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Belmont County senior services continue through the pandemic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- There is no sign of Belmont County’s senior centers opening soon, since the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated their closing, but Belmont County Senior Services continues to assist the segment of the population that is most vulnerable to the illness. Those older residents ...

The reopening: Barber shops, salons see surge in business

Hair cuts. Massages. Tattoos. Pedicures. Manicures. These were just some of the luxuries lost as businesses faced mandatory shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet as states began to reopen last month, most areas saw the resurgence of these businesses as longtime customers clamored to ...

Cadiz sees decrease in budget due to drop in income tax collections

CADIZ — The village of Cadiz is experiencing a slight decrease in its budget due to a drop in income tax collections. Cadiz Village Council discussed the matter during its meeting Thursday evening. Village Administrator Ted Andrzejewski said the general fund budget is down 6 percent. ...

Salon owner advises others to ‘just follow the regulations’

MARTINS FERRY — Hair salon owner Shannon Young said restarting her business after COVID-19 related restrictions were lifted was like “walking into a new world.” Young, owner of Forever Young Studio of Hair in Martins Ferry, said her business was closed eight weeks because of the ...

Flushing brothers to be honored for service

FLUSHING — The seven Litten brothers, born and raised in Flushing, will be honored later this year for their combined service of 132 years in the U.S. Air Force. Katie Bradshaw, an Air Force veteran and student at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio, said she took an interest in the ...

Animal cruelty plea hearing continued to July 24

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A plea agreement hearing in an animal cruelty case was continued Friday in Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra’s courtroom. Both Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan and the defendant’s attorney, Josh Norman, agreed that more research needed to be done before ...

Contact tracing: How does it work?

In hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, health departments across the country have turned to contact tracing. Finding those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and monitoring their symptoms is being done by epidemiologists from state to state. Melanie Myers, public information ...

Local business helps to restore Powhatan UMWA monument

POWHATAN POINT — A local business donated its services to help restore the Powhatan United Mine Workers of America memorial. The more than 10-foot granite stone monument in Powhatan Cemetery is dedicated in memory of 66 men who died in the 1944 Powhatan Mine fire. Randall L. Gallagher ...

CDC head sticking to guidelines

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials won’t revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. What they will do, he said, is provide additional information to ...

Belmont shifts to yellow as COVID slows

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the number of currently active cases of COVID-19 in Belmont County. That number is 46, not the 68 originally reported. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s color-coded coronavirus designation shifted Thursday from orange to yellow — ...

Clark pleads innocent

Cory Clark, former fiscal manager of the Belmont County Transportation Improvement District, pleaded innocent in Belmont County Common Pleas Court on Thursday to three felony charges. An editorial published in The Times Leader on Thursday incorrectly stated that Clark had pleaded guilty to ...

‘Laid-back’ celebration set for PTSD sufferers

BETHESDA — To give those who suffer from PTSD a quiet place to celebrate Independence Day, a local Rotary club is planning an event Sunday at the Union Local High School gym. Members of the Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club are slated to host the free event with the doors opening at 8 ...

Village gets closer to OEPA grant

BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire appears to be another step closer to getting financing it needs to purchase two air strippers for its water treatment plant. During a regular Bellaire Village Council meeting held Thursday, Councilman Mike Doyle said he received word recently that the ...

Bridgeport mayor pleads guilty to theft in office

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Bridgeport Mayor David Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft in office and conflict of interest after more than $20,000 in village funds went missing. He will be sentenced Aug. 10. Smith, 49, of 205 Jacquette St., Bridgeport, was indicted in February on four charges ...

Sproul: COVID-19 could hit school budgets hard

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul explained the state’s latest regulations and the mission for institutions such as school districts when he spoke to the Belmont County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. The latest count places Belmont County’s total ...

Pandemic puts strain on county coffers as sales tax receipts decline

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s budget is looking tight for the rest of 2020 and 2021, Auditor Anthony Rocchio told the board of commissioners when he spoke Wednesday about the area’s financial outlook with decreases in sales tax due COVID-19. Commissioner J.P. Dutton said the board ...

Harrison DJFS launches clothing program

CADIZ — The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services is helping children prepare for school with its annual "Back to School Clothing Program." Deb knight, assistant director of the Harrison County DJFS, announced the opening of the program during Wednesday's regularly scheduled ...

Village appoints newest council member

BRIDGEPORT — The village of Bridgeport appointed a new member to council during a special meeting Tuesday evening. Michelle Bennington-Lucarelli was sworn in as a member after sitting members unanimously voted in favor of her to fill the vacant seat. The seat was left empty when former ...

Utility shut-offs to resume this month in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Delinquent utility shut-offs will resume this month, and new ordinances began going through readings this week clarifying burning regulations and prohibiting feeding wild animals. During a teleconference meeting of the St. Clairsville City Council, Finance Director ...

New COVID-19 regulations, color-coded Ohio counties

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio is implementing new regulations and restrictions during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and local health department officials are planning how those will take effect locally. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul was interviewing potential staff ...