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Commissioners discuss rehabilitation of collapsed covered bridge

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials are hoping to begin the rehabilitation and restoration of the Knowlton Covered Bridge next year. The historic bridge collapsed last summer due to a combination of the bridge’s deteriorating condition and bouts of harsh weather. Plans to renovate the ...

St. C. cruisers get new laptops

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city police department received some new equipment to cut down on office work and increase officers’ time on the roads. Officers will now have laptops installed in two of the cruisers. “We were able to secure two of these rugged extreme vehicle-mounted data ...

Monroe County hoping to erect OSU Extension building in 2021

WOODSFIELD - Ohio State University Extension officials are hoping to construct a new office building in the coming year. Ohio State University Extension Associate Mary Jo Westfall said the office received approval from the Monroe County Board of Commissioners to set up a new fund for the ...

Water shutoffs, late fees to resume in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Village officials learned last week that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency order prohibiting late fees and water shutoffs during the COVID-19 state of emergency in the state is set to be rescinded July 10. Village Administrator Roger Deal made the announcement during ...

Recreational activities return as Fourth of July holiday approaches

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just ...

Bellaire VFW thanks heroes

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 626 is showing its support and appreciation for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus with a large new sign on the front of its building. Commander Tom Cottello said he wanted the sign installed to show appreciation to the ...

Bridgeport FOP to host community event

BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 211 will host an event for the community this summer. Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba said the event is the first annual Community Days. The all-day soiree is set for 8 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Aug. 1 on South Lincoln Ave., between ...

Trash can ordinance enforcement begins July 1 in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Starting July 1, residents who do not heed the city’s trash collection ordinance could be cited into mayor’s court, said Mayor John Davies. “We’re going to start enforcing lids and cans. If you don’t have a can with a lid you can be cited into mayor’s court,” ...

Monroe’s Stellar Care Center declared free of COVID-19

WOODSFIELD — The Stellar Care Center in Woodsfield announced it is now completely free of COVID-19 after fighting off the coronavirus for more than a month. Last week, the senior living facility said all residents and staff of the facility now test negative for the virus. “Our recent ...

Shadyside Board of Education maps out school opening plans

SHADYSIDE — The Shadyside Board of Education met online Wednesday, mapping out its plans for the upcoming school year. “We had a lengthy discussion on school and athletics moving forward to begin the year. We have four groups that will be planning for the start of the school year," ...

Coronavirus misconceptions grow as virus spreads

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — State Sen. John Unger has seen the effects of COVID-19. A good friend of his, David Sanders, is fighting for his life and is currently in critical condition, using a ventilator as he battles the virus. “I’ve heard people say that it’s a hoax,” Unger said. ...

Administrative team now in place at EORH

MARTINS FERRY -- While work to get East Ohio Regional Hospital ready for patients is still underway, the facility’s administrative team is now in place. Bernie Albertini, chief operating officer, on Friday said the majority of the work being performed includes repairs to infrastructure. Work ...

Belmont County secures $108K grant to revamp its jury system

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has secured approximately $108,000 in grant funding to revamp its jury system. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato announced Thursday that the county had secured the grant through the Ohio Supreme Court for the purchase and implementation of the ...

The Enforcer has arrived in Ohio, welcomed by Pence

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — Lordstown Motors Corp. debuted a running prototype of its all-electric pickup truck, the Endurance, production of which has been driven back until at least mid-2021 due to work stoppages brought on by the pandemic. “I even have to put an asterisk on that, assuming COVID ...

COVID reprieve comes to end in Eastern Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s brief hiatus from new COVID-19 cases appears to be over, as more residents traveling outside the county brought the virus back with them. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said the county is up to 544 total positive cases as of ...

Bellaire Kroger sanitized after two workers test positive for COVID

BELLAIRE — After learning two of its workers contracted COVID-19, the Kroger grocery store in Bellaire recently received an extra cleaning in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus. “We’ve been informed by two associates at our Bellaire store that they tested positive for ...

Belmont coping with COVID spike, anticipating more

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- More Belmont County’s residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, with the total increasing to 537 as of Wednesday. The prior day’s total was 529. “That’s where we’re at right now,” Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul told the Belmont ...

DeWine, Husted get early look at the electric ‘Endurance’ pickup truck

LORDSTOWN , Ohio — “These are going to be trucks that when people see them, they are going to want to buy them.” That’s what Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said after seeing the Endurance, Lordstown Motors Corp.’s all-electric full-size pickup truck at the startup automaker’s plant a day ...

Harrison County Fair underway with safety measures in place

CADIZ — Officials with the 173rd Harrison County Fair have been making final touches on the fair that will be nothing like originally planned or as listed in the program book. Fair Vice President Richard Eberhart and Director Chris Kellar said the fair books can still be enjoyed, but there ...

Pandemic to have impact on Census count

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The COVID-19 coronavirus will have a long-term impact on Belmont County, especially with the Census count, the board of commissioners said Wednesday. Commissioner J.P. Dutton said the county’s response to the 2020 Census has been uneven, with St. Clairsville having the ...