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Three arrested on charges of bringing drugs from Texas

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio Organized Crime Unit made three arrests following an investigation of narcotics delivered from Texas into Belmont County. The Ohio Organized Crime Unit is staffed with detectives from the Belmont County Sheriff’s ...

St. Clairsville Rotarians to hold bike-a-thon

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city’s Rotary clubs are preparing to welcome good weather and more normal activities after a year of COVID-19 by combining outdoor fun with raising money for a good cause. A bike-a-thon is set for 10 a.m. May 1 at Barkcamp State Park near Belmont. It will benefit ...

Newellstown Diner hoping to extend hours of operation in near future

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Newellstown Diner has big plans for this year including extending its hours of operation, installing a new ice cream window and holding summer activities. Terra Butler, a councilwoman for the city and co-owner of the diner along with T.J. Stewart, said they held a ...

Yorkville Home destroyed by fire Thursday

YORKVILLE — A home in the village is believed to be a total loss following a fire late Thursday morning. Yorkville Fire Chief Crystal McNamara said everyone, including the dog, escaped the burning home safely. She said the blaze occurred at 110 Sinclair Ave. and was reported at 11:13 a.m. ...

Vet awareness at home, abroad

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Lacey Paxton stepped up to serve her country, enlisting shortly after the War on Terror was launched, and can now be found at the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services helping her fellow veterans. She is the St. Clairsville American Legion’s Veteran of ...

Businesses, people to come out for ‘Second Saturdays’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Main Street will be alive with extra activity on Fridays and Saturdays in the coming months, with Food Truck Fridays held weekly and to be followed by a Second Saturday event once a month. Wendy Anderson, director of the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce, said ...

Martins Ferry Schools to host play

MARTINS FERRY — Performers and parents in the Martins Ferry City School District are eagerly awaiting the performance of a long-delayed musical. Julia Wayne, director of music and theater, said they had been ready last year before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “April of 2020 was ...

Income tax phase-out ekes out of senate

CHARLESTON — The leader of the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee tried one last time Wednesday to craft a plan Gov. Jim Justice and the House of Delegates could accept. The Senate voted 18-16 in favor of House Bill 3300, the bill being used to phase-out the personal income tax in West ...

Moundsville man found alive, alert after long search

BETHLEHEM — Nearly 23 hours of searching for Frank Ott paid off as the Moundsville man was found alive, alert and OK on Tuesday near the I-470 ballfields, after apparently wandering off from a gas station following a Monday afternoon car accident. Ott was found on the banks of a small ...

Harrison deputies seize 22 grams of meth in 2 busts

JEWETT — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department made two unrelated arrests over the weekend that resulted in more than 20 grams of methamphetamine being taken off the streets. Ryan Hennis, 34, of Jewett was arrested Friday for felony possession of drugs. Sheriff Joe Myers said ...

Man arrested on multiple drug charges in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — David L. McCracken, 37, no address provided, was arrested on several drug-related charges after officers responded to a disturbance call on South Zane Highway in Martins Ferry on Monday night. According to information provided by Police Chief John McFarland, a caller at 1010 ...

ODOT encourages folks to register through Adopt-A-Highway program

WOODSFIELD — In an effort to help with litter cleanup on state roadways, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced it will again hold its Adopt-A-Highway program this year. Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for ODOT District 10, said littering along roadways is a “huge ...

Blighted property coming down

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON WORK IS underway to demolish a blighted downtown Bellaire building that has been caving in and has become a hazard to neighboring structures and the public. The Belmont Street building is being taken down at the owner’s expense, according to village officials. A man ...

MWCD names chief counsel

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — Jonathan Mizer was named chief counsel for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. Appointed by the MWCD Board of Directors in November, Mizer previously served as associate counsel for the district since May 2018. Prior to joining the MWCD, Mizer worked as a ...

Galavich a runner-up for Miss Agriculture USA

BETHESDA — Faith Galavich is doing the area proud as an advocate for agriculture, and she recently earned a top spot in the Miss Agriculture USA competition. Galavich was the runner-up in the contest for the state of Ohio in the 17-20 age division on March 24. Miss Agriculture USA is an ...

Traffic stop yields drug arrest in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A traffic stop in St. Clairsville on Wednesday netted more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine. Officers with the St. Clairsville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a tan Chevy SUV driven by John Huggins, 42, of Bellaire. During a probable cause search of the ...

St. C. Board of Education seeks input

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Following the regular board of education meeting at 7 a.m. April 7, a special public meeting will be held to seek the public’s input for the use of federal funds, specifically for Title I and IDEA Part B grant funds in the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District. ...

Preschool now offered for free in Monroe County

WOODSFIELD — Youth residing in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District will now be able to attend preschool at no charge. The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education recently voted in favor of a preschool expansion with the Ohio Valley Educational Services Center ...

Meth, fentanyl seized in drug arrest

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A joint investigation between the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Clairsville Police Department resulted in the arrest of a “major local player” in narcotics trafficking, according to the sheriff’s department. Sheriff’s detectives and officers from ...

Martins Ferry City Building reopens to public

MARTINS FERRY — The city building in Martins Ferry reopened to the public following months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor John Davies said residents can now enter the building to pay utility and other bills and to visit the police department without having to be buzzed ...