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Mingo Junction council to meet

MINGO JUNCTION – Mingo Junction Village Council will meet at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss the village building’s roof.

Wells Township ready to celebrate

BRILLIANT -Wells Township will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday.

Activities will include free swimming at the municipal pool from noon to 6 p.m. with free hot dogs, pop and chips. A bike and pet parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the pool and will feature trophies for first, second and third places in each category.

Members of the American Legion, Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department and the Wells Township Police Department will raise the flag at 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye North Elementary football field, followed by a concert featuring the Original Fantasy’s.

Concessions will be provided by the Brilliant Little League, with 4-H members selling snow cones and cotton candy. Face-painting and a bounce house also will be part of the festivities.

The evening will conclude with fireworks. The rain date will be July 5.

Edison sets special meeting

RICHMOND -The Edison Local Board of Education will meet in a special work session 5:30 p.m. July 9 in the Edison High School library prior to its regular meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss the upcoming school district levy.

Township trustees to meet July 10

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. July 10 at the township garage on county Road 26.

The board will consider adoption of the 2014 fiscal budget.

Edison board names new board member

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Edison Local Board of Education has appointed John Prokopakis to fill the seat vacated by Larry Crow in June. Prokopakis will begin his duties July 9.

City Building hours to expand Monday

FOLLANSBEE – Beginning Monday, the Follansbee City Building will open an hour earlier, at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Calls to the building through (304) 527-1330 will be answered at that time.

City Manager John DeStefano said the change was made in an effort to better assist residents.

The City Building is among government offices that will be closed Thursday for Independence Day.

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Spill affected Route 22 traffic

WEIRTON – A spill on a westbound lane of U.S. Route 22 near the Harmon Creek exit affected traffic for about four hours Thursday.

Bob Fowler, Brooke County director of emergency management, said a driver transporting material used in hydraulic fracturing swerved to avoid an accident on the highway and a container of drilling oil lubricant fell from the truck when a strap restraining it broke.

Fowler said the material ranks low as a hazardous material according to guidelines set by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

He said most of it leaked into a ditch near the Harmon Creek exit, but one lane was closed for a short time while crews with the Weavertown Environmental Group cleaned up the site.

The city police and fire departments and crews with the state Division of Highways also were at the scene.

Concert postponed, tentatively reset

STEUBENVILLE – A tentative new date has been set for the free concert at Historic Fort Steuben that was postponed Thursday because of the rain.

The concert has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, with Spinning Jenny and US Kids expected to return. Kelsey Friday has not yet confirmed.

Dates for other concerts that had been postponed because of rain are: Swing Night, featuring Blue Lunch, July 17; and Disco Night featuring Dancing Queen, Aug. 15. Both will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the fort’s amphitheater.

Organizers are trying to reschedule the Original Fantasy’s concert that also was postponed.

Knox trustees change meeting

TORONTO – The July meeting of the Knox Township Trustees has been changed to Wednesday from Thursday.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m.

UMWA meeting set for Monday

CADIZ – UMWA Local 7690 will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m, Monday in the cafeteria at Harrison Community Hospital.

All members are urged to attend.

Horse show set for Sunday

RICHMOND – The Steubenville Saddle Club will host the second show of its 2013 season on Sunday with classes beginning at 9 a.m.

The club grounds are located on state Route 152 north, Richmond.

Other shows on the calendar will be held July 14 and Sept. 1.

Membership in the club is open to anyone. An annual membership for a family is $25; $15 for an individual; and $10 for a youth. For 2013 memberships, checks can be made payable to the Steubenville Saddle Club and mailed to SCC, P.O. Box 431, Richmond, OH 43944.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the club grounds. The club is in its 66th year. Debbie Grimes is the club president.

Health department lists schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. No TB tests will be given.

The department will be closed Thursday.

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Structure fire

under investigation

STEUBENVILLE – A structure fire that destroyed a vacant home at 503 S. Fourth St. Wednesday remains under investigation.

Assistant Fire Chief Sam Ivkovich said the blaze appeared to have originated in the attic and spread quickly, causing the upper floor to collapse.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 6 a.m.

Newell Clay Festival

to be held

NEWELL – A scaled-back Clay Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Clarke Field.

Festival times are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said Mike Nixon, president of the Newell Area Civic Council, which sponsors the annual event.

The Clay Festival, reorganized in 1994, is held each year to celebrate Hancock County’s heritage with clay industries such as the potteries and brickyards, he said.

There will be no rides this year, Nixon said, but there will be food and drink concessions and live entertainment both nights.

Friday’s entertainment will be disc jockey Lonnie Boyles from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the Lazy River Band at 7 p.m. Saturday’s entertainment will consist of a jam session with several bands, Nixon said.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Reserves will have activities for children, he said.

Festival-goers should bring lawn chairs.

Steubenville street

closing Monday

STEUBENVILLE – North Street from Sixth to Seventh streets will be closed to all traffic Monday through July 5, officials announced today.

Norfolk Southern Railroad will be replacing the railroad crossings at North Stre

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Warrant issued for hit and run

STEUBENVILLE – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Toronto man who allegedly nearly struck a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy and a city patrolman while attempting to flee from the 400 block of Dock Street Sunday morning.

According to police reports, a Dodge Durango driven by Kenneth Leon Jett, 35, also known as “Hoffa,” of 609 Trenton St., brushed up against Deputy Joe Lamantia, leading him to fire shots into its passenger side tire in an attempt to disable it.

According to the reports, the vehicle was so close to Lamantia that city Patrolman Matt Smarrella and two witnesses initially thought he had been run over.

According to the reports, Jett also nearly struck Smarrella and struck a van parked behind it as he attempted to flee. The officers said Jett didn’t respond to repeated orders to stop.

Jett’s motive for leaving the scene wasn’t clear. The officers were responding to a report of loud music coming from the vehicles and children running around them at about 1 a.m.

Water service to be disrupted

WINTERSVILLE – Water service for customers of the Jefferson County Water and Sewer District south of Meridian Green will be disrupted Thursday while crews relocate a water line at the Jefferson County Airpark.

There also will be a 24-hour boil order beginning at noon that day.

Friday speaker change noted

WHEELING – Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cleveland Federal Reserve Senior Vice President Mark E. Schweitzer will pinch-hit for CFR President Sandra Pianalto at the University Economics Club luncheon at noon Friday at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main St.

