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Belmont police chief now playing several roles in Eastern Ohio

BELMONT — Belmont Police Chief Andrew Miller recently added yet another job to his resume — he is now also a part-time officer for the Bridgeport Police Department. After joining the Bridgeport Police Department earlier this month, Miller now holds a total of seven jobs, three of which ...

Belmont Brewerks gearing up for the return of outdoor dining

Owner says community is important to eatery MARTINS FERRY — Belmont Brewerks, Martins Ferry’s newest downtown restaurant and bar, is gearing up for warmer weather and serving patrons in its outdoor dining area. Co-owner Nicole Stephens said the eatery’s patio enclosure will remain ...

Support local, shop local, play local

We have asked that you support and shop local. Now we suggest that you play local, too. Belmont County offer visitors unique and beautiful destinations with opportunities for making memories with family and friends. Whether it is walking down a wooded trail, discovering small-town hidden ...

Centerville man who survived with transplanted heart for 35 years dies

CENTERVILLE — Centerville resident Joe Rosen, who lived with a donor heart for more than 35 years, died Feb. 28. He was 64 years old. Rosen graduated from Union Local High School in 1974. He was born in Glen Dale on July 17, 1956, a son of the late Mike Rosen and Grace Garrison ...

Project Forward looking to help improve Purple City

MARTINS FERRY — Project Forward continues working to revitalize Martins Ferry’s downtown business area and bring tourism to the city. The Rev. William Webster, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church and president of Project Forward, said the nonprofit is looking toward the future. The past ...

Bellaire High School Thespians group producing ‘James and the Giant Peach’

BELLAIRE — It will be an evening of fun and music when the Bellaire High School Thespians present the spring musical “James and the Giant Peach” at 7 p.m. March 19 and the same time March 20 at the high school alumni auditorium. The story revolves around young orphan James, who is taken ...

Justice reveals personal income tax phase-out plan

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice revealed Thursday specific details about his personal income tax phase-out plan. According to an abstract of Justice’s tax reform plan, which is currently being worked on by the West Virginia Legislature’s bill drafting department and likely set for ...

W.Va. lowering age limit for vaccines to 50

The state of West Virginia will begin targeting residents 50 and older for the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Also, teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children and residents with health issues also will be included in the new ...

House approves bill penalizing teacher strikes

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates joined with their state senate colleagues Tuesday in passing a bill making it clear that strikes and work stoppages by public employees are illegal. Senate Bill 11, declaring a work stoppage or strike by public employees to be unlawful, ...

Gamble ‘excited’ to receive J&J vaccine shipments

WHEELING — With the recent approval of a third COVID-19 vaccine, a one-shot inoculation developed by Johnson & Johnson, a local health leader is glad to see the supply increase to meet the overwhelming demand. Howard Gamble, health administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health ...

Allegedly impaired driver hospitalized after wreck on I-70 in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An allegedly impaired driver was hospitalized after crashing his vehicle into a tree early Monday morning along Interstate 70. The driver, 25-year-old Andrew Mastracci of Michigan, lost control of his vehicle and ended up crashing into a tree around milepost 210 on ...

Alpha Tavern adds spice via Chef Huffman

WHEELING — The Alpha Tavern, located at 50 Carmel Road in the historic Woodsdale neighborhood, announces the addition of Chef Alan Huffman to its vibrant team. Huffman owned the Spicy Gringo restaurant in Weirton before moving to the Alpha. The restaurant will feature Huffman’s menu via ...

Lou Holtz Life Improvement Scholarship Program deadline set

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — Deadline for submitting applications for seniors in designated high schools to be eligible for inclusion in the Lou Holtz Life Improvement Scholarship Program for continuing their education at a two-year vocational school has been set at March 27 for consideration in ...

Jamison reflects on Vietnam and the aftermath

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville American Legion Veteran of the Month Floyd Jamison still ponders the Vietnam War, those who returned and those who did not. Jamison served with the I.S. Navy from 1960-71, earning the rank of chief warrant officer. He served in the Vietnam theater in ...

OHHS Partners with OSU to bring Mobile Mammography to the region

OHHS Partners with OSU to bring Mobile Mammography to the region Ohio Hills Health Services is pleased to partner with the Ohio State University Breast Health Connection Project, The James-The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Ohio Department of Health to bring mobile mammography ...

Ohio Hills Health Services featured on new Cause Connector giving site

QUAKER CITY, Ohio — Ohio Hills Health Services is among the first organizations to be featured on the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s new Cause Connector giving site. Cause Connector is a charitable matchmaking site, created to help more donors support local nonprofit projects in ...

Monroe soil and water district to award scholarships to students

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District is again helping high school students and recent graduates in the county further their education by providing money toward their college tuition. The Monroe SWCD will sponsor three $1,000 scholarships for local students ...

A Special Wish Foundation names O’Grady new executive director

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation named Annmarie O’Grady as its new executive director. “We feel so fortunate to have Annmarie as our newly appointed executive director,” said Denise Penz, chairwoman of the board for the chapter. “Her ...

New COVID-19 case loads tiny in Ohio, Marshall counties

WHEELING — Ohio and Marshall counties reported the lowest numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the fall between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Only three new cases were reported out of Ohio County on Tuesday night, while Marshall County chimed in with just one new case as of Wednesday ...

Police searching for man accused of Cadiz store theft

CADIZ — Law enforcement apprehended two suspects allegedly involved in a theft that occurred early Monday at Tractor Supply in Cadiz. A third suspect is still wanted for questioning. Courtney Jenkins, 24, of Delray, West Virginia, and Brandon Sine, 37, of Martins Ferry were arrested ...