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Martins Ferry man and woman still missing

MARTINS FERRY — Belmont County Sheriff’s Department investigators still are trying to find a man and woman who went missing in June. Brian Goff, 64, and Joni Davis, 55, of Martins Ferry, have been missing since June 10. That was the date they were seen leaving a Pizza Hut at the Wetzel ...

Open house details $80M St. C. school plans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Voters in the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District have another opportunity this evening to learn more about the proposed 8.56-mill bond issue appearing on the November ballot. The levy would raise nearly $80 million for, among other things, a new two-story ...

Water upgrades, building plans on the table

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners fielded questions and gave an update on planned water infrastructure improvement Wednesday. Commissioners J.P. Dutton, Josh Meyer and Mark Thomas conducted the meeting. Richard Hord, of Martins Ferry, inquired if there are any new ...

Safe driving on Labor Day

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Motorists are expected to take to the roads in the close of the summer months, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in force to keep order and spot signs of danger. Lt. James Faunda said the post is expecting a four-day period of heavy driving. “For us, the ...

Zion Christian Retreat opens new RV camping area

FLUSHING — Zion Christian Retreat & Nature Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its new camping area for recreational vehicles. The 60 sites offer RV campers electric, water and sewage service, along with a picnic table and fire ring ...

Bill Gates directs education funding to poor U.S. schools

SEATTLE (AP) — Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now funding groups working directly with clusters of public schools in some of the most impoverished ...

Stores put on fall colors

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Visitors to the city’s Main Street this fall will be treated to a festive atmosphere appropriate to the autumn and harvest season, with many of the city’s businesses interested in decorating their store front for a fall contest. “The decorating contest begins Sept. ...

Kroger, union employees negotiate

STEUBENVILLE — Health care and better wages are the two main sticking points in negotiations between Kroger and its union employees. The two sides will meet again on Friday, and, if an agreement isn’t reached, the union may call for a strike involving 11 stores in the Upper Ohio Valley. ...

Investigation into shooting death nearing completion

MARTINS FERRY — The investigation into the shooting death of a Martins Ferry man by law enforcement agents is nearing completion, said Jill Del Greco, spokeswoman with the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Kevin Nickle, 59, was fatally shot May 16 by police who were responding to an ...

Bethany College student assault case bound for circuit court

WELLSBURG — A Bethany College student who is accused of engaging in a “full-out fight” with Brooke County Sheriff’s deputies has several new conditions for his bond. Brandon L. Jackson, 21, of Norcross, Georgia, appeared Monday before Brooke County Magistrate Robin Snyder. Snyder ...

Payout authorized in suit

CONNORVILLE — Following an extended executive session Monday night, the Buckeye Local Board of Education agreed to a payout of $70,000 in return for a former teacher dropping litigation against the district. Angela Hicks, who had formerly served as director of federal programs for the ...

Septic issues discussed in Monroe Co.

WOODSFIELD — The lack of adequate septic systems in Hannibal, Sardis and Duffy topped the agenda for the Monroe County commissioners’ regular meeting Monday. Ohio and Lee Township Water and Sewer attorney James Peters, and Thrasher Group project engineers Scott Wangler and Steven Hamit ...

Residents seeking answers

BARNESVILLE — More than 30 people including Barnesville residents, officials, students and individuals from outside the community gathered Monday night at the Barnesville Senior Center to listen to and question the Belmont County Commissioners concerning county business and how it might ...

Crash claims two lives

FREEPORT — A multiple-vehicle crash involving multiple motorcycles and a pickup truck on Ohio 343 in Harrison County on Sunday resulted in the deaths of a motorcycle driver and his passenger and injuries to three others. The crash happened near Freeport. Ohio State Highway Patrol officials ...

Revocations, drug cases top court proceedings

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A plea agreement has not been ruled out in the case of Dermial Herbert Mills, 34, who is accused of multiple drug crimes. Mills, with addresses in Bellaire and Cleveland, appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato on Monday. He remains set for trial ...

Working families are first

MARTINS FERRY ­— Zack Space, a former United States congressman and Democrat nominee for Ohio auditor, on Monday talked about his “Working Families First” plan during a campaign stop at the United Steelworkers Hall in Martins Ferry. Joining Space to speak during the stop were Ohio ...

Water projects updated in St.C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One water project in the city is one-third done, and groundwork is being laid for another to deal with pressing flooding issues. During last week’s council meeting, Safety and Service Director Jim Zucal reported on the replacement of one of the city water treatment ...

Stay alert for ticks

MARTINS FERRY — Health officials are warning residents of the hazards and dangers presented by ticks and their bites. A serious health threat that has been around for several years is becoming a more common issue in the Ohio Valley, and health officials said residents should learn more ...

Debate interrupts meeting

BARNESVILLE — A debate about council members attending meetings of committees to which they are not assigned interrupted last week’s meeting of Barnesville Village Council. The exchange concerning committees started when Fire Chief Tim Hall requested that a brief Safety Committee meeting ...

Bethesda swears in new police officer

BETHESDA — The village has taken on another police officer with the swearing in of Josh Williamson on Thursday as a part-time employee. Williamson, a Barnesville resident, said he intends to work as a full-time officer when possible. “I was born and raised in Cambridge,” he said. ...