Co-sponsored by Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Economic Philosophy at West Liberty University, the presentation will provide an economic update with particular focus on labor market research and the Wheeling area.

Schweitzer leads the bank’s research department, setting the direction for economic research, selecting and developing staff, and briefing the bank president prior to meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve System. Schweitzer’s own research has focused on the macroeconomic impact of labor market developments and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth.

For information or to RSVP, call (304) 336-8301 or e-mail jknierim@westliberty.edu. The buffet lunch is $15 cash or check only, payable at the door.

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NASCAR driver coming to Empire

EMPIRE – NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Dave Blaney, a native of Hartford, will be at Heavy Duty Industrial’s grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Heavy Duty, formerly based in Wintersville, has relocated to 707 E. Front St., to make room for more workers and equipment.

Cory Jursik, the company’s vice president for business development, said Blaney will be available for autographs and pictures from 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

Heavy Duty is one of Blaney’s sponsors.

Blaney’s car will also be on display, a Heavy Duty spokesman said.

Richmond budget available for viewing

RICHMOND – Village Council approved its annual budget during its June 17 meeting.

The document is available for viewing by appointment at the office of the clerk-treasurer in the City Building, 37 W. Main St. The telephone number is (740) 765-5372.

Wells Township sets budget hearing

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the 2014 budget prior to the board’s next meeting.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. July 9 at the Township Hall, 409 Prospect St.

County Council meeting tonight

PINEY FORK – The Jefferson County Council Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. today at the American Legion Post in Piney Fork. Officers will be installed.

All auxiliary members in Jefferson County with paid dues are welcome.

Buckeye board changes meeting

DILLONVALE -The Buckeye Local Board of Education has rescheduled its June meeting.

The meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Friday at the administrative offices in Dillonvale.

ShaleNET veterans deadline nears

STEUBENVILLE – Veterans interested in obtaining a ShaleNET scholarship to train for a career in the natural gas industry should apply before Friday to www.shalenet.org.

America’s Natural Gas Alliance recently established a $50,000 scholarship program for veterans to participate in the ShaleNET training program at Eastern Gateway Community College and Stark State College in North Canton. ANGA’s scholarship will provide funding to cover costs for nearly 40 veterans to receive training through the ShaleNET program.

Interested Ohio veterans should visit www.ShaleNET.org and register with “Talent Match” to learn more. Those interested can also contact EGCC, Stark State College or The Employment Source for application materials. To be considered, applicants must provide a DD Form 214, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a criminal background check, as well as a drug and physical fitness test.

Concert planned in Newell

NEWELL – The band 7 Percent Superstar will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Hollow Park in Newell as part of the Newell Community Improvement Coalition’s 2013 Summer Concert Series.

The show is free and open to the public. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, but there is amphitheater seating. Food and drink concessions will be available.

The concert is sponsored by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Future concerts include the music of John Edwards at 7 p.m. July 14 and a tribute to Johnny Cash by Bill Crawford at 2 p.m. July 28.

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School board meeting moved

WELLSBURG – Because of a scheduling conflict, the Brooke County Board of Education has moved its next regular meeting from today to Wednesday at 5 p.m. at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.

Water, sewer board meetings moved

FOLLANSBEE – The city’s water and sewer boards moved its meetings to Thursday because their regular meeting date fell on West Virginia Day last week.

The water board will meet at 6 p.m., with the sewer board meeting to follow immediately after.

Both will be held in council chambers of the Follansbee City Building.

Scrabble session set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1504 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one. No fees are charged.

Bonus words will be words related to the Fourth of July.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

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Brilliant road

to be closed

BRILLIANT – Hukill Street in Brilliant, from Everson Way to Hudson Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for a replacement of a storm drain, the Wells Township trustees reported.

Child safety seat

check set in Adena

ADENA -The Jefferson County Health Department will be hold a child car safety seat check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Adena Volunteer Fire Department, 270 E, Main St..

Call the county health department for an appointment at (740) 283-8636. There may be a wait without an appointment.

Highway patrol has

new number to call

WINTERSVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has a new number cell phone users can call to report drug activity and impaired drivers.

The number – #677 – can be called without a surcharge to cell phone customers.

New signs are being installed throughout the state to inform drivers of the new number. The patrol reported the signs were purchased through drug forfeiture money.

The purpose of the number is to apprehend criminals in order to promote traffic safety and to gather and share information regarding drug trafficking, the patrol reported.

Crew House open

for summer series

RICHMOND – The Crew House Museum on Main Street operated by the Richmond Community Historical Society will continue its summer open house series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can tour the facility that features a variety of Richmond memorabilia and check out the Jefferson Union room of school items, including yearbooks, uniforms and trophies.

There will be Richmond pottery on sale and newly available T-shirts from Memorial Day for $15 bearing the logo “In Richmond, We Remember.”

The open houses will be held on the second and fourth Sundays in June, July and August.

Phil Judy is president of the historical society. For information, call (740) 765-4534.

Island Creek sets

budget hearing

STEUBENVILLE – Island Creek Township will hold a budget hearing for the 2014 budget at 6:30 p.m. July 9.

The meeting will be held at the township garage, located on state Route 213. The regular monthly meeting will follow.

Edison school

board to meet

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Edison Local Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Stanton Middle School.

Board members will meet in executive session to discuss applications and interview candidates to fill the vacancy on the board.

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Teen taken to county juvenile detention

WINTERSVILLE – A 15-year-old Wintersville male was taken to Jefferson County’s juvenile detention center on pending charges in connection with him being found with a toy gun that officers and sheriff’s deputies believed was real.

Wintersville police were called about a couple being threatened by a person with a gun Wednesday evening on Locust Street. Two sheriff’s deputies assisted on the call.

A deputy reported he was checking the area for the suspects when he saw a group of three males on Cadiz Road. The 15-year-old took off running and dropped what appeared to be a real gun. Wintersville officers ordered the teen to drop to the ground on Cadiz Road, near Roberts Street.

The gun was recovered and officers and deputies realized it was a toy, but noted there were no marks on the toy to distinguish it as such.

Argument leads to shots fired

STEUBENVILLE – An argument between a group of people may have lead to two shots being fired around 3 a.m. today in the 1200 block of Oak Grove Avenue, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

City Police received numerous calls that shots had been fired. A deputy assisting said witnesses claimed to have heard a group of people arguing and then heard two shots fired. The witnesses said they saw several people run from the area, the deputy said.

