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Thanksgiving traffic heavy, but safe

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers covering the local area reported no fatalities from Wednesday through Sunday, and troopers will remain out in force through the remainder of the year. During recent months, Ohio Valley highways have been at the scene of several serious or ...

Communities usher in Christmas

DRESSED IN colorful red and white outfits, Turn It Out Dance Academy members perform in the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department Christmas parade on Saturday in the village.

Monroe Co. MRDD reports its acitivites

WOODSFIELD — Helen Ring, director of the Monroe County Board of Developmental Disabilities, reported told Monroe County commissioners about a new labor contract last week. Ring said the contract terms were largely unchanged. “It’s a very conservative contract,” she said, adding that ...

Captina Conservancy nearing anniversary

BARNESVILLE — The Captina Conservancy has no shortage of ongoing projects and will be celebrating a decade of preserving the creek in northern Belmont County. Captina resident Ellie Ewing, executive director of the conservancy, started work in mid-October and is looking forward to next ...

State, Monroe County talk education, broadband projects

WOODSFIELD — Workforce education opportunities and the need for internet access were among the issues under discussion when Bryn Stepp, southeast regional liaison for Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, visited the Monroe County Commissioners to hear more about the needs and issues facing the ...

Community supports small biz

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Communities on both sides of the Ohio River celebrated and supported local entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday. The St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce office was a hub of activity. Chamber Director Wendy Anderson said 20 small businesses in the city were ...

Mount Pleasant to celebrate ‘Christmas in the Village’

MOUNT PLEASANT — Back for the fourth year is Mount Pleasant’s Christmas in the Village. Organized each year by the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant, this year’s event deviates from the last three Christmas tours because the historical society’s Elizabeth House is closed for major ...

St. C. schools asking for input

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District is asking for community involvement in addressing what Superintendent Walt Skaggs describes as aging facilities. The move comes after a $79.9-million levy for the construction of a new complex was overwhelmingly voted down in ...

Winter fun continues in Ferry

Santa Claus hears Christmas wishes from children including Braxton Namack of St. Clairsville, left, and Madison Haberfield of Colerain at the Belmont County District Library during Martins Ferry’s second day of Winterfest Saturday.

Winter fun at the fest

MARTINS FERRY — Winterfest kicked off Friday in the city and continues today, offering ice skating, visits with Santa, food trucks, a foot race for children and more. The festivities are set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today mainly in the area of Fifth and Hanover streets in Martins Ferry. At ...

Monroe senior levy renewal to be on March ballot

WOODSFIELD — Voters will have a renewal levy for the Monroe County Senior Center to consider on the March 17 primary ballot. Tri-County Community Action of Guernsey, Monroe, Noble Counties CEO Gary Ricer and Senior Services Director Michele Hollins visited Commissioners Carl Davis, Tim ...

Shoppers flock to stores for Black Friday deals

TRIADELPHIA — Many Black Friday shoppers took to The Highlands in Ohio County to take advantage of hot deals during what is an annual tradition for many local shoppers that ushers in the Christmas shopping season. While many people huddled in their cars in the parking lot to avoid the near ...

Being able to breath easier

STEUBENVILLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio EPA announced the formal redesignation of the Ohio portion of the Steubenville area to attainment of the most recent federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide. According to information released jointly by both agencies, ...

10 animals killed in barn fire at Ohio wildlife park

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — At least 10 animals have died in a barn fire that erupted at an Ohio wildlife park, officials said. The blaze began Thursday evening at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton. Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok housed in ...

Black Friday deals still popular

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Black Friday sales starting Thursday evening drew throngs of people to the Ohio Valley Mall after their Thanksgiving meals were complete. Many of those shoppers said they were upholding an annual shopping tradition or seeking something fun to do, though, rather than ...

Election results official

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections met Monday to canvass election results from Nov. 5 and make them official. While only small increases and decreases in vote totals were found, one race was very close and elections board employees will count the votes again ...

Monroe Care Center sale awaiting survey results

WOODSFIELD — The expected privatization of the Monroe County Care Center is being held up as parties wait for a survey from the Ohio Department of Health. The county commissioners said Monday that this will take place prior to any transfer of ownership. Earlier this month, Commissioners ...

Thanksgiving dinner held

Pastor Dave Stammerjohn, at left, welcomes diners to to First Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry to have their fill at the church’s annual. Thanksgiving dinner. Stammerjohn said the church has hosted the dinner for 13 years, feeding people who didn’t have food on their plate at home, ...

A grateful Thanksgiving

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — This Thanksgiving the Alexander family is thankful for more than just the turkey and dressing they will eat today at Grandma Violet’s house. They are thankful the entire family will enjoy the meal together — including 10-year-old Dominic Alexander, who is in remission ...

Families to receive Toys for Tots

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio’s oil and gas industry is partnering with Toys for Tots in six counties in southeast Ohio to collect toys for distribution to those in need in early December. This program, with roots dating back to 1947, has helped countless families over the years. This year, as ...