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Belco Works Board President John S. Marshall talks about Mary DePalma at a recognition ceremony on Thursday, held to honor her and fellow former board member Dick Dolan for their service. 

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Belco Works honors long-time members

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two veteran board members at Belco Works were honored at a brief get-together last week in St. Clairsville, celebrating their service to the organization. Belco Works is an organization that helps disabled adults master job skills in a variety of trades, helping them to ...

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Studio MC Danders at last year’s St. Clairsville Christmas Parade.

St. Clairsville changes Christmas parade

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city of St. Clairsville’s annual Christmas Parade and tree-lighting ceremony is looking at some changes, which are expected to lead to more safety and more holiday cheer. Wendy Anderson, director of the St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, said the parade has been ...

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Mine Safety and Health Administration data indicate coal miners continue showing productivity gains, which results from using fewer workers.

Technology increases coal production

WHEELING —In total, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania lost more than 8,500 coal miner jobs from 2009 to 2015, but those who continue working are more productive, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data. Brian Lego, assistant professor at West Virginia University’s ...

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The Belmont County Board of Commissioners recognizes Suicide Prevention Month as members pose with a commemorative tree with members of the Belmont County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Shown from front left are: Molly Holden, member of the Tri-County Help Center and vice president of the coalition; Erica Krusec, associate director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board and the president of the Suicide Prevention Coalition; Earl Smith, elder at the Stillwater Friends Meeting in Barnesville and editor of the coalition’s Facebook site; Michelle Helms, legal advocate for the Tri-County Help Center and a member of the coalition. Back row, left to right, Belmont County Commissioners Josh Meyers, J.P. Dutton and Mark Thomas.

Suicide prevention, no shame in talking

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Members of the Belmont County Suicide Prevention Coalition visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners to speak about National Suicide Prevention Month this September and the efforts to raise awareness and provide help for those in need of it. Suicide is the 11th ...

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The Belmont County Board of Commissioners accepts a bid for the exterior renovation of the former county jail on Friday. Work on the exterior should be completed by the end of the year. The building’s interior may then be renovated for future use.

Renovation of jail to start

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Cleaning and renovation of the exterior of the former county jail building adjacent to the Belmont County Courthouse and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence Museum will begin soon and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The Belmont County Board of ...

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ABOVE: Contractors continue work on The Health Plan headquarters, which should open in downtown Wheeling within a few months.

New downtown buildings taking shape

By CASEY JUNKINS For The Times Leader WHEELING —Within a few months, hundreds more people will work in downtown Wheeling each day at The Health Plan headquarters in the 1100 block of Main and Market streets, so Mayor Glenn Elliott and other city leaders are doing their best to accommodate ...

SALES OF potable water to tanker trucks have doubled since last year at Martins Ferry’s Water Treatment Plant, shown here.
 



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Water sales to tankers double in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — The city is selling twice as much water to tanker trucks hauling for the natural gas industry this year compared to last year, Martins Ferry Water Superintendent Bill Suto said. “Water sales have been up the bulk of this year, and we expect it to go up during 2018,” Suto ...

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Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Car Show

T-L Photos/JANELL HUNTER Mark Pyatt, 18, of Bridgeport stands next to his car, Pyatt’s car is a 1979 Pontiac Trans-Am, purchased when he was 16 with money he had saved by working on a farm. He attends the Belmont Career Center and is a member of the drug-free club. “I came to the car show ...

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Ed Rensi speaks to students at Harrison Central High School on Thursday afternoon. Rensi, born in Hopedale, has had a successful career at McDonald’s, serving as president and CEO of the company.

Former McDonald’s CEO speaks to students

CADIZ — Students of Harrison Central High School had the chance to hear from a former CEO and president of one of the world’s largest fast food franchises Thursday, as Ed Rensi spoke to them about the value of education and critical thinking. Rensi is no stranger to Harrison County; he ...

Jury awards more than $1.5 million in DUI suit

WOODSFIELD — A Monroe County jury awarded more than $1.5 million to a local woman who suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of a December 2014 drunk driving crash, according to a news release issued by the plaintiff’s attorneys. Gold, Khourey & Turak filed a lawsuit on ...