City Police reported finding no evidence that shots had been fired.

Woman pleads in animal cruelty case

DILLONVALE – Elizabeth Marcus, 90, of 4668 state Route 150, Dillonvale, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Dillonvale county court in connection with her throwing a plastic bag containing 3-day-old kittens into a creek.

Judge David Scarpone found Marcus guilty and set sentencing for 3 p.m. on June 26.

Reports said crews were laying asphalt when workers saw the women throw the bag into the creek. They could see the kittens moving and heard meowing. One of the workers, Bobby Bumgardner, went into the water and got the kittens out of the water. The kittens were taken by the Jefferson County Humane Society to the county’s animal shelter.

Veterans bill moves forward in Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS – The Veterans Opportunity Bill received an additional hearing Wednesday in the Senate Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The legislation is sponsored by state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and is designed to support veteran students by simplifying the transfer credit process by allowing veterans to utilize their past skills and experiences during service.

“I am pleased that Senate Bill 13 has received a second hearing. Just last week, Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order that includes some of the very same proposals as found in the veterans bill that I introduced in both the 129th and 130th General Assemblies. However, it is still critical that the bill passes and be written into the Ohio Revised Code so it becomes permanent law,” stated Gentile.

Proponent testimony included veterans and various community colleges presidents in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.

Brush Creek club meeting today

BRUSH CREEK – The Brush Creek Township 50-plus Club will meet at 6 p.m. today for its covered dish and monthly meeting. The JB Green Team will be collecting tires, household goods and appliances and other recycled material at the Brush Creek Senior Center today and Friday.

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Man charged with aggravated assault

STEUBENVILLE – Ryan Chappano, 41, of 111 Brian St., Mingo Junction, was charged Monday with felony aggravated assault in connection with an incident early Saturday morning in which he tried to hit another man with his vehicle, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Chappano earlier was involved in a fight at a bar with Christopher R. Baker, 29, of 503 Western Ave., Mingo Junction, a deputy reported. Baker left the bar and was walking up Commercial Avenue when Chappano tried to hit him with a vehicle, the sheriff’s department reported. Baker was able to jump on the hood of the vehicle and moved to stop Chappano from getting out of his vehicle, a deputy said. Baker broke the glass on the vehicle window while trying to keep the door closed and received serious cuts to his arm, the sheriff’s department reported.

The sheriff’s department asked Chappano to come to the sheriff’s department to give a statement, and he was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence by the Ohio State Highway Patrol when he pulled into the parking lot at the sheriff’s department.

Weirton street closed

today for repairs

WEIRTON – North 12th Street from Thurman Avenue to Kings Creek Road will be closed through 4 p.m. today for sewer repairs.

Retail sales show slight rise in March

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased about 1 percent in March compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for March totaled $59.02 million, generating $885,392 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for March 2012 generated $874,254, based on retail sales of $58.28 million.

Monthly retail sales in Jefferson County for 2013 have averaged $61.94 million, compared to $60.20 million a month for all of 2012.

Insurance forum planned Friday

WEIRTON – The Office Managers Association of Healthcare Providers Inc., Weirton chapter, is sponsoring the seventh-annual insurance forum at noon Friday at Weirton Medical Center, 601 Colliers Way.

Participating will be Molina, Health Assurance, Carelink, Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare Community, UPMC Health Plan, Molina, W.Va., and United Healthcare, among others. Each company will have a table to display product information and other items, and beginning at 12:15 p.m. they’ll have 15 minutes to discuss new details about their products. Participants will be available to answer one-on-one questions after the presentation.

A light lunch will be provided to those reserving a spot courtesy of Unicare Health Plan, Mary Straface. Reservations may be made by contacting Donna Zahn at (740) 283-2543 or Faith Nichols at (304) 723-6061.

There is a $15 charge for nonmembers.

Members are reminded that their annual $75 fee is now due.

Wintersville panel meeting set Thursday

WINTERSVILLE – A village water and sewer committee meeting is planned at 6:15 p.m. Thursday prior to the council meeting at 7 p.m. at the village office at

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Woman arrested in fight, fleeing hospital

STEUBENVILLE – Jade Davis, 18, of 813 Market St. was arrested by City Police twice in a couple hours’ period, once for getting into a fight with a another girl and then fleeing from a hospital while she was under arrest.

Officers were called about a fight near Market Street around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Davis was pulled off another female and placed in the back of a cruiser, where she kept hitting her head off the partition, police reported.

Davis was taken to the county jail, where she continued to be disorderly and then acted like she was having a seizure, police reported. Davis was taken to Trinity Medical Center West. The hospital called and said Davis was refusing treatment and was ready to go to the jail, but Davis ran out of the hospital prior to officers arriving.

Davis returned to her home, was acting strange and was convinced to return to the hospital, according to reports. Davis was charged with assault, obstructing official business, escape and disorderly conduct.

Three arrested in apartment robbery

STEUBENVILLE – Three people were arrested Saturday evening after a robbery in a laundry room at the Heritage Place apartments on Market Street, City Police reported.

Two off-duty officers working security there saw an incident in a laundry room in building 715. Three men lured another man to the room, where they took the man’s money and a cell phone, police reported. The off-duty officers went into the laundry room and the three men escaped out a window, police reported. One man stopped when ordered and the others were caught by responding officers, police reported.

Arrested on charges were: Dustin M. Shaffer, 18, of 664 Spring Ave. robbery and obstructing official business; Kody J. Carroll, 25, of 3492 county Road 74, Mingo Junction, complicity to robbery; and Demetrius Vassar, 20, no fixed address, robbery.

Three arrested after caught in vacant house

STEUBENVILLE – Three people were arrested Sunday evening after City Police caught them apparently living in a vacant house with no utilities.

Officers were called around 11 p.m. about people entering a vacant house in the 1400 block of Euclid Avenue. Two women were in a SUV outside, police reported. Officers noted the front door was broken. They entered the house and announced their presence. Police reported a man came out of the living room area and a woman came from a different part of the house.

Officers found drug paraphernalia used in shooting up heroin on a mantel and a makeshift bed on the floor.

Wayne W. Fleischer, 26, of Steubenville and Channe M. Fleischer, 30, of Mingo Junction, each were charged with possession of a drug abuse instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia. Channe Fleischer also was charged by Mingo Junction Police with domestic violence.

