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Last call at East Ohio Regional Hospital

MARTINS FERRY — East Ohio Regional Hospital is now closed, and employees and community members gathered late Friday to mourn the loss. At about 7 p.m. Friday, Daniel Dunmyer, president and CEO of East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, ...

St. Clairsville to begin using Belmont County water soon

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city likely will begin purchasing water from Belmont County next week to supplement the supply from its reservoirs. City officials said Friday that due to lack of rainfall, the water level at the primary reservoir has decreased by 8 to 10 feet. “You can see the ...

Annual Pumpkin Festival wins over hearts with food

BARNESVILLE — As the 56th annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival continued through the weekend, hundreds of vendors lined the streets filling the stomachs, and hearts, of those who attend. Brian Sellers, of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Committee, moved to Florida last year, but that ...

Crane collides with footbridge over 7 in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Emergency personnel respond to an accident on Ohio 7 outside Martins Ferry Friday, closing one lane. Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland said a semi truck hauling a crane was heading north on Ohio 7 and struck the footbridge spanning the highway. McFarland said it was ...

Two critically injured in Ohio 7 wreck

WEST WHEELING — Two people are in critical condition after their car stuck a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Interstate 470 and Ohio 7. The Ohio State Highway Patrol attributed the accident to the driver of the sedan losing control of his car at the stoplight, going through the ...

56th annual Pumpkin Festival is underway

BARNESVILLE - The 56th annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is officially underway with giant produce, a wide variety of food and plenty of rides, fun and games for all to enjoy. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Norma Matko and Marty Schumacher Jr. cut the ribbon to open the event. They did so in honor and ...

Dunmyer says ER may stay open

MARTINS FERRY — Daniel Dunmyer, president and CEO of East Ohio Regional Hospital, said Thursday the facility’s emergency room may not close tonight. “We’re still trying to work a deal to keep (EORH) open. ... By noon (today) if I don’t have any answers then we will have to start ...

ODOT prepares for winter

CADIZ — As winter approaches, the Ohio Department of Transportation is making sure they’re prepared to battle impending snow and ice. Mechanics performed a 150-point check on each truck at the ODOT District 11 garage on Thursday morning in Harrison County. “It’s Ohio, so we always ...

Whistleblower probe tests GOPs alliance

WASHINGTON (AP) — One Republican hadn’t read the whistleblower’s complaint. Another called President Donald Trump’s conversation with the Ukraine leader “thin gruel” for any impeachment effort. A third said the whole thing was “blown way out of proportion.” And yet, as more ...

East Ohio Regional Hospital suspending all services tonight

MARTINS FERRY -- East Ohio Regional Hospital will close its doors at 11:59 p.m. Friday, according to president and CEO Daniel Dunmyer. Although Dunmyer had been hopeful that a deal to safeguard the future of the hospital would be reached Friday, that was not the case, although he said ...

Repeat reign for giant gourd grower

BARNESVILLE — A familiar face returned to reign over the 56th annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival on Wednesday with a King Pumpkin that weighed in at 1,588 pounds. Bill Neptune of New Concord, Ohio had the winning entry once again. He previously claimed the crown in 2009 and 2010 with giant ...

Broome found guilty

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Meredith Broome’s retrial for obstruction of justice ended Wednesday with the jury returning a verdict of guilty. The jury deliberated for about an hour before rendering a decision. Her sentencing hearing was set for Oct. 15. Broome, 35, of Rome, Georgia, is the ...

EORH emergency room may close Friday

MARTINS FERRY — It appears East Ohio Regional Hospital may close sooner than anticipated, but parent company Alecto Health Services said Wednesday that the company is talking to some “folks interested in the hospital.” While a deadline of Oct. 7 was set as the anticipated final day of ...

New bins installed

BELLAIRE — An atypical ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday in the village of Bellaire. The JB Green Team held the event to celebrate one of its new collection bins — one of 64 being placed at locations across Belmont and Jefferson counties. The new bin, which collects paper and ...

Harrison County family services to receive funding

CADIZ — The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services will soon receive more than $200,000 in funding for a program that aids local families in need. HCDJFS Director Scott Blackburn, Assistant Director Deb Knight and Jefferson County Community Action Council Director Michael ...

Dems plunges into impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed the leader of Ukraine to “look into” Joe Biden, Trump’s potential 2020 reelection rival, as well as the president’s lingering grievances from the 2016 election, according to a rough transcript of a summer phone call that is now at the ...

Porter withdraws from St. Clairsville mayoral race

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The four-way race for the city’s mayoral seat is now a contest between three candidates with Tim Porter no longer in the running. The Belmont County Board of Elections confirmed Tuesday that Porter, current president of council, has withdrawn his candidacy for mayor ...

Three doctors charged in opioid takedown

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Three local doctors are among 13 people charged Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly distributing controlled substances through “pill mill” clinics. Dr. Troy Balgo of St. Clairsville, Dr. Thomas Romano of Wheeling and Dr. Freeda Flynn of St. ...

Legislator unimpressed with Alecto response

MARTINS FERRY — With an anticipated closure date of Oct. 7 looming, federal, state and local officials still are trying to keep East Ohio Regional Hospital open. On Sept. 6, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, sent a joint letter to executives of EORH in ...

Obstruction re-trial begins for Broome

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Meredith Broome, stepdaughter of the late Marvin Brown, former Powhatan Point mayor and businessman, was back in court Tuesday for the first day of her re-trial on a charge of obstructing justice, alleged to have occurred in 2013. Broome, 35, also known as Meredith McLeod, ...