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Accused dog killer appears in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man accused of killing two dogs appeared Monday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court, where his attorney argued that it was legal for his client to shoot the animals. Judge John Vavra gave attorneys on both sides 10 days to present further information before he renders ...

Buckeye Local Board of Education keeps school building

TILTONSVILLE — The Buckeye Local Board of Education has decided to retain ownership of an old school building rather than sell it to a local businessman. At its meeting Monday, the board heard from William Powers about a proposed business plan involving the vacant Buckeye North Elementary ...

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EDGCO INC. of Lansing uses a large backhoe to finish razing a house at 602 Jefferson St., Martins Ferry, that burned as a result of an arson fire last November. City council approved spending up to $14,000 to demolish the severely damaged structure. The fire also damaged two neighboring homes, one of which has since been repaired. The other remains unoccupied.

Martins Ferry demolishes home destroyed by arson

By MARTINS FERRY — As a matter of public safety, the city of Martins Ferry spent about $14,000 to demolish a house that burned in an arson fire last November. The remainder of the house came down last week; the job was completed by Edgco Inc. of Lansing. The fire at the two-story vacant ...

St. C. man gets 3 years for DUI

Timothy Shippy, 52, of St. Clairsville was given the maximum sentence of 36 months for his seventh DUI conviction when he appeared before Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato today. Fregiato said the need to protect the citizens of the area was one justification of the sentence. Shippy apologized ...

Coordinator: Monroe County 911 keeps improving

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County 911 Coordinator Phil Keevert asked county commissioners Monday for $5,000 from the county general fund and $5,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund for software “licensing and interface” for all six emergency medical service squads in the county. ...

President nixes Clean Power Plan

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Coal Magnate Robert Murray plans to join President Donald Trump today as he signs an executive order to to overturn the Clean Power Plan. Murray, who serves as chairman, president and CEO of St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy Corp., also said Monday the chance for ...

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Belmont County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hatfield shows Ciarra, one of the pit bulls awaiting adoption at the shelter. Hatfield spoke about the considerations prospective pit bull owners must take before obtaining the dogs.

The care and raising of pit bulls

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After considerable contention and feedback from the community, St. Clairsville’s proposed ordinance dealing with vicious dogs is now being rewritten to exclude breed-specific language targeting pit bulls. The Times Leader approached Belmont County Animal Shelter ...

Dillonvale raises sewer rates

DILLONVALE — Residents of Dillonvale and the surrounding area will soon see an increase in their sewer rates. The Board of Trustees of the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Wastewater Sewer District announced in a news release that they plan to increase the sewer rates in April. The resolution to ...

Eastern Ohio leads natural gas production

MOUNT PLEASANT — The sight of two active drilling rigs and multiple pipeline crews working along Ohio 647 northwest of Martins Ferry seems to fit with reports of the Buckeye State growing natural gas production from the Utica Shale by more than 43 percent in 2016. Ohio Department of ...

Martins Ferry Chamber plans academic banquet

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Area Chamber of Commerce will hold it 33rd Annual Academic Recognition Banquet on May 2 at WesBanco Arena. It is the intention of the chamber to provide an avenue to publicly recognize the students who qualify. Qualifications for the banquet are as ...

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Retired Belmont County Western Division Court Judge Harry White and administrative assistant LaWanda McCann discuss procedures before a Bellaire Mayor’s Court session on Thursday evening. White is temporarily replacing Mayor Vincent DiFabrizio, because DiFabrizio has yet to complete the required, annual recertification course.

Retired judge presides over Mayor’s Court

BELLAIRE – Vincent DiFabrizio has been mayor of Bellaire for 12 years, and every year he travels to Columbus to attend a required recertification class so he can preside at mayor’s court. That didn’t happen this year. Administrative assistant LaWanda McCann registered and paid for ...

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BELMONT COUNTY has denied Martins Ferry the use of permissive county money to help pay for the already-completed Zane Highway paving project.

Ferry denied use of ‘permissive’ money

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City Council may have to find another means of covering the debt payments on two different large-scale paving projects already completed in the city. During a regular meeting Wednesday, City Council members learned Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively had sent ...

OVMC, EORH leaders confident of Alecto’s commitment

WHEELING — Leaders of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry are confident that selling the facilities to Alecto Healthcare Services is in the best interest of the hospitals and the community. Alecto, based in Irvine, Calif., announced on ...

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John Slavik, right, is interim fire chief for the Cumberland Trail Fire District, with Timothy Hall as assistant chief.

St. Clairsville names new fire chief

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Longtime firefighter John Slavik, with almost 40 years of experience in the field, accepted the role of interim fire chief for the Cumberland Trail Fire District with Assistant Chief Tim Hall as his second in command. Former Fire Chief Lance Rice had approached the ...

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Fifth-grade teacher Kellie Cusick leads her class at Bellaire Middle School on Friday.

School funding at forefront

BELLAIRE — By the end of April the Bellaire Local School District should be free of fiscal emergency status and external oversight, Superintendent Darren Jenkins said. The next meeting of the Fiscal Planning and Supervision Commission for Bellaire is expected to occur during the second half ...

Mattox talks history, choices, drugs

FLUSHING — The Underground Railroad Museum is a storehouse of history, but curator John Mattox aims to connect young people with the past and relate to their present issues, particularly the temptation of drugs, with a new series of presentations. Mattox said he has given past presentations ...

Mall stores close this weekend

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two Ohio Valley Mall retailers will close their doors forever this weekend. Elder-Beerman and Kmart both announced earlier this year that they would close their St. Clairville locations after a period of liquidation. Kmart parent company Sears Holdings Corp. announced on ...

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The Lucas 3 CPR device will be purchased for 20 Belmont County emergency medical departments through a grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency.

EMS/police receive grant for life-saving equipment

MARTINS FERRY — Three local emergency squads and one police department were notified that they were awarded grant money for life-saving equipment, ambulances and a police cruiser on Thursday. The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded 49 Local Government Innovation Program and Local ...

Ferry contemplates proposed fee hike

MARTINS FERRY — Mayor Robert Krajnyak wants to know what City Council thinks about a possible $10 license plate fee hike that may be imposed by the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on all residents. The fee increase, proposed recently by county Engineer Terry Lively, would generate ...

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The Carmike Cinemas at the Ohio Valley Mall was closed on Wednesday for a technical switchover. The Carmike chain recently was acquired by AMC Theaters, and all Carmike theaters will undergo similar transitions to the new company soon.

Movie theater undergoes change in ownership

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A new company is taking over a local movie theater. Carmike Cinemas has been a longtime tenant of the Ohio Valley Mall, but customers going to see a movie Wednesday were greeted by a sign informing them that the theater was closed to undergo a conversion to new ownership. ...