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Belmont Tourism angling for a comeback, grants available

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a blow to tourism in Belmont County, but tourism Director Barb Ballint voiced hope for a turnaround in 2021 and said some grant funding is available to help events and attractions get back on their feet. Ballint delivered her fourth quarter 2020 ...

Pandemic brought out the hunters in 2020

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The area has seen a rise in the popularity of hunting despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Sgt. Tom DeVaul of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department generally handles hunting and wildlife-related calls and took note of activities during 2020’s closing months. Youth deer gun ...

Health departments offer tips to stay healthy this year

Community

CADIZ - Local health departments are doing more than battling COVID-19 as 2021 gets underway -- they are also offering tips on how residents can have a healthy and happy year. There are many simple lifestyle changes a person can make to improve their overall health, Garen Rhome, administrator ...

Doctors paid $500K because of false Medicare claims

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CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Two psychiatrists with offices in the Ohio Valley recently agreed to pay more than $500,000 in U.S. District Court after submitting false Medicare claims. According to information from the U.S. Attorney of Southern Ohio’s office, Drs. Ali and Imad Melhem admitted to ...

Veterans sought for TMS program

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ADENA RESIDENT Dirk Harkins wants fellow veterans who need help with their mental health, addictions or both to try a treatment that he says helped save his life. A free pilot program being funded by the state is getting underway, and volunteers who are military veterans are needed to make it ...

EU regulator: Hackers ‘manipulated’ stolen vaccine documents

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LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s drug regulator said Friday that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers by hackers have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated.” The European Medicines Agency said that an ongoing investigation showed that hackers obtained ...

Jones looking forward to productive second term

Community

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Rep. Don Jones will serve as majority whip during his second term as a state lawmaker, having been sworn into the 134th General Assembly and elected the Republican leadership team. “I am honored to be sworn in for a second term as state representative to the great ...

Woman injured in Friday morning crash

Community

MORRISTOWN — A local woman is hospitalized in serious condition after her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer early Friday. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. William Howard, Heather Berry, 37, of St. Clairsville was traveling north on Ohio 149 near the Pilot gas station ...

Some schools returning to in-person classes

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SOME BELMONT County students will return to their schools for in-person instruction this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Following new guidelines from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health office that reduce recommended social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet in ...

Ferguson hopes to create jobs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Rep. Ron Ferguson is looking forward to his first term in office and creating good legislation that will improve the lives of those in Eastern Ohio. Ferguson, R-Wintersville, was sworn in to the 134th General Assembly last week. He represents the 96th Ohio House ...

Yeager honored with memorial service

Community

CHARLESTON — Chuck Yeager, the World War II ace fighter pilot who earned international fame for being the first person to break the sound barrier, was honored Friday with a memorial service attended by Vice President Mike Pence in Charleston. Yeager, a West Virginia native, died on Dec. 7, ...

More COVID cases at Salvation Army homeless shelter

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BELLAIRE — The Salvation Army of Belmont County is continuing to battle the coronavirus at its homeless shelter. The army on its Facebook page updated the community on its situation, noting the three residents who initially had been sickened with COVID-19 “are no longer contagious.” ...

Health department hiring temporary nurses

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Health Department is in need of nurses to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the health department’s Facebook page, the position would be temporary and for the task of getting people vaccinated. “Temporary part-time positions ...

CAC is assisting households with winter heating needs

Community

The Community Action Commission of Belmont County is assisting income-eligible households with winter heating needs through March 31. Eligible households, with less than a 10-day supply, may receive a one-time delivery of bulk fuel or propane valued at up to $900. Utility customers may ...

Records available for EORH, OVMC patients

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MARTINS FERRY — Former East Ohio Regional Hospital patients can still gain access to their medical records there. Spokesman Michael Garrison said last week that with the anticipated reopening of the facility, the hospital has “secured access” to the records of former patients of both ...

Belmont County Tourism grant applications available

Community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Tourism Council Board of Directors’ goal is to bring visitors to our area. They work toward attracting visitors through advertising, hosting events, mailing brochures and partnering with other tourism agencies to serve as a link between them and Belmont ...

Bellaire marina road may receive TLC

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BELLAIRE — Village Administrator Mike Wallace wants to help spruce up the city property around the Bellaire Marina to make it more pleasant for people visiting the area. During a recent Bellaire Village Council meeting, Wallace said he wanted to improve the road, Jefferson Avenue, leading ...

First responders receive first dose of COVID vaccine

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MARTINS FERRY — Dozens of first responders received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, thanks to East Ohio Regional Hospital. Though the hospital is not open to the public for business yet, it offered Belmont County first responders the opportunity to receive their first ...

Most major U.S. airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

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Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week’s presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags. The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. ...