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An up close look at the Ohio budget

June 30, 2013 As required by the Ohio Constitution, and facing a governor signing deadline of this date, Ohio lawmakers passed a new 2014-2015 $62 billion state budget this past Thursday. more »»

Sobriety?Checkpoint: A case study in teamwork

June 30, 2013 I AM no night owl. Far from it. When you awake at 4 a.m. each workday, late hours are a no-no. Last Saturday, however, Martins Ferry Mayor Paul Riethmiller had me out well past 2 a.m. more »»

Good choices don't always work out

June 23, 2013 THE BELMONT County commissioners made a great hire Wednesday. They had a tough decision, but to their credit it, they nailed it. Unfortunately, their prudent choice lasted less than two da. more »»

OVAC continues to honor its past

June 16, 2013 THE OVAC All-Star Football Game is one of the premier events of the summer season in the Ohio Valle. more »»

Paving the way for smoother travel

June 9, 2013 THE BELMONT County commissioners’ meeting Wednesday featured some lively debate. The paving of roads has been a frequently discussed issue, and it surfaced again last week. more »»

Population numbers should grow

June 2, 2013 Recently, the U.S Census Bureau released its 2012 population estimates and various sources of local media were quick to publish what is seemingly a continued trend of population loss. more »»

OSU president needs to button his lips

June 2, 2013 HOW CAN a man so intelligent be so stupid? Just ask E. Gordon Gee. After his most recently released verbal ramblings, E. Gordon Goon may be a more appropriate name. more »»

Local community pools drying up

May 26, 2013 POWHATAN POINT is the latest community in jeopardy of not having its pool open for the summer. more »»

LGF cutbacks yield fewer services

May 19, 2013 Ohio’s Local Government Fund was created by the General Assembly in 1934 and a couple of others were created in the mid to late 1980’s to help provide additional support to local government and to... more »»

Bellaire park to get $20,000 gazebo

May 19, 2013 BELLAIRE'S HISTORIC Park is getting a striking addition. more »»

School funding issue needs addressed

May 12, 2013 On a local level, the May 7 special election yielded few surprises. more »»

Punishment will not match the crime

May 12, 2013 I HAVE been on this soap box before. Sometimes a crime's punishment cannot be harsh enough. The latest case in point emanates out of Clevelan. more »»

Football plays big into Mother’s Day

May 11, 2013 My hometown is in the news for the wrong reason. Cleveland, Ohio has made national news for the 3 women who have been captive for 10 years in the house. more »»

Primary election crucial to local schools

May 5, 2013 WE ARE two days away from campaign rhetoric going silent. more »»

Funding formula triggers need for levies

May 5, 2013 On Tuesday, voters in the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District will decide on the fate of a 2. more »»

Lawmakers need to curb extravagance

May 1, 2013 Enough! With presidential libraries popping up like jackrabbits and taxpayers shelling out nearly $3.7 million for ex-presidents’ expenses, it’s time to call a halt to our expansivenes. more »»

$10: A small price to pay for better roads

April 28, 2013 MANY BELMONT County roads and bridges are in need of repair. That is no revelation. Belmont County Engineer Fred Bennett realizes that more than anybody. more »»

Voters to decide fate of several levies

April 28, 2013 On May 7, or through early voting at the Board of Elections, voters in various parts of Belmont County will head to their respective voting precincts to vote on school, park, or municipal levy... more »»

Boston bombings yield many questions

April 21, 2013 It was a week Bostonians will never forget; the entire nation for that matter. more »»

Fiscal efficiency:?Not a priority in Ohio Schools

April 21, 2013 Ohio’s school districts spend about a third more on their bureaucracies than the national average. more »»



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