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Harrison Co. to receive $2,916,915 in federal funding

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles that examines how much money local governments will receive as a result of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, as well as how the funds may be distributed and invested. CADIZ -- Harrison County is projected to receive $2,916,915 ...

More community service opportunities offered

By ROBERT DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Roadside work crews will be spotted more frequently since Belmont County Common Pleas Court judges plan to incorporate more community service in sentencing low-level offenders. “We are expanding our community service ...

Belmont County makes plans for stimulus funds

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will examine how much money local governments will receive as a result of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, as well as how the funds may be distributed and invested. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There is no shortage of uses for ...

Incumbent challenged for 4th Ward seat in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — A challenge for the 4th Ward City Council seat in Martins Ferry is the only contested race in Belmont County’s primary election on Tuesday. Voters will choose between incumbent Rick Rodgers and challenger Pamela Shrodes, both Democrats. Rodgers, 70, has been a member of ...

Day of Prayer to be marked in Barnesville and Bethesda

CHURCHES IN Bethesda and Barnesville are preparing to hold National Day of Prayer services this Thursday, and all community members are welcome. The Rev. Tim Snyder of Bethesda Christian Church said he is eager for the fellowship that will occur this year. “We’ll be meeting on May 6, ...

Explainer: What remains as U.S. ends Afghan ‘forever war’

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After 20 years, America is ending its “forever war” in Afghanistan. Announcing a firm withdrawal deadline, President Joe Biden cut through the long debate, even within the U.S. military, over whether the time was right. Starting Saturday, the last remaining ...

OUE graduates ready to face challenge

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The 2021 graduates of Ohio University Eastern left school with a message of encouragement and lessons in adaptability gained during the coronavirus pandemic. Angie Woods, executive director of the Augusta Levy Learning Center in Wheeling and a 2007 graduate of OUE, was the ...

Some Switzerland of Ohio schools students to receive COVID vaccines

WOODSFIELD — Only around 20 students in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District have opted to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The county recently received a shipment of approximately 120 doses of the Pfizer vaccine — the only vaccine currently approved for 16- and 17-year-olds. ...

Union Local back in class after bomb threat

BELMONT — Union Local students dealt with a disruption Thursday when the high school and the adjoining middle school were evacuated. A note with an apparent bomb threat was reportedly found in a restroom. “It was found by a student and taken to the principal,” Belmont County ...

U.S. COVID recovery is showing momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Powered by consumers and fueled by government aid, the U.S. economy is achieving a remarkably fast recovery from the recession that ripped through the nation last year on the heels of the coronavirus and cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs and businesses. The ...

Biden’s agenda: What can, can’t pass

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden laid out a long list of policy priorities in his speech to Congress — and some are more politically plausible than others. The two parties are working together in some areas, including on changes to policing and confronting the rise of hate crimes ...

Biden to the nation: ‘America is rising anew’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Wednesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress that “America is rising anew,” and pointed optimistically to the nation’s emergence from the pandemic as a vital moment to rebuild the U.S. economy and fundamentally ...

Union Local receives bomb threat

MORRISTOWN - About 1,200 Union Local School District evacuated their classrooms Thursday after a bomb threat was received. Parents in the district reported receiving an "All Call" message Thursday informing them of the threat. At least some students at the middle school were evacuated from ...

Harris, Pelosi make history seated behind Biden at speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address. President Joe Biden noted the historic development at the very ...

SC Sen. Scott seeks to credit GOP for ‘joyful springtime’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Tim Scott credited former President Donald Trump and Republicans on Wednesday with creating “a joyful springtime for our nation,” using his party’s official response to President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress to say it was the GOP that bolstered the ...

Belmont senior centers to get active

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s senior citizens can look forward to a step-by-step return to activities and events at area senior centers if COVID-19 cases decline as anticipated. During a report to the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Senior Services Director ...

Harrison County Health Department urges residents to get vaccinated

CADIZ — More than 8,600 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered over four months in Harrison County with 30 percent of residents now fully vaccinated. Garen Rhome, administrator of the county health department, said around 5,000 residents received first doses and 3,600 received their ...

Vaccines offered in Belmont County schools

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul updated the county Board of Commissioners on Wednesday about COVID-19 infections and vaccination clinics at schools and reminded people to stay safe as festival plans proceed. Sproul said about 50 first doses were ...

Blaze destroys home of Bellaire assistant fire chief and family

BELLAIRE — A Bellaire assistant fire chief’s house on Fulton Hill Road is a total loss after a fire Tuesday, and friends and neighbors are taking up a collection to help the family of six. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Bell of the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department was on site looking over ...

Bridging the transportation gap

WELLSBURG — A major piece of the new Ohio River bridge — the 830-foot-long main span — is now in place following many hours of planning and work by many. And the task of moving and lifting the 4,100-ton structure, which was expected to occur over two days, was completed in less than 12 ...