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AN AERIAL view of the turf being replaced at Martins Ferry’s football field is shown here.

Several school districts upgrade sports facilities

EDITOR’S NOTE: Through Sunday, The Times Leader presents Eastern Ohio’s top 10 news stories of 2017, as voted on by the editorial staff. Other than Steubenville football, no area teams won an Ohio state championship during the 2017 calendar year. However, many have taken steps toward ...

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BELMONT COUNTY Deputy Engineer Dan Boltz reviews pictures of a collapsed underground culvert to the industrial park, to be replaced this year thanks to grant funding.

$500K culvert replacement coming in 2018

Culvert replacement coming in 2018

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The new year will see new and continuing projects throughout Belmont County. Deputy County Engineer Dan Boltz pointed out the county has been approved and awarded Ohio Public Works grant funding for the replacement of a 5-foot diameter culvert about 22 feet under Oak View ...

Steubenville courthouse increases safety measures after shootout

STEUBENVILLE —After a shooting outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse, which resulted in the death of shooter Nathaniel Richmond and injuries to Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese, officials have taken precautions to prevent these types of violent acts from happening in ...

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BELLAIRE MAYOR Vince DiFabrizio, center, receives a $2,000 check for the village from American Legion Post 52 members Bill Wilson, left, and Dick Johnson during village council’s regular meeting on Thursday. The post members gave the money to help the village pay for needed work truck repairs.

Bellaire receives $2,000 for repairs

BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire got a late Christmas present of sorts Thursday — a $2,000 donation from American Legion Post 52. Post members Dick Johnson, who serves at the group’s finance officer, and Bill Wilson, post adjutant, presented Mayor Vince DiFabrizio with the check at ...

Kinney diagnosis admissible in trial

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A judge ruled Thursday that murder suspect David Carl Kinney’s diagnosis of acute stress disorder will be admissible as evidence during his upcoming trial. Kinney, 30, of Brilliant is accused of the May 7 murder of Brad McGarry at McGarry’s Bellaire home. Kinney ...

Belmont commissioners close out 2017

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners closed out its last meeting of 2017 with a look back at accomplishments and forward to a financially-lean 2018. Commissioner Mark Thomas commended the work and cooperation of Commissioners J.P. Dutton and Josh Meyer in their first ...

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BELMONT COUNTY Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, far right, swears in Martins Ferry City Council members for 2018. From left are Thomas Burns, Jack Regis Sr., James Schramm, Council President Kristine Davis, Robert Hunker, Suzanne Armstrong, Rick Rodgers and Bruce Shrodes.

New blood for Ferry council

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City Council welcomed new members Thomas Burns and Suzanne Armstrong during its regular meeting on Wednesday. Burns and Armstrong, along with returning council members James Schramm, Jack Regis Sr., Robert Hunker, Bruce Shrodes and Rick Rodgers, all were sworn ...

Harrison commissioners approve 2018 budget

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved the 2018 budget as they met for the last time in 2017 on Wednesday. Commissioners Dale Norris, Don Bethel and Paul Coffland approved the 2018 spending plan at a regular meeting, preparing to ring in the new year in the county. The various ...

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OHIO DEMOCRATIC gubernatorial candidates meet for their first debate back in September 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.

Top stories of 2017: Ohio kicks off first Ohio gubernatorial debate

EDITOR’S NOTE: Through Sunday, The Times Leader presents Eastern Ohio’s top 10 news stories of 2017, as voted on by the editorial staff. MARTINS FERRY — In an attempt to prove they don’t believe the Ohio Valley is a “flyover” region in terms of politics, Ohio Democrats decided to ...

Top stories of 2017: California firm buys two area hospitals in mid-2017

WHEELING — A new player in the health care field emerged in mid-year when Alecto Healthcare Services bought two area hospitals. Alecto, based in Irvine, Calif., purchased East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling from Ohio Valley Health Services ...

