Editorials

Allow training to occur

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

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

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 ...

Reinvest in our area

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Problem properties

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Give a hoot

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 ...

Doing the right thing

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 ...

Reconsider dog law

Hundreds of St. Clairsville residents are upset about a plan to place new restrictions on owners of dogs deemed to be vicious. City Council members may want to reconsider the proposal. An ordinance placing new requirements on owners of some dogs, with pit bull terriers specifically included, ...

Care Center Kudos

Congratulations to the Monroe County Care Center and to the county Board of Commissioners for overcoming serious obstacles to the center’s operations. In November 2015, the center lost its certification to treat patients who receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The loss was the result of ...

Voting effort worthwhile

The village of Belmont and the Belmont County Board of Elections are setting a good example for local governments as they work together to resolve a matter that has concerned village residents for years. After hearing from people who live in the community, village leaders petitioned the ...

Combatting thefts

Theft is a serious crime regardless of who its victims are. But when thieves target the individuals who have served our nation and their families, the act is even more deplorable. According to the Belmont County Veterans Service Office, thieves are visiting cemeteries across Belmont County ...