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Mall patrons voice their wishes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Yet another longtime Ohio Valley Mall store will be closing its doors for good. Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in ...

Pay half of your bill

MARTINS FERRY — A current deal allowing patients to pay only half of their outstanding bills at East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center is a “win-win” situation for all parties, hospital officials contend. Karin Janiszewski, director of marketing and public relations ...

Ferry BOE approves roof bid

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City Schools Board of Education on Monday approved a $7 million bid to replace the roofs on both of its school buildings. Board members Brian McFarland, Dorothy Powell, Scott Ballint and Bill Suto unanimously approved the bid from Mansuetto Roofing and ...

Portion of Ohio 7 reopened

SHADYSIDE — Work to remove debris caused by a mudslide along Ohio 7 in Shadyside is expected to resume today. Meanwhile, efforts to repair a major sewer line break in the city of Martins Ferry continue. The hill slide occurred over the weekend, forcing the closure of both southbound lanes ...

W.Va. teachers opt to strike in protest

WHEELING — West Virginia’s school workers believe they need to re-teach the West Virginia Legislature the same lessons they gave them last year. As a result, all public schools in West Virginia are closed today. For the second time in two years, schools are out across the Northern ...

Barton’s murder conviction upheld

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Joseph Edward Barton, now 39, will remain behind bars for the rest of his life for a murder that shocked the community of Shadyside. Earlier this month, the Seventh Appellate District Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Joseph Edward Barton, who was sentenced to life ...

Health Plan honored for flag display

WHEELING — The Health Plan was honored by the Fort Henry Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution recently for its highly visible display of the U.S. flag on the first anniversary of business’ relocation to downtown Wheeling. ...

Informational meeting for I-70 planned

WHEELING — As survey crews continue collecting data for a major bridge rehabilitation project that is scheduled to begin later this year on Interstate 70, the West Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled an informational meeting to answer questions the public may have about the ...

Bill error may see some guns banned

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A mistake in writing up an Ohio bill could inadvertently ban several types of already legal guns and must be fixed quickly, gun rights advocates say. At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and ...

What’s next for Bellaire?

BELLAIRE — First came the news of St. John Central High School’s future closure. The following week, it was announced that the village’s longtime medical center, Belmont Community Hospital, also is set to be shut down. Those development have left many Bellaire residents wondering, ...

Upgrades planned for historic Epworth Park

BETHESDA — The village of Bethesda is paving the way for residents to have a better place to enjoy outdoor recreation. Epworth Park, also known as the Garden of Oaks, in the center of Bethesda is in the process of upgrading and paving its walking trail and replacing bridges on the trail ...

DUS fee reduction and waiver available

OHIOANS WITH a suspended driver’s license have the opportunity to have their reinstatement fees reduced or forgiven and get back on the road. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles began offering a fee debt reduction and waiver program on Jan. 31 for offenders whose driver’s licenses have been ...

Teens’ barn legislation is a years-long lesson in lawmaking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Spanning more than four years, it’s likely Westerville Central High School’s longest class project ever. But to the four teens who first proposed a bill to Ohio lawmakers in 2014 that will finally become law in March, it’s much more than a school assignment. What ...

BREAKING: Ohio 7 closed due to slip

SHADYSIDE - The southbound lanes of Ohio 7 are closed due to a landslide. The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed both southbound lanes are closed after a hillside slipped onto the roadway. No information on 8long cleanup might take has been released.

Councilmen say they want pay raises for all workers

BELLAIRE — Councilman Gay Lucci on Friday said he wants to clarify his stance regarding potential pay raises for village employees. Lucci said he is not against giving pay raises to all of the village’s workers. However, he believes it would be better to first give a $1 per hour pay raise ...

Bulk water leases changing in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Antero Energy will not be renewing its water lease with the village of Barnesville. Village Administrator Roger Deal said the agreement with Antero has expired and that the company will be removing all of the electric lines, waterlines and pumps it had installed near the Slope ...

Trump’s national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump’s decision to invoke ...

Martins Ferry seeking new council clerk

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry is seeking a new clerk of council to fill a pending vacancy following the planned resignation of the current clerk. The city is taking resumes until next Friday. During last week’s City Council meeting, in a letter to council members Council ...

Truck loses heavy equipment load

MEN WORK to get a roller secured after it slid off the back of this flat bed truck on Ohio 7 near Hanover Street in Martins Ferry on Friday afternoon. The truck knocked over a utility pole at the scene. T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON

Country Club seniors receive love on Valentine’s Day

BELLAIRE — Residents of the Country Club Rehabilitation Campus in Bellaire received some special attention on Valentine’s Day from a variety of organizations bearing gifts. Bellaire VFW Post 626 gave about 30 veterans who live there free T-shirts and thanked them for their service. Also, ...