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Jefferson County Clerk releases report

Community

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John A. Corrigan Jr. has released his monthly report for October: Auto Title Department ∫ Vehicle Fees and Taxes: County — $35,658.21; State — $724,562.51; Total — $760,220.72 ∫ Watercraft Fees — $211.82 ∫ Miscellaneous ...

Smith arraigned for accused school threat

Community

BELLAIRE — The Martins Ferry man accused of making a threat via social media that resulted in a lockdown at Ayers Elementary last week was arraigned Wednesday and is set to appear for a preliminary hearing Jan. 9. Thomas James Smith, 35, faces a charge of extortion for the Dec. 3 event. He ...

Martins Ferry students visit `Santa Shop’

Community

AYERS ELEMENTARY School students in Martins Ferry got the chance to shop for reasonably-priced Christmas gifts for their loved ones at the Santa Shop set up this week in the school's library.

A Christmas gift from St. C. Legion

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — This is the season for giving among those who had pledged to give their all. The St. Clairsville American Legion presented donations to the area’s service organizations on Tuesday. The Legion disbursed a total of $15,000 in varying amounts to several organizations. The ...

Residents get in the holiday spirit

Local News

YORKVILLE — The village of Yorkville will be filled with the sound of Christmas carols on Sunday. Yorkville Mayor Karen Vargo said this will be the first time the village has ever had an event like this and is calling it “Carol On The Green.” The event will begin at 6 p.m. and the ...

Local docs raise money for charity

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Medical Society gathered at the Belmont County Country Club to celebrate the holiday and to raise funds to benefit an area charity this past Friday. This event raised about $2,400 for the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. “We have over 100 members and ...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the ...

Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and ...

U.S. wholesale prices rise 0.1 pct., a sign inflation in check

Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices barely rose last month as a sharp decline in the cost of gas offset pricier freight trucking services and mobile phone plans. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the producer price index — which tracks cost changes before they reach the consumer ...

Hitchhiking Abductor Pleads Guilty

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the people accused of taking over a car at gunpoint entered a guilty plea Monday. Jayden T. Baker, 19, of Indianapolis, Indiana, pleaded guilty to robbery and abduction before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. His sentencing hearing is set for Jan. ...

Neighbor: Mom screamed for help

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An anguished mother, naked and bleeding, banged on the door of the house across the street and screamed for help in a fruitless plea to save her five children as a late-night fire swallowed their Ohio home, a neighbor said Monday. Fire officials in Youngstown said ...

Porn, Abuse Cases Heard

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — No plea agreements were reached Monday for a man accused in a child porn case and a woman accused in a child abuse case. John Null Garwon III, 43, incarcerated on a bond of $250,000, saw his trial continued to March 12 when he appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas ...

Board Sets Fees

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health on Monday approved its 2019 schedule of environmental fees. The new environmental fees take effect Jan. 1. The fees for various permits cover sewage-related services, private water systems, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds, ...

Man dies in Midway house fire

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MIDWAY — A man died in a house fire early Saturday at 48705 Stonehouse Road, Midway. Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik said the call was dispatched to firefighters at 2:36 a.m. that a two-story log home was on fire. Slavik said surveillance video captured by a neighbor’s ...

Community gives back during parade

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BETHESDA - Village leaders rang in the holiday season Saturday by giving gifts to some local organizations. Bethesda hosted its first-ever lighted Christmas parade on Saturday evening, complete with grand marshals representing A Special Wish Foundation. That organization then received a ...

Belmont adopts water, sewer rates

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BELMONT — Water customers will pay $5.37 more for using 2,000 gallons in a month after Belmont Village Council adopted a new water and sewer rate structure that its members believe is more fair. Water Board President Kenny Davis said village water customers currently pay $52.63 per month ...

Ferry submits grant for pool repairs, pad

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MARTINS FERRY — The application is in — now it is just a waiting game for the city of Martins Ferry regarding the grant money it needs to fix its swimming pool pump house. Service Director Scott Porter said the city, with help from Ohio Mideastern Government Association, submitted its Land ...

Programs for all are offered

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio State University Extension Center has been busy in Belmont County, offering programs for farmers and youth in many areas. OSU’s educators reviewed their programs’ activities, growth and future plans last Wednesday when they updated the Belmont County Board of ...

Christmas campaign helping seniors

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WHEELING — Many senior citizens are alone or in need of assistance during the Christmas season. This year, IC Care (In-Home Companion Care), has kicked off an inaugural Christmas Campaign to raise money and awareness about how people in the area can get more involved with senior citizens. ...