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Qulit Barns

Photos provided Barn artist Scott Hagan repaints Grandmother’s Flower Garden, one of the Patchwork Jewels Quilt Barns along Ohio 556 in Monroe County. Several of the Patchwork Quilt Barns will be repainted by Hagan through a grant given to the Monroe Arts Council through the Ohio Arts ...

Auto Choice celebrates 20th anniversary

BELLAIRE — Auto Choice, one of the fastest growing General Motors-franchised dealerships in the Ohio Valley, is celebrating 20 years in business. Since 1997, Auto Choice has been serving the people of the Ohio Valley, owned and operated by the Hunnell family of Moundsville, as with a team ...

A new beginning for Benwood parish after church burns

BENWOOD — More than two years after a fire brought down St. John Catholic Church in Benwood, parishioners are ready for a new beginning. That beginning is almost at hand, as services at the new church being built in its place are expected to begin in July. Contractors are putting the ...

Commissioners discuss development program

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners met with a spokesperson from the county Community Improvement Corp. to discuss an upcoming application for a community development grant. Commissioners heard from Jody Hennis from the Harrison County CIC about applying for Community Development Block ...

State agency says business college is misleading students

WHEELING — “Unethical,” “irresponsible” and “harmful” are words state Council for Community and Technical College Education Council Chancellor Sarah Tucker used to describe actions she said West Virginia Business College is taking to convince students the institution will remain ...

Bike Safety

Photo Provided Children and officials pose at the Bicycle Safety Day held last Saturday in Harrison County. Bakers IGA of Scio and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department partnered to host the event, where each participant received a free helmet provided by Kovarik Excavating and Hauling. ...

Dillonvale City Park Gazebo to play host to weekly concerts

DILLONVALE — Curtis Prince isn’t a Dillonvale native. You’d never know that by talking to him. He moved to the Jefferson County community in 1995 and in that span has developed a passion for helping out in his community. Prince — a village councilman since 2016 — is doing his ...

Report forecasts huge increase in uncompensated care costs

WHEELING — West Virginia is projected to have a 122-percent increase in uncompensated care costs from 2017 to 2026 under the American Health Care Act, according to a new report issued by the Commonwealth Fund. The American Health Care Act, as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, ...

April county clerk’s report

BELLAIRE — David Trouten, Belmont County clerk of courts, announced that the target date to reopen the Branch Title Office in Bellaire has been extended to Aug. 1 while the building is repaired from fire damage. “I am following the progress closely,” Trouten said. “And we are eager ...

Ferry schools promote administrators

MARTINS FERRY — Students in the Martins Ferry City School District will see some new administrators when they return to classes after summer break. During their Monday meeting, board of education members approved the resignation of Robert Dalton, who has served as middle school assistant ...

Cera seeks to improve health of coal miners with Black Lung Disease

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, offered testimony in front of the House Insurance Committee members on House Bill 99, legislation to create an alternative procedure for filing workers’ compensation claims for coal miners with black lung disease to better ensure those affected ...

Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market: Know your farmer, know your food

BELLAIRE — The Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market is celebrating its mission statement from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 32nd Street in Bellaire. The core belief of the market is to provide ways for people all over the valley to “Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food!” Founded in 1979, the Ohio ...

Buckeye Hills council turns 50

WOODSFIELD — A multi-county nonprofit agency with an overall goal of improving economic conditions through the development, conservation, and proper use of natural resources turned 50 years old this year, and the Monroe County Board of Commissioners recognized the organization Monday for its ...

Bellaire Eagles 371 donation

Bellaire Eagles 371 again shows its support for the Bellaire Police Department with a generous donation of $1,385 from its gaming account to be used for training and equipment. Receiving the check from Eagles Officer Danny Hughes and his granddaughter Makena is Chief Mike Kovalyk. ...

St. C. has utility payment drop box

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city added a new utility payment drop box in the alley behind the municipal building to allow residents greater convenience in paying their bills. Cash payments will not be accepted at that location. “They used to have to come in here to pay their utility bill, ...

Local students earn honors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two local students were named to the Dean’s List at West Virginia University for the Spring 2017 semester. Colton McKivitz of Jacobsburg is a junior majoring in wildlife and fisheries resources with a minor in ecology. McKivitz earned this honor while being a starter ...

HEAP applications accepted

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Community Action Commission of Belmont County will start taking applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program Summer Crisis Program on July 3. The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or ...

St. C. BOE recognizes teacher and student at board meeting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education recognized a student and teacher during its regular monthly meeting this week. Superintendent Walt Skaggs announced honors for student Kristopher Schlag and teacher Carrie Marko. Schlag was recognized ...

New co-heads at helm of Olney

BARNESVILLE — The Board of Trustees of Olney Friends School announces that Micah Brownstein, dean of students, and Cynthia A. Walker, dean of faculty, will serve as interim co-heads of the school for the 2017-18 school year. The board asked Kenneth Hinshaw to step aside from his position ...

Local man appointed ambassador for Reserve

BELLAIRE — Former Bellaire resident Robert L. Hill has been appointed ambassador for the state of Connecticut for the Chief, Army Reserves. Ambassadors are special government employees who represent the chief of the Army Reserve. They carry a protocol status equivalent of a major ...