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Buckeye Local BOE supports Jefferson task force

DILLONVALE — Buckeye Local school board members want people to know they are on the side of school safety. Members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the Jefferson County 9975 Task Force Initiative during its regular meeting Monday ...

State asks Bethesda to drop charges against chief

BETHESDA — At the request of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, village officials will dismiss a 60-page complaint they filed Saturday against the village’s embattled police chief. Attorney Michael McCormick, who council appointed to be special counsel to the mayor during ongoing ...

Kasich Tightens Gun Checks

COLUMBUS — Problems entering the names of Ohio individuals banned by law from possessing guns into a national background database will be addressed under actions announced Monday by Gov. John Kasich. But an executive order signed by the Republican governor doesn’t fix those problems ...

Flushing man to serve total of 28 years following additional sentencing

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Nicholas Billman was defiant and unrepentant during his sentencing Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, The 23-year-old Flushing man saw another 36 months added to his more-than-20-year sentence, for a total of 28 years behind bars. Billman ...

Ohio Highway Patrol tells drivers to focus on road

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers know the dangers of distracted driving, and they are observing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month as an occasion to remind motorists to keep their eyes on the road. Distracted driving is defined by Distraction.gov as “any ...

Dioceses won’t release lists

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic dioceses of Wheeling-Charleston and Steubenville don’t plan to i0ssue any lists of alleged sexual offenders as dioceses in neighboring states have done in recent weeks. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., ...

Drug Take Back Day coming up

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Businesses and organizations across the Buckeye State are working this week to help keep drugs out of the wrong hands. Drug Take Back Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The occasion aims to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused or ...

Court initiates task force

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has established a task force to combat mental health and substance abuse issues in the legal profession. Chief Justice Margaret Workman issued the order earlier this year. The task force is to report to the Supreme Court by Dec. 31. According to ...

Firefighters prepping to fight massive fires

RAYLAND— The people who brave fires to help their fellow citizens received more training on Sunday to be at the top of their game. The Belmont County Tanker Task Force, Jefferson County Tanker Task Force, and Ohio Fire Chiefs Water Delivery Technical Advisory Committee started out the day ...

124 toys donated to Martins Ferry police

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON OFFICERS WITH the Martins Ferry Police Department, back row from left, Steve Stan, Rob Duncan and Vernon Trigg pose with The Times Leader Managing Editor Jennifer Compston Strough, front left, and Advertising Director Pam Bennett and the 124 stuffed toys donated by ...

Fundraising keeps Olney Friends School open

BARNESVILLE — Olney Friends School will educate students for another year after a recent a recent fundraising campaign designed to keep the facility open exceeded its $250,000 goal. The school, founded on Quaker traditions, recently announced that it raised $360,022, or 144 percent of its ...

UL, ST. C. schools recognized for perfect audits

MORRISTOWN — Some of Belmont County’s school districts earned repeated recognition his year from Ohio State Auditor David Yost for clean and accurate record-keeping. The district officials credit teamwork, leadership and cooperation for the careful oversight of taxpayers’ dollars. ...

Two days of water breaks deluge communities

BRIDGEPORT — Communities in Pease Township felt the effect of back-to-back waterline breaks that worsened slips and mudslides and caused the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District to cancel two days of classes. Pease Township Trustee Michael Bianconi said the breaks drained the Lansing ...

Remembering Imperial Glass

BELLAIRE — The Imperial Glass Corp. left its mark in Bellaire and beyond, and for 15 years the Imperial Glass Museum in the village has preserved many of the more interesting pieces produced by the company and memories of the industry’s heyday. Members of the museum board, the National ...

Bethesda hires cops, will appoint council member

BETHESDA — Council has appointed three new police officers in the wake of its chief’s suspension and four officer resignations — including the resignation of an officer who is the son of a council member who also resigned. Council held a special meeting Thursday to welcome a full-time ...

Riley to retire from WVNCC

WHEELING – West Virginia Northern Community College president Vicki L. Riley Ph.D. has announced she is retiring from the college. WVNCC made the news public Friday. Her retirement from the college is effective June 30. The Board of Governors said it has appointed J. Michael Koon as ...

Fire levy considered in Flushing

FLUSHING — Village Council recently discussed the need to put an EMS levy on the Nov. 6 ballot as members learned of other efforts being made to raise funds for the village’s emergency services. Lori Mann, representing the fire department, addressed council to explain the need for the ...

Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he’ll introduce a bill taking marijuana off ...

Landlord makes accusations against codes enforcer

BELLAIRE — The village’s codes enforcer, who is also its chief of police, has been accused of kicking in doors of rental properties for inspection by a landlord. The accusations were made Thursday during Bellaire Village Council’s regular meeting. Bill Valput, owner of Valput Properties, ...