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Bellaire VFD secures grant for smoke alarms

BELLAIRE — Members of the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department have secured a $2,500 grant that will allow them to install smoke alarms in 10 percent of homes in the village. FM Global, a global mutual insurance company based in Johnston, Rhode Island, that specializes in loss prevention, ...

Team to debut ‘Smart Helmets’

BARNESVILLE — When the Barnesville Shamrocks take the field Thursday evening to begin their football season against Buckeye Local, the 42 players will be wearing brand-new helmets. Though they may look exactly the same to the general Shamrocks fan, they’re anything but. During the ...

Dragon boat racing returns

WHEELING — Dragon-prowed keelboats raced along the Ohio River on Saturday, raising money for King’s Daughters Child Care Center in Wheeling. The distinct shapes of the 46-foot-long Hong Kong-style keelboats created a unique spectacle as they set out from Wheeling Heritage Port into the ...

Opinions divided on Aqua Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As city leaders ponder a bid from Aqua Ohio, the state-regulated private entity that has offered to purchase the city’s water and wastewater systems, The Times Leader reached out to Buckeye State communities already served by Aqua Ohio and to related agencies and ...

Student with dyslexia finds help through music

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For Katie Roddy, there is no such thing as seeing a word and sounding it out. Like others with dyslexia, Roddy’s brain processes words differently. She knows that now, at age 16. But as a young child, how do you explain to your well-meaning teachers and parents ...

Craft store to hold grand opening Sunday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Arts and crafts enthusiasts need wait no longer — Michaels is now open at the Ohio Valley Mall and will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday. The store held a soft opening Aug. 15 but will hold its official grand opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Betty Ann Jasper, ...

Making a case to women

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters: It’s time to come out of hiding. “There’s a lot of people that are fearful of expressing their support, and I want you ladies to know it’s OK to have felt that way, but we need to move past that or ...

Belmont Democrats report bomb threat

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Martins Ferry man is accused of sending a bomb threat to a scheduled meeting of the Belmont County Democratic Party in July. According to the Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office and court records, Geary Battistelli, 67, of 237 N. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry faces a ...

‘Support for Sweet Chuck’ fundraiser is tonight

Local tattoo artist is battling cancer MARTINS FERRY — A benefit for a local tattoo artist who has made thousands of people happy with his ink skills and good, sweet nature, is set to take place tonight at River City Ale Works, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. Hot Rod Tattooing owner John Schorr, ...

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump angrily escalated his trade fight with China on Friday, raising retaliatory tariffs and ordering American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed Jerome Powell, the man he appointed as chairman of the Federal ...

State probation shifts to county

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — County court systems in Ohio will have a bigger probation-related workload in 2020, but state funding has been released to help meet the demand. Belmont County Common Pleas Judges Frank Fregiato and John Vavra and members of the probation staff described the situation ...

New bishop of Wheeling-Charleston installed

WHEELING — Seeking God’s light to illumine the world’s darkness, the Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan was installed Thursday as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. His installation was part of a festive Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. The ...

Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the ...

More water woes in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency were on-site Thursday at the city’s aging water plant with serious concerns that algae blooms could lead to harmful bacteria. Biologists and engineers met with St. Clairsville officials and water plant operators to ...

`Support for Sweet Chuck’ fundraiser is Saturday

MARTINS FERRY -- A benefit for a local tattoo artist, who has made thousands of people happy with his ink skills and good, sweet nature, is set to take place Saturday night at River City Ale Works, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. Hot Rod Tattooing owner John Schorr, aka Sweet Chuck, is battling ...

Cases bound over to common pleas court

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer BELLAIRE — Two men accused of violent crimes and endangering others saw their cases bound over to a higher court Thursday. Both Gary Edward Anderson-Myers, 33, of 20202 Regoli Road, Jacobsburg, and Jonathan Michael Sampson, 32, of 125 Carter ...

Truck overturns near Floral Valley in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY -- In this image posted on social media by the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency, a truck lies on its side just north of the Martins Ferry city limits. The accident occurred around noon Thursday on Ohio 7 southbound at Belmont County Road 4, also known as Floral Valley. ...

DOH District 6 still in need of road workers

TRIADELPHIA — Much of the needed asphalting and roadwork planned for the Northern Panhandle since January was completed even though West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 in need of about 50 employees. Work was achieved despite manpower shortages, equipment failures and a loss of ...

Trinity Health System holds ‘meet and greet’ in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Representatives of Trinity Heath System visited Martins Ferry on Wednesday, sharing information about what Trinity has to offer as the community braces for the planned closure of two other area hospitals. Meanwhile, a local lawmaker is working in Columbus to find a way to ...

Martins Ferry officials trying to keep East Ohio Regional Hospital open

MARTINS FERRY — City officials are not giving up on trying to keep East Ohio Regional Hospital from closing in the next few months. At a Martins Ferry City Council meeting on Wednesday, Mayor Robert Krajnyak said he and other city officials have been making phone calls to state and federal ...