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Members of Bridgeport Village Council stand with the winners of the Bridgeport School “Spooky Drawing Contest.” The contest is open to the students from kindergarten through seventh grade, awarding cash prizes to the top three winners in every grade. The drawings are displayed at the Bridgeport Dairy Queen, as well as at other businesses throughout the village. From left are Leeland Nicholson (kindergarten), Elizabeth Patterson (first grade), Talan Fisher (kindergarten), Mercadies Hannahs (second grade), Taylor Danhart (second grade), Cambria Breiding (kindergarten).  Second row, Jalyiah Timmerman (fourth grade), Brooklyn Ernes (first grade), Maddie Tatman (third grade), Aiden Clegg (second grade), Lakyn Gerevics (fifth grade), Nico Kusic (third grade), Adelyn Kovacs (first grade). Third row, Bridgeport Councilwoman Norma Teasdale , Stayzia Ray (fourth grade), Gabby Anderson (sixth grade), Jayden Koonce (seventh grade), Bridgeport Councilman Jerry Delman and volunteer Carole Lyle.

Bridgeport Schools help village get spooky

BRIDGEPORT — With the Halloween season upon us, a local school district is helping to decorate the village of Bridgeport with spooky drawings all over town. The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District holds an annual “Spooky Drawing Contest” every year around Halloween for students ...

Belmont to host second annual Halloween Fun Night

BELMONT — The village of Belmont is preparing for its community Halloween Fun Night, which will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Belmont Gymnasium. Halloween Committee member Lorie Grob said the group is planning several activities and games, and the group is in need of candy donations ...

International survivors of Suicide Loss Day to be recognized

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Jerry’s Walk – Illuminating Suicide Awareness, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness, will be hosting an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Ohio Valley Mall Community Room in St. ...

Zombies Invade Towngate: ‘Night of the Living Dead’ on the Big Screen

WHEELING — See the film that started the zombie horror genre. Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre will present a screening of George Romero’s 1968 cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” on Friday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 29. Intelligent, crafty and terrifying, this ...

Olney prepares for 180th celebration

BARNESVILLE — A local school is gearing up to celebrate 180 years in operation with a homecoming event on Saturday. The Olney Friends School in Barnesville has been established near Barnesville since 1837, and has prided itself on education and service since it first opened its doors. ...

Health advocates warn of potential changes, but urge marketplace enrollment

WHEELING — Health care advocates contend many West Virginians could face higher insurance premiums and reduced coverage unless Congress overrides President Donald Trump’s latest executive orders. Representatives of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and WV NaviCare conducted a ...

Powhatan council plans holiday events

POWHATAN POINT — Fire Chief Tom Nelms requested and was granted donations for Halloween and Christmas activities during a Village Council meeting Tuesday. The village, on a motion by Councilman Jerry Binni, agreed to donate $300 to the department for Halloween candy and $500 for Christmas. ...

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ MARTINS FERRY city street department employees, from left, John Russell, Bill Joe Snyder and Chris Hall work to patch potholes on Hickory Street on Monday afternoon.

Fresh blacktop for Martins Ferry

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON MARTINS FERRY city street department employees, from left, John Russell, Bill Joe Snyder and Chris Hall work to patch potholes on Hickory Street on Monday afternoon.

Harrison enters mining agreement, changes phone plan

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved an agreement with a mining company regarding county roads on Wednesday, as well as a new phone plan for the sheriff’s office. Commissioners Don Bethel and Dale Norris heard from David Longfellow of Oxford Mining on Wednesday; Commissioner ...

Committee narrowly recommends Zatezalo confirmation

WHEELING — The nomination of Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration gained the narrow approval of a Senate committee on Wednesday, and now moves before the full Senate. President Donald Trump has nominated Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary ...

Dead man liable in 2015 Shadyside explosion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Belmont County jury recently decided that Michael Zoeckler was negligent in causing the explosion and resulting fire that claimed his life and the home of his neighbors, Charles and Ciara Patterson, on March 2, 2015. Zoeckler’s residence at 3905 Highland Avenue in ...

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St. John Central High School 2017 Homecoming Court

Photo Provided ST. JOHN Central High School’s 2017 Homecoming Court includes, front row from left, senior queen candidates Lillian West, Brooke Palmer, Francesca Moore, Riley DiLoretta, Jenna Sawinski, Erin Savage and Alyssa Busack. Standing, second row from left, junior attendant Shaylyn ...

South Elementary sets fundraiser

TILTONSVILLE — Buckeye South Elementary is planning on holding a fundraiser in order to help to raise money for technology improvements in the school. Principal Julie Packer said in a release that the school is selling insulated Buckeye Local tumblers and snacks such as popcorn and peanuts ...

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AMONG THE vehicles that were vandalized are these Disabled American Veteran vans.

Bellaire police probing slashed tires on 9 vehicles

BELLAIRE — Bellaire police are investigating the slashing of tires on at least nine vehicles early Monday — including those belonging to the Disabled American Veterans organization, said Bellaire Police Chief Michael Kovalyk. “The veteran service vehicles provide a vital services to ...

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James Dean McMasters, a co-defendant in an alleged Bellaire home invasion that resulted in the shooting death of Joshua Gorayeb, appeared in court for an information sharing conference Monday. His trial remains set for November.

Home invasion suspect in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the co-defendants in an alleged home invasion in Bellaire that led to the shooting death of Joshua Gorayeb appeared in court Monday for a status conference. Prosecution and defense attorneys reviewed the information sharing process, and Belmont County Common ...

Wheeling hit by crime spree

WHEELING — Area police were busy over the weekend, from an attempted robbery and alleged domestic battery in Wheeling to two separate shots-fired incidents in Steubenville. At about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Wheeling police were called after a man attempted to rob the Smith Oil gas station at ...

Legislature launches special session

WHEELING — Bills to exempt military pensions from state taxation and increase the tax credit for rehabilitation of historic structures were among the first introduced during a special session of the West Virginia Legislature that convened Monday. Lawmakers on Monday also unanimously passed ...

Local leaders responding to NY Times piece

STEUBENVILLE — Local business and economic development leaders were incensed by a column that appeared in the New York Times last week depicting the Steubenville-Weirton area as ill-suited to thrive or recover from the Great Recession. The column, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones ...

Local vets organization plans tailgate

A local veterans organization is celebrating its fourth anniversary with an event to raise awareness and funds to assist former military personnel in the Ohio Valley. Helping Heroes will host its first tailgate party at Oglebay’s Haller Shelter at 6 p.m. Saturday. According to Helping ...

Judge OKs taped statements

STEUBENVILLE -- Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller ruled Monday a jury can hear taped statements Michael Shane made to a detective who was investigating the disappearance of Stephanie Pytash. Authorities believe the 35-year-old Pytash was choked to death at a home off of ...