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Special meeting announced in Mingo

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday and a special council meeting at 3 p.m. at the city building.

Village Administrator Steve Maguschak said the meeting has been called for reorganizational purposes.

Soil, water board meetings changed

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors’ monthly meetings for November and December have been changed.

The meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the office at Suite A, Bantam Ridge Road.

The Dec. 3 meeting will be rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the office.

Dinner Nov. 7 at E.S. center

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The East Springfield Community Recreation and Service Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department will host its monthly fundraiser dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

The menu will be a hot roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, dessert and drink. Cost is $7. Patrons can dine in or get carryout orders by calling (740) 543-3700. The website is

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Cited: Kaycee D. Caldrone, 25, 402 Longview Ave., Mingo Junction, speeding; Curtis A. Valero, 39, 1806 Williams Place, speeding and expired plates; Mary M. Dent, 53, 3360 West St., Weirton, speeding; Leslie C. Duke, 40, 709 4th St., Brilliant, speeding; Daniel M. Irizarry, 34, 205 S. Fourth St., loud exhaust and no seat belt; Jenny Roe, 37, 913 Merriman Ave., speeding; James T. Turner, 23, 1320 Arlington Ave., stop sign violation; and Avaz Abdullaev, 163 Miron Ave., Weirton, expired plates.

Arrested: Tahj Jackson, no age available, 238 S. Eighth St., bench warrant, Wednesday.

Arrested: Zachary A. Gaines, 20, 1416 Ridge Ave., criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, Wednesday.

Arrested: Howard J. Lauris II, 49, 247 Weatley Ave., Empire, disorderly conduct, Wednesday.

Arrested: Jason Ruiz, 32, 1209 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, disorderly conduct, Wednesday.

Arrested: Derek McLuckie, 32, 1132 county Road 26, Wintersville, criminal trespass, Wednesday.

Jefferson County sheriff

Arrested: Roger L. Davis Sr., 58, 805 county Road 4, Rayland, domestic violence and aggravated menacing, Monday.

Arrested: Randall C. Fellows, 27, 914 county Road 74, Steubenville, endangering children, Wednesday.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Arrested: Carrie J. Lynch, 26, 510 Mears Ave., Steubenville, operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of drugs, Wednesday.

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Man transported following collision

STEUBENVILLE – A man was transported by ambulance to Trinity Medical Center West following a two-vehicle accident at about 3:30 a.m. today at the intersection of North Seventh and Market streets.

City firefighters removed the windshield of the man’s vehicle, which had turned onto its side, to extricate the man, who didn’t appear to sustain life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The accident was investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the officer involved wasn’t available for comment.

MS Walk set for Sunday

WELLSBURG – The fourth-annual MS Walk, an indoor walk to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be held Sunday at Brooke High School.

Registration will begin at 3 p.m., with the walk through the school’s halls to start at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 4:15 p.m.

The cost is $5 per person, which includes the dinner and dessert.

Initiated by Kim Chapline-Byers, a Wellsburg woman with MS, the walk’s participants have included people with the disease and others there to support the cause.

There also will be a Christmas shop, with several vendors selling assorted items, with a portion of proceeds going to the walk. For information, call Chapline-Byers at (304) 737-3335.

Veterans invited to village choir event

WINTERSVILLE – Members of the Wintersville Elementary choir invite all active and retired service members to be honored at a ceremony set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Wintersville Elementary. A reception will follow.

Buckeye school board approves contracts

ADENA – Members of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education met Monday in the Buckeye West Elementary gymnasium to approve contracts.

Five-year contracts were approved for Angela Hicks, administrative assistant, and Scott Celestin, director of student services.

Four-year administrative contracts were approved for Susan Nolan, North Elementary principal; Coy Sudvary, Buckeye Local High School principal; and Vince Pastre, district technology coordinator.

Also, a three-year contract was approved for Kim Leonard, South Elementary principal.

