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Waterline break leaves Shadyside without service

SHADYSIDE -- A waterline break in the village has left residents without water service today. Mayor Bob Newhart said water service was interrupted when the waterline to the village well field broke. He noted that the village does not supplement its water supply with water from Belmont ...

Supreme Court of Appeals affirms Acoff retrial

WHEELING — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has agreed that Dallas Acoff deserves a new trial. The court denied Friday a writ of prohibition filed by Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith. In doing so, Acoff’s defense attorney Robert McCoid said it essentially confirmed that Acoff ...

Man identified in Martins Ferry shooting

MARTINS FERRY — The man fatally shot this week by police who were responding to an emergency call at a Washington Boulevard home has been identified as 59-year-old Kevin Nickle. Tim Skinner, chief investigator for the Belmont County Coroner’s office, said Friday he could not discuss the ...

Bellaire mulls VFD tax levy

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Village Council still is trying to decide whether to spend up to $5,000 to put a proposed tax levy on the November ballot for the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department. Council on Thursday again heard from VFD member Ray Penyak, who answered questions regarding the proposed ...

Public weighs in on license plate hike proposal

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Residents of Belmont County voiced opinions about three proposed license plate fee hikes during the second public hearings on the matter Wednesday, with some guests showing support and others expressing opposition. The board plans to make a decision during next week’s ...

Police shoot, kill man in Belmont County

MARTINS FERRY — A man died Wednesday night after members of law enforcement shot him while they were responding to a domestic violence call outside the city limits. Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said in a statement released just before 11 p.m. Wednesday that at least one officer or ...

New retirement plan could help Ferry employees save money

MARTINS FERRY — Employees of the city of Martins Ferry now have another way to save money for retirement, thanks to the adoption of the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation plan by City Council on Wednesday. Council already was slated to consider adoption of a related resolution but ...

Police shoot, kill man near Martins Ferry

Police have shot and killed a man near Martins Ferry. Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said Wednesday night that his office responded to a residence on Washington Boulevard where a man allegedly was chasing his family with a knife. After trying to resolve the incident without using deadly ...

Ferry officers use live rounds during training exercises

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry’s police officers got the chance to do live-round training that mimicked situations that can occur indoors, thanks to use of a facility in Alliance, Ohio. “The exercises we normally do, firearms trainings, involve standing in front of a target out in the ...

Richard Lucas named Italian-American of the Year

WHEELING -- The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival has named Richard Lucas, president and CEO of Main Street Bank, the Italian-American of the Year. The honor was conveyed during an annual dinner being held this evening at the McLure Hotel in downtown Wheeling. The dinner will also ...

Broome to be back in court

BELLAIRE — The woman accused of plotting the murder of her stepfather, former Powhatan Point Mayor Marvin Brown, is back in jail after she allegedly violated the terms of her bond by testing positive for drug use. Merideth Broome will be back in Belmont County Eastern Division Court on ...

Bridgeport decides against village clean-up

BRIDGEPORT — In a split vote, Bridgeport Village Council decided not to hold a door-to-door village cleanup as it has done in years past. Councilman David Rice brought up the subject of a village cleanup during the village council meeting Tuesday. But shortly thereafter, council voted on a ...

JB Green Team set to move

STEUBENVILLE — The JB Green Team is preparing to move to a new location in Belmont County by mid-summer and hopes to have a site in the Jefferson County Industrial Park under contract by the end of the week. The Jefferson-Belmont Solid Waste District board met Monday afternoon at the ...

Monroe County Dog Pound may be relocating

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials hope a plot of land the county already owns will be able to serve as a new home for a county-run animal shelter that has drawn complaints because of its poor condition. After years of trying to find a new location for the Monroe County Dog Pound, the dog ...

Jack Cera kicks off nursing week

BRIDGEPORT — A facility in Bridgeport helped kick off National Skilled Nursing Care Week on Monday with a visit from Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire. Cera visited the Rolling Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Bridgeport, a facility that provides long term care to those who need it. ...

Sports betting expected by fall

WHEELING — The kick-off to sports betting at West Virginia casinos could happen with the start of football season this fall. State Lottery Director Alan Larrick made that comment Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — a law ...

Husband and wife co-defendants ask for release of no-contact

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The husband and wife accused in a theft-in-office plan to allegedly steal almost $100,000 from York Township and the York Water Authority asked a Belmont County judge to lift a no-contact order between them. Ryan Lee, 49, of 1001 Chestnut St., Powhatan Point, appeared ...

Barnesville Village Council approves license plate fee

BARNESVILLE — Residents should expect to pay more for their license plates in 2019 now that Village Council has approved an ordinance imposing an additional $5 fee on vehicle registrations. Council voted unanimously Monday to approve the levy in anticipation that Belmont County commissioners ...

The pain is real

WHEELING — With just two weeks to go until Memorial Day weekend, gas prices are on the rise to top $3 per gallon. Still, industry experts say the Ohio Valley may have it easier than most. Unleaded gasoline at 87 octane had reached a national average of $2.84 per gallon by Friday, ...