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A K-9 unit from the sheriff’s office gives a demonstration for the local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.  Pictured, from left, are K-9 Officer Brian Carpenter,  Jan Martin, AARP program director, AARP member Alma Stoica, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and Chief Deputy James Zusack.

K-9 demo at AARP

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons welcomed K-9 Officer Brian Carpenter and his new partner, a 3-year-old Malinois named Hyra, to a recent meeting. Attendees saw a demonstration in which the dog sought out caches of narcotics that had been ...

Man gets life in prison for rape

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One man will spend his life in prison for rape and another will stand trial on aggravated murder charges following court proceedings this morning. David Edward Kerns III, 39, incarcerated, formerly of Bellaire, previously pleaded guilty to rape, admitting to a crime ...

Water rates rise in Bethesda

BETHESDA— Water rates are on the rise in Bethesda. The Bethesda Public Works Department increased the cost of water by $1.25 per 1,000 gallons starting Sept. 1, due to an increase for bulk customers implemented by the Belmont County Water Department. The minimum bill for Bethesda residents ...

Water and roads discussed in Powhatan

POWHATAN POINT — Water and road concerns topped the most recent agenda of Powhatan Point Village Council. Representatives of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency attended last week’s meeting of Powhatan Point Village Council for a presentation, and problems with Brown Road were ...

: Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Mini Miss Kailey Nugent appears in the Giant Pumpkin Parade.

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival a Homecoming for Locals

BARNESVILLE — Every September, Belmont County residents, visitors and returning travelers find a slice of home at the annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, the village’s fall celebration. Festival organizers hosted the Giant Pumpkin Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, entertaining visitors with ...

Plant moves to Harrison County

CADIZ — A new energy facility will soon arrive in Harrison County. For nearly a year, the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp. has been working with the village of Cadiz to bring a large corporation to the area, and they have met with success. Houston, Texas-based EmberClear ...

Street named for Frank Baxter

BRIDGEPORT — When you mention Bridgeport High School anywhere in the Ohio Valley, one response you always get is, “Did you know Frank Baxter?” Baxter was a well-known fixture, not only as a legendary football and basketball coach, but throughout the small Ohio riverfront ...

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Kelly Cappelletti, front, principal designer at Kelly’s Suite II in St. Clairsville; Darek Wilson, main designer; and Erica DeFilippo, design assistant, show off the chef’s kitchen found at their new design studio, located at 235 West Main St. in St. Clairsville.

‘Big City Style’ comes to St. Clairsville store

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Homeowners no longer have to travel to Columbus, Pittsburgh or even farther to find today’s most desirable home furnishings. “Big city style” has made it’s way to St. Clairsville. Kelly’s Suite II, an established St. Clairsville design studio, has moved into a ...

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AYERS ELEMENTARY School students launch yellow balloons for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on Friday

Yellow balloons launched for Leo

MARTINS FERRY — Ayers Elementary School students launched 50 yellow balloons on Friday for one of their special friends — 5-year-old Leo Zambori. The students all week have been doing activities to learn about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Leo, son of Natalie and Chad Zambori ...

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A Jacobsburg house was consumed by fire Wednesday.

Jacobsburg blaze destroys home

JACOBSBURG — A house fire occurred on Main Street in Jacobsburg this week that completely destroyed the home. “There are walls standing, but it was a total loss. The owner will be able to salvage some personal items but that’s it. And he has no insurance,” said Smith Township ...

Drug trafficking arrests made

BRIDGEPORT — After years of investigation, members of the Belmont County Drug Task Force arrested a suspected drug trafficker on Friday morning on Howard Street in Bridgeport. In a separate case, they also arrested alleged drug traffickers at a home on Blaine-Barton Road. Martin Ferry ...

Ohio Lt. Gov. Taylor will vote for Trump

PITTSBURGH — Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor hopes to make history in 2018 by becoming the first woman elected to serve as governor of the Buckeye State, as the Republican said she is seriously considering a run to replace the term-limited Kasich. During an interview at the Shale Insight ...

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Candidates whose names appear on the Belmont County ballot in the Nov. 8 general election turned out for a candidate forum Thursday night at Ohio University Eastern. Pictured, from left, are Commissioner Matt Coffland, Democrat; Ginny Favede, Democrat for the Ohio House;  Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville; Ryan Olexo, Democrat  for county clerk; County Treasurer Kathleen Kelich, a Democrat; Sheriff David Lucas, a Republican; Terry Lively, Democrat for county engineer; David Trouten, Republican candidate for county clerk; Richard “Dick” Flanagan, Democrat for sheriff; Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta; and J.P. Dutton, Republican for county commissioner.

Meet the Candidates Night held in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Candidates for Belmont County Commission indicated the commission should look to cooperate more with counties in nearby West Virginia to capitalize on economic opportunities. Candidates in contested races for Belmont County offices spoke during a forum Thursday night at ...

The public gets to meet state candidates

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Candidates for a seat representing the 95th District in the Ohio House of Representatives offered opposing views Thursday on whether oil and gas companies operating in the Buckeye State should have to pay higher severance taxes. The St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce ...

Trump takes aim at Clinton energy policy

PITTSBURGH—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday told hundreds of oil and natural gas industry leaders Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is waging a “war on energy” that will cost the nation trillions of dollars and millions of jobs. While a few hundred ...

Protesters out in Charlotte for third night but stay peaceful

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Protesters massed on Charlotte’s streets for a third night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man. Demonstrators chanted “release the tape” and ...

Mylan CEO defends EpiPen cost to lawmakers in D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits for a company with sales in excess of $11 billion. Defending the company’s business ...

T-L Photo/JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH - Todd and Donna Skinner of Barnesville, growers of this year’s 1,739-pound King Pumpkin, smile as their grandchildren climb atop the winning entry while it sits on the scale in downtown Barnesville on Wednesday. Seated on the gourd are Brogan Shilling, left, and Bryar Shilling, while Donna holds granddaughter Remmy Skinner.

Hail to the Pumpkin Festival king

BARNESVILLE — Start with good genetic seed, balance the nutrients in your soil, add fertilizer, fungicide and pesticide on a regular basis and you might just end up raising a record-setting pumpkin. Those are the steps Todd and Donna Skinner of Barnesville took to raise a gigantic, ...

Residents ordered to move from damaged Martins Ferry home

MARTINS FERRY — After seeing additional damage occur at the Burch family home, the city of Martins Ferry has told the occupants of the North Eighth Street house that they must move out. During a regular city council meeting Wednesday, Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak said John Burch ...