In other matters, it was announced Parent/Teacher conferences will be held at the elementary schools from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the junior high and high schools from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. that same day.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 at North Elementary in Brilliant.

Literature scholar to discuss Ellison’s works

STEUBENVILLE – Herman Beavers, chair of African studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on the modern African-American novelist and musician, Ralph Ellison, at Franciscan University of Steubenville at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Egan Hall, room 209.

The grandson of slaves became the first African-American novelist to receive the National Book Award for his highly acclaimed novel, “Invisible Man,” in 1952. The novel concerns a young, college-educated black man who struggles to survive and succeed in a racially divided society that denies him human dignity.

Beavers teaches courses on African-American and American literature, as well as the Literatures of Jazz. His poems have appeared in MELUS, the Langston Hughes Colloquy and Versadelphia, and he recently published essays on August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison.

Beavers’ talk is free and open to the public.

Angel tree sites sought

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program has provided new clothing and toys for children in need, and Salvation Army leaders are looking for businesses to display the trees beginning Nov. 8.

For information, call (304) 737-0071.

Majs. David and Susan Dewan, corps officers of the Brooke Hancock Salvation Army, noted the angel tree program is a way the community can help provide a nice Christmas for needy children.

Nearly 300 local children were aided through the program last year. Businesses are asked to place the trees in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic area or lobby. Each is decorated with numbered paper angels with the first name, age and gender of a child who will receive Christmas gifts. Anyone may “adopt” an angel. The gifts are to be brought to the Salvation Army by Dec. 10.

Free screenings offered in Brooke

WELLSBURG – Brooke County Schools will hold free developmental screenings for children ages 3-5 and not currently enrolled in a Brooke County pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the school board office.

Screenings will be conducted in the areas of cognition, speech, motor skills, height and weight, vision and hearing.

Appointments should be made by Nov. 12 by calling (304) 737-3481, extension 24.

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City man sentenced to two-year term

STEUBENVILLE – Sir Damien Harris was sentenced to two years in prison Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese after Harris entered a guilty plea.

The 30-year-old city resident was charged with felonious assault after an incident in which a woman said Harris shoved her head through a glass door on Sept. 30 in the 700 block of North Seventh Street, according to City Police.

Police reported Harris also was a suspect in a shots fired case on Oct. 1. Police reported a house in the 1400 block of State Street was struck with 16 bullets.

Harris was arrested in Hanover Township, Pa., on Oct. 6 on drug and gun charges.

Harris was sentenced to five to 10 years in Washington County Common Pleas Court in May on weapons charges.

His two-year sentence will be served consecutively with the Pennsylvania prison term.

Election board to conduct test

STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County Board of Elections will conduct the public test of the tabulation equipment for the Nov. 5 general election at 10 a.m. Friday at the board of elections office, 117 N. Third St.

In-person absentee voting will end at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The office will be open for voting until 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Senior citizen coffee house planned

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek High School Key Club will host a Senior Citizen Coffee Hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at the school’s multi-purpose building.

The event will feature ICHS students sharing their perspectives and experiences. All senior citizens are welcome.

Route 7 on-ramp to be closed

MINGO JUNCTION – The southbound on-ramp to state Route 7 at the Logan Avenue interchange will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, as work on the $2.55 million bridge replacement continues in the village.

Traffic will be detoured east on Logan Avenue to Commercial Avenue south, then west on St. Clair Avenue to Murdock Avenue, where it will enter state Route 7 southbound. The closure is expected to last six months, depending on the weather.

One lane of traffic is being maintained in each direction on state Route 7.

Shelly & Sands of Zanesville is the contractor for the project. All work is expected to be completed by May.

NAACP branch to re-organize

STEUBENVILLE -A re-organization meeting of the Steubenville Branch of the NAACP will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Hampton Inn.

The meeting is open to all members, potential members and the general public.

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Two men facing drug charges

WELLSBURG – Two men are facing drug charges after an early morning traffic stop Friday in the 2600 block of Charles Street.

