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Health Plan makes donation to YWCA

The Health Plan recently made a significant contribution to fighting domestic violence in the Ohio Valley. The company donated $25,000 to the YMCA Wheeling’s Family Violence Prevention Program. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said, there has been an increase in ...

St. Clairsville-Richland board members recognized

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Multiple members of the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education were recognized by the Ohio School Boards Association’s Southeast Region recently for their service in the school system. They were first recognized during the Southeast Region’s ...

Ohio Eastern Education Programs to host virtual open house

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University Eastern Campus Early Childhood/Elementary and Middle Childhood education programs will host a virtual open house at 4 p.m. Thursday for prospective students to learn about programs and the different educational pathways offered on the regional campus. ...

St. C. school district sets kindergarten registration

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District will hold its Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year on March 9-11 by appointment only in the district’s Administration Building at 108 Woodrow Avenue. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 ...

Village of Bellaire working out water revenue loss issues

BELLAIRE — The village is learning more about why it is losing so much money on its water system. During a recent Bellaire Village Council meeting, Administrator Mike Wallace said he has gleaned some information regarding issues, but more information is needed from the company that ...

New CAUV program office to be established in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Qualified landowners in Belmont County enjoy a reduction in real estate taxes thanks to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program. CAUV was established after the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation campaigned to have farmland taxed for its agricultural value, rather ...

Bridgeport Exempted Village School District sets registration dates

BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District has announced dates for kindergarten and preschool registration for the 2021-22 school year. Kindergarten registration is set for 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2021, to enroll. Preschool ...

Pa. murder suspect found dead in Wheeling

A man who was wanted for a homicide last month in Washington, Pennsylvania, and a separate shooting in Donora, Pennsylvania, was discovered dead Thursday in a relative’s residence in Wheeling. Washington police Chief Robert Wilson said his department was still investigating the case to ...

Bellaire council cancels due to inclement weather

BELLAIRE — A Village Council meeting that was slated to be held Thursday evening ended up being canceled due to anticipated inclement weather. Village Treasurer Tom Sable said Thursday evening that Mayor Vince DiFabrizio sent a message to members of council earlier that morning saying the ...

Branch-warmers needed

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Tree branches such as these in front of the Belmont County Courthouse in St. Clairsville are sheathed in ice this week, one more sign of the continuing winter weather across the country.

Triadelphia man sentenced for rape

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Triadelphia man will spend more than a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Joshua Steven Webster, 34, of 2335 Dement Road, heard his sentence Monday from Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. The crime is a felony of the ...

Two Dead in Jefferson County Murder-Suicide

STEUBENVILLE — A man still angered over his breakup with a Bloomingdale-area woman several years ago brutally executed her current boyfriend early Tuesday morning, then took his own life, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said. Abdalla said the victim, 69-year-old Richard Miser of ...

Snow keeps piling up

WHEELING — Depending on one’s attitudes toward driving, the cold, and sledding, locals may have mixed feelings about the snow. One thing everyone can agree on, though, is that there’s a lot of it. While the area may be seeing more snow this season than expected, the National Weather ...

Free tax help available at library

WHEELING — The year 2020 was taxing for many, but local residents can get free help on their 2020 tax return again this year from a volunteer group working out of the Ohio County Library. Tax preparers providing services to Volunteers In Tax Assistance are available this tax season, though ...

Monroe County begins vaccinations for local school district staff this week

WOODSFIELD -- Teachers and staff of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District will soon receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Monroe County Health Department will begin vaccinating the school’s teachers and staff, along with residents aged 70 and older this week. Linda ...

Property taxes are due Friday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County Treasurer Katherine J. Kelich announced that the final date for payment of first-half 2020 Real Estate Tax bills is Friday, Feb. 19. Postmark by that date is accepted as a timely payment. To ensure that the postmark is placed on the envelope, it is ...

CORRECTION: Mental health board meets Tuesday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The regular meeting of the Mental Health and Recovery Board will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday -- not on Monday as previously reported. The session will be held via GoToMeeting. Guests may attend at the Board Office, 99 N. Sugar St., St. Clairsville.

County still working on Stewart-OCDA deal

WHEELING — Former Ohio County Administrator Greg Stewart — now manager of The HIghlands — apologized Wednesday night for any controversy his recent job change brought to Ohio County. The Ohio County Development Authority, meanwhile, has determined a contract approved by the OCDA on ...

Bridgeport Schools Food Service Department and director honored

BRIDGEPORT — When schools across the nation were shut down last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five children — approximately 529,000, across Ohio — were deemed food insecure. That wasn’t the case in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, though. Members of ...

Auditor’s staff recognized by state

Photo provided The staff of the Belmont County Auditor’s Office accepts a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in FInancial Reporting from the state. The award covered Fiscal Year 2019, when the staff worked under three auditors as then-auditor Roger Conroy died in office and was ...