Reagan’s concerns in 1975 have only gotten worse


“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (French proverb) While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was “between jobs,” having left office as governor of ...

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LOCAL CHILDREN work with adults at the Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market, completing crafts, growing their own crops and learning about where their food comes from.

Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market offers great events for kids


BELLAIRE — One of the key goals of the Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market is to teach children to support farmers and to do their own growing, too. OVFM works hard to create an environment for children and their families to share a wide variety of learning experiences. Every Saturday morning ...

MARTINS FERRY is going to participate in a pilot program in partnership with the East Ohio Regional Water Authority to separate downspouts from the sanitary sewer system.

Ferry pilot program to focus on downspouts


MARTINS FERRY — The city is preparing to participate in a pilot program that involves separating homes’ downspouts from the sanitary sewer system. Service Director Chris Cleary said the program also calls for separating storm and sanitary sewers. The East Ohio Regional Water Authority is ...

JACKIE STEWART of Energy In Depth Ohio speaks with Monroe County Commissioner Mick Schumacher after an oil and gas industry forum in Woodsfield Thursday.

Oil and gas leaders talk state of industry

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WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials and business leaders learned more about the oil and gas industry and its plans for the area at the “What’s in the Pipeline for Monroe County” informational forum on Thursday. The event, held at the Brown Community Center in Woodsfield, was hosted ...

THE BETTY Zane Days basketball tournament will not be held inside the City Park courts, shown here in Martins Ferry, because the beer garden wagon will be situated there.

Fire chief: Permit mistake will bump Betty Zane tourney


MARTINS FERRY — A basketball tournament originally slated to take place during the Betty Zane Days festival will not be able to occur this year due to a mistake regarding the festival’s beer garden placement, said Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Cooper. Cooper said for the past ...

Two more arraigned in Bellaire murder, robbery

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two more people were arraigned Thursday on charges including murder, robbery and aggravated burglary in connection with an alleged home invasion that resulted in the death of Joshua Gorayeb in Bellaire. Thomas Earl Grubba, 34, and Diane Jean Kuri, 28, both of Wheeling and ...

CADIZ VILLAGE Administrator Charley Bowman speaks to council members on Thursday.

Cadiz Village Council talks maintenance

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CADIZ — Various maintenance issues were among the topics discussed by Cadiz Village Council on Thursday. Council members listened to village Administrator Charley Bowman as he presented various issues from his report. Bowman talked about the need to put out bids for a new dump truck, as ...

BELLAIRE COUNCILWOMAN Nikki Liberatore, left, and Councilman Donny Maupin talk outside the municipal building after Thursday’s village council meeting.

Bellaire Council mulls nuisance law

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BELLAIRE — There was no mention of disbanding the Bellaire Police Department during village council’s regular meeting on Thursday, but there was plenty of discussion on how to get rid of drug dealers and the places where they live. Council has discussed during past work sessions possibly ...

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Silver Chopsticks offers favorite dishes in elegant atmosphere


WHEELING — Established in 1998, Silver Chopsticks has an extensive menu featuring all of your favorite Chinese dishes, including a weekday lunch buffet in an enjoyable and relaxing dining room atmosphere. Silver Chopsticks offers an array of beef, chicken, seafood and pork entrees from ...


Italian-American of the Year

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WHEELING — The 35th-annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday at the McLure Hotel as nearly 200 festival supporters gathered for a dinner to honor the 2017 Italian-American of the Year, former Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile. “We are very happy to see Lou ...

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Senior services center to open this week in St. C.


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The long-awaited Belmont County Senior Services Center will open its doors this week, with full operation expected by early August. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners made the announcement during its Wednesday meeting. “We had final inspections on the building on ...

‘The Final Cruise’ is Saturday


MARTINS FERRY — It is being dubbed “The Final Cruise” and will benefit the Fraternal Order of Police Association Lodge 100, also known as The Thin Blue Line. The classic car cruise, slated from 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the former Quality Motor Cars lot on Zane Highway, is expected to be ...

Warren Distribution tries to acquire Shadyside plant

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SHADYSIDE — Almost exactly one year after Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. announced plans to cease stamping operations at its Shadyside plant and put 172 employees out of work, officials with Warren Distribution are hoping to acquire the facility. Omaha, Neb.-based Warren operates a ...

Gray pleads guilty to aggravated arson

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The trial of a Bridgeport man accused to aggravated arson ended in its second day Wednesday, when Douglas Gray pleaded guilty to the charge. His sentencing was set for July 31, and he faces a maximum of eight years for the second-degree felony. His sentence will be handed ...

Ferry to seek funding for sinkhole

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MARTINS FERRY — During a short Martins Ferry City Council meeting Wednesday, Service Director Christopher Cleary said his department would seek funds to repair a new sinkhole which appeared in the last week. Cleary said the 12-inch sinkhole, which opened up at the end of South First Street, ...

Bellaire Projects $237,000 Deficit

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BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire projects a financial deficit of nearly $240,000 for 2018, and elimination of the police department could be considered in the coming weeks as village council works to reduce expenses. Council convened a special meeting Wednesday night to approve the ...

Vacancy filled for police department


POWHATAN POINT — Village Council acted to fill a vacancy in the police department and to formalize pay rates for emergency medical personnel this week and also approved the 2018 revenue budget. The budget was approved showing $401,427 in the general fund and $135,327 in the fire and ...

A Special Wish Foundation is ready to grant wishes


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Special Wish foundation, established in 1982 in Columbus, was introduced to the Ohio Valley in 1994 by John Mattox. He worked to establish a board of directors including Tom Pai, Larry Bandy, Steve Fortunato and Nancy Toto, to name a few, and began granting wishes to ...


German Heritage Fest is Saturday


POWHATAN POINT — German Ridge Heritage Festival (the former German Ridge Jamboree) is slated to held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Church-Christ on German Ridge, located between Ohio 556 and Powhatan Point. German dishes of sauerbraten, sauerkraut, hot German ...


Emergency planning, communications on Harrison agenda


CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners heard from speakers regarding the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the state of communications in the county on Wednesday. Eric Wilson, director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, spoke to commissioners about appointments to the ...