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Winter wonderland – Before you go, know how to handle ice and snow

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While winter weather brings snow days that make children celebrate their break from school, it also brings dangers Eastern Ohio residents should be aware of. The first few snowfalls of the year can be hazardous because drivers are not usually prepared. In Ohio, individual ...

Union Local High School honor roll released

Principal’s List with Distinction Sophomores Mollie Hamilton Paoli Roberts Kylee Taylor Juniors Jayden Bom Sutherlynd Butler Hannah Kemp Alison Loase Lauryn Menges Emilee Robb Seniors Destiny Husvar Luke Menges Sebastian Wells Principal’s List Freshmen Lacy Bilyeu Chloe ...

Barnesville Hospital to host blood drive

BARNESVILLE – The public is invited to donate blood and help save the lives of area patients from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Barnesville Hospital Blood Drive, 639 W. Main St.. The blood drive will held in the hospital’s conference room/multipurpose room. Help keep supplies stocked for ...

UWAY DONATION

Project BEST makes $2,500 donation to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley

WHEELING — Project BEST recently donated $2,500 to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. “Our organization receives numerous donation requests from wonderful organizations throughout our community,” said Ginny Favede, co-chairwoman of Project BEST. “We wanted to consolidate our ...

Jaycees provide scholarships in honor of Ted Allen

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Jaycees, in cooperation and support of Ted Joseph “Tuna” Allen’s family and friends, hosted the Fall Crawl in September, drawing 106 participants who came together to honor their friend and celebrate his life while raising money for a memorial ...

Jefferson Community Action Council provides HEAP help

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Community Action Council will continue to assist with Emergency HEAP for those residents in Jefferson County. Interested residents should call the new toll free number 1-844-493-1195 to schedule an appointment The system will guide clients through the ...

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New Barnesville Village Council member Jamie Betts, right, participates in his first meeting of 2018. Seated next to him is Brad Hudson, who was named president of council.

New faces begin the year in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville has a new council member and president as the village enters 2018, and a new police chief soon will be added to that roster. Jamie Betts was introduced Monday as a new councilman and Brad Hudson was named council president during a regular council session. Members ...

Yorkville accepts new fire truck bids

YORKVILLE — The village of Yorkville approved a $431,575 bid for a new fire truck at a recent council meeting. The council opened bids for a new vehicle for the fire department on Jan. 2. There were six bids in total: ∫ Finley Fire at $468,509; ∫ 4 Guys Fire Trucks at ...

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Harrison Hills City School District members Melvin Allen and Deborah Kenny look over agendas at Thursday’s organizational meeting. Kenny and Allen were voted in as board president and vice president respectively.

Harrison Hills board prepares for new year

CADIZ — Members of the Harrison Hills City School District Board of Education prepared themselves for a new school year on Thursday. The board held its organizational meeting on Thursday evening, making sure everything was in order for another year serving students and families in the ...

Health board receives grant to aid sewage systems

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health has reappointed Dr. George L. Cholak to a two-year term as the county health commissioner. Cholak’s new term will expire in January 2020. Board member Dwight Jenewein will be seeking re-election to the board. His term expires this ...

St. Clairsville theater arson fire investigation still underway

ST . CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office still is investigating an arson fire that occurred last month at the AMC movie theater at the Ohio Valley Mall. The fire occurred Dec. 12 at the theater with Cumberland Trail Fire District and several other fire departments ...

Belmont County tourism grant applications available

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Tourism Council Board of Directors’ goal is to bring visitors to our area. Members work toward attracting visitors through advertising, hosting events, mail outs and partnering with other tourism agencies to serve as a link between them and Belmont ...

Open house slated at St. John

BELLAIRE — St. John Central High School is hosting its winter open house on Wednesday. Doors open at 6 p.m., and opening remarks will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The evening will be filled with information regarding scholarships, financial aid, athletics, school policy, ...

Black and gold day offers prospective students answers

WEST LIBERTY — Earning a college degree is the best next step for high school graduates and West Liberty University invites prospective students to take a look at all it has to offer on Black and Gold Day, Jan. 25. “We’ll give our visitors a glimpse of student life, academics and the ...

Defensive Driving courses offered Jan. 20

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its next Defensive Driving Course on Jan. 20 at East Ohio Regional Hospital in the Ruth Brant Maguire Room. The course will run from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and will be taught by Vincent West. Students must bring ...

T-Mobile brings wireless revolution to St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — T-Mobile has opened its first store in St. Clairsville, bringing a whole new level of freedom and choice to wireless customers and making switching to the “Un-carrier” simpler than ever. T-Mobile’s new store is now open for business at 50841B Valley Plaza Drive in ...

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A patron looks through a cart of books at the St. Clairsville Public Library. With the passage of a levy in November, library Director Doug Walsh is hoping to be able to purchase many new books for guests in the coming months.

Get the most out of your library

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With frigid weather conditions, sometimes outdoor activities just aren’t practical. Fortunately for Ohio Valley residents, there are resources that can still provide a variety of fun and education at your local library. The Belmont County Library System includes ...

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S city council opened its first meeting of 2018 by addressing infrastructure issues and answering questions from guests. Newly-elected Council President Tim Porter, left, also commended the city employees for their response to the recent cold weather during the holidays. Service and Safety Director James Zucal, right, addressed city projects.

St. C. leaders kick off 2018

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The first meeting of 2018 was a busy one, with new council members Perry Basile and Jim Velas being sworn in and ongoing projects under discussion. On his first day in office, Council President Tim Porter commended the city employees for their work and response to ...

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BOB ZILAI stands outside of his shop, Z’s Jewelry, in Martins Ferry following the devastating downtown fire in October 2016. He will serve as president of the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce in 2018.

New president for Ferry Chamber

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will have a new president starting this new year — Bob Zilai, owner of Z’s Jewelry in Martins Ferry. The board’s president for the past three years, Sherry Stratton, is stepping down. “She has been a ...