Man charged following domestic incident
FOLLANSBEE – A Follansbee man faces several charges following a domestic incident at an Eldersville Road home on Wednesday.
Brian S. Fish, 33, has been charged by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department with battery, domestic battery, child neglect creating risk of injury and resisting arrest.
A woman known to Fish told sheriff’s deputies he struck her and another woman in the face and pushed her into her 8-year-old son, causing him to injure his leg. The extent of the boy’s injury wasn’t known.
Sheriff’s deputies said Fish resisted arrest when they apprehended him at a nearby bar.
He is being held in the Northern Regional Jail and his case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.
Plan available for review
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council is preparing an application for funding under the Community Services Block Grant.
The grant, administered through the Ohio Department of Development, covers the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.
Persons interested in reviewing the proposed plan may do so at the CAC administrative offices, 114 N. Fourth St. Comments on the plan are welcome.
Information is available by contacting the administration office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110.
Portion of Hollow Rock Road to close
STEUBENVILLE – Hollow Rock Road (county Road 51), at the intersection with Saline Township Road 303A, will be closed for a bridge replacement from 8 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Dec. 13.
There will be no through traffic at that point, according to officials with the Jefferson County Engineer’s Office.
Festival of Trees kicks off tonight
CARROLLTON – Start off the holiday season with a visit to the Festival of Trees at the McCook House State Civil War Museum on the square, which kicks off tonight with a candlelight tour from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The 1837 brick house, built by Daniel McCook from Ohio’s famous “Fighting McCooks,” will be decorated for the holidays with 17 Christmas trees throughout the house.
The festival continues Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 4-6. The hours are Fridays and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The state memorial, owned by the Ohio Historical Society and operated by the Carroll County Historical Society, is located on the south end of the square in Carrollton. For information, call (330) 875-1948 or (330) 280-4998.
Drug raid Tuesday results in no arrests
STEUBENVILE – A drug raid Tuesday by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and City Police resulted in drugs and other paraphernalia being recovered but no arrests.
Jason Hanlin, narcotics detective, said the raid 1323 Ridge Avenue at 8:15 p.m. last night resulted in the recovery of 5 grams of heroin, a firearm, cash and drug paraphernalia. He added there were three adults and one juvenile living at the residence, and it wasn’t clear who the drugs belonged to. No arrests were made, but the investigation will continue, said Hanlin.
Company to pay fine for parts price-fixing
TOLEDO – The Justice Department says a Japanese auto parts maker has agreed to pay a $120 million fine as part of a plea agreement to settle a pair of price fixing schemes.
The plea agreement and indictment filed in Toledo, Ohio, were finalized Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The government says Osaka-based Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. fixed the prices of anti-vibration rubber parts it sold to Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Corp. and the makers of Subaru.
It also says Toyo engaged in fixing prices of parts it sold to U.S. subsidiaries of a British parts supplier.
Toyo says in a statement that it has cooperated with the investigation and is committed to rebuilding the public’s trust.
Toyo has subsidiaries based in Franklin, Ky., and White, Ga.
Ohio newspaper editor resigns after arrest
SIDNEY – A newspaper editor in western Ohio has resigned after authorities say he was arrested on a public indecency charge at a park.
The Sidney Daily News says editor Jeff Billiel resigned after his arrest on Tuesday. A message seeking comment was left at his home on Wednesday.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s office says Billiel was one of nine men arrested following a two-month investigation. Chief Deputy James R. Frey says authorities had received numerous complaints about sexual activity at the park.
The 69-year-old Billiel had been with the Daily News since 1972. He spent the last 37 years there as managing editor.
Ski season opening with plenty of snow
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Snow is arriving in West Virginia just in time for the opening of the state’s ski season.
Snowshoe Mountain is opening its 40th season Wednesday with at least three lifts and about 10 trails in operation.
Winterplace announced Wednesday that it’s opening on Friday, two weeks earlier than planned, because of natural snow and good snowmaking conditions.
Following Friday’s opening, Winterplace’s trails will be closed Monday through Thursday for maintenance. The trails will reopen Dec. 6 for the remainder of the ski season.
The West Virginia Ski Areas Association says Canaan Valley, Timberline and Oglebay will open in early December.
Association spokesman Joe Stevens says in a news release that the weather has been perfect for snowmaking.
The state’s ski and snowboard season typically runs from Thanksgiving through early April.
From staff and wire reports
Park to hold brunch with Santa Claus
WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will hold a Brunch with Santa Claus at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Another date had been announced by the park earlier.
