Editorials

Same Old Song

THE UNION Local School District is singing a familiar tune. Unfortunately, it is not a pleasant one.At its meeting last week, the Union Local school board addressed an all too common issue in Eastern Ohio, that being a financial pinch. Like many neighboring districts, the western Belmont County ...

Young Voters

Although it's currently not election season, this week marks an important milestone for American voters.Forty years ago, the legal age to vote was changed. This happened during the height of the war in Vietnam, where the average age of fighting soldiers was 19. But before the president signed ...

Wrestling Greatness

GEORGE KOVALICK is regarded as the father of wrestling in the Ohio Valley. He earned that distinction through his passionate commitment to the mat sport, elevating it to an elite level.Kovalick worked much of his coaching magic at Bridgeport High. He led the Bulldogs to the 1959 state wrestling ...

Spanning Time

ATTEMPTS TO demolish the Bellaire Bridge have encountered yet another delay. We see that as neither surprising nor disturbing.After 20 years of waiting for the much-needed occurrence to come to fruition, residents on both sides of the aging span have become quite familiar with such news.The ...

Water Rates

PAYING MORE for water is often times tough to swallow. But it is made more palatable when the increase is justifiable and needed for the good of the community.Water rates will be rising in the Village of Bridgeport come July 1. This is no common occurrence in the Bulldog community as the last ...

Community Alert

OFFICIALS IN Belmont County recently took action that will provide a great tool for emergency response teams to notify the public of potentially dangerous situations.County leaders chose to spend funds from an Emergency Management Performance Grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland ...

Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. Today is the day to tell your dad how much you love him and how much you appreciate all he does for you.Don't be afraid to give him a big hug.It is something that we should do every day.Every one of us, especially those of us who are older, have beautiful memories of our ...

Respect & Dignity

No Americans deserve more respect than those who have served our country, particularly those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. With that in mind, it's safe to say that Arlington National Cemetery is undoubtedly the most well-known piece of hallowed ground for our nation's true ...

River Sweep

AN ARMY of volunteers from the area will join forces this coming Saturday to help clean up the Ohio Valley's most notable natural feature - the Ohio River.The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has taken the lead in organizing this annual event, bringing together literally tens of ...

Building Delay

THE SWITZERLAND of Ohio School District has been longing for new school buildings for much too long.It appears that wait has grown a little longer, but one we feel anxious district residents can handle.Antiquated buildings have housed students for many years in the district. An $88 million ...

Flag Day

THE STARS and stripes will be on display today in communities across the nation, as we observe Flag Day.Flag Day has been observed in the United States on June 14 every year for nearly a century now. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 officially establishing Flag Day on June ...

Soap Box Derby

THE SECOND local installment of Soap Box Derby competition this spring is scheduled to unfold Sunday in Martins Ferry.Just six short days ago, St. Clairsville survived Mother Nature's relentless rain assault to stage the All-American Soap Box Derby, traditionally held in Martins Ferry.Despite ...

Special People

A SCHOOL year filled with compassion, love and caring.Such is Beallsville.The Blue Devil community put a heart-warming cap on a nine-month fund-raising campaign for the Relay For Life. What a campaign it was.Students and staff at Beallsville High School and Elementary schools combined their ...

Humanitarians

THE HAITI Team ministry personifies love and caring. The Eastern Ohio-based humanitarian group has been working feverishly to raise money to aid earthquake-ravaged residents of beleaguered Haiti.And now with supplies and money in hand, two members are in one of the world's poorest countries to ...

Vision Speeding

WE ARE not rushing to judgment, but we have major concerns with an Ohio Supreme Court traffic enforcement decision this week.The Buckeye State's high court ruled that a person may be convicted of speeding purely if it appears to a police officer that the motorist was traveling too fast.The ...

Relay For Life

WALKING HAS never been more in vogue. Its health values are immeasurable.Walking takes on added significance this weekend at two local venues.Both Bellaire and Yorkville will play host to Relays for Life. The events are staged to bring an awareness to the never-ending fight against cancer while ...

Spanning Time

IF ALL goes as planned, the Bellaire Toll Bridge will finally be coming down. It will be a bittersweet razing.The bridge -- once a bustling and revenue-generating entity -- has laid dormant for some two decades. It has morphed into a deteriorating eyesore, one which has also become a major ...

A Real Classic

COMPETITORS, take your mark.And with that, the 34th Annual Ogden Newspapers 20K Classic Run and Walk will unfold.The distance extravaganza has blossomed into a rite of spring in the Ohio Valley, more precisely Memorial Day Weekend. The classic brings with it countless entrants, spectators and ...

Underage Drinking

As May comes to an end, festivities in connection with the beginning of summer kick off. Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, the school year is coming to a close and high school seniors are celebrating graduations.With this time of celebration comes an increased prevalence of underage ...

Safety Net

We're venturing into the season when many motorists take to the road, and with increased traffic during the late spring and the summer months comes increased dangers on your highways.This high-traffic season is being made safer this year thanks to a new effort by the Ohio State Highway Patrol ...