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Family traverses country for festival

BETHESDA — Tina Khalil drove 22 hours for the Chautauqua Homecoming Days & Bethesda Festival. Khalil and her daughters — Allison, 17, and Samantha, 15 — said they came from Houston to spend their summertime in Bethesda. “I wanted my daughters to enjoy what I was able to enjoy as ...

Drive safe Jamboree fans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Jamboree In The Hills is rolling around again, and while lovers of fun and music will converge on Belmont County Thursday through July 22, the greater traffic also will mean a greater potential for danger. Lt. James Faunda with the St. Clairsville post of the Ohio State ...

Cancer registry is formed

WHEELING — Firefighters soon will be asked to participate in a federal registry seeking to identify links between their job, health and cancer risks. Firefighters in the Ohio Valley, meanwhile, already are taking extra measures to clean, wash off and eradicate the soot and carcinogens ...

New nursing care center named after Bransfield

WHEELING — Private rooms for every patient, welcoming gardens and a spectacular mountaintop view are just some of the amenities awaiting residents and visitors at the new Bishop Michael J. Bransfield Continuous Care Center of Wheeling Hospital. The new facility was unveiled Saturday ...

Mountain lion or bobcat?

BELMONT — Officials around Belmont County have been receiving reports of sightings of what people believe to be a mountain lion, or a cougar as the animal is commonly called. In one instance, a security officer at a well pad called the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department saying that the ...

Tracking bobcats: Researchers need help finding GPS collars

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a couple of weeks, collars on cats across Connecticut will be falling off. But it’s not some prank or devious experiment — it’s one of the largest studies of its kind on bobcats. The GPS collars were placed on 50 bobcats last fall as part of research by ...

Mayor favors purchasing fire lots

MARTINS FERRY — Mayor Robert Krajnyak believes the city should purchase a section of downtown land left empty by a massive 2016 fire. But the move ultimately would have to be approved by City Council, he said. The blaze destroyed several businesses in the heart of the business district in ...

China Energy deal still moving forward

CHARLESTON — Even with President Donald Trump firing back in the trade war with China, the West Virginia official working hands-on with the Chinese on a proposed investment in the state’s natural gas industry still believes the deal will come through. The Trump administration announced new ...

Steubenville experiences commercial development spike

STEUBENVILLE — Commercial building permits in the city during the first half of 2018 add up to almost as much as they did during all of last year. Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said the commercial building permits issued between Jan. 1 and June 30 total $24.04 million on 191 ...

Black bear spotted at JITH

MORRISTOWN — Residents of western Belmont County are being alerted that a black bear may be roaming the area. Sheriff David Lucas on Saturday confirmed that his office has received reports of bear sightings in the rea of the Jamboree In The Hills site, located along National Road east of ...

Group donates proceeds

ST.CLAIRSVILLE — A group for people with autism came together Friday to help support a similar group across the Ohio River that is trying to move on after a devastating fire. The Silver Lining Group hosts a yard sale every year, but this time around members of the group decided to donate ...

Emergency building repair authorized in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Village Council passed an ordinance this week authorizing emergency repairs on a downtown property recently purchased by the village. At the council meeting held May 29, council unanimously voted to purchase the Bohandy Building on the corner of East Main and South Chestnut ...

Two-Way traffic decision expected next week

WHEELING — The West Virginia Division of Highways should inform Wheeling officials next week whether a plan for two-way traffic downtown will be accepted. The DOH will make its decision based upon a study it solicited from the Burgess and Niple engineering firm. Details of that study — ...

Lawlessness befalls Dickinson Cattle Co.

BARNESVILLE — A local business owner found a broken window and an empty cash register one day this week after an early-morning robbery. Darol Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Cattle Co., went to open his Longhorn Head to Tail Store on Wednesday morning and found broken glass all over the floor ...

Ebbert’s Farm Market opens

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Another season is underway at Ebbert’s Farm Market, which opened for the summer on Friday. This year will be a little different for the Ebbert family and market staff. The business has opened a new building where shoppers can find fresh produce and other favorite items. ...

Questions remain in treasurer suspension

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City Schools District is without a treasurer as of Thursday, when the Board of Education placed District Treasurer Karen Blake on paid administrative leave effective immediately. Questions about why have gone unanswered. Board Members Bill Suto, Nick ...

State closes gap on disaster funding

MARTINS FERRY — Following widespread flooding and damage in February, local governments applied for disaster aid to help repair roads and bridges. On Thursday, local municipalities learned the state of Ohio plans to cover 25 percent of the damage costs while the Federal Emergency Management ...

Beware of private deed copy service

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Mail offering a county deed copy service could be a scam — or at least more expensive than it needs to be. Belmont County Recorder Mary Catherine Nixon said Thursday a resident brought in a piece of mail from a company offering a service to get him a copy of his “grant ...

Bellaire Council holds on pay, traffic cameras

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Village Council approved a 2019 preliminary budget, but held off on finalizing other actions during a special meeting Thursday night. An ordinance to raise Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan’s pay to $52,200 annually was discussed but not acted upon by council. ...

Thousands rally in Ohio for solution to pension crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The house. Food on the table. Survival. Those are some of the ways workers and retirees who demonstrated in Ohio’s capital Thursday described the pension payments they are fighting to protect. “It’s everything, mostly, because you worked all of them years,” ...