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Water vote delayed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A decision about the future of St. Clairsville’s water service will be postponed until 2020 when the new mayoral administration will takes office. The question of St. Clairsville’s water has divided council and led to vocal opposition to the prospect of privatization. ...

Small towns looking for boost

STEUBENVILLE — Spurred by a 2018 news article suggesting small towns can’t survive in today’s big market economy, Walsh University’s Renacci Center for Civic Engagement is traveling Ohio to find out how communities like Steubenville are faring. “Ohio does have some challenges,” ...

Facility moving forward

BARNESVILLE — Village officials learned last week that plans are moving forward to open a drug and alcohol withdrawal management facility in Barnesville. During a meeting held last Tuesday, Mayor Dale Bunting said that the village had been looking to partner with Barnesville Hospital to ...

Monroe extension office prepping for 2020

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County’s extension office has had a busy 2019, with plans in the works for 2020. Extension Office Associate Mary Jo Westfall is anticipating Community Development Block Grant funding next year. “I’ll be working with commissioners to apply for some more CDBG ...

Thankful for help

STEUBENVILLE — Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but the holiday is something that Urban Mission Ministries starts planning for months in advance, according to the Rev. Ashley Steele, the mission’s executive director. “We’ve been preparing since the summer,” Steele said ...

Study: Housing prices impacted

PARKERSBURG - Oil and gas exploration in Colorado’s Front Range near the Rocky Mountains negatively impacts house prices, according to study by a professor at the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture. Heather Stephens, an assistant professor of resource economics and ...

Belmont’s live tree on the way

BELMONT — Mayor Stan Sobel announced plans to plant a live tree which will be used as the village Christmas tree for years to come Village Council made the decision to purchase and plant the live tree was during a regular meeting held on November 7 according to Sobel who said the tree ...

Wheeling streetscape future in doubt

WHEELING — City planners had big plans for a federal grant to repair heavily trafficked and damaged roads in Wheeling, but that funding never came, sending officials back to the drawing board. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced $900 million in infrastructure ...

Other Ohio counties seeking benefit from boom

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — As drillers tap the natural gas reserves beneath Ohio’s easternmost counties, community leaders to the west hope to pump some of those profits into their own economies by developing ancillary industries. Ohio Rep. Adam Holmes, R-Nashport, met recently with ...

Firms unlocking potential of former industrial sites

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — It’s been said that memories of the past should not be allowed to limit the potential of the future, and that concept may be playing out in the Ohio Valley today. Old, abandoned industrial sites are common in the local region. From eroding shells of steel mills to ...

St. C. Marching Band earns another ‘Superior’ rating

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville High School Marching Band continues to hit all the right notes. The group, under the direction of Justin Schwertfeger, recently earned its second consecutive Superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals at Brunswick ...

Ohio high school senior wins BOE seat

BATH, Ohio (AP) — Mike Kahoe was eager to discuss his recent election to the Revere Board of Education and his plans for the position, from increasing transparency between the board and the community to improving school safety. But first, the 18-year-old high school senior had to finish up ...

New Ohio Hills building coming to Woodsfield

WOODSFIELD — A new Ohio Hills Health Services location has been delayed, but the health care provider will be erecting a new and expanded building in Monroe County in 2020. Ohio Hills CEO Jeff Britton and Jan Chambers, director of outreach and development, visited the Monroe County ...

St. C. library obits preserved digitally

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Thanks to the work of volunteers, more than 60,000 obituaries spanning more than 30 years have been digitized at the St. Clairsville Public Library Volunteers digitized a total of 60,575 obituaries dating from 1984 to 2018. They commemorate people who lived in the St. ...

Measure introduced would ban abortion outright

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ...

First responders recognized

WHEELING — Wheeling’s police and fire personnel were recognized for their work, the lives they’ve saved and the end of some long careers at a ceremony Friday. The Public Safety Recognition Ceremony saw the chiefs of the police and fire departments recognize the employees for their work, ...

Requirements loosen for Steubenville’s Civil Service test

STEUBENVILLE — City officials plan to offer the entry-level police civil service test again, but first they’d like to loosen the requirements to encourage more candidates to sign up. The test was last offered in August. Of the 10 candidates who signed up, only two passed the written and ...

Ousted ambassador ‘shocked’ at Trump; he assails her anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some ...

First responder laid to rest

Photo by Scott McCloskey Students of St. John Central Academy, in Bellaire, gather outdoors and wave flags in support and in memory of a local firefighter and paramedic who died in an accident in Pennsylvania last weekend. Funeral services for Richard “Rick” St. John were held Thursday ...

Ohio River Valley Elks honor veterans

MARTINS FERRY — The Ohio River Valley Elks No. 231 honored veterans throughout the past week in a big way. On Saturday, the Elks served a full turkey dinner that was free for veterans. All of the food was donated and covered by cash contributions of members who prepared, served and cleaned ...