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Monroe company’s wastewater project remains at a standstill

WOODSFIELD — After two decades in the works, the Ohio & Lee Water & Sewer company's wastewater project remains at a standstill. The utility company's wastewater system is in need of major upgrades. The project has been discussed for the past 20 years but, due to high repair costs ...

Summer concerts, projects on tap in St. C

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —The city is continuing some events and projects despite the COVID-19 pandemic, modifying them when possible to meet social distancing requirements. The summer concert series begins today. During a teleconference meeting of council Monday, Councilwoman Linda Jordan announced ...

Martins Ferry loses bid for HGTV makeover

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry lost its bid to be HGTV’s next community to get a makeover. In a social media posting, the Rev. Bill Webster, president of Project Forward, said Wetumpka, Ala., was chosen to receive the makeover, dubbed the Hometown Takeover. “I thank everyone who helped ...

UL taking financial stock

BELMONT — The Union Local board of education is taking stock of finances as they prepare for next year and continuing the mission of educating children during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the board met in-person at the high school commons, keeping up social distancing. The ...

Odin is the newest St. C. police dog

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There will be a new four-legged officer on the police force soon. Police Chief Matt Arbenz has reported the first down-payment has been made on Odin, a 2-year-old Malinois going though his training at Tri-State K9. “We went up to Warren, Ohio, and put a down-payment on ...

The Reopening: Churches Navigate Reopening During Pandemic

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Successful quest

MARTINS FERRY — When Martins Ferry native Marjorie Pierson Zuboski began her quest 50 years ago to learn about her birth mother she ended up finding much more. Zuboski, 86, was given up for adoption at birth. After many decades of thinking about her mother, she decided to try and find out ...

Brooks hopes to revive NAACP in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City resident Bill Brooks is spearheading an effort to reopen a branch of the NAACP in Belmont County, and he and other organizers are on the lookout for prospective members. Brooks was a mayoral candidate during the November election and has long been active in local ...

Ohio Valley Mall unveils ‘The Place We Call Home’ timeline mural

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two local tourism organizations unveiled a new historical timeline mural for all to enjoy at the Ohio Valley Mall. Belmont County Tourism partnered with the Wheeling/Ohio County WV Convention & Visitors Bureau and the mall to create a large mural for residents to enjoy ...

Fireworks sales ‘booming’ as pandemic cancels public displays

BELLAIRE — Fireworks sales this holiday season were “booming” for area retailers with fewer community fireworks displays being held around the Upper Ohio Valley during the Fourth of July weekend due to COVID-19. Ohio Fireworks Supervisor Jessica Stephens said fireworks sales were more ...

New rules for Ohio’s schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has new guidelines for returning to classrooms this fall, as well as a new color-coded, county-by-county coronavirus alert and advisory system to assess which areas may be seeing flare-ups of cases and should take additional precautions. Gov. Mike DeWine made the ...

COVID diagnosis leads to quarantine of several Martins Ferry workers

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry has been forced to quarantine a number of its workers after one employee was diagnosed with COVID-19. Mayor John Davies said via social media that half of the city’s workforce would be quarantined for 14 days because of the positive case, a man who ...

Former fiscal manager indicted

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s former transportation improvement fiscal manager has been indicted on six felonies including theft in office. According to Ohio Auditor Keith Faber’s office, Cory Clark has been indicted for theft in office, three counts of tampering with records and ...

Slips and projects lead to upcoming closures of Ohio 9 around St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­— Planned projects and unexpected slips and repairs are snarling traffic on a state highway both north and south of the Belmont County seat. A portion of Ohio 9 in St. Clairsville is set to close mid-month for an upcoming project. The Ohio Department of Transportation ...

Fireworks, events to mark July 4

BARNESVILLE — Since the public cannot gather to celebrate the natiion’s birthday, several local communities are planning alternate ways to mark the July 4 holiday. Barnesville will hold a fireworks display at dusk Saturday in an undisclosed location to prevent gatherings, but officials ...

Sproul reports COVID data, restrictions to commissioners

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley is dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases, and the Belmont County Health Department is spreading word of new directives from the state. The majority of new cases came from recent vacations taken by a group of nearly 100 student-athletes, including 45 ...

Property tax payment extension granted in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­ Belmont County residents will have some extra time to make their property tax payments. On Wednesday Belmont County Treasurer Kathy Kelich told commissioners second half of property tax collection past-due date will move from July 24 to Aug. 21 “We are sending out ...

Outdoor activities at Oglebay Institute remain popular during pandemic

WHEELING — As several families participated in Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center’s Salamander Search in a small stream along Falls Drive last week, one thing was quite apparent: Their enjoyment of being outdoors in the midst of nature. While indoor summer ...

Republicans, except Trump, now promote masks to slow virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican circles — with the notable exception of the man who leads the party — the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are ...