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Area couple’s grandson escaped path of shooter

WHEELING — Carol and Walter Austin watched in horror from their Wheeling home as news of a shooting at Parkland High School in Parkland, Fla., unfolded on the TV screen Wednesday afternoon. Their grandson, Charles Austin, 15, is a freshman at that high school. Carol said she immediately ...

Bethany sanitation head received special sendoff

BETHANY — It’s not unusual for a long-time employee to receive a token of appreciation on their last day before retiring, but not many have the day and the building where they worked named in their honor. But that’s what happened to Sam Hubbard on Feb. 8, his last day as manager as the ...

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High waters

Several Canadien geese enjoyed a swim in an area near the flooded softball field at Brooke High School Friday. Many area officials continue today to address flooded areas throughout the tri-state area while monitoring the stage of the Ohio River. Local roads that have been closed by high water ...

Edison BOE eyeing $5M renewal levy

HAMMONDSVILLE — The Edison Local Board of Education is eyeing a five-year, 5.9-mill renewal levy for the November ballot to assist with operating expenses amid an anticipated funding loss. Superintendent Bill Beattie updated the board Thursday, noting that current levy, passed in 2014, is ...

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SVRTA buses on holiday schedule STEUBENVILLE — Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority buses will run on a holiday schedule Monday in honor of Presidents’ Day. There will be one bus running on the usual Saturday schedule on Monday. SVRTA’s monthly board meeting will be held Thursday ...

JB GREEN TEAM GRANTS — The Jefferson Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority, also known as the JB Green Team, is accepting applications for grants through the 2018 Recycling Initiatives Competitive Funding Project. It’s the first time since 2015 the grants are available. Taking part in announcing the grants were, from left, Natalie Lyle, JB Green Team administrative assistant; George Irvin, board member; Anita Petrella, executive director; Barb Godwin, board member; Scott Fabian, board president; and Louise Holliday, education coordinator.
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JB Green team has grant money available

STEUBENVILLE — For the first time since 2015, the JB Green Team has grant dollars available for area governments and agencies, nonprofits and schools to create projects to further the mission of increasing recycling and reducing waste. The Recycling Initiatives Competitive Funding Project ...

Heavy rain leads to flooding in area

Numerous area roads were closed and basements were flooded Thursday evening into today after about 2.5 inches of rain fell across the region. Bob Fowler, Brooke County Emergency Management Agency director, said a man had to be rescued by two West Virginia State Police troopers in a Humvee ...

Trinity, Franciscan nursing programs recognized

STEUBENVILLE — The Trinity School of Nursing ranked second and the Franciscan University of Steubenville nursing program ranked 13th on a list of best registered nursing programs in Ohio by RegisteredNursing.org Trinity scored a 96.68 out of 100 in the rankings. Franciscan scored ...

County talks Smithfield sewer issues

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday discussed water and sewer issues in Smithfield. It also was the first time for the commissioners to welcome findings and orders from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Commissioners received a letter from the state agency ...

County CAC airs concerns about possible program cuts

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Community Action Council is concerned with a federal budget proposal that would eliminate several programs totaling $1.34 million in assistance to area low-income households, senior citizens and the disabled. The Trump administration’s budget proposal ...