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May 16, 2014 MUCH-ANTICIPATED vote in the Ohio House of Representatives unfolded Wednesday. House Bill 375 passed by a 55-35 margin. The much-discussed piece of legislation raises the oil and gas severance tax. more »»

Hydro Plant

May 15, 2014 A LOCAL hydroelectric power plant project is not dead in the wate. more »»

Bellaire Police

May 14, 2014 THE BELLAIRE Police Department has been the subject of much debate for several years now. The department no longer has its own dispatchers, but rather utilizes Belmont County 91. more »»

Keeping It Local

May 13, 2014 THE FATE of the mine training center in Cadiz has been a topic of much debate for months. The center plays big into the safety factor for miners. It also is a boost to the Harrison County econom. more »»

Women's Health

May 12, 2014 NATIONAL WOMEN'S Health Week is now underway across the nation. more »»

Mother's Day

May 11, 2014 TODAY WILL be the busiest non-business day of the year for phone companies. Some circuits will be continuously busy. Close to 50 million calls will be made just in Ohio. Phones will ring. more »»

Land Banks

May 9, 2014 DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS litter the Belmont County landscape. It is a problem that will never be totally eradicated but one that can be definitely lessene. more »»

Cheers & Jeers

May 9, 2014 CHEERS for the appearance of The Traveling Wall now at Barnesville Memorial Park. It draws attention to veterans, service personnel and others who strive to keep our nation free. more »»

Voters Have Spoken

May 8, 2014 EIGHT IS Enough was a popular television show in the 1970s and 80s. It is also appropriate phraseology in regards to the Bellaire School District. more »»

Appreciating Teachers

May 7, 2014 TEACHING IS a profession that plays a crucial role in the development of youth. It goes without saying that quality teachers are the foundation of quality education. more »»

School Lunches

May 6, 2014 FIRST LADY Michelle Obama has championed healthier school lunches. Beginning next year, cafeterias nationwide will feature offerings with improved nutritional benefits. more »»

Vote Tuesday

May 5, 2014 IF YOU are a registered voter and have not cast an early ballot, Tuesday is your day. Local early voting has been slower than in year's past. more »»

Issue 1

May 4, 2014 OHIOANS WILL decide in Tuesday’s primary if they want public infrastructure improvements. Those upgrades come in the form of Issue I. more »»

Cheers & Jeers

May 3, 2014 JEERS to the person or persons responsible for beheading the tiger statue in Shadyside. more »»

Heroin Battle

May 2, 2014 HEROIN USE has reached epidemic proportions. It has turned into a national problem. The Ohio Valley is not exempt from the heroin issue. more »»

A Day to Pray

May 1, 2014 THERE is an adage that we have heard many times - "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams o. more »»

Animal Shelter

April 30, 2014 A NEW day is dawning at the Belmont County Animal Shelter. The St. Clairsville-based facility has been hounded by a series of recent problems. more »»

Special Canines

April 29, 2014 MILITARY VETERANS are a special band of people. They put their lives on the line each day to protect our country. For that, we are indebted. more »»

Sterling Blunder

April 28, 2014 RACISM REARED its ugly head once again this weekend. It occurred on one of the nation’s biggest stages -- The National Basketball Association. more »»

Working Together

April 27, 2014 TEAMWORK is usually associated with athletics. Three local communities, however, are pooling their collective efforts to help improves their respective towns. more »»



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