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St. Clairsville preps for summer, water projects

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman updated council Monday on activity that has followed the decision to turn down a long-standing offer by Aqua Ohio to purchase the city’s water and wastewater systems. During a teleconference session, she thanked engineer Jeff Vaughn, ...

Courthouse reopening mulled

WOODSFIELD -- The Monroe County Courthouse will continue to limit access to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as officials await recommendations from the county’s health department. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners met with Monroe County Common Pleas Judge Julie R. Selmon on ...

Martins Ferry facility will reopen

MARTINS FERRY -- The former East Ohio Regional Hospital property in Martins Ferry has been sold and will reopen later this year, according to Mayor John Davies and a statement released Sunday. The property has been purchased by the entity East Ohio Hospital LLC from its owner, “a large real ...

Albertini returning to Martins Ferry as hospital COO

MARTINS FERRY-- East Ohio Hospital LLC announced Monday that Bernie Albertini will serve as the chief operating officer for the facility that will open at the former East Ohio Regional Hospital. The purchase of the hospital was announced Sunday. Albertini is a native of Wheeling and had a ...

Barnesville businesses press on

BARNESVILLE -- Village Council learned last week that funding for a paving project planned in the village for this summer is now in question, but decided to move forward with a number of other agenda items. Village Administrator Roger Deal announced that the Ohio Public Works Commission ...

Clock repairs on the agenda

WOODSFIELD -- After months of it being inoperable, Monroe County officials are hoping to repair the courthouse’s tower clock. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners discussed plans to repair the courthouse’s clock and tower bell Monday morning. Chris Simon, maintenance worker for the ...

Graduation being planned

MARTINS FERRY -- The Martins Ferry City Schools District is preparing for the close of the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. During Tuesday’s Zoom conference meeting, Superintendent Jim Fogle reported on graduation and end-of-year activities. He said dates will be set for blizzard ...

Hard-working single mom working harder

MAYNARD -- For mom Lacey Paxton, trying to help her 6-year-old daughter Paxton Shanks, a kindergarten student at East Richland Christian School, do school work has been a struggle. Having to go to work, come home and cook, clean, teach and try to do yard work has often left Paxton drained, ...

East Ohio Regional Hospital sold

MARTINS FERRY -- The former East Ohio Regional Hospital property in Martins Ferry has been sold and will reopen later this year, according to Mayor John Davies and a statement released Sunday. The property has been purchased by the entity East Ohio Hospital LLC from its owner, "a large real ...

OSHP focusing on motorcycle safety

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As summer approaches, more motorists will be on the roadways enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, including those riding motorcycles, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol urges drivers to practice roadway safety as this occurs. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness ...

Self-employed ‘older mom’ uses hands-on approach to homeschooling

BELMONT — Being self-employed and a self-described “older mom” has helped Renee Garcia teach her son at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Garcia said teaching her son Samuel, a first-grader at Union Local Elementary School, has been “pretty easy.” “We’ve stuck to the same ...

Buckeye Local graduate on COVID-19 front lines

LEAH FIGURSKI was fortunate to be formally hired for her first ‘adult’ job just a few weeks before she finished graduate school at Seton Hill University. But, when your first job is in public health and a pandemic occurs, there’s not much of an adjustment period. The 2012 Buckeye ...

OV Mall has successful week after reopening

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mall had a successful first week after reopening its doors to the public Tuesday. After more than two months of being closed, the mall reopened to the residents of the Ohio Valley with precautions in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Joe Bell, ...

Monroe announces first COVID-19 death

WOODSFIELD — As the number of COVID-19 cases in Monroe County continues to increase, the Monroe County Health Department announced the first death of a resident due to the virus on Friday morning. MCHD Director of Nursing Kara Dixon said the department is not releasing the deceased ...

Ohio 647 slip repairs to begin Monday

MARTINS FERRY — Orange traffic barrels continue to be in style on various Belmont County roads with slips repairs, resurfacing and the ongoing Interstate 70 Bridges Project underway. According to the Ohio Department of Highways, the long-awaited slip repair project on Ohio 647 is set to ...

Bellaire BOE finalizes graduation plans

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Board of Education finalized plans for high school graduation at its regular monthly meeting this week. Board members on Monday approved plans for commencement to take place on its original date of May 24. The plans will be communicated to the senior class, according ...

Merrick leaving position as director of Schiffler Cancer Center

WHEELING — Dr. Gregory Merrick has loved every second of his 30-year career at Wheeling Hospital. However, the current director of the Schiffler Cancer Center has decided it’s time for a change. Effective Nov. 15, Merrick will be leaving Wheeling Hospital to pursue other interests, ...

Photography mural of art students adorns Bridgeport building

BRIDGEPORT — A giant mural made up of Bridgeport High School art students’ photographs now adorns the Lincoln Avenue side of the Attic Pickers shop in downtown Bridgeport. It was installed by art teacher Mindy Sears and Wheeling-based photographer Rebecca Kiger as part of the Rural Arts ...

Dr. Merrick leaving Wheeling Hospital, Schiffler Cancer Center in the fall

WHEELING -- Dr. Gregory Merrick has loved every second of his 30-year career at Wheeling Hospital. However, the current director of the Schiffler Cancer Center has decided it's time for a change. Effective Nov. 15, Merrick will be leaving Wheeling Hospital to pursue other interests, ...

Former state rep, Marietta councilman Andy Thompson dies suddenly

MARIETTA, Ohio — Former state representative Andy Thompson, 57, of Marietta, died suddenly from a heart attack following a run Wednesday. Thompson served in the General Assembly from 2011-18 and as a Marietta city councilman before that. “I can still picture him running by my office ...