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Touring St. Clairville’s aged water plant

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The fate of water service in the city is up for debate with the city considering whether to privatize its water and wastewater system. A bid from the state-regulated private entity Aqua Ohio has been received and a contract draft is expected to be presented to City ...

Abducted woman found

BELLAIRE — Law enforcement found a woman who reportedly was abducted in the wake of a domestic dispute at the Belle Village Apartments, but the suspect in the case remained at large late Thursday. Officers located Jamie L. Jackson, 35, in the Fulton Hill area of Bellaire about six hours ...

UL athletic tickets go up $1

MORRISTOWN — Fans of student athletics will notice an increase in ticket costs after the Union Local Board of Education voted Thursday to increase ticket prices of all athletic events by $1. Board Member Shaun Roe, chairman of the athletic committee, said the change was prompted by ...

Council agrees to pay share of project

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department will soon become an emergency shelter upon completion of a $67,805 project that is currently underway, although tensions ran high between firefighters and members of council at Bellaire Village Council’s meeting Thursday night. Last month, ...

Weak global growth likely to mean U.S. slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American ...

Wheeling University reauthorized by HEPC

WHEELING Wheeling University announced Friday that it has been fully reauthorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and will welcome students for the 2019-20 academic year, which begins on Aug. 27. “This reauthorization is an important validation of the rigor and ...

One dead, three wounded in New Manchester shooting

NEW MANCHESTER — Authorities say one woman is dead and three others — including the suspect — were injured during a shooting Wednesday evening. Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher held a brief press conference late Wednesday inside the Hancock County Courthouse in New Cumberland. ...

Belmont County child support fifth statewide in collections

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Commissioners recognized the county Department of Job and Family Services staff for their work in collecting child support for area youth. August is Child Support Awareness Month in Ohio, and DJFS Director Vince Gianangeli noted that child support ...

Accused rapist held on $250,000 bond

CADIZ — A local man accused of raping a 19-year-old appeared for a pre-trial hearing earlier this week. Logan Murral 28, of Bowerston, is charged with rape, a felony of the first degree. He appeared before Judge T. Shawn Hervey Tuesday morning at the Harrison County Courthouse. The case ...

Board concerned for building’s conditions

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health plans to ask Belmont County commissioners to address maintenance and repairs at the county-owned building occupied by the health department. At their monthly meeting Monday, board members expressed concern about the condition of the ...

Economic futures discussed at rotary

BETHESDA — The economic future of Belmont County was the topic of discussion during lunch at the Bethesda-Morristown Rotary Club. Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry spoke while the rotary club broke bread at the at the Bethesda Community Center. The oil and gas industry and ...

Justice to Wheeling University: ‘Not closing on my watch’

WHEELING — Gov. Jim Justice and other state and federal representatives delivered a singular message Tuesday to the students of Wheeling University: “We’re not going to close this school.” Justice referred to ongoing administrative issues and the university’s mounting financial ...

UPDATE: Abducted woman found safe, suspect on the run

BELLAIRE -- A woman who reportedly was abducted by a man following an argument Thursday afternoon at the Belle Village Apartments in Bellaire has been found, according to the Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas. Lucas said Jamie Jackson went into the apartment complex's manager's office shortly ...

Family treatment court continues

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A specialized court that aims to reunite local families received recertification from the state’s high court and will continue its work in Belmont County. Belmont County Juvenile and Probate Judge Al Davies took over management of the Belmont County Family Dependency ...

Project Forward offers support to EORH

MARTINS FERRY — A group formed to help revitalize the Purple City is doing all it can to halt the close of the community’s hospital. Project Forward President the Rev. William O. Webster Jr. said the economic development organization offers its full support to East Ohio Regional Hospital ...

Trump touts plant as economic engine

MONACA, Pa. — The President is crackers about the developing cracker plant in Pennsylvania - and job creation and the economy. He touted all of them — and himself — Tuesday afternoon. The Commander in Chief, Donald Trump, was in Potter Township, Beaver County, touring the massive ...

Did the gunman target sister?

DAYTON (AP)— One of the first victims struck by the Dayton shooter during his 32-second rampage that left nine people dead was his younger sister, but whether he intentionally killed her remains unknown more than a week later, the Ohio city’s police chief said Tuesday. Investigators have ...

Wheeling Suspension Bridge reopens to motorists

WHEELING — “I’m glad to see it open again,” a motorist yelled from her car Tuesday afternoon just before crossing the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge. She was referring to West Virginia Division of Highways crews reopening the 170-year-old structure shortly after they finished ...

Commissioners respond to sale

WOODSFIELD — The decision regarding who will purchase the Monroe County Care Center remains up in the air. At Monday’s regularly scheduled Monroe County Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners drafted a statement in response to Carson McCurdy’s letter to the editor published in ...

Benson sentenced in hitchhiking abduction

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tia Benson will spend seven and a half years in prison for her role in the kidnapping and robbery of two juveniles at gunpoint. The incident occurred when when the teen driver and her passenger picked up Benson and her co-defendant while they were hitchhiking along Ohio 7 ...