Editorials

Reconsider plan

Community leaders are working together to revitalize downtown Martins Ferry in the wake of an October fire that destroyed several businesses. The community spirit driving those efforts is great for the city, but we believe the plan organizers have put forward is flawed. Since the fire ...

Cheers & Jeers

CHEERS to the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District for spending $60,000 to construct new restrooms and a concession stand for its softball facility. Not only will it benefit those attending games, but school officials expect it to be used by other community members as well. CHEERS to ...

Observe Year-Round

February is Black History Month — a time to recognize and celebrate achievements of African-Americans and their contributions to our society. The roots of the observance date to 1915, when Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and ...

Providing Health Care

Health insurance through Medicare and/or Medicaid can be godsends for people unable to pay the bills without help. But merely being enrolled in the programs is no guarantee of actually getting the care one needs. Since November 2015, that has been a concern of some Monroe County residents. ...

Enjoy local parks

We often hear local residents complaining that there is nothing to do around here. That is simply not the case. So, perhaps with spring on the way, it is time to take a look around our region to gain a fresh perspective on all it has to offer. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is ...

Road work returning

As spring approaches, so does the season of orange barrels. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Monday that work will begin soon on a bridge replacement project in St. Clairsville. Work is also slated to get underway this spring on a bridge that will cross Interstate 70 to ...

Schools face changes

Big changes are occurring in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District. Ohio’s largest school district in terms of geography, Switzerland constantly faces unique challenges. The system primarily serves residents of Monroe County, though it does have some reach into neighboring Belmont ...

A helping hand

A group of caring individuals known for helping others in our region has done it again. Members of VFW Post 626 in Bellaire, headed by Martins Ferry resident Terry Wildman, do a lot for the people of Eastern Ohio. One of their favorite causes is education, and they work to support young ...

Demolition warranted

One of the most important duties of our public officials is protecting the people they serve. That is why Shadyside Mayor Robert Newhart and village council members are taking concerns about some dilapidated properties so seriously. They are exploring options for tearing down the building at ...

Seek swift solution

Village officials in Belmont are no strangers to dealing with adversity. That is why we are confident they will work hard to find a way to overcome the latest obstacle to their plans. At the beginning of 2016, there was just one village official — newly elected Mayor Stan Sobel. The ...

Increasing efficiency

Efficiency is important. That is especially true when it comes to entities that are funded with taxpayers’ money. So, we believe it is great news that the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District is making strides toward energy efficiency. The Bridgeport Board of Education heard some ...

Matters of the heart

Today is Valentine’s Day — a day that is all about matters of the heart. That makes it a good time to think about heart health. February is American Heart Month, an observance launched in 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared it a time to focus on cardiovascular health. More than ...

Reduce premature births

Most parents would do anything to protect the health and welfare of their children. The same is true of expectant mothers, although they may not realize there are resources available locally to help them do just that. Premature births are a concern for all expectant parents, and in Ohio and ...

Pass bridge bill

Bridges have been carrying people and cargo over streams, valleys and other obstacles in Eastern Ohio for more than two centuries. As the National Road was built across Belmont County and the Buckeye State, some of the region’s earliest spans were put in place to help travelers reach all ...

Committee could help

Buckeye Local School District officials hope voters will approve a 4.8-mill, 10-year levy in May. To help make that happen, the district formed a 22-member committee to spread awareness of the issue. Perhaps that is an example the Bellaire Local School District should follow. The Buckeye ...

Children are our future

The diligence, talent and skill exhibited by local students in recent weeks paint a bright picture of the future of Eastern Ohio. Last Thursday, 18 middle-schoolers gathered at Ohio University Eastern to complete for the title of Belmont County Spelling Bee champion and the opportunity to ...

Dealing with a threat

Some politicians would have us believe climate change is the most serious environmental threat facing Americans. But what about flora and fauna change? As we reported last week, our region of the country is quickly losing the ash trees that once were a mainstay of eastern U.S. forests. Even ...

Congratulations Andrew Masciarelli!

Andrew, an eighth-grader at Bellaire Middle School, is the 2017 Belmont County Spelling Bee champion. He spelled two words - ultralight and fatality - correctly to win the title. Andrew's reward is an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Belmont County at the Scripps ...

Money put to good use

The Belmont County Board of Commissioners took a step in the right direction Wednesday. Nearly a year ago, the village of Bellaire was termed “unprotected” by a company that assesses insurance risk, due to the large number of non-working fire hydrants in the community. That is a ...

Alternate funding

We frequently hear that local governments do not have the funds they need to provide the services residents expect. Townships can’t afford to demolish dilapidated buildings. Cities do not have the funds to repair street slips. Counties cannot complete necessary upgrades to infrastructure ...