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Judge critical of PG&E’s wildfire role demands more answers

Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge who has berated Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in California wildfires demanded Thursday that the utility answer more questions about its efforts to clear trees and branches that can fall on its power lines and start fires. Judge William Alsup ...

Hoagland named committee chairman

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, this week appointed state Sen. Frank Hoagland as chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Ohio is rich in its vast farmlands and abundant natural resources,” said Hoagland, R-Mingo ...

Tentative settlement reached in lawsuit

Community

WHEELING — EQT Corp., the defendant in a class-action lawsuit against West Virginia landowners, reached a tentative $53.5 million settlement with the West Virginia landowners who filed the suit. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West ...

XTO: Safer wells one year after accident

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One year after an explosion at the Schnegg natural gas well pad near Powhatan Point, XTO Energy officials told Belmont County commissioners about progress at the site. Brian Teller, operations manager for XTO’s Appalachia District, and Karen Matusic, public and ...

Is it love? Maybe not, as romance scams proliferate

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Is it love? Maybe not. The FTC announced this week that romance-related scams have surged recently and generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. The number of these romance scams reported to the agency jumped from 8,500 in 2015 to more than 21,000 ...

More drug arrests in Bellaire

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BELLAIRE — The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department found methamphetamines during a traffic stop in Bellaire on Tuesday and made three drug-related arrests. Local law enforcment officers have made several similar stops and arrests over the last week. Sheriff David Lucas said Deputies ...

Final score for the Lady Irish

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BELLAIRE -- The cliche “if these walls could talk” was totally apropos inside St. John Central High School on Wednesday evening. The history and tradition of Lady Irish basketball was on full display as the program played its final game with a large crowd of fans and alumni on hand. And ...

Trump still coy on border deal – but claims victory anyway

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before seeing a final deal or agreeing to seal it, President Donald Trump labored on Wednesday to frame the congressional agreement on border security as a political win, never mind that it contains only a fraction of the billions for a “great, powerful wall” that ...

New GOA Director tours Zane State Training Center

Community

CAMBRIDGE – The new Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, John Carey, was in Cambridge to tour the Willet-Pratt Training Center at Zane State College. Carey took the opportunity to discuss workforce needs, challenges and gaps with Zane State President Dr. Chad Brown and Ohio ...

Veterans Court bill passes in West Virginia Senate

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WHEELING — A bill to re-establish veterans courts in West Virginia is moving forward in Charleston. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. The measure establishes a Military Service Members Court program within ...

Booze & Cruise, You’ll Lose

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Photo Provided Bellaire St. John student, Kassidy Traczyk, was recognized for her efforts on the Booze & Cruise, You’ll Lose quiz at a recent assembly at the school. Pictured, from left: Trooper Rocky Hise, Ohio State Highway Patrol; Brittany Grego, WTOV; Megan Thompson, Wheeling ...

Personnel matters handled at St. C. BOE

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Personnel items dominated a light agenda faced by the St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools Board of Education on Wednesday morning. The board approved supplemental contracts for Natalie Perzanowski, who serves as assistant coach for varsity track and field, and Stephen ...

Valentine’s Day recipes

Community

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Ohioans will soon be scrambling to find the perfect treat for their sweetheart. This year, the Ohio Poultry Association is sharing signature recipes that make a thoughtful Valentine’s Day surprise. “Instead of buying ...

Apparent overdose causes death in Powhatan Point

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POWHATAN POINT — Law enforcement responded to an apparent drug overdose that proved fatal Sunday. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas said the death appears related to fentanyl, and could signal a more dangerous turn in the drug epidemic. “Around 9 p.m. we had an overdose death in ...

Residents react to Belmont Community Hospital closing

Local News

BELLAIRE — People who live and work in and around Bellaire say they will miss the convenience and peace of mind that came with having a hospital in the village for more than a century. Word that Belmont Community Hospital will close on April 5 after 105 years in the All-American Town was ...

Yorkville Council discusses ordinance and repairs

Local News

YORKVILLE — A garbage collection ordinance in the village was amended and roads repairs were discussed at a Yorkville Village Council meeting Tuesday. At a regularly scheduled meeting, council reviewed an issue with sanitation workers only being able to pick up residents’ garbage once a ...

Roof repairs coming to Ferry schools

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MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City School District is close to selecting a contractor to replace the roofs of its three school buildings. A special board meeting likely will be scheduled next week to make a decision. Board members Dorothy Powell, Bill Suto and Brian McFarland heard the ...

Union Local honor roll for the second nine weeks

Community

Elementary School Principal’s List Fourth grade — Brandyn Porter, Lia Klee, Dominic Sutton, Brooklyn Bell, Evian Blakley, Ainsley Horvath, Andrew Grafton, Alexander Woollard, Andilena Fowkes, Brody Perzanowski, Connor Bendo, Maxwell Dubiel, Anna Twarog, Clay Utter, Jeffrey Bolon, Remmi ...