Bridget A. Adams, 40, of 107 Maple Ave., Mingo Junction, was charged with a bench warrant out of municipal court.

Prosecutor to review assault case

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office will review an incident in which a man was run down on Commercial Avenue following a bar fight early Saturday morning.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported two men, Ryan Chappano, 41, of 111 Brian St., Mingo Junction, and Christopher R. Baker, 29, of 503 Western Ave., Mingo Junction, got into a fight at the Townhouse Bar on Commercial Avenue.

Baker was walking up Commercial Avenue after leaving the bar when Chappano came up and attempted to hit him with his vehicle, a deputy said. Baker was able to jump up on the hood of the car, a deputy said. Chappano tried to get out of the vehicle, but Baker pushed the door closed and also broke the glass on the window, a deputy said. Baker suffered serious cuts to his arm, the sheriff’s department reported.

Chappano was asked to come to the sheriff’s department to give a statement. He was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in the parking lot of the sheriff’s department and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, the sheriff’s department reported.

The case was turned over to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

Brooke PCD meeting set

WELLSBURG -The Brooke County Public Service District will hold a project meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office, 711 Charles St.

Also, members of the board of directors are to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

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Gang training seminar scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Anti-Drug Abuse Coalition is sponsoring a seminar on Thursday at Eastern Gateway Community College about adult gangs.

Members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will be the presenters at the seminar, scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in room 2100 at the college. The seminar will conclude at 4:30 p.m.

This program is designed to educate parents, teachers, social workers, community partners and anyone with a nexus to children about current gang trends, terminology, culture and media influences, according to the county anti-drug abuse coalition.

It includes a history of gangs, a break down of the different types of gangs and threat groups and their criminal activities. Program participants will be able to better identify gang activity in their area, recognize its influences in schools and the community and be empowered to help combat this growing problem, according to the coalition.

The seminar is open and free to the public.

Counselors, social workers and nurses can get continuing education credits.

For more information, contact Dan Obertance at the county’s anti-drug abuse coalition at (740) 282-1300.

County engineer lists work schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Pavement repairs – Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Patching – Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55), Hammondsville-Irondale Road (county Road 50), Goulds Road (county Road 28), Mingo Junction-Goulds Road (county Road 74) and Rinker Road-Sunshine Park Road (county Road 65).

Ditching – Graham Road (county Road 18).

Road closings will be announced.

Roads closed for pipeline announced

St. Johns Road in Colliers will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday while crews with Access Midstream install a natural gas pipeline.

Mechling Hill Road also has been closed for pipeline work and will remain closed through Thursday.

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced other road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching state Route 2 in Weirton, Wylie Ridge, Bell Hill and Tope roads and McDowell Street; ditching along Hardins Run Road and mowing along many roads.

In Brooke County, crews will be working to stabilize a section of Pierce Run Road; patching Valley View Drive and White Bell Circle and mowing along several roads.

From staff reports

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Gentile calls for veterans’ support

COLUMBUS – State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, has called for the General Assembly to pass permanent legislation giving military veterans academic credit for skills learned in the military service.

Gentile complimented Gov. John Kasich for issuing an executive order simplifying the process for awarding college credit for military education for veterans and service members.

“I feel very strongly that the General Assembly should do everything possible to help our veterans find jobs. That’s why I introduced my Veterans Opportunity Act last year to standardize the way Ohio’s public colleges and universities give veterans academic credit for skills they learned in the military. It was a good idea then, and it’s still a good idea now that Gov. Kasich has incorporated my legislation into an executive order. But, the governor’s action is only a first step. This policy should be written into the Ohio Revised Code so it becomes permanent law and that can be accomplished by passing the Veterans Opportunity Act,” said Gentile.

Public hearing set for Ross Township budget

IRONDALE – A public hearing is planned at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 to review the Ross Township trustees’ budget for the fiscal year ending on Dec. 31, 2014.

The hearing will be held at the township garage, 6172 county Road 54.

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Tonight’s concert postponed

STEUBENVILLE – The Blue Lunch summer concert at the Berkman Amphitheater set for this evening has been postponed.

Historic Fort Steuben Executive Director Judy Bratten said organizers of the weekly concert series made the decision to postpone the event after monitoring weather reports for this afternoon and evening.

Blue Lunch is an eight-piece band from Cleveland that plays 1950s-era swing and jump blues along with Chicago-style blues and New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Bratten said the concert has not yet been re-scheduled.

This is the second week in a row inclement weather has affected the weekly concerts.

City man sentenced in garage break-in

STEUBENVILLE – Brandon W. Pinnell, 26, of 438 S. Fourth St. was sentenced to one year of probation on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Pinnell pleaded guilty to breaking and entering.

Pinnell was charged with breaking into a garage in the 600 block of Logan Avenue, Mingo Junction, in October.

Pinnell faces up to one year in prison if he violates probation.

Boil order issued in Weirton

WEIRTON – A boil order has been issued for residents and businesses in the Elaine Street area Wednesday afternoon.

The boil order was issued following a line break in the 400 block of Elaine Street Wednesday morning.

Areas affected by the boil order include the entire 400 block of Elaine Street and the following businesses in the Weirton Shopping Plaza: Ted’s Pharmacy, Dragon Palace Restaurant, Shop ‘N Save, Plaza Theater, Tanning Suites, Fox’s Pizza, Rent-A-Center and Summit Physical Therapy.

Those affected by the order are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using. The board also advises the use of bottled water if possible.

For information, contact Chuck Tenaglio or Scott Klar at (304) 797-8566.

Carmike, Spencer’s to host ‘Man of Steel’

STEUBENVILLE – Carmike Cinemas and Spencer Gifts will hold a “Man of Steel” costume contest in Mastercuts Court at 6 p.m. Friday.

Registration is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded to the person with the best “Superman” costume as well as two runners-up. Prizes will include movie passes, Wheeling Nailers prize packages and “Man of Steel” promotional items. To register, call Spencer’s at (740) 346-0294 or Carmike Cinemas at (740) 264-1689, or register in person at either location. Registration ends at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

In addition to the costume contest, there also will be an essay contest entitled “Why My Dad is My Superhero.” This contest is open to all ages, but participants will be required to register before 5:30 p.m. on Friday and read their essay to the judges immediately following the costume contest. Essays should be no more than 150 words, and one winner will be chosen from all essays to receive vouchers for dinner at the Ville Restaurant and a movie at Carmike Cinemas.

