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Police seek suspects in fatal shooting of a Steubenville man

STEUBENVILLE — A Steubenville man was shot to death in his bed early Monday and police are searching for the gunmen. The shooting occurred at about 4 a.m. Monday at an apartment in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police reported a man and woman were in bed at 1140D Lincoln Ave. when ...

Reward offered for missing couple info

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One year to the day after a Martins Ferry couple went missing, the Belmont and Jefferson county sheriffs’ departments announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the pair’s discovery. Brian Goff, 64, and Joni Davis, 55, were last seen on June 10, 2018, ...

Commissioners’ town hall set for Thursday

MARTINS FERRY — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners will convene a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Martins Ferry Public Library. All are welcome, and the commissioners said they hope residents of Martins Ferry and the surrounding communities will attend to ask questions ...

Hunt for inmate ongoing

CADIZ — Law enforcement continued to search Monday for a Harrison County Jail inmate who escaped on Saturday night. According to Harrison County Sheriff Ronald “Joe” Myers, 32-year-old Jason Edward Groff escaped from the jail around 10 p.m. Saturday. Myers said inmates called the ...

Leaders come out against anti-coal plan

CHARLESTON — An effort by the former mayor of New York City to pour half a billion dollars into ending coal and natural gas-fired power generation in the U.S. is not sitting well with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and leaders of the state’s energy industry. Justice held a press ...

Ranking priests are reassigned

WHEELING — Three high-ranking priests tied to former bishop Michael Bransfield have resigned from their managerial roles in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Archbishop William Lori announced Monday. The Revs. Frederick Annie, Kevin Quirk and Anthony Cincinnati resigned ...

Waddell takes over OSHP St. C. location

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Following James Faunda’s promotion to staff lieutenant at the Cambridge Post, Maurice Waddell was promoted to lieutenant and took over as commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s St. Clairsville Post. Waddell, a Cambridge, Ohio, native, began his patrol career in ...

Small fire, big concerns

BELMONT — Village officials expressed concern about disaster planning after learning details of a recent fire at a nearby well pad. During the monthly EMS and fire department report to Village Council, Lt. Kaye Hall said that on the morning of May 30 the department responded to a fire call ...

Barnesville hosts first Airport Day

T-L Photo/LENNY WITTENBROOK The crew of HealthNet Aeromedical Services Base 10 of Moundsville made the 10-minute flight to Barnesville-Bradfield Airport to show off their state-of-the-art medical transport capabilities.

Extension office receives facility bids

CADIZ — The Harrison County Ohio State University Extension Office recently received bids for construction of its upcoming facility that will serve as a community hub space. OSU Extension Educator Tim Tanner opened the bids for the additional excavation work project at Wednesday’s ...

Au-Some event in Wheeling

The Augusta Levy Learning Center host their annual Color Me Au-Some 5K Run/Walk charity event at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling Saturday, as 750 participants are covered with colorful dry tempera paint powder at various stations throughout the course, including on both sides of the historic ...

Belmont Invitational Special Olympics Bocce Tournament

Photo by Scott McCloskey The Bellaire Sons of Italy hosts the Belmont Invitational Special Olympics Bocce Tournament at its facility on Belmont Street in Bellaire on Saturday. Teams from Belmont, Carroll, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties participated in this year’s event. Following the ...

Plenty for families to enjoy at Strawberry Festival

MARTINS FERRY — The Purple City turned pink and red and white all over on Saturday morning as the Second Annual Martins Ferry Strawberry Festival got underway. Khali Duvall looked “berry” sweet as she strolled down the street. The 4-year-old from Beallsville was all smiles while wearing ...

Remaining safe in the summer months to come

BELMONT COUNTY — Although summer months bring beautiful days, blooming flowers, abundant sunshine and outdoor activities, they may also usher in periods of unpredictable weather, including harsh thunderstorms, flash flooding and destructive tornadoes. Weather can be unpredictable at times ...

Anniversary of ‘Flood of Tears’ approaches

SHADYSIDE — Emergency management officials are advising local residents to be prepared for severe summer weather, and those who recall the Flood of Tears understand exactly why they need to heed that advice. Twenty-nine years ago this week, steady rain falling on ground that was already ...

New population estimates show St. C. narrowly maintaining city status

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While some Ohio cities, such as Columbus, have increased in population, many others including St. Clairsville have declined. According to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Belmont County has decreased in population by an average annual rate of ...

Unified Bank robbed again

BRIDGEPORT — Officers from several law enforcement agencies still are searching for the suspect in the armed robbery of the Unified Bank branch on Howard Street in Bridgeport. The incident occurred about 9:15 a.m. Friday. Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba late Friday said the department ...

Vehicle thefts in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Police are on the lookout after a break-in at the St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools District and several other vehicle-related thefts occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday. “The school maintenance building got broken into. They stole a bunch of tools and a ...

Board of Elections moves to new location

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After months of planning and preparation, the consolidation of county offices in buildings formerly owned by The Health Plan has begun with the Belmont County Board of Elections being the first agency to move in this week. County Commissioner Josh Meyer said the elections ...

St. C. committee reviews privatization bid

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city is considering all factors before making a decision in the matter of water privatization. A committee of local experts held their first meeting Friday to evaluate a bid from Aqua Ohio, the private entity that has expressed an interesting purchasing the city’s ...