Wellsburg Police Lt. LEster Skinner said Dustin Andrew Cox, 19, of Delta Lane, Colliers, and Zachary Hurst, 19, of May Road, Follansbee, were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Skinner said police seized 71 grams of marijuana and $3,500 in cash from the pair.

Commissioners hear workers’ comp report

STEUBENVILLE – Mike Warren, deputy Jefferson County auditor, told county commissioners his office projected workers’ compensation payments to be around $250,000 for the coming year, during Thursday’s meeting. Commissioners asked Warren if that was a reasonable figure.

“In the past it’s been as much as $1 million (annually),” said Warren.

Commissioners agreed both the county health insurance and wrokers’ compensation fees were under control as opposed to past years.

In other business, commissioners approved a $90,406 contract with Aero-Mark Inc. of Statesboro for striping of county roads for the coming year, and approved declaring November as National Adoption Awareness Month.

Power outage to occur Nov. 3

WELLSBURG – About 1,000 customers on the city’s north end will be without power from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. Nov. 3 while crews with Mon Power repair a substation there.

The outage will affect the city from 10th Street north, including but not limited to, the lower portions of Rabbit Hill and Skull Run roads, Commerce Street (state Route 2), Pleasant Avenue and Charles Street from 10th Street north, Valley View Drive, Brinker Road and White Bell Circle.

In the event of rain, the outage will be moved to Nov. 10 during the same hours. The planned outage had been scheduled for Oct. 12 but was postponed.

Mon Power officials said an attempt will be made to notify all affected customers by phone. Those with questions should call (800) 686-0022.

Bridge replacement project slated

BERGHOLZ – A portion of Springfield Township Road 278 will be closed from 9 a.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Nov. 8 for bridge replacement, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Office has announced.

The closure will cover a half-mile section going north from state Route 524.

The construction area will be closed to all traffic.

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Vigil tonight for Amanda Looman

STEUBENVILLE – A candlelight vigil has been set for 7 p.m. today at Catholic Central High School for Amanda Looman.

Looman graduated from Catholic Central High School and was currently in her senior year at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

She died this week from injuries she suffered in a vehicle crash near Dayton.

CCHS Principal Rich Wilinski said the candlelight vigil is open to the public and will be held at the Shrine of the Virgin Mother located at the front of the high school.

Former Weirton mayor cited

WEIRTON – Former Weirton Mayor Mark Harris, who now lives in South Carolina, was cited for two outstanding building code violations on a rental property he still has in the city.

City police had reported Harris, a resident of Fort Hills, S.C., turned himself in on two warrants for the BOCA violations on Oct. 15.

Officials in the Building Enforcement Division said the citations, both issued during the summer growing season, were for high grass at the property.

Harris was indicted in September by a Hancock County grand jury on three counts of embezzlement and one count of conspiracy. His wife, Nycole, was charged as a co-conspirator. Investigators allege the former mayor pocketed more than $16,000 between 2007 and 2011 that had been donated for a planned skate park. The alleged theft was discovered after Harris left office.

Indian Creek council to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek School District Curriculum Improvement Council/District Leadership Team will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the gym at the school board’s office on Bantam Ridge.

The group will discuss issues involving the school’s curriculum.

Follansbee chamber moves meeting

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce has moved its next regular meeting from Nov. 19 to Nov. 5 at noon at Vito’s 2.

For information, call Chamber President Tony Paesano at (304) 527-2668.

Buckeye event postponed

RAYLAND – Inclement weather has forced officials in the Buckeye Local School District to postpone the Olympic challenge.

The event, which had been scheduled to be held today, will be held in the spring.

Trustee meeting set for Tuesday

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township trustees will hold their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Plum Run Church.

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Burglary under investigation

MINGO JUNCTION – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the burglary of a home in the 100 block of Montwell Avenue at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Several items, including rifles and ammunition, were taken from the home. Some were left behind by a man seen fleeing from the home, according to police reports.

