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Christie to embrace underdog role as he launches bid

June 29, 2015 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the race for president this week, he’ll do so as an underdog. more »»

Opposition groups want to tear down 2016 hopefuls

June 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to... more »»

We all must keep moving forward

June 28, 2015 Dear Belmont County. The county is doing well wherever one looks, but be assured we are not comfortable resting our on laurels. I recognize how far we have come in just a few short years. more »»

Working to motivate students to write

June 28, 2015 D. F. K. Bertolette wrote in his book: A teacher is not measured by the number of bright students he makes brighter, but rather by the number of indifferent students he makes bright. more »»

States should have same-sex marriage say

June 28, 2015 THE U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday morning that reverberated from coast to coast. The high court ruled that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. more »»

Fourth of July: A day of celebration and reflection

June 28, 2015 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! Fireworks, parades, community celebrations, backyard cookouts and parties will mark our nation, 239th birthday on Saturday. more »»

Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

June 28, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. more »»

What if he wasn’t holding that Confederate flag?

June 27, 2015 On the evening of June 17, nine black Americans were killed in their Charleston, South Carolina, church by a white supremacist -- but only after he'd spent an hour with them praying and studying th... more »»

Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

June 27, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican... more »»

GOP governors look to carve campaign niche

June 26, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There was a time in Republican presidential politics when Chris Christie was a star, Scott Walker a mystery and John Kasich a memory. Oh, how things can change. more »»

Sources: Christie to announce presidential run on Tuesday

June 26, 2015 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. more »»

Jindal announcement light on Louisiana’s elected officials

June 26, 2015 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It seemed like a no-miss event in Louisiana politics, a sitting governor announcing his bid for the White House. But the crowd at Gov. more »»

Clinton takes a ‘just enough’ strategy to fund-raising

June 25, 2015 ST. LOUIS (AP) — The stars are out to raise money for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the Plaza Hotel, Jon Bon Jovi at home in Jersey. more »»

Now, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is in the Republican race

June 25, 2015 KENNER, La. (AP) — Pitching himself as a “doer” in a field of talkers, Louisiana Gov. more »»

Property Crackdown

June 25, 2015 MANY EASTERN Ohio communities are plagued by unsightly properties and dilapidated structures. Martins Ferry is no exceptio. more »»

GOP candidates embrace SC gov’s call on Confederate flag

June 24, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed Monday to embrace South Carolina Gov. more »»

Capitol Hill Buzz: Meryl Streep asks Congress to revive ERA

June 24, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — No actor or actress can match Meryl Streep’s 19 Academy Award nominations, and only Katharine Hepburn has bested her three Oscars for acting. more »»

Clinton embraces ‘first mama’ role in second run

June 23, 2015 ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eight years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in New Hampshire as a presidential candidate with something to prove. more »»

What’s at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage case

June 23, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. more »»

Refreshing Star

June 23, 2015 THE ADAGE goes that “youth is wasted on the young.” Such is not the case with Jordan Spieth. Spieth is both wise and successful beyond his year. more »»

Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

June 22, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling... more »»


Belmont County Commissioners Meeting July 1, 2015

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