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Wintersville man sentenced in cemetery theft

STEUBENVILLE — Jason D. Bias, 43, of Wintersville was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Bias admitted to taking bronze vases from Fort Steuben Burial Estate in July. A codefendant, Rojack A. Matyas, 40, of ...

Rain delays parade in Toronto

TORONTO — The Toronto Christmas parade has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday due to the heavy rain forecasted for Saturday. “The forecast is for 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday, so as in the past, we have decided to reschedule,” said Brenda Cich, president of Focus In ...

Courthouse renovations set in Brooke

WELLSBURG — Brooke County Courthouse will hammer in the new year with some major renovations. In addition to ceiling and lighting repair, the courthouse will gain an annex. “We received two court orders because Brooke County Courthouse was not in compliance to Supreme Court ...

Amazing Raise Ohio Valley is discontinued

By ALEX MEYER Staff writer WHEELING — The online fundraiser Amazing Raise Ohio Valley has been discontinued after raising money for nonprofits since 2014. The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, which has held Amazing Raise on the first Tuesday of every May since then, decided to ...

Hancock school lunch distribution increases

NEW CUMBERLAND — Distribution of breakfasts and lunches for Hancock County Schools increased in October, according to school officials. During Monday’s school board meeting, child nutrition coordinator Steve Govey reported an increase in students taking breakfasts and lunches daily last ...

Warren water department stands to lose with plant closure

WARREN — When operations cease in March at the General Motors Lordstown complex, the Warren City Water Department stands to lose half a million dollars in revenue. It will free up more water for the department to sell elsewhere, as long as some other industrial consumers — such as those ...

CAC offering help with heating bills

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Community Action Council staff is helping income-eligible residents who can’t pay their heating bills apply for Emergency Home Energy Assistance. The Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of ...

Nonprofits may be hurt by closure

LORDSTOWN — The unallocation of any car to be built at the General Motors complex in Lordstown may affect charitable donations to local nonprofit organizations like United Way and the Salvation Army this season and in upcoming years, organization leaders said. The United Way raises about ...

Regional roundup

Brilliant VFD’s annual food drive this Sunday BRILLIANT — The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department’s annual food drive is planned Sunday, and beginning at 11:45 a.m., donations will be gathered by volunteers. Area residents are asked to place nonperishable food items on their porches ...

Mission seeking help with Christmas programs

STEUBENVILLE — Program Director Cynthia Lytle anticipates Urban Mission Ministries will yet again experience the spirit of Christmas she describes as nothing short of “amazing” to witness. She’s seen it play out in her past four years there as holiday programs such as the children’s ...