The man was described as about 5-8, slim, with dark hair and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Two others are believed to be involved with the burglary.

Those with information should call (740) 283-8600.

Man charged with wanton endangerment

WINDSOR HEIGHTS – A Windsor Heights man has been charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm following an incident Tuesday morning at his home.

Sean W. Pollock, 43, of 378 Toat Ave., faces charge after allegedly firing a rifle at his laptop computer and cell phone and into the air while on the patio of his home at about 2:30 a.m.

According to police reports, Pollock told police he was distraught about something and had consumed several beers when the incident occurred.

A neighbor and family member told a Brooke County sheriff’s deputy and Wellsburg police officer who responded that they were trying to pull the rifle from Pollock while he was looking for more ammunition when an altercation occurred.

Pollock’s case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Halloween Party set for Oct. 31

STEUBENVILLE – A citywide children’s Halloween Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Organizers are requesting candy donations for the event.

All donations should be dropped off at the MLK Center prior to Oct. 31.

Hancock recycling hours change

NEW MANCHESTER-Effective Monday, the Hancock County Recycle and Convenience Center, 832 Gas Valley Road, will open one hour earlier in response to customer requests.

New hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will remain 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Rob Mark, site manager.

“We are currently showing a 31 percent increase in usage over 2012. We have a very conscientious group of customers, growing by the day,” Mark said.

Mark said he knows of only one other West Virginia county (Berkeley) whose recycling center accepts as many recyclables and hazardous items as the Hancock County center.

An updated list of items currently accepted, plus the new hours, are posted at the website:

Unused or old paint in original containers is accepted for disposal only. Empty cans or cans with dry paint are not accepted. The recycle center is for Hancock County residents only.

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Charges pending on shooting incident

HAMMONDSVILLE – Criminal charges are pending today against John J. Greene, 30, 2825 county Road 55, for his alleged involvement in an early Saturday morning shooting incident that sent Lee DiMaggio to a Pittsburgh Hospital.

Greene was arrested at the scene of the shooting after he allegedly fired a 12-gauge shotgun at DiMaggio. DiMaggio was hit in the arm.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Greene was taken to the Jefferson County jail Saturday, “and he will be talking to the prosecutor’s office today regarding the charges.”

Abdalla said alcohol was involved in the shooting incident.

Basement fire extinguished

STEUBENVILLE – Firefighters responded to a basement fire Sunday night at 473 Lincoln Blvd. and extinguished the blaze.

A fire department spokesman said the fire was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday by neighbors who heard the smoke detectors going off.

The fire caused approximately $1,000 in smoke and fire damage. There were no injuries.

Drug drop-off set for Saturday

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Opiate Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a drug drop-off from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday near Scaffidi’s Restaurant in the Hollywood City Center.

It is the seventh drop-off in three years for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by dropping off potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

The Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board is advising area residents the traditional practice of flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them into the trash pose safety and health hazards.

Scrabble session set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1502 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 Halloween.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

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Weirton police canine dies

WEIRTON – One of the city’s four canine units succumbed to cancer recently, police said.

Hackey, who’d been in service for six years, had been partnered with Ptlm. Mike Plaso. Hackey was a dual-purpose canine, trained in both narcotics detection and patrol work, they said.

Hydrant test, flushing set to begin Monday

STEUBENVILLE – The city fire department will be conducting a fire hydrant testing, inspection and flow program starting Monday in the Brady Estates, Shirley Circle, Hollywood Boulevard North, Langley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard South areas.

Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi said the activities will be done between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“In the areas where the hydrants are being tested water users may experience reduced water pressure and a slight discoloration of their water. Residents in these areas should refrain from washing clothes during the test times. If a resident has questions about the testing they can call the fire office at 740-283-6000 extension 1802.

Edison Local school levy meeting Tuesday

BLOOMINGDALE – The Edison Local School District will host an informational meeting on its upcoming levy proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Edison High School auditorium.

