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Ebbert Farms, energy companies team up for toy drive

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County business owners gathered Friday with oil and gas company representatives to help distribute toys for an annual holiday toy drive. Toys for Tots partnered with MarkWest, Ascent Resources, EdgeMarc Energy, XTO Energy and Williams to distribute the toys from ...

Robbers hit St. C. bank

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Law enforcement agents are searching for a man who robbed the Huntington bank downtown at about noon Friday. Officers at the scene said the man entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding money. He did not show a weapon and fled on foot. The bank is closed ...

Ohio’s first marijuana dispensary to open

WINTERSVILLE — The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Buckeye State to be given the green light is located in the village. Officials announced Wednesday CY-Plus located at 180 Main St. is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of ...

Local county commissioners attend meeting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local county commissioners who attended this week’s County Commission Association of Ohio meeting said they learned much about incoming Gov. Mike DeWine’s plans when he takes office. Belmont County Commissioners J.P. Dutton and Mark Thomas both attended. They noted ...

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved. Blue-collar workers will still lose jobs at four ...

Law enforcement pursuing St. C. bank robber

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Law enforcement are searching for a man who robbed the Huntington bank in downtown St. Clairsville at about noon today. Officers at the scene said the man entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding money. He did not show a weapon and fled on foot. The bank is ...

Ferry Schools talk roof replacement

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City School Board of Education again met in executive session Thursday night regarding its treasurer, but it still came away without a decision. Treasurer Karen Blake has been suspended without pay since July. The board has not given a reason for the ...

Kasich continues serious look at presidential run

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he’d prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he’s entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn’t defeat President Donald Trump ...

Security, futures discussed at UL school board meeting

BELMONT — Security and plans for the remainder of the school year were the topics of discussion among board members Thursday during Union Local School District’s last meeting of 2018. About two weeks ago, the Village of Bethesda announced it would no longer provide police service to ...

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion ...

Owners of squalid home face arraignment

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two property owners of a home where children younger than 1 were allegedly living in squalid conditions were arraigned Thursday morning before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Paul Lee McEndree and wife Kathy Jo McEndree, both 41, both of 55688 Wilson Ave., ...

Opposing views expressed at ethane cracker meeting

SHADYSIDE — People with varying interests in a proposed ethane cracker plant filled a room Wednesday to discuss a discharge permit that would allow the plant to dump certain chemicals into the Ohio River. Some touted the economic benefits of PTT Global Chemical’s proposed plant, while ...

JSW to employ 1,000 people

STEUBENVILLE — A recently refired steel mill in Mingo Junction will employ 1,000 people as the company that purchased it earlier this years pumps $500 million into the plant, its corporate vice president said Wednesday. Pete Vojvodich, vice president of human resources and safety for JSW ...

Former fiscal officer owes more than $22,300

BRIDGEPORT — State auditors on Tuesday ordered a former Bridgeport fiscal officer to repay more than $22,300 to the Belmont County village. Bridgeport’s 2014-15 financial audit issues findings for recovery against the woman. The auditor is ordering her to repay $12,835 for alleged improper ...

Officials deny vacating Pultney Township road

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners addressed a crowded office Wednesday when it ruled against vacating a portion of McGregor Hill Road in Pultney Township. Numerous residents who live along the road reiterated their reasons for or against the vacancy, with those in ...

Thomas must provide records or face jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas has been ordered to provide records to a plaintiff’s attorney by Jan. 4 or serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court. Common Pleas Judge John Vavra imposed the order in court Wednesday, according to Belmont County Clerk of Court ...

A Christmas gift from St. C. Legion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — This is the season for giving among those who had pledged to give their all. The St. Clairsville American Legion presented donations to the area’s service organizations on Tuesday. The Legion disbursed a total of $15,000 in varying amounts to several organizations. The ...

Residents get in the holiday spirit

YORKVILLE — The village of Yorkville will be filled with the sound of Christmas carols on Sunday. Yorkville Mayor Karen Vargo said this will be the first time the village has ever had an event like this and is calling it “Carol On The Green.” The event will begin at 6 p.m. and the ...

Local docs raise money for charity

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Medical Society gathered at the Belmont County Country Club to celebrate the holiday and to raise funds to benefit an area charity this past Friday. This event raised about $2,400 for the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. “We have over 100 members and ...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the ...