Editorials

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 ...

Harrison Hills

UNCERTAINTY AND frustration are very prevalent throughout the expansive Harrison Hills School District.That is a direct result of three recent meetings by the district's board of education, focusing on a large deficit projection. Those meetings, however, failed to produce a game plan to erase ...

Preserving Tradition

WHATEVER happened to tradition - as well as a way to save money?The Columbus Dispatch recently reported it's likely that The Ohio State University eventually will tear down the St. John Arena but it probably won't occur for years. Athletics director Gene Smith is quoted as noting that the ...

Prudent Moves

FOLLOWING THE defeat of Issues 3 and 4 on the May Primary ballot, the Buckeye Local Board of Education needed to make some tough decisions. Those painful but money-saving moves came to fruition Monday.School board members, as expected, announced plans to close two schools for the coming year. ...

Useful Training

THE BELMONT-Harrison Career Center is providing prospective teachers an invaluable learning tool. We embrace the Capstone Project "Pathways to Teaching."The program, now in its seventh year, provides high school seniors who harbor hopes of entering the teaching profession hands-on classroom ...

Harrison Hills

TWO ELEMENTARY schools in the Harrison Hills School District avoided the chopping block last week.Jewett and Lakeland elementary schools gained a new lease on life -- albeit a possible short one -- following action by the district's board of education.Harrison Hills is yet another local school ...

County Vehicles

Last week the Belmont County Commissioners announced that they had received complaints about questionable use of county vehicles, stressing that they were taking steps to make sure policies that are in place aren't ignored.The board sent a memo out to county department heads advising them of ...

Drug testing

WE EMBRACE the Martins Ferry School District's proactive stance on drug testing.The board of education drew the line in the sand when it comes to student-athletes and the use of drugs. The district will implement a drug testing program with the advent of the 2010-2011 school year.Board members ...

Children’s Books

ACTION taken last week by voters in other areas of the Buckeye State is encouraging and shows an interest in public libraries.The Columbus Dispatch reveals that 86 percent of the library tax issues throughout the state were approved by voters in the May primary election while 81 percent were ...