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Brilliant loses its CDBG appeal

BRILLIANT — The Brilliant Water and Sewer District has lost an appeal of a state agency’s decision to pull a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, which was an important piece of the funding package for the district’s new water treatment plant. Mike Nichols, water district ...

County’s cats given a paw up

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A nonprofit organization is working with Belmont County to provide a helping hand to the area’s feline population at no expense to taxpayers. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Belmont County Board of Commissioners, the commissioners announced that Candace Fleagane, ...

Murder-for-hire trial rescheduled

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Steven Andrew Moore, the man accused of murder-for-hire in the 2013 fatal shooting death of former Powhatan Point mayor Marvin Brown, finally has a trial date for all of his charges. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra heard updates Tuesday from Belmont County ...

Pool work is moving forward

BARNESVILLE — Officials recently announced that the village will offer a special deal on pool passes to celebrate the reopening of newly refurbished pool at Memorial Park. Council President Brad Hudson said family season passes, which usually sell for $125, would be offered for $100; ...

Man shoots teen, appears to be accidental

SHADYSIDE — A man who apparently was involved in an accidental shooting Saturday had his day in court this week. Michael Christy, 27, of Shadyside, appeared in Belmont County Eastern Division Court on Tuesday. Belmont County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan said Christy faced a ...

National Road history preserved with marker

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A group of dedicated local people helped tell the story of America and the Buckeye State on Wednesday, unveiling a marker that commemorates the July 4, 1825, groundbreaking for the National Road in St. Clairsville. The official Ohio Historical Marker was dedicated on the ...

Police: Shadyside man shoots teen

SHADYSIDE -- A man who apparently was involved in an accidental shooting Saturday had his day in court this week. Michael Christy, 27, of Shadyside, appeared in Belmont County Eastern Division Court on Tuesday. Belmont County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan said Christy faced a ...

New AEP office coming

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — American Electric Power is working on a new construction project this summer that is expected to improve customer service. Travelers on U.S. 40 may notice a major structure being erected in the area west of St. Clairsville where the former Gasber’s Fine Day Restaurant ...

Barnesville will utilize CodeRED alert system

BARNESVILLE — The village of Barnesville is implementing the CodeRED emergency alert high-speed notification system and wants residents to sign up for alerts. The CodeRED system, which is already in place at the county level in Belmont County, now gives village officials the ability to ...

Keep pets safe during festivities

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Fireworks are lighting up the sky above the local region this week as people everywhere celebrate Independence Day, but those bright and colorful displays also bring loud noises follow that can induce anxiety in pets. Megan Hartwig, veterinary technician at Goodworks ...

Summer projects, raises are discussed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city council took stock of summer events and projects and approved a raise for non-unionized employees during its regular Monday meeting. The council unanimously passed an ordinance to increase the yearly compensation of non-elected, non-union city employees who have ...

The end of an era

FLUSHING - The school buildings where generations of village residents were educated are disappearing from the landscape. Edge Co. Inc. began the demolition work on Friday. The company had submitted the winning bid for the job at $138,100. The Belmont County Land Reutilization Corp., ...

Council proud of accomplishments

BELLAIRE — Things are looking up in the village Bellaire, but more work still needs to be done, village council members said. Village Council has made strides during the last six months to get much-needed projects done, Councilwoman Nikki Liberatore said. She said some of those ...

Water upgrade detailed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An update regarding funding for water and sewer upgrades was on the Belmont County Board of Commissioners’ agenda during Wednesday’s meeting. Commissioners J.P. Dutton, Mark Thomas and Josh Meyer presided. The board signed an amendment to the Ohio Water Development ...

Bids for I-70 work coming

WHEELING — The bid for the $170 million rehabilitation of bridges along Interstate 70 in Ohio County will be awarded in mid-July, with work and traffic headaches expected to last two years, according to an official with the West Virginia Division of Highways. David Brabham, acting director ...

Bob’s site in Barnesville in use again

BARNESVILLE — The old Bob’s Chevrolet building is home to yet another new business. Equipment Transport LLC, a diversified well site services company, recently acquired use of the building located along Barnesville-Bethesda Road. Based in Carlisle, Pa., Equipment Transport provides fluid ...

Distracted walking can endanger health

MARTINS FERRY — The dangers of distracted driving are often talked about because of the potential loss of life involved. But there is another potential danger that seems to be pondered less frequently — distracted street crossing. In the city of Martins Ferry, for example, during the ...

Skyshow 2018 set for Tuesday in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Inflatables, food, music and fireworks are on tap for the 2018 Skyshow in Martins Ferry. The event is set to kick off at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Martins Ferry City Schools campus, 5000 Ayers Limestone Road. The rain date is Thursday. Marian Klier, secretary for the Martins ...

Another Harrison County Fair in the books

CADIZ -- Festivities associated with the 2018 Harrison County Fair wrapped up on Saturday with officials reporting much better attendance than in previous years. The fair kicked off on Monday with the crowning of the Junior Fair royalty. Stephanie Birney, 18, was crowned Junior Fair queen. ...