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Harrison County awarded more than $900K in grants

CADIZ — Two villages in the county have secured more than $900,000 in grant funding for infrastructure improvement projects through the Community Development Block Grant program. The Harrison County Board of Commissioners signed two separate agreements Wednesday morning — one for the ...

Ferry adopt OHSAA athletic standards

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — Student athletes at Martins Ferry City Schools District will be following the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s standards rather than maintaining a set grade point average if they want to play sports. On Tuesday’s ...

Commissioners hoping to resolve matter with CIC

CADIZ — The Harrison County Board of Commissioners are hoping to settle a potential legal matter with the Harrison County Community Improvement Corporation. Earlier this year, commissioners hired Roetzel and Andress LPA to provide legal services on behalf of the board pertaining to an ...

Transportation to vaccination available soon

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul said some new transportation options will be available soon for people wishing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “East Ohio Regional Transportation got a grant from (the Ohio Department of Transportation) and ...

Child abuse prevention promoted in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — To mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners heard from Department of Job and Family Services Director Jeff Felton Wednesday, who spoke about his staff’s work with area children in need. Talk concerned the needs of Belmont ...

Demolition Continues on I-70 Bridges Project

BRIDGEPORT — Traffic on Ohio 7 South near the village of Bridgeport was delayed intermittently throughout the day Tuesday as demolition crews with Swank Construction removed large steel bridge beams from the eastbound side of Interstate 70 as part of the on-going $215 million I-70 Bridges ...

ROBERT KACSMAR

Robert Alan “Bob” Kacsmar, 75, of St. Clairsville, Ohio died April 9, 2021. He was born July 18, 1945 in Maynard, Ohio, a son of the late Michael J. Kacsmar and Mary Vesely Kacsmar. Bob was a retired accountant from Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel and a U.S. Army veteran. He was an active ...

Gas line fire leads to evacuations

SHADYSIDE — Jefferson Elementary School and numerous nearby homes were evacuated Tuesday morning following a gas line fire. A homeowner performing excavation work outside their home struck a gas line around 10 a.m. on Kennedy Lane, according to Shadyside Fire Chief David Lenz. As a result, ...

Bridgeport Council looking to fill village openings

BRIDGEPORT — The village of Bridgeport is looking to fill two open positions after a council member submitted his letter of resignation and the fiscal officer’s last day is set for late June. After nearly four years on council, Councilman David Rice submitted his letter of resignation ...

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff's death at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North ...

DeWine addresses pause in Johnson and Johnson vaccine

COLUMBUS — During his Tuesday press conference, Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the pause in the administering of the Johnson and Johnson version of the COVID-19 vaccine, as directed by the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration. DeWine said there have so far been six ...

Harrison traffic stop leads to drug arrest

CADIZ — A Litchfield man was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple drug charges after a brief pursuit by law enforcement. James Hicks, 29, of 4355 Vandemark Rd., Litchfield was taken to the Harrison County Jail on various charges including possession of methamphetamine and drug instruments. ...

Bellaire High School to host open COVID-19 clinic next week

BELLAIRE — Belmont County residents aged 16 and older can get vaccinated next week at Bellaire High School. During Monday’s Bellaire Local School Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Darren Jenkins announced the high school will host an open coronavirus vaccine clinic April 21 ...

Health Department: Bigger building needed in county

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Health Department board is anticipating vaccinating college students this week against the COVID-19 pandemic, and will approach the county commissioners about the possibility of a new and bigger headquarters in the future. Board member Joel Braido ...

Drug Take Back dates available in Harrison County

CADIZ — Residents will have multiple opportunities to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medications this month in Harrison County. National Drug Take Back Day is coming to the county with numerous dates set at pharmacies in Cadiz and Scio. Sheriff Joe Myers made the ...

Jobs open in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Employment opportunities are available in Belmont County, but the search for employees is a problem according to Mike Schlanz, workforce supervisor of Ohio Means Jobs in Belmont County. Schlanz updated the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on activities of the Ohio Means ...

Village scraps dilapidated property ordinance

BELMONT -- Village Council decided to discard an ordinance aimed at abatement of hazardous buildings in the village, opting instead to use the Ohio Revised Code to go after property owners who allow structures to deteriorate and become unsafe. At the request of Mayor Ron Woods and council, ...

Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout ‘nuclear terrorism’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal. While there was no immediate claim of ...

Trump goes after Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was supposed to be a unifying weekend for a Republican Party at war with itself over former President Donald Trump’s divisive leadership. But Trump himself shattered two days of relative peace in his closing remarks to the GOP’s top donors when he insulted the ...