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President nixes Clean Power Plan

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Coal Magnate Robert Murray plans to join President Donald Trump today as he signs an executive order to to overturn the Clean Power Plan. Murray, who serves as chairman, president and CEO of St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy Corp., also said Monday the chance for ...

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Belmont County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hatfield shows Ciarra, one of the pit bulls awaiting adoption at the shelter. Hatfield spoke about the considerations prospective pit bull owners must take before obtaining the dogs.

The care and raising of pit bulls

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After considerable contention and feedback from the community, St. Clairsville’s proposed ordinance dealing with vicious dogs is now being rewritten to exclude breed-specific language targeting pit bulls. The Times Leader approached Belmont County Animal Shelter ...

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Breast cancer survivors Diane Duda, Barb Colley and Sharon Strope, from left, and Andrea Strope and Tracy Mosca enjoy their time together at the Seventh Annual Ladies Spring Tea at Wheeling Hospital, sponsored by Schiffler Cancer Center on Thursday.

Wheeling Hospital hosts Ladies’ Tea to aid cancer fund

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WHEELING — Cancer survivors, patients and their loved ones came out in full force Thursday for the Seventh Annual Ladies Spring Tea at Wheeling Hospital, sponsored by Schiffler Cancer Center. The hospital invited all women living with cancer, either newly diagnosed or a survivor, to attend ...

Dillonvale raises sewer rates

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DILLONVALE — Residents of Dillonvale and the surrounding area will soon see an increase in their sewer rates. The Board of Trustees of the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Wastewater Sewer District announced in a news release that they plan to increase the sewer rates in April. The resolution to ...

Eastern Ohio leads natural gas production

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MOUNT PLEASANT — The sight of two active drilling rigs and multiple pipeline crews working along Ohio 647 northwest of Martins Ferry seems to fit with reports of the Buckeye State growing natural gas production from the Utica Shale by more than 43 percent in 2016. Ohio Department of ...

Health seminar set

Community

BARNESVILLE — Dr. Glenn Aukerman will present his personalized nutrition plan, “Better Health in 120 Days,” at Barnesville Hospital on April 8. Registration will begin at noon. Aukerman will address his “Better Health in 120 Days Protocol” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and from 1:30-2:30 ...

Martins Ferry Chamber plans academic banquet

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Area Chamber of Commerce will hold it 33rd Annual Academic Recognition Banquet on May 2 at WesBanco Arena. It is the intention of the chamber to provide an avenue to publicly recognize the students who qualify. Qualifications for the banquet are as ...

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Retired Belmont County Western Division Court Judge Harry White and administrative assistant LaWanda McCann discuss procedures before a Bellaire Mayor’s Court session on Thursday evening. White is temporarily replacing Mayor Vincent DiFabrizio, because DiFabrizio has yet to complete the required, annual recertification course.

Retired judge presides over Mayor’s Court

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BELLAIRE – Vincent DiFabrizio has been mayor of Bellaire for 12 years, and every year he travels to Columbus to attend a required recertification class so he can preside at mayor’s court. That didn’t happen this year. Administrative assistant LaWanda McCann registered and paid for ...

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 Leaders of the Belmont County Fire & Squad Officers Association present awards during the annual dinner. Sown from left are Vice President Ben Taylor, Spirit of '76 Fire Chief Mark Subasic, Secretary Treasurer James P. Delman and President Allan G. Ketzell III. Subasic is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fire & Squad Officers recognize achievement

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Larry Helms is a mechanic by trade, but his experiences as a Boy Scout spawned an interest in the fire service that led him down a different career path. Today Helms is chief of the Wheeling Fire Department, and he recently told members of the Belmont County Fire and Squad ...

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BELMONT COUNTY has denied Martins Ferry the use of permissive county money to help pay for the already-completed Zane Highway paving project.

Ferry denied use of ‘permissive’ money

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MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City Council may have to find another means of covering the debt payments on two different large-scale paving projects already completed in the city. During a regular meeting Wednesday, City Council members learned Belmont County Engineer Terry Lively had sent ...

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Firefighters from multiple departments respond to an Oct. 9 blaze on Fourth Street in Martins Ferry that destroyed several businesses. The fire was named the Belmont County Fire & Squad Officers Association's 2016 Incident of the Year, and four energy companies were honored for helping to fight the blaze.

Energy companies honored for fire response

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- An Elite Oilfield Services employee is alive today because of the efforts and expertise of a volunteer firefighter. An emotional man who identified himself only as "Brandon from Elite" interrupted the program during the Belmont County Fire and Squad Officers Association ...

OVMC, EORH leaders confident of Alecto’s commitment

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WHEELING — Leaders of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry are confident that selling the facilities to Alecto Healthcare Services is in the best interest of the hospitals and the community. Alecto, based in Irvine, Calif., announced on ...

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John Slavik, right, is interim fire chief for the Cumberland Trail Fire District, with Timothy Hall as assistant chief.

St. Clairsville names new fire chief

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Longtime firefighter John Slavik, with almost 40 years of experience in the field, accepted the role of interim fire chief for the Cumberland Trail Fire District with Assistant Chief Tim Hall as his second in command. Former Fire Chief Lance Rice had approached the ...

JB Green Team Trashy Art Contest slated

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The JB Green Team is excited to have the annual Trashy Art Contest again this year throughout Belmont County schools. The contest is open to kindergarten through 12th grades. The only rule is that the materials used for the Trashy Art project must come from the family ...

Public invited to weigh in on the future of transportation in Ohio

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Transportation is encouraging Ohioans to be a part of the process to shape the future of transportation in the state. ODOT is accepting public comments on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan for 2018 to 2021. The plan identifies the multi-modal ...

Election board ponders building lease

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections welcomed two county commissioners to its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Commissioners Josh Meyer and J.P. Dutton were in attendance to discuss with board members the lease on the building that houses the election board office in ...

WIC Program sponsors walk-in clinics

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BELLAIRE — The Belmont County WIC Program will sponsor walk-in clinics for the first Friday of each month from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. These walk-in clinics will take people on a first-come, first-serveD basis. The Belmont County WIC office is located at the Chase Bank building on the fourth ...

St. C re-passes ordinance, raises water/sewer rates

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – City Council corrected a procedural misstep and reviewed other business during their meeting last Monday. Law Director Richard Myser informed council that a prior ordinance requiring a permit to be obtained from the service director before any right-of-way work can be ...

ANIMALS

Stuffed animals for police

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T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON MEMBERS OF the Martins Ferry Police Department, from left, Officer Brad Mackey, Sgt. Beth Scales and Officer Casey Robinson accept toy animals from Jennifer Compston-Strough, managing editor of The Times Leader, that were donated by community members during a recent ...