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Community gives back during parade

BETHESDA - Village leaders rang in the holiday season Saturday by giving gifts to some local organizations. Bethesda hosted its first-ever lighted Christmas parade on Saturday evening, complete with grand marshals representing A Special Wish Foundation. That organization then received a ...

Belmont adopts water, sewer rates

BELMONT — Water customers will pay $5.37 more for using 2,000 gallons in a month after Belmont Village Council adopted a new water and sewer rate structure that its members believe is more fair. Water Board President Kenny Davis said village water customers currently pay $52.63 per month ...

Ferry submits grant for pool repairs, pad

MARTINS FERRY — The application is in — now it is just a waiting game for the city of Martins Ferry regarding the grant money it needs to fix its swimming pool pump house. Service Director Scott Porter said the city, with help from Ohio Mideastern Government Association, submitted its Land ...

Programs for all are offered

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio State University Extension Center has been busy in Belmont County, offering programs for farmers and youth in many areas. OSU’s educators reviewed their programs’ activities, growth and future plans last Wednesday when they updated the Belmont County Board of ...

Christmas campaign helping seniors

WHEELING — Many senior citizens are alone or in need of assistance during the Christmas season. This year, IC Care (In-Home Companion Care), has kicked off an inaugural Christmas Campaign to raise money and awareness about how people in the area can get more involved with senior citizens. ...

Operation Toy Lift

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Operation Toy Lift collected gifts for local children Saturday in it second year as a joint effort of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department and Wheeling Police Department. Volunteers at the event, held at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, collected toys and ...

Another cracker permit meeting slated

SHADYSIDE — Another public meeting regarding a proposed ethane cracker in Belmont County is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Shadyside Community Center, 50 E. 39th St., according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting will focus on a wastewater discharge permit for PTT ...

Grant to help Monroe County development

HANNIBAL — A $20 million federal grant will help Monroe County increase its energy exports and encourage industrial development in the local region. U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced grant award last week. The federal funding will be directed toward the ...

Steubenville holds Christmas Parade

The Harrison Central High School band performs Saturday in downtown Steubenville during the 2018 Eastern Gateway Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade. Photo by Mark Law

GOP standoff in Ohio over abortion and gun measure averted

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A brewing standoff between legislative Republicans in Ohio and their same-party governor over some big-ticket policy issues was averted — perhaps permanently — during a whirlwind week at the Statehouse. Proposals restricting early abortions and a gun owner’s ...

Scout to rededicate refurbished cannon

MARTINS FERRY — A local Boy Scout’s project to refurbish a Civil War cannon is complete and the public is invited to see the results. Boy Scout Mason Kyer, 17, of St. Clairsville, is scheduled to hold a rededication of the Civil War cannon at noon Sunday in the historic Walnut Grove ...

Santa comes to Bethesda today

BETHESDA — Boys and girls in this village should be on their best behavior today, because Santa Claus is coming to visit! Santa will be the guest of honor as the community hosts its very first lighted Christmas parade this evening. Lineup begins at 5 p.m. on Virginia Street. The parade ...

Flushing village offices may be relocated

FLUSHING — Village Council on Thursday conditionally approved the purchase of the former Harrison Community Hospital Family Health Center building and authorized Mayor Angelo Vincenzo to enter into a gas and oil lease agreement with Ascent Resources. At the council meeting held in November, ...

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked former Attorney General William Barr to once again serve as America’s top law enforcement official. But while his experience and mainstream background may boost his prospects for confirmation, Democrats are raising alarms about his ...

Councilman: EPA says former dry cleaner’s vapor levels ‘not acceptable’

BELLAIRE — Village Council members learned Thursday a recent vapor intrusion study conducted downtown showed unacceptable levels of a chemical were found in a former dry cleaners building. Councilman Michael Doyle said the Ohio EPA contacted the village and inquired as to whether it would ...

Judge Trouten sworn in; clerk of courts post to be filled

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Trouten stepped down as Belmont County Clerk of Courts and was sworn in as Belmont County Eastern District Court judge Friday, having won the seat on the bench in the Nov. 6 election. Trouten was sworn in during a Columbus meeting of the Ohio Clerk of Courts ...

Pearl Harbor remembered

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The attack on U.S. forces at Naval Station Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan propelled this country into World War II and led to a call for soldiers in the fight against the Axis Powers. John Costine, a practicing attorney at Costine Law Office in St. Clairsville, was one ...

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed ...

Shop With A Cop helps 100 children in Monroe County

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is trying to make sure children in the area have a great Christmas. More than 100 children in Monroe County were signed up for Shop With A Cop this year for a two-day event. Elementary school students from the Switzerland of Ohio ...

Still no new administrator for the village of Bellaire

BELLAIRE — It appears the village will end the year without a new village administrator at the helm. Mayor Vince DiFabrizio said Thursday that the position has not yet been filled. He still is waiting to receive a new salary for the position before advertising it. “I’ve asked,” ...