The cost is $5 for the meal. Reservations should be made by calling (304) 737-1236 by Saturday.
Mingo council to meet on Dec. 10
MINGO JUNCTION – The next regular meeting of Village Council is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in council chambers. The regular meeting Tuesday was canceled due to inclement weather.
Wells Township parade set for Dec. 7
BRILLIANT – The Wells Township Christmas parade will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 7. Organizations and churches will be participating, with floats or walking units.
The United Methodist Church Mary Martha Circle will sell nut rolls and cream horns, and a craft show is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the church social hall. This is the sixth year for the Christmas bazaar.
‘Lunch with Santa ‘ at Dillonvale VFD
DILLONVALE – The Dillonvale Volunteer Fire Department will host a “Lunch with Santa” from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Cost is $4 per person. It will include a Chinese auction, games and a cake walk. Patrons are reminded to bring their cameras. To RSVP, call (740) 769-7635.
Road work announced
The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced road work scheduled for next week, pending suitable weather.
The east- and westbound through lanes of U.S. Route 22 in Weirton near the Colliers Way exit remain closed while crews construct abutments for the new Colliers Way Bridge.
In Brooke County, crews also will be patching Colliers Way and ditching along Tent Church Road.
In Hancock County, crews will be patching Standish Hill and Holberts Run roads and ditching along Middle Run Road.
Art show set for Sunday
STEUBENVILLE – A handmade art show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Malara Hall in Holy Family Catholic Church.
” We will have live local musicians, potters, painters, weavers, spinners, black smiths, poets, culinary arts, photographers, iconographers, drawers and many more local artisans and craftsmen,” said organizer Milly McGovern.
“We hope to promote local arts and local shopping this holiday season. All proceeds from the show go to local families in need this holiday season,” noted McGovern.
The event is open to the public.
“We have been given permission to have wine and cheese along with live music during the art show,” added McGovern.
Township association re-organizes
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Township Association their re-organizational meeting and elected Salem Township trustee Terry Bell as president for 2014 and 2015.
Scott Fabian of the Steubenville Township trustees was elected vice-president.
Dan Stone, a Springfield Township trustee was elected secretary-treasurer and Ron Malin of Smithfield Township was elected to the Executive Committee.
The trustees and fiscal officers voted for the Township Official of the Year, that will be announced at the annual Christmas Banquet on December 7th at the Mingo Knights of Columbus.
Commission cancels Tuesday’s meeting
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Commission has canceled Tuesday’s meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The commission will resume its weekly meetings on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Meetings to focus on insurance for retirees
WHEELING – The Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. Veba Committee will hold a series of informational meetings on insurance options for Wheeling-Pitt retirees and spouses not on Medicare.
Meetings will be held in Weirton on Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The meetings will also be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at WesBanco Arena and cover insurance rates and benefits for 2014.
Retirees or spouses covered by a Health Coverage Tax Credit or Preferred Provider Organization plan should attend. Former RG Steel or Wheeling-Pitt management employees who receive benefits through the Veba also should attend if they are on any plan.
Members on Medicare and enrolled with Freedom Blue need not attend because their benefits and contributions won’t change in 2014, said officials.
Health board to meet Monday
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Health will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Brooke County Courthouse.
The board will discuss 2014 environmental fees and progress in adopting electronic medical records, among other matters.
Traffic information available by phone
CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Transportation reminds drivers that it’s (877) WVA-ROAD traffic information hotline is no longer in service.
But information on road and traffic conditions and weather alerts can be accessed by dialing 511 or dialing (855) 699-8511 (855-MY-WV-511) or at www.wv511.org.
The WV511 Drive Safe mobile app also is available for smartphone users. The app offers audible updates on nearby construction, crashes, traffic delays, weather advisories and other helpful traveler information on nearby interstates and other high priority roadways.
Rabid racoon found in Weirton area
WEIRTON – A raccoon found in the Cable Road area of Weirton has tested positive for rabies, according to information from the Hancock County Health Department.
The health department urges residents to be cautious when they are outside in the event wild animals are nearby. According to officials, rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, skunks and foxes. Bats also can have the virus.
Cats, dogs and livestock can get rabies if they have not been vaccinated, officials stated.
Residents are asked to exercise caution if they observe an animal displaying strange behavior, especially those that usually are nocturnal, animals that are staggering when walking or animals that show no fear being around humans.
