Harrison Hills Board of Education member Melvin Allen looks over the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

Harrison talks nutrition, achievements

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CADIZ — The Harrison Hills Board of Education discussed child nutrition and improving test scores at Harrison East Elementary School on Thursday. The school board started off the meeting with a brief presentation from Kim Ohlee and Kelley Howes of the Nutrition Group, who help design the ...

West Liberty University brings back marching band

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WHEELING — The West Liberty University band program will march again starting in September 2018, leading the WLU Foundation to beat the drum and raise funds for as many as 50 band scholarships that will become available. WLU President Stephen Greiner announced Thursday the band will return ...

Story behind county flag and seal

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COLUMBUS — Belmont County’s flag flies proudly in Columbus alongside the flags of other counties in the state, but it and the county seal can also be seen in the courthouse in St. Clairsville and on display during the county fair and other special occasions. The flag and seal have special ...

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Damon’s Grill offers football season specials


Steubenville —Known for their “famous” barbecued ribs and onion loaf — Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar in Steubenville continues to please their customers with a large diverse list of menu selections. In addition to their ribs, Damon’s offers a variety of other delicious entrees ...

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‘Recovery Rally’ held in St. C.

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Close to 200 people recovering from addiction issues and their family members attend a Recovery Rally at St. Clairsville’s Memorial Park on Wednesday. According to Shannan Watson, executive director of Crossroads Counseling, the county’s service agencies were happy to make an impact ...

Todd and Donna Skinner of Barnesville are dwarfed by the 2,150-pound gourd they grew to capture the title of King Pumpkin on Wednesday.

King Pumpkin sets Ohio record

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BARNESVILLE — A pretty, pale-orange gourd shattered local and state records Wednesday, becoming the heaviest King Pumpkin ever at 2,150 pounds. Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets held their breath as an enormous orb grown by Todd and Donna Skinner ...

Eric Wilson, director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, speaks to commissioners Wednesday. Wilson talked about the chemical annex to the county emergency plan, saying that he plans to leave it unchanged for the yearly review.

Harrison County commissioners discuss waterline

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CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday announced a new waterline project that will soon be underway in the county. Commissioner Dale Norris announced that the Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association, a collaborative body of local governments, will undertake a project to connect ...

TWO WASHINGTON Street residents complained Wednesday about rats coming from this home that has been deemed uninhabitable by the city of Martins Ferry.

Rodents in blighted home are pestering residents

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MARTINS FERRY — Two Washington Street residents asked Martins Ferry City Council on Wednesday to remedy a rat problem in their neighborhood they believe is coming from an empty house filled with garbage. During Wednesday’s meeting, residents Bonnie Haskakis and Linda Schultz said some ...

Powhatan hires police officer

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POWHATAN POINT — A proposal to hire a police officer was considered Tuesday by Powhatan Point Village Council, which also reported on repairs to be made to the railroad track crossing at Ohio 148 and Taylor Street. Following an executive session called to discuss police personnel with ...

County honors Science Day participants

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local students who participated in the State Science Day this past May in Columbus visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners during its regular Wednesday meeting. The students progressed from local science fairs to the district fair, then participated in the state ...

Furniture is getting ready to open its doors to the public in early October.


Levin Furniture plans opening

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tom Zwierzelewski, director of store display at Levin Furniture & Mattress, said the company hopes to be able to open its doors to the public in early October — and that he and company officials are glad to be back in the Ohio Valley. Levin had a clearance store at ...

Bridgeport BOE, parents come to agreement on iPads

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BRIDGEPORT — An agreement has been reached in the recent controversy over the newly instituted iPad program in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District. Superintendent Zac Shutler and Technology Coordinator Lisa Clark disclosed to those in attendance at Wednesday night’s regular ...

St. Clairsville City Council to plan street paving

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city took several steps forward in the maintenance of streets during the Monday City Council meeting. Among other matters, council heard the final reading of an ordinance approving the joint purchase of a DuraPatcher with Richland Township for about $57,000, with the ...

Infrastructure work, mineral leases discussed in Barnesville

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BARNESVILLE — Village Council voted to allow the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival to use village streets and parking lots for the annual event that kicked off with the King Pumpkin weigh-in Wednesday evening. After the unanimous vote Monday, which is an annual formality ahead of the iconic ...


At 2,150 pounds, King Pumpkin sets Ohio state record in Barnesville

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BARNESVILLE - The new "King Pumpkin" in Barnesville is the most regal of them all. The gargantuan gourd entered tonight by Barnesville residents Todd and Donna Skinner during the village's annual Pumpkin Festival weighed in at a whopping 2,150 pounds - a new Ohio state record. The Skinners' ...

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, speaks to a group of local officials at a roundtable discussion on expanding broadband access to rural areas on Tuesday at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson speaks about broadband expansion

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WOODSFIELD — Access to the internet is essential in today’s society and economy, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson said he is taking the lead in Washington, D.C., to help improve broadband internet in rural areas. Johnson, R-Ohio, hosted a roundtable discussion on expanding broadband access and ...

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Displaying the specialized medical supplies Wheeling Hospital donated to Wheeling Fire Department’s SWAT Medics are, from left: Chief Shawn Schwertfeger of the Wheeling Police Department; Sgt. Jonathan Stipetich, WPD SWAT Team member; Eric Touvelle, WFD firefighter/paramedic and member of the SWAT Medic team; WFD Chief Larry Helms; and John Sebring, Wheeling Hospital director of Safety and Security. The WFD Swat Medics accompany the police SWAT team on tactical missions to provide any needed medical assistance.

Wheeling Hospital donates SWAT medical supplies


WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital has donated life-saving medical supplies to the Wheeling Fire Department’s SWAT Medics, who work alongside the city police department’s SWAT team. Several WFD paramedics, known as SWAT Medics, accompany the police team on missions. The SWAT Medics, who ...

The Great Stone Viaduct Society has been approved for state grants to preserve the historic structure and transform it into a community park, but a local match is still needed. Society Chairman Paul Cramer announces the grant approval.

$1.9M grant secured for Bellaire’s Great Stone Viaduct

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BELLAIRE — After years of planning, the dream to preserve Bellaire’s Great Stone Viaduct and transform the historical structure into a park may become reality, now that the project has been approved for a $1.9 million grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation. However, the use ...

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Pumpkin Festival Queen


Photo by Reed Tychonski A new queen, princess and mini miss were selected at a pageant held at Barnesville High School on Sunday to reign over the 54th annual Pumpkin Festival, which officially gets gets underway Thursday. The new queen is Alana Trigg, left, the 14-year-old daughter of Tonya ...


River High School holding 60th homecoming ceremony Friday


Photo Provided River High School will host its 60th homecoming ceremony Friday when the Pilots meet Meadowbrook on the gridiron at Flannery Field. Members of the homecoming court include, from front left, Adria Snyder, sophomore attendant; Halee Schultheis, junior attendant; Rachel Snyder, ...