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Two centuries on the Ohio River

FLY — Plans are being finalized for the third annual Ohio River Ferryboat Festival on the Long Reach, which will also mark the 200th anniversary of ferry traffic on the Long Reach area of the Ohio River. The festival is a celebration of ferry transportation across the river, specifically ...

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Belmont County looking at tight budget

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners accepted the 2018 budget for Fiscal 2018 with finances expected to be tight. Fiscal Officer Barb Blake noted that each fiscal year is divided in half and the budget is prepared in ...

Low water levels halt Gulfport’s pumping

BARNESVILLE — Gulfport Energy has stopped drawing water from the Slope Creek Reservoir at the request of village officials. Village Administrator Roger Deal made the announcement at a recent Village Council meeting, saying he had asked Gulfport to cease pumping water from the reservoir on ...

Attempted murder suspect arrested

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Washington, Pa., man was arrested in St. Clairsville by the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department on Friday morning on a charge of attempted murder. Sheriff Dave Lucas said his office got a call around 2:30 a.m. Friday from the Pennsylvania State Police post in ...

Major drug investigation leads to sweeping arrests in Belmont Co.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Unit conducted a major drug sweep in which 41 suspects were charged with drug trafficking — 15 of them were arrested, seven were already incarcerated and 19 remain at large. The investigation that led to the ...

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio gives 2017 scholarship

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Students throughout Appalachian Ohio know how important post-secondary education is to their success as adults. Thanks to more than 50 donor-established scholarship funds at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, nearly 150 Appalachian Ohio students will receive scholarships ...

UCFC Announces Record Earnings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — United Community Financial Corp., parent company of Home Savings Bank, announced net income of $8.2 million, a 45.5 percent improvement over the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Second quarter 2017 highlights: ∫ Organic loan growth, including loans held for sale, strong ...

Ohio Valley Newsliners

BELMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT At 2:10 p.m. Thursday, a deputy patrolled the area of Leatherwood Pike, Barnesville, for a report of a suspicious person. A caller reported a heavyset white male wearing glasses came to her door asking if she got her Wal-Mart gift card and was being ...

Personnel matters top St. Clairsville BOE agenda

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education faced a light agenda when it gathered recently for its monthly meeting. The board continued to prepare for the 2017-18 school year by hiring a handful of personnel. Included in that list were: Courtney ...

Program offers help with utiliy bills

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Community Action Council will continue the Summer Crisis Program. This program provides assistance with electric bills, air conditioners and/or fans to those who are at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Maximum income for a family of ...

Belmont College open house set

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont College will be holding a New Student Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Main Campus location in St. Clairsville. Prospective students and their families are invited to meet and talk with college faculty and staff, receive ...

June report from Belmont County clerk of courts is released

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Trouten, clerk of courts for Belmont County, released the report of his office’s activities for June. The Title Office in Bellaire remains closed while repairs are done to the building after fire damage. “The staff in the St. Clairsville Office is doing a ...

Group urges Congress to leave health law alone

WHEELING — Marti Starkey of Wheeling worries her son and his wife’s pre-existing medical conditions will mean they’ll have to stay at lower-paying jobs to keep their health insurance if Congress repeals or amends the Affordable Care Act. Seven members of MOVE — Marchers Ohio Valley ...

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JACKIE STEWART of Energy In Depth Ohio speaks with Monroe County Commissioner Mick Schumacher after an oil and gas industry forum in Woodsfield Thursday.

Oil and gas leaders talk state of industry

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials and business leaders learned more about the oil and gas industry and its plans for the area at the “What’s in the Pipeline for Monroe County” informational forum on Thursday. The event, held at the Brown Community Center in Woodsfield, was hosted ...

Two more arraigned in Bellaire murder, robbery

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two more people were arraigned Thursday on charges including murder, robbery and aggravated burglary in connection with an alleged home invasion that resulted in the death of Joshua Gorayeb in Bellaire. Thomas Earl Grubba, 34, and Diane Jean Kuri, 28, both of Wheeling and ...

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CADIZ VILLAGE Administrator Charley Bowman speaks to council members on Thursday.

Cadiz Village Council talks maintenance

CADIZ — Various maintenance issues were among the topics discussed by Cadiz Village Council on Thursday. Council members listened to village Administrator Charley Bowman as he presented various issues from his report. Bowman talked about the need to put out bids for a new dump truck, as ...

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BELLAIRE COUNCILWOMAN Nikki Liberatore, left, and Councilman Donny Maupin talk outside the municipal building after Thursday’s village council meeting.

Bellaire Council mulls nuisance law

BELLAIRE — There was no mention of disbanding the Bellaire Police Department during village council’s regular meeting on Thursday, but there was plenty of discussion on how to get rid of drug dealers and the places where they live. Council has discussed during past work sessions possibly ...

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Italian-American of the Year

WHEELING — The 35th-annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday at the McLure Hotel as nearly 200 festival supporters gathered for a dinner to honor the 2017 Italian-American of the Year, former Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile. “We are very happy to see Lou ...

Warren Distribution tries to acquire Shadyside plant

SHADYSIDE — Almost exactly one year after Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. announced plans to cease stamping operations at its Shadyside plant and put 172 employees out of work, officials with Warren Distribution are hoping to acquire the facility. Omaha, Neb.-based Warren operates a ...

Gray pleads guilty to aggravated arson

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The trial of a Bridgeport man accused to aggravated arson ended in its second day Wednesday, when Douglas Gray pleaded guilty to the charge. His sentencing was set for July 31, and he faces a maximum of eight years for the second-degree felony. His sentence will be handed ...