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Neffs native Tyler West speaks to the fourth grade class at Bellaire Elementary as teacher Marci Quirk stands at his side.

Letters of encouragement to a marine

NEFFS — The last time Tyler West walked through the front doors of Bellaire Elementary School, he was a fourth grade student. Now, nearly 12 years later, he has walked through them once again — fresh out of basic training and dressed in his neatly pressed U.S. Marine Corps uniform. West ...

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Volunteers with the Sons of Italy in Bellaire pose with the food served to veterans at a spaghetti dinner on Friday evening. The Sons of Italy annually serves the food to veterans and their immediate families. Shown in the front row, from left, are Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, lodge President Doug Hartlieb, Courtney Hartlieb, Gilda Reed and Dianne Giannangeli. Middle row, from left, Rosalind Fitch, Lotus Bumgardner and Theresa Mowery. Back row, from left, David Badia and Mike Dossie.

Sons of Italy honors veterans

BELLAIRE — Members of the Bellaire Sons of Italy donned aprons and went to work in the kitchen Friday to honor those who fought for our country. The Sons of Italy Lodge 754 held an Italian dinner for veterans of all branches of the armed forces and their immediate families. The event was ...

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Belmont delivers baskets to veterans

Photo Provided The village of Belmont is honoring veterans in several ways beginning Friday. Belmont Mayor Stan Sobel, right, delivers a special Veterans Day basket to David Orr of Belmont on Friday morning.

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Ferry honors veterans

Photo provided Students at Ayers Elementary in the Martins Ferry City School District honor and thank local military veterans with an assembly on Friday. All of the veterans who attended the assembly have students in the school district. They shared many stories with the students and staff ...

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Supporting veterans

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE Members of Ohio Valley We the People pose with flags and patriotic signs on a corner in Bridgeport. Bob Connors, a representative of the group, said the organization was out to show support for those who have served in the military in observance of Veterans Day.

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Members of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations branch guard an “injured” student during Thursday’s active shooter training drill. Officers secured the building so that EMS personnel could move in and treat the simulated injuries of students.

St. C. active shooter training scenario includes faux bomb

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The street in front of St. Clairsville High School was filled with emergency vehicles on Thursday morning, as students, staff, and first responders trained for a worst-case scenario. The school held an active shooter drill on Thursday, exercises that have become ...

Air permits approved for Hannibal plant

HANNIBAL — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that Ohio River Partners, New York, N.Y., has received permits related to air quality emissions for the construction of a 485-megawatt natural gas fired electric-generating facility. The plant will be located at the former ...

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Patrick Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, said China Energy’s plan to spend $83.7 billion in West Virginia could result in an ethane cracker for the Weirton area.

Ford: Weirton ideal site for ethane cracker

WHEELING — Patrick Ford believes Weirton — roughly halfway between the Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. and the potential PTT Global Chemical cracker at Dilles Bottom along the Ohio River — is ideally positioned for petrochemical development. Upon learning of China ...

China plans $83.7 billion for W.Va. shale development

WHEELING —The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s shale natural gas resources exceeds the total value of all goods and services produced in the state each year. That investment also would be more than double the approximately $35 billion total that West ...

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REMNANTS OF the old stormwater drain is seen in West Bellaire.

60-inch storm culvert replacement underway in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — A massive job to replace 380 feet of a storm drain that is 60 inches in diameter is underway in West Bellaire. Bellaire city workers did a portion of the work last winter after some residents’ homes were flooded due to the collapsed pipe. It was discovered that much of the ...

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Belmont County Water and Sewer District Director Kelly Porter, from left, discusses planned upgrades with Commissioners Mark Thomas and Josh Meyer on Wednesday.

USDA finances Belmont County sewer upgrades

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has been approved for more than $12.3 million in funding for long-awaited improvements to sewer infrastructure, county commissioners announced Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a grant of nearly $3 million and a low-interest loan of ...

`Christmas in the Village’ is Saturday in Powhatan

POWHATAN -- The 12th annual Christmas in the Village of Powhatan slated Saturday will include a variety of entertainment, food and craft vendors, a parade and more. Sandy Sisson, one of the eventás organizers, said the main event area is the Powhatan Marina, but activities will take place ...

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Christmas coming in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE city employees on Wednesday begin decorating the utility poles with wreaths for the holiday season. T-L Photo/ ROBERT DEFRANK

Winter Festival of Lights

WHEELING — More than 300 acres of Oglebay’s picturesque landscape will come alive with twinkling light displays tonight as the annual Winter Festival of Lights kicks off for the holiday season. Recognized as one of the nation’s largest light shows, the display will be open to the public ...

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MARTINS FERRY Councilman Ben Neiman, left, choose not to seek re-election, citing health issues. Voters re-elected Councilman James Schramm, right, as an at-large council member, according to preliminary results.

Martins Ferry voters choose councilmen, BOE members

MARTINS FERRY — Voters elected some new members for both City Council and the Board of Education, according to unofficial tallies after the Tuesday election. In the Martins Ferry City Council race, four candidates vied for three at-large seats. Though his name was still on the ballot, ...

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BELLAIRE MAYOR Vince DiFabrizio participates in a past work session.

Bellaire re-elects DiFabrizio

BELLAIRE — Village voters re-elected incumbent Mayor Vince DiFabrizio, according to Tuesday’s unofficial vote totals. DiFabrizio received 421 votes, while his challenger Councilman Dan Brown received 214 votes. Despite a recent move to South Carolina, write-in candidate Martha Tedeschi ...

Library, senior services levies pass

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County voters indicated Tuesday they want to continue paying to provide library and senior services to county residents for the next five years. A 1.5-mill senior services levy was renewed by a vote of 10,322 to 2,080, according to unofficial vote totals. Also ...

New council members in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council meetings will see some new faces next year, with Tuesday’s election seeing incumbent members defeated. Tim Porter will take the seat of council president, capturing 728 votes compared to incumbent Jim Weisgerber’s 591, according to unofficial vote totals. ...

Buckeye school levy fails

DILLONVALE — The Buckeye Local Board of Education is going to be looking for ways to make cuts after failing to pass a levy Tuesday. The school board had several seats up for grabs, as well as a tax levy for voters to consider. The 4.9-mill levy for emergency requirements in the school ...

Switzerland of Ohio BOE loses one incumbent

Editor's note: This is an updated version of the article published in Wednesday's print edition of The Times Leader. An error in that report states that incumbent Sarah L. Smith was defeated. Smith actually retained her seat on the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education. WOODSFIELD -- In the ...