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Oglebay Park Good Zoo treasure hunt attracts dozens of families

WHEELING — Despite dark clouds and scattered rain showers, Oglebay Park’s Good Zoo was brightened with the colors of the Easter season Friday morning as dozens of area families turned out for the facility’s annual Treasure Hunt. Dressed in brilliant colors, dozens of children walked ...

County may issue bonds for projects

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County commissioners are proceeding with a plan to borrow money internally to pay off several projects. The commissioners are finishing work on the $3.5 million project at the Towers that includes the installation of a new roof and new heating, ventilation and ...

Judge blocks part of ban on abortion procedure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge blocked part of an Ohio law late Thursday that bans the abortion method of dilation and evacuation in most cases, adding to a list of restrictions on the procedure that are or soon could be in legal limbo. Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in ...

Belmont County Hoof and Paw helping animals

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s newest humane group, Belmont County Hoof and Paw, has been active in the cause of helping injured or at-risk livestock in the past months. Julie Larish, who owns a farm in Jacobsburg, is spearheading the group and said the members are seeking training to ...

Street paving planned in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City residents will be seeing fresh, hot asphalt on St. Clairsville’s streets in the coming months. This week, city Safety and Service Director Jim Zucal submitted a list of streets for council’s approval. The following streets are set to be paved: ∫ North Market ...

Drug bust yields arrests

MORRISTOWN — Three Coshocton residents were arrested Wednesday by members of the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit during a drug “buy bust” at the Pilot Truck Stop in Morristown, according to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department. St. Clairsville police Officer T.J. Weyand, a member ...

Harrison releases welfare report

CADIZ— The Harrison County Department of Jobs and Family Services installed 422 blue pinwheels on the steps of the Harrison County Courthouse in honor of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. The blue pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse prevention. Each pinwheel the DJFS ...

Mueller reveals Trump’s attempts to choke off probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the ...

Raymond C. Stewart Exercise Science Lab dedicated

BRIDGEPORT — A nearly $500,000 project that started in August 2016 came full circle Wednesday night when a dedication ceremony was held inside Bridgeport High School. A ribbon-cutting for the Raymond C. Stewart Exercise Science Lab took place as all five members of the Bridgeport Exempted ...

Kinney appeals murder case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The man convicted of murdering Brad McGarry, 43, at his Bellaire home in May of 2017, is challenging his sentence of life without parole. David Carl Kinney, 32, of Brilliant, was sentenced February of 2018 by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato. On Wednesday, ...

Belmont County preps for job fair

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The area is making ready for the upcoming 13th annual Belmont County Job Fair Belmont County Commissioners Josh Meyer, J.P. Dutton and Jerry Echemann heard a report Wednesday on the preparations and expectations from Mike Schlanz, workforce administrator of OhioMeansJobs ...

Councilman: Clinton Street is ready to collapse

BELLAIRE — Village Councilman Donny Maupin is concerned a city road, damaged by a heavy storm, is ready to collapse. During a regular Bellaire Village Council meeting on Wednesday, Maupin said he recently was cutting grass on property along Clinton Street and the road has deteriorated even ...

60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including a doctor accused of trading drugs for sex and another of prescribing to his Facebook friends, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other ...

St. Clairsville water debate continues

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city’s debate concerning the possible sale of water and wastewater facilities to a private entity continued Monday. Council members and residents heard a report from residents Brewster Martin and Ernie Schlatt, who joined St. Clairsville Mayor Terry Pugh and ...

More repairs coming to U.S. 250

BRIDGEPORT — Crews with Ohio Department of Transportation contractor Winters Excavating continue to work on installing stone and fix drainage to reinforce sides of the hill to prevent further road slips on U.S. 250. There are currently two short detours set up on Starlight Drive and Upland ...

No contest plea in animal abuse case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Belmont woman accused of multiple counts of cruelty to animals was found guilty Tuesday, and sentence was set for May 7. Shania Wells, 21, of 59930 Chestnut Level Road, Belmont, appeared before Belmont County Western Court Judge Eric Costine Tuesday and entered pleas of ...

Steel going up for new Life Center

MARTINS FERRY — Passersby likely have noticed a new structure is rising into the sky on Zane Highway in Martins Ferry. The steel being erected is for Martins Ferry Christian Church and School’s new multi-purpose Life Center. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 2018 with work ...

Conflict, accusations among St. Clairsville leadership

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — During Monday’s heated city council meeting Mayor Terry Pugh leveled accusations Council President Tim Porter and Councilman Perry Basile of releasing a draft of an investigation of Police Chief Jeff Henry to the public. Porter told his side of the story ...

St. Clairsville police chief cleared of harassment complaint

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville Police Chief Jeff Henry has been cleared as a result of a discriminatory harassment complaint investigation, but Mayor Terry Pugh raised an issue with council members. At the St. Clairsville City Council meeting Monday, Pugh confronted council members ...

Lee sentenced to 10 years

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Dawn Lee, former fiscal officer for York Township and the York Water Authority learned her sentence Monday when she appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. She will spend a decade behind bars for crimes including theft in office and tampering with ...