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Accused escapee goes to prison

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra implemented sanctions Tuesday against a man who allegedly escaped the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center program. Charles Raymond-Cody Miller, 21, incarcerated, last known address in Marietta, Ohio, saw his community control ...

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A woman can barely be seen walking on Fourth Street in Martins Ferry through the snowflakes during Monday’s winter storm.

Wintry weather wallops the Ohio Valley

MARTINS FERRY — Before the weather warms later this week, Mother Nature decided to provide Ohio Valley residents with a winter wallop, dropping several inches of snow across the region Monday morning. The forecast called for 1-3 inches, but it appeared much more came down in a short ...

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Driver in fatal Bellaire burglary sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Another co-defendant in an attempted home invasion to secure drugs that led to the shooting death of Joshua Gorayeb, an alleged participant in the crime, received his sentence in court Monday. Michael Scott Posey, 33, of Bellaire appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas ...

Cadiz requests conservation after water leak

CADIZ — The village of Cadiz is asking residents to cut back on water usage as crews try to find a water leak in the system Monday. Village Administrator Charley Bowman said the village was experiencing a water leak in its main supply line on Monday. The line runs from Tappan Lake to ...

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New Martins Ferry City Schools Board of Education member Bill Suto, from left, reviews business with member Scott Ballint and board President Nick Stankovick during a Monday meeting.

Martins Ferry BOE kicks off 2018

MARTINS FERRY – The Martins Ferry City Schools Board of Education welcomed two new board members, Bill Suto and Brian McFarland, during its first meeting of 2018. Nick Stankovich took his seat as president of the school board and discussed the formation of committees, adding that the goal ...

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Bill Morgan, a firefighter and paramedic with the Cumberland Trail and OR&W fire districts, shows Patty Phillips, squad captain for the Smith Township VFD, how to use one of the new CPR chest compression systems.

Grant nets Belmont County First Responders CPR devices

BROOKSIDE — Firefighters and paramedics throughout Belmont County know what it’s like to try and multitask, especially when someone’s life may depend on your speed. A recent purchase funded by a grant will help departments free up some hands while also hopefully saving some lives. ...

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ A city of Martins Ferry truck plows heavy, wet snow off of Hanover Street this morning.

Winter wallop

MARTINS FERRY -- Mother Nature decided to provide Ohio Valley residents with a winter wallop this morning, dropping several inches of snow across the region. The forecast called for 1-3 inches, but it appeared much more came down in a short amount of time. Most local school districts decided ...

Natural gas industry workers clean residue from a pipeline through the process known as “pigging.” This week, TransCanada placed the $1.6 billion Leach XPress pipeline into service.



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TransCanada’s Leach XPress pipeline is operational

MOUNDSVILLE — Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas is now flowing through the $1.6 billion Leach XPress, as owner TransCanada Corp. put the 36-inch diameter pipeline into service Jan. 1. This pipeline stretches from the MarkWest Majorsville facility in Marshall County to Ceredo, W.Va., ...

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Beverly Yoe, standing at left, is sworn in as a new member of Belmont Village Council. She was appointed to a vacant seat Thursday. Village Solicitor T.J. Stewart administers the oath of office while other members of council
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CSX Transportation won’t contest Belmont’s suit

BELMONT — CSX Transportation will not contest the village in a lawsuit it filed concerning an abandoned railroad bed that is delaying a road widening project in the community. Village Solicitor T.J. Schultz made the announcement during the village council meeting Thursday and explained that ...

Platelet, blood donors needed

PITTSBURGH — Record-breaking, frigid temperatures in the Midwest, South and along the East Coast, and severe weather conditions that have caused blood drive cancellations and donor center closures, have combined to form a “bomb cyclone” for blood collections – collections have ...

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Jay Smith, 45, at left, is paralyzed from the chest down and is now homeless. He has been spending nights at the Youth Services System Winter Freeze Shelter. Here, at the shelter, he plays a game of Jenga with YSS CEO John Moses.