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The Senior Suites takes shape at St. Clair Commons near the Ohio Valley Plaza. The new facilities are expected to open in February. This area and the new Belmont County Senior Services senior center are among this year’s developments related to older individuals.

Top stories of 2017: New developments for seniors in 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: Through Sunday, The Times Leader presents Eastern Ohio’s top 10 news stories of 2017, as voted on by the editorial staff. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two new facilities aimed at providing services for senior citizens came to the local area during the past year. Belmont County ...

Top stories of 2017: Ohio Valley leaders seek to end drug epidemic

EDITOR’S NOTE: Through Sunday, The Times Leader presents Eastern Ohio’s top 10 news stories of 2017, as voted on by the editorial staff. WHEELING — Area civic and church groups, health care providers and law enforcement officials continue efforts to stem the epidemic of drug abuse and ...

Monroe official to serve on association

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County Commissioner Carl Davis now holds a key post with a statewide organization. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio announced that Davis has been selected to serve as second vice president of the 2018 CCAO Board of Directors. “Advancing effective county ...

Local fire departments receive grant money

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When an emergency strikes, fire department members and other first responders know that communication can be key when responding to a fire or other urgent situation. Last week, local departments received money that can go toward improving communications during such ...

In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, photo, Columbus community activist Kwodwo Ababio stands outside his New Harvest Urban Arts Center and Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. The city's soaring homicide rate hit home for Ababio recently when a former foster son was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Homicides near record

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Earlier this month, with homicides at a near-record high in Ohio’s capital and biggest city, the Columbus police chief declared a “call for action, and a call for peace” in hopes of reducing the killing. “This holiday season is one of those where we hope for ...

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SCOTT BLACK of E. Black & Son Landscaping and Tree Nursery in Sherrard waits on a family selecting a Christmas tree. According to the CCH Environmental Group, used trees can be returned back to the outdoors where local wildlife can enjoy them as shelter.

Used Christmas trees can be recycled

CADIZ — The holidays have a tendency to create a lot of waste around this time of year, and a local agency is offering some tips on how to safely recycle live pine trees that many people bring into their homes for the holidays. Live Christmas trees can be a beautiful addition to the home ...

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Victor Greco, principal architect with the Mills Group, stands near the large stones — once part of an underground vault — that have been repurposed for use in the outdoor plaza at The Health Plan’s new headquarters in downtown Wheeling.

Vault rocks repurposed for Health Plan plaza

WHEELING — When several large underground vaults were unearthed during site excavation for The Health Plan’s new headquarters, some may have believed the project was caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. But in a classic example of turning an obstacle into an opportunity, ...

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Involved in the local Martin Luther King Jr. celebration next month, seated, from left, Sandra Williams, co-chair of the essay competition; and Cynthia Lytle, MLK youth and children celebration coordinator; and standing, Asantewa Anyabwile, essay committee chairman.

MLK events include essay contest, trip

STEUBENVILLE — Something new and something traditional are two elements of the local Martin Luther King Jr. celebration unfolding next month, both sponsored by the Martin Luther King Association of Steubenville. New to the events is an educational field trip to the Underground Railroad ...

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Wheeling Vice Mayor Chad Thalman, left, and Mayor Glenn Elliott count some of the canned food donations the city is collecting in lieu of $10 parking ticket fines on Friday in the Finance Department office.

‘Food for Fines’ is in motion

WHEELING — As of noon Friday, 14 parking violators had chosen to donate at least five cans of food rather than pay $10 tickets, as Wheeling’s “Food for Fines” program is well underway. An initiative of Councilman Brian Wilson, the collection started Wednesday after city council ...

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Moundsville resident Amanda Swann’s dog, Milo, is decked out in festive attire as Christmas approaches.

Holiday season can pose hazards for pets

MOUNDSVILLE — The holiday season brings with it time to spend with family and friends, as well as an opportunity to decorate the house inside and out — but these decorations, as well as the holiday treats baked for houseguests, may pose a risk to pets not under careful supervision. Brandy ...