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PARTICIPANT — Airman 1st Class Jack Stine, a native of Amsterdam, has been busy practicing for the Inaugural Parade set for Friday in Washington, D.C. The Air Force, and all branches of the U.S. military, are scheduled to take part in the parade that travels along Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. - Contributed

Area native part of Inaugural Parade

AMSTERDAM — Friday will be a memorable day for most Americans, with the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., but for Air Force Airman 1st Class Jack Stine, it will be a major life event, according to his mother. Joyce Stine and her husband, Sherman, of ...

LOOKING OVER NOTES — Robert Mieczkowski, right, goes through information during his trial Tuesday as his attorney, Steven Stickles, takes notes. Mieczkowski, who is on leave as Smithfield police chief, is charged with using his influence as chief to sell a personal SUV to the village’s police department. - Mark Law

Smithfield police chief trial opens

STEUBENVILLE — Opening statements were held Tuesday in a Jefferson County common pleas courtroom for a police chief charged with unlawful interest in the sale of a personal vehicle to the Smithfield Police Department. Robert Mieczkowski, 60, of 532 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, who is ...

Council, public hear JMHA request

STEUBENVILLE — First Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto used a City Council meeting to appeal for residents interested in the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority to submit letters of interest to the appointing agencies. DiLoreto, who also serves as a member of the JMHA board of ...

SITE FOR NEW FACILITY — Local officials gathered Tuesday in the Three Springs Business Park on the future site of a new Pietro Fiorentini manufacturing facility, scheduled for completion in 2018. Company officials met with representatives of the state of West Virginia, city of Weirton, Brooke Commission and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle in Weirton on Friday to finalize the purchase of the property. - Craig Howell

Plans for Weirton manufacturing plant step closer to reality

WEIRTON — A manufacturing facility initially announced four years ago is closer to becoming a reality, with expectations of opening sometime in 2018. Area government and development officials announced Tuesday that Pietro Fiorentini USA has finalized an agreement to purchase 26.4 acres of ...

Lane switch planned for Thursday on Route 7 in Mingo

MINGO JUNCTION — State Route 7 traffic is expected to be moved into the crossover on Thursday, shifting traffic onto the northbound side of the highway between Steubenville and Mingo Junction to allow for cleanup work on the hillside above the road, the Ohio Department of Transportation ...

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Top Indian Creek spellers

Cy Fouty, an eighth-grader at Indian Creek Middle School, placed first in the Indian Creek Local School District Spelling Bee Tuesday at the Indian Creek Middle School auditorium. Taking part in the awards ceremony were, from left, front, Fouty; Kirsten Driscoll, a sixth-grader at ICMS; Myra ...

County health department approved for licensing city food establishments

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Department of Agriculture has approved the Jefferson County Health Department plans to take over licenses for food establishments in the city. The county has been working under a contract with the city to handle inspections of food establishments since July. The ...

Brooke learns of drug funding

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission on Tuesday learned the state will receive $47 million through a settlement with drug manufacturers blamed for a surge in prescription drug abuse. Former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the state Attorney General’s Office have announced the settlement ...

MARCHING IN MEMORY OF KING JR. — The Rev. Vaughn Foster marched on the streets of downtown Steubenville Monday with his 12-year-old son Elijah during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative march. The march began at the MLK Recreation Center and ended at Steubenville High School. - Dave Gossett

March in city honors King

STEUBENVILLE — Dozens of marchers listened to words of encouragement from the Rev. Maurice Lawson before walking from the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center to Steubenville High School, where they listened to essays written by city school students. “Martin Luther King was one of ...

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Area teen to attend inauguration

WELLSBURG — A Wellsburg teen is looking forward to attending the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump as well as hearing from retired Gen. Colin Powell and others while participating in an international youth leadership conference this weekend in Washington, D.C. Colten Carbasho, a ...