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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,” ...

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents ...

Landlords must register properties or face fines

MARTINS FERRY — The city plans to start enforcing an existing law on its books with the hope of garnering more money for its coffers. During a regular Martins Ferry City Council meeting Wednesday, council approved an amended version of a 2009 ordinance that states rental property owners ...

Houston in jail after chase

BETHESDA — A Bethesda man is being held in the Belmont County Jail on multiple charges after allegedly leading law enforcement on a chase over the back roads of Goshen Township on Wednesday afternoon. Belmont County sheriff’s Chief Deputy James Zusack reviewed the initial report on the ...

Officials meet over GM plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Ohio congressmen met with the head of General Motors Wednesday in Washington in their bid to keep an assembly plant from closing, urging her to give auto workers a chance at a new line of electric vehicles soon headed into production. GM announced last week it will ...

Powhatan Point seniors talk building needs

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A building the Powhatan Point Seniors Association had hoped to use as a new senior center location away from the risk of flooding is no longer available, but the members are still seeking financial assistance toward a new location. Last week, representatives of the senior ...

Village of Bridgeport in financial emergency

BRIDGEPORT — The village is now in a state of fiscal emergency, with the Ohio Auditor’s Office reporting Bridgeport owes a total of $90,636 in missed payments on loans from the Ohio Water Development Authority and the Ohio Public Works Commission. “The village of Bridgeport is in a ...

U.S. coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are consuming less coal in 2018 than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, a federal report said Tuesday, as cheap natural gas and other rival sources of energy frustrate the Trump administration’s pledges to revive the U.S. coal industry. A report by ...

Probation revoked in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato revoked several probations for various violations during court session Monday. Seth Alan Pickens, 22, of 54305 Fulton Hill Road, Bellaire, had his probation revoked and his sentence of 18 months in prison imposed. He ...

Toys for Tots teams with Oil and Gas industry

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio’s oil and gas industry is partnering with the Toys for Tots Foundation to distribute toys throughout southeastern Ohio. Churches, social organizations, local businesses and others will be collecting toys for the group’s efforts, while the Ohio Oil and Gas ...

Jefferson County grand jury indicts man charged in club death

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County grand jury returned Tuesday a reckless homicide indictment in a fatal shooting earlier this year at Club 106. Tyrelle Gilbert, 36, of Steubenville was indicted on charges of reckless homicide, possession of drugs and two counts of having a weapon as a ...

Arrest made in threat

MARTINS FERRY — Officials expected everything to return to normal at Ayers Elementary School today after a man who allegedly directed at threat toward some children there was arrested Monday. City Police Chief John McFarland said Thomas “Tommy” Smith was arrested Monday afternoon after ...

Double duty for MFPD

MARTINS FERRY — As police were responding to a threat at a local elementary school on Monday, they also were called to defuse a domestic dispute involving the threat of violence with a firearm. The Martins Ferry Police Department sent officers to Ayres Elementary School during the day after ...

Bush saluted as gentle soul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and ...

Accused trafficker in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man facing eight drug and assault charges from two separate cases was arraigned Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Cory Julius Smith, 32, of Cleveland, was arraigned and pleaded innocent in the two cases. Each carries four felony charges. It ...

St.C. awards $1.5M for tower, improvements

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city took another step in the long-planned water tank upgrade Monday when council motioned to accept bids from DN Tanks and Ferri Contracting Co. DN Tanks bid $1,038,874 for a prestressed concrete water utility storage tank. Ferry Contracting bid $585,468 for site ...

Local groups lending a helping hand

STEUBENVILLE — Winter can be a time when people in need may need extra help, and many local organizations make an effort to ensure those people are getting basics such as scarves, gloves and even a place to get warm. The Friendship Room in Steubenville is dedicated to helping people in the ...

Bethesda PD receives donation

BETHESDA — The village continues to rebuild its police department with the help of a recent donation. Patrolman Pete Busack said the department received a donation of $7,000 from EQT Corp. for use toward the purchase of a camera system for two department vehicles. The total cost is $11,545, ...

305th MP Co. heading to Guantanamo

WHEELING — More than 100 members of the 305th Military Police Company of Wheeling were deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Saturday, following an official ceremony at Triadelphia Middle School’s gymnasium. The 400-day deployment is in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to Sgt. ...