Those encountering such animals are asked to contact Hancock County Dispatch at (304) 564-4100 or (304) 387-4100.
Kmart has Santa available for photos
STEUBENVILLE – Santa Claus is coming to Kmart from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today through Dec. 24.
Residents are welcome to bring cameras. There will be no charge for pictures with Santa.
Cash donations will be accepted for area children in need, according to store officials.
Mingo firefighter arrested for drug theft
MINGO JUNCTION – A full-time firefighter and paramedic in the village was arrested Tuesday night by Mingo Police on charges of theft in office, attempted drug theft and two counts of drug theft.
Matthew Miller, 21, of 146 township Road 216, Richmond, was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Jefferson County jail.
According to Village Police Chief Mike Maguschak, two separate investigations came together under the review of the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the decision to press charges was made Tuesday.
A criminal investigation began when a secure area at the fire station appeared to have been tampered with. Soon after, the fire chief noticed improperly disposed medical supplies, which prompted an administrative investigation, according to Maguschak.
“It’s still early in the investigation,” Maguschak said. “We can’t say much until we know more.”
Blood drive set for Dec. 4
STEUBENVILLE – An American Red Cross blood drive is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the gymnasium at Catholic Central High School on West View Avenue.
The school’s blood drive is sponsored by the Key Club.
Walk-ins will be accepted, officials said.
To schedule an appointment to donate, go to the website at www.redcrossblood.org or sign up in the school’s main office.
Memorial Mass Thursday in Mingo
MINGO JUNCTION – The Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 will hold its annual Memorial Mass at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Agnes Church.
After Mass, there will be food in the church hall.
All are welcomed to attend, according to Shawn Zarych, grand knight.
Free dinner at local Legion post
STEUBENVILLE – The David Walker Post 274 American Legion located at 900 N. Seventh St. will host a free Thanksgiving-style dinner open to the public from 5 p.m. to whenever on Nov. 25.
Participants can eat in or carry out, according to Rod Harton, sergeant-at-arms.
For information, call the Legion at (740) 283-9109.
Low-cost rabies clinic offered
FOLLANSBEE – A low-cost rabies clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tractor Supply store on state Route 2.
No appointment is needed for the clinic, which is open to all area pet owners. Dogs should be on a leash and cats in carriers.
WLU to present play this week
WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players will present the musical “Spring Awakening” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the school’s Kelly Theatre.
Based on an 1891 play but updated for modern audiences by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, it involves the real world of German teens of that period and their fantasy world, in which they express themselves through rock and roll.
It contains scenes that deal with sexuality and other mature scenes and contains strong language and isn’t suitable for all audiences, said officials with the theater.
Tickets range from $5 to $12.50 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/494745.
For information or reservations, call (304) 336-8277.
Holtz HOF?names new officer, board
EAST LIVERPOOL – The board of directors of the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame has announced a new officer and two new board members, according to President Frank C. Dawson.
Jim Connelly, a longtime board member, has been named vice president. Connelly, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2002 as a distinguished American, is president of Jim Connelly & Associates. He is an entrepreneur, having owned and operated many businesses, and is involved in motivational speaking and life coaching. He also is the author of “One More Sunset.”
He and his wife, Kate, and his daughter Katy Clare, reside at the edge of the Notre Dame campus.
Newly selected board members are J. Robert Sebo and Beth Holtz.
Sebo was inducted into the hall of fame in 2005 as a distinguished American. The founder of Paychex Inc. of Ohio, Sebo is a graduate of Bowling Green University. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Salem.
Beth Holtz, a former East Liverpool resident and the wife of coach Lou Holtz, resides in Orlando, Fla. She is a supporter of the the hall of fame’s scholarship and teacher grant programs.
Homeland Security grant announced
LISBON – The Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency’s joint effort with other five counties to seek federal Homeland Security grant money resulted in nearly $300,000 being awarded for projects.
EMA Director Luke Newbold reported of that amount, $180,000 was awarded for a 600 kilowatt diesel mobile generator capable of producing enough electricity to power critical care areas of a hospital should the facility lose electricity and its back-up generators fail. It will be shared with the other five counties – Harrison, Carroll, Jefferson, Stark and Mahoning.
Pawn shop thief sought
FOLLANSBEE – City Police are investigating the theft of the Follansbee Pawn Shop on Wednesday.
Police are seeking information about a man seen in footage from a video camera breaking into the store, smashing a display case there and taking four handguns. The guns were two Rugers, a Jennings and a Beretta Storm, said City Police Chief John Schwertfeger.
