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Martha Hershberger, second from left, poses with some of her children at Shekinah Fellowship in downtown Barnesville on Friday. From left are Katie Kasoh holding her daughter Zuri; Hershberger; Hannah, 11; Krista, 15; Leona; and Kara, 13

Pumpkin Fest crowd helps orphanage

BARNESVILLE — Tucked among the many pumpkin-themed food, gift and craft stands, a small church in downtown Barnesville is seeking to help children left orphaned in Africa. During the busy Barnesville Pumpkin Festival time, Shekinah Fellowship, 145 W. Main St., opens its doors to the public ...

Harrison students listen to important message

CADIZ — Seniors at Harrison Hills High School listened to an important and sobering message about impaired driving Friday. The students listened to a presentation courtesy of the National Save a Life Tour, an organization based in Michigan that teaches students across the country about the ...

Warren closes in on CVG purchase

SHADYSIDE — An attorney for Warren Distribution said the company has a “signed letter of intent” to purchase the Commercial Vehicle Group plant, but it seems officials are confident in the final acquisition because the new sign at facility’s entrance displays the Warren logo. Omaha, ...

Vicki Bostick, owner of Grandma’s Primitives in Barnesville, displays her wares at her new store in the heart of downtown Barnesville.

Pumpkin Festival boosts local businesses

BARNESVILLE — The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is fully underway, and Barnesville business owners look forward to the festival that has brought tens of thousands of visitors to the village each year since its inception in 1964. Local crafter Cookie Jackson of Baileys Mills said she has ...

Officer hired as village code enforcer

BELLAIRE — Starting Monday, there will be a new code enforcer in town as Bellaire Village Council on Thursday hired police Lt. Richard “Dick” Flanagan to fill the role on a part-time basis. Meanwhile, council is considering increasing its residential garbage collection rate by $3.36 ...

CPR kits provided to local high schools

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio House Bill 113 is in effect for the 2017-18 school year, ensuring all Ohio students in grades nine through 12 learn life-saving skills. HB 113 mandates that all high school students participate in Hands-Only CPR training and automated external defibrillator education, ...

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Union Local High School vocational teacher Drew Greenwood and architect Jeremy Greenwood review a proposal for an automobile workshop which could be an option for students next year.

Auto shop coming to UL

BELMONT – A shop class focusing on automotive maintenance may be coming to the Union Local School District. The district’s board of education voted Thursday to accept bids for a new building in January. Drew Greenwood, vocational teacher, brought the proposal before the school board ...

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Harrison Hills Board of Education member Melvin Allen looks over the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

Harrison talks nutrition, achievements

CADIZ — The Harrison Hills Board of Education discussed child nutrition and improving test scores at Harrison East Elementary School on Thursday. The school board started off the meeting with a brief presentation from Kim Ohlee and Kelley Howes of the Nutrition Group, who help design the ...

West Liberty University brings back marching band

WHEELING — The West Liberty University band program will march again starting in September 2018, leading the WLU Foundation to beat the drum and raise funds for as many as 50 band scholarships that will become available. WLU President Stephen Greiner announced Thursday the band will return ...

Story behind county flag and seal

COLUMBUS — Belmont County’s flag flies proudly in Columbus alongside the flags of other counties in the state, but it and the county seal can also be seen in the courthouse in St. Clairsville and on display during the county fair and other special occasions. The flag and seal have special ...

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‘Recovery Rally’ held in St. C.

Close to 200 people recovering from addiction issues and their family members attend a Recovery Rally at St. Clairsville’s Memorial Park on Wednesday. According to Shannan Watson, executive director of Crossroads Counseling, the county’s service agencies were happy to make an impact ...

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Todd and Donna Skinner of Barnesville are dwarfed by the 2,150-pound gourd they grew to capture the title of King Pumpkin on Wednesday.

King Pumpkin sets Ohio record

BARNESVILLE — A pretty, pale-orange gourd shattered local and state records Wednesday, becoming the heaviest King Pumpkin ever at 2,150 pounds. Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets held their breath as an enormous orb grown by Todd and Donna Skinner ...

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Eric Wilson, director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, speaks to commissioners Wednesday. Wilson talked about the chemical annex to the county emergency plan, saying that he plans to leave it unchanged for the yearly review.

Harrison County commissioners discuss waterline

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday announced a new waterline project that will soon be underway in the county. Commissioner Dale Norris announced that the Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association, a collaborative body of local governments, will undertake a project to connect ...

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TWO WASHINGTON Street residents complained Wednesday about rats coming from this home that has been deemed uninhabitable by the city of Martins Ferry.

Rodents in blighted home are pestering residents

MARTINS FERRY — Two Washington Street residents asked Martins Ferry City Council on Wednesday to remedy a rat problem in their neighborhood they believe is coming from an empty house filled with garbage. During Wednesday’s meeting, residents Bonnie Haskakis and Linda Schultz said some ...

Powhatan hires police officer

POWHATAN POINT — A proposal to hire a police officer was considered Tuesday by Powhatan Point Village Council, which also reported on repairs to be made to the railroad track crossing at Ohio 148 and Taylor Street. Following an executive session called to discuss police personnel with ...

County honors Science Day participants

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local students who participated in the State Science Day this past May in Columbus visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners during its regular Wednesday meeting. The students progressed from local science fairs to the district fair, then participated in the state ...

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Furniture is getting ready to open its doors to the public in early October.







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Levin Furniture plans opening

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tom Zwierzelewski, director of store display at Levin Furniture & Mattress, said the company hopes to be able to open its doors to the public in early October — and that he and company officials are glad to be back in the Ohio Valley. Levin had a clearance store at ...

Bridgeport BOE, parents come to agreement on iPads

BRIDGEPORT — An agreement has been reached in the recent controversy over the newly instituted iPad program in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District. Superintendent Zac Shutler and Technology Coordinator Lisa Clark disclosed to those in attendance at Wednesday night’s regular ...

St. Clairsville City Council to plan street paving

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city took several steps forward in the maintenance of streets during the Monday City Council meeting. Among other matters, council heard the final reading of an ordinance approving the joint purchase of a DuraPatcher with Richland Township for about $57,000, with the ...

Infrastructure work, mineral leases discussed in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Village Council voted to allow the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival to use village streets and parking lots for the annual event that kicked off with the King Pumpkin weigh-in Wednesday evening. After the unanimous vote Monday, which is an annual formality ahead of the iconic ...