ohio government where each ...

Blood Drive

Pamala Chieffalo donates blood Thursday at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center. Chieffalo helped organize the event, which was in its sixth year. The blood drive was sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church and the American Red Cross. T-L Photo/MIRANDA SEBROSKI

Ohio County schools seeking ways to help students ‘cope’

WHEELING — A world filled with tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts is making life more stressful for today’s youth, according to one local expert. Jill Maloney, mental health specialist and a counselor at Wheeling Park High School, credits social media with being a major factor in ...

Martins Ferry High School graduates Class of 2018

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry High School held its commencement service at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tolbert Gymnasium. Attending the commencement service was the Class of 1968. Clarence Hill, retired U.S. Navy captain, was the guest speaker representing the Class of 1968. Amanda Paige Jacob was ...

Commissioners hear about road loans, discuss summer jobs

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In the aftermath of Belmont County Commissioners’ decision last week to increase license plate fees, county Engineer Terry Lively is arranging for road slip repairs and deciding how much bridge money he will need to borrow until those funds come in. “I’m waiting to ...