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‘Recovery Rally’ held in St. C.

Close to 200 people recovering from addiction issues and their family members attend a Recovery Rally at St. Clairsville’s Memorial Park on Wednesday. According to Shannan Watson, executive director of Crossroads Counseling, the county’s service agencies were happy to make an impact ...

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Todd and Donna Skinner of Barnesville are dwarfed by the 2,150-pound gourd they grew to capture the title of King Pumpkin on Wednesday.

King Pumpkin sets Ohio record

BARNESVILLE — A pretty, pale-orange gourd shattered local and state records Wednesday, becoming the heaviest King Pumpkin ever at 2,150 pounds. Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets held their breath as an enormous orb grown by Todd and Donna Skinner ...

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Eric Wilson, director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, speaks to commissioners Wednesday. Wilson talked about the chemical annex to the county emergency plan, saying that he plans to leave it unchanged for the yearly review.

Harrison County commissioners discuss waterline

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday announced a new waterline project that will soon be underway in the county. Commissioner Dale Norris announced that the Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association, a collaborative body of local governments, will undertake a project to connect ...

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TWO WASHINGTON Street residents complained Wednesday about rats coming from this home that has been deemed uninhabitable by the city of Martins Ferry.

Rodents in blighted home are pestering residents

MARTINS FERRY — Two Washington Street residents asked Martins Ferry City Council on Wednesday to remedy a rat problem in their neighborhood they believe is coming from an empty house filled with garbage. During Wednesday’s meeting, residents Bonnie Haskakis and Linda Schultz said some ...

Powhatan hires police officer

POWHATAN POINT — A proposal to hire a police officer was considered Tuesday by Powhatan Point Village Council, which also reported on repairs to be made to the railroad track crossing at Ohio 148 and Taylor Street. Following an executive session called to discuss police personnel with ...

County honors Science Day participants

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local students who participated in the State Science Day this past May in Columbus visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners during its regular Wednesday meeting. The students progressed from local science fairs to the district fair, then participated in the state ...

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Furniture is getting ready to open its doors to the public in early October.







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Levin Furniture plans opening

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tom Zwierzelewski, director of store display at Levin Furniture & Mattress, said the company hopes to be able to open its doors to the public in early October — and that he and company officials are glad to be back in the Ohio Valley. Levin had a clearance store at ...

Bridgeport BOE, parents come to agreement on iPads

BRIDGEPORT — An agreement has been reached in the recent controversy over the newly instituted iPad program in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District. Superintendent Zac Shutler and Technology Coordinator Lisa Clark disclosed to those in attendance at Wednesday night’s regular ...

St. Clairsville City Council to plan street paving

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city took several steps forward in the maintenance of streets during the Monday City Council meeting. Among other matters, council heard the final reading of an ordinance approving the joint purchase of a DuraPatcher with Richland Township for about $57,000, with the ...

Infrastructure work, mineral leases discussed in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Village Council voted to allow the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival to use village streets and parking lots for the annual event that kicked off with the King Pumpkin weigh-in Wednesday evening. After the unanimous vote Monday, which is an annual formality ahead of the iconic ...

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At 2,150 pounds, King Pumpkin sets Ohio state record in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE - The new "King Pumpkin" in Barnesville is the most regal of them all. The gargantuan gourd entered tonight by Barnesville residents Todd and Donna Skinner during the village's annual Pumpkin Festival weighed in at a whopping 2,150 pounds - a new Ohio state record. The Skinners' ...

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U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, speaks to a group of local officials at a roundtable discussion on expanding broadband access to rural areas on Tuesday at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson speaks about broadband expansion

WOODSFIELD — Access to the internet is essential in today’s society and economy, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson said he is taking the lead in Washington, D.C., to help improve broadband internet in rural areas. Johnson, R-Ohio, hosted a roundtable discussion on expanding broadband access and ...

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The Great Stone Viaduct Society has been approved for state grants to preserve the historic structure and transform it into a community park, but a local match is still needed. Society Chairman Paul Cramer announces the grant approval.

$1.9M grant secured for Bellaire’s Great Stone Viaduct

BELLAIRE — After years of planning, the dream to preserve Bellaire’s Great Stone Viaduct and transform the historical structure into a park may become reality, now that the project has been approved for a $1.9 million grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation. However, the use ...

Council discusses properties

BRIDGEPORT — Fines for unkempt properties and the upcoming Halloween celebration were on the agenda Tuesday night for Bridgeport Village Council. Mayor David Smith said over the summer, the village has sent out letters to “an enormous list” of property owners informing them their ...

Veteran who fought library attacker among 18 Carnegie Heroes

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. Two Eastern Ohio residents were also honored for saving a woman ...

A PAST King Pumpkin is shown in downtown Barnesville.

Pumpkin Festival rolls into Barnesville this week

BARNESVILLE -- Everything pumpkin will be celebrated in Barnesville when the Pumpkin Festival rolls into the village this week. The 54th annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, slated Sept. 21-24 in downtown Barnesville, will feature its famous King Pumpkin weigh-in contest from 6-9 p.m. ...

Belmont County Auditor Andy Sutak announced his retirement Monday after more than 30 years of service to the county. Here, Sutak speaks with Phil Wallace, president of the Belmont County Democratic Party, which will appoint a new auditor to serve out the rest of Sutak's term.

Belmont County auditor retiring

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- After more than 30 years of managing the county's funds, Belmont County Auditor Andy Sutak plans to retire at the end of this month. He made his official announcement during Monday evening's meeting of the Belmont County Democratic Party. "At the end of the month I'm ...

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE/Buckeye Local Board of Education member Naoma Kolkedy speaks during Monday's meeting.

Buckeye Local Deals With Personnel Matters

DILLONVALE -- Approval of several teachers, aides and athletic coaches for the 2017-18 school year was among items the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education discussed on Monday. The board approved several resolutions to accept contracts and employment for various personnel within ...

T-L Photo/JANELL HUNTER/ Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick speaks to the Monroe County Board of Commissioners on Monday about the Knowlton historic covered bridge restoration project.

Monroe commissioners mull court security, roads and bridges

WOODSFIELD -- Monroe County Common Pleas Judge Julie Selmon on Monday asked the board of commissioners to help pay for upgrades to her courtroom and gave a brief update about the status of courthouse security. County Engineer Amy Zwick also addressed commissioners regarding several of the ...

Arrest made in Bellaire stabbing

BELLAIRE -- Bellaire police have arrested a suspect in a stabbing that occurred late Saturday in the village. Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said Cody A. Neilson, 26, of Monroe Street, Bellaire, was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 21-year-old man several times in his chest and arm. The wounds ...