Winter Freeze Shelter bringing warmth to the homeless

WHEELING — Imagine being homeless as the temperatures plunged below zero across the Upper Ohio Valley last week. Then, try to envision the situation complicated further by being confined to a wheelchair. That is the predicament in which 45-year-old Jay Smith finds himself. As one of the 68 ...

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Top: Brooke Edwards, 2, left, and Kaylee Edwards, 4, right, enjoy a morning at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville with their grandparents, Barb and Scott Ballint of Martins Ferry. A proposal to make funding among Ohio counties more equitable likely would not benefit Belmont County, because of the presence of the mall and the Ohio Valley Plaza, which generate sales tax revenue for the county. Brooke and Kaylee are the daughters of Chelsea and David Edwards of St. Clairsville.

Commissioners weigh in on equality fund proposal

ST.CLAIRSVILLE —Local county commissioners said a proposal from longtime politician and Ohio Senate hopeful Gene Krebs to create a special fund to assist counties likely would not benefit Eastern Ohio. The Republican Krebs has proposed an equalization fund that any Ohio county could draw ...

The Belmont County Jail, located west of St. Clairsville off of Hammond Road, is designed to hold 144 prisoners. The population there exceeded 180 last year, prompting the county to contract with Jefferson County to house some of those inmates.



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Jail costs to continue for Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Overcrowding at the Belmont County Jail in 2017 forced officials to pay Jefferson County to house some inmates, and it appears that will continue this year. Belmont County commissioners signed a contract in July to house excess inmates at the Jefferson County Jail. They ...

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ABOVE: Members of the Belmont County Veterans Services Commission participate in the swearing-in of Kevin West. Taking part, from left, are commission President Mick Zingo, Dixie Pretiman, Belmont County Clerk of Courts David Trouten, Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, West, Bob Wallace and Tom Young.

Vet Services swears in member

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As the Belmont County Veterans Services Commission continues to help military veterans find their place in civilian life, Kevin West will keep playing a role in that important work. West was sworn in Friday for his second five-year term on the board, joining the other four ...

Water fixtures in schools found with lead

TOLEDO — Ohio school districts in the past year and a half have tested drinking fountains and faucets inside hundreds of older buildings, finding that about 10 percent of the fixtures had elevated levels of lead in the water, state records show. About half the kitchen and classroom faucets ...

Weather doesn’t deter workers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With bitterly cold temperatures gripping the Ohio Valley, most residents retreat indoors where they can control the temperature. For some workers, though, moving inside isn’t an option. People such as road and electrical workers and first responders often must remain ...

State downgrades OVMC’s trauma designation

WHEELING — West Virginia authorities have downgraded Ohio Valley Medical Center’s trauma designation from Level II to Level IV, but OVMC contends its emergency department’s capabilities remain unchanged. From 2003 until this week, OVMC and Wheeling Hospital operated a joint community ...

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LT. DONNA Baroch, center, is thanked for her service during Thursday’s Bellaire Village Council meeting by Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan, right, and Mayor Vince DiFabrizio. She retired after 36 years on the force.

Officer thanked for service

BELLAIRE — About 36 years ago, Donna Baroch was sworn in as Bellaire’s first female police officer. On Thursday, she stood before the village’s council and mayor again, but this time to say goodbye. Baroch, who recently retired as a lieutenant on the force because of health issues, ...

Belmont County salt trucks breaking down

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively said the recent cold weather is making an impact, and due to the state of the aging vehicles the county may have difficulty meeting the challenges of an especially hard winter. “Our biggest issue continues to be lack of funding. ...

Cadiz council welcomes members

CADIZ — Two new members of Cadiz Village Council joined the table for the first time on Thursday, listening to the village Community Improvement Corporation’s proposal for a trail in the village. Chace Smith and John Vermillion experienced their first meeting as council members, as Mike ...