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Valentine treats for county workers

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Adam Myser of Myser & Myser law firm and his children, 4-year-old Rory and 1-year-old Daxton, hand out doughnuts to Belmont County officials, staff and local businesses on Thursday. Here, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra accepts a box. Myser said ...

Protesting animal cruelty

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A dozen protesters crowded outside the Belmont County Western Division Court entrance Thursday, demanding harsher penalties for repeat animal abuse offenders and seeking appointment of a county humane officer. The demonstration came in response to a case of cruelty to ...

Proposed hydroelectric plant plans still developing

YORKVILLE — Plans for an estimated $200 million hydroelectric plant at Pike Island Locks and Dam in the Ohio River continue to develop. Alan Skelly, CEO of Pike Island Energy, attended a Yorkville Council meeting Tuesday, seeking feedback on his plans to build a 48-megawatt plant, which he ...

Broadband coming to rural Harrison County

DEERSVILLE — There is good news for residents of rural Harrison County in the form of advancements in broadband. The county received a $100,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, or TIGER grant, that will help to provide broadband access to residents in ...

Water, sewer rate structure prompts questions from residents

BELMONT — Village officials continue their efforts to explain a new water and sewer billing structure to residents and to deal with ongoing frustrations with the state of village roadways. Water Board President Kenny Davis said during a meeting Feb. 7 that there had been some “scuttle” ...

XTO: Safer wells one year after accident

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One year after an explosion at the Schnegg natural gas well pad near Powhatan Point, XTO Energy officials told Belmont County commissioners about progress at the site. Brian Teller, operations manager for XTO’s Appalachia District, and Karen Matusic, public and ...

Is it love? Maybe not, as romance scams proliferate

Is it love? Maybe not. The FTC announced this week that romance-related scams have surged recently and generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. The number of these romance scams reported to the agency jumped from 8,500 in 2015 to more than 21,000 ...

More drug arrests in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department found methamphetamines during a traffic stop in Bellaire on Tuesday and made three drug-related arrests. Local law enforcment officers have made several similar stops and arrests over the last week. Sheriff David Lucas said Deputies ...

Final score for the Lady Irish

BELLAIRE -- The cliche “if these walls could talk” was totally apropos inside St. John Central High School on Wednesday evening. The history and tradition of Lady Irish basketball was on full display as the program played its final game with a large crowd of fans and alumni on hand. And ...

Trump still coy on border deal – but claims victory anyway

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before seeing a final deal or agreeing to seal it, President Donald Trump labored on Wednesday to frame the congressional agreement on border security as a political win, never mind that it contains only a fraction of the billions for a “great, powerful wall” that ...

Residents react to Belmont Community Hospital closing

BELLAIRE — People who live and work in and around Bellaire say they will miss the convenience and peace of mind that came with having a hospital in the village for more than a century. Word that Belmont Community Hospital will close on April 5 after 105 years in the All-American Town was ...

Yorkville Council discusses ordinance and repairs

YORKVILLE — A garbage collection ordinance in the village was amended and roads repairs were discussed at a Yorkville Village Council meeting Tuesday. At a regularly scheduled meeting, council reviewed an issue with sanitation workers only being able to pick up residents’ garbage once a ...

Roof repairs coming to Ferry schools

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City School District is close to selecting a contractor to replace the roofs of its three school buildings. A special board meeting likely will be scheduled next week to make a decision. Board members Dorothy Powell, Bill Suto and Brian McFarland heard the ...

Record meth seizure in Barnesville

BELMONT COUNTY — Several law enforcement agencies over the last week have reported major drug arrests, including what Barnesville police have called the largest seizure of methamphetamine in their history. Barnesville Police Chief Rocky Sirianni reported a vehicle stop and search by the ...

Belmont Community Hospital to close April 5

BELLAIRE - Belmont Community Hospital, which has served the area for 105 years, will be closed permanently as of April 5. The 99-bed acute care hospital was acquired by Wheeling Hospital in 1996. Belmont Community Hospital employs 93 and Wheeling Hospital will offer positions to those ...

More time needed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The trials of two former fugitives in a case involving child pornography saw their trials moved from this week to March to allow for further time to receive and analyze evidence. Wesley Alan Burdge, 44, and Tabitha Lea Gallagher, 38, both of 108 Markatan St., Flushing, ...

Alleged robber caught in Calif.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The man suspected of a series of bank robberies in Maryland, Bridgeport and St. Clairsville was arrested last week in California. Charles Gibson, 57, of Pennsylvania, is believed to have robbed the the Bridgeport Unified Bank on Nov. 24, then the Huntington Bank in St. ...

Cera announces state funds for jail, college

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, on Monday announced the release of funds for improvement projects at Belmont College and Belmont Correctional Institution. The Sally Port Upgrade Project at the Belmont Correctional Institute will receive $51,599 for design services. Belmont ...

No quorum for health board

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health held a brief session Monday, but lacked a quorum to conduct business. Board members Dwight Jenewein, James King and Irene Louda were present for the meeting. Board members Joel Braido, Dr. Renato DelaCruz and Elizabeth Glick were absent. ...