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Union Local schools in session despite threat

MORRISTOWN - Law enforcement is investigating an alleged threat against the Union Local School District, but officials say students and staff are safe. District leaders learned of the alleged threat at about 6 p.m. Tuesday and contacted the Bethesda Police Department and Belmont County ...

Auditor sees savings in school bus collaboration

BELLAIRE — The Ohio Auditor’s Office has determined some Belmont County school districts could benefit if they would partner and outsource their bus maintenance to Bellaire Local Schools. A feasibility study pertaining to saving money on transportation services was requested last year by ...

State investigates Bethesda Chief

BETHESDA — Suspended Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith is under investigation by the state and faces felony criminal charges for alleged misuse of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway. Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Tuesday that his office is leading the investigation into complaints ...

Water woes in Wolfhurst

WOLFHURST — Another waterline break in Wolfhurst forced the early dismissal Monday of classes at Bridgeport Schools. The break occurred in front of the district’s administration building, said Greg Harkness, central office assistant and athletic director. Late last week, other breaks ...

Still no deal for Dilles Bottom landowners

DILLES BOTTOM —Living next to a $10 billion ethane cracker, which likely will emit various air pollutants and constant noise, is not something Jonathan Turak said the 10 Belmont County property owners he represents are interested in doing. “It will be impossible for them to continue to ...

Ohio Attorney General: Bethesda chief under criminal investigation

BETHESDA -- Suspended Police Chief Eric Smith is under criminal investigation by state officials for alleged misuse of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, the computer system police officers use to share criminal justice data. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed today that the ...

Bethesda Village Council gets new member

BETHESDA — Ruth Saffell is the newest member of Bethesda Village Council, which has lost two members in recent weeks during an ongoing controversy surrounding the police department. Saffell was one of four residents to express interest in the post prior to a special meeting held to fill a ...

Buckeye Local BOE supports Jefferson task force

DILLONVALE — Buckeye Local school board members want people to know they are on the side of school safety. Members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the Jefferson County 9975 Task Force Initiative during its regular meeting Monday ...

State asks Bethesda to drop charges against chief

BETHESDA — At the request of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, village officials will dismiss a 60-page complaint they filed Saturday against the village’s embattled police chief. Attorney Michael McCormick, who council appointed to be special counsel to the mayor during ongoing ...

Kasich Tightens Gun Checks

COLUMBUS — Problems entering the names of Ohio individuals banned by law from possessing guns into a national background database will be addressed under actions announced Monday by Gov. John Kasich. But an executive order signed by the Republican governor doesn’t fix those problems ...

Flushing man to serve total of 28 years following additional sentencing

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Nicholas Billman was defiant and unrepentant during his sentencing Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, The 23-year-old Flushing man saw another 36 months added to his more-than-20-year sentence, for a total of 28 years behind bars. Billman ...

Ohio Highway Patrol tells drivers to focus on road

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers know the dangers of distracted driving, and they are observing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month as an occasion to remind motorists to keep their eyes on the road. Distracted driving is defined by Distraction.gov as “any ...

Dioceses won’t release lists

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic dioceses of Wheeling-Charleston and Steubenville don’t plan to i0ssue any lists of alleged sexual offenders as dioceses in neighboring states have done in recent weeks. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., ...

Drug Take Back Day coming up

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Businesses and organizations across the Buckeye State are working this week to help keep drugs out of the wrong hands. Drug Take Back Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The occasion aims to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused or ...

Court initiates task force

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has established a task force to combat mental health and substance abuse issues in the legal profession. Chief Justice Margaret Workman issued the order earlier this year. The task force is to report to the Supreme Court by Dec. 31. According to ...

Firefighters prepping to fight massive fires

RAYLAND— The people who brave fires to help their fellow citizens received more training on Sunday to be at the top of their game. The Belmont County Tanker Task Force, Jefferson County Tanker Task Force, and Ohio Fire Chiefs Water Delivery Technical Advisory Committee started out the day ...

124 toys donated to Martins Ferry police

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON OFFICERS WITH the Martins Ferry Police Department, back row from left, Steve Stan, Rob Duncan and Vernon Trigg pose with The Times Leader Managing Editor Jennifer Compston Strough, front left, and Advertising Director Pam Bennett and the 124 stuffed toys donated by ...

Fundraising keeps Olney Friends School open

BARNESVILLE — Olney Friends School will educate students for another year after a recent a recent fundraising campaign designed to keep the facility open exceeded its $250,000 goal. The school, founded on Quaker traditions, recently announced that it raised $360,022, or 144 percent of its ...

UL, ST. C. schools recognized for perfect audits

MORRISTOWN — Some of Belmont County’s school districts earned repeated recognition his year from Ohio State Auditor David Yost for clean and accurate record-keeping. The district officials credit teamwork, leadership and cooperation for the careful oversight of taxpayers’ dollars. ...