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Retirees craft handmade toys for low-income kids

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Bob Cole knew the answer before he asked, but he couldn’t resist creating a little suspense. Leaning over to talk with a pony-tailed girl in her preschool classroom last week, Cole said, “We brought you some new toys; do you want to see them?” Eyes wide, ...

Guilty plea in Marvin Brown murder

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A local man admitted on Saturday morning that he shot and killed former Powhatan Point mayor and businessman Marvin Brown during a home invasion on Nov. 18, 2013. Brown’s grieving family members are not satisfied that the case is closed, though, and said they expect to ...

Stray cats welcomed back to shelter

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Animal Shelter’s doors are again open to cats in need of a home. At one time in 2017, the shelter was strained with nearly twice as many felines as the 32 it had the capacity to house. At that point, officials decided to turn away additional cats. But ...

Carnes appointed vice chairman of Liquor Control Commission

COLUMBUS — A local man with a long record of public service accepted an important post with a statewide agency. St. Clairsville resident James E. Carnes, as part of newly elected Gov. Mike DeWine’s organization of his administration, has been reappointed to the Liquor Control Commission ...

State Superintendent visits vocational school

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont Harrison Vocational School District hosted a visit from Ohio State Superintendent of Schools Paolo DeMaria Friday, marking Career Technical Education Month. DeMaria questioned the school board and Superintendent Richard Schoene about the school’s operations, the ...

Film fan finds the real joy of movies is still in theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, it’s easy to Netflix and chill these days. Or Prime and recline. Or Hulu and ... well, whatever. But if you really want to savor a film, there’s still no substitute for a movie theater. Turns out that there are few better ways to rediscover the joy of heading to ...

Pay raise passes House

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice’s clean pay raise proposal passed the House of Delegates Friday with overwhelming support, though a vocal minority opposed the bill. House Bill 2730, which provides for a 5 percent salary increase for teachers, school service personnel, and employees of the ...

Belmont pays property taxes

Belmont County taxpayers lined up at the treasurer’s office Friday to pay their property taxes. Friday marked the first half due date. Assistant Treasurer T.J. Hill serves Don Lemmon of St. Clairsville. T-L Photo/ ROBERT DEFRANK

Visiting Angels of Wheeling receives awards

WHEELING — Visiting Angels of Wheeling announced today that it received the distinguished Best of Home Care – Leader in Excellence Award, Provider of Choice Award, and Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. The Leader in ...

Cats vs dogs in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Commissioners have been in legal conflict with the Belmont County Humane Society about whether a donation to help the area’s animals should have benefited cats or dogs. On Wednesday, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners directed the Belmont County ...

Man sentenced for Nov. high speed chase

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After leading law enforcement in a high-speed chase Nov. 26, ending with a crash on Ohio 7, a Pennsylvania man will face more than three years in prison. Dakota Cenio Iarrusso, 24, of 620 Madison Avenue, McKeesport, PA, was sentenced to 30 months with 82 days of credit for ...

Gun found in Steubenville student’s backpack

STEUBENVILLE — A 17-year-old boy who was being taken into custody at Steubenville High School on Tuesday morning in connection with an armed robbery had a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his backpack, City Police reported. Police were notified around 9:23 p.m. Saturday by two people in a ...

Flooding problems addressed by council

MARTINS FERRY— Repairs to roads and houses from heavy rainfall have been of some concern in Martins Ferry. At a short council meeting on Wednesday, city officials addressed these concerns to see what can be done for residents. Scott Porter, Martins Ferry service director, said that houses ...

W.Va. Superintendents plan for return to school

WHEELING — Superintendents across the Northern Panhandle on Wednesday were expecting school employees to return to the classrooms today, and looking to see where two days lost to the recent strike by employees could be made up in the school calendar. Ohio County Schools will make up for the ...

Hurry up and wait

WEST WHEELING — Some residents in the West Wheeling area of Pease Township are hoping to get a stinky situation resolved soon — and Pease Township Trustee Mike Bianconi wants it fixed, too. Bianconi said during heavy storms and flooding last February, a retaining wall collapsed in a creek ...

St. C. has second reading for local building inspection

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city heard from Jason Baughman, chief building official of the Mid-East Ohio Building Department, who spoke Tuesday about the advantages of working through his office for building inspections. A full council of held the first reading of an ordinance to establish a ...

Second cemetery caretaker sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The second of two caretakers of Belmont Memorial Cemetery was sentenced Tuesday for theft offenses totalling nearly $300,000. Keith Dwayne Baratie, 51, of Bellaire, will serve four and a half years in prison as specified by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. A ...

DeWine to announce proposed gas tax increase

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine will announce Thursday his proposed recommendation for increasing the state gas tax to address a chronic shortfall in spending on road renovations, the governor said at an annual forum sponsored by The Associated Press. DeWine, a Republican, said there ...

Striking West Virginia teachers keeping an eye on senate bill

WHEELING — While teachers across West Virginia are striking for a second day to help ensure Senate Bill 451 stays dead, the weather — at least locally — may have made the gesture unnecessary. Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones said if the teachers would have waited ...

Mall patrons voice their wishes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Yet another longtime Ohio Valley Mall store will be closing its doors for good. Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in ...