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Monroe Commissioners backing port district plan

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County’s 29 miles of riverfront property soon may be part of a new port district overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed Mid-Ohio River Valley Port District would stretch from the Gallia/Meigs county line in the south, up the Ohio River to include ...

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Rigas restaurant closes

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH Managing Editor BELLAIRE — After 54 years in business, Rigas Restaurant closed its doors for good on Sunday. Rosalie Kovalyk said her parents, Clara and Mike Rigas, opened the eatery that served family-style meals made from scratch at 33rd and ...

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Marshalls set to open Thursday at OV Mall

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The highly anticipated grand opening of Marshalls department store at the Ohio Valley Mall is set for Thursday morning. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday with a Habitat for Humanity donation and a ribbon-cutting ceremony ...

Cadiz Post Office stops operations

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer CADIZ — Village residents will have to travel a short distance for post office services, as the Cadiz office suspended operations over the weekend. The Cadiz branch of the United States Postal Service has been on a rocky path since early ...

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Belmont County Fair crowns court

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The 168th annual Belmont County Fair opened Tuesday, starting off several days of entertainment by crowing a royal court. The event included 24 young people from around the area who were in the running for the positions of ...

Serious dog bite reported in St. C.

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Authorities are looking for a dog after a person received a serious bite Tuesday. According to the city police department, officers responded to a reported dog bite at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Affairs clinic at Plaza Drive. ...

Sheriff: Teamwork key to protecting community

By DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With several hundred square miles to cover, Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas and his deputies have a big job to do when it comes to keeping county residents safe. Lucas said he and his team rely on teamwork with other ...

Blake retires as fiscal officer

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Barb Blake, fiscal officer for the Belmont County Board of Commissioners, is retiring after more than five years in that position and a public service career spanning more than three decades. In addition to her time in St. ...

Wheeling stormwater project moving slowly

By CASEY JUNKINS For The Times Leader WHEELING — Public Works Director Russell Jebbia said the new $755,000 stormwater line under construction through downtown Wheeling will significantly reduce the amount of energy used at the pollution control plant in Center Wheeling, in addition to ...

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Belmont County Fair turns 168 years old

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Fair opens its gates today, and fairgoers can look forward to several new features and attractions. This year marks the 168th anniversary of the event, which continues through Sunday. Malissa ...

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Buckeye Students Paint Colorful Parking Spots for good cause

RAYLAND — Students at Buckeye Local High School are getting a chance to personalize their parking spaces while giving back to a local charity. As the school year began, the high school started a new program for its senior class as a privilege of sorts for making it to their senior year. For ...

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Asbestos abatement before demolition will be $184K for Belmont

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer BELMONT — The anticipated cost of demolishing the former Belmont school increased dramatically last week when the village received news of what the mayor terms an “environmental disaster.” Village leaders received an estimate of $184,358 ...

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Car show cuts no corners

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Those planning the Sept. 16 Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Car Show are going all out — in keeping with their theme of “Go Big or Go Home” — and no one is cutting corners when it comes to raising funds to combat drug abuse and addiction among youth. “The ...

Drilling numbers are on the rise

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Sales of boots, hard hats and gloves to those working in the shale industry are up more than 50 percent this year compared to 2016, according to employees at Oil & Gas Safety Supply in St. Clairsville. This increase in business coincides with the number of active ...

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County commissioners from all over Ohio recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with government officials.

Local commissioners welcomed at White House

CADIZ — When county commissioners from all over Ohio journeyed to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with federal officials, Harrison County Commissioner Paul Coffland said he was pleased with the warmth of their reception at the White House. Coffland and fellow Harrison County ...

New fieldhouse, new tradition

BELLAIRE — In more than a century of high school football, the accolades of the Bellaire Big Reds include numerous conference and regional championships, while multiple alumni have advanced all the way to the NFL. Sophomore linebacker T.J. Bell appreciates all this, but he’s glad the ...

Legion riders raise money for local veterans museum

BELMONT — The Belmont County Military Veterans Museum received more support from the local community this week when a donation of $800 was presented to museum officials from the Bellaire American Legion Riders Post 52. American Legion Riders is a National Organization for motorcycle ...

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Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas comments on this week’s conference at the White House.

D.C. visit may yield local action

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners further commented on a conference of Ohio county commissioners at the White House during the board’s weekly meeting Thursday, with signs indicating the meeting may lead to continued contacts and facilitate local projects. “At ...

Clock gets care in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Post clocks add architectural beauty to community streets, and The Citizens Bank’s clock that stands at the corner of Fourth and Hickory streets in Martins Ferry is no exception. Todd Hultzman of the Verdin Co. was seen doing routine maintenance on the clock this week and ...

Woman falls from old railroad bridge in Wheeling

WHEELING — A woman was injured Thursday morning after falling from a former railroad bridge over Wheeling Creek at Tunnel Green. The woman, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Wheeling Hospital for treatment. Regarding the woman’s injuries, Wheeling Police Chief Shawn ...