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Ohio State Highway Patrol enforcement impacts highway crime

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Through effective traffic enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is significantly impacting criminal activity on the state’s roadways. Troopers are trained to look beyond the initial traffic stop for possible indicators of criminal activity. In 2020, the OSHP ...

Warming Centers for 2021-22 announced

MARTINS FERRY -- With cold temperatures in the forecast, centers across Belmont County are ready to help those in need of a place to warm up. All the centers will require people to wear masks because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but each also has its own rules. When going to a center ...

Five communities chosen for prepared communities program

Ohio Southeast Economic Development, in partnership with Bricker and Eckler LLP, announced five communities in southeast Ohio were selected to participate in the Prepared Communities Program: The village of Greenfield in Highland County, the village of Chauncey in Athens County, the village of ...

Monroe schools ready for vaccine

WOODSFIELD — Schools in Monroe County are preparing their staff members to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting next week, but the Harrison Hills City School District got a jumpstart on the process. Harrison County’s school, employees originally had been slated for vaccinations next week ...

Bridgeport special education program gains high rating

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s special education program achieved a high rating in providing students with the assistance they need to succeed. District Special Education Coordinator Beverly Prati said the district was determined by the Ohio Department of ...

County auditor set to retire next month

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County will soon say adieu to Auditor Pandora Neuhart, who announced her plans to retire early next month. Due to ongoing health issues, Neuhart said she has decided to retire from the office she’s held for more than 20 years. “I’ve had a lot of health issues the ...

Candidates certified for May 4 primary

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After a hectic general election Nov. 3, the Belmont County Board of Elections is expecting a smaller primary election May 4 with no issues on the ballot and only one contested race in Martins Ferry. No primary elections will be held in Monroe or Harrison counties, where ...

Bomb threat investigation underway at Ferry school

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City School District’s investigation into who wrote a threatening message inside an elementary school bathroom discovered Monday is underway, said Superintendent Jim Fogle. Two messages were written on bathroom stalls at Ayers Elementary School. One ...

Boil order issued in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Once water service is restored, a 48-hour limited boil order will be in effect for city residents in the vicinity of South Sugar Street. Specifically, the residents and businesses starting at 108 S. Sugar St. through and including 155 S. Sugar St., as well as 115, 116, 117, ...

OSHP investigating incident that left one person hospitalized

JACOBSBURG — An individual remains hospitalized after reportedly being struck by a vehicle last week. Lt. Maurice Waddell, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol St. Clairsville Post, said the incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 2 on Belmont County Road 56, east of Jacobsburg. Law ...

A day for the champions

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mall will honor two Wheeling Park High School athletic teams with a victory rally Thursday afternoon. During the fall season, two of the high school’s athletic teams secured state championships. In November, the girls soccer team captured first place in ...

No time to waste on I-70 project in Wheeling

WHEELING — Swank Construction crews have wasted no time starting the demolition of the eastbound side of the Fulton Bridge spans over the past week. Yet there are some areas of the Interstate 70 Bridges project that will require warmer weather to complete. “They have to get all the ...

Cadiz resident killed in Harrison County crash on U.S. 22

HOPEDALE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle accident in which one person died Monday afternoon in Green Township. Shirley Ledfors, 73, of Cadiz was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. Trooper Darren Johnson, of the OSHP ...

Helping Heroes plans Wheeling Center

WHEELING — Helping Heroes is pleased to announce plans for a new and expanded Center for Veteran Resources to be housed in the former Hillcrest space on the former Ohio Valley Medical Center campus. The current office is staffed by seven employees and is located in Moundsville. “The ...

Museum virtual tour attracts hundreds

CADIZ — Hundreds of residents from all over the world “toured” the Clark Gable Museum during its celebration of the Hollywood star’s 120th birthday earlier this week, thanks to remote technology. Mike Cope, president of the Clark Gable Foundation, said he was thrilled with the virtual ...

JB Green Team 2021 grant funds available

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Jefferson Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority, better known as JB Green Team, announced the availability of grant funds through its 2021 Recycling Initiatives Competitive Funding project. The JB Green Team RICF grants are designed to assist projects that further ...

Monroe Theatre to hold youth edition talent show next month

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe Theatre, in partnership with the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club, will hold its second annual Monroe Has Talent Youth Edition featuring the area’s youth next month. The event is set for 7 p.m. March 20 at the theater in Woodsfield. Mick Schumacher, county commissioner ...

Heating assistance available

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Community Action Commission of Belmont County is assisting income-eligible households with winter heating needs through March 31. Eligible households, with less than a 10-day supply, may receive a one-time delivery of bulk fuel or propane valued at up to $900. Utility ...

Two charged with drug smuggling

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Law enforcement at the Belmont County Jail reportedly halted a scheme to smuggle drugs into the facility. Two people are facing charges, and officials are closing the loophole that allowed the scheme to progress. Sheriff David Lucas said his deputies launched an ...

4 arrested on multiple charges

WHEELING — Multiple resident complaints about drug activity in South Wheeling led to the arrest of four people, the Wheeling Police Department announced Friday. Harley Kay Blake, 27, of Wheeling; Joseph Stephen Paree, 31, of Wheeling; Roberta Jasmine Sheets, 35, of Martins Ferry; and Treva ...