Opinion

Allow training to occur

Editorials

Village leaders in Bellaire are dealing with an unfortunate situation in a resourceful and straightforward manner. Although Vincent DiFabrizio has been mayor for 12 years, he is required to attend a recertification class in Columbus each year in order to preside over mayor’s court. A series ...

New chief at helm

Editorials

A longtime firefighter has returned home to St. Clairsville, bringing with him nearly 40 years of valuable experience. John Slavik is the new interim fire chief for the Cumberland Trail Fire District. He was named to the post after former chief Lance Rice asked to step down and resume his ...

An important lesson

Editorials

John Mattox knows a thing or two about how to build a positive, productive life - and he is doing all he can to impart that wisdom to the people who will build the future of our nation and our world. Mattox is curator of the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing. An African-American who is ...

Appreciating local heroes and the arrival of spring

Columns

The pages of this newspaper today devote a good deal of space to local firefighters and emergency medical technicians. There is good reason for that. After all, they are the people who come between the rest of us and disaster day in and day out, all throughout the year. I have a good bit of ...

Reinvest in our area

Editorials

Eastern Ohio is generating a lot of money for the Buckeye State. It is time for more of that money to be reinvested in our region, so it can remain a productive and pleasant place for people to live. State Reps. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, and Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, joined forces in an effort ...

A much-needed break

Editorials

It appears that the Purple City may finally have caught a long overdue break. Martins Ferry City Council members recently learned that the city may not have help pay for repairs to three slips along Ohio 647. Slipping land is a common problem in the area, which is characterized by steep ...

Amendments appropriate

Editorials

St. Clairsville City Council members are doing the right thing — in more ways than one. A few weeks ago, council began to consider an ordinance that would regulate vicious dogs in the community. The measure came before council in the wake of two incidents involving dogs that got out of ...

Program benefits all

Editorials

A cooperative program in place at Belmont Correctional Institute is providing opportunities for inmates, animals and local families. Belmont County Animal Shelter is working with the prison to allow inmates to train dogs to better prepare them for adoption. Shelter Director Angela Hatfield ...

Drug-free opportunities

Editorials

We have heard for a few years now that it is difficult for the trades and various industries to find qualified workers in our region. The problem doesn't seem to be lack of education or training — it is the inability of many applicants to pass a drug screening. That is why the International ...

Hope for retail

Editorials

The retail landscape of our area and the nation is changing and showing signs of distress, but there are still positive indications about the future of the industry in our region. Retailers such as Elder-Beerman, Kmart, Sears, Macy's, hhgregg, Radio Shack and J.C. Penney are closing stores ...

Food, fun and friends at Business After Hours

Columns

The business community in Martins Ferry includes a lot of fun-loving people. On Thursday, The Times Leader hosted a Business After Hours event for the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce. Business and community leaders from all over the city attended, representing a wide variety of interests ...

Problem properties

Editorials

There is a problem plaguing many areas of Belmont County, and government leaders need public support to help them correct it. All across Belmont County — and much of the larger region — unkempt properties are creating eyesores and dangerous hazards. At the corner of School Street and Ohio ...

Trust can be misplaced

Editorials

The recent indictment of a former Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department officer raises a question without a satisfactory answer: How was former Treasurer Timothy L. Poludniak allegedly able to embezzle $274,000 from the VFD before being caught? Poludniak, 59, was indicted on two felony ...

Justice is served

Editorials

Justice is defined as the administration of law, and that does not always mean handing out the strictest possible punishment. Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato demonstrated that on Monday, when he granted early release to a young man who had pleaded guilty to burglary and ...

Experiences important

Editorials

There is no substitute for real-world experience. That is why we approve of steps Martins Ferry City Schools have taken to prepare students for the future. In November, the school’s technology department acquired a LulzBot Mini model 3-D printer, which typically costs about $1,250. ...

Making water a priority

Editorials

It seems Bellaire's water treatment and distribution system is in desperate need of upgrades. Most of that infrastructure is more than 40 years old and showing signs of deficiencies. Three years ago, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency found 27 violations while inspecting the treatment ...

Mayor has gone above and beyond

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, After reading and seeing so much bad news in the news media Iád like to turn this thing around and concentrate on some good news going on in our communities, etc. For the sake of brevity, Iáll get to it. The village of Belmont has been transformed into a much better community ...

Give a hoot

Editorials

Although snow covered the ground in our region Saturday and more may be on the way, signs of spring are everywhere in Eastern Ohio. But in addition to the green grass, crocuses and irises that are popping up, another crop is visible along our roadsides - a growing amount of litter. Nearly ...

Are educational pressures bad for kids?

Columns

Is it possible that we are putting too much pressure on kids these days? We hear a lot about the fast pace of modern life and how taxing it is on adults. People often complain that they or their loved ones work long hours and don’t spend enough time with family. Folks say they don’t know ...

Doing the right thing

Editorials

Village leaders in Barnesville did something special this week: They went out of their way to do the right thing. During a meeting Monday, Village Council heard from a local businessman. Chip Terrett, owner of Corner Pharmacy at 102 W. Main St., told council he would be filing a lawsuit ...