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Monroe County Commissioner Tim Price reads over the agenda for Monday’s meeting. The commissioners briefly entered executive session to discuss a labor contract with county Engineer Amy Zwick, emerging with no action  taken.

Monroe County Commissioners hear engineer requests

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WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Engineer’s Office brought several items before the county commissioners Monday, including the possibility of contracting out for grass mowing services. County Engineer Amy Zwick talked with commissioners about the possibility of hiring outside help for ...

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St. Clairsville will eliminate its local dispatchers and route calls through the Belmont County 911 system beginning later this month. Police Chief Jeff Henry discusses issues with Councilwoman Linda Jordan prior to the meeting.

Dispatchers gone

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Eight city of St. Clairsville dispatchers will be laid off Christmas Eve, with all police calls to be directed to the Belmont County 911 Center, city officials announced Monday. The move will eliminate two full-time and six part-time dispatcher positions, but will allow ...

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Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben, points to one of two areas where paint was scraped from the Starman nutcracker when it was taken from the Nutcracker Village on Saturday. Barilla said he is thankful the nutcracker was returned by the two people who face charges of theft in Steubenville Municipal Court in connection with its disappearance.

Stolen nutcracker returned to village in Steubenville

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STEUBENVILLE — The Starman nutcracker inspired by the late rock singer David Bowie was returned to the Nutcracker Village at Historic Fort Steuben after it was taken on a short trip out of Steubenville Saturday. Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben, said the 6-foot-tall figure ...

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Lynch is granted an early release

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the men convicted in a fatal November 2015 shooting at the Jaycee Manor Apartments in Martins Ferry was granted early release Monday. Jacob Aaron Lynch, 28, of McMechen, appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato on Monday. He had received his ...

Justice: China Serious About Deal

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WHEELING — Although relatively short on specifics during a Monday press conference, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice showed plenty of enthusiasm for what he termed a “deathly serious” $83.7 billion China Energy investment plan for shale natural gas and petrochemical projects in the Mountain ...

Officials hone ‘street smarts’

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WHEELING — Area heath care and law enforcement representatives sharpened their “street smarts” regarding illegal drug use Monday during an all-day seminar held at Wheeling Hospital. John Sebring, Wheeling Hospital director of safety and security, said about 110 individuals ...

Duo to collect toys for hospitalized children

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STEUBENVILLE — Retired Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Ed Weigand and retired patrol dispatcher Diane Holubeck again are collecting toys that will be given this Christmas to patients at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Holubeck and Weigand have been collecting the toys at the ...

Wheeling Heritage Executive Director Jake Dougherty said
rehabilitation projects such as the one that allowed the former Stone & Thomasdepartment store to become a
mixed-use structure that houses Williams Lea Tag, may no longer be feasible if Congress ends the
Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
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Locals oppose tax plan

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WHEELING — Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray opposes the U.S. Senate’s version of tax reform because he said it will increase his company’s federal liability by $60 million per year. Meanwhile, city of Wheeling officials, along with Wheeling Heritage ...

THE VILLAGE
of Bellaire
received a 60-day extension
on its grant to replace 24 of
its fire hydrants with new 
ones.

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SHELLEY HANSON

Bellaire given 60-day extension

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BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire received an extension on its deadline to have 24 new fire hydrants installed. Village Administrator Scott Porter said the original deadline to have the work completed was this month. However, after having to deal with numerous emergency waterline breaks ...

Solutions, ideas being sought for drug crisis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Creative minds have less than two weeks to propose solutions to the Buckeye State’s opioid crisis. The state of Ohio is spending $1 billion annually to battle the opioid problem with prevention, education, treatment and recovery efforts and law enforcement. During his ...

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Contractors with Edgco Inc. work in the 1200 block of Main Street in downtown Wheeling on Friday to complete the $755,000 stormwater separation project that began early this year.

Sewer project will stretch into 2018

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WHEELING — After nearly one year of work, contractors building the $755,000 stormwater separation through Main Street have advanced from Wheeling Creek to the 1200 block, but they still must reach the south end of The Health Plan headquarters building to finish the project. “Some time ...

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A LOCAL businessman is planning to open a medical marijuana dispensary, Ohio Valley Medcan, at this former bank building in Lansing if approved by the state of Ohio.

Medical marijuana dispensary possible

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LANSING — Local businessman Ron Naylor believes he has a good chance at getting approved to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Belmont County. Naylor, who owns and operates Martins Ferry-based Naylor Bros. Towing, Fat Boys Bail Bonding and Naylor Properties, is among the six people who ...

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Division 1 Donuts launch

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Division 1 Donuts is open for business and serving a wide variety of fresh, custom-made treats. Brian Kolb, owner, said he looks forward to heavy business at the Ohio Valley Mall location. Kara McFarland is pictured preparing doughnuts for sale. T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK

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Dunmyer tapped as CEO at OVMC

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WHEELING — The Governing Board of Ohio Valley Medical Center named Daniel C. Dunmyer as chief executive officer, effective Dec. 18. Dunmyer has more than 30 years of senior-level health care executive experience, including CEO positions in South Carolina, North Carolina and West Virginia. ...

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Buckeye Online School for Success students

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BUCKEYE ONLINE School for Success students pose at the Ohio State Capitol Rotunda. Front row, from left, are James Mittermeir, Alberto Dunlap, Ayat Husain, Hailey Domkowski and Kinsey Dietrich; and back row, from left, Noah Leonard, Madeleine McNamara, Emmanuel Gessler, Alana Drnek and ...

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This area of downtown Bellaire is not contaminated with unsafe levels of tetrachloroethylene, according to results of a vapor intrusion study conducted after the chemical was discovered during drilling for a new well.

Vapor intrusion sampling finished

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BELLAIRE — It appears residents in the downtown section of the village can breathe a sigh of relief after results of a study show levels of a chemical found in the area are not life-threatening. But more testing could be conducted this winter. State and federal environmental officials ...

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TRAVIS CLARK, left, and Karen Fisher form Team Terror inside Terror Inc. Training Center in Morristown. They will work with individuals, especially children with developmental disabilities, discipline issues or autism. Fitness, nutrition and other ways to live a healthy life will be taught, as will skills in boxing and weight training.

Terror Inc. Training Center to help disabled children

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MORRISTOWN — Travis “The Terror” Clark, a professional fighter and West Virginia heavyweight boxing champion, has always wanted to own a gym. Combine that with his love for children, especially those who aren’t as fortunate as others, and that dream has been realized with the opening of ...

Family suing after drilling fluid spill causes disruption

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GLENCOE — Scarcely more than 1-month-old on Oct. 19, tiny Amelia Gantzer couldn’t have been ready for pipeline contractors to surround her home with noisy trucks, machines and hoses for about a month to clean up a drilling fluid spill. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman James ...

Jefferson County Clerk of Courts reports

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September 2017 Report John A. Corrigan, clerk of courts at the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville, provided the following report for the month of September: Auto Title Department, total vehicle fees and taxes — County, $37,055.63; State, $685,240.61; Total, $722,296.24; ...