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Picnic On The Street wraps up for season

PEOPLE STAND in line to get their hamburgers, hot dogs and more during First Presbyterian Church’s last Picnic On The Street for this year in Martins Ferry on Wednesday. Any former employees of the now-closed East Ohio Regional Hospital or Ohio Valley Medical Center who attended were able to ...

Domestic Violence Awareness touted

WOODSFIELD — In an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence within the county, October has been proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Chelsea Scott, administrative compliance coordinator for Tri-County Help Center, met with the Monroe County Board of Commissioners to have the ...

New partner for health dept.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Health Department has a new partner in the state grant-funded Personal Responsibility Education Program. Linda Mehl, the department’s director of nursing, said the Lawrence County Health Department is joining the health departments of Belmont, Perry ...

Belmont K-9 a finalist to win SUV

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — K-9 Officer Tuco and his partner and handler, Deputy Chad Kulpa of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department, are asking for help and online votes online through October, as Tuco competes with other K-9 officers in a nationwide contest for a new SUV K-9 patrol vehicle worth ...

Setback in asbestos abatement

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The long-planned asbestos abatement and demolition of a former school building dating from 1915 has hit another snag, since the plan to halve the cost of asbestos abatement may not be permissible. However, the Belmont County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly called the ...

Paving success

Officials from local communities gather Tuesday to celebrate a shared success. Shown in front, from left, are Yorkville Councilman Ron Emerson, Tiltonsville Street Supervisor Bruce Antilles, Yorkville Street Supervisor Jesse Cordery, Yorkville Street Department worker Chuck McGlaun, Yorkville ...

St.C. holds first water sale reading

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Accusations and arguments marked the first of three readings of the contracts between the city and Aqua Ohio, a private, state-regulated entity, for the proposed purchase of St. Clairsville’s aging water and wastewater system. Council will not vote on privatization in ...

Favede named WU President

WHEELING — Ginny Favede has been selected as Wheeling University’s 13th president after the board of trustees announced her appointment Monday afternoon. Favede takes over in the place of the former president, Michael P. Mihalyo Jr., who has been suspended from his role since early ...

Governor unveils his gun plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s new proposals to address Ohio gun violence in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting don’t include background-check requirements for gun sales or a so-called red-flag law to restrict firearms for people perceived as threats, despite his ...

Officials hunting for bridge solutions

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Engineer’s Office is contemplating a more permanent way to block access to a bridge on Monroe County Road 6. The Monroe 6 truss bridge at the intersection of Altitude-Miller Road has been closed for more than a year. The bridge originally was closed due to ...

Concerns shared regarding air, water quality

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two environmental advocates from Ohio met Monday with the Belmont County Board of Health to express concern over fracking operations and a proposed ethane cracker plant. Lea Harper of Bowling Green and Bev Reed of Bridgeport spoke about the Fresh Water Accountability ...

Bridge 51 nearing completion

CADIZ — A project that has been underway for more than 6 years is neating completion, as Harrison County Bridge 51 is set to open by the end of October. County Engineer Doug Bachman said that the newly built bridge is nearly complete at Wednesday’s meeting of the Harrison County Board of ...

Three residency programs end

WHEELING — Three post-graduate residency programs have ended as a result of Ohio Valley Medical Center’s closure. A total of 34 medical residents are affected by this decision. One-third of the residents have obtained new placements within the tri-state region to complete training in their ...

Decline of small dairy farms felt

WEST LIBERTY — As the number of small dairy farms has dwindled on a national level over the past few years, that trend is also impacting the local region for a number of reasons. Dale Sampson, who has owned a feed supply store along North Fork Road near West Liberty since 1960, said Ohio ...

VFD Ghosts & Goblins Festival set

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department’s annual festival is set for Oct. 11-13 at the Village Park, located at Belmont and Guernsey streets. This year’s event has a Halloween theme and is dubbed the Ghosts & Goblins Festival. It will feature food, children’s activities ...

Rotary dinner set for Oct. 12

THE BRIDGEPORT Rotary Club will hold its second annual Dinner Around the World fundraiser 5-8 p.m. Saturday at The Skyliner Event Center, 225 Main St., Bridgeport. Tickets are available from any Rotary Club member or by using PayPal at TheGatewayRoom.com. Local residents and food vendors from a ...

Deputies honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink badges

CADIZ — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, two local law enforcement agencies have made a change to their uniforms. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Belmont County Sheriff’s Department will sport pink badges in support of breast cancer awareness for the entire month ...

Battalion 1 Firehouse museum open in Brilliant

BRILLIANT — Awestruck — that’s how some visitors may feel when they enter the new Battalion 1 Firehouse museum in Brilliant that is dedicated to the preservation of historic fire engines. Vibrant photos of the firefighting world line the walls, and there will be an authentic fire pole, ...

St. Clairsville residents react to recent water woes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City residents are reacting to controversy surrounding the future of water service in St. Clairsville and to requests that they conserve as much as possible. The first of three readings of a proposed contract with Aqua Ohio is slated before City Council on Monday. ...

St. Mary holds blessing of the animals

MARTINS FERRY — Nearly 100 students celebrated St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day with a special pet blessing on Friday in Martins Ferry. St. Mary Central School holds the event every year on Oct. 4. Following Mass, families of students gather in the school’s playground with their pets ...