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County fair welcomed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners officiated during the ribbon-cutting at the Belmont County Fair after their regular meeting Wednesday, but their business session included several updates about ongoing projects. The officials also commented about their role in ...

USDA providing nutrition help to states hit by hurricanes and flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is actively working with officials in Texas and Louisiana to ensure that people impacted by Hurricane Harvey have access to food now and after emergency operations are completed. “In this time of crisis, with many grocery stores ...

Sen. Manchin: Opportunity Abounds in Northern Panhandle

WEIRTON — The Northern Panhandle is awash in opportunity — especially when it comes to the energy sector, according to Sen. Joe Manchin. “We’ve got a new renaissance,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said during a visit to Weirton Friday. “It’ll be different. It’ll be more diverse than what ...

Irma Expected to Dodge Ohio Valley, But Officials Remain on Alert

WHEELING — The remnants of Hurricane Irma are expected to miss the Upper Ohio Valley, although the area still could see some rain from the massive storm during the middle of next week. But with Irma set to make landfall in Florida early today, that forecast could change — and Ohio County ...

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St. Clairsville Shoppers descend upon Marshalls

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The face of the Ohio Valley Mall changed once again on Thursday with the long-awaited opening of Marshalls department store. A crowd of eager shoppers lined up outside the entrance early Thursday morning. Natalie Marling of Martins Ferry was first in line and had the ...

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Bellaire Waterline vandalism a felony

BELLAIRE — Police Chief Mike Kovalyk told Bellaire Village Council members Thursday night an attempted vandalism of waterlines in the village is being investigated as a “felony” offense. Village workers on Wednesday discovered 15-20 gallons of a petroleum product were dumped on top of ...

Cadiz Postal office mulled

CADIZ — Village officials said Thursday they are pushing U.S. Postal Service officials to establish a temporary office in Cadiz after the suspension of operations at the village’s post office over the weekend due to structural concerns. Mayor Ken Zitko addressed the situation during ...

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St. Clairsville Students tour fair facilities

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Elementary school students got to see the sights at the Belmont County Fair during Fair Field Day on Thursday. More than 1,200 children from first through fifth grades — along with one kindergarten class — from schools across Belmont County were bussed to the ...

Powhatan Point council decides to show officers the money

POWHATAN POINT — Following a report that a police officer had resigned, Powhatan Point Village Council acted this week to increase the pay rate for that position. “We believe it to be a safety issue,” said Councilman Jerry Binni, noting the village is not competing with ...

Search is on for missing aircraft

WALLACE, W.Va. — Law enforcement officials have little concrete information as they search for a missing aircraft that was last detected near the Wetzel/Harrison county line. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday morning that the aircraft is a Cirrus SR20. It is presumed ...

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Bellaire Vandalism

Photo Provided Bellaire police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Washington Street, where the Service Department reported an act of felony vandalism at an excavation site. Several gallons of a petroleum product had been dumped in the site on waterlines and valves that were being repaired. ...

Wheeling building still deteriorating

WHEELING — More than three months after bricks tumbled from the city-owned structure at 1429 Market St., the heavily damaged rear of the building continues steadily deteriorating. That deterioration appears to have accelerated over the last several days, as its appearance is noticeably ...

Pot moratorium won’t be sought

STEUBENVILLE — A majority of Steubenville City Council members agreed this week not to pursue another moratorium that would prohibit a medical marijuana dispensary from opening in the city. The four-county area including Jefferson, Belmont, Monroe and Harrison counties will be allotted two ...

‘Tootsies for Texas’ aids Harvey victims

GLEN DALE -- With the help of their community, two sisters are hoping to ease the struggles of families in the Houston area this month. “Tootsies for Texas,” a charity project crafted by Marshall County mother Lori Shipley and her sister, Susie Cubick, a teacher at John Marshall High ...

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Local foundation helping cancer victims

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As a mother and a teacher for three decades, Lee Ann Schambach had a positive impact on hundreds of lives during her career. Today, nearly 10 years after she lost her battle with breast cancer, she continues to help others via a charitable foundation established in her ...

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Calhoun named dean of students

CONNORVILLE — Janelle Calhoun once walked the hallowed halls of Buckeye Local High School as a pupil, but now she returns as the newly named dean of students. Calhoun, who served as an intervention specialist at Buckeye North Elementary in Brilliant for seven years, was officially hired on ...