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Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What’s it mean for 2020?

CHICAGO (AP) — Days after President Donald Trump authorized the death of an Iranian general and said he was sending more soldiers to the Middle East, about 100 protesters stood on a pedestrian bridge over Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive with an illuminated sign that read “No War in ...

Trump’s trial begins, senators vowing ‘impartial justice’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts ...

Gawron arraigned for sex offenses

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man accused of multiple sexually oriented offenses involving children was among several people arraigned Thursday John Gawron, 33, whose last known address was on Markatan Street in Flushing, pleaded innocent to one count of rape, a felony of the first degree, one count ...

First Irish Festival for Bellaire being planned

BELLAIRE — A village resident is planning to put on a new festival aimed at celebrating the region’s Irish heritage. Cy Yaegel received Bellaire Village Council’s blessing to more forward with his idea to plan the first Irish Festival in the village in May. Yaegel said he has lived in ...

Anderson-Myers innocent of kidnapping

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After about an hour of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of innocent Thursday for Gary Edward Anderson-Myers, who had been charged with counts of kidnapping and aggravated burglary. This concluded a three-day trial. Anderson-Myers, 33, of 1731 Guernsey St., ...

Wheeling University, Belmont College join forces

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wheeling University and Belmont College in St. Clairsville have formed a partnership centered around their criminal justice programs. The formal articulation agreement signed Thursday will offer Belmont College students the chance to complete a bachelor’s degree in ...

Accused kidnapper testifies

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Gary Edward Anderson-Myers took the stand Wednesday and testified on the second day of his trial for kidnapping and aggravated robbery, claiming that the incident came at the tail end of several days of drug abuse. Anderson-Myers, 33, of 1731 Guernsey St., Bellaire is ...

Belmont County prepping for census

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County is preparing for the upcoming 2020 census in April. On Wednesday, Commissioners J.P. Dutton, Josh Meyer and Jerry Echemann appointed the Rev. William Webster of Grace Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry as chairman for the Belmont County Complete County ...

Bruce out as president of EGCC

YOUNGSTOWN — A “lack of leadership, particularly over the last five months” brought the curtain down on Jimmie Bruce’s four-and-a-half year tenure as president of Eastern Gateway Community College, Chairman of the Board James Gasior said Wednesday. Gasior, addressing reporters after a ...

House march impeachment articles to the Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate late Wednesday, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history. Trump complained ...

Six county organizations among grant recipients

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Six organizations serving Belmont County will have greater support for their projects because of more than $22,000 awarded from the Gulfport Energy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The fund’s final grant round of 2019 focused on projects from nonprofit and ...

Garrison named Ferry Schools treasurer

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City School District has a full-time treasurer again, with the approval of Dana Garrison’s contract. On Tuesday, Board Members Scott Ballint, Nick Stankovich, Bill Suto and Chuck Probst approved a five-year contract for Garrison, who had served as interim ...

Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

NEW YORK (AP) — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, ...

Trial begins for kidnap suspect

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The trial of a man accused of kidnapping and aggravated burglary began Tuesday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Gary Edward Anderson-Myers, 33, of 1731 Guernsey St., Bellaire is accused of abducting Jamie L. Jackson, 35, after an apparent domestic ...

Lopez pleads guilty to posing as cop

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Martins Ferry woman has pleaded guilty to posing as an undercover police officer. Marlese A. Lopez, 45, of Woods Lane, entered guilty pleas before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra on Monday to one count of impersonating a police officer and one count of theft ...

Building damage reported as school board reorganizes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Members of the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education received a bit of bad new Tuesday morning as they met to reorganize and begin conducting business for the coming year. The board learned that one of the district’s buildings was damaged by a ...

Cadiz receiving new power plant

CADIZ — A new 1,085-megawatt power plant will be constructed this year in Cadiz. The impending project has been in the works for the past few years, yet no plans were concrete until now. Gemma Power Systems entered into an engineering, procurement and construction services contract with ...

Health board seeking funding

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health on Monday authorized an application for a $195,000 state loan program to replace failing home sewage treatment systems in the county. Voting for the resolution were board President Elizabeth Glick and members Joel Braido, Dwight ...

W.Va. 2/I-68 authority searching for support

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer WOODSFIELD — Monroe County commissioners will add their voices in support of a proposed “energy corridor” from Interstate 79 near Morgantown to W.Va. 2 at the Ohio River, near the proposed ethane cracker plant site in Belmont County. Bob ...

A Life snatched away

Editor’s Note: Today, The Times Leader concludes a three-part series on The Innocence Project, written by LynAnne Vucovich, a reporter with the Norwalk Reflector. EUCLID, Ohio — David Rawls says he will not admit to something he didn’t do. If he would just do that he probably would be a ...