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Belmont County Common Pleas Judges Frank Fregiato (pictured) and John Vavra presided over numerous cases including felony assaults during recent hearings.

Assault cases are arraigned in Belmont Common Pleas Court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Numerous cases, including serious assaults, were arraigned Thursday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Appearing before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, Cody Alan Neilson, 26, of Bellaire, pleaded innocent to felonious assault, which allegedly occurred ...

Flushing sewer rate hike coming

FLUSHING — Village Council passed an ordinance allowing for the increase of water and sewer rates in the village on Thursday evening before deciding that only the sewer rate increase would be implemented at this time. At a meeting in September, officials began the process to implement a ...

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Eric Jiga, new technology trainer at the St. Clairsville Public Library, will be answering questions and providing guidance to visitors.

St.C. library upgrades, expands its services

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With last year’s 0.5-mill current expenses levy approved, the St. Clairsville Public Library has begun the process of upgrading and expanding materials and educational opportunities. Director Doug Walsh said patrons will find a wide variety of services. “There were ...

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Harrison Community Hospital looks ahead to the future

CADIZ — The past year brought changes to the patients and staff at Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz, but an administrator said that the new year promised exciting things for the hospital. Harrison Community Hospital, which opened in 1970, is a 25-bed not-for-profit critical access ...

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River High raises $2K for victims of Hurricane Harvey

HANNIBAL — River High School students recently showed their support for victims of Hurricane Harvey — a storm that devastated students and faculty at Kingwood High School back in September — by sending them more than $2,000. In a letter to the Texas-based school district, River High ...

Dustin Shaffer is the owner and pilot of Island Air Taxi. Craig Shoup/USA TODAY Network - Ohio Dustin Shaffer, owner and pilot of Island Air Taxi, said he makes 20 to 30 trips per day when Lake Erie is frozen.  (Craig Shoup/News-Messenger via AP)

Air taxi is Ohio island’s lifeline when Lake Erie freezes up

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — Like most pregnant women, Alyssa Smith is preparing a room for the new baby, buying supplies, and visiting doctors for routine checkups every two weeks. Unlike most mothers-to-be, however, Smith has to fly every time she visits her family doctor, goes for an ...

Barges float freely on Ohio River

MOUNDSVILLE — Dozens of barges broke loose from their moorings early Saturday and were floating on the Ohio River between Benwood and Moundsville. More than 30 barges reportedly were involved, at least one of which collided with pillars on the Moundsville Bridge. In response, city police ...

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A BOAT with barges attached can hardly be seen through the thick fog blanketing the Ohio River on Friday afternoon. This is the Ohio side of the river near Bellaire, taken from the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The green Interstate 470 bridge is in the background.

Two people rescued from flooded Ohio 148

POWHATAN POINT — Firefighters rescued two people whose vehicles got caught on a flooded Ohio 148 in Powhatan early Friday. Powhatan Point Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Josh Cooper said first responders got the call at 4:12 a.m. Wheeling’s Swift Water Rescue Team was called in ...

Warming stations to be open to the public

MARTINS FERRY — With winter storms and falling temperatures, many people can face situations such as power outages from the harsh winds that leave them in the cold. Being in harsh conditions for too long can put people of all ages at risk for frost bite or hypothermia. Area residents ...

Lecture series to start

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two infamous trials from the past will come to life this February, through the first in a series of presentations through the Great Stone Viaduct Society as the group launches its winter lecture series. The first event will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the basement of St. ...

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St. Clairsville urologist Rodney Lee Curtis appeared at an evidence suppression hearing Thursday. The evidence was ruled admissible and his trial will go forward Jan. 25

Drug trial to go forward for urologist

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The trial of Dr. Rodney Lee Curtis, St. Clairsville urologist, remains set for Jan. 25 after an evidence suppression hearing Thursday, wherein Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato ruled evidence gained from a search of Curtis’ home admissible. Curtis, 64, of ...

First responders called to conduct swift water rescue

POWHATAN POINT -- Police and fire officials are conducting a swift water rescue this morning in Powhatan Point. According to Belmont County dispatch, the rescue attempt is occurring in a creek along Ohio 148. The Belmont County Sheriff's Department, Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeling ...

UL kicks off facilities plan

BELMONT — The Union Local School Board on Thursday took some initial steps in making the comprehensive educational facilities plan a reality. The board heard from John Jefferis, project manager with PCS & Manage in Barnesville, and David Sneed, education planner and consultant, who made a ...

Physicians see medical cannabis as ‘back door’ for recreational use

WHEELING — Some Ohio County health officials are concerned that implementation of West Virginia’s medical cannabis law next year may serve as a gateway to legalization of recreational marijuana. State legislators have said action on recreational marijuana isn’t expected in the 60-day ...

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Harrsion County Sheriff Ron Myers reads off his year in review report at Wednesday’s meeting. Myers reported that the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department spent a total of $562,894 in jail keep for the year.

Harrison County commissioners hear sheriff’s report

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners heard from Sheriff Ron Myers on Wednesday as he reviewed the expenditures of his department during 2017. Sheriff Ron Myers read off his year in review report at Wednesday’s commission meeting. Myers said the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department ...

IEA predicts ‘decade of stagnation’ for coal

WHEELING — The International Energy Agency does not believe President Trump’s plans to overturn Obama-era environmental regulations will do much to bolster coal markets, as the Paris-based organization predicts a “decade of stagnation” in demand for the carbon-rich mineral. The agency ...

Sheriff’s department budget grows in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department will have $600,000 more to work with in 2018, but all other county departments’ budgets will be reduced by 5 percent. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners approved a $22,360,009 general fund budget for 2018 during its ...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2011 file photo, ice coats leaking pipes in a downtown Cleveland alley, in Ohio. With much of the nation gripped in record cold at some point this winter, homeowners have had to deal with pipes freezing, and then bursting. Damage from a burst pipe can vary greatly, depending on the amount of time that the water runs unabated. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Administrator: don’t use blow torch to thaw pipes

BELLAIRE — The weather may be warming up, for now, but here’s a warning for when it freezes again — don’t use a blow torch to thaw out frozen pipes. Bellaire Village Administrator Scott Porter said during a recent council meeting that municipal workers have been dealing with calls ...

Graduates screens film

DILLONVALE — A graduate from Buckeye Local High School returned to the area Tuesday to screen a recent film project he worked on, shedding a little light on some unsung American heroes and encouraging students to follow their dreams out of high school. Phil Diab said he had a “nomadic ...