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Rio Grande Local historian to participate in Emancipation Day

RIO GRANDE — A local historian is taking part in an event designed to celebrate history this coming weekend. The 154th Annual Emancipation Day Celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday at the famous Bob Evans Farms in Rio Grande, Ohio. The celebration is held to celebrate President ...

A pack-the-truck supply drive to benefit the Belmont County Animal Shelter will be held Saturday at Rural King. Dog Warden Lisa Williams, and staff member Nancy Zielinski with one of their lovable adoptable dogs Britty, a three year old female brindled mix.

St. Clairsville ‘Pack the Truck’ for the animal shelter Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Friends and volunteers with the Belmont County Animal Shelter will participate in a Pack-The Truck drive for food and supplies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of Rural King, at the south side of the Ohio Valley Mall. Mandy Cracolici, local business owner and friend ...

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Yorkville Fire Chief Dana Brown poses with the village’s current 1989 Sutphen fire engine, which he hopes to replace using a proposed new 10-year, 3.5-mill levy that will be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Yorkville fire levy to be discussed

YORKVILLE — Yorkville Fire Chief Dana Brown and other village officials will make their case for a 3.5-mill levy to purchase a new fire truck at a community forum on Saturday. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Yorkville Fire Department and will be a question-and-answer town hall ...

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Harrison County Parole Officer John Jackson speaks to county commissioners Wednesday. Jackson attended the meeting on behalf of Common Pleas Judge T. Shawn Hervey to talk about the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program.

Harrison welcomes new administrator

CADIZ -- The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services welcomed a new employee after county commissioners approved her employment Wednesday. DJFS Director Scott Blackburn spoke to the commissioners at their regular meeting, telling them of his hiring recommendation for the ...

Monroe County Sheriff addresses courthouse security

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black has hired a new law enforcement officer in an effort to beef up security at the 109-year-old Monroe County Courthouse. He is urging the board of commissioners to move quickly on other courthouse security measures in light of the shooting of ...

Belmont County to renovate old jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Now that the year-long process of renovation the exterior of the Belmont County Courthouse has been completed, the former jail nearby also will soon be repaired. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners accepted six bids for the jail work during its Wednesday ...

Bellaire police investigate rash of vehicle entries

BELLAIRE — Village police are investigating a rash of illegal vehicle entries in the West Bellaire section of the community overnight. Chief Mike Kovalyk said 11 different vehicles had been entered and “ransacked” with items such as chaange and dollars bills being taken. “The ...

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Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidates meet for their first debate Tuesday at Martins Ferry High School, from left, are former state Rep. Connie Pillich; Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton.

Dems discuss issues during first gubernatorial debate in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Ohio Democrats aiming to take back the governor’s office from Republicans met at Martins Ferry High School on Tuesday for the first in a series of six debates to be held across the state before the 2018 primary. Taking the stage Tuesday were former state Rep. Connie ...

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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and former Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede pose for a photo after Tuesday’s debate between the four Democratic candidates for Ohio governor at Martins Ferry High School.

No clear favorite among some debate-goers

MARTINS FERRY — Flushing resident John White likes all four of the Democratic candidates for Ohio governor, but after listening to Tuesday night’s debate he is leaning toward two — state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton. He described them both as “strong ...

Jobs top Ohio’s concerns for 2018

MARTINS FERRY — The next governor of Ohio is going to be the candidate who best addresses the state’s concerns about jobs and the economy, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. As Democratic candidates for Ohio governor met in Martins Ferry Tuesday for the first debate ...

The drug division of the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit will now be under the joint command of Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland and Chief Detective Ryan Allar of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. They will continue to respond to drug crimes while looking at ways to save money.

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McFarland, Allar co-commanders in drug enforcement

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The drug division of the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit is undergoing a change in leadership. According to Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas, Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland will now share leadership of the division with Chief Detective Ryan Allar of the ...

EORH to deliver babies again

MARTINS FERRY — East Ohio Regional Hospital plans to reopen its obstetrics department in early 2018, two years after its previous birthing facility closed. Bernie Albertini, chief administrative officer at EORH, said Tuesday the BirthPlace will return to its previous location by “the first ...

Belmont County plans to create building department in 2018

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commission President Mark Thomas said Monday the county intends to renew its efforts next year to create a building department to conduct construction inspections at commercial sites in the county. Thomas made his remarks at the Belmont County Board of ...

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Wheeling Hospital pediatric hospitalists are, from left, Dr. Sandhya Vethachalam, Dr. Brian Vaske and Dr. Anish Trehun. They are providing hospital coverage for pediatric patients during nights and weekends, ensuring uninterrupted care.

Hospitalists join pediatric staff

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital has hired three pediatric hospitalists for a new service to provide inpatient care of infants and children around the clock. Dr. Judith Romano, director of the hospital’s Center for Pediatrics, said the pediatric hospitalists work in concert with a child’s ...

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TAMMY SISMONDO, health technologies instructor at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale, oversees a class of students in the new lab. The program moved to another room in the building and space was expanded to make way for a classroom, lab with a surgical station, phlebotomy station, medical office and pharmacy.

New home for tech program

BLOOMINGDALE — The health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has some new accommodations with a lot more space for students to obtain hands-on learning. Instructor Tammy Sismondo’s new classroom occupies a former classroom and computer lab at the southern end ...

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‘Freedom Is’nt Free’

BELMONT — American Legion Post 312 is only a few years shy of its 100-year anniversary and has been collecting and gathering military memorabilia throughout its rich history. That memorabilia recently became the basis of the collection of the Belmont County Military Veterans Museum under ...

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Martins Ferry flower shop under new management

MARTINS FERRY — Whether you need flowers for a wedding, funeral, dance or other special occasions, local residents don’t need to look any further than Walnut Street in Martins Ferry, where Ferry Flowers and More is ready to help. Shelly Thorton is the new owner of the flower shop, which ...

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Belmont County title department now accepting credit cards

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Trouten, clerk of courts for Belmont County, announced that the Title Office, both at the main St Clairsville location and the riverfront location in Bellaire, is now accepting credit cards. “I wanted to make the process of title transfers as easy as possible for ...

Road salt prices discussed in Cadiz

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners discussed the road salt purchase process for the upcoming winter season on Wednesday and spoke briefly about the recent suspension of operations at the Cadiz Post Office. Doug Crabtree, representing the Harrison County Engineer’s Office, came forward ...