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Closures sending more patients to urgent care

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A local urgent care clinic is seeing an uptick in patients since the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and more recently East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry. Scott McGarry, manager of Doctor’s Urgent Care of St. Clairsville, said both his St. ...

Ghosts & Goblins Festival offers something for entire family

BELLAIRE — Despite cooler temperatures Saturday, the fourth annual Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department Festival, dubbed the Ghosts & Goblins Festival this year, offered plenty of activities for the entire family. Held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 6-12, ...

Gas and oil industry pays millions in property taxes

The drilling rigs, heavy equipment and high pressure fracking operations grinding away across Eastern Ohio are producing more than natural gas, oil and related products — they are also churning out millions of dollars in property tax revenues paid directly to local schools and ...

Belmont water, sewer rates may rise

BELMONT — A small increase in water rates is expected to add up to big savings for the village in the long run. Belmont Village Council recently held the first reading of legislation to adjust water rates for next year and to refinance a loan in order to save the village a significant ...

St. C. has Class 3 operators

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city now has Class 3 water operators in place, but many problems remain at the water treatment plant and throughout the distribution system. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had placed St. Clairsville on notice in September and issued numerous costly mandates ...

County Dems dedicate dinner to three deceased members

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When Belmont County’s Democrats come together for an annual meal on Thursday, they also will be remembering three men who made important contributions to the party. The 60th Annual Belmont County Democratic Party Dinner is scheduled for a 5 p.m. social hour with dinner ...

New tool to deter domestic violence

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Area residents soon will have a new tool to check the backgrounds of potential dates and partners to see if they have a history of domestic violence. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra is spearheading the initiative to inform the public and hopefully deter ...

Hoagland discusses upcoming legislation with residents

WOODSFIELD — A dozen concerned residents and local elected officials came together to receive legislative updates from state Sen. Frank Hoagland on Friday morning. Roughly every six months, Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, attempts to meet with residents and elected officials in his district in ...

Committee mulls water department funds

BELLAIRE — Most village departments are expected to end the fiscal year in the black, except for the water department, Auditor Tom Sable said. During a finance committee meeting Friday, Sable said he anticipates the sanitation department to end the year with $114,000 in its coffers and the ...

Slip repairs coming to Ferry schools

MARTINS FERRY — The board of education at Martins Ferry City Schools District took another step in repairing two slips on the hilltop campus Thursday. Board members approved a proposal of $2.8 million from Hayward Baker construction engineering company, recommended by Mannik Smith Group ...

Porter resigns from council

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tim Porter stepped down as president of the city council effective Thursday, when he hand-delivered his resignation notice at the city building. “Thank you to all the kind people of (this) city who have been so wonderful over the past 20 years of public life. ...

Bellaire festival kicks off tonight

BELLAIRE — The Ghosts & Goblins Festival, hosted by the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department, is set to get underway this evening in the village’s park on Belmont Street. It will feature food, children’s activities, such as bounce houses, a rock wall, mechanical bull, bean bag toss ...

Rape, child endanging cases in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Several cases involving alleged child victims were in court Thursday morning during regular arraignments. Dylan Bryan Baird, 26, of 20 Maple St., Bridgeport appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Baird pleaded innocent to a count of endangering ...

Commissioners support Domestic Violence Awareness

CADIZ — In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners wore purple to show their support. The color is the national symbol for support of survivors and victims of domestic violence. Administrative Compliance Coordinator Chelsea Scott has been going ...

Porter resigns from St. C. council seat

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Tim Porter has resigned from his seat on St. Clairsville City Council because of health reasons, according to a letter from Porter to the city. Porter said in the letter given to the city today that he was resigning his seat immediately. Porter recently resigned from his ...

ODNR to hold well meeting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commissioners responded to public inquiries Wednesday about the possibility of an injection well at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Ohio 331. Omni Energy Group LLC out of New Jersey is seeking a permit through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ...

Woman sentenced for rebranding, selling prohibited drugs from China

SHADYSIDE — A former Shadyside resident has been sentenced in federal court after being convicted of mislabeling weight loss drugs from China and re-selling them. Crystal Ware, 33, formerly of Shadyside and now an Alabama resident, was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Columbus ...

Harrison County renews child support enforcement contracts

CADIZ — Harrison County is renewing its contract with the Child Support Enforcement Agency, which provides financial aid and services to needy families with children. Judge Matthew P. Puskarich will be submitting the contracts between the Harrison County Child Support Enforcement Agency and ...

Porter steps down as CoC president

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council President Tim Porter stepped down as president of the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday after an audio recording of him voicing profanity and making a racial slur was sent to numerous entities and media outlets. Chamber Director Wendy ...