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Drug cases on the docket

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Alcohol- and drug-related cases came before Belmont County Common Pleas John Vavra on Tuesday. Vavra heard a guilty plea from Tony Paolella, 33, formerly of 200 Belmont Road, Bethesda. Paolella pleaded guilty to grand theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony occurring ...

BCARL concerned about books

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Animal Rescue League recently filed a report with local law enforcement after noticing inconsistencies in the organization’s financial records. Nathan Daniel Blake, public relations liaison for BCARL, said organization members noticed the ...

Husarik conducts council meeting in Mayor Smith’s stead

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BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Village Council President Marvin Husarik led council’s first meeting in the wake of theft allegations against Mayor David W. Smith. Husarik has taken over the mayoral duties and day-to-day operations until the pending charges against the mayor are resolved. ...

Crowd opposes eminent domain

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BRIDGEPORT — A large delegation of supporters for former village mayor John Callarik gathered outside Bridgeport High School Tuesday, and even more made their way into the school district’s cafetorium for the monthly board of education meeting. They were there to voice their opinions on ...

Bridgeport schools hire systems administrator

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BRIDGEPORT -- The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District welcomed one of its own back to the “Bulldog Nation” Tuesday night during the monthly board of education meeting inside the schools’ cafetorium. Elliott Dean, a 2018 graduate, was unanimously approved as the new systems ...

Finance director retiring

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city will likely have a new finance director after the end of February, coinciding with the impending retirement of the current one. On Tuesday, council went into executive session for close to an hour to discuss personnel matters. The agenda included the possible ...

UK unveils immigration overhaul for 2021 focused on skills

Business

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced new post-Brexit immigration rules Tuesday that will make it tougher for European Union citizens, but easier for people from many other nations, to move to the U.K. starting next year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government said the new rules ...

U.S. small businesses are getting upbeat news on the economy

Business

Small business owners have received some upbeat news on the economy this month. Retail sales figures released Friday showed that consumers were inspired by unseasonably warm weather to spend on their homes in January, but that overall sales growth was modest. The Commerce Department reported ...

Residents concerned about detour through city

Community

WHEELING — A group of North Wheeling residents are expressing safety concerns about the significant increase in tractor-trailers and other big rigs traveling through North Wheeling as a result of the recent I-70 Bridges Project detours. Several residents say they believe the increase in the ...

Chase leads to six arrests

Community

BELLAIRE — A high-speed chase through Belmont County ended with the arrest of two adults and four juveniles over the weekend. Officers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were led on a 17-minute chase early Saturday morning, said Trooper Michael Grant of the OSHP St. Clairsville Post. ...

Heating assistance still available

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Community Action Commission of Belmont County is assisting income-eligible households with winter heating needs through March 31. Eligible households, with less than a 10-day supply, may receive a one-time delivery of bulk fuel or propane up to $900. Utility customers ...

Tanker task force activated in Flushing

Local News

FLUSHING - Flames tore through a hay-filled barn on Monday evening, leveling the structure as firefighters struggled to obtain water to battle the blaze. Flushing Fire Chief Bob Eberhart said the building was fully involved in flames when his department answered the call for help, which was ...

BCARL declines director’s renewal

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Animal Rescue League will not renew the contract of its executive director this year. The organization announced last week via a news release that it has declined to renew the contract of Jennifer Woollard. Woollard has been with the nonprofit ...

History heroes will be honored

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CHARLESTON — Eight Ohio Valley residents, including two from Belmont County, will be recognized as West Virginia History Heroes during West Virginia History Day at the Culture Center in Charleston on Thursday. The honorees include: ∫ Thomas Buckley of Flushing, nominated by the Ohio ...

Busy spring set for The Highlands

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WHEELING — The Chick-Fil-A restaurant is set to open later this month at The Highlands, kicking off a string of anticipated openings there in the coming months. A sign outside the Chick-Fil-A tells hungry passers-by it will open Feb. 27. “Chick-Fil-A is a gigantic hit,” said Ohio ...

EMA forced to revamp plans

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MARTINS FERRY — Now that Belmont County is down another hospital, emergency management officials must begin re-evaluating emergency operation plans in case there ever is an incident involving multiple injuries or deaths. Dave Ivan, Belmont County Emergency Management Agency director, said ...

Early college credits a boon for students

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — High school students across the Ohio Valley are able to get a big jump start on their post-secondary educational careers, thanks to college credits they are able to earn while still enrolled in high school. One of the most attractive incentives of participating in ...

Ferry names new service director

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MARTINS FERRY — The city is welcoming a new service director and a change in department administration. Andy Sutak has taken up the job, with reduced salary from the prior position and a shift in the direction of the office. Sutak attended his first meeting as serve director Feb. ...