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Martins Ferry car break-ins near 30

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins that occurred late Sunday into Monday morning, Chief John McFarland said. McFarland said his investigators believe just one person was involved with the crime that left between 20 and 30 vehicles ransacked on ...

Athletes plug order to help limit virus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets player Cam Atkinson, Dayton basketball coach Anthony Grant and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel are among Ohio sports celebrities joining an effort to encourage residents to comply with a statewide order to stay home except for doing ...

Heiby helped troops shoot straight in Vietnam

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — John Heiby used his optometry skills in the U.S. Army and the Reserves as a lieutenant colonel in the Medical Service Corps. He was in active duty from 1972-75, and on reserve duty until 2004. “Desert Storm was the real shock,” he said. “My first encounter with ...

Winter lecture series moving to May

BELLAIRE — Like many anticipated events, the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society’s Winter Lecture Series has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the remaining three lectures to be rescheduled in May. The presentations are free of charge and held at the ...

Commission clerk retiring this month

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Jayne Long has been a familiar face to visitors at the courthouse and county commission office, where she had has served as clerk of the commissioners for nearly 20 years. She is retiring this month. Long, a lifelong St. Clairsville resident, has worked in the ...

COVID-19 precautions in place in Barnesville departments

BARNESVILLE — Village officials announced departmental plans and procedures to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, while Mayor Dale Bunting and village council members made arrangements to cancel at least the next council meeting and pay the village’s bills should subsequent ...

Bridgeport stadium study underway

BRIDGEPORT — Plans to utilize Bill Jobko Stadium again for high school varsity football games are underway, as The Kleingers Group has been performing a topographic study and flood study analysis of the facility. “They started that about two weeks ago, so the process is underway,” ...

Gas prices continue to plunge to four-year low

WHEELING — The drastic drop in the cost of crude oil is leading to cheaper prices at the gasoline pump for motorists locally and across the country, according to the AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The market plunge is in response to a lack of agreement between OPEC and other ...

Daughter, mother arraigned in animal cruelty cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Shania Wells, previously convicted of animal cruelty offenses that led to the animals’ deaths, pleaded innocent Thursday when was arraigned on felony charges before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato. Wells was represented by Public Defender Frank Pierce. ...

These events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 concern

OHIO ∫ Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered Ohio schools closed for three weeks beginning at the end of the day Monday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The order runs through Friday, April 3. DeWine said the decision will be evaluated as time passes, including whether to extend ...

The Health Plan to waive costs for COVID-19 testing

WHEELING — The Health Plan announced Thursday it will cover the cost of copays, co-insurance and deductibles for COVID-19 testing for all commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business when recommended by a medical professional. The insurer’s exclusive independent lab provider, ...

Jury debating child sex case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The jury heard final testimony and closing arguments Thursday in the case of accused sex offender John Null Gawron, but after more than three hours of deliberation they returned no verdict. The jury will continue to discuss the evidence and testimony today. Gawron, 33, ...

Memorial stone, statue placed at site of mine explosion

NEFFS — The 80th anniversary of the Willow Grove Mine explosion will include the dedication of a new stone memorial and statue at the site of the mine in Neffs. The event is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday at the mine site on Willow Grove Road. Ray Wright, United Mine Workers of America Local ...

Voting location moved in Bellaire

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Voters in Bellaire’s Precinct 84 will cast their ballots at the Belmont County engineer’s garage in Neffs due to concerns related to COVID-19. The garage is located behind the fire department, at 65137 Giffen Street. The Belmont County Board of Elections set the new ...

Districts scramble as governor orders schools closed 3 weeks

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered Ohio schools closed for three weeks beginning at the end of the day Monday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, officials at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville announced there will be no classes at the ...

Nursing homes take extra precautions against the coronavirus

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The elderly are among those vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and the state issued new directives Thursday to care facilities in the interest of safety. “From what I understand, they’re restricting visitors to try and prevent someone from bringing the ...

Officials discuss river cargo reporting gap

MARIETTA, Ohio — Despite state employee travel bans in place Wednesday and some corporations implementing new policies to cancel gatherings during growing health concerns over COVID-19, several officials gathered at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta. They met to discuss a federal ...

Coronavirus task force formed in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County officials formed a task force to coordinate response to any local cases of COVID-19. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and Robert Sproul, county deputy health commissioner, spoke to commissioners Wednesday. The task force includes Fregiato, ...

Colleges form ‘task forces’ for coronavirus response

WHEELING — Local colleges and universities in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle have formed task forces to determine how to respond to the potential spread of the coronavirus, although no schools in the Northern Panhandle have altered their class schedules. While no cases of coronavirus, ...