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Proclamations presented

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County Commissioners took time to acknowledge senior citizens and people with lower income during their meeting this week. During the commissioners’ Monday meeting, Gary Ricer, executive director for Guernsey-Monroe-Noble Tri-County Services, presented a signed ...

Harrison planning clean-up

CADIZ — As the weather outside turns warm CCH Environmental group is lending a hand to people in Harrison County who want to do a little spring cleaning. CCH Environmental is the solid waste management district for Carroll, Columbiana and Harrison counties. The group is sponsoring several ...

WWII museum opens addition

WELLSBURG — Ed Jackfert looked on earnestly from his front-row seat as the members of a World War II museum here spoke about the progress it has made. “It’s tremendous,” said Jackfert, a prisoner of war in the early 1940s, about the expansion of the National American Defenders of ...

Social Security office moving to Warwood

WHEELING — Social Security Administration officials confirm they will vacate the 10,000-square-foot structure on 16th Street, built specifically for them in 2004, next year in a cost-saving move. The administration’s new home will be at 1241 Warwood Ave., an address that matches the ...

U.L. students fill in on council

BELMONT — The youth of Belmont recently received a glimpse into the world of politics thanks to the village’s council. Belmont Village Council had a special meeting last week to swear in Jayden Bom, student at Union Local High School, as mayor for a day. Bom described herself as a student ...

East Ohio ballots light for Primary

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There are few issues on East Ohio ballots in Tuesday’s primary election, and even fewer contested candidates races. But local officals said what is on the ballot is important and voters still need to go to the polls. “It is their responsibility to go out and vote,” ...

Senate, governor candidates dominate statewide races

The state attorney generals in both West Virginia and Ohio are asking voters to elect them to new public offices when they go to the polls for primary elections next week. While Patrick Morrisey, of Harpers Ferry, is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator in West Virginia, ...

K-9 unit officers weigh in on changing handlers

BETHESDA — What will happen to Frankie? The village’s only canine officer might have to find a new home if his handler — suspended police Chief Eric Smith — is forced out of his position. Although questions remain about Frankie's future with the department, changing handlers is not as ...

Freemasons may donate school cornerstone

CADIZ — The Harrison Hills City School District Board of Education recently discussed the installation of a cornerstone for its new school building. The board met at the construction site of the new school complex just off of Ohio 9, along with representatives from Hammond Construction, ...

Residents donate blood in honor of Ted Huntsman

By MIRANDA SEBROSKI Times Leader Staff Writer BARNESVILLE — Barnesville High School dedicated its yearly Blood Bash to honor the life of a Barnesville man who recently died from leukemia. Ted Hunstman was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 and needed blood transfusions every two to three ...

Finance committee discusses fire department levy

BELLAIRE — The village finance committee has not taken action on a proposed fire levy for the November ballot. The finance committee heard Friday from Ray Penyak, representing the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department, regarding a $4.5 mill public safety levy. The levy would give the fire ...

St. C. high schoolers pledge to stay drug-free

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The drug free club of St. Clairsville High School closed out the school year by receiving more than 50 yard signs pledging to stay off drugs. The signs were purchased using grant funds of $2,500 provided by the Ohio State University and Cardinal Health. Lorrissa Dunfee, ...

Ohio University Eastern honors graduating class

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio University’s Eastern Campus honored graduates, scholarship recipients, student leaders and special guests at the Honors and Recognition Convocation. The event was held Friday evening at the Health and Physical Education Center, St. Clairsville. Eastern Campus Dean ...

Celebrating the National Day of Prayer

Prayers for the United States government was a common theme Thursday during vigils on both sides of the Ohio River. Prayer warriors gathered earlier in the day at Grace Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry and in the evening at Olgebay Park’s Pine Room for the 68th annual National Day of ...

Missing man’s body found

MARTINS FERRY — West Virginia officials have identified the body found Sunday in the back channel of the Ohio River as a missing man from Martins Ferry. The West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office said Joseph Herring, 37, of Martins Ferry, was the man pulled from the southern bank of ...

Bellaire Administrator reverses plan to resign

BELLAIRE — The village during council’s regular meeting Thursday night nearly lost its administrator and its police chief and codes enforcer rejected recent accusations made against him. Scott Porter, administrator for the village of Bellaire, sent a letter stating his intention to resign ...

Belmont College honors the class of 2018 in graduation ceremony

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Families, faculty and staff came to congratulate the class of 2018 during Belmont College’s spring graduation ceremony Thursday night. “I want to offer my warmest congratulations to our graduates,” said Belmont President Paul F. Gasparro. “You have worked long and ...

Diocese must repay $3.5M in back taxes

STEUBENVILLE — The Catholic Diocese of Steubenville has to pay $3.5 million in back taxes as a result of misallocating funds that had been taken out of its employees’ paychecks. Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton said Thursday the diocese has to make those payments after a two-month forensic ...

Judge Costine retires

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- After taking a leave of absence since late February, Belmont County Judge J. Mark Costine has announced his retirement from the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile and Probate Division, effective May 7. Costine took a leave of absence because of ongoing health issues. He has ...