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Scouts and adult leaders recognized

WINTERSVILLE — Two Chiefs District of the Ohio River Valley Council Boy Scouts of America held its annual dinner to recognize outstanding adult leaders and the 2020 Class of Eagle Scouts. On April 17 at Zalenski’s Family Eatery and Pub, the night began with Connie Duffy, cubmaster of Cub ...

Scenic byway makes for unique adventure

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Department of Transportation and Tourism Ohio figure a leisurely drive on one of the Buckeye State’s 27 scenic byways could be the perfect getaway for Ohioans anxious for a change of scenery. May is “Drive Ohio Byways Month,” and Judy Bratten, assistant ...

Tanker Task Force conducts spring drill

Photos Provided TILTONSVILLE VOLUNTEER Fire Department’s Engine 7311, under command of Assistant Chief Colin Cooper, along with Capt. Cody Goff and Firefighter Bill Nieman and four junior firefighters participate in the spring drill of the Belmont County Tanker Task Force on Sunday in ...

Belmont elections board preps for primary

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Belmont County Board of Elections members Frankie Lee Carnes, from left, Robert Quirk and Michael Shaheen prepare for the upcoming primary on May 4. There will be one contested race between Democratic candidates for council in the 4th Ward of Martins Ferry between ...

Mental Health Awareness Month recognized in Harrison

CADIZ -- The Harrison County Board of Commissioners recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month on Wednesday. At the request of the Mental Health and Recovery Board, which serves Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties, Commissioners Don Bethel, Paul Coffland and Don Bethel signed a Mental ...

WVNCC finishing renovations

WHEELING — Outdoor renovations that began in the fall of last year on West Virginia Northern Community College’s downtown Wheeling campus are nearing completion, according to college officials. WVNCC spokesman David Barnhart said the renovations are moving along on schedule. Crews with ...

Library Director: Funding Cuts Will Hurt Programs, Resources

WHEELING -- The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Education’s vote earlier this week to reduce funding to the Ohio County Library by a third is expected to negatively impact the facility’s ability to continue its outreach programs and provide resources, according to the library’s ...

Former vicar general of Diocese of Steubenville pleads guilty

STEUBENVILLE — Monsignor Kurt Kemo, former vicar general of the Diocese of Steubenville, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jefferson Common Pleas Court to pocketing nearly $300,000 in diocesan funds. Kemo, 64, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Regional Correctional Center followed ...

Southwestern Energy donates $25,000 for local food banks

WOODSFIELD — Southwestern Energy recently donated $25,000 to the United Way of Guernsey, Noble and Monroe Counties to support local food banks in the area. Amy Dobkin, communications manager for Southwestern, presented the check to local officials Monday during the Monroe County Board of ...

Development of new bridge was a journey in itself

WELLSBURG — Delivery of the 830-foot main span of the new Ohio River bridge to its piers between WV 2 and Ohio 7 occurred within 12 hours. Yet the journey to the project’s development involved many individuals who pushed and worked to make it a reality. While there’s still more work to ...

Search warrant leads to arrests

BELLAIRE — Three people were arrested on various drug charges after police served a search warrant Monday at a Bellaire home. The Bridgeport Police Department, in conjunction with the Bellaire Police Department, executed the search warrant at a house along the 4200 block of Trumbull Street ...

School board lessens payments to County Library

WHEELING — In a tightly contested 3-2 vote, the Ohio County Board of Education voted to lessen payments to the county library by a third. At Monday evening’s board meeting, the board voted to reduce the funding provided to the Ohio County Public Library from three cents per $100 of ...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month marked

The Belmont County Board of Commissioners recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness last week. The Tri-County Help Center will hold a support group 5-6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at 104 ½ N. Marietta St., St. Clairsville. Services are free and confidential. More information can ...

Ohio River Sweep at Yorkville dam set

YORKVILLE — Members of the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District are inviting people to enjoy nature and help keep it clean during an Ohio River Sweep event on May 15. The Ohio River Sweep will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pike Island Locks and Dam in Yorkville. ...

Local restaurant offers a family-friendly atmosphere

WOODSFIELD — The Traditions Restaurant has been a fixture in the Woodsfield community for nearly 20 years, serving fresh and homemade entrees to its customers. Chris Hoff, restaurant owner, said the “family-style” eatery offers an assortment of homemade meals including appetizers, ...

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit fire victim

MARTINS FERRY — A fundraiser dinner is being organized to help a victim of a recent house fire in Martins Ferry. Gary Rettig, his fellow Gas Guys Garage of Martins Ferry co-workers and his wife Colleen Rettig, have been collecting donations of clothes and other items for fire victim Cheryl ...

Senior Suites offers tour

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANk Heather Jewell, administrator at the St. Clairsville Senior Suites, left, hands a lunch to Faye Van Horn and Shirley Lucas of Bethesda during a community outreach Wednesday. About 30 visitors took a tour of the facilities.

RICHARD WOODBURN

Richard Glenn Woodburn, 68 of Jewett died Thursday. Private service at Clark-Kirkland- Barr, Cadiz.

CCHS teacher accused of sexual battery

STEUBENVILLE -- A Steubenville Catholic Central teacher is on administrative leave after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student, authorities reported Friday. Corrissa McCalister, 21, was charged Friday with two counts of sexual battery in Harrison County, where the alleged sexual ...

California governor seeks ban on new fracking by 2024

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said California will stop issuing fracking permits by 2024 and halt all oil drilling by 2045, using his authority to take on the state’s powerful oil and gas industry in a year he will likely face voters in a recall ...