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Fun, family and flags in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Local residents enjoyed a day of family fun and patriotism Saturday during the sixth annual Community Day in the Park. The sky early in the day threatened to sprinkle some rain on the celebrants, but by the time noon came around the sky was clear and people began to show up ...

Study shows exercise passes on good health to offspring

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Pregnant women are asked to make healthy choices so that their unborn child will exhibit healthy traits, however a new study suggests that men’s lifestyle choices may also affect their unborn children. As Father’s Day approached this year, a study performed by Ohio ...

Drive safe during summer mowing season

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Warm, wet spring conditions have people across the region mowing grass every chance they get, and that can be a dangerous task at the edges of properties that lie along roadways. Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively said a three-vehicle crash involving a mower occurred ...

Volunteers turn out for River Sweep

YORKVILLE — Volunteers were out working hard to keep the Ohio River clean Saturday morning during the annual Ohio River Sweep. Relatively little trash had to be collected at Pike Island Locks and Dam compared to previous years at the site. The cleanup was scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon, ...

Furniture store receiving ‘face lift’

MARTINS FERRY — Carolina Furniture is performing a series of upgrades and improvements to the face of its building. Carolina Furniture owner Bill Pajak said Friday that the building is receiving a “face lift.” “We were long overdue for a face lift. I’m glad to be getting it ...

Booth arraigned for child porn, voyeurism

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The man convicted of entering the women’s restroom at an Interstate 70 rest stop in Belmont County and recording images of people was arraigned on multiple felony counts involving child pornography this week. James Dean Booth, 39, of 1516 N. Eighth St., Martins Ferry ...

JB Green Team holds hazardous waste collection

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County residents are asked to take note of an important change of location for the 2019 Belmont County JB Green Team Household Hazardous Waste Collection. The collection, originally scheduled to be held at the Ohio University Eastern Campus, has been moved to the ...

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and ...

Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works

PARIS (AP) — The billionaire French donors who publicly proclaimed they would give hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials. Instead, it’s mainly American and ...

Ohio State Highway Patrol cancels checkpoint

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol post in St. Clairsville has canceled its planned driver checkpoint that had been scheduled for this evening. According to a dispatcher, concerns about weather conditions prompted the decision to cancel the checkpoint, which was to take place in ...

Business leaders learn about medical marijuana

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Medical marijuana remains a topic of interest, and business representatives met with industry insiders to discuss the industry’s potential future. Locals attended a presentation at Belmont Hills County Club Wednesday, where Kelly Kirk, outreach director with Cresco Labs, ...

Commissioners Q&A in Ferry town hall

MARTINS FERRY — Residents of the riverside community and the surrounding area had an hour of questions and answers with county leaders Thursday evening. About 25 people attended the town hall meeting, including area residents, members of the city council, and county officials. Attendees ...

Local museum changes name

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Tourism Council, the official “steward” of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence Museum, continues its efforts to make the museum attractive, open and accessible to the public. WIth that in mind, Executive Director Barb Ballint announced that the ...

St. C. debates water privatization bid

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city continues to talk about about the future of water and wastewater. The city had formed a committee of local experts to evaluate bids and advise the council on the option of privatization. The full committee held its second meeting Thursday, having had time to ...

Administrator seeking buyer for Monroe Care Center

WOODSFIELD — Following a vote to close the Monroe County Care Center , Administrator Jessica Price hopes that someone will buy the and keep the facility in operation. On Monday, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners decided to close the care center after a vote of two to one. ...

St. C. Middle School’s Kirstin Wallace remembered

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — If there was any doubt that Kirstin Wallace touched lives, it was erased Thursday evening inside St. Clairsville Middle School. There, co-workers, friends, students and former students gathered to celebrate the life an educator gone too soon with a benefit concert that was ...

Belmont County Commissioners talk county buildings

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Repairs to the juvenile detention center and infrastructure matters topped the agenda of the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. Commissioners Josh Meyer, J.P. Dutton and Jerry Echemann approved $279,000 bid from Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal to replace ...

Barnesville cop saves baby from drowning

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Police Officer Andrew Stewart was at the right place and the right time last Friday, and a nine-month-old boy is still alive thanks to his efforts and the quick reaction of the child’s grandmother. Julie Webb of Barnesville was walking with the baby in a ...

Harrison County considering new facility to house jail

CADIZ — Harrison County has officially accepted a new property in hopes of converting it into a new jail and law enforcement center. The SSG George J. Conaway U.S. Army Reserve Center property was given to the county at no cost to potentially hold a jail, sheriff’s office and 911 ...

Nebraska’s AG is lone holdout in opioid cases

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten prescribing practices and even demanded documents from the maker of OxyContin. He has said the overdose crisis is ravaging ...