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Councilmen say they want pay raises for all workers

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BELLAIRE — Councilman Gay Lucci on Friday said he wants to clarify his stance regarding potential pay raises for village employees. Lucci said he is not against giving pay raises to all of the village’s workers. However, he believes it would be better to first give a $1 per hour pay raise ...

Bulk water leases changing in Barnesville

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BARNESVILLE — Antero Energy will not be renewing its water lease with the village of Barnesville. Village Administrator Roger Deal said the agreement with Antero has expired and that the company will be removing all of the electric lines, waterlines and pumps it had installed near the Slope ...

Trump’s national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump’s decision to invoke ...

Martins Ferry seeking new council clerk

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MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry is seeking a new clerk of council to fill a pending vacancy following the planned resignation of the current clerk. The city is taking resumes until next Friday. During last week’s City Council meeting, in a letter to council members Council ...

Truck loses heavy equipment load

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MEN WORK to get a roller secured after it slid off the back of this flat bed truck on Ohio 7 near Hanover Street in Martins Ferry on Friday afternoon. The truck knocked over a utility pole at the scene. T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON

U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars and cellphones

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CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global ...

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining U.S. stores

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NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales ...

Major airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

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DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such “undisclosed” or “unspecified.” There could ...

Flushing antiques shop has new owner, new name

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FLUSHING — An antiques and collectibles store in the village may have a new owner, but she knows the business by heart. Sunni Rae Scott is the owner of Sunni Rae’s, a shop that has she managed for the past five years under a different name — Hornswogglers. Scott said she took over ...

Cleveland man back in court

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Cleveland man accused of trafficking in drugs while on probation was in court this week, appearing on both new charges and old convictions. Donald Marquis Bell, 28, currently incarcerated with a last known address at 20201 Concordia Drive, Euclid, Ohio, according to ...

Only one contested race on Steubenville election ballot

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STEUBENVILLE — City leaders are at a loss to explain why there’s only one contested race so far on the 2019 primary election ballot. The deadline to file as a partisan candidate for city office was Feb. 6, with only five people filing their candidacy papers: ∫ Incumbent Municipal ...

House passes banking fix for medical marijuana program

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CHARLESTON — With wide bipartisan support, a bill that will help the state’s new medical marijuana program get off the ground is on its way to the West Virginia Senate. The House of Delegates on Friday passed House Bill 2538, providing banking services for medical cannabis, with 89 or its ...

Country Club seniors receive love on Valentine’s Day

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BELLAIRE — Residents of the Country Club Rehabilitation Campus in Bellaire received some special attention on Valentine’s Day from a variety of organizations bearing gifts. Bellaire VFW Post 626 gave about 30 veterans who live there free T-shirts and thanked them for their service. Also, ...

Valentine treats for county workers

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T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Adam Myser of Myser & Myser law firm and his children, 4-year-old Rory and 1-year-old Daxton, hand out doughnuts to Belmont County officials, staff and local businesses on Thursday. Here, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra accepts a box. Myser said ...

Protesting animal cruelty

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A dozen protesters crowded outside the Belmont County Western Division Court entrance Thursday, demanding harsher penalties for repeat animal abuse offenders and seeking appointment of a county humane officer. The demonstration came in response to a case of cruelty to ...

Proposed hydroelectric plant plans still developing

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YORKVILLE — Plans for an estimated $200 million hydroelectric plant at Pike Island Locks and Dam in the Ohio River continue to develop. Alan Skelly, CEO of Pike Island Energy, attended a Yorkville Council meeting Tuesday, seeking feedback on his plans to build a 48-megawatt plant, which he ...

Broadband coming to rural Harrison County

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DEERSVILLE — There is good news for residents of rural Harrison County in the form of advancements in broadband. The county received a $100,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, or TIGER grant, that will help to provide broadband access to residents in ...

Water, sewer rate structure prompts questions from residents

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BELMONT — Village officials continue their efforts to explain a new water and sewer billing structure to residents and to deal with ongoing frustrations with the state of village roadways. Water Board President Kenny Davis said during a meeting Feb. 7 that there had been some “scuttle” ...

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority ...

Buffett’s firm tweaks stock portfolio, adds Suncor, Red Hat

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company has taken a new stake in Canadian firm Suncor Energy and trimmed its huge Apple stake. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed a quarterly update on its holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. The Omaha, ...