The man was described as tall and wearing a light colored jacket with what appears to be a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath.
Anyone with information should call City Police at (304) 527-1211.
Road work announced
The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.
The center east- and westbound lanes of U.S. Route 22 near the Colliers Way Bridge have been closed while crews work on the span’s replacement. Crews are set to drive steel pilings and pour concrete footers for the new abutments.
Also in Brooke County, crews will be patching McCord’s Hill Road and repairing Tent Church Road.
In Hancock County, crews will be patching Moores Lane and Dale and Doris lanes and ditching along North Fork and Hudson Hill roads.
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 Thanksgiving.
For information, call (740) 264-9893.
Harrison hospital plans breakfast
CADIZ – The annual Christmas Leadership Breakfast will be sponsored for the 22nd time by the Harrison Community Hospital at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the hospital cafeteria.
A donation of $5 is requested per person and proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for Harrison County children who would might not have a merry Christmas otherwise.
Reservations are to be made to Carole Patton by Nov. 29 at (740) 942- 6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Bureau to hold Christmas luncheon
WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Farm Bureau promotion and education committee is holding its annual Christmas luncheon at noon Dec. 3 at the Farm Bureau office gymnasium, former Bantam Ridge Elementary School.
A gift exchange of $15 maximum will be held for those who wish to participate. This is for Farm Bureau member ladies.
Reservations are due by Nov. 26 by calling (740) 266-6603.
Council introduces counsel hire
STEUBENVILLE – City Council has introduced an ordinance authorizing the acting city manager to hire attorney Robert J. D’Anniballe Jr. as a co-counsel with the city law director at the rate of $225 an hour for litigation and legal work pertaining to union contract negotiations and a lawsuit related to the raw water pump station.
The ordinance will be considered on an emergency basis at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.
Toronto Christmas parade seeks entries
TORONTO – The Focus in Toronto organization is seeking entries for the 2013 Great Expectations Christmas Parade.
The parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. In keeping with previous years, it’s a night parade and organizers strongly encourage entrants to use lights. Cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place floats will be awarded, as well as first-, second- and third-place trophies for dance/gymnastic groups.
The parade begins at Fourth and Myers streets and ends at Fourth and Main streets. Santa will do a meet-and-greet at the gazebo immediately following the parade. Treat bags will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents also can bring their own cameras for photos with Santa.
Fire in Steubenville destroys bedroom
STEUBENVILLE – City fire crews responded to a fire at 1412 Oak Grove Ave. at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to reports.
The fire reportedly began in one of the bedrooms and was contained there. Firefighters spent about two hours on the scene, with light smoke damage to the room, according to reports. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the city fire officials.
Fire in Wintersville destroys house
WINTERSVILLE -A residential fire at 475 Two Ridge Road Wednesday morning resulted in the destruction of the residence and one village firefighter being transported to the hospital.
According to Wintersville Fire and Rescue, crews arrived at 8 a.m. Wednesday to find a chimney fire that spread into the walls of the house. Firefighters spent about five hours containing the blaze, and one firefighter was injured. He was transported to Trinity Medical Center West and then treated and released, according to reports.
Other responders included the Belvedere and Richmond volunteer fire departments and the Steubenville Fire Department. No other injuries were reported, and the fire remains under investigation.
Boil order issued on Marland Heights
WEIRTON – Residents in the area of Barone Drive in Weirton are under a boil order following a water line break Wednesday afternoon.
The boil order affects those in the 1100 blocks of Barone Drive and Courtland Road.
The line break occurred in the 1100 block of Barone Drive, according to information provided by the Weirton Area Water Board. A boil order of at least 24 hours will be enacted while water is tested for possible contamination.
Those affected by the line break are advised to boil their water, or use bottled water, for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing and food preparation until further notice.
For information, call (304) 797-8566.
Prevention, Recovery Board sets meeting
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Beacon House at 726 N. Sixth St.
USW Local 1190 insurance meeting set
STEUBENVILLE – An insurance meeting for retirees of United Steelworkers Local 1190 will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the union hall, 227 S. Third St.
John Saunders and Dave Julio will be present to answer questions.
Wintersville resets committee meeting
WINTERSVILLE – The village’s finance committee meeting that had been scheduled for today has been rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Municipal Building.
Tag-in set for Saturday
SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County Junior Fair steer tag-in will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday from at the county fairgrounds.
