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Ohio 647 still down to one lane

MARTINS FERRY — A section of Ohio 647 that features a massive slip continues to be one-lane only for drivers weeks after the damage occurred. The slip, which occurred last February, has continued to deteriorate. Upon approach to that area signage warns the road is “one lane.” Orange ...

Armed burglary convict sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The sentence of an 18-year-old man convicted of the armed burglary of an occupied residence in Bridgeport was sentenced to three years behind bars Monday. Richard Lee Armstrong III, 18, of Canal Winchester, was sentenced to three years in prison for burglary, a felony of ...

Drivers sentenced after high-speed chases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two defendants were sentenced Monday for separate high-speed chases, and Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato had some harsh words for this dangerous behavior. James Christopher Putnam, 43, of Waynesburg, Pa., was sentenced to one year and eight months in ...

College to open new MTC building

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont College will open a new Mechanical Technology Center building by the end of this year. The school purchased the 5,000-square-foot building and the nine acres it sits on in 2011 for $525,000. The building was formerly North Star Polaris and was used as an ATV ...

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

NEW YORK (AP) — Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you’re craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it’s not there to see if you’re stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you’re buying. It’s a new technology being ...

Sears at OV Mall to close

ST. CLAIRVILLE -- Sears at the Ohio Valley Mall is expected to close this summer, said Joe Bell, Cafaro Co. spokesman. Bell said today while the Cafaro Co. has been preparing for years for a possible closure of the store, they were somewhat surprised to learn the news. Initially Sears said ...

Martins Ferry Volunteer Firefighter Monument being prepped

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department is getting ready to memorialize three of its former members who have died. On Monday, Randall L. Gallagher Memorials Inc. of St. Clairsville donated time and materials to inscribe three names on the department’s memorial ...

Ohio University Eastern’s Klein named ACE Fellow

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The American Council on Education announced Monday that Bob Klein, associate professor of mathematics and interim dean of Ohio University Eastern, has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. “Dr. Klein provides exemplary leadership through his commitment ...

Analysis complete in child porn case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The state’s analysis of evidence is complete in the case against two former fugitives in a child pornography case, and their May trial dates remain. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato heard updates on the cases of Wesley Alan Burdge, 44, and his ...

Bellaire Public Library’s first Dyngus Day celebration a success

BELLAIRE — Organizers said the Bellaire Public Library’s first-ever Dyngus Day celebration on Monday evening was a success. Dyngus Day, a Polish term, translates to “Wet Monday” in English and is a 1,200-year-old traditional Polish holiday celebrated the Monday following Easter ...

Martins Ferry police officer enforcing building codes

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry is using one of its police officers to help enforce building codes. Officer Tim Starkey already has been writing citations for violations related to trash, tall grass and weeds, and building codes violations, along with condemnations of dilapidated ...

Ohio Bill proposes driving age changes

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A bill before the Ohio Legislature requiring teenage drivers under 18 years old to use their learner’s permits for a full year would mean minors would have to be at least 16¢ before they could get their probationary driver’s license. The proposed legislation aims to ...

Barnesville’s Hutton Memorial Library roof replacement underway

BRENDA BROWN, director of the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, says work has resumed on the library’s roof top. The project consists of the installation of metal panels and a new roof to water seal the library. The work is being done by Mansuetto Roofing & Sheet Metal of Martins ...

Ferry native receives Firefighter of the Year Award

MARTINS FERRY — A Martins Ferry native who works as a professional firefighter in Columbus, Ohio, recently received an award for rescuing a man from a burning home. On Jan. 30, Lt. Terry Wildman, of the Columbus Division of Fire, responded to a report of a house fire with a possible victim ...

Bellaire Public Library to host Dyngus Day on Monday

BELLAIRE — For the first time, Bellaire Public Library will be celebrating Dyngus Day — a 1,200-year-old holiday that is part of the Polish and Eastern European heritage celebrated the Monday following Easter. It is a light-hearted festivity encompassing love, laughter, and fun. ...

Nuclear operator: Closing plants would be felt around Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shutting down Ohio’s two nuclear power plants would be more costly to the state than approving a financial lifeline to keep them operating, backers told lawmakers this week. In the first legislative hearings on what critics are calling a bailout for the nuclear ...

Easter food baskets benefit Ohio Valley residents

WHEELING — A line of people close to a block long waited at the North Wheeling Community Dream Center on Saturday to receive food to help celebrate what is considered by many the most holy of Christian holidays today — Easter. Members of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple held their annual ...

Census estimate shows population loss

By MIKE JONES For The Times Leader Local officials are disputing an annual population estimate from the federal government that shows the Ohio Valley continues to lose residents. The estimate, released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, indicates the population in the Wheeling Metropolitan ...

Church thanks Belmont Savings Bank for donation

BELLAIRE — Bethlehem Temple officials say they are thankful for Belmont Savings Bank and its $500 donation towards this year’s Easter Food Basket Giveaway slated today in Wheeling. The giveaway is the 28th annual event that has been known to help several hundred individuals with Easter ...