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Flushing village council mulling available options to alleviate parking woes

FLUSHING — Village Council is mulling what options are available to help alleviate parking woes for businesses and their customers along High Street. Kim Lowe of the Huff Insurance Agency addressed council last week, saying that some new tenants staying in a downtown rental property have ...

Supporters, dogs walk for sexual assault awareness in Cadiz

CADIZ — The Tri-County Help Center and Harrison County Dog Pound united to hold the Dog Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness on Saturday at Sally Buffalo Park. It was a beautiful day at the park, where many supporters, and their dogs, came out to support the cause. There were snacks and ...

Martins Ferry mulling changes to alley garbage collection

MARTINS FERRY — City officials are considering whether to move garbage collections from some of the city’s worst alleys. Service Director Scott Porter said it is an idea he and others are considering, as some of the alleyways are difficult for trash compactors to use. Trash already is ...

Harrison County Home in Cadiz requests grant to upgrade sprinkler system

CADIZ— The Harrison County Home requested a $10,305.71 grant for the replacement of 212 sprinkler heads at Wednesdays Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting. The grant has been submitted to the International Fire Suppression Alliance Grant Program. The need to replace 105 ...

Belmont County Salvation Army opens ‘Booth’s Bistro’

BELLAIRE — The Belmont County Salvation Army opened its new eatery, ‘Booth’s Bistro,’ on Friday. The restaurant-style venue is open to anyone who would like a hot meal and is a part of the organization’s “different kind of soup kitchen” initiative. Upon entering the newly ...

Schools recognized for support of military

BARNESVILLE — All three principals in the Barnesville Exempted Village School District are being honored for their commitment to making their schools bastions of support and honor for those who serve in the United States military. High school Principal Ron Clark, middle school Principal ...

Ferry’s K-9 Ecko to retire

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Police Department’s K-9 Ecko is retiring due to age and a recent injury. “His retirement is bittersweet,” said handler Officer John Holmes. “He gets to live a good relaxing life at home now, however, I will miss going to work with him. He’s been ...

Woman, 96, still swings on trumpet in band founded in 1951

TALLMADGE, Ohio (AP) — On a recent chilly evening in Tallmadge, the Venue Banquet Center was mostly empty as the oldest big band in Akron prepared for its Spring Gala. The Moonlight Serenaders were founded in 1951 and have been keeping the hits of the era alive for 68 years. The 20 ...

Alum gives back to Martins Ferry through Rider Care Closet

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry Schools helped shape who Dan Longenette is today, which is one reason why he gives back to the Rider Care Closet at the high school building. Longenette was in the city Thursday to learn the closet was receiving a new name, “Rider Care Closet sponsored by Dan ...

New VA clinic opened at Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Crowds of veterans from Ohio and West Virginia gathered for a tour of the new Belmont County Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic at the Ohio Valley Mall on Friday. At 16,000 square feet, the new location is twice the ...

Harrison County to assess CIC performance with public input

CADIZ — The Harrison County Board of Commissioners wants to make the public aware the commissioners are assessing the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp.’s performance. The commissioners are reaching out to all entities that deal directly with the CIC, including every village, ...

Barnesville schools pay tribute to late coach Agnes Timmons

BARNESVILLE — She is a Hall of Famer in every sense. Be it as an educator, coach or community leader, Agnes Timmons always produced in grand fashion. Now her tireless, passionate and positive life-changing efforts are being memorialized. As a tribute to her legacy, the Barnesville Area ...

Ohio nuclear plants could get financial rescue from state

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — In a last-ditch attempt to give a financial lifeline to Ohio’s two nuclear plants, lawmakers announced a plan Friday that would add a surcharge to every electric bill in the state. Backers of the plan said it would generate $300 million each year for clean energy ...

ODOT installing new traffic signals in St. Clairsville, Bridgeport

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Department of Transportation is installing new traffic lights at a couple of locations in Belmont County. The $354,325 state project got underway this week. The ODOT initiative began Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Mall Road, at the 20.5 mile marker on ...

DeWine signs ban on abortion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge. In ...

Galberth sentence to life for murder

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The brutal murder that shocked the community of Brookside saw its legal resolution Thursday, when Rudolph Galberth entered a plea of guilty to the aggravated murder of his wife, Amy Butler, at their Driggs Lane home. Galberth will spend the rest of his life behind bars, ...

Vargo arraigned on rape charges

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Stephen L. Vargo Jr., who has been behind bars in federal prison since 2000 with 10 more to go, was in court Thursday facing charges of kidnapping and rape of a 5-year-old child, dating back to 1997. Vargo, 58, appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra ...