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The stone obelisk marking Louiza Catherine Fox’s gravesite lies on its side on the ground Friday. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department has not received any reports of vandalism in the cemetery.

Famous grave marker toppled in local cemetery

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HENDRYSBURG — The marker of a supposedly haunted grave is toppled from its post at a local cemetery. The story of Louiza Catherine Fox is a popular ghost tale in Belmont County. It refers to the spirit of a young girl that reportedly has been sighted around her grave in Salem Cemetery near ...

J.C Penney stores to remain open

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TRIADELPHIA — Neither the J.C. Penney at The Highlands in Triadelphia nor the one at Fort Steuben Mall in Steubenville are on the list of 138 outlets the retailer announced plans to close Friday. Last month, officials with the Plano, Texas-based company announced they would close up to 140 ...

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Cadiz Village Councilman Thomas Crawshaw listens to the administrator’s report during a Thursday meeting.

Council approves rental rates, vehicle sales

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CADIZ — Village council approved ordinances to establish rental rates for space at Sally Buffalo Park in Cadiz as well as providing for the sale of several village vehicles. Council held the third readings of the ordinances at their Thursday meeting. Council members voted to approve the ...

Ohio federal lawmakers react to Trump’s proposed budget

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MARTINS FERRY — President Trump’s first budget blueprint was released Thursday, and Ohio legislators are reacting to the proposed changes in government spending. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement Thursday that he believes the proposed blueprint shows evidence that Trump ...

Plant upgrade takes another step

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BELLAIRE – The water plant upgrade project in Bellaire took another step forward Thursday after council unanimously voted to enter into a $250,000 initial loan agreement with the Ohio Water Development Authority. The funds are for engineering costs related to the ongoing refurbishment of ...

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The Union Local School District treasurer and staff accept an award from the state auditor for exemplary reporting in finances. Pictured, from left, are Stephanie Harris, Kelley Brown and Treasurer Janet Hissrich.

UL awarded for finances

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BELMONT – The Union Local Board of Education heard some good news during its meeting Thursday. The board welcomed back member Dean Lancaster, who had been absent from board meetings for the past four months due to an aortic dissection surgery. He thanked the administration, staff, and ...

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Sports-Themed Damon’s Famous for Ribs, Onion Loaf

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By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Write Steubenville — It’s menu items like their “famous” barbecued ribs and onion loaf that keep people returning for a variety of great food at Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar in Steubenville. Supervisor Pamela Morris said they continue to offer their ...

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SLIDESHOW: Martins Ferry Chamber members enjoy Business After Hours

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T-L Photos/SHELLEY HANSON MARTINS FERRY -- The Times Leader welcomed Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce members to a Business After Hours event on Thursday evening. In addition to enjoying food provided by chamber businesses such as Tina's Sweet Celebrations, Hanover Fuel Stop, DeFelice Pizza ...

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This dilapidated structure with trees growing through it sits at the intersection of School Street and Ohio 149 in the Belmont County community of Neffs.

Abandoned buildings plaguing small communities

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GLENCOE — Next to the former Glencoe United Methodist Church where dozens of children once attended Bible school each summer is a dilapidated structure with junk and trash covering a wide landscape. At the corner of School Street and Ohio 149 in Neffs is an abandoned house with trees growing ...

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COLIN COOPER, a Water Treatment Plant operator for the city of Martins Ferry, monitors the computers at the front desk on Wednesday. Last year, the city of Martins Ferry was given $8,000 for switching over to using a generator for one hour at the Water Treatment Plant.

City may get cash for using less electricity

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MARTINS FERRY — A test at the Water Treatment Plant that involved going off the electric grid for one hour garnered an $8,000 check for the city of Martins Ferry. The test of the program, conducted last year, could reap more cash rewards for the city if it chooses to use less electricity ...

District could be released from oversight

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BELLAIRE – Superintendent Darren Jenkins said the Bellaire Local School District could be released from fiscal emergency by the State Oversight Commission by late April or early May. Although this was not a guarantee by Jenkins, the district continues to make progress toward returning ...

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THOMAS DALEY, center, is the new Bridgeport High School principal. The decision was announced during Wednesday night’s regular monthly board of education meeting. He is flanked by board President Don Cash, left, and Superintendent Zac Shutler.

Daley named Bridgeport principal

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BRIDGEPORT — Thomas Daley was named the next principal of Bridgeport High School on Wednesday. He was hired for the post during the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s regular monthly board of education meeting in the Central Office on Wednesday. He is expected to receive his ...

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Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School seventh-grade student members of Students Against Destructive Decisions pose for a picture in front of a display of statistics on cigarette chemicals. SADD members participated in several activities Wednesday to draw attention to the risks of tobacco use. Shown in the back row from left are Alexis Dulkoski, Paige Weaver, Dezirae Garcia, Rayla Jones, Savhana Lapanja and Siera Graham; front row, Sophia Brammer, Jessica Nelson, Lela Sproull, Jordan Stewart and Kylee Sparks.

Students stand up against smoking

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CADIZ — Students in Cadiz spoke out against smoking on Tuesday, taking part in a nationwide event to help students avoid the risks of tobacco use. March 15 was Kick Butts Day, which is “a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big ...

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Firefighters work to douse hot spots after a fire destroyed a home just outside Mount Pleasant on Tuesday afternoon. The family, including twin 5-year-old boys, lost everything in the blaze.

Family, including pet pig, escapes blaze

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MOUNT PLEASANT — A man and his twin 5-year-old sons managed to escape from their burning home Tuesday afternoon, and even their pet pig made it safely out of the house. The fire was reported around 3 p.m. Multiple fire departments responded to the call for help, but challenging conditions ...

Judge Hervey hears rape, attempted assault cases

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CADIZ — Harrison County Common Pleas Judge T. Shawn Hervey heard several cases on Tuesday involving crimes ranging from grand theft to attempted assault and rape. Justin Hoobler appeared before Hervey, charged with raping a child under the age of 10. Hoobler’s hearing Tuesday was regarding ...

Justice pushes $2.4B roads plan in Wheeling

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WHEELING — A $135 million replacement of 14 bridges along Interstate 70 in Ohio County is on the list of West Virginia Division of Highways projects to begin if money can be found to fund them. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice touted his $2.4 billion plan to fix West Virginia’s crumbling ...

Boy allegedly taken by mother returned home

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry boy who was allegedly taken by his mother has been returned, said Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland. McFarland said the boy was dropped off at the police station by his grandmother, who lives in Bellaire. He said the boy is OK. The mother likely ...

Ohio Valley Newsliners

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Martins Ferry Police Department Eric M. Mackey of 125 Capitol Drive, Weirton, was cited Monday for driving under suspension and a turn signal violation. Shawn M. Anderson of Wheeling was arrested Sunday for assault, persistent disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing official ...

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John Thomas has May 4 trial date in attempted drowning case

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Trial dates for serious cases, including one involving a fatality, were set by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato on Monday. John Anthony Thomas Sr., 47, is incarcerated and a former resident of Powhatan Point. His new trial date was set for May 4, with a plea ...