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Cuts possible in Switzerland of Ohio

WOODSFIELD — A handful of administrative employees may lose their jobs in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District after the new superintendent said he intends to recommend that the board suspend their contracts in the coming weeks. The board of education held a special meeting ...

Olman convicted of rape

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A jury found Charles Olman guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree rape of a 7-year-old girl. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato set Olman’s sentencing hearing for Aug. 6. A pre-sentence investigation and victim impact statement were also ...

Delta variant comes to Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County reported another death related to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, and the first local cases of the more infectious delta variant were identified. According to Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul, the county has now seen 119 deaths ...

Crews work to restore power, clean up debris in New Athens

NEW ATHENS — Dozens of crews worked to clean up debris and restore power to the community Friday after a tornado caused destruction the previous day. A twister tore through the village of New Athens around 5 p.m. Thursday, causing damage to numerous homes and downing multiple power lines. ...

Jury returns guilty verdict in rape trial

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A jury returned a guilty verdict in the rape trial of Charles Olman on Friday. The Bridgeport resident was convicted of the rape of a 7-year-old girl. The jury heard closing arguments Friday morning before beginning to deliberate. A verdict was returned by about 2 p.m.

New Athens hit hard by tornado

NEW ATHENS — Numerous homes were damaged and power lines downed Thursday evening after tornadoes touched down in New Athens and Wintersville. One home on Culbertson Drive in New Athens was completely destroyed after the tornado ripped through the property, taking the roof with it. ...