The following events and activities are canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak:
∫ The Belmont County Veterans Service Office will be temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anyone with questions for the Belmont County Veterans Service Office can call 740-325-1042.
∫ Based on guidance from the CDC and Gov. Mike DeWine regarding avoiding indoor meetings and practicing social distancing, U.S. Ses. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, have decided to cancel all upcoming service academy seminars out of an abundance of caution.
Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should send their completed application packet to Portman’s Columbus office and Brown’s Cleveland office no later than Sept. 18. The application process is time-intensive. Applicants should plan well in advance.
For more information or to request an application, call 800-205-6446 or 888-896-6446.
∫ The Bridgeport Boosters 200 Club banquet originally scheduled for April 4 had been canceled. It is rescheduled for June 13 at the Skyliner in Bridgeport. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. All dues must be paid by 7 p.m. June 13.
∫ Due to coronavirus concerns, the village of Bellaire administration offices are closed to the public. Payments for fines or water accounts can be made by check or money order and deposited in the collection box at the front steps of the building. Water accounts are still due on the due date. For more information, call the water department at 740-676-6537; income tax filing, call 740-676-2710; or for fines call mayor’s office, call 740-676-6539.
∫ The Bethesda village council meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursdsay has been canceled.
∫ The Harrison County Recorder’s Office is closed to public traffic. All recording will be directed to be deposited in the engineer’s drop box or accepted through the mail. Real estate records searches can be conducted online.
∫ The Harrison County Auditor’s Office is closed to the public. The office will have a small staff during normal office hours to be reached by phone and will be accessible for other governmental offices. Deeds will be accepted by mail or by drop box. The drop box is located outside of the engineer’s office. Mailed deeds can be sent to the Harrison County Engineer, 100 W. Market St., Cadiz. All real estate information is available on the auditor’s website through harrisoncountyohio.org. Staff will be available by phone to assist with any questions regarding real estate at 740-942-8861.
∫ The Harrison County Veteran’s Service Office is closed to the public. Staff will continue to work normal business hours and can be reached by phone or email. Any claims work that can be done over the phone will be done with signature pages being mailed to clients with stamped return envelopes included. To contact the veteran’s office call 740-942-8441.
∫ Harrison County Court has modified its operations to minimize the number of people who need to come to the courthouse. At this time, court will no longer be accepting in-person payments. Payments may be made to the court by phone at 740-942-8865 or by mail: Harrison County Court, 100 W. Market St., Cadiz. The court will accept payment by personal check, money order or by credit card.
∫ The Harrison County Treasurer’s Office will remain open to continue daily work. Pay-ins and all other county-related work will continue. However, the office doors will be closed to the general public to aid in the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. Real estate and manufactured home payments may be made by mail or phone. Until further notice, the office will not be accepting cash payments.
∫ The Harrison County Commissioners’ Office will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue working during normal business hours and can be reached by phone or email. The commissioners will hold their weekly meetings, but only media will be allowed to attend because of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation on gatherings of 10 or more people.
∫ The regular monthly meeting of the Belmont County Port Authority scheduled for March 26 has been canceled.
∫ Ohio University, including its Eastern campus in St. Clairsville, will postpone Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, planned for May 1-2 and graduation recognition activities on all regional campuses. When it is safe for the university community to come together again, the university will immediately begin planning a postponed commencement celebration and will notify graduates and the entire community as plans are developed.
∫ The first three scheduled Community Cleanup/Tire Collections in Belmont County have been postponed. The JB Green Team and township trustees will continue to evaluate the remaining schedule and reschedule other dates as necessary. Community Cleanup postponements at this time include: March 21, Wheeling Township, Fairpoint; March 28, Colerain Township; April 4 Mead Township, Dilles Bottom.
Shepherd reminds people that it is illegal to leave behind any items meant for recycling or disposal at a location where the collection has been postponed or canceled.
∫ The Shadyside Water Department business office is closed to customer foot traffic. Residents can place their check payments through the door slot. Payments can also be made via mail, online, over the phone or at WesBanco at its Central Avenue location in Shadyside.
∫ According to the Belmont County Tourism Council, the “Easter Bunny” event is canceled at the Ohio Valley Mall.
∫ Belmont County Tourism Council’s “Our Communities Expo” is being postponed until a later date.
∫ Village of New Athens Fire Hall’s Spring Bingo, originally set for April 5, is canceled because of coronavirus concerns. It might be rescheduled in May.
∫ St. Clairsville AARP’s meeting orignally slated for Thursday has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
∫ The St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 117 East Main St. has been closed. For more information, call 740-695-9623.