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Farm Bureau raises $10,000 for crime unit, staying clean club

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Farm Bureau donated a total of $10,000 to two local organizations trying to keep children away from illegal drugs. During a check presentation Wednesday, bureau members Jerry and Lova Ebbert presented $5,000 each to the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit ...

DeWine, Cordray trade attacks over opioids

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s major-party governor candidates were harshly critical of each other in a spirited first debate Wednesday, jabbing each other over contrasting policy positions on opioids, abortion and e-schools and poking the other’s record in public office as a failure. The ...

Board gets update on new lab

BRIDGEPORT — Members of the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s Board of Education, Superintendent Zac Shutler and Treasurer Dana Garrison received an update on the nearly $500,000 exercise science facility being constructed on campus. Gus Kayafas, of Kayafas Architects in ...

Trees causing concerns in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY— Recently hired Service Director Scott Porter told City Council on Wednesday that he has visited some areas in the city where trees are causing concerns. City residents have brought the issue to council at past meetings, saying the trees are deteriorating close to homes and ...

Trudo tapped for Belmont EMA deputy director

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Natural disasters, potential hazards from the oil and gas industry and the need to plan for whatever the future might have in store has had Belmont County Emergency Management Agency Director David Ivan stretched to the limit. Belmont Commissioners Josh Meyer, J.P. Dutton ...

Board gets update on new lab

BRIDGEPORT — Members of the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s Board of Education, Superintendent Zac Shutler and Treasurer Dana Garrison received an update on the nearly $500,000 exercise science facility being constructed on campus. Gus Kayafas, of Kayafas Architects in ...

Trees causing concerns in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY— Recently hired Service Director Scott Porter told City Council on Wednesday that he has visited some areas in the city where trees are causing concerns. City residents have brought the issue to council at past meetings, saying the trees are deteriorating close to homes and ...

Trudo tapped for Belmont EMA deputy director

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Natural disasters, potential hazards from the oil and gas industry and the need to plan for whatever the future might have in store has had Belmont County Emergency Management Agency Director David Ivan stretched to the limit. Belmont Commissioners Josh Meyer, J.P. Dutton ...

UL opens learning center

BELMONT — The former high school library at the Union Local school district campus now hosts a learning center for students who require additional, personalized study, stimulation and one-on-one attention. The program, for those in the sixth through 12th grades, also gives class-time to ...

Prepping cyber security for elections

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections has taken steps toward fulfilling the Ohio Secretary of State’s mandate to increase cyber-security in preparation for the next election and future elections. Robert Roeschenthaler, chief information officer at Eastern Gateway ...

Mineral owners hear predictions about future of natural gas

WHEELING — Predicting the future of the natural gas industry is a bit like following Alice through the looking-glass, according to an independent energy analyst, but he believes the story will become easier to read by 2022. Jim Halloran, who holds degrees in business and accounting, spoke ...

Early diagnosis remains key to surviving prostate cancer

WHEELING — Leading a healthy lifestyle and undergoing screening for early detection of prostate cancer are keys to men’s health, said Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center. Merrick, a urologic oncologist, spoke Tuesday at the hospital’s press ...

Audits find issues with state mine safety agency, parks system

CHARLESTON — The state agency that performs mine inspections is unable to explain increases in mine jury rates, while another agency in charge of state parks doesn’t have the resources to keep up on maintenance. Those were the determinations of two audits submitted Tuesday to the Joint ...

Levy opposition speaks out in St.C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council has held two out of three readings of a resolution in support of the St. Clairsville Richland Township City School District’s proposal for a levy of 8.56-mills on the November ballot to raise $79.9 million for a new school complex, but a resident has raised an ...

Holzopfel aiding in aftermath

MARTINS FERRY— A former Martins Ferry firefighter now working as a firefighter in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been in the thick of the intense weather resulting from Hurricane Florence. Seth Holzopfel is a former firefighter for Martins Ferry and Colerain who moved to Myrtle Beach 12 ...

New service director up and running

MARTINS FERRY — While learning the ins and outs of a new city, Martins Ferry’s recently hired service director Scott Porter got members of City Council up to speed on a variety of issues during a recent meeting. “I’ve been going around and have been meeting with some of the residents ...

Two offenders given second chance

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two convicted drug users were given one more chance to straighten up during hearings Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Robert Franklin Henry Jr., 42, of 56940 Pinch Run Road, Bellaire, was sentenced after self-terminating from drug court, ...

Matching funds to cost

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The need to provide local matches for aid for disaster flooding last winter is expected to take a toll on the license plate fee increase and further stall paving and bridgework. That was one of several aspects under discussion when the Belmont County Board of Commissioners ...

Florence’s remnants rolling in

MARTINS FERRY — Forecasters and emergency managers say the effects will be minimal when the remnants of what was Hurricane Florence hit here today. Officials have been keeping an eye on the storm for more than a week. Last weekend, people in the Upper Ohio Valley braced themselves as the ...

Barnesville industrial park busy

BARNESVILLE — The two industrial parks in the Barnesville area are thriving with the influx of oil and gas interests. Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry presented an update on progress at the parks to Belmont County commissioners J.P. Dutton, Josh Meyer and Mark Thomas last ...