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East Ohio Regional Hospital may close emergency room this week

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 ...

Guilty verdict handed down in retrial of Meredith Broome

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- After deliberating for about an hour, a jury found Meredith Broome guilty of obstruction of justice on Wednesday. Broome, 35, of Rome, Georgia, is the stepdaughter of Marvin Brown, former Powhatan Point mayor and businessman who was murdered in 2013. Charges against Broome ...

PTTGCA agrees to enhanced protection

COLUMBUS, Ohio — PTT Global Chemical America and environmental organizations that appealed an air quality permit issued for the company’s proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on the matter. PTTGCA LLC said it arrived at a ...

Three Local Doctors Charged in Opioid Takedown in Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Three local doctors are among 13 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. Clairsville are among ...

Belmont Urgent Care is searched

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Multiple law enforcement, including city, county and federal agencies, conducted a search Monday at the Belmont Urgent Care Center walk-in clinic, at 187 W. Main St., St. Clairsville. The clinic is owned and operated by Dr. Troy Balgo, who also serves as Belmont County ...

Murder sentence awaits Moore

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Steven Andrew Moore, the man who admitted to shooting and killing former Powhatan Point mayor and businessman in an alleged murder-for-hire, was briefly in court Monday, but was returned to jail while his attorney Chase Mallory, and Belmont County Chief Assistant Prosecutor ...

Care center receives second bid

WOODSFIELD — Although commissioners have said they plan to sell the Monroe County Care Center to Bryan Casey, president of Alternative Living Solutions, a second bid was officially submitted to commissioners — offering an additional $150,000 more than the previous bid from Casey— for the ...

Bobcat kittens found along Ohio 7

DILLES BOTTOM — What appeared to be two lost domestic cats along Ohio 7 on Sunday turned out to be orphaned bobcat kittens. Liza Butler, a wildlife specialist with the Belmont County Water & Soil Conservation District, said a Powhatan man noticed what appeared to be a cat alongside the ...

Second hearing for Cera’s bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Rep. Jack Cera announced a second hearing Tuesday for House Bill 100, legislation that addresses procedures and rules surrounding the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act. The DMA is the law used to determine owner rights of oil and gas interests in a shale area. “Ohio’s DMA ...

Transportation issues loom

WHEELING — The closing of two area hospitals and the resulting relocation of doctors’ offices may cause headaches for patients and workers who rely on public transportation. Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling closed Sept. 4. Its sister facility, East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins ...

Post 90 makes a four-legged donation

MORRISTOWN — Upon learning that a local elementary school needed financial assistance in order to train a dog that will help children, a group of veterans answered the call. Bethesda American Legion Post 90 recently raised and donated $500 to Union Local Elementary School to aid in the ...

Harrison GOP announces its annual ox roast

CADIZ — Hundreds of local Republicans are expected to attend this year’s Ox Roast, to be held next month in Cadiz. The Harrison County Republican Party has announced the fundraiser event that will begin at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Commercial Building of the Harrison County Fairgrounds, 550 ...

Barnesville resident concerned about air quality

BARNESVILLE — A resident asked Village Council to pay for air quality monitoring after voicing concerns that state and local regulatory agencies are failing to do their part to protect the public from the hazards of natural gas and oil fracking in the area. Jill Hunkler addressed council ...

Heavy police presence at St. Clairsville clinic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Multiple police agencies are conducting an investigation at private practice medical offices in downtown St. Clairsville. The offices are located along Main Street. Agencies on scene include city police, the Belmont County Sheriff's Department, the FBI and the Drug ...

Monroe, Harrison ballots outlined for November

CADIZ — On Election Day, Nov. 5, the voters of Harrison and Monroe counties will have a broad slate of contested races and issues to decide on, but there are several Monroe County offices that no candidates are seeking. HARRISON COUNTY ∫ Mayoral races ∫ In Adena, Mark Anderson, ...

Big rise in mass shooting tips poses challenge for police depts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel and its guests. But a concerned colleague intervened, ...

Re-Thread free clothing shop opens in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — What started out as a means to help children attending a youth center has blossomed into a full-fledged clothing shop for the community. Dubbed Re-Thread, the free clothing store has taken in, washed and put out thousands of pounds of donated clothing, shoes, accessories and ...

Monroe County officials debate courthouse security

By CARRI GRAHAM Times Leader Staff Writer WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials met with commissioners last week to discuss courthouse security. Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Selmon said she wanted to meet with Commissioners Tim Price, Carl Davis and Mick Shumacher and Sheriff Chuck ...