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Senator talks help for businesses

STEUBENVILLE — Scaffidi's Restaurant and Tavern Thursday became the latest business visited by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as part of a statewide tour promoting awareness of aid available to them through the Biden administration's American Rescue Plan. Brown, D-Ohio, said the president's ...

Cadiz awarded $616,402 for sidewalk improvements

CADIZ — The village of Cadiz has been awarded $616,402 in grant funding toward a sidewalk improvement project. Cadiz Mayor John Migliore said the village secured the funds through the Ohio Department of Transportation's Transportation Alternatives Program -- a program that provides funding ...

Vaccination rate on the decline in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Comparatively few people are electing to receive COVID-19 vaccinations compared to earlier this year, but the Belmont County Health Department continues to administer shots. “We’re definitely seeing less and less people each week,” Linda Mehl, department director of ...

Closed until further notice

WOODSFIELD — After multiple bouts of vandalism at the Woodsfield City Park, the Village Council voted to close the facility indefinitely. On Monday, council voted in favor of closing the park to the general public due to continued acts of vandalism being committed even after surveillance ...

Martins Ferry library could lose $25K per year

MARTINS FERRY — City Council learned Wednesday that public libraries across the state, including Martins Ferry’s facility, may receive less state funding starting July 1. Richard Hord, who is a new Belmont County District Library board member, informed council about the situation. He said ...

Middle age demographic declining COVID-19 vaccine in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Fewer people are electing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but doses are still available. Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul said people vaccinated in Belmont County are overwhelmingly senior citizens who are more vulnerable to death or long-term ...

No shortage of gift ideas for Mom in Ohio Valley

MARTINS FERRY — There is no shortage of gift ideas for moms for Mother’s Day — you can buy her flowers, take her to lunch, give her a gift card to her favorite store and more. All of these things can be purchased locally. For a quick bouquet pick on the way to her house, stop by any ...

Rodgers retains 4th Ward council seat in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY -- Martins Ferry City Councilman Rick Rodgers will retain his 4th Ward seat after defeating his challenger during Tuesday’s primary election. According to unofficial totals from the Belmont County Board of Elections, Rodgers received 41 votes and his challenger, Pamela ...

St. C. considers transferring fire station to Cumberland Trail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- City leaders are considering whether to transfer ownership of the fire station at 142 S. Marietta St. to the Cumberland Trail Fire District. District ownership of the decades-old building could mean access to more grant funding for upgrades, according to Cumberland Fire ...

Bellaire council approves monthly water rate hike

BELLAIRE -- Residents will pay more for water starting this month after Bellaire Village Council approved a rate increase ordinance. In a 5-1 vote Thursday, a majority of council members approved increasing the water rates incrementally each year for the next five years. Village officials have ...

Levies approved, Mayo gets the nod in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Voters made their voices heard in Steubenville and Cross Creek township Tuesday, approving all three levies on the ballot and unseating an incumbent councilman. In Steubenville, voters renewed two levies: • The city's 0.7 percent income tax, which generates revenue for ...

Imagining possibilities

WOODSFIELD — A local organization received a $10,000 grant that will go toward the expansion of the Monroe County Dolly Parton Imagination Library program that provides free books to hundreds of children. The Monroe County Community Foundation, a partner with the Foundation for Appalachian ...

Bellaire residents invited to help clean up village

BELLAIRE -- Village residents are invited to participate in a two-day trash cleanup to improve their neighborhoods. The Bellaire Citizens Action Group with help from resident Andrea Nutter is organizing the cleanup, set for May 15-16. Volunteers will meet at the Village Park gazebo at 9 a.m. ...

Belmont County No. 3 in the state

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County ranks third in the state in COVID-19 occurrence rate, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday. The governor shared data that indicate Belmont County has 220.9 cases per 100,000 residents, with 148 cases among its 67,006 residents. The data is collected over a ...

Monroe mulls how to spend $2 million

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County is set to receive $2,648,109 in American Rescue Plan funding to offset lost revenue and aid with local infrastructure improvement projects, among other items. Monroe County Treasurer Taylor Abbott said the county will receive the funding in two installments — ...

St. C. to resume in-person meetings

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The city council will once again be meeting face-to-face after nearly a year of teleconference sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Council President Jim Velas announced the 7:30 May 17 meeting will be in person. “Due to the relaxation of some of the people ...

Lodging tax drops in Belmont Co.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County has seen a steep decline in lodging tax receipts due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Tourism Council Director Barb Ballint said her department will keep aiding and promoting local events despite decreased funding. The lodging tax receipts hit an “all-time ...

St. C. Rotary food distribution successful

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The St. Clairsville Rotary Club distributed more than 100 boxes filled with food items to those in need Thursday. Wendy Anderson, a member of Rotary and director of the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce, said the food giveaway was a success with around 120 boxes of ...

Tappan Marina and Restaurant slated to open this summer

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Construction is nearly complete on the $4.4 million Tappan Marina building renovation project that began in 2020. Travelers on U.S. 250 have had a front row view of the construction progress, which features the development of a new 250-seat restaurant on the main floor ...

Barnesville moving ahead on waterline work

BARNESVILLE -- Village officials recently learned additional details concerning funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the village’s Slope Creek Waterline Project. At a council meeting on April 12, Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting announced that the Slope Creek Waterline Project ...