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Ordinance to delay sale fails

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council voted down a motion to delay the proposed sale of water and wastewater systems to a private entity, and council will have a new member by its next meeting. Council held the third reading of an ordinance calling for an independent study to look into options ...

Residents stage another water sale protest

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Residents gathered in protest outside the city building Monday as City Council debated whether to sell the community’s water and wastewater systems. Protesters arrived alone and in pairs, with close to a dozen gathering with signs prior to the 7:30 p.m. council ...

Trial averted with $260M opioid deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland’s ...

See a gun, don’t touch it

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry’s elementary school students learned Monday what to do if they see or find a gun. The lesson was given by Martins Ferry police Officer Robert Ney and the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program. The children watched a short video featuring cartoon Eddie Eagle and ...

Kidnapping, burglary trial continued until November

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Gary Edward Anderson-Myers had been set to go to trial Thursday for kidnapping and aggravated burglary, but instead Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra on Monday granted a continuance until Nov. 20 to allow defense attorney Bruce Clark to further examine evidence ...

Daytime closures on Ohio 9

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM A crew member with Ohio Department of Transportation blocks the roadway for crews performing tree trimming work on Ohio 9 Monday morning in New Athens. The road will be closed for five days during daytime hours from the Harrison/Belmont County line to the Ohio 9/Ohio ...

Ready, set, lip sync

Contestants take the stage Saturday in the Ohio Valley Lip Sync Challenge, a fundraiser for A Special Wish Foundation held at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Tate Blanchard of IC Care shows off his dance moves performing a number by the late Michael Jackson

Schools asking leaders for ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s public colleges and universities are asking lawmakers to prohibit betting on collegiate sports as the state moves to authorize sports wagering, saying that bets on amateur athletic contests could compromise those sports. The Inter-University Council, ...

BOE is prepping for election

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections continues to prepare for the upcoming Nov. 5 election at its new location in a building formerly occupied by The Health Plan and for state-mandated security upgrades. In late September, board members Michael Shaheen, Frankie Lee ...

Village will pay to power station

BARNESVILLE — A new policy will make the village responsible for paying for electricity used to power a sewage lift station at the Eastern Ohio Regional Industrial Park on Ohio 800 that is part of the Joint Economic Development District, or JEDD 1. Port Authority Executive Director Larry ...

Nailers’ season saved in Wheeling

WHEELING — John Burley immediately got to work late last month after speaking with WesBanco Arena officials about their broken ice-making system that could have jeopardized the Wheeling Nailers’ hockey season. Now, several weeks later, the arena is outfitted with a modular ice system that ...

Bridgeport graduates give back decades later

BRIDGEPORT — Over the past seven years, the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s kindergarten program has received more than $25,000 in grants from a foundation started by a district graduate. The Miller-Daffin Family Foundation was started in 2012 by 1945 Bridgeport High School ...

Belmont College holds dedication ceremony

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont College renamed the recently renovated main campus event hall, dubbing it the Thomas R. and Linda H. Dowler Hall. More than 170 guests attended the renaming ceremony Thursday at the college’s Academic Technical Center in St. Clairsville. The late Thomas Dowler, ...

Hospital signage remains on Ohio 7

MARTINS FERRY — It’s been weeks since the closure of East Ohio Regional Hospital and apparently no deal has been made yet for its purchase. Meanwhile, the large blue and white highway signs alerting motorists a hospital is ahead still remain on their posts on Ohio 7. They have not been ...

Belmont County Republican Party sets date for fall dinner

BETHESDA — The Belmont County Republican Party is planning a Fall Dinner Event on Oct. 28. The GOP will feature Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken at Shepherd’s Farm 433 N. Main St. in Bethesda. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the program to follow. ...

Martins Ferry High school holds career day

MARTINS FERRY — Local high school students may have a better idea of what they would like to do in the future, thanks to the school’s career day. Martins Ferry High School held its annual career day on Friday, and nearly 30 alumni working in an array of fields spoke to students about ...

VFD, Red Cross to install free smoke detectors

WOLFHURST — The Wolfhurst Volunteer Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross in an effort to save lives. Starting at about 10 a.m. Nov. 9, members of the VFD and Red Cross plan to knock on doors in the Presidential Estates mobile home park to offer the free installation of ...

Kefalos named top correctional educator in Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Mark Kefalos, an Adult Basic Education/General Equivalency Diploma teacher at Belmont Correctional Institution is the 2019 Correctional Education Association Teacher of the Year. He was awarded the honor at the CEA Teacher of the Year ceremony recently held in ...

Two dead in I-470 crash

WHEELING -- The Wheeling Police & Fire Departments are investigating a muti-vehicle crash that happened about 3:30 p.m. today on Interstate 470 eastbound. The crash, which resulted in a fire, killed two people. Two tractor trailers and an SUV collided around mile marker 3. One semi truck ...

Meet the candidates

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Candidates for contested seats in the city and in Richland Township answered questions from the public and shared their visions of the future Thursday at a Meet the Candidates Night at Ohio University Eastern. Close to 50 people attended, while E.J. Schodzinski, director of ...