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City stops outbound flights, trains to fight virus

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese city of more than 11 million people planned to shut down outbound flights and trains Thursday as the world’s most populous country battled the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and killed 17, state media reported. Everyone in the city of ...

St. Clairsville leaders at odds

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council is divided on creating a new director of development position with members at odds over the new mayor’s administration. Council went into executive session for about a half-hour Tuesday to discuss matters of personnel, with Councilman Frank Sabatino voting ...

Care center survey complete

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Care Center’s long-awaited survey by the Ohio Department of Health is complete, yet the future of the facility remains uncertain. The sale of the center has been in the works for the past seven months, since Monroe County Commissioners Carl Davis and Tim ...

Village mulls ponding water issues

BELLAIRE — The village plans address water-related issues in a business district alleyway when the weather breaks. At a recent Village Council meeting, Councilman Michael Doyle said during a recent street committee meeting he heard complaints from a few businesses about too much water ...

Court rejects use of system to assess bail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a recommendation that tools used to measure offenders’ suitability for being released after an arrest be made available to all judges as they make bail decisions. Requiring the availability of so-called “risk assessment tools” ...

Museum open for MLK

Volunteer Tom Buckley stands ready to greet visitors to the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing on Monday, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Aside from its collections regarding the slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries, the museum also features a variety of information on ...

Residents respond to documentary

DILLES BOTTOM —For some of the nearly 50 people who turned out to view a documentary film screening, the film not only provided a new perspective about how widespread the plastic waste problem is worldwide — but it also validated their concerns about the proposed PTT Global Chemical America ...

Weather contributes to weekend accidents

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported numerous accidents due to inclement weather conditions over the weekend throughout the Ohio Valley. Due to the poor weather, there was a dozen vehicle accidents on Saturday alone. Sgt. Brian McFarland, of the St. Clairsville Post, ...

Slevin visits EORWA facility

BELLAIRE — The East Ohio Regional Water Authority received a visit Monday from James Slevin, president of the Utility Workers Union of America. Slevin, who is new to his position, said he wanted to see the facility, learn about its recent upgrades and visit with the plant’s union workers ...

Doing his best

CADIZ — Ashley Best’s love of music, especially country music, began as a child while he was listening to recordings of his grandfather, Ronald Howell, singing and playing guitar. He never got to know his grandfather well because he died when Best was just 4 years old. But Best got to ...

Lee: Don’t watch, make things happen

WHEELING — Ivin B. Lee once served as West Virginia’s first black female police chief, and she said during her lifetime she has learned there are three different types of people. First, there are those who watch things happen. And secondly, there are those who make things happen, ...

ULMS library receives new STEM upgrade

MORRISTOWN — When Union Local students returned from their winter holiday, they noticed a change in the middle school library — more space is now devoted to science, technology, engineering and math education. Superintendent Ben Porter thanked middle school Principal Joel Davia for ...

St. C. preps for ’20 census

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City leaders is preparing for the 2020 census year, and are asking the public to take part. According to recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Belmont County has decreased in population since 2017, with an estimated population of 5,012 compared to ...

Partial upgrades complete on schoolhouse

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The first series of renovations to a historic schoolhouse in Belmont County is complete. Thanks to “generous donations” from multiple donors, the Great Western Schoolhouse, located on the Ohio University Eastern campus, was able to receive a “facelift.” Schoolmarm ...

Theatre events in the works

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe Theatre is again becoming a center of community life. Monroe Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to restoring the theatre, is holding Monroe Has Talent Youth Edition at 7 p.m. March 21 in conjunction with the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club. Mick Schumacher, a county ...

Wildman never stops serving

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry resident and military veteran Terry Wildman recently was recognized for his volunteer work at the Belmont County Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in St. Clairsville. Wildman, a Vietnam war veteran, said he began volunteering at the clinic about seven ...

Backpacks for the adopted put together

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Starting this year, adopted children and adoptive families in Belmont County will be getting some new backpacks as gifts through the court system. Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Al Davies announced the program last week. “We just started the program. It is offered ...

More stores to close in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Following the recent news that Macy’s department store will permanently close its doors in March, more stores are set to follow suit in the St. Clairsville area. Pier 1 Imports store, located next to Steak ‘n Shake at the Ohio Valley Plaza, has announced its impending ...

Barnesville A.D. on administrative leave

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Angela Hannahs confirmed Friday that Ryan Rosnick, the district’s athletics director, has been placed on administrative leave. The leave, effective Thursday with pay, stems from allegations that became public earlier this ...

Beef donated to food pantries

BARNESVILLE — A local farmer recently donated more than 300 pounds of ground beef for distribution to five local food banks. The Belmont County Farm Bureau accepted the donation on behalf of the food banks. Jerry Ebbert, president of Belmont County Farm Bureau, said the anonymous donor ...