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Steubenville girl set to return to national bee

STEUBENVILLE — Of the many youth competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year, typically about a third have qualified or participated for the event in the past. And Grace McKeegan, a home-schooled eighth-grader from Steubenville, is one of the many getting another shot at the ...

Man who assaulted car rental employee sought by City Police

STEUBENVILLE —City Police are looking for a man who assaulted a car rental assistant manager and took a vehicle prior to paperwork being completed on Friday morning. Police reported the man walked into Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2203 Sunset Blvd., and became irate and started complaining. The ...

Toronto grads congratulated on job well done

TORONTO — Diplomas were distributed to the Toronto High School Class of 2018 Friday during commencement, when Superintendent Maureen Taggart congratulated each student on a job well done. Seniors were then heard from 1971 THS graduate and guest speaker, Don McFall, who has been a licensed ...

Edison graduates told to overcome obstacles

STEUBENVILLE — As keynote speaker for Edison High School’s 2018 commencement program, alumna Dr. Sara Snyder Graham reflected on the challenges she faced while growing up and attending medical school. A 1998 Edison graduate and Toronto native, Graham is a hospice and palliative medicine ...

‘Step outside safety bubble,’ Harrison grads told

CADIZ — Racquel Ritchie, the valedictorian of the Harrison Central High School Class of 2018, encouraged her fellow graduates, as they proceed into the next phase of their life, to leave their comfort zone, continue to do the things they love and ask questions. Harrison Central High School ...

Teacher offers words of wisdom for JCCS grads

WINTERSVILLE — Nancy Courtney gave the 2018 Jefferson County Christian School graduating class some words of wisdom during Friday’s commencement ceremonies. Courtney, who has been teaching at the JCCS for 31 years — six of those years as a school administrator — was picked by the ...

Weir High grads told to look back, forward

WEIRTON — Weir High School’s Class of 2018 looked back on their years together Friday, while looking forward to the years ahead. Principal Kristin Bissett welcomed students and their families gathered in the Car. R. Hamill Fieldhouse, noting this was the 102nd class to graduate from ...

Going platinum

MINGO JUNCTION — Songstress Rose Angelica is “singing” a happy tune. Word came earlier this month that the Mingo Junction songwriter and recording artist on Century II Records in Nashville went platinum with her hit song “Saturday Night Is Girls’ Night Out,” recorded with Donna ...

Port authority hopes to assist leasing agent

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Port Authority is hoping to assist the leasing agent for the Fort Steuben Mall by providing marketing materials and support about the county. Evan Scurti, port authority executive director, said he recently had a good meeting with representatives of Jones ...

PNC Bank to close its doors downtown

STEUBENVILLE — Mayor Jerry Barilla said he was disappointed to hear that PNC Bank will be closing its branch office and drive-up facility at 124 N. Fourth St. on Aug. 17. Barilla said it will be another hardship for downtown’s low-income residents to do their banking with only one bank ...