Hancock County sets early voting times

NEW CUMBERLAND – George Foley, Hancock County Clerk, reminds the people of Hancock County that early voting begins Oct. 28 and ends Nov. 6.

The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Early voting will be in the election office at the Hancock County Courthouse.

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Buttiglione to speak at Franciscan

STEUBENVILLE – Rocco Buttiglione, an Italian philosopher and Catholic statesman, will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Monday.

Buttiglione’s talk, “My Friendship With a Saint: What Blessed John Paul II Taught Me About Christian Witness,” will be given at 7 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center. He will focus on Pope John Paul II’s understanding of Christian witness, drawing on his vantage point as friend, trusted adviser and spiritual son, according to officials.

The lecture is sponsored by the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project.

Buttiglione previously served as Italian Minister for European Affairs and then as Italian Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities.

Buttiglione also will deliver the philosophy department’s annual Edith Stein Lecture on the topic: “Beyond Descartes: Intersubjectivity as Ground of Knowledge of the Self.” That lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Line flushing set in Weirton

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board has announced the following schedule for the fall water line flush:

Monday and Tuesday, downtown Weirton.

Tuesday, Kings Creek Bowl and Weircrest.

Wednesday, Marland Heights.

Oct. 24, Weirton Heights, west of Penco Road to include North 12th Street; Kings Creek Road; Kingsview Addition; Greentree Road; Willow Street; Theresa Drive; Cove Valley Estates.

Oct. 25: Weirton Heights, east of Penco Road, to include Culler Road; Country Club Estates; Woodlawn Estates; Angeline Estates; Bellaire Addition; Three Springs Drive.

Department crews will begin flushing at 8 a.m. each day and continue until the assigned section is completed. During the flush, some areas may experience low pressure. Customers in the general area of the flushing are advised to refrain from doing laundry during those times because of the likelihood of iron causing staining.

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Park and ride lot to be closed

WEIRTON – The new park and ride lot off U.S. Route 22 near the Harmon Creek exit will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday while crews paint lines there.

The work is pending suitable weather.

There also are plans to close it in mid-November, on a date to be announced, so lighting can be installed, according to officials with the state division of highways.

State highway officials said though the lot hasn’t been opened formally, commuters involved in carpools have been using it since it was paved.

Two charged with robbery

WEIRTON – Police have made two arrests on charges stemming from an alleged robbery at Papa John’s around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Bruce Marshall said Richard Aaron Sexton and Shannon Nicole Holbrook, both residing at 3031 Orchard St., were taken into custody about eight hours later. Sexton, 26, and Holbrook, 22, each face charges of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

Marshall said police recovered some of the money allegedly taken during the incident.

Three arrested on drug charges

WEIRTON – Three Steubenville residents face drug charges after city police say the three were caught at the Townhouse Motel on Freedom Way with quantities of crack cocaine and heroin in their possession.

Police Chief Bruce Marshall said Marquis Anthony McClung, 21; Brittany Lynn Petrella, 24; and Joshua William Hill, 31, all of Steubenville, were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and crack and bringing illegal drugs into West Virginia.

Extension committee to meet Friday

WELLSBURG -The West Virginia University Extension Service Committee for Brooke County will meet at noon Friday in the WVU Extension Office at 840 Charles St.

Trustees reschedule monthly meeting

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees have rescheduled their monthly meeting from Thursday night to 6 p.m. Monday due to a scheduling conflict.

The trustees will meet at 25 Smithfield St., also known as state Route 151.

Former college teacher sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Dru Edward Huff of Wheeling was sentenced Tuesday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court to 18 months in prison.

Huff, 46, of 225 Stone Church Road, Wheeling, was sentenced by Judge Frank Fregiato on one count of gross sexual imposition for an incident that occurred on March 6, according to reports.

Fregiato also will undergo sex offender counseling. He is designated a Tier 1 offender.

