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King Pumpkin Weigh-Off is online this evening

BARNESVILLE -- The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival was canceled for this year because of COVID-19, but the King Pumpkin Weigh-Off still is set to happen and can be viewed online this evening. To prevent a crowd of people from gathering, the weigh-off is being held at an undisclosed location ...

School continues despite COVID

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County picked up some new cases of the COVID-19 virus Thursday, and Leona Middle School in the Shadyside Local School District reported a successful school day after a student was found to be positive for the virus Wednesday. County Deputy Health Director Robert ...

Ferry workers continue much-needed pothole patching

MARTINS FERRY -- The Purple City is making some headway on its pothole-filling plan, and people are starting to take notice. “The street department is patching potholes. They’re finishing behind St. Mary’s now. … They have Ninth Street and Bulltown to do and Floral Valley and a couple ...

All welcome to prayer observance Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The East Richland Evangelical Friends Church congregation will be finishing a week of prayer with a gathering at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Belmont County Courthouse, and the public is invited to share in fellowship. Pastor Matt Close said the congregation is focusing ...

Agencies tout law enforcement tip line

WHEELING -- Police are hoping that a newly established crime reporting line will tip the scales in combating unlawful activity on both sides of the Ohio River. At a press conference Wednesday, Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger and Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas announced the ...

Leona Middle School stays open despite COVID case

SHADYSIDE — The first case of COVID-19 to turn up in a Belmont County school was announced Tuesday, with Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reporting a positive test result for a Leona Middle School student. The school, which educates 215 children, is remaining open. “We are working ...

PTTGCA partners with supplier Range Resources

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — PTT Global Chemical America established a long-term contract with Range Resources Appalachia LLC to supply feedstock for its proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. Range will provide 15,000 barrels per day of ethane as feedstock for the planned petrochemical ...

Trump stumps in Pittsburgh

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — President Donald Trump predicted Tuesday that in 42 days, he will repeat his performance of 2016 and win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.    “I’m all for fracking,” he told the crowd.” My opponent is against oil, guns and God.” The Republican incumbent ...

COVID-19 closes Beallsville school building

BEALLSVILLE — Students in class at Beallsville will shift to remote learning, effective today, after a COVID-19 case connected with the school was confirmed by the Monroe County Health Department late Tuesday. High School Principal Casey Tolzda informed families of students about the ...

Absentee ballot requests rising

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — More people are taking an interest in voting as the Nov. 3 general election approaches, and the Belmont County Board of Elections is preparing to provide those ballots while reminding the public to register. During an afternoon meeting, board member Michael Shaheen pointed ...

Most of Harrison outbreak cases recovered

CADIZ — Harrison County officials said Tuesday that the majority of COVID-19 positive cases associated with the Meadows of Cadiz nursing home outbreak are now considered recovered. The county reported its second coronavirus-related death Monday afternoon. The health department announced ...

Farnsworth appears in court for pretrial

CADIZ — A 48-year-old man charged with the murder of a Bellaire woman appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday morning. Samuel Farnsworth of 451 N. Main St., Cadiz, appeared before Judge T. Shawn Hervey in Harrison County Common Pleas Court. He made the appearance via video ...

Veterans memorial can begin thanks to $16K in new donations

MARTINS FERRY — When Brian Hendershot and his father Dennis learned of an effort to erect a new veterans memorial in Martins Ferry, it only took a few minutes for them to decide to help. Memorial committee member Terry Wildman, a Vietnam veteran, just happened to be talking about the project ...

Senior centers planning to reopen

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s senior centers are planning to reopen after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Senior Services Director Dwayne Pielech said strict rules will be in place. Pielech said as of Monday, the state is allowing agencies including senior centers ...

COVID claims 2nd Harrison County life

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Harrison County reported its second coronavirus-related death on Monday even as cases of COVID-19 continued inching up slowly in Belmont County with more testing available and more county services planning to reopen. According to the county Harrison County Health ...

Monroe County project receives funding

HANNIBAL — The Monroe County Port Authority secured more than $15,000 in grant funding for an upcoming project that will aid in the design and engineering of a side track for the railroad located at the Powhatan No. 7 property in Hannibal. Jason Hamman, economic development consultant with ...

St. C., Richland Township restructure fire board

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Cumberland Trail Fire District board will have a third member after Richland Township and St. Clairsville City Council agreed to restructure the board. Council approved the agreement during a teleconference meeting Monday evening after some discussion and ...

‘I miss mommy’: Families shattered by virus forge new paths

Just four months had passed since Ramon Ramirez buried his wife and now, here he was, hospitalized himself with COVID-19. The prognosis was dire, and the fate of his younger children consumed him. Before ending his final video call with his oldest, a 29-year-old single mother of two, he had one ...

Belmont council delays reopening village alley

BELMONT -- Village officials on Thursday discussed possibly reopening a long-closed village alley but delayed taking action due to the opposition of a neighboring property owner. Board of Public Affairs President Ken Davis explained that a property owner who is building a new home wants ...

Decision on reconnection fees in St. C. is tabled

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- City leaders tabled the decision of whether to reinstate $50 utility reconnection fees now that shutoffs are occurring again. Disconnections began last week. The matter of whether to continue reconnect fees will be addressed at the teleconference meeting scheduled for ...