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EMS levy to net $240K yearly

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry is gearing up to have voters approve a proposed tax levy for its emergency medical services department. The EMS has been having financial problems for the past few years because of cuts to reimbursements from Medicare for ambulance services, said ...

Safety around semis urged

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Commercial vehicle traffic is heavy on the state and interstate routes that pass through the county, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is cautioning motorists to take care around these sizable vehicles. “Large trucks and buses have operating limitations such as blind ...

Commissioners discuss collapsed bridge

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Board of Commissioners briefly discussed options involving the collapsed bridge at last week’s meeting. The 132-year-old Knowlton Covered Bridge collapsed earlier this month before any renovation plans could get underway. In combination with the bridge’s ...

2019 Queen of Queens

Photo by Alex Kozlowski Andrea Alimario of Weirton Madonna High School is crowned the 2019 Queen of Queens during Saturday’s OVAC game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Gulfport Energy Fund opens second grant round of 2019

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – The Gulfport Energy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio announces its second grant round of 2019. Applications are now open and will close on Sept. 3. This year’s second grant round will support organizations and projects focused on health and human services ...

Flags honor the Beallsville Vietnam 6

BEALLSVILLE — It has been more than 40 years since a village in Monroe County lost six of its residents to the Vietnam War, and many still grieve the loss. In a community with a population of roughly 400 people, the losses were tremendous and felt deeply by the community. In fact, the small ...

Betty Zane Days begins Tuesday

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its annual Betty Zane Days festival, set to kick off Tuesday at the City Park along Zane Highway. Assistant Fire Chief Cody Engleman and firefighter Cody Goff said the festivities begin nightly at 5 p.m. with ...

ODOT champ will compete for title again

MORRISTOWN - A local man who already has been a state driving champion is headed back to statewide competition in Columbus next month. Jim Large, a Highway Technician 3 working for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 11, won the truck driving portion of the district’s annual ...

Italian Fest going strong

WHEELING — The Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival had a lively second day at Wheeling Heritage Port on Saturday. By noon, crowds were filling the street as they sampled elements of the area’s Italian heritage, settled from the old country to the Ohio Valley. “The ...

Former Bell Nursing Home site to be redeveloped

BELMONT — The former site of a nursing home that caught fire last year is being revamped for use as a small commerce park. Bill Coulson, owner of Bill’s Towing & Recovery in Bridgeport, said he purchased the National Road property and acreage last year and is in the process of ...

Family gets all-access tour of the courthouse

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank A. Fregiato gave one lucky winner and her family a “backstage pass” to the Belmont County Courthouse on Friday afternoon. Debbi Hanson Shutler of St. Clairsville was the winner of the prize, which consisted of a personal ...

Officers arrest 4 in child neglect case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas announced the arrest of four individuals on a variety of charges involving child neglect on Friday. Lucas said officers received a welfare check request that led them to a house on Wabash Street in Bridgeport around 9 a.m. Thursday. ...

Martins Ferry color codes fire hydrants

MARTINS FERRY — The city’s fire hydrants are getting a new look, but it is not just about vanity. Water Superintendent Bill Suto said that summer worker Donovan Shrodes has been working to repaint the city’s fire hydrants this summer, something that had not been done in years. Instead of ...

EMS bumps up fund with sale of retired ambulances

CADIZ — Upon receiving bids, the Harrison County EMS Association will sell four old trucks that were put out for bid last month. The association put four used ambulances that no longer served a purpose out for bids at the end of June. The vehicles have been replaced throughout the years, ...

Italian Festival offers something for entire family

WHEELING — Members of the Allegro Dance Co. wasted no time in kicking up their heels to some Italian music shortly after the ribbon was cut to officially open the 31st Annual Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival for a lunchtime crowd Friday at Wheeling Heritage Port. The ...

Inspection finds persistent problems at jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — A state inspection of a troubled county jail in Cleveland in early July found that problems with medical care, sanitation and inmate lockdowns persist months after they were first cited in federal and state inspections, according to a memo obtained by The Associated ...

Martins Ferry Youth Center blossoming

MARTINS FERRY — A new youth center in Martins Ferry has blossomed into a means of feeding hungry children, and there are plans to help clothe them for the upcoming school year as well. The Rev. William Webster, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, said the center, located adjacent to the ...

Veterans Services receives increase in transportation needs

CADIZ — The Harrison County Veterans Service Office has two new vans to help transport veterans to appointments. On Tuesday, the agency received the new vans that will be used to take county veterans to out-of-county Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics. Transportation is one of ...

UL teachers contract making progress

MORRISTOWN — The teachers of Union Local are likely to start the school year Aug. 29 with a new contract that may be voted on next week. Thursday evening, Union Local School Board Member Terry Puperi said he had met with representatives of the teacher’s union Wednesday for a day-long ...

CentralApp offering online training, tech jobs

WHEELING — A West Virginia firm is offering free online training — and potentially a job — to 100 people who complete the training in 100 days. CentralApp, based in Huntington, connects companies with skilled technical workers living in Appalachian areas. It has issued the “CentralApp ...