For information, contact Steph McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781 or go to smcvicker@dlcmgmt.com.

College placement test classes set

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education program will offer free college placement test classes from 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Tuesdays. The classes begin July 1 and conclude July 23 on the Jefferson County campus.

Enrollment for the classes is open now by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 271.

Harrison hospital offering physicals

CADIZ – Harrison Community Hospital will offer free sports, cheering and band physicals for all Harrison County junior high and high school students, regardless of the school they attend. No college physicals will be done.

Physicals will be completed on the following dates:

June 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dr. Porsche Beetham’s office, 243 South Main St., Cadiz. For information, call (740) 942-2288

June 28, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dr. Robert Looby’s office, Harrison Community Hospital, 951 E. Market St.; (740) 942-6216

Appointments are required and can be made by calling directly to the physician’s office.

Greenbrier Road closure announced

WEIRTON – A portion of Greenbrier Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, the city’s Public Works Department announced this morning.

The closure will be from Campbell Lane to Cove Road. Crews will be cutting grass and other maintenance, officials explained.

The work will be done weather permitting.

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Tonight’s concert postponed

STEUBENVILLE – The Blue Lunch summer concert at the Berkman Amphitheater set for this evening has been postponed.

Historic Fort Steuben Executive Director Judy Bratten said organizers of the weekly concert series made the decision to postpone the event after monitoring weather reports for this afternoon and evening.

Blue Lunch is an eight-piece band from Cleveland that plays 1950s-era swing and jump blues along with Chicago-style blues and New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Bratten said the concert has not yet been re-scheduled.

This is the second week in a row inclement weather has affected the weekly concerts.

City man sentenced in garage break-in

STEUBENVILLE – Brandon W. Pinnell, 26, of 438 S. Fourth St. was sentenced to one year of probation on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Pinnell pleaded guilty to breaking and entering.

Pinnell was charged with breaking into a garage in the 600 block of Logan Avenue, Mingo Junction, in October.

Pinnell faces up to one year in prison if he violates probation.

Boil order issued in Weirton

WEIRTON – A boil order has been issued for residents and businesses in the Elaine Street area Wednesday afternoon.

The boil order was issued following a line break in the 400 block of Elaine Street Wednesday morning.

Areas affected by the boil order include the entire 400 block of Elaine Street and the following businesses in the Weirton Shopping Plaza: Ted’s Pharmacy, Dragon Palace Restaurant, Shop ‘N Save, Plaza Theater, Tanning Suites, Fox’s Pizza, Rent-A-Center and Summit Physical Therapy.

Those affected by the order are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using. The board also advises the use of bottled water if possible.

For information, contact Chuck Tenaglio or Scott Klar at (304) 797-8566.

Carmike, Spencer’s to host ‘Man of Steel’

STEUBENVILLE – Carmike Cinemas and Spencer Gifts will hold a “Man of Steel” costume contest in Mastercuts Court at 6 p.m. Friday.

Registration is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded to the person with the best “Superman” costume as well as two runners-up. Prizes will include movie passes, Wheeling Nailers prize packages and “Man of Steel” promotional items. To register, call Spencer’s at (740) 346-0294 or Carmike Cinemas at (740) 264-1689, or register in person at either location. Registration ends at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

In addition to the costume contest, there also will be an essay contest entitled “Why My Dad is My Superhero.” This contest is open to all ages, but participants will be required to register before 5:30 p.m. on Friday and read their essay to the judges immediately following the costume contest. Essays should be no more than 150 words, and one winner will be chosen from all essays to receive vouchers for dinner at the Ville Restaurant and a movie at Carmike Cinemas.

For information, contact Steph McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781 or go to smcvicker@dlcmgmt.com.

College placement test classes set

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education program will offer free college placement test classes from 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Tuesdays. The classes begin July 1 and conclude July 23 on the Jefferson County campus.

Enrollment for the classes is open now by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 271.

Harrison hospital offering physicals

CADIZ – Harrison Community Hospital will offer free sports, cheering and band physicals for all Harrison County junior high and high school students, regardless of the school they attend. No college physicals will be done.

Physicals will be completed on the following dates:

June 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dr. Porsche Beetham’s office, 243 South Main St., Cadiz. For information, call (740) 942-2288

June 28, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dr. Robert Looby’s office, Harrison Community Hospital, 951 E. Market St.; (740) 942-6216

Appointments are required and can be made by calling directly to the physician’s office.

Greenbrier Road closure announced

WEIRTON – A portion of Greenbrier Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, the city’s Public Works Department announced this morning.

The closure will be from Campbell Lane to Cove Road. Crews will be cutting grass and other maintenance, officials explained.

The work will be done weather permitting.

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Family fun day set at Marland Heights Park

WEIRTON – Saturday is family fun day at Marland Heights Park, with food and games, a tennis clinic and adoptable pets capping a day that will begin with a 5K road race and kid fun run.

The day’s events are sponsored by the Marland Heights Community Association, which is raising money to study the feasibility of restoring historic Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool at Marland Heights Park.

The “Pool Together” race/walk will begin at 10 a.m., following the same course as the park board’s 5K held each August. Walkers may bring their dogs, but they must keep them on a leash at all times. Race day registrations will be accepted beginning at 8:45 a.m.

A fun run for kids age 10 and younger will follow.

The concession stand will be open, and there will be a bake sale. Games, including an inflatable Bounce House, spin art, miniature golf, cornhole and basketball, will be available from noon to 3 p.m., along with an appearance by Butterflies with Heather. Some crafters also will be displaying wares.

A tennis clinic, hosted by Bernie Bish, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tammi Brown, tennis coach and pro, will assist.

The Hancock County Animal Shelter will be showcasing adoptable pets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mine rescue contest results announced

CADIZ – Following three days of competition, organizers have announced the results of last week’s 32nd-annual Tri-State Post No. 6 Ohio Valley Mine Rescue Contest at the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Jerry L. Stewart Mine Safety Training Center.

The Consol of Pa. Enlow Fork Green Team of Claysville, Pa., took first place in the mine rescue competition. The McElroy Coal Co. McElroy Red and Blue teams of Cameron placed seventh and ninth, respectively.

The Consol Pa. Coal Co. Bailey Blue Team of Wind Ridge, Pa., placed first in the preshift competition. The McElroy Blue Team took second place.

