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Proceed with caution

February 9, 2016 New members of Martins Ferry City?Council are taking a hard look at municipal finances — a wise thing to do when the general fund is in the red. more »»

Murder suspect appears in court

February 9, 2016 ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Double murder suspect Okie Barton III appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra on Monday to review the progress of his case. more »»

Sanders, Kasich win 1st votes in N.H. town

February 9, 2016 DIXVILLE, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and John Kasich picked up the most votes as the first ballots of the first-in-the-nation primary were cast early today. more »»

Repairs to begin on Monroe County DJFS

February 9, 2016 WOODSFIELD — Monroe County commissioners approved a $2,168 work order Monday to repair aging heating equipment at the county’s Department of Job and Family Services. more »»

Ohio County BOE sticks to Vargo vote

February 9, 2016 WHEELING — Ohio County Board of Education President Shane Mallett told a hostile crowd at Monday night’s board meeting that low standardized test scores at some schools are the reason he believes th... more »»

Hard work appreciated

February 7, 2016 Belmont County has plenty to be proud of. All throughout the past week, the academic abilities and artistic talents of local students were on display. more »»

Opportunity to learn

February 5, 2016 A good education can change a person’s life. For that reason, it is important for educational institutions to create all sorts of opportunities to help people lear. more »»

Drug-free kids

February 4, 2016 With opioid use being termed an “epidemic” in the local region and across the nation, it is important for communities to pull together in an effort to keep young people off of illegal drugs. more »»

Living her dream

February 3, 2016 At 14 years old, Jordyn Spencer already is living her dream. The 106-pound Buckeye Local High?School student always wanted to be a wrestler. more »»

Problem with crime

February 2, 2016 Crime is a problem in?Belmont County. Perhaps most residents would find this hard to believe. After all, they feel that they live in a safe, quiet neighborhood among people they can trus. more »»

Mourning a loss

January 31, 2016 Ed Polli, a staff writer for nearly three decades for The Times Leader after he worked for Blaw-Knox’s Warwood Works for 33 years, knew the meaning of hard work. more »»

Cheers & Jeers

January 30, 2016 CHEERS to Martins Ferry CIty Council for making plans to hold quarterly meetings at alternate locations. more »»

Honoring those lost

January 28, 2016 Thirty years ago today, many Americans witnessed a tragedy on live television. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. more »»

Approve application

January 27, 2016 Sometimes it takes teamwork to get a job done. That’s what officials in the city of Martins Ferry and Pease Township determined in recent weeks. more »»

Practice fire safety

January 26, 2016 As the cold winter weather drags on, structure fires continue to plague our area. more »»

Tunnel work was needed

January 25, 2016 The city of St. Clairsville recently invested a good deal of time and money in an old hole in the ground, and it was absolutely the right thing to do. more »»

People deserve to know

January 24, 2016 Four men in Belmont owe the public an explanation. On Nov. 3, village voters went to the polls and elected a new mayor — Stan Sobel. more »»

Put safety first

January 22, 2016 Since 1891 people have traveled back and forth between Ohio and West?Virginia via the Aetnaville Bridge. It appears, though, that the span may have reached the end of its useful lifespan. more »»

Helping our own

January 20, 2016 We are fortunate to live here in the Ohio Valley, even in times of misfortune. Few experiences are more difficult to handle than the loss of one’s home. more »»



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