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Repaving of Hanover Street part of Ohio 647 slip repair job

MARTINS FERRY — A project to repair a major slip is nearly complete in the city with just the repaving of Ohio 647 and a portion of Hanover Street remaining. The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to wrap up the task in about a week or so, said Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies on ...

Harrison County announces first COVID-19 death

CADIZ — Harrison County announced the county’s first coronavirus-related death over the weekend. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, met with Harrison County Commissioners Paul Coffland, Don Bethel and Dale Norris to provide an update of the virus within ...

Summer Food Basket Giveaway Planned

WHEELING — With many businesses forced to furlough or lay off workers due to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some local families are facing new financial hardships this summer. Bethlehem Apostolic Temple will hold its second drive-through food basket giveaway of the year Saturday ...

Union Local meets in person, looks toward new school year

BELMONT — The Union Local School District Board of Education met in person last Thursday to review several issues including the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus and what will be necessary to begin the next school year. For the past two months, the board had met online. They met at the ...

Jefferson County Clerk of Courts releases May report

STEUBENVILLE ­— Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John Corrigan has released his report for May. The auto title department collected vehicle fees and taxes of $694,124, with $29,551 going to the county and $664,573 going to the state. Miscellaneous fees were $2,052 and watercraft fees ...

Ham radio operators on the air for nationwide event Saturday

Ham radio operators from the Ohio Valley will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from Noon on Saturday until evening on Saturday, June 27th. The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national ...

New emergency squads delivered to Belmont, Smith Township FDs

BELMONT — Local fire departments have some new equipment on the road, thanks to fundraising and community support. The Belmont Fire Department recently announced the purchase of a new 2020 Ford 550 ambulance. “We’ve actually had it about three weeks,” Kaye Hall, captain, said. “We ...

Wehr honored for Seabee service in Vietnam

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Francis “Shorty” Wehr’s service was spent building bases and housing for the other troops serving in the Vietnam War. The St. Clairsville American Legion’s Veteran of the Month for June was a member of the U.S. Navy Seabees, construction and combat engineers, from ...

Bellaire resident, officer recognized for quick thinking during fire

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Village Council on Thursday recognized resident Diane Duda and police Officer J.J. Watson for their quick thinking and response during the double house fire on Franklin Street earlier this month. “Your sense of community and aid for fellow citizens is commendable,” ...

Defendant arraigned in child rape case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Several people were arraigned on serious charges Thursday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judges Frank Fregiato and John Vavra. Arraignments had been delayed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dale Alan Gordon, 60, of 37375 Flat Rock Road, Barnesville, ...

The ‘perfect storm’: How the weather overwhelmed Shadyside

SHADYSIDE — The loss of life on June 14, 1990, in Shadyside was a fluke combination of severe weather phenomena coupled with an unpredictable storm. While the storm could always happen again, experts are hopeful that earlier predictions and a swift public response could prevent another ...

Residents recall the damage of the ‘wall of water’

SHADYSIDE — A life-long Wegee Road resident lost all of his personal belongings in the 1990 Shadyside flood, but said the area remains his home. Daniel Monroe has lived along Wegee Creek for more than 50 years and still remembers the flood as one of the worst days. Moore said he “lost ...

New technology helps with flood preparedness, response

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Although the threat of dangerous flash flooding will always exist in the Ohio Valley, a lot has changed since the deadly 1990 Shadyside area floods that can help local emergency management personnel and members of the general public stay one step ahead of another ...

Community leaders recall deadly, devastating flood

SHADYSIDE — Community leaders who were active during the tragic 1990 flood of Wegee Creek vividly remember the damage and loss of life, along with the outpouring of support in its wake. Anita Wiley served as mayor during the flood. “I had to call in the State of Emergency to Gov. ...

Sports took a backseat after flood

SHADYSIDE — Curt Wach couldn’t believe it. He actually had to do a double take. The 1991 Shadyside graduate, who still lives in the community and has two children in the high school, was riding through town just a few weeks ago and noticed a sign on the OR&W Fire Station that was ...

Harrison County preparing for annual summer youth employment program

CADIZ — Harrison County officials are preparing for this year’s Summer Youth Employment program. The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services and Jefferson County Community Action Council will once again hold the annual youth employment program. The Harrison County Board ...

Monroe County hoping to secure $750,000 federal CDBG funding

ounty officials held a second public hearing to discuss the potential $750,000 grant that could benefit numerous community improvement projects. The public hearing was held during the Monroe County Board of Commissioners regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning. Mary Jo Westfall, Ohio ...

A Trip Down Memory Lane

LEWISVILLE, Ohio — Edward Ackerman never missed a high school class reunion. Even today at age 97, the Monroe County resident had planned to attend his 80th alumni event for his alma mater — the former Lewisville High School. The reunion was scheduled for May 16 but was canceled due to ...