Huff was a teacher at Belmont College. He was arrested after a student alleged that he had sexually assaulted her, according to reports.

The victim spoke Tuesday about the long-term psychological damage caused by Huff’s crime.

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Meth lab raid yields two arrests

CADIZ – Two people were arrested in conjunction with a drug raid in Harrison County Monday night.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department reported it had discovered a meth lab along Dodson Road in Scio.

Derrick Easlick, 36, and Tina Cooper, 33, were found inside the residence and arrested. Cooper and Easlick have previous charges of burglary and thefts in the county.

Harrison Community Hospital employees were called to the scene to decontaminate the two.

A crew from Holmes County is on the scene today to help clean up the site.

Applications accepted for housing rehab

STEUBENVILLE – The city Urban Projects Office is accepting applications for owner-occupied single-family houses for rehabilitation projects.

Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said the dwellings must be located in the targeted area, including the LaBelle neighborhood and the area west of North Seventh Street.

He said rental properties and properties being purchased on a land contract are not eligible.

“The city has received a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency for the program. To learn more about this program call (740) 283-6000, extension 1702. Applications will be available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available,” said Petrossi.

Republican Party

to hold open forum

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee will host a fall fest and open forum Thursday at the Holy Family Catholic Church Malara Hall.

The open forum will follow a dinner set to begin at 6 p.m.

Republican Party Chairman Dr. Brian Wilson said the panel event will include U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta; retired Lt. Col. David Irvin; Jefferson County Commissioner David Maple; Jefferson County Coroner Dr. Michael Scarpone; Steubenville mayoral candidate Lou Arrico; and business owner and radio talk show host Shane Thompson.

Official to speak at university on Mary

STEUBENVILLE – Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on “Mary’s Role in the Redemption and the Contemporary Church” on Oct. 24. His talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center.

Kolfhaus, a member of the Vatican Secretariat of State, also is a member of the Pontifical Marian Academy. He is the author of several books.

Kolfhaus’s talk will address how the role of Mary in the Redemption is viewed by some as a “pre-Vatican” emphasis in Mariology, according to officials.

The event is sponsored by the Franciscan University theology department and is free and open to the public.

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Fire extinguished at St. Peter’s Church

STEUBENVILLE – Older wiring and an overloaded electrical outlet is being blamed today for a kitchen fire at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on North Fourth Street.

A city fire department spokesman said today the fire started in a storage area in the kitchen and started to spread into the walls.

“There was at least $5,000 in damages and the situation could have been much worse if a parishioner leaving the Perpetual Adoration Chapel hadn’t noticed the smoke in the church hall. He called the fire department and is credited for preventing a much larger fire. Another 15 minutes would have meant a much larger blaze in the building,” stated firefighter Gray Nagy.

Nagy said the alarm call was received at 11:47 p.m. Sunday, and firefighters remained on the scene until 2:30 a.m. today.

City shooting victim transported

STEUBENVILLE – City police are investigating a Sunday night shooting incident that sent one person to the hospital.

Police Captain Joel Walker said the victim was shot in the leg shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

“He was transported by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. We are not releasing the name of the victim at this time,” said Walker.

Walker said the investigation into the shooting is continuing today.

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County engineer sets road work

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer Jim Brannigan announced County Road 50A, also known as Main Street, between the Saline Township Complex and the salvage yard will be closed from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday for culvert replacement.

No through traffic will be allowed during the work.

SRG to meet on Monday

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

The organization will discuss plans for 2014.

Road work announced for Brooke, Hancock

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

The left east- and westbound lanes of U.S. Route 22 below the Colliers Way Bridge remain closed while crews excavate for the new abutments.

Crews in Brooke County also will be patching Colliers Way and Tent Church Road and mowing along several areas of state Route 2.

Crews in Hancock County will be patching Ferndale and Shepherd’s Valley roads, ditching along Standish Hill Road and mowing along many roads.

