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History comes to life

BELLAIRE — History will come to life every Wednesday through February and March as the Great Stone Viaduct Society hosts its seventh annual winter lecture series. “We’re in conjunction with the Bellaire Public Library. This is our seventh year. Admission is free, and we have a wide ...

Delinquent taxpayers will face penalties

BARNESVILLE — Village Council agreed to allow the Regional Income Tax Agency to begin administering late fees and interest charges on village taxpayers who are late or who fail to pay their taxes, but one councilman held steadfast in his opposition to the plan. Previously, at a council ...

Garage funding, size still unknown

WHEELING — More than a year after city officials first mentioned the project, the size, funding source and expected revenue for a proposed downtown parking structure are still to be determined. The proposed garage, which would cost $11 million to construct on existing parking lots, would ...

Bellaire centenarian is celebrated for her work

BELLAIRE — Lucille Ruthers might be turning 100 years old today — but that’s not slowing her down any. In fact, Ruthers continues to volunteer during weekly produce distributions at the First United Methodist Church in Bellaire, and during the church’s free community dinners, held the ...

Thomas out of jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Mark Thomas was released from the Belmont County Jail on Saturday — one day sooner than originally scheduled by the jail — after serving a sentence for contempt of court. Thomas, a former lawyer who left office as a Belmont County commissioner at the end of 2018, had ...

St. John community mourns closure

BELLAIRE — As members of the St. John Central High School community mourn the pending closure of their school in June, some are hoping for a miracle. Joe DeGenova, a 1966 graduate and former teacher and principal at the grade school, said he was “devastated about the news” of the high ...

Township taking on cemetery work

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Richland Township is struggling with the added expense of a cemetery and working to get the papers in order. Since last year, Richland Township has managed the Belmont Memorial Cemetery after the caretakers, Karen Sue ...

Man brandishes gun in Morristown restaurant

MORRISTOWN — A 79-year-old man was arrested Thursday for brandishing a loaded gun in the McDonald’s parking lot at Morristown. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas said law enforcement was called to the 208 exit shortly after 3 p.m. “911 got repeated calls of a man brandishing ... a ...

Thomas granted time to find records

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Former Belmont County commissioner and former lawyer Mark Thomas was in court Friday, days before his scheduled release from jail to arrange his compliance to a court order to turn over documents from his time serving as power of attorney to a client in his legal practice. ...

Second guilty verdict in cemetery theft case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The trial of the second of two co-defendants, caretakers of the Belmont Memorial Cemetery, ended Friday with a guilty verdict. Keith Dwayne Baratie, 51, was taken into custody and will be sentenced Feb. 19. Baratie and his wife, Karen Sue Ellen Neff, were accused of ...

Brown calls for ‘pro-family’ workplace in New Hampshire

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is in New Hampshire for the weekend as he explores a potential 2020 presidential bid while trying to set himself apart with his broad appeal to the working class. The Ohio senator spoke Friday at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton with five ...

Retailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout lines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. If they ...

Leach wins bee

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - All the hours of quizzing from family members paid off for Hannah Leach on Thursday night as the Barnesville eighth-grader is now the 2019 Belmont County Spelling Bee champion. Leach competed against 17 other spellers during the 33rd annual competition held at Ohio ...

Iarrusso pleads guilty to high speed chase

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The man accused of leading police on a high speed chase this past Thanksgiving was in court this week before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra, who heard his guilty plea. Dakota Cenio Iarrusso, 24, of 620 Madison Avenue, McKeesport, Pa., pleaded guilty Monday to ...

Snow parking a problem in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city’s ban on parking on the streets during heavy snowfall may not be sufficient and a reworking of the ordinance may be in order to allow for earlier enforcement. Currently, vehicles are forbidden from parking from midnight until 6 a.m. when snowfall is 2 inches or ...

Bellaire council considers pay raise for village employees

BELLAIRE— A raise in pay for the village of Bellaire’s employees sparked ideas from council members about how to go about the situation. Bellaire Council members met Thursday evening where the topic of raising the pay of village’s departments such as water, sanitation, street, and ...

Mayor rejects change to policy on public participation

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville City Council will take another stab at amending its rules for public comments, though members made it clear Tuesday they want to avoid repeating the “fiasco” that led to them having to do it again. Council voted 7-0 last week to allow the general public to ...

Shadyside house fire

T-L Photo/MIRANDA SEBROSKI A fire breaks through the second story at 232 W. 42nd Street in Shadyside on Wednesday evening. Firefighters from Shadyside, Neffs, Brookside, Powhatan Point and Martins Ferry responded. According to Shadyside Assistant Fire Chief John Shaver, no one was home at ...

High-speed chase ends in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — A car that had been reported stolen led law enforcement on a chase that exceeded 90 mph on U.S. 40 through Bridgeport on Tuesday evening before it crashed into a sheriff’s department cruiser. No one was injured, but the suspect, William James Carr, 40, of Wheeling, is being ...

County spellers compete tonight

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Eighteen children will be putting their best spelling feet forward tonight in an effort to win a trip the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., this spring. The 2019 Belmont County Spelling Bee kicks off at 7 p.m. today at the theater in Ohio University ...