Juvenile, Probate Court to close

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s juvenile and probate courts will be closed for remodeling around the Columbus Day weekend on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 9-10. Efforts are being made to reduce any inconvenience caused by what employees describe as a long-overdue project. “We are going to ...

Waterline woes continue to plague Bellaire

BELLAIRE — A waterline break that occurred Wednesday in Bellaire is just one in a string of breaks that has left village employees working, at times, up to 16 hours in a day, said Village Administrator Scott Porter. Porter said Friday the break occurred during work to replace a fire hydrant ...

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Members of the Flushing Business Association pose for a picture as they prepare to host a Downtown Day this Sunday. The goal is to attract more attention to the business district of the village. In front is Chelsea Conley. Behind her, from left, are Mindy Wilson, Connie Rinkes, Kim Shutway, Sandy Twarog and Jamie Gay.

Flushing plans event to bring shoppers downtown

FLUSHING — A local business group is trying to bring visitors back to downtown Flushing with a planned fall festival this weekend. Jamie Gay is president of the Flushing Business Association and is working hard to help bring attention to the business district of the village. To that end, ...

BEULAH JONES

Beulah B. Jones, 82, of Bellaire, OH died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Belmont Community Hospital. She was born April 2, 1935 in Gnadenhutten, OH a daughter of the late John and Lydia Metheny Workman. She was an Inspector for the former Bobbie Brooks Factory and a Pentacostal by ...

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Belmont County EMA Director Dave Ivan and Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik discuss emergency preparedness at a tabletop exercise at the Belmont County EMA office on Thursday.

St. Clairsville Belmont, Monroe support agencies develop emergency plans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Agencies from Belmont and Monroe counties came together on Thursday to participate in a “tabletop exercise” to discuss and evaluate response and recovery plans among public and private health care facilities and public support agencies during an extended widespread power ...

Cadiz Park preps for annual festival

CADIZ — A community in Harrison County is gearing up for a fall festival this weekend, sure to be fun for the whole family. Sally Buffalo Park sits off of Ohio 9 just outside of Cadiz. The popular park is open from summer until the end of October, providing visitors with a variety of ...

Panelists for the “Combating Addiction with Grace” conference in Wheeling on Thursday were, from left, Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard, Drug Enforcement Agency agent Dan Mavromatis, Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer, Weirton Police Chief Rob Alexander and Wheeling Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday.


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Wheeling Leaders explore faith-based approach to addiction

WHEELING — Community representatives are taking another step toward offering a faith-based approach to the region’s substance abuse crisis. A day-long conference, “Combating Addiction with Grace,” was held at Wheeling Jesuit University on Thursday. The event drew officials from ...

Rio Grande Local historian to participate in Emancipation Day

RIO GRANDE — A local historian is taking part in an event designed to celebrate history this coming weekend. The 154th Annual Emancipation Day Celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday at the famous Bob Evans Farms in Rio Grande, Ohio. The celebration is held to celebrate President ...

A pack-the-truck supply drive to benefit the Belmont County Animal Shelter will be held Saturday at Rural King. Dog Warden Lisa Williams, and staff member Nancy Zielinski with one of their lovable adoptable dogs Britty, a three year old female brindled mix.

St. Clairsville ‘Pack the Truck’ for the animal shelter Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Friends and volunteers with the Belmont County Animal Shelter will participate in a Pack-The Truck drive for food and supplies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of Rural King, at the south side of the Ohio Valley Mall. Mandy Cracolici, local business owner and friend ...

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Yorkville Fire Chief Dana Brown poses with the village’s current 1989 Sutphen fire engine, which he hopes to replace using a proposed new 10-year, 3.5-mill levy that will be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Yorkville fire levy to be discussed

YORKVILLE — Yorkville Fire Chief Dana Brown and other village officials will make their case for a 3.5-mill levy to purchase a new fire truck at a community forum on Saturday. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Yorkville Fire Department and will be a question-and-answer town hall ...