Planned power outage postponed

WELLSBURG – A planned power outage that had been set for Saturday afternoon and evening has been postponed until a later date, according to officials with MonPower.

The outage was set to occur so crews could make repairs to a substation north of Wellsburg.

It would have affected about 1,000 Wellsburg area customers north of 10th Street.

School board to meet at school

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the recently renovated library at Brooke High School.

The board normally meets at its office on Pleasant Avenue.

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Phone service disrupted by wire theft

WELLSBURG – Landline telephone and Internet service for many Brooke County residents was disrupted for several hours beginning at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday following the theft of about 300 feet of phone wire, according to the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

According to police reports, officials with Frontier Communications found the wire missing from an area of state Route 67 near Hukill Run Road.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said landline service for the county’s emergency 911 center was affected during that time, but the center was able to receive 911 calls made with cellular phones and to communicate by radio with emergency personnel.

He said the theft is under investigation.

Limited traffic starts Friday

STEUBENVILLE – Traffic at the John Scott Highway and Mall Drive intersection will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 a.m. Friday and continuing through Saturday.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the limited lane access is for culvert pipe installation across Mall Drive and the full depth pavement widening and replacement at the intersection.

“We are advising motorists to use Lovers Lane and Sinclair Avenue to avoid delays. Motorists should allow extra time for their travels because of periodically stopped traffic. Motorists are also advised to drive slowly through the construction zone,” stated Dolak.

Joint replacement discussion set for Friday

STEUBENVILLE – The Laurels of Steubenville is hosting a discussion on joint replacement and arthritis treatment at 2 p.m. Friday.

The event, to be held in their complex above the Hollywood Plaza, will feature Dr. John Michalski, an orthopedic surgeon, and food.

There will be door prizes.

Those who need transportation can call (740) 264-5042.

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Service interruption planned in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG – Mon Power has planned an electricity service disruption in the north Wellsburg area from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The outage will affect approximately 1,000 customers and will involve repairs on equipment at the North Wellsburg substation, according to information released by the company.

Mon Power will attempt to contact the customers served from this substation by phone prior to the outage.

The area affected includes all of the northern section of Wellsburg from 10th Street north, including, but not limited to the lower portion of Rabbit Hill Road; Commerce Street from 10th Street and going north; Pleasant Avenue from 10th Street and going north; Charles Street from 10th Street and going north; Valley View Drive; Brinker Road; White Bell Circle; and the lower portion of Skull Run Road.

In the event of inclement weather, the planned outage will be rescheduled on Oct. 19.

Customers with questions can call Mon Power Customer Service at (800) 686-0022 for information.

Degradation found on wall at nuclear plant

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. – Officials say a small patch of degradation has been found on the inside wall of the containment building surrounding a western Pennsylvania nuclear plant.

FirstEnergy Corp. says the discovery was made at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station’s Unit 1, which was shut down at the end of last month for scheduled refueling.

Company spokeswoman Jennifer Young says the degradation was probably caused by decay of a piece of wood touching the steel liner of the 4.5-foot-thick concrete wall.

The Akron-based company plans a more extensive inspection to resolve the issue. The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is also investigating.

Young said a similar area of corrosion found in 2009 was replaced with a new section of steel and has had no further problems.

Young says, “Public health and safety isn’t impacted.

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Jefferson County flushing hydrants

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Water and Sewer District will be flushing hydrants Monday through Friday.

Customers may experience low water pressure and some discoloration of water. The water and sewer district advised residents not to do laundry while the hydrants in their area are being flushed.

The following is a list of the areas to have hydrants flushed:

Area “M”: Fernwood Road, Snug Habor, Springdale, Talbott, Winters, Laurel Woods, Malone, Pioneer, Higler, Bennett, Maplewood, Woodview, Longvue, Morningside, Two Ridge Road, Reichart, Forest View, Douglas, Bantam Ridge Road, Vireo, Elm, Linmar, Beverly, Frostview, Olive, Stevens, Mildred, Bantam Ridge Court, Circle Drive, Cathy, Andrew, Alfred, May Lane, Eva Marie, Orlando Manor, Bell Street, Ward Drive, Rolling Acres, Murphy, Sunset Drive, Stuart Manor, Evergreen Terrace, Skyview and Hazelwood.

