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Injection well project moves forward

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Work on two saltwater injection wells by Omni Energy Co. in East Richland will proceed after a conflict with the Ohio Department of Transportation was resolved. The project faced stiff local opposition since the announcement in December that the Ohio Department of Natural ...

DeWine: COVID ‘plateau’ now climbing again

GOV. MIKE DeWine announced that Ohio’s COVID-19 cases, which had declined to a “plateau,” are climbing again. “During the past few weeks, we’ve seen an increase, unfortunately, in cases,” he said. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer of the Ohio Health Department, said this ...

The Belmont Heritage Museum reopens Tuesday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Heritage Museum is opening its doors next week, resuming its mission to showcase the hidden gems and treasures of local history. Starting on the opening day Tuesday, the museum hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Curator Cathryn ...

Local food truck set to provide holiday dinners to those in need

POWHATAN POINT -- Shreff’s Hometown BBQ will provide hundreds of hot meals to those in need this weekend during its Easter dinner giveaway. John Shreffler, owner of Shreff’s Hometown BBQ, said thanks to the support and generosity of the community, the food truck will provide around 300 ...

Flower sale underway in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — The Knights of Columbus annual Easter flower sale is underway outside of the Ferry Hardware store, 6 S. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry. K of C member Stanley Gdula, who has organized the sale for the past 15 years, said the sale is one of the organization’s biggest ...

Belmont to host morning Easter egg hunt

BELMONT — The village of Belmont is gearing up for its annual community Easter egg hunt for children starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the village playground by the gymnasium. Mayor Ron Woods said hundreds of plastic eggs filled with goodies donated by village residents and businesses will be ...

COVID-19 vaccine drive launched for Ohio college students

DAYTON, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new initiative Thursday to vaccinate as many of the state’s college students as possible by May 1. ”We have the ability to do this with Johnson and Johnson,” DeWine said, naming the version of the vaccine that requires only a single dose. ...

Fire chief responds to letter regarding Silver Spade levy

CADIZ — The Hopedale fire chief responded to a “Harrison County Taxpayer’s” letter that details complaints regarding the recently approved Silver Spade Joint Ambulance District’s levy. On Thursday evening, Fire Chief Mark Marchetta provided Cadiz Village Council with an update about ...

Harrison a ‘hotspot’ for Lyme disease-carrying tick

CADIZ — Harrison County recorded the highest number of Lyme disease cases per capita in the entire state from 2010 through 2019, according to health officials. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, said the county is a “hotspot” for the black-legged deer ...

Commissioners support Second Amendment

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners declared support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms Wednesday, but the potential for the county — or even the state — to become a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” as an area businessman requested appears ...

Younger residents are getting vaccinated

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Since vaccinations against the COVID-19 pandemic began in Belmont County, senior citizens have filled the health department’s weekly vaccination clinics, but younger recipients are now receiving shots with the goal of slowing the spread of the virus. On Wednesday ...

Biden announces plan to ‘win the future’

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday outlined a $2.3 trillion plan to re-engineer the nation’s infrastructure over the next eight years in what he billed as “a once in a generation investment in America” that would undo his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement ...

Wheeling Hospital officially joins WVU Medicine

WHEELING — There’s a new look at Wheeling Hospital, yet what remains is a devotion to keeping the Ohio Valley healthy. Wheeling Hospital officially joined WVU Medicine on Thursday, becoming part of a health care system that includes hospitals in Morgantown, Glen Dale, New Martinsville, ...

A powerful project in Belmont County

T-L Photos/JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH A HELICOPTER helps to install a 138-kilovolt transmission project being conducted by American Electric Power in the Belmont-Bethesda area on Tuesday afternoon. According to AEP spokesman Scott Fuller, the work includes removing outdated steel towers and ...

Rotary clubs, community, holding food drive for Easter

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city Rotary clubs remain active in responding to the community’s needs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. After holding food drives for the Christmas and Valentine’s Day holidays, the Rotarians launched another food drive with the goal of providing means ...

Bellaire’s $3.994 million Fiscal Year 2021 budget approved

BELLAIRE — Village Council approved a nearly $4 million budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Bellaire Village Treasurer/Auditor Tom Sable said the total budget of $3,994,869 consists of a $1,275,063 General Fund and $2,719,869 in other funds. One of the village’s largest expenses is the water ...

DeWine visits Monroe County

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Health Department was Gov. Mike DeWine’s first stop Monday morning, allowing him to view the facility and speak to staff regarding the coronavirus vaccine rollout. DeWine said Monroe was the 17th health department he and first lady Fran DeWine had visited ...

Protesters gather during DeWine’s site visit in Woodsfield

WOODSFIELD — A few protesters gathered outside the Monroe County Health Department during Gov. Mike DeWine’s site visit Monday morning. Audrey Caeton, a small business owner in Woodsfield, said the group members were unhappy with the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

EORH earns ‘Gold Seal’ from Joint Commission

MARTINS FERRY — East Ohio Regional Hospital earned the “Gold Seal of Approval” by The Joint Commission, a private accreditor. According to information provided by spokesman Mike Garrison, the hospital earned the commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Comprehensive Accreditation “by ...

Ferry collects 25 tons of household trash at cleanup

MARTINS FERRY — About 25 tons of trash was collected during the city of Martins Ferry’s recent spring cleanup, said Mayor John Davies. “It went extremely well. We had a lot of customers,” he said of the event held at the First Street city-owned property. Davies said the city’s ...