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Yorkville Mayor Blair Closser says the village will resolve a problem with its financial records that led the Ohio auditor to declare the village “unauditable.”

Village of Yorkville financial records ‘unauditable’

YORKVILLE — Incomplete financial records and bank reconciliations prompted Ohio Auditor Dave Yost to place the village of Yorkville on the “unauditable” list.. The Ohio State Auditor’s Office released information Thursday stating that during the course of the regular financial audit ...

Chief: Romantic ties led to double shooting

BARNESVILLE — Although no arrests have been made in a Barnesville double shooting that occurred May 17, police believe romantic ties are at the root of the case. “One person’s ex-wife was the girlfriend of one of the people that was shot,” Police Chief David Norris said. “There were ...

Developer complains about pace in lawsuit

WHEELING — The developer who announced plans to build a “Wild Escape” theme park at The Highlands more than a decade ago expressed concerns in a court filing this week that the Ohio County Development Authority’s attorneys are too busy to defend his $25 million lawsuit against the ...

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BCARL donates to shelter

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Animal Rescue League showed its commitment to local animals once again. During Wednesday’s Belmont County Board of Commissioners meeting, BCARL Executive Director Jennifer Woollard presented a $30,000 donation to the animal shelter to be used toward ...

Harrison County plans cleanup

CADIZ — Residents of Harrison County who have acquired junk over the winter months will soon have a chance to dispose of it at a sponsored community cleanup. Harrison County commissioners heard from Tom Butch on Wednesday, who was at the meeting to speak for the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison ...

Belmont County Commission addresses facilities

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners reviewed the state of county facilities during their Wednesday meeting. The commissioners heard from guests, including Richard Hord of Martins Ferry, who inquired about possible plans to relocate county facilities. The ...

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Buckeye Local Interim Superintendent Scott Celestin calls several students and staff members to the stage during Monday’s meeting to present them with medals recognizing their assistance and quick reactions during a school bus accident on April 20 in which numerous students were injured.

Buckeye Local BOE discusses financial woes

RAYLAND — Members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education hosted representatives from the Ohio Department of Education on Monday to discuss the financial future of the district after voters defeated an emergency operating levy earlier this month. The district had an ...

Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry speaks at a Business Leaders Forum hosted by the village of Yorkville on Tuesday.

Yorkville officials brainstorm ideas to create growth

YORKVILLE — Village of Yorkville administrators are reaching out to local business owners and county officials to discuss ideas on how to work together to attract new businesses, improve the village’s curb appeal and take advantage of government resources available to the business ...

Dems blast Trump budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown believes the $4.1 billion federal budget proposal shows the Trump administration needs to re-evaluate its priorities. “Ohio families know that making a budget is about choosing priorities,” said Brown, D-Ohio. “This budget makes it clear Ohio ...

Elliott: WJU is vital part of the Community

WHEELING — Mayor Glenn Elliott said it is good news for the community as a whole that Wheeling Jesuit University will be on better financial ground in the future after the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston paid off its debt and purchased the property. He said parallels can be drawn between the ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston purchases WJU’s assets

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University has been purchased by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in an effort to ensure the future of the only Catholic university in West Virginia. Earlier this year, WJU’s trustees appealed to the diocese to take action to help secure its long-term future ...

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Michael Chedester is sentenced for shooting and killing a neighbor’s two dogs last year.

St. Clairsville man gets six months in jail for killing dogs

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The first person charged in Belmont County under a new law that makes certain animal cruelty acts felonies received a six-month jail sentence Monday. In addition to the jail sentence, Michael Chedester, 59, of St. Clairsville, saw a sentence of three years of probation ...

Activists hold ‘action camp’ in Monroe County

GRAYSVILLE — Two environmental advocacy groups joined forces this weekend in Monroe County to educate their members about hydraulic fracturing in the Wayne National Forest and train members on “direct action” techniques to resist the oil and gas industry. About 150 Appalachia Resist and ...

Burglars sentenced in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two co-defendants in a burglary case received the maximum sentence when they appeared Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato. Austin Lee Gheen, 23, incarcerated, and Jesse James Muravsky, 32, of Bellaire, were sentenced for burglary of a Richland ...

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MARTINS FERRY business owner and Project Forward member Chuck Schorr shares ideas about promoting and improving the city at a Project Forward meeting at the Common Grounds Cafe on Thursday.

Project Forward jump starts progress

MARTINS FERRY — A group of Martins Ferry residents has formed a neighborhood revitalization organization to make the city a more attractive place to live and work, and to help promote special events to attract visitors and new businesses to the area. Project Forward, formerly the Downtown ...

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Assistant Jail Administrator Stan Galownia observes a printout from the jail’s body scanner, installed to detect attempts to convey substances into the jail.

Body scanner at Belmont County Jail catching contraband

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The SecurePASS Scanning System body scanner has been in use at the Belmont County Jail since February, and jail officials report success in stopping attempts to convey unwanted or illegal items inside. Assistant Jail Administrator Stan Galownia said whenever any inmates ...

St. Clairsville man sentenced for killing dogs

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Michael Chedester will spend six months behind bars and remain under community controls for three years after he admitted to shooting and killing two dogs. Chedester. 60, appeared in Belmont County Common PLeas Court today and was sentenced by Judge John Vavra. The St. ...

Belmont County veterans to receive new IDs

BELLAIRE — Veterans of the United States military in Belmont County will soon receive new identification cards to signify their service. The Belmont County Veterans Service Office, located in Bellaire, recently began issuing new cards to identify retired county military members. The new ...

Wayne National Forest mulls changes to fees

NELSONVILLE, Ohio —The Wayne National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposal that would change recreation fees to enhance campgrounds and trails and help attract more visitors to southeast Ohio. The proposal calls for reducing trail permit fees for off-highway vehicle users and ...

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Representing The Times Leader at the Associated Press Media Editors annual Ohio banquet in Columbus Sunday are, from left, Staff Writer Shelley Hanson, Managing Editor Jennifer Compston-Strough and Sports Writer Rick Thorp. Hanson and Thorp both captured awards, as did Staff Writers Janell Hunter and Casey Junkins.

Times Leader earns four Ohio Associated Press awards

COLUMBUS — The Times Leader earned four awards Sunday during the Associated Press Media Editors Association Ohio Better Newspapers Contest. Results announced during the association’s annual banquet recognized work completed during 2016. The Times Leader competes in Division II, which ...