Editorials

Unwelcomed visitors

At least three unwelcome guests came to our community last week, but local law enforcement had a welcoming committee ready to greet them and show them to their quarters. Three residents of Coshocton — a small city of about 11,000 people located east of Columbus and north of Zanesville - ...

Dems should deny Cohen

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

Revitalizing the Ohio Valley Mall

In the wake of numerous store closings, some positive changes are coming to the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville. One new addition to the retail site may seem like an odd fit at first glance. Rather than being a restaurant or a store, it is a health care center. The new Belmont County ...

Find funds for repairs

Groans and gripes about the condition of many area roads are heard frequently. But when a school bus driver worries aloud about them, it is time for someone to do something about the problem. It happened last week during a Martins Ferry City Council meeting. Councilman Bruce Shrodes, who ...

Consider fire service

A little more than a week ago, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who serve Belmont County gathered to honor many of their own. The annual Belmont County Fire & Squad Officers Association dinner is always an uplifting event, recognizing the heroism of the past year and the long, ...

Keep tax provision in budget

It is high time more tax proceeds from natural gas and oil production are used to benefit the local area. State Rep. Jack Cera recently introduced an amendment to the state’s next transportation budget that would make that possible, and we believe lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should ...

Keep tax debate clean

Like many other states, Ohio has a semi-transparent system of funding highway and bridge maintenance and construction. The vast majority of state funding for the purpose comes from a tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. More than a billion dollars a year is derived from that source. Gov. Mike ...

Finding absentee owners

Merely finding the owners of rundown buildings that ought to be demolished can be quite a chore. Ask virtually any mayor or city manager in the Ohio Valley. For any number of reasons, those who own abandoned and dilapidated structures in our area often live in other cities across the region ...

A new space for seniors

Belmont County takes good care of its senior citizens, and that tradition continued last week with an announcement from the Board of Commissioners. For many years, the people of Belmont County have consistently supported ballot measures to fund Senior Services. Those levies have provided for ...

Building a brighter future

This is a challenging time for the village of Bellaire. Residents of the community and the surrounding area recently received news of two major changes, and neither announcement was positive. First, word was released that St. John Central High School will close at the end of the current ...

Keeping costs down

Government budgets at all levels seldom seem to be lower than in previous years. On the rare occasions when they are, they often are accompanied by predictions of doom and gloom. Except in Belmont County. There, county commissioners have approved a 2019 budget of $21.9 million — about 2.5 ...

Meeting a good start

The village of Belmont needs help. Fortunately, Mayor Stan Sobel isn’t afraid to ask for it. Roads and streets in the small community are falling apart. The damage isn’t due to poor construction or standard wear and tear. Instead, it appears to be a result of heavy truck traffic ...

Idea worth considering

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Act quickly on school slips

School board members and administrators in the Martins Ferry City Schools District are dealing with a slippery situation, and they need to act sooner than later. It was revealed during a board meeting this week that portions of the hilltop campus are slipping away. It seems that soil in two ...

Create jobs for Ohio

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Create jobs for Ohio

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Enforce large truck rules

Perhaps village officials in Belmont can solve two problems at once. One challenge, as outlined during a village council meeting earlier this month, is repairing some badly damaged streets and roads in Belmont. Much of the damage was caused by oil and gas industry trucks, it was stated during ...

On duty for the holidays

Christmas has come and gone; fortunately it passed peacefully for most local residents. If the worst had happened, though, qualified people were ready and willing to respond. All across the region, law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel, doctors, nurses and firefighters were on ...

Fix village finances

Bridgeport has been declared in a state of fiscal emergency by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, which notes the village is seriously in arrears in paying back state loans. That means village government will have to operate under the oversight of a special state commission until it gets its ...

Avoid liability

At some point, someone may have to pay to clean up chemicals used in a Bellaire dry cleaning shop that has been closed for about 20 years. That “someone” should not be taxpayers in the village. During their meeting last week, Bellaire Village Council members discussed the old ...