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Harrison County Parole Officer John Jackson speaks to county commissioners Wednesday. Jackson attended the meeting on behalf of Common Pleas Judge T. Shawn Hervey to talk about the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program.

Harrison welcomes new administrator

CADIZ -- The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services welcomed a new employee after county commissioners approved her employment Wednesday. DJFS Director Scott Blackburn spoke to the commissioners at their regular meeting, telling them of his hiring recommendation for the ...

Monroe County Sheriff addresses courthouse security

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black has hired a new law enforcement officer in an effort to beef up security at the 109-year-old Monroe County Courthouse. He is urging the board of commissioners to move quickly on other courthouse security measures in light of the shooting of ...

Belmont County to renovate old jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Now that the year-long process of renovation the exterior of the Belmont County Courthouse has been completed, the former jail nearby also will soon be repaired. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners accepted six bids for the jail work during its Wednesday ...

Bellaire police investigate rash of vehicle entries

BELLAIRE — Village police are investigating a rash of illegal vehicle entries in the West Bellaire section of the community overnight. Chief Mike Kovalyk said 11 different vehicles had been entered and “ransacked” with items such as chaange and dollars bills being taken. “The ...

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Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidates meet for their first debate Tuesday at Martins Ferry High School, from left, are former state Rep. Connie Pillich; Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton.

Dems discuss issues during first gubernatorial debate in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Ohio Democrats aiming to take back the governor’s office from Republicans met at Martins Ferry High School on Tuesday for the first in a series of six debates to be held across the state before the 2018 primary. Taking the stage Tuesday were former state Rep. Connie ...

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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and former Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede pose for a photo after Tuesday’s debate between the four Democratic candidates for Ohio governor at Martins Ferry High School.

No clear favorite among some debate-goers

MARTINS FERRY — Flushing resident John White likes all four of the Democratic candidates for Ohio governor, but after listening to Tuesday night’s debate he is leaning toward two — state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton. He described them both as “strong ...

Jobs top Ohio’s concerns for 2018

MARTINS FERRY — The next governor of Ohio is going to be the candidate who best addresses the state’s concerns about jobs and the economy, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. As Democratic candidates for Ohio governor met in Martins Ferry Tuesday for the first debate ...

The drug division of the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit will now be under the joint command of Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland and Chief Detective Ryan Allar of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. They will continue to respond to drug crimes while looking at ways to save money.

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McFarland, Allar co-commanders in drug enforcement

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The drug division of the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit is undergoing a change in leadership. According to Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas, Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland will now share leadership of the division with Chief Detective Ryan Allar of the ...

EORH to deliver babies again

MARTINS FERRY — East Ohio Regional Hospital plans to reopen its obstetrics department in early 2018, two years after its previous birthing facility closed. Bernie Albertini, chief administrative officer at EORH, said Tuesday the BirthPlace will return to its previous location by “the first ...

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OHIO DEMOCRATIC Party Chairman David Pepper, left, and Belmont County Democratic Party Chairman Phil Wallace hold a press conference Monday in Martins Ferry.

East Ohio in the Driver’s Seat

MARTINS FERRY — Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper wants to make sure Eastern Ohio doesn’t take a backseat during the coming political season. Pepper and Belmont County Democratic Party Chairman Phil Wallace held a press conference Monday at the United Steelworkers Local 1238 ...

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Martins Ferry City Schools Superintendent Jim Fogle and Treasurer Karen Blake review business during Monday’s board of education meeting.

Martins Ferry Schools welcome resource officers

MARTINS FERRY — During its first meeting of the new school year, the Martins Ferry City School District Board of Education took note of several changes, including the addition of two resource officers. Officers John Young and Joe Perry were both hired through the Martins Ferry Police ...

Man shot in Cadiz domestic dispute

CADIZ — A domestic disagreement over the weekend escalated to physical violence, leaving a Cadiz man with a serious gunshot wound and a woman in police custody. Cadiz Police Chief Ryan McCann said the incident took place Saturday night on lower Lincoln Avenue in the village, where an ...

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Ed Gorence, chief probation officer for Belmont County Common Pleas Court, observes a defendant during a hearing Monday.

Drug offenses dominate Belmont docket

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Court has been packed during recent weeks, with drug-related offenses continuing to dominate the docket. Judge Frank Fregiato held court Monday, as Justin Allen Baxter, 27, of 401 Marion St., Bridgeport, saw his probation revoked after testing ...

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Megan Carlini of the Ford Motor Company presents a 50-year award to Mike Knowlton, owner of Knowlton Ford in Woodsfield.

Woodsfield Ford dealership earns 50-year award

WOODSFIELD — Knowlton Ford has been a Ford franchise for 50 years with four generations of family and many longtime employees keeping the business thriving and serving the community. Located in the heart of the village of Woodsfield, the business has been a successful small-town dealership ...

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The Goodwill store in Martins Ferry plans to close by the end of September.

Goodwill store set to close

MARTINS FERRY — After a couple of years of providing products to local residents at affordable prices, the Martins Ferry Goodwill store is set to close by the end of the month. Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit organization that aims “to enhance the dignity and quality of life of ...

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As part of a library levy campaign, rocks painted with owls will be hidden around St. Clairsville labeled with links to information about the proposed additional levy for the library’s current expenses, due to cuts in state funding.

Owls show who gives a hoot about library levy

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Officials hope people will show that they give a hoot about their local library when an additional levy in support of the St. Clairsville Public Library appears on the Nov. 7 ballot. In the meantime, St. Clairsville residents and visitors will be finding numerous rocks ...

DEM DEBATE

2018 Ohio Democratic Candidates Set to Debate Tuesday in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — As Ohio gubernatorial candidates get set to debate their platforms in Martins Ferry on Tuesday, local officials and government representatives are weighing in on the importance of the event for the local area. The debate will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Martins Ferry High ...

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Expensive turf becoming the trend in Ohio Valley

MARTINS FERRY — There’s a new trend spreading across the Ohio Valley — the installation of artificial turf fields at public school football complexes. Over the years, local school systems have been switching from the often laborious grass football fields that need watering, grass ...

9/11 remembered at Union Local Middle School

MORRISTOWN — Guernsey County sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Heshbaum walked out on stage seconds after someone behind a curtain screamed, “Help, save me!” in a big, performative voice, and the tone of the room was absolutely serious. “There’s no doubt in my mind that some of you have ...

Staying Clean

St. Clairsville Drug-free Club Expanding

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A program that helped about 750 local students remain drug-free last year is expanding, thanks to help from many individuals and organizations. Heading off drug abuse and addiction before it even begins is important to Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland, who also ...