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CODE DISCUSSION — Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis listened while Councilwoman at large Kimberly Hahn explained why she called for a property maintenance code workshop Wednesday afternoon. - Dave Gossett

Steubenville Council talks code enforcement

STEUBENVILLE — Councilwoman at large Kimberly Hahn led a two-hour discussion Wednesday afternoon about improving the city’s maintenance code, helping citizens understand it and detailing how to file complaints. And then she listened, as Ronnie Gaylord of the city’s building department ...

CHIEF SENTENCING — Defense attorney Steven Stickles stands over his client, Robert Mieczkowski, during Mieczkowski’s sentencing in a Jefferson County Common Pleas courtroom on Wednesday. 

Mieczkowski was sentenced to 60 days of house arrest and three years of probation after his conviction of improperly having a hand in the sale of a personal vehicle to Smithfield, where he was serving as police chief. - Mark Law

Former Smithfield police chief sentenced

STEUBENVILLE — Former Smithfield police Chief Robert Mieczkowski, 60, was sentenced Wednesday by visiting retired Judge John Mark Solovan to 60 days of house arrest and three years of probation for Mieczkowski’s role in the sale of a personal vehicle to Smithfield. Mieczkowski was ...

THE ANNOUNCEMENT — Franco Carapellotti of 68 Properties announced Wednesday afternoon the first two tenants to move into the restaurant buildings at the Inn at Franciscan Square will be a Rubi’s Pizza & Grill and a Brooklyn Bagel Co. - Dave Gossett

Two new tenants set for Inn at Franciscan Square

STEUBENVILLE — Franco Carapellotti chose the monthly Faith in the Future luncheon Wednesday to announce the first two tenants for the restaurant buildings at the Inn at Franciscan Square. “We are opening two businesses in the upper building as you come down University Boulevard. The first ...

Wrongful death suit filed against JMHA

STEUBENVILLE — The estates of a woman and young child killed in an April 2015 fire at a rental house have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court against the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority and four of its employees. The fire at 1331 Wellesley Ave. on ...

Indian Creek updated on new school plans

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek Local Board of Education is taking steps to advance its master facilities plan for two new school buildings. Joshua Predovich, project manager for the Columbus-based SHP Leading Design firm, updated district officials on findings from recent community ...

SPECIAL EVENT — The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District hosted an Enivrothon event Wednesday at the Jefferson Sportsmans Club, with 44 teams from 16 counties in Ohio competing. The Buckeye Local High School group competing for a spot on the Ohio Envirothon team included, front, from left, Dashel Mumaw; Kaylee Sabo; Brianna Pasco, captain; Annie Dill, captain; and Faith Davies; and back, Travis Cornetti, Carrie Dill, Wilson Snively, Christopher Englert and Emily Fox. Advisers are Lucas Fabry and Crystal Fluharty. - Esther McCoy

JSWCD hosts Envirothon competition

BLOOMINGDALE — Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the nation will host youth interested in learning about the environment as the first level of Envirothon competitions get under way. Locally, it happened Wednesday at the Jefferson Sportsmans Club, when 44 teams from 16 counties ...

Residents question JMHA board

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority board came under fire Wednesday afternoon from residents who complained about poor housekeeping and a lack of maintenance in their buildings. “What happened to equal housing. We have rats and a leaking roof at the Gaylord ...

Program sponsorship focus for Buckeye board

DILLONVALE — The continued sponsorship of an energy and technology program was a main topic of discussion during Monday’s Buckeye Local School District school board meeting. The Ohio Valley Energy Technology Academy is a charter school-like program inside the Buckeye Local School ...

TEMS chief stresses importance of levy OK

TORONTO — For the past 15 years, the TEMS Joint Ambulance District has been operating on the same amount of money that voters approved in 2002. However, the cost to provide ambulance service to those throughout the district has continually increased throughout the years. That is why a ...

Regional Roundup

Gas line work to affect Route 2 FOLLANSBEE — State Route 2 north of Lyle’s Auto will be reduced to two lanes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through May 12 while crews with Mountaineer Gas install a gas line. Areas of Route 2 between Wellsburg and Beech Bottom will be reduced to one ...