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New community gazebo dedicated in Yorkville

Community

YORKVILLE — A small donation from a beloved, lifelong member of the Yorkville community led to construction of a new location where neighbors can come together. It all started when Armand Fior gave Mayor Karen Vargo $100 and told her to do something good with it, according to council ...

Motorists should beware of rut season

Community

MARTINS FERRY — While many people are gearing up for Halloween this month, there is another season picking up steam that can be just as frightful for motorists — the deer rut. The rut is when male deer are attempting to mate with female deer, which often leads to the animals running into ...

New tool to deter domestic violence

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Area residents soon will have a new tool to check the backgrounds of potential dates and partners to see if they have a history of domestic violence. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra is spearheading the initiative to inform the public and hopefully deter ...

Hoagland discusses upcoming legislation with residents

Local News

WOODSFIELD — A dozen concerned residents and local elected officials came together to receive legislative updates from state Sen. Frank Hoagland on Friday morning. Roughly every six months, Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, attempts to meet with residents and elected officials in his district in ...

Committee mulls water department funds

Local News

BELLAIRE — Most village departments are expected to end the fiscal year in the black, except for the water department, Auditor Tom Sable said. During a finance committee meeting Friday, Sable said he anticipates the sanitation department to end the year with $114,000 in its coffers and the ...

Slip repairs coming to Ferry schools

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MARTINS FERRY — The board of education at Martins Ferry City Schools District took another step in repairing two slips on the hilltop campus Thursday. Board members approved a proposal of $2.8 million from Hayward Baker construction engineering company, recommended by Mannik Smith Group ...

Porter resigns from council

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tim Porter stepped down as president of the city council effective Thursday, when he hand-delivered his resignation notice at the city building. “Thank you to all the kind people of (this) city who have been so wonderful over the past 20 years of public life. ...

Bellaire festival kicks off tonight

Local News

BELLAIRE — The Ghosts & Goblins Festival, hosted by the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department, is set to get underway this evening in the village’s park on Belmont Street. It will feature food, children’s activities, such as bounce houses, a rock wall, mechanical bull, bean bag toss ...

Rape, child endanging cases in court

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Several cases involving alleged child victims were in court Thursday morning during regular arraignments. Dylan Bryan Baird, 26, of 20 Maple St., Bridgeport appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Baird pleaded innocent to a count of endangering ...

Commissioners support Domestic Violence Awareness

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CADIZ — In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners wore purple to show their support. The color is the national symbol for support of survivors and victims of domestic violence. Administrative Compliance Coordinator Chelsea Scott has been going ...

Football players spread awareness

Community

Photo Provided DISPLAYING PINK ribbon decals on their helmets are Martins Ferry Purple Riders, from left, Dasyn Hores, Richard McFarland and Caleb Olson. Each October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Wheeling Hospital donates the decals to all OVAC football teams. The pink ...

Porter resigns from St. C. council seat

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Tim Porter has resigned from his seat on St. Clairsville City Council because of health reasons, according to a letter from Porter to the city. Porter said in the letter given to the city today that he was resigning his seat immediately. Porter recently resigned from his ...

ODNR to hold well meeting

Local News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commissioners responded to public inquiries Wednesday about the possibility of an injection well at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Ohio 331. Omni Energy Group LLC out of New Jersey is seeking a permit through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ...

Woman sentenced for rebranding, selling prohibited drugs from China

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SHADYSIDE — A former Shadyside resident has been sentenced in federal court after being convicted of mislabeling weight loss drugs from China and re-selling them. Crystal Ware, 33, formerly of Shadyside and now an Alabama resident, was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Columbus ...

Harrison County renews child support enforcement contracts

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CADIZ — Harrison County is renewing its contract with the Child Support Enforcement Agency, which provides financial aid and services to needy families with children. Judge Matthew P. Puskarich will be submitting the contracts between the Harrison County Child Support Enforcement Agency and ...

Porter steps down as CoC president

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council President Tim Porter stepped down as president of the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday after an audio recording of him voicing profanity and making a racial slur was sent to numerous entities and media outlets. Chamber Director Wendy ...

Picnic On The Street wraps up for season

Local News

PEOPLE STAND in line to get their hamburgers, hot dogs and more during First Presbyterian Church’s last Picnic On The Street for this year in Martins Ferry on Wednesday. Any former employees of the now-closed East Ohio Regional Hospital or Ohio Valley Medical Center who attended were able to ...

Domestic Violence Awareness touted

Local News

WOODSFIELD — In an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence within the county, October has been proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Chelsea Scott, administrative compliance coordinator for Tri-County Help Center, met with the Monroe County Board of Commissioners to have the ...

New partner for health dept.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Health Department has a new partner in the state grant-funded Personal Responsibility Education Program. Linda Mehl, the department’s director of nursing, said the Lawrence County Health Department is joining the health departments of Belmont, Perry ...