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New Ferry park board member sworn in

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MARTINS FERRY — Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Al Davies recently visited the Purple City to swear in new Martins Ferry Park Board District member Jim Howard. Howard will serve a three-year term and is replacing long-time member Larry Deaton, who retired from the post in December. ...

Plan targets funding for kids, workforce, water

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Efforts to support Ohio’s vulnerable children and adults, prepare more skilled workers, and address water-quality concerns would get targeted funding increases under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s first state operating budget proposal, unveiled Friday. Officials ...

Thomas complies with records request

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Mark Thomas is complying with court orders to turn over documents from his time serving as power of attorney for a client of his private legal practice. Thomas, a former Belmont County commissioner who no longer practices law, already served 30 days in the Belmont County ...

Blame My Roots fest to fill country music void

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MORRISTOWN — A new country music festival this summer aims to fill the void left by the Jamboree In The Hills’ hiatus. During a press conference Thursday, organizers of the new Blame My Roots Fest said they planned to hold a three-day festival at Valley View Campgrounds in Morristown on ...

St. C. Board of Ed conducts business

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Administrators of all three St. Clairsville schools presented reports related to their buildings during Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education. High school Principal Justin Sleutz, middle school Principal ...

Multiple theft, drug arrests

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Law enforcement served two warrants on Wednesday, in Powhatan Point and in Barnesville, and five people are behind bars for crimes involving drugs including fentanyl, and related to major property thefts. Chief Detective Ryan Allar, with the Belmont County Sheriff’s ...

BOE hoping for oil and gas money

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City School District is hoping to see some increased tax revenue from oil and gas activity. On Thursday, a full school board heard a report from Andy Sutak, who reviewed reports from this year’s collection and the assessed values and extraction values ...

1845 cabin to be restored by historical society

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MOUNT PLEASANT — Nestled about a block behind the historic 1803 Harris-Bone Store on Union Street in Mount Pleasant lies an unassuming, small one-story cabin covered with insulbrick siding. Beneath that homely siding lies a true Ohio treasure that will soon be home to one of only two ...

Facebook loses product chief as it revamps strategy

Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is losing its product chief Chris Cox, a top-ranking executive who spent more than a decade at the company, just a week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a major new direction for the social network. The departure, announced Thursday , follows Zuckerberg’s ...

Facebook says outages due to ‘server configuration change’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook went down for almost a full day across parts of North America and Europe, but it’s still not saying exactly what happened. All the social network said Thursday was that the outages, which affected users and advertisers worldwide, resulted from a “server ...

St. C. goes with local building inspectors

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A full council of held the third reading of an ordinance last Monday to establish a local building department with the intention of seeking inspections through the Mid-East Ohio Building Department in Zanesville. Council members Jim Velas, Perry Basile, Mike Smith, Frank ...

Church to host spaghetti dinner Sunday

Community

Photo provided PARISHIONERS OF St. Joseph Church, Tiltonsville, and their pastor, the Rev. William Cross are shown preparing for the annual Spaghetti Dinner set from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church Hall & Parish Center, 204 Mound St., Tiltonsville. The menu includes homemade ...

Commissioner researches grave site to preserve history

Community

WOODSFIELD — As part of the Monroe County Bicentennial celebration in 2015, the county recognized its past, present and its future. Commissioner Mick Schumacher began researching county records at that time, in an effort to identify those buried in the county home cemetery. He said that ...

Wheeling residents enjoy record high temperatures

Community

WHEELING — As the Friendly City matched records for high temperatures Thursday afternoon, residents were out and about enjoying this warm weather. “I’m tickled with the good weather,” said Erin Bowers, of Wheeling, at H eritage Port. “I hope it stays like this and better. It can ...

Former York Township fiscal officer guilty of theft in office

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The former fiscal officer for both York Township and the York Water Authority entered pleas of guilty Wednesday to offenses related to theft in office. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra ordered the restitution of more than $100,000 to the entities and set her ...

Bellaire secures $250K in USDA funding

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BELLAIRE — Village officials dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on a $200,000 loan and $50,000 grant, both from the United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The money will be used to purchase some much-needed equipment for Bellaire — a new garbage packer, a new dump truck ...

DeWine doesn’t think GM will revive plant

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine isn’t optimistic that General Motors will bring a line of new vehicles to the sprawling Ohio assembly plant the automaker shut down last week, possibly for good. GM indicated it has been in talks with one or more other companies about taking over ...