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Voter turnout average

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — About 35 percent of registered voters in Eastern Ohio counties cast ballots at the polls last Tuesday’s general election. According to Belmont County Board of Elections Director Bill Shubat, that is an average turnout for an “off-year election” in which there are no ...

Policy change approved

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health on Monday approved an update to the health department’s weapons policy to match a change in the Ohio Revised Code. Under the new law, a concealed-carry permit holder can have a firearm in a vehicle on the premises if the firearm is ...

Oil, gas road repairs enforced

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick told the board of commissioners Monday that her department notified three oil and gas companies that they need to make immediate repairs on four county roads or cease using them. In response, one of those companies has filed a lawsuit against ...

Policy change approved

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health on Monday approved an update to the health department’s weapons policy to match a change in the Ohio Revised Code. Under the new law, a concealed-carry permit holder can have a firearm in a vehicle on the premises if the firearm is ...

Basin to see bulk of investment

CHARLESTON — The bulk of the development from a proposed deal from a Chinese company to develop West Virginia’s natural gas resources is expected to take place along the Ohio River basin, state officials said Monday. Gov. Jim Justice and Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher held a press ...

Driving around Amish requires anticipation, caution

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists in eastern Ohio share interstate highways with all types of vehicles from across the nation, but they need to pay special attention in more rural areas where they are likely to encounter a different type of vehicle — Amish buggies. According to worldatlas.com, ...

Amish buggies often are among the vehicles traveling local roadways, especially in more rural areas. Here, a buggy travels along Sandy Ridge Road outside Barnesville, near the scene of a crash involving another buggy.





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Driving around Amish requires anticipation, caution

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists in eastern Ohio share interstate highways with all types of vehicles from across the nation, but they need to pay special attention in more rural areas where they are likely to encounter a different type of vehicle — Amish buggies. According to worldatlas.com, ...

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Robber’s sentence is postponed one week

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The sentencing date for the second of two men convicted in an attempted breaking and entering at a Shadyside home on Pipe Creek Road was approaching Monday. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra ruled that Kenneth Leroy Hall, 29, incarcerated, would have his ...

Ohio River Basin to see bulk of investment

CHARLESTON — The bulk of the development from a proposed deal from a Chinese company to develop West Virginia’s natural gas resources is expected to take place along the Ohio River basin, state officials said Monday. Gov. Jim Justice and Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher held a press ...

U.S. ethane off to China

WHEELING — At the same time President Donald Trump witnessed the signing of West Virginia’s $83.7 billion deal with China Energy for petrochemical plants in the Mountain State, he also witnessed another deal to export 2.6 million metric tons of ethane per year to China. Still, Business ...

Three receive high honors at reception

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In recognition of their dedication and commitment to Belmont College, three individuals were awarded high honors at the Oct. 26 Honors Reception held at the Belmont Hills Country Club. “Our honorees were chosen in acknowledgement of their unique contributions and long ...

More housing on the way at Belmont shelter

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The dogs at the Belmont County Animal Shelter will be getting upgraded accommodations, thanks to the efforts of some local students. County commissioners last week approved an estimate from Ed Reese, instructor at the Belmont Career Center, for $2,995 to furnish material ...

St.C. seeking $200K for Commons’ water tank

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – This past week, the St. Clairsville City Council passed a resolution allowing the mayor to file an application with the Appalachian Regional Commission for a grant of $200,000 for a new 500,000-gallon water tank for the Commons Mall Crossing at the St. Clair ...

Our Opinion: Celebrating education

Today is the first day of an important observance in the United States. This is American Education Week - a time to celebrate the fact that our nation's public education system is available to each and everystudent, regardless of their social, financial or other circumstances. American ...

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Posey’s trial is delayed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The case against one of the four co-defendants in an apparent home invasion in Bellaire that resulted in a shooting death was continued Monday to allow for plea agreement negotiations. Michael Scott Posey, 33, of Bellaire appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge ...

The sun shines down  on the St. Mary’s Chapel in Lafferty. The chapel was built by Greg Dutton and his company, Midland Architecture, after fire claimed the previous building in 2012.

Lafferty chapel recognized with award

LAFFERTY — After losing a church to a fire a few years ago, Lafferty residents now have a beautiful new chapel that has been recognized with an architecture award. In May 2012, St. Mary Catholic Church in Lafferty was gutted by a devastating fire. Although fire crews from across Belmont ...

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MARTINS FERRY resident Terry Wildman poses with his friends and members of the “Dirty Dozen” in Vietnam in 1969. Clockwise, from left, are Rich Marlow (deceased), Randy Terkla (deceased), Jack Higgins, Wildman and Tim Ryan. Wildman was about 20 years old at the time.

Vietnam vet remembers life during and after war

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry resident Terry Wildman was an FO, a forward observer, for the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam war. This meant that he found and helped to take out the enemy so his fellow troops could move in and take more ground. He said he knows that he killed people and ...

HARRISON CENTRAL Student Council members recently their held annual Thanksgiving canned food drive. They donated 464 items to the local food pantry. Some of the students who helped pack everything to be donated and taken to the food pantry include, from left, Jacob Shoup, Maria Roush, Jacob Mattern, Bailey Eberhart and Hayden Shaw.



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Harrison Central students gather food for pantry

CADIZ — Students at a local high school recently gathered food to donate to those less fortunate, just in time for Thanksgiving. Sara Hawthorne, a business teacher at Harrison Central High School, said the student council recently held its annual Thanksgiving food drive, which is held ...

Internet access a problem for first responders

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Homeowners and businesses aren’t the only ones experiencing problems with internet access in Eastern Ohio. Emergency responders in Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties have issues of their own — often while engaged in tasks where every second counts. “It can be an ...

Legislators, leaders digesting $83.7 billion shale deal

WHEELING — From how petrochemical plants will impact the environment to whether drillers should get access to minerals even if they cannot obtain a lease for them, the $83.7 billion Chinese shale natural gas development deal gives members of the West Virginia Legislature plenty to ...