  • Area BII: Reeds Mill, Crestview, Valley View, Belvedere, Rainbow Drive, county Road 22A to county line, Highland Park, Highland Acres, Scenic Heights, Town of Bloomingdale and county Roads, 23, 24, 26 and 38.
  • Area O: All of Overlook subdivision.

Legion to hold spaghetti dinner

PINEY FORK – Piney Fork American Legion Post 735 will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the post home.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children under age 10.

Carry-out will be available, as well as dining in the social hall.

County fairgrounds site of a steer show

SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County Fair Board and sale committee will sponsor a Fall Spectacular Steer Show on Oct. 26. Weigh-in will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the show starts at 1 p.m.

The show is open to all states, with a $25 entry fee for out of county and $14 for Jefferson County residents. Cattle may arrive on Oct. 25. There will be straw bedding only.

Food and drink will be available all day starting at 8 a.m.

PERI will meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County Chapter 5 of the Public Employee Retirees will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.

Guest speaker will be Judy Bratten, director of Historic Fort Steuben. All public employees and their spouses or guests are welcome.

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County engineer issues work schedule

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

Pavement repairs – Brilliant-New Alexandria Road (county Road 19).

Slip repair – Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26) closed through 5 p.m. on Tuesday in a section one-half mile west of county Road 34 for a contracted slip-repair project. There is no through traffic.

Tree trimming – Wolf Run Road (county Road 75).

Culvert installation – County Road 50A.

Road closings will be announced.

Tree trimming set for West Argonne

STEUBENVILLE – City Engineer Michael Dolak has announced West Argonne Avenue will be closed from Sunset Boulevard to Stratford Boulevard Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a tree trimming service to cut overgrown trees in the area.

“West Argonne Avenue will be posted with No Parking at least one day in advance. Any vehicle left on the street will be towed and owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees,” said Dolak.

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Voter registration deadline nears

STEUBENVILLE – Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.

Voter registration forms are available at the county board of elections office, 117 N. Third St., public libraries, public high schools or vocational schools, bureau of motor vehicles, county treasurer’s office or any agency that provides public assistance or disability programs.

The county board of elections office will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday.

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County road to remain closed

WINTERSVILLE -Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26) will remain closed through 5 p.m. on Tuesday in a section one-half mile west of county Road 34 for a contracted slip-repair project, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported.

Work was scheduled to be completed Friday but was extended.

There is no through traffic.

Voter registration deadline nears

STEUBENVILLE – Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.

Voter registration forms are available at the county board of elections office, 117 N. Third St., public libraries, public high schools or vocational schools, bureau of motor vehicles, county treasurer’s office or any agency that provides public assistance or disability programs.

The county board of elections office will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday.

Buckeye Local school board to meet Friday

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local school board will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Friday at the central office to discuss personnel issues, officials said.

High school plans electronic recycling

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville High School will hold an electronic recycling event starting Monday and continuing through Oct. 11 at the Indoor Athletic Facility on North Third Street adjacent to the high school.

Steubenville High School Key Club adviser Ross Ivkovich said the electronic recycling will operate from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Oct. 10 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 11.

“Cell phones will also be recycled, and all proceeds from the week-long event will benefit the high school Key Club. All products collected will be recycled to make sand, marble and synthetic wood,” said Ivkovich.

Information about the electronic recycling event is available by calling Ivkovich at the high school at (740) 282-9741.

Weirton museum has new hours

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has new hours of operation.

The museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Individuals and groups wishing to tour the museum outside of these hours should contact Dennis Jones at (304) 479-7266 for an appointment.