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Heavy trucks traveling to and from natural gas drilling sites like this one just outside Belmont damage local roadways, but those companies are paying large sums to make repairs.

Oil and gas firms spent $300M on local roads

MARTINS FERRY —Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of road improvements have occurred in Eastern Ohio since 2011, thanks to investments by natural gas and oil producers. On Tuesday, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Energy in Depth Ohio hosted a statewide media call releasing the ...

Heavy Thanksgiving traffic predicted

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The season of giving thanks is practically here, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is hoping for a safe and happy holiday for all as troopers prepare for a high number of drivers to take to the road throughout the holiday weekend. Lt. Joe Weaver of the St. Clairsville post ...

Bellaire Board of Education supports Senate bill

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Local Schools Board of Education voted to support a piece of legislation aimed at loosening restrictions on local school districts. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution in support of Senate Bill 216, sponsored by Ohio Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima. ...

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In 1983, convicted mass murderer Charles Manson wrote this letter requesting a transfer from his California prison to the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. Manson’s mother, Kathleen Maddox, did time in the prison related to robbery charges in the 1940s, while Manson had relatives in the McMechen area. His request was denied.

Manson asked for transfer

MOUNDSVILLE — Long before Charles Manson became known as the mastermind behind several brutal 1969 murders across Southern California, he spent a significant portion of his youth living with relatives in McMechen. In fact, in 1983, Manson sent a handwritten letter to the then-active West ...

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Hall given eight years in robbery

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Kenneth Leroy Hall received the maximum sentence of eight years in prison for his role in an attempted breaking and entering of a Shadyside residence in November 2016, which led to an exchange of gunfire. He was sentenced for robbery, a felony of the second degree. Hall, ...

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Superintendent Kim Leonard speaks at a meeting on Monday. The school board approved an additional year contract for Leonard at Monday’s meeting. 


Buckeye board approves superintendent’s contract

DILLONVALE — The Buckeye Local Board of Education approved a new, one-year contract for the superintendent on Monday, as some board members reflected on their time at the table. Board member Naomi Kolkedy brought up a resolution to extend the contract for Superintendent Kim Leonard to a ...

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In this June 10, 1981 file photo, convicted murderer Charles Manson is photographed during an interview with television talk show host Tom Snyder in a medical facility in Vacaville, Calif. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83.

Enduring evil

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Other killers snuffed out far more lives than Charles Manson did in 1969. Yet he has endured for nearly a half century as the personification of evil, even in an age in which mass shootings leave dozens dead at a time. Manson, the hippie cult leader who died Sunday at 83, ...

Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick speaks to Monroe County Commissioners Mick Schumacher, from left, Carl Davis and Tim Price Monday about road use maintenance agreements.


Monroe facing RUMA lawsuit

WOODSFIELD — In a federal lawsuit filed Nov. 9, Rover Pipeline LLC claims the Monroe County Engineer’s Office is “unfair” in its interpretation and enforcement of a road use management agreement pertaining to required repairs on county roads 27, 36, 38 and 37. County Engineer Amy ...

Chamber preps for speaker

BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to welcome a guest author at a special lunch, where he will speak about the organized crime that once gripped the city across the Ohio River. George T. Sidiropolis was born in Baltimore, Md., moving to West Virginia when he ...

The Vitals app will soon be utilized by first responders in Harrsion County, which will help officials better interact with special needs individuals. The app will alert officers when they are close to such an individual, in case they are lost.

App assists responders

CADIZ — First responders in Cadiz are looking into using a new tool to help them better serve children and individuals with autism and other special needs. The program is the Vitals Caregiver App, available for iOS and Android smartphones. The app is used to create a personal profile of an ...


Charles Manson dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in ...

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French is one of several speakers participating in a leadership program at Union Local High School. Here she speaks to the Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club.

Students hear from diverse leaders

BELMONT — State and local leaders were among the participants in Union Local School District’s leadership program during the past month. Joel Davia, principal at the high school, said a total of 27 students are involved. Today, Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas will visit the school and ...

Members of Martins Ferry Project Forward meet to discuss the upcoming Winterfest celebration in Martins Ferry. The group is working to make sure that a good time will be had by all at the event.

Martins Ferry Winterfest

MARTINS FERRY — The city’s first Winterfest, slated for Friday and Saturday at the Hanover Street gazebo, will feature the city’s annual Christmas parade, Santa Claus, vendors and much more. Organized by the Project Forward Group, the festivities will include food vendors, a variety of ...

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Pictured filling Thanksgiving baskets are St. Mary Central School eighth-graders Brooklyn Lengyel, Alchamy Toth, Caden Horvath, Jacob Powell, Abby Giffin, Yona Helt and Aiden Tarr.

St. Mary Central – Giving back at home and abroad!

MARTINS FERRY — Students and families at St. Mary Central School have participated in numerous charitable service endeavors since the beginning of the 2017 school year. In September the students raised $1,989 for the victims of Hurricane Harvey during five dress-down Fridays. In October ...

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A graphic from a new report by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost shows the areas where local government employees have been found to have collected public money but failed to deposit it.

Auditor’s report provides guidance to deter theft

COLUMBUS — Theft by public employees at the local government level has resulted in millions of dollars unaccounted for across the state of Ohio in the past decade, according to a new report by State Auditor Dave Yost. The report states that auditors have identified more than $3.4 million ...

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Union Local High School student Elsa Bretz will play her clarinet in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of Macy’s Great American Marching Band on Thursday in New York City.

UL student to perform in Macy’s Parade band

MORRISTOWN — Union Local High School student Elsa Bretz is no ordinary 14-year-old — she entered high school as a sophomore, and she is technically a sophomore at Ohio University Eastern. Her latest achievement is based on her musical, rather than academic, talents. She was chosen as one ...

Thanksgiving food giveaway feeds hundreds

WHEELING — The Rev. Darrell Cummings of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple said the church’s annual Thanksgiving food giveway provided for about 600 people this year, many of whom stood in the rain early Saturday morning. The regular event, which sports several variations throughout the ...

ABOVE: BATMAN PUSHES Bridgeport first-grader Karlee Bowers in her wheelchair prior to an assembly for elementary school students Friday morning. Batman, along with Wonder Woman, talked about bullying and what to do if you know a bully or see someone bullying someone else.

Holy positivity, Batman!

BRIDGEPORT — Nearly 300 Bridgeport Elementary School students learned some valuable lessons Friday morning from a pair of superheroes when Batman and Wonder Woman took time out from saving the world to deliver a strong message about bullying. “We teach the kids four principles,” Batman ...

Progressive Bank to merge with Pa.-based Community Bank

WHEELING — Progressive Bank of Wheeling will merge with Pennsylvania-based Community Bank in a $49 million deal announced Friday. Community Bank, founded in 1901 and headquartered in Carmichaels, Pa., operates 16 branch offices across southwestern Pennsylvania. Progressive Bank operates ...