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Veterans’ court coming to Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County now has a veterans’ court to offer specialized rehabilitation for criminal offenders. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato will preside over the program. The court will have a specialized docket similar to the current drug court. He expects the ...

Police searching for bank robber in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT -- Law enforcement from several different agencies are searching for a suspect in the robbery of the Unified Bank on Howard Street in Bridgeport. The incident occurred about 9:15 a.m. today. Officers from Bridgeport, Martins Ferry, Bellaire, the Belmont County Sheriff's Department ...

Workplace shootings are rare, puzzling

A postal worker on disability retirement for psychological issues returned to her workplace years later and killed six people. A Connecticut beer delivery worker irate over being forced to resign opened fire as he was being escorted out of the building, killing eight co-workers. Just a week ...

Ferry youth celebrates final day of cancer treatment

BRIDGEPORT — Leo Zambori was the starting third baseman for Martins Ferry Black and listed as its cleanup hitter Wednesday night at Gould Park when it met Bridgeport Blue in Ohio Valley Junior Sports Pinto baseball action. That’s nothing out of the ordinary for the 8-year-old. What was ...

Sheriff warns of fake cop phone scam

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas is warning Belmont County residents about a telephone scam where callers pretend to be with the sheriff’s department to extort money from victims. He said residents have received phone calls and messages to a recording claiming to be ...

Bellaire approves 50-cent per hour pay increase

BELLAIRE — Village Council approved a 50-cent per hour pay increase for all of its full-time employees during its regular meeting Thursday night. Council also learned a recent ordinance it passed has not been implemented by its water department. Regarding the pay raises, Councilman Donny ...

Summer changes in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city is planning for summer, with community events and updated policies. On Monday, Councilwoman Linda Jordan reported that the city’s Community Day is set for June 29. She added that the yearly Plaza West Fest will not be held this year, but the sponsors, Riesbecks ...

D-Day at 75: Nations honor aging veterans, fallen comrades

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — Standing on the windswept beaches and bluffs of Normandy, a dwindling number of aging veterans of history’s greatest air and sea invasion received the thanks and praise of a world transformed by their sacrifice. The mission now, they said, was to honor the dead ...

Remembering D-Day

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The anniversary of D-Day and one of the United States’ most significant moments in the European theater was an inspiration for many on the home front. The United States’ entry into the war would be a defining time for ...

‘Thank you’: Queen honors D-Day veterans at moving ceremony

PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on D-Day, a bloody but ultimately triumphant turning point in World War ...

Ferry council discusses ways to keep city clean

MARTINS FERRY— Mayor Robert Krajnyak wants to make residents aware that the mess left behind last week was from a state crew and not from the city, however the city will clean up the mess. The state crews were in towards the middle and end of Ohio 7, Mayor Krajnyak said. The state contracts ...

Bridgeport Schools seeking superintendent

BRIDGEPORT — A pair of special meetings will be held next week as the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District looks to fill its soon-to-be vacant superintendent position. According to Board of Education President Heidi Terek, the special meetings — Monday and Tuesday — will begin at ...

East Ohio DJFS directors look to July

BELLAIRE — Local leaders in the field of labor and family services met to discuss coming budget changes and what impact the changes could have on children. The 23 district directors of the East Central Ohio District Directors Association of the Department of Job and Family Services had a ...

Prison sentences handed down in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Monday’s court cases saw two women each sentenced to three years in prison for separate drug trafficking cases. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra sentenced Amber Kay Green, 29, of 288 Incline Avenue, Wheeling, on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, ...

New street sweeper in service

MARTINS FERRY — The city’s newest street sweeper is hitting the roads and getting them clean again. Motorists may have noticed the new, larger machine in service this week. It appears to be twice the size of the old sweeper that the city had problems with during the last several ...

Columbia Gas to upgrade gas lines

FLUSHING — Columbia Gas of Ohio will soon start a gas line replacement project that will affect 71 customers. Michelle Day, external affairs specialist for Columbia Gas of Ohio, said that weather permitting, the project is slated to begin on Monday, June 10. The replacement work will be ...

Cervical cancer prevention focus of new grant

MORGANTOWN — A major public health initiative aimed at preventing cervical cancer in at-risk Appalachian families from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia is underway with support from an $11 million National Cancer Institute grant. The WVU Cancer Institute is collaborating with 10 ...

St. Clairsville water committee formed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The future of water and wastewater service remains a topic of interest in the city, and Mayor Terry Pugh announced Monday that a committee has been formed to consult the city on those matters. In response to requests for more citizen input and participation, Pugh had said ...

Alleged abduction attempt under investigation

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry police are investigating a report of an alleged attempted abduction of a woman Monday in an alleyway beside Kroger. Police Chief John McFarland said this morning that the victim was standing in a gravel alley alongside Kroger at about 9 p.m. when the incident ...

Gallagher given 18 months

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tabitha Gallagher, a former fugitive who fled the area with her boyfriend and their two children last year when law enforcement sought to question the man in a child pornography case, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars Monday. Gallagher, 38, formerly of Markatan ...