The Mingo Logan Coal Co. Mountain Laurel Gold Team of Sharples, W.Va., placed first in the first aid competition. No local teams placed in the top 10.

The Arch Coal Inc.-Beckley Mining Complex Beckley Gold Team of Eccles, W.Va., finished first in the bench biopak 240R competition. The Alliance Coal Co. Tunnel Ridge Mine Team No. 2 of Triadelphia earned fourth place.

The McElroy Blue Team took first place in the bench BG4 competition results.

Autism workshop to be held at Brightway

SMITHFIELD – An autism workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Brightway Center, 2511 county Road 15.

Nicole Adams will be the keynote speaker, and the signs and symptoms of autism will be explored, as well as the coping mechanism for how loved ones can handle the disorder.

Caregivers with children of autism will be there to speak about their experiences.

A light lunch will be provided.

College camp registration open

STEUBENVILLE – Early Bird registration for the 20th-annual College Camp for Kids at Eastern Gateway Community College is open.

The camp is for youth in kindergarten through eighth grade and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5-9 on the Jefferson County campus. Kindergarten children attend half-day sessions with a variety of activities. Older campers will attend several classes that will include crafts and inter-active learning.

Campers who register by July 1 will pay 2012 rates of $99 for week-long full-day or $50 for week-long half-day. Rates will increase for any registrations received after July 1 through the July 19 registration deadline.

Complete camp information and registration forms may be found on the college’s web site at www.egcc.edu or by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 310.

State funds approved for EGCC roof

COLUMBUS – The State Controlling Board approved $1.1 million for repairs at Eastern Gateway Community College.

According to Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, $873,500 will be used for roof replacement and $244,353 will be used to cover basic renovations associated with the roof replacement.

“The melting of the winter snow and the spring rains really did damage to the roofs, causing the college to experience more and more leaks. I am pleased that the state approved this funding for the college so that the necessary repairs can be completed and our students and faculty can get through the building without having to dodge puddles, said Cera.”

He noted each section of the roof has surpassed the 20-year life span. The roof over the business, education and fitness center will be replaced, while 90 percent of the roofs covering the main campus will be replaced.

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Two transported following ATV accident

WELLSBURG – A woman was transported by medical helicopter to an area hospital following an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle on Genteel Ridge Road Sunday afternoon.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Acacia Gaudio, 22, of Midland, Pa., was flown for treatment after the ATV she was riding ran into a hillside at about 1:35 p.m.

The driver – John M. McGowan, 36, of Wellsburg – was treated for injuries, but it wasn’t clear if he had to be transported from the scene.

McGowan was cited for speeding, carrying a passenger when the vehicle wasn’t built for that and riding on a lined road.

The Brooke County Ambulance Service and firefighters from Franklin Community and McKinleyville also were called to the scene.

Hydrants to be flushed today

WELLSBURG – City crews will flush hydrants this week, beginning at 11 p.m. today, as part of ongoing upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant.

The flushing will begin today on Marianna, Main and Yankee streets and continue Wednesday with Commerce Street (state Route 2), Pleasant Avenue, 22nd Street Extension, Forest Hills, High Street, Duvall Heights and White Bell Circle; and Thursday on state Route 27 to Park Addition.

It will be done between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., during which customers may experience discolored water and low water pressure. Water customers should check their water before doing laundry.

For information, call (304) 737-2143.

Teepee open to guests at downtown library

STEUBENVILLE – As part of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s summer reading program, a teepee will be set up in front of the main library on Fourth Street from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is invited to visit.

State Route 7 bridge jobs set to begin

MINGO JUNCTION -Work will be starting on two bridge projects on state Route 7 at Mingo Junction, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at both bridges.

For the first bridge project over McLister Avenue, just south of Logan Avenue, the northbound off-ramp to Logan Avenue will be closed during the first phase of the project, which is expected to begin later this month. The cost of that project is $2.55 million, ODOT reported.

For the second bridge project, located over Gladys Avenue just north of state Route 151, the northbound on-ramp to state Route 7 at state Route 151 will be closed during construction, also expected to begin later this month, ODOT reported. On-ramp traffic will be detoured on county Road 7D and Commercial Avenue, according to ODOT. The cost of the project is $1.7 million. Shelly and Sands Inc. of Zanesville is the contractor for both of projects, ODOT reported.

Jefferson County Fair Books are available

STEUBENVILLE -The 2013 Jefferson County Fair Books are now available at the following locations: OSU Extension Office; Jefferson Landmark in Bloomingdale, Cadiz and Dillonvale; Kuester Implement; McConnells Meat Market; Pytash Tractor Sales; Thompson’s in Dillonvale; Smithfield Hardware; Kwik King in Toronto; M&M Hardware; Kenco in Richmond; Super C in Smithfield; Smith Oil on Cadiz Road; and Richmond Hardware. The book also is available on the fair’s website, www.thejeffersoncountyfair.com.

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Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has minor road work to be performed this week, pending suitable weather.

Crews in Hancock County will patch Laurel, Meadow and Dominic drives; Bristol and Crumitt lanes, Willow and Oak streets; Marks Run; Stewart Run and Smith roads; Marilyn and Russell lanes; Glen Elm and Fox Run roads; Mount Royal Boulevard; Clifford Street; and Wylie Ridge Road.

They also will ditch along Race Track Road and mow along several roads.

Crews in Brooke County will patch May, Woodcrest and Lee roads and mow along several roads.

SRG to meet today

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.

The meeting is open to the public.

PERI to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE -Jefferson County Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will meet at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.

The program will be presented by the members and will feature “Memories of Dad.” Yvonne Habowski will give a report on Tuesday’s district meeting. All public employee retirees and spouses are welcome.

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Trial date set for homicide case

WELLSBURG – A Nov. 13 trial date has been tentatively set in the case against a Burgettstown, Pa. man for the shooting death of 30-year-old Jason Lee Pratz at his McKinleyville home in February.

Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, 28, of Burgettstown, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge for which he was indicted, appeared with his attorney, Michael Nogay, for a status hearing Friday.

First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson set the trial date, pending a psychological evaluation to determine Zuccaro’s competence to stand trial.

Wilson also set a Sept. 30 pre-trial hearing for the case and deadlines.

At an April 31 hearing, Nogay was granted a court order seeking medication he said Zuccaro needs for treatment of “a serious mental condition.”

Zuccaro was arrested by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department following his release from a mental health facility where he had voluntarily undergone treatment.

