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Bridgeport Mayor David Smith looks over the agenda at Tuesday’s village council meeting.

Bridgeport Council hires new officer, discusses sewers

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BRIDGEPORT — New hires and an update to the village sewage system were among issues addressed by Bridgeport Village Council Tuesday. Council members first heard from Julie Ward, representing the Rural Community Assistance Program. Ward spoke about assessing the waste management system of ...

St. Clairsville city council eyes water, sewer rate increase

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Residents of St. Clairsville may soon see an increase in water and sewer rates, as well as a new ordinance covering vicious dogs. During Tuesday’s regular meeting, city council held the first of three readings of an ordinance to raise water and sewer rates. Service ...

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The bridge on Clark Road that spans Interstate 70 in St. Clairsville will soon be undergoing a replacement project that is due to be finished in October.

Bridge replacement to begin in March

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Work will soon begin on a local bridge replacement project in St. Clairsville. The bridge on Clark Road, also known as Belmont County Road 4, spans Interstate 70 east of exit 213 in St. Clairsville. Starting March 6, the structure will begin undergoing a replacement ...

The Compassionate Care Center for Surgical Excellence has closed after about three years of operation. 





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Compassionate Care Center closes

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BRIDGEPORT — The Compassionate Care Center for Surgical Excellence has closed, but East Ohio Regional Hospital officials hope to reopen the facility eventually. The outpatient surgery center, situated along Ohio 7, opened in 2013. Its closure has been blamed on low numbers of surgical ...

Ohio Valley Newsliners

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Martins Ferry Police Department Frances R. Rigas of 411 N. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, was cited Saturday for improper backing. Alicia M. Higgins of 71714 Sunny Acres Drive, Martins Ferry, was cited Saturday for a stop sign violation, expired plates and expired license. Michelle A. ...

Serious crash on Ohio 9 outside St. Clairsville

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Police and medical personnel are at the scene of a head-on collision on Ohio 9 north of St. Clairsville. One person is being transported to a Pittsburgh hospital by medical helicopter. For more details, see Wednesday's edition of The Times Leader.

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Brush fire

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T-L Photo/CRAIG CAMPBELL Firefighters from Colerain, Sunset Heights, Barton, Wolfhurst and Brookside volunteer fire departments bring a brush fire, which charred 4 acres, under control at 70115 Chermont Road on Tuesday afternoon. Colerain Assistant Fire Chief Ty Wilson said high winds and dry ...

Cyclist injured in accident

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An accident involving a car and a bicycle sent the cyclist to Wheeling Hospital with severe injuries on Sunday. At around 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Cumberland Trail Fire District responded to the scene of an accident on U.S. 40 in ...

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Wallace Lodge is located in Sally Buffalo Park and can make a great location for a variety of different events.

Visitors continue to enjoy local park

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CADIZ — As springtime approaches and the weather grows nicer, local residents look to spend more time in the outdoors enjoying themselves. For residents of Harrison County and nearby, Sally Buffalo Park provides a perfect opportunity to do just that. The popular park is located right off ...

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Freshly turned earth and construction supplies sit beside the softball field at the Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools, part of a project to build a new concession stand and restrooms for the school.

Bridgeport school builds new concession stand, restrooms

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BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Exempted Village School district is spending $60,000 to construct new restrooms and a concession stand that officials hope will be open for the beginning of the softball season. In November, the school board voted unanimously to allow Treasurer Dana Garrison to ...

Mead Township checkbook to be posted online

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COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced the launch of Mead Township’s online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com. In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio ...

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A man involved in an incident in Bellaire Sunday allegedly removed the orange safety tip from the barrel of a toy gun, causing it to look more like a real weapon and creating a potentially dangerous situation, according to Police Chief Mike Kovalyk. Kovalyk provided this photo of a real gun, left, and a toy gun, right, to illustrate the similar appearances of the weapon and the toy.

Police respond to two separate gun-related incidents in Bellaire

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BELLAIRE — Village police dealt with two unrelated incidents involving guns on Sunday. Officers on Monday arrested a fugitive who was wanted on a theft warrant and who was also a suspect in a gun theft reported Sunday evening. Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said the weapon was reported ...

ABOVE: PTT Global Chemical America may build a giant ethane cracker, similar to this Royal Dutch Shell plant in Singapore, along the Ohio River in Belmont County

Officials remain optimistic for ethane cracker

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DILLES BOTTOM — It took Royal Dutch Shell officials five full years, 2011-2016, from announcing intentions to build a Marcellus Shale region ethane cracker to confirming they would construct the giant petrochemical plant along the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pa. This means PTT Global ...

Commission employees get pay hike

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Mark Thomas believes pay raises of $2-$6 an hour were “long overdue” for employees of the Belmont County Commission Office, but he acknowledges the timing of the action was “not good.” On Dec. 28, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners — then composed of ...

Switzerland of Ohio BOE shifts personnel, names assistant super

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WOODSFIELD — Switzerland of Ohio Local School District is saying goodbye to one employee and shifting others to different positions within the system. District Treasurer Lance Erlwein announced his plans to resign in a letter to the board of education this month, and the board named River ...

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Pre-prom Safety Day

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Photo Provided AAA, the Ohio Valley Mall, The Times Leader, mall vendors and the entire community are coming together again to create safety awareness for students as Prom time approaches. The fifth annual Pre-Prom Safety Day will be held March 30 at the mall in St. Clairsville. The Pre-Prom ...

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Martins Ferry resident and Vietnam War veteran John Burch, front left, receives a $1,500 donation from Bellaire VFW Post 626 to help with living expenses. Handing him the check is post Commander Terry Wildman. Behind them, from left, are post Quartermaster Harold Carman, Chaplain Jim Weekley, House Committee member Tom Cottello and Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak.

VFW donates to Ferry man

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MARTINS FERRY — A resident who was forced to leave his home in September because of structural damage caused by the North Eighth Street slip received a helping hand from a local veterans organization. Vietnam War veteran John Burch has found a new place to live. To help him with the cost ...

UL teacher faces criminal charge

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BELMONT — The Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office released more information Friday about allegations of inappropriate conduct against a teacher in the Union Local School District. According to the prosecutor’s office, Tiffany Ann Cordes, 27, of Cadiz is charged with one count of sexual ...

Bipartisan bill would end student loan tax penalty for families

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Chris Coons, D-Del., and Angus King, I-Maine, re-introduced legislation last week to eliminate a tax penalty levied on student loans forgiven for families after the death of their child and for Americans who develop permanent disabilities. ...

Wheeling Hospital opens expanded lab

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WHEELING — On Friday, Wheeling Hospital unveiled its new, expanded cardiac catheterization lab featuring the latest technology for treatment of heart and vascular disease. “Our cath lab will take us into the future today,” Diane Livengood, senior director of imaging services, said. ...