Local couple’s grandson survives shooting

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WHEELING — Carol and Walter Austin watched in horror from their Wheeling home as news of a shooting at Parkland High School in Parkland, Fla., unfolded on the TV screen Wednesday afternoon. Their grandson, Charles Austin, 15, is a freshman at that high school. Carol said she immediately ...

Motorists leads multiple police departments on chase


COLERAIN — A car that led multiple police departments on a chase through two separate counties Tuesday ended the evening in a parking lot with its driver behind bars. St. Clairsville Police Chief Jeff Henry said at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, a St. Clairsville police officer noticed a car ...

Commissioners discuss the future of courthouse security


CADIZ — Commissioners in Harrison County discussed the future of courthouse security Wednesday, including the possibility of moving the entrance to the building. Harrison County Common Pleas Judge Shawn Hervey spoke to commissioners at their weekly meeting, presenting them with a ...

Life sentence in Bellaire murder case

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- David Carl Kinney will spend his life behind bars for shooting Brad McGarry to death. A jury convicted Kinney earlier this month of aggravated murder in McGarry's death at his Bellaire home. Today, Judge Frank Fregiato sentenced Kinney to life plus three years in ...

Columbus Police honor guard members salute the ambulance carrying the body of Westerville Police officer Eric Joering during a procession transporting the bodies of Joering and Anthony Morelli from the Franklin County Coroners Office to the Hill and Moreland funeral homes in Westerville, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Lawson accused of gun buy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man was charged Monday with providing the gun used to kill two Ohio policemen, as the officers’ bodies were escorted in a procession to funeral homes in the suburban community they served. Gerald Lawson, 30, of suburban Cleveland, is accused of buying the handgun ...

Thomas Grubba is competent to stand trial, and his trial date was set for April 24 on Monday.

Grubba ruled competent to stand trial

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two co-defendants in a deadly home invasion attempt in Bellaire appeared Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato. Thomas Grubba, accused of attempting to invade a home for the purpose of stealing drugs resulting in the death of a participant, has ...

Lawrence J. Collins, Jr.

Canton man indicted for drug trafficking in Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — A man Martins Ferry police describe as a “big fish” in the local drug trafficking scene has been indicted in Belmont County. Lawrence J. Collins Jr., 29, of Canton, Ohio, was indicted Thursday for first-, second- and third-degree felony drug trafficking, in addition to ...

A MOTORIST carefully makes their way along a snowy U.S. 40 in Bridgeport on Monday morning.

Monday’s unpleasant wintry weather surprise

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MARTINS FERRY — Mother Nature is not quite done with the Ohio Valley this winter. Residents awoke Monday to a heavy blanket of snow — a surprise to many after hearing forecasts that called for just a dusting of the white stuff the night before. Instead, in the Martins Ferry area, there ...

Bellaire Middle School Principal Derrick McAfee speaks to the Board of Education on Monday. McAfee spoke about several grants that his school was
recently awarded.

Bellaire BOE selects plan for snow days

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BELLAIRE — Officials with the Bellaire Local School District discussed a plan to make up the hours taken by snow days, among other business on Monday. At the board’s regular monthly meeting, Superintendent Darren Jenkins brought up the subject of making up the hours lost during snow ...

Are we bearing witness to the anti-Rob Porter conspiracy?


I’m having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary (the person who manages the paper flow in the West Wing). Yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of her black eye and bruised cheek; the other ...

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ Motorists make their way on a wet, slushy Ohio 7 in Martins Ferry this morning. Ohio Valley residents awoke to 4 inches or more of snow this morning.

Mother Nature not done with Ohio Valley

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MARTINS FERRY -- Ohio Valley residents woke up to a surprise coating of snow this morning. While the forecast called for just a dusting, there appeared to be at least 4 inches on the ground in the Martins Ferry area. Motorists took their time to reach their destinations, but by about 9 a.m. ...

Sports betting would benefit West Virginia

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WHEELNG — Local tracks would take on duties associated with sports betting if the practice becomes legal in West Virginia, and it’s expected hundreds of jobs would result — both directly at the tracks and in surrounding communities. State lawmakers have received a report from the ...

A bumblebee makes its way to a flower to collect more pollen. By spreading pollen from place to place, bees of many different species prove to be a valuable agricultural resource.

Cadiz library program to educate about bees

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CADIZ — Although many people don’t consider the impact a small insect can have on their lives, the fact remains that bees play a critical role in agriculture and without human intervention, food production in the country could suffer greatly. The Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz will be ...

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Members of the Lafferty Moose Lodge include residents who work with the fire department and community park. Pictured, from left, are Brad Applegarth, Dugan Dye, Lori Mann, Suzie Pubal, Darrell Jendrusik, Tim Mann, Preston Eberhart, Bob Eberhart, Larry Zalesny, Jim Garrett and Aaron Parrish.

Lafferty lodge ready to assist

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LAFFERTY— Residents of Lafferty stick together when members of the community need help. The Lafferty Moose Lodge is not just a place to get a drink or a bite to eat. The lodge members work hard to make sure everyone in the community is doing well. Each year, the Lafferty Moose Lodge makes ...

Is Pope Francis pushing secular worldview on Catholics?


News emanating from the Vatican caught my attention this week. In an interview with Vatican Insider, Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, proclaimed the People’s Republic of China as the country which is “implementing Catholic social teaching best.” No, that isn’t a ...

Officer Randall Lyons

Officer involved in rescue has St. C. roots

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus police officer who made a heroic effort to rescue a child last week is a familiar face to many in Belmont County. On Monday, Columbus police Officers Randall Lyons and Deb Paxton responded to a a call regarding a young boy who had fallen through ice into a ...


Starfire renovations


T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE A sign hangs in the window of the Bridgeport Starfire gas station, indicating that the station will be closed for several months for renovations. The station closed at midnight on Thursday, leaving some motorists confused as they pulled into the station for gas

Washington, D.C., Cherry Blossom Festival trip offered


MORRISTOWN — Union Local High School Student Council and the Class of 2018 is sponsoring a fundraiser trip to Washington, D.C., for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This two-night trip will begin when the bus pulls out of Union Local High School at 4 p.m. on April 13. Participants ...

ABOVE: The courthouse steps wrap around to create left and right pathways.

Courthouse has rich history and ornate architecture


WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Courthouse is hard to miss when driving through the village of Woodsfield. The historic building is located at 101 N. Main St. on the town square in the county seat. It was constructed for $150,000 in 1908 and features designs of marble and oak in its ...

UCFC announces strong earnings and dividend increase


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — United Community Financial Corp., parent company of Home Savings Bank, announced net income of $4.5 million, or 90 cents per diluted common share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. For the year ended Dec. 31, net income was $21.8 million, or 43.7 cents per diluted ...