He is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $1 million bond set in circuit court.

County engineer releases schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Pavement repairs – Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Patching – Pleasant Hill Road; Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Road closings will be announced.

Church to host blood drive June 15

WELLSBURG – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Drug and alcohol committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The finance and drug and alcohol committee of the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board’s office, 524 Madison Ave.

Road worker rescues drowning kittens

DILLONVALE – A road worker is being called a hero after rescuing three day-old kittens that a woman had stuffed in a plastic bag and thrown into a creek, according to officials.

Reports said crews were laying asphalt when workers saw the women throw the bag into the creek. They could see the kittens moving and heard meowing. One of the workers, Bobby Bumgardner, went into the water and got them out.

The kittens were safe and recovering at the Jefferson County Humane Society, where Humane Officer Cassandra Howell said Bumgardner is a hero.

The county sheriff’s office is investigating, but the woman accused of throwing the baby cats in the water hasn’t been charged.

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Route 22 closed

by diesel spill

WEIRTON – U.S. Route 22 was closed from the Harmon Creek exit to the Main Street exit late Thursday and remained reduced to one lane early today after diesel fuel was spilled from a truck, according to the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

The highway was expected to be re-opened at noon today.

The section of the highway east of that area, from the Harmon Creek exit to Three Springs Drive, already had been reduced to one lane while crews resurfaced it with a skid-resistant material.

Man sentenced to

prison in assault

STEUBENVILLE – Lamont Whatley, 47, of 1533 Euclid Ave. was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to an amended indictment charging aggravated assault.

Whatley was indicted on two counts of felonious assault in connection with Whatley allegedly attacking a woman with a hammer and knife on Feb. 25.

Police said the woman said she was assaulted around 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at a home in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue. Officers said the woman had a 2-inch claw hammer wound in her thigh area and a cut on her finger that she said she received trying to avoid a knife.

Steubenville man

sentenced to prison

STEUBENVILLE – Jeffrey L. Hawkins Jr., 38, of Steubenville was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Hawkins pleaded guilty to charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, drug trafficking and possession of methadone.

Hawkins was arrested on June 1 by City Police after a man said Hawkins took his vehicle at gunpoint from a home on Clinton Avenue. Officers were searching for the car when it was pulled over at Adams and South Fourth streets. A handgun was found between the driver’s seat and center console.

Crew House open

for summer series

RICHMOND – The Crew House Museum on Main Street operated by the Richmond Community Historical Society will kick off its summer open house series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Don and Becky Swickard will serve as hostesses.

Visitors can tour the facility that features a variety of Richmond memorabilia and check out the Jefferson Union room of school items, including yearbooks, uniforms and trophies.

There will be Richmond pottery on sale and newly available T-shirts from Memorial Day for $15 bearing the logo “In Richmond, We Remember.”

The open houses will be held on the second and fourth Sundays in June, July and August.

Phil Judy is president of the historical society. For information, call (740) 765-4534.

Tire collection, cleanup set in Wayne

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees, along with the JB Green Team, have scheduled a township-wide tire collection and community cleanup Thursday and June 14 at the township garage on county Road 26.

The free collection is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is for Wayne Township residents only.

Items that will be collected include household junk, furniture and debris; small household appliances; yard decorations; toys and bikes; used motor oil/oil filters/antifreeze; scrap metal and old appliances with freon removed; car batteries; lawn mowers; air conditions; and car and small truck tires with or without rims.

Items that won’t be accepted are chemicals or pesticides, paint, trash, yard waste, televisions, computers, monitors and semi truck tires.

Also, materials from commercial and industrial establishments will not be accepted.

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House hit by overnight gunfire

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are investigating an incident in which a house in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street was struck with bullets Wednesday evening.

Officers were called to the area about shots fired. Witnesses said they saw two men run into an alley.

Shell casings were found on the ground, and bullet holes were discovered in the house, police reported.

City Council to talk about FOP negotiations

STEUBENVILLE – The City Council Finance Committee will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. today to discuss personnel and current contract negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1 Ohio Labor Council.

Wayne Township to discuss budget

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 6 p.m. June 25 at the township garage on county Road 26 to discuss the budget. The regular monthly meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

ODNR investigating alleged brine dumping

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered Harch Environmental Resources to cease its operations in the state after an inspector reportedly uncovered evidence it dumped brine illegally at a Belmont County farm.

The company had been contracted by Gulfport Energy Resources to dispose of the brine from its oil field operations.

According to ODNR, a field inspector reacting to an anonymous tip visited a farm on Vineyard Road near St. Clairsville on May 16 and allegedly found “standing water and what appeared to be oil based mud that had been discharged directly onto the ground.” Further evidence indicated trucks had backed up to the crest of a hillside and released fluid into a private pond, the inspector reported.

Soil and water samples collected from the farm were reportedly high in chlorine and sodium, identifying the material as oil field waste, according to ODNR.

The ODNR order requires Harch to immediately cease all illegal dumping activity, begin containment and remediation efforts on the property and halt operations at its St. Clairsville storage facility. State officials said they are consulting with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office concerning possible civil or criminal action against both Harch and Gulfport, noting it is Gulfport’s responsibility to “monitor oil field waste from inception to injection.”

Harch Environmental Superintendent of Operations Matthew Farmer said the company is cooperating with ODNR and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and has requested a hearing before ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to demonstrate why its permit to haul brine should not be revoked.

72 drilling permits sought in Columbiana

LISBON – Hanover Township remains Columbiana County’s epicenter for new oil and gas well activity, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently receiving a 12th drilling permit application.

The permit is being sought by Chesapeake Exploration to drill a well on the Zehentbauer farm off Lindesmith Road in Hanover Township.

This brings to 72 the number of new drilling permit applications issued in the county since mid 2010s, when the shale gas boom took off. Chesapeake remains the major player, holding 61 of the permits.

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Jury finds man guilty of drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – Timothy M. Fuller, 32, of 559 Linden Ave. was found guilty of drug charges Tuesday by a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury.

Fuller was found guilty of two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said the county drug task force made two buys of cocaine from Fuller. A search warrant was served at his house and more than 27 grams of cocaine were found in March.

The jury also found Fuller must forfeit $2,642 in cash confiscated.

“The prosecutor’s office would like to thank the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in removing this drug trafficker from the streets of Steubenville,” Hanlin said.

Fuller faces up to 10 years in prison.

Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson will hold a sentencing hearing at a later date.

The jury deliberated about an hour before returning with the verdict.

Fire does not interrupt operations at Sammis

STRATTON – No injuries were reported in a small fire Tuesday at FirstEnergy’s W.H. Sammis Power Plant, according to officials.

Operations at the Stratton plant were not interrupted, following a fire that occurred in a breaker room around 9 a.m., according to officials.

Stratton firefighters responded to the scene.

Early voting available for Follansbee voters

Registered voters in Follansbee and Wellsburg who are unable to vote during the cities’ general elections Tuesday may still vote early today, Friday and Saturday.

Follansbee voters may vote at the City Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Wellsburg voters may vote at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday.

Follansbee voters with questions should call (304) 527-1330. Wellsburg voters with questions should call (304) 670-5567.

Special work meeting called

FOLLANSBEE – A special work meeting has been called for Follansbee Council at 6 p.m. Thursday in council chambers in the City Building.

Council will review surveys submitted to city employees seeking ways for the city to cut costs.

Steubenville trustees meet Thursday

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting was moved from 6 p.m. because of a scheduling conflict.

Wayne Township to discuss budget

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 6 p.m. June 25 at the township garage on county Road 26 to discuss the budget. The regular monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Vendors sought for Community Days

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee is accepting applications from food and craft vendors for this year’s festival set July 12-14 at the Follansbee Park parking lot.

Applications can be picked up at the City Building at 872 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through June 21.

No vendors have submitted applications for booths selling pizza, ice cream, popcorn or pastries.

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Weirton man sentenced

WHEELING – A Weirton man already on supervised release for racketeering has been sentenced to five months in prison followed by two years of supervised release on a state domestic battery charge, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II reports.

The defendant, 25-year-old Josh Smith, had originally been sentenced in July 2008 to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

U.S. Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. remanded Smith to the custody of U.S. marshals pending his assignment to a federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard handled the revocation hearing.

County treasurer to mail tax bills

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said tax bills for the second half of 2012 are to be mailed on Thursday.

The last day for payment of this tax without penalty is July 10.

Persons not receiving a bill in the next several days should contact the county treasurer’s office at (740) 283-8572.

Credit card payments are only accepted by telephone at 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) or online at www.officialpayments.com and use jurisdiction code 4577. Agresta said Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee for the service.

Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 398, Steubenville, OH 43952, or dropped in the drop-off box located on the alley side of the courthouse. Persons wanting a receipt must return the entire statement along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Payments also can be made at the treasurer’s office on the first floor of the courthouse or at the following banks: Huntington National Bank in Steubenville (Hollywood Branch), Bergholz, Richmond, Wintersville, Toronto and Tiltonsville; and Peoples National in Mount Pleasant.

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Kitchen fire reported Saturday morning

STEUBENVILLE – A fire at 1047 Main St. Saturday morning resulted in the kitchen of the residence being destroyed and heavy smoke and heat damage, according to the city fire department.

Firefigters were called to the residence at about 2 a.m. Saturday to find the fire already partially extinguished, according to reports.

Fire crews examined the structure and extinguished hot spots, according to the department. The fire was determined to have been caused by a grease, although it’s still under investigation. No injuries were reported, and the Jefferson County Unit of the American Red Cross was contacted to assist the dweller, according to reports.

Buckeye Local announces screening

CONNORVILLE – The Buckeye Local School District will hold a screening during the week of June 10 for all children entering Early Childhood Education.

The screenings will start at 9 a.m. at Buckeye Local High School.

Any child entering Early Childhood Education, formerly known as pre-school or kindergarten for the first time this fall should bring all necessary forms including a birth certificate, a complete shot record and social security card to Buckeye Local High School.

Registration forms will be accepted on June 10 starting at 9 a.m. A screening time will be given at that time.

Information about the screening process is available by calling 740-546-4900, 740-598-4160, 740-769-7395 or 740-769-2234 and ask for Diane.

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C.H.A.N.G.E. opening Wintersville center

WINTERSVILLE – C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc., will celebrate the grand opening of its second Family Medical Care Center at 200 Luray Drive, Wintersville, with an open house June 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information or directions, call (304) 797-7733.

County engineer lists work schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching -Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58) and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Pavement repairs – Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45)

Patching -Pleasant Hill Road; Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); and Monroeville-Irondale Road.

Road closings will be announced.

Camp Logan Road to be closed for work

HAMMONDSVILLE – Camp Logan Road (Saline Township Road 285) will be closed from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday for culvert repair, according to the Saline Township trustees.

Brady traffic reduced starting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – Traffic will be restricted to one lane on Brady Avenue between Oregon and Roosevelt avenues starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday and continuing through Friday.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the one lane restriction is needed to allow a plumbing contractor to install a new sewer connector for a new townhouse development on Brady Avenue.

“We are urging motorists to use alternate routes during the week,” said Dolak.

Cadiz yard sale set June 7-8

CADIZ – The 15th-annual Cadiz Community Yard Sale will get under way June 7-8 with sales throughout the village. Families, businesses and organizations around Cadiz are participating in the event, which is sponsored by the Cadiz Business Association.

Participants are encouraged to hold yard sales, porch sales or garage sales on the same weekend, while merchants can hold sidewalk sales and groups can schedule fundraising car washes, bake sales and other activities.

A $3 registration fee for yard sale participants ensures location, and sale information will be included in advertising and on flyers distributed that weekend. Yard sales may be held on either, or both, of the schedule days, and registration forms will be available at Ormes Hardware, Coffy’s, Shurfast, DiAngelo’s, Utica Safety Apparel and the Cadiz/Harrison County Visitors Center. Forms also may be downloaded from the Cadiz Business Association Facebook page. The deadline to register is Friday, and forms may be dropped off at Utica Safety Apparel on 154 S. Main St.

For information, contact Theresa Posada at (740) 942-0093.

UMW Local to meet Monday

CADIZ – Members of United Mine Workers of America Local No. 7690 are to meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Harrison Community Hospital cafeteria. All members are urged to attend.

Wells Township cleanup set for June 7-8

BRILLIANT – Wells Township officials have announced the community cleanup is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and June 8 for township residents only.

Items can be dropped off at the old township garage on Market Street across from Matthews car dealership. Batteries, paint, tires from businesses or semi trucks, as well as hazardous waste, TVs or other electronic items will not be accepted.