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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court ...

Home Pizza chef goes to Halloran Park

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK The statue of a pizza chef at Halloran’s Home Pizza has been a well-known figure in St. Clairsville since the 1970s. After owners Pat and Patty Halloran, left, retired and closed the business in late 2019 they donated this mascot to St. Clairsville. It will now ...

Council hears pitch for help on water loss, meters

BELLAIRE — Village Council heard from a company Thursday night that believes it can help Bellaire with its extreme water loss situation. Ray Schwarz, Ohio sales manager with the Nepute Equipment Co., Cincinnati, said his company wanted to do more than just sell Bellaire the new water meters ...

1 in 6 Ohio districts ask state for extra seating

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About one in six Ohio school districts asked the state for permission to add additional spectators for fall sporting events, exceeding the limits set by Gov. Mike DeWine in last month’s sports order, records show. The Health Department approved all requests quickly, ...

Ohio Hills Health Services expanding

BARNESVILLE — Ohio Hills Health Services continues to provide basic health services while taking on duties related to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Belmont County board of commissioners toured the Barnesville location and an adjoining structure, which will soon house an ...

Spike of recoveries brings active COVID cases below 35

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Health Department shared good news Thursday, reporting that several additional residents have recovered from COVID-19. According to Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul, there are now fewer than 35 people with active infections. Since the pandemic ...

Pence touts accomplishments, hammers Biden in Zanesville

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Vice President Mike Pence made a campaign stop Wednesday evening, holding a “Workers for Trump” event at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. Pence’s speech — in front of a crowd that filled the overflow area even after he started speaking — covered a wide range of ...

Murray Energy emerges from bankruptcy

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­— Murray Energy Corp. emerged from bankruptcy Wednesday, becoming American Consolidated Natural Resources Inc. Completion of the court proceedings was announced by the company and by the union representing the company's miners. United Mine Workers of America President ...

Ferry council mulls city building

MARTINS FERRY -- Martins Ferry City Council is mulling the future of the municipal building while waiting for an estimate for repairs to its facade. Several large chunks of the city building fell last Saturday, forcing closure of a portion of one street and a city parking lot behind the ...

OUE establishes partnership with county

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has pledged to work closely with local communities and Ohio University Eastern during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the commissioners heard from Warren Galbreth, interim associate dean with the university, and agreed to a compact between ...

Number of Harrison COVID cases unchanged as of Wednesday

CADIZ -- The number of COVID-19 cases in an outbreak at a Harrison County nursing home had not increased as of Wednesday according to Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department. Rhome told Harrison County commissioners during their regular meeting Wednesday that there ...

You’ve got a bet!

MARTINS FERRY -- Stay-at-home orders and social distancing recommendations left many people in the Ohio Valley with a thirst for football, and the mayors of Belmont County’s two cities are no exception. On Tuesday, St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman and Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies ...

Suspect arrested for abduction of 5-year-old

BRIDGEPORT -- Police Chief John Bumba on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man who had been wanted on suspicion of abducting a 5-year-old girl Saturday. Bumba said the suspect, Paul George Adam Snavely, 45 and homeless, turned himself in Tuesday. The girl was recovered safely Saturday, ...

Bridgeport welcomes new council member, hears water concerns

BRIDGEPORT -- Village Council selected a new member Tuesday after hearing from two candidates. Following an executive session, Loyal Springer was appointed to the council seat vacated by Travis Snodgrass when he was named the new street/sanitation commissioner. “I’ve been a citizen in ...

Treasurer job application deadline is Sept. 25

MARTINS FERRY -- The city of Martins Ferry is taking applications to fill a key position following the recent death of Treasurer Rhonda Bernardo. Resumes can be sent to Mayor John Davies at 35 S. Fifth St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935. The deadline to apply is Sept. 25. Davies said the job is ...

COVID-19 restrictions won’t apply to political rallies in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The DeWine administration gave the green light to President Donald Trump late Tuesday, saying it would not enforce social distancing, crowd size limitations or the state's mask mandate if Trump holds a political rally in Ohio. "President Trump is always welcome in Ohio," ...

Grant to help St. C. rec center

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city’s J. B. Martin Recreation Center will get upgrades to its restrooms in the next year, after it received a grant of $16,000 from Give Belmont County to be used for no-touch faucets and toilets and more. Mayor Kathryn Thalman said the recreation center has ...

COVID-19 cases climb in Harrison County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While coronavirus cases seem to be under control in Belmont County, the number of people involved in an outbreak at a Harrison County nursing facility continues to grow. The Harrison County Health Department announced Monday afternoon that it had been notified of 13 new ...

Library district receives $150K in COVID money

MARTINS FERRY — The Belmont County District Library received $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to help keep its six locations clean and safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Anthony Orsini, library director, said the library district received the money and is giving $25,000 to ...

Progress for water service in Belmont County announced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County is making progress in upgrading water service and providing service to those in need. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners recently announced another development in upgrading its water system -- a purchase agreement for property along the Ohio River in ...