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Local artist raises money, awareness for Pride Month

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - A local artist raised nearly $2,000 for a youth center that supports LGBTQ youth. Jackee Pugh, fine art and designer, participated in a Pride Month celebration fundraiser by selling a collection of original paintings she created titled “Painted with Love.” 100% of the ...

OSHP continuing its focus on impaired enforcement

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - As a part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ongoing effort to make Ohio’s roadways safer, troopers are continuing to focus on impaired driving enforcement. In 2019, there were 13,047 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 597 people and injuring 8,178 others. ...

Museum attendance varies after reopening

MOUNDSVILLE — Museums may be open to the public — with restrictions — once again, but attendance at the museums vary wildly as people emerge from their homes in a COVID-19 climate. Moundsville’s Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex experienced a great first day on June 20, when ...

Rayland nonprofit to aid local animals

RAYLAND — A Rayland resident is in the process of starting a nonprofit organization that will help local animals find their forever homes. After losing his beloved dog Sam in 2017, Ken Suter said he wanted to give back to animals in need by starting a nonprofit in his honor. Samaritan for ...

Water bill ‘glitch’ to be fixed in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry water customers may have noticed an increase in their water bill this month, but it is a mistake in the billing system that will be fixed, said Mayor John Davies on Thursday. Davies addressed the issue via social media earlier this week, describing the mishap ...

Farnsworth pleads innocent in homicide case

CADIZ — A man who was arrested for the murder of a Bellaire woman pleaded innocent to the crime. Samuel M. Farnsworth, 48, of 451 N. Main St., Apt. C3, Cadiz, appeared before Harrison County Common Pleas Court Judge T. Shawn Hervey on Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing in the ...

Mask wearing now mandatory in Pa. after COVID-19 spikes

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine issued an order Wednesday requiring residents to wear masks, with exceptions, when leaving their homes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise, especially in Allegheny County. The order requires mask wearing indoors where the public is ...

Manchin criticizes Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act plans

CHARLESTON - West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Barnesville to perform smoke testing on sewer system July 8

BARNESVILLE - The village of Barnesville Water Department with the assistance of the Ohio Rural Water Association will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer system on N. Lincoln Ave., Cherry St., the north end of N. Arch St., Grey Lane, Plumly Drive, High St., Mil-Cow Lane, Watt Ave., and Euclid ...

Police stepping up enforcement of I-70 speed limit of 45

WHEELING — With all due respect to Sammy Hagar, drivers on Interstate 70 in Ohio County can’t even drive 45. As traffic continues to increase on local highways with COVID-19 restrictions lifting and the approaching Fourth of July holiday, two local law enforcement agencies are working ...

Wheeling Park ice rink starting to take shape

WHEELING — Crews both locally and from out-of-state worked to renovate the Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink as part of a $1.3 million renovation project. The rink is one of the most-used facilities at Wheeling Park, and the renovation work that began this spring will bring the rink, which ...

Jewett Alumni Association scholarships are awarded

JEWETT — The Jewett Alumni Association has announced its list of R.A Kammeyer Awards and John Coutts Scholarships recipients for 2020 graduates. Melina Bell, daughter of Laryssa Beatty, granddaughter of Richard and Suzy Lowmiller Beatty. Melina will be attending Bowling Green University, ...

$8.2M in funds are available for Rural Industrial program

COLUMBUS — Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced the release of $8.2 million in funds for the Rural Industrial Park Loan program (RIPL) by the state controlling board. The program promotes economic development through low-interest loans. Local municipalities, townships, non-profits, ...

Wrong-way driver crashes into I-70 construction site at Wheeling Tunnel

WHEELING — A person was injured after crashing into an exposed steel beam in the Interstate 70 construction zone after traveling the wrong way through the Wheeling Tunnel early Friday. The vehicle traveled east through the westbound side of the tunnel — which is closed to traffic due ...

Belmont CAC HEAP program begins July 1

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The Community Action Commission of Belmont County will begin taking applications July 1 for the HEAP Summer Crisis Program. The program runs until Sept. 30. The program assists income eligible households with an older household member (60 years or older), or households that ...

Long named JVS assistant principal

BLOOMINGDALE — A familiar face will greet students in a new role when classes resume at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Social studies teacher Andrew Long has been chosen to replace Supervisor/Assistant Principal Cecilia “Sis” Abdalla, who is retiring in August after more than ...

Petition asks OC schools to create anti-racism plan

WHEELING — A petition asking for Ohio County Schools to create a “plan of action regarding anti-racism education and practices” surfaced on social media last week, and its backer is hoping to present it to the board of education soon. The petition was spearheaded by a local Wheeling ...

Applebee’s closes at The Highlands

TRIADELPHIA — A sign posted on the door of the Applebee’s restaurant at The Highlands on Wednesday informed the public the restaurant now is permanently closed. “Please visit our locations in St. Clairsville and Zanesville, Ohio,” the sign states. “Thank you for your ...