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Rescue animals riding in style in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Animal Rescue League has been doing its part for the welfare and advocacy of animals in the area since 1974 — and now it plans to do a little more. The league’s Board of Directors announced the group is adding to its list of services by becoming ...

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St. C.’s Dominic Alexander in tough battle against cancer

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The community is coming together to help a special second grader and his family in a fight against cancer. Dominic Alexander, a second grade student at St. Clairsville Elementary, was recently and very suddenly diagnosed ...

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Tina’s Sweet Celebrations in Martins Ferry now offering lunch items

By SHELLEY HANSON Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — Tina Koller is known for her ability to make delicious pastries, cupcakes and more at her 819 S. Zane Highway shop in Martins Ferry — Tina’s Sweet Celebrations. But some may not know she also has other skills in the ...

Ohio police must collect traffic stop data

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state certification process will require that all Ohio police departments for the first time collect data on the race and gender of people they pull over in traffic stops or take aside for questioning, in an effort to reduce potential police bias against ...

Congress returns; health care, Supreme Court on agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on ...

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MARTINS FERRY Middle School teacher Debbie Lucas teaches her language arts class on Friday afternoon. Gov. John Kasich is proposing that teachers complete externships with local businesses to have their licenses renewed.

Value of Kasich’s externship proposal scrutinized

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018-19 came out in January, and includes a controversial provision that would require teachers to complete “externships” with a local business in order to have their licenses renewed. The renewal process generally occurs ...

‘Sanctuary Cities’ issue sparks debate among Ohio lawmakers

MARTINS FERRY — The sanctuary city controversy has sparked much debate in the last few weeks, and Ohio’s state and local representatives are speaking out about it. President Donald Trump recently took the lead in speaking out against illegal immigration and making good on campaign ...

Shadyside High School guidance counselor Ken Steiner resigns

SHADYSIDE — After 43 years in education Ken Steiner is ready to retire, but the reason why is not because he wants to stop working. “I am not sleeping at night. I feel like I have a cloud over my head. I have never had anything bother me as much as this during my entire career,” said ...

Webark animal shelter promoted spay day

WHEELING — Each year, the Humane Society of the United States sponsors “World Spay Day,” a campaign that provides an opportunity for local animal shelters to promote their spay/neuter programs, highlight the need for such programs, and draw community support in the form of donations ...

Time of change at Ohio Valley Mall

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Bargain hunters now browse through discounted merchandise at both ends of the Ohio Valley Mall, as the large MC Sports store adjacent to Sears will soon join Kmart and Elder-Beerman in vacating the Belmont County retail hub. However, as these stores go out of business ...

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Martins Ferry Middle School students Kameron Myers, Skyler Sall, and Makenna Klarr stand with teacher Greg Steele for a picture celebrating their winning of the  National Education  Foundation’s Minecraft Contest. The contest tested students digital literacy by having them create items in Minecraft that represent school spirit.

Martins Ferry students win Minecraft contest

MARTINS FERRY— A group of local students were recently name the winners for a national contest dealing with digital literacy. Students of Martins Ferry Middle school competed in the National Education Foundation’s Minecraft Contest. Minecraft is an online game where players have free ...

EPA delays mine cleanup rule

BILLINGS, Mont. — Facing pushback from industry and Republicans in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed on Friday a proposal that would require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing ...

Marijuana plants found in Benwood residence

BENWOOD — A man was arrested in Benwood after police officers reportedly discovered marijuana plants and a working drug lab at his home. Daniel Ryan Beck, 31, a resident of Oklahoma living at 39 Roosevelt Ave., was arrested Thursday on charges of child endangerment, cultivating marijuana ...

Lovers Lane roundabout talk brings questions

STEUBENVILLE — City Engineer Mike Dolak had barely finished his prepared remarks detailing the construction schedule for the Lovers Lane roundabout when the questions started. “Why do we need a roundabout?” one woman said. But before Dolak could answer, he faced a series of questions ...

Jim Justice, Ryan Ferns feud reaches new level

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s feud with legislative leaders over how to solve the state’s budget crisis took a bizarre turn Friday with Justice comparing himself to a “grizzly bear” and likening Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns to a “poodle.” Justice employed ...

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St. Clairsville’s Holubeck Staying strong in time of adversity

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Garrett Holubeck’s medical roller coaster ride began in November when he felt some sharp pain in his back after lifting a heavy television. When severe stomach pains added to the ongoing back pain Garrett and his parents, Mary and Gary Holubeck, went to the emergency ...

Martins Ferry students win Minecraft contest

MARTINS FERRY— A group of local students were recently name the winners for a national contest dealing with digital literacy. Students of Martins Ferry Middle school competed in the National Education Foundation’s Minecraft Contest. Minecraft is an online game where players have free ...

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Accident shuts down Ohio 7 near Powhatan

By SHELLEY HANSON Times Leader Staff Writer POWHATAN — The driver whose pick-up truck was smashed by a tractor-trailer on Thursday was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Ralph Hendershot. The accident occurred about 6:30 ...

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St. Mary students gather for annual Palm burning in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY— Students of St. Mary Central School in Matins Ferry gathered behind the school Thursday afternoon to prepare ashes for Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is on March 1, and marks the beginning of Lent on the liturgical calendar. The season begins 46 days before Easter Sunday, and ...

American Indian artifacts to be displayed at local museum

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — A local museum has received new items to display believed to be used by American Indians, courtesy of a local collector. The Sedgwick House Museum in Martins Ferry is home to many historical items and artifacts related to ...