Editorials

Blood donors needed

School is out and summer activities are underway even though the season won't officially begin until June 21. That means many people are enjoying some fun in the sun. Traditional summer activities in our region include hard work, such as cutting and baling hay, painting old buildings and ...

Protect your vision

Several organizations across the nation are clearly focused on preserving and protecting people's vision this month. June is both Child Vision Awareness Month and Cataract Awareness Month. That means groups such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraging people of all ages to ...

Make academic cuts last

The Buckeye Local School District will again turn to voters in November, seeking a levy to help avoid a financial crisis. The district proposed a similar levy in May, but it failed by about 3 percent of the vote. The decision to place a 1.9-mill emergency levy before voters in the fall came ...

Staying safe on the road

A perfect storm may be on its way to local highways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol told our reporter last week that troopers saw heavier traffic than expected on Memorial Day weekend, with plenty more on the way. Lt. James Faunda said the amount of traffic wasn’t the only concern for ...

Bellaire has tough task

Members of Bellaire Village Council and the municipal administration are taking on a task no one wants to perform — they are considering staff cuts and other cost-saving measures in an effort to cover a budget shortfall. The main culprit behind the potentially large deficit seems to be the ...

Being good neighbors

Folks in Eastern Ohio have been pretty neighborly lately, and that is a good thing. All around the area, people have been striving to improve their properties and communities. In some cases, individuals are making contributions that will benefit many others in addition to themselves and their ...

A winning attitude

We could all learn a thing or two from Andrew Masciarelli, an eighth-grader at Bellaire Middle School and Belmont County’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. For one thing, we could learn how to spell some pretty daunting words. Masciarelli worked hard ...

Stemming the flow

There appears to be some good news for Belmont County in the latest U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. While every community in the Ohio Valley lost residents from 2015 to 2016, the population of cities and villages in Belmont County remained relatively stable compared to other local ...

Some dealers are killers

Occasionally, we call on prosecutors and judges to punish certain criminals harshly. Because suggesting someone go to prison for a long time is a very serious thing, we usually explain why we believe lengthy sentences are appropriate. Not this time. There really is no need to explain why a ...

Study could benefit area

Several local school districts are participating in a study to determine if it is feasible for them to share services and facilities. It is an effort that could increase efficiency and save taxpayers money, if it is handled correctly. Ohio House Bill 5, which became law in September, allows ...

Work to promote city

Business and government leaders in the Purple City are still working to move the community forward as it recovers from a massive downtown fire. Representatives of local churches, Belmont County agencies, stores, service providers and city government formed Project Forward, a Martins Ferry ...

Addiction help available

A new and important service is available in Barnesville. Crossroads Counseling Services, Barnesville Hospital, Ohio Hills Health Services, Mental Health and Recovery Board, and Belmont Professional Associates recently opened Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio in the lower level of the ...

Award is Deserved

Efforts to provide local students with the knowledge and skills they will need to build bright futures were rewarded on Friday. Martins Ferry City School District was named the National Education Foundation's Science Technology Engineering and Math Academy of the Year. The district also ...

Approve House Bill 105

The oil and natural gas industry has brought a wide variety of things to the local region. Many of those have been positive for individuals and communities. They include jobs, lease and royalty payments and grants made by companies that are operating here. But some negatives have come as ...

Sentence should fit crime

On May 30, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge will impose a sentence on a woman who admitted to committing sex crimes. Former St. Clairsville teacher and head softball coach Rachel Duncan could spend more than 13 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of gross sexual ...

Motorcycle Safety

According to the National Safety Council, "when spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere." That is why May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To remain safe on our highways, motorcyclists need to respect and learn about the machine they are driving and how ...

A wise use of funds

A contribution to the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit could not have come at a better time. On Wednesday, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners presented a check for $50,000 to the unit, which includes the Belmont County Drug Task Force as well as representatives of all county law ...

Use care with new plan

Ohio legislators should listen to Auditor Dave Yost, who has shared concerns about a plan that would divert 3,400 nonviolent, fifth-degree felons from state prisons and into county jails and treatment programs over two years. Yost acknowledges the plan would save the state money and could ...

Congrats, Inductees!

On Sunday, four people were added to the ranks of those deemed significant to the history and development of Martins Ferry. All were honored posthumously with their induction into the Martins Ferry Hall of Fame. That institution dates back to 2007, when former mayor Leslie A. Douglas sought a ...

Spending Cuts Vital

Buckeye Local School District officials apparently did not make a good enough case that taxpayers should give them more money. Last week, voters by a 1,315-1,177 margin rejected a request for a new property tax levy. That leaves the district with no viable options but to begin tightening the ...