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Bridgeport welcomes new council member, hears water concerns

BRIDGEPORT -- Village Council selected a new member Tuesday after hearing from two candidates. Following an executive session, Loyal Springer was appointed to the council seat vacated by Travis Snodgrass when he was named the new street/sanitation commissioner. “I’ve been a citizen in ...

Treasurer job application deadline is Sept. 25

MARTINS FERRY -- The city of Martins Ferry is taking applications to fill a key position following the recent death of Treasurer Rhonda Bernardo. Resumes can be sent to Mayor John Davies at 35 S. Fifth St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935. The deadline to apply is Sept. 25. Davies said the job is ...

COVID-19 restrictions won’t apply to political rallies in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The DeWine administration gave the green light to President Donald Trump late Tuesday, saying it would not enforce social distancing, crowd size limitations or the state's mask mandate if Trump holds a political rally in Ohio. "President Trump is always welcome in Ohio," ...

Grant to help St. C. rec center

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city’s J. B. Martin Recreation Center will get upgrades to its restrooms in the next year, after it received a grant of $16,000 from Give Belmont County to be used for no-touch faucets and toilets and more. Mayor Kathryn Thalman said the recreation center has ...

COVID-19 cases climb in Harrison County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While coronavirus cases seem to be under control in Belmont County, the number of people involved in an outbreak at a Harrison County nursing facility continues to grow. The Harrison County Health Department announced Monday afternoon that it had been notified of 13 new ...

Library district receives $150K in COVID money

MARTINS FERRY — The Belmont County District Library received $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to help keep its six locations clean and safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Anthony Orsini, library director, said the library district received the money and is giving $25,000 to ...

Progress for water service in Belmont County announced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County is making progress in upgrading water service and providing service to those in need. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners recently announced another development in upgrading its water system -- a purchase agreement for property along the Ohio River in ...

GOP panelists ax election chief’s ballot postage plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal by Ohio’s elections chief to attach postage to every mail-in ballot failed to gain crucial approval Monday, making it all but impossible for ballots to be stamped in time for the November election. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s fellow Republicans on ...

Mayor declares Chamber of Commerce week

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —The mayor declared Sept. 14-18 Chamber of Commerce Week due to the group’s work and dedication to the city. St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman made the proclamation during the city’s Food Truck Friday event earlier this month. The St. Clairsville Area Chamber of ...

Brilliant American Legion marks 9/11 anniversary

BRILLIANT — The coronavirus pandemic has curtailed many public assemblies, but it could not stop local residents from marking the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Friday. The flag flew at half-staff during an assembly at the Brilliant American Legion, and ...

4-H Club reaches 100-year milestone

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers 4-H Club is celebrating 100 years of empowering young people to make positive changes in their community. The club and its activities were featured throughout the past week at the 4-H barn during the Belmont County Junior ...

Harrison moved to level two following outbreak

CADIZ — Harrison County has been moved to level two, the orange category, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System following an outbreak of COVID-19 at a senior facility in Cadiz. The county has remained at level one up until a recent increase in coronavirus cases that occurred last ...

Junior Fair kids show off their animals

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Caelyn Crooks enjoys caring for and riding her palomino painted horse named Daisy. Crooks, 12, of Morristown, was among the hundreds of youth participating in junior fair competitions and auctions Thursday at the Belmont County Fair. The fair, which continues today and ...

Pop-up COVID testing sites coming to Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Pop-up testing centers are coming to Belmont County to provide quick-stop testing for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. During his Wednesday presentation to the county commissioners, Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported he has been in contact ...

Groups give thanks to Belmont County’s first responders

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s first responders had a day of recognition and appreciation Thursday, when Care Funeral Home in partnership with the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce again provided a lunch for the men in women in the fields of firefighting, emergency care and law ...

Two new businesses celebrated in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Two new businesses celebrated grand openings in Martins Ferry on Thursday -- Belmont Brewerks and Yensen Landscaping’s Pumpkin Patch. The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce hosted the two separate ribbon cutting ceremonies at each location with several local dignitaries and ...

Fair days come to Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­— With activities scaled during the first days of the Belmont County Junior Fair, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandates, 4-H members were out in force as it began, showing animals they have worked to raise. Loudspeakers regularly remind participants that face ...

‘Nothing is normal now,’ but 4-H and fair carry on

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Opening ceremonies at the Belmont County Junior Fair Wednesday included a message to take heart and recognition for all involved in continuing the junior fair after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic put a stop to the full fair. Speakers and participants were recognized ...

Cases still steady despite school start

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Commissioners on Wednesday heard good news from Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul, who reported new cases of COVID-19 continues to hold steady locally with only a slight increase in new cases. The county’s total positive test results since March stand ...

Wheeling Hospital to pay $50 million to settle lawsuit

WHEELING — A settlement has been reached between Wheeling Hospital and the U.S. Department of Justice that will require the hospital to pay $50 million to resolve claims that it violated federal “anti-kickback” rules, both sides announced Wednesday. The hospital agreed to the ...