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Commissioners mark October

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners has recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Domestic violence is a widespread issue and impacts every person in this community,” Commissioner Mark Thomas said during last week’s commission meeting. “When a ...

Cera named to bipartisan redistricting panel

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House Democratic Caucus announced that state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, has been appointed to a four-member, bipartisan panel of state legislators that will recommend solutions to remedy gerrymandering in Ohio congressional districts. The practice of gerrymandering, ...

Several renewal levies in Harrison County

CADIZ — Harrison County voters will have several local questions and issues to decide in the upcoming Nov. 7 general election. Green Township, Harrisville, Shortcreek Township and Adena voters will be asked to vote on a 10-year, 4.9-mill additional levy to support the Buckeye Local School ...

Numerous issues top Monroe County ballot

WOODSFIELD — There are several issues on the ballot for Monroe County voters to consider on Nov. 7, along with several contested races. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, with office hours at the Monroe County Board of Elections being from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. Voters in ...

Levin Furniture and Mattress officially opens

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Levin Furniture and Mattress at the Ohio Valley Mall hosted an official grand opening Friday and also made a significant donation to a good cause. Company President Robert Levin and Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Marketing and Sales Chris Pelcher joined employees ...

Eden pleads guilty to drug trafficking

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The owner of a Bellaire home that reportedly was targeted for a home invasion attempt that led to a fatal shooting pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs Friday. Lola Eden, 54, of 4157 Noble St., Bellaire appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra and ...

Adena Legion hosting fundraiser for veterans

ADENA — THe suicide rate among American military veterans is high, and one local organization is working to reduce that rate by providing veterans with companionship and comfort. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics show that in 2014, the most recent year for which information is ...

Village of Rayland finds lead in its water

RAYLAND — A local community is keeping an eye on its water after the village announced this week that lead was discovered in the water supply. The village of Rayland posted a public notice Tuesday announcing that recent test results show “the Village of Rayland PWS has detected lead in ...

Murray donates to new roof

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville American Legion has a new roof, thanks in large part to a donation of $10,000 from Murray Energy Chairman, President and CEO Robert E. Murray. “He donated $10,000 to help us install a new metal roof on our American Legion Post 159,” Commander Larry ...

Bellaire resident says towing of camper ‘unfair’

BELLAIRE — Village Council is another step closer to increasing monthly sanitation collection rates in Bellaire by about $3. The ordinance was introduced last month, but the first reading was not heard until Thursday’s regular meeting. Meanwhile, resident Cheryle Snider complained ...

Belmont weighs options for projects

BELMONT — As Belmont Village Council continues to ponder questions about asbestos abatement and demolition of its 100-year-old elementary school building and repaving a historic brick road in town, a new council member was sworn in Thursday to join the discussion, although she does not get to ...

Police wants access to forfeiture funds

CADIZ — Funding from a recent drug forfeiture could benefit the Cadiz Police Department, Chief Ryan McCann told village council members Thursday. McCann spoke briefly to council regarding $12,000 his department received earlier this year as the result of a drug forfeiture. He asked council ...

Attorney: Residents waiting for ‘fair deal’ for property

DILLES BOTTOM —When Billy and Tonya Rayl extensively remodeled their bathroom, bedrooms, front porch and other areas of their home, they had no idea Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical would one day want the land for construction of a giant ethane cracker, estimated to cost up to $6 ...

Sewer, trash bills increasing

MARTINS FERRY — Residents of Martins Ferry will see a $3 increase on their sewer bill and a $2 increase on their sanitation collection bill starting this month. Martins Ferry City Council members on Wednesday were made aware of the planned increases, expected to show up on residents’ ...

Drug-free car show a success

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley turned out in force to provide resources to help keep young people off drugs during the Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Car Show at the Ohio Valley Mall on Sept. 16. As a result, organizers were able to present a check for $22,243.71 to the club on ...

Levin Furniture and Mattress to open on Friday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Levin Furniture and Mattress is expanding in Ohio with the opening of its newest location at 67661 Mall Road in St. Clairsville, a site formerly occupied by hhgregg. In honor of the opening Levin will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Friday. As part of the grand opening ...

Burkhart gets house arrest

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Bellaire man who led law enforcement on a chase to his home and surrendered after a standoff that lasted more than 40 minutes will spend the next six months under house arrest. Walter Vincent Burkhart, 51, of 346 Roscoe Ave., Bellaire appeared before Common Pleas Judge ...

Work placement renewal approved

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved a renewal for a program that helps young people learn important work skills on Wednesday. Commissioners heard from Scott Blackburn, director of the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services, and Mike McGlumphy, chief operating ...

PTT signs memo to enhance ‘quality of life’

DILLES BOTTOM — Officials with Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical said they will “enhance the well-being and quality of life” for those who live in the Dilles Bottom area if the firm builds its estimated $6 billion ethane cracker there. Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas admits it ...

Two men lose license for drunken driving

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two men saw their drivers’ licenses suspended for life this week due to multiple drunken-driving convictions in Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra’s courtroom. Douglas Ryan Johnston, 41, of 441 S. Bridge St., Belmont, was sentenced for driving under the ...