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Tree Contest

Pick your favorite tree

Voting continues on the Christmas tree contest at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton. In exchange for a $1 donation, residents will be able to vote for their favorite of nine trees decorated by local businesses and civic organizations. Voting is set to end Dec. 20, with a winner announced ...

LATEST IMPROVEMENT — Contractors are working to finish the Egan Plaza project by Friday. The $4 million improvement includes new entrances to Egan Hall on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as a new five-level interlocking plaza in front of the classroom building.
-- Dave Gossett

A new look at Franciscan University

STEUBENVILLE — Vince Oliver walked briskly through the new Egan Plaza, pointing out the architectural changes to Egan Hall and Stafford Hall and the new multi-level plaza. The project coordinator for physical plant services at Franciscan University of Steubenville is visibly proud of the $4 ...

FINDING A NEW HOME — The Rev. Calvin McLloyd of the Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church stands on the front steps of the former St. Anthony Catholic Church on South Seventh Street. McLloyd has signed a lease with the Gregory-Martin Funeral Home to use the vacant church for his congregation.
-- Dave Gossett

New congregation in century-old church

STEUBENVILLE — Members of the Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church are cleaning and painting the interior of the former St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and planning for a dedication ceremony on Jan. 6. “Our first official service will be on Jan. 7. I have created a timeline of ...

Ruptured gas line causes house fire

STEUBENVILLE — A gas line in the basement of a house under renovation sparked a fire which did moderate damage to a house Saturday evening at 1626 Pershing Ave., the City Fire Department reported. The call initially came in around 9:53 p.m. Saturday as a gas line rupture but firefighters ...

Government calendar

To encourage citizen participation in local government, this calendar listing the meeting times and places of public agencies will appear every Monday. To list an event, call the Herald-Star newsroom at (740) 283-4711 or send a fax to (740) 284-7355. This week’s meetings ...

The Grand Theater was one of the many floats in the Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas Nutcracker Magic Parade in Steubenville on Saturday. Thousands of people lined Fourth Street for the annual parade. The crowd then flocked to Nutcracker Village and Advent Market at Historic Fort Steuben to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. —Mark Law

Nutcracker Magic Parade brings thousands downtown

STEUBENVILLE — Thousands of people lined the streets downtown on Saturday for the Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas Nutcracker Magic Parade. About 90 units participated in the annual parade. Trinity Health System was the grand marshal. “We are indebted ...

Jefferson County land bank earns $1.5M for razing

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County land bank has been awarded an additional $1.5 million in funding to demolish houses throughout the county. Martin Sohovich, land bank administrator, said the land bank in the past couple of years was awarded $1.43 million by the Ohio Housing Finance ...

toronto parade

Toronto parade

The Toronto Fire Department provided Christmas spirit during the city’s Great Expectations Christmas parade on Saturday evening. Focus in Toronto sponsored the parade featuring nearly 50 units. Dorothy Blaner, who has served on City Council for decades and will retire at end of the year, was ...

Ohio’s women leaders failing to grasp wave of national sentiment in election

COLUMBUS — As predictions increasingly fashion next year’s gubernatorial race as a faceoff between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine, a question smolders: Wasn’t this supposed to be the year of the woman? In other states, female candidates are seizing on post-Hillary ...

“The Nutcracker” is performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. — Contributed

Holiday favorite leaps onto many stages

Nutcrackers are here, there and everywhere at the holidays — from the dollar store’s seasonal decor aisle to the local theater staging the famous ballet to Steubenville’s Nutcracker Village and its more than 150 6-foot wooden statues. But if you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered ...