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Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in Belmont County welcomes old, new friends

BARNESVILLE — The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival headed into the weekend with swelling crowds and the return of a favorite attraction. Gus Smithhisler of Pataskala, Ohio the “squashcarver” visited to create his art. Smithhisler has made a name for himself with the elaborate and detailed ...

Monroe County COVID cases increase

WOODSFIELD — COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in the past month in Monroe County with a high percentage of cases being among the younger population. The Monroe County Health Department recently released a graph depicting the number of COVID-19 cases in the county by month and the ...

Autopsies completed in double murder investigation in Belmont

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The autopsies of Thomas and Angela Strussion — victims of a double homicide in Belmont County — are now complete. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas confirmed Friday that the procedures had been finished. He added, though, that no autopsy reports or information ...

Convicted arsonist allegedly admits to more fires in Belmont County

BELLAIRE — A man convicted of burning down a house on Wheeling Island allegedly admitted to starting a series of other fires over the last five years, according to Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan. Flanagan said Friday that Jason Kincannon, 25, admitted to police that he started a string ...

Bridgeport schools hoping to expand campus as enrollment grows

BRIDGEPORT —­ With enrollment figures on the rise, officials in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District are looking to accommodate the growth. Superintendent Brent Ripley said the district has experienced a growth of nearly 40 students since the 2020-21 school year. “We are up ...