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Terminated EMT makes his case

BELMONT — An emergency medical technician for the village of Belmont spoke out at a recent council meeting about what he believes was an unfair termination. Jeff Doty has been an EMT and paramedic with the village for several years, according to Mayor Stan Sobel. Doty recently was ...

Robotics competition spurs interest in STEM fields

BARNESVILLE — Do you remember completing your class assignments in middle school? You probably were expected to learn and use basic concepts of algebra and geometry, read literary works and write structured essays using appropriate vocabulary words and correct grammar and spelling. Maybe ...

Shop with a Cop

Belmont County officials including Department of Job & Family Services Director Vince Gianangeli, from left, Sheriff David Lucas and several sheriff's deputies in the back row join local families and Wal-Mart employees to offer the annual Shop With a Cop event on Saturday morning. Held at ...

Just one city still using own dispatchers

MARTINS FERRY — St. Clairsville’s decision to eliminate all dispatcher positions within the city leaves Martins Ferry as the only Belmont County community to still exclusively utilize its own on-site dispatchers rather than the county’s 911 system. St. Clairsville City Council voted ...

New 911 procedure at St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Police Chief Jeff Henry said the city will make the switch to using Belmont County 911 services in the early morning hours of Dec. 19. As a result, some procedures within his department and at the police station will change, since calls to the police station will be ...

Project Forward banners going up

MARTINS FERRY — Colorful seasonal banners are being installed on light poles in the city of Martins Ferry just in time for Christmas. The banners were offered for sale via the Project Forward group. City Codes Administrator Betty Suto, also a Project Forward member, said letters were ...

Cumberland Trail asks for jail call compensation

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik and other district personnel visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners this week seeking payment for services the district provides to the county jail. Slavik said the fire district receives no money for calls to ...

Belmont welcomes Christmas today

BELMONT — The village of Belmont is ushering in the Christmas season with a tree-lighting ceremony and breakfast with Santa himself today. Mayor Stan Sobel said the village will be holding several Christmas-themed activities today, helping to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The day ...

Johnson, McKinley sign letter urging committee to cut tax

WHEELING — Responding to concerns Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray expressed about federal tax reform costing his company $60 million per year, 26 Republican members of Congress are asking a conference committee to eliminate the alternative minimum tax. Reps. ...

Wheeling Hospital’s center set to open in early spring

WHEELING — A new, $34-million Continuous Care Center is set to open at Wheeling Hospital in early spring of 2018. Hospital officials unveiled details of the facility Thursday during a press conference and brief tour of the construction site. The three-story, 107,000-square-foot center is ...

Bellaire mulls ‘heavy haul’ permits

BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire may have a new means of garnering some cash via heavy-haul permits. During a regular village council meeting Thursday, Administrator Scott Porter recommended council pass a resolution that would require heavy trucks to pay a fee to use certain streets in ...

Council discusses water meters, road work

CADIZ — Village Council discussed road work and potential water meter replacements for Cadiz on Thursday. Village Administrator Charley Bowman told council about several upcoming paving projects, including the uptown parking lot and paving on Deersville Avenue following the completion of a ...

Life after Pearl Harbor

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — From the rationing of everyday items to the sense of fear that gripped them every time an airplane passed overhead, almost everyone old enough to remember the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has a story to tell about how it impacted them. President Franklin D. ...

Commissioners consider road request

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners heard from concerned residents as it considers a request from Murray Energy Corp. to vacate a 1.1-mile stretch of Mayhugh Road in Wayne Township. Due to an illness, Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively could not be present at the ...

Hazardous road worries Martins Ferry councilman

MARTINS FERRY — Councilman Bruce Shrodes expressed concern Wednesday about the potentially dangerous state of a city road used daily by Martins Ferry students and bus drivers such as himself. Shrodes said a section of Alumni Road, which he termed the “back road” to the Martins Ferry ...

Harrison County discusses $139K master water plan

CADIZ — The Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday approved spending $139,000 with a company that will create a master sewer and water plan for the county. It is move commissioners hope will help existing business owners as well as attracting new businesses to the county. The ...

Group uses grant for drug treatment center

WHEELING — A $3-million grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will allow a local faith-based group to transform the former Paul VI Pastoral Center into a long-term care center for approximately 100 women suffering from drug addiction. Sharon Travis, president ...

OV Mall shoplifter sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A second co-defendant in a shoplifting ring that targeted the Ohio Valley Mall will serve jail time, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato ruled this week. Lawanda Sade Hubbard, 25, of 1698 Liberty St., Akron, was given three years of community control ...

Medical marijuana prohibition tabled

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council tabled the third reading of the city’s proposed ordinance that would prohibit the cultivation, processing and retail sale of medical marijuana within city limits. Councilman Mike Smith made the request to table the measure, saying he wished to consult the ...

Woman sentenced for threatening prosecutor

STEUBENVILLE — A Steubenville woman will spend a year behind bars for threatening Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin outside the county courthouse. The incident involving Jami Anderson, 29, took place Sept. 13 — only about three weeks after a man ambushed and shot Common Pleas Judge ...