This is for all young people who are planning to take a market steer project for the 2014 fair.
For information, call (740) 733-8230.
Fit-a-thon set for Saturday
STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville YMCA will hold a fit-a-thon from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the YMCA Wellness Center at St. John Arena.
The event is $10 for YMCA members and $15 for non-members. All proceeds will benefit the Mozingo family of Follansbee. For information, contact the YMCA at (740) 264-7183.
Public retirees will meet Wednesday
WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County, Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.
Guest speaker will be Amy Mihalyo, the director of the newly created Jefferson County Senior Services Arts and Activity Center. All retirees, spouses and guests are welcome.
Wintersville finance committee to meet
WINTERSVILLE – The village’s finance committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the 2014 budget.
The meeting will be held in the Village Building, 200 Grove St.
Charter commission to meet Thursday
STEUBENVILLE – The Charter Review Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Historic Fort Steuben Visitors Center.
The meeting is open to the public.
Quarterly meeting set in Cadiz
CADIZ – The Area 16 Youth and Workforce Council quarterly meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Harrison Community Government Center.
Veterans Service Office is moving
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Veterans Service Office is moving from the War Memorial Building at 423 North St. to the Towers Building, 500 Market St., Suite 310.
Because of that, the office will be closed Nov. 18-20.
Pancake breakfast at Mingo center
MINGO JUNCTION – The Mingo Junction Senior Center will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Cost is by donation.
The senior center is located at 663 Commercial St.
ArcelorMittal workers can attend meeting
WEIRTON – AcelorMittal Steel salaried, non-represented employees are invited to an informational meeting at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The 2014 health care insurance programs available through the Voluntary Employee Benefits Association will be discussed.
ODNR investigates reported gas leak
FREEPORT – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources investigated a reported gas leak at Atchinson’s Creek.
According to Mark Bruce, spokesperson for ODNR, one minor gas leak from a decades-old vertical domestic well was reported. He said he believes the line ran to one home, and Tipka Energy Development offered to pay for the family’s stay elsewhere while the well was drowned with salt water and plugged.
He said the incident did not involve commercial wells and ODNR approved the plugging plan.
Bruce added there was no official evacuation order.
ODNR will inspect the well afterward.
No threat to public health was found.
MTR Gaming reports $3.6 million loss
CHESTER- MTR Gaming Group Inc. is reporting a third-quarter loss of $3.6 million, or 13 cents per share.
In the same period during 2012, the Chester-based company reported net income of $5.3 million, or 19 cents per share.
The company says the third-quarter statement includes $2.7 million in costs associated with MTR’s strategic initiatives.
President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph L. Billhimer says the company had a 11.5 percent drop in net revenue to $128.9 million during the third quarter compared to the year-ago period.
Third-quarter net revenues fell 13.1 percent to $36.2 million at Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack near Columbus; fell 10.4 percent to $50.6 million at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester; and fell 11.4 percent to $42 million at Presque Isle Downs & Casino near Erie.
Wintersville finance committee to meet
WINTERSVILLE – A village finance committee meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 200 Grove St.
Members are to discuss the budget.
Wellsburg hydrants to be flushed
WELLSBURG – The city’s fire hydrants will be flushed next week on the following days:
Tuesday, Marianna and Main streets.
Nov. 13, Charles, Yankee and Commerce streets.
Nov. 14, Pleasant Avenue, including 22nd Street Extension, Forest Hills, High Street, Duvall Heights, White Bell Circle and Washington Pike from 10th Street to Park Addition.
Flushing will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents may experience discolored water and low water pressure. They should check their water before doing laundry.
No boil order is needed. For questions (304) 737-2143.
Delays expected for bridge project
Traffic delays are expected periodically between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 150 in Warren Township as part of a $1.4 million bridge replacement project.
Traffic will be stopped while ODOT’s contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville, sets concrete beams for the bridge. Otherwise, two-way traffic is being maintained in one, 10-foot lane with temporary traffic signals.
Work began in late July to replace the bridge located over Short Creek about three miles west of state Route 7 between Dillonvale and Rayland.
This project has an interim completion date, requiring all lanes be open to traffic by mid-December; however, some work will remain on the project through June.
School board to meet Wednesday
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a work meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.
The board will discuss policies, personnel, facilities and its five-year operating levy.
Guitar drawing added to concert
WEIRTON – A drawing for a guitar signed by performers attending the County Music Awards event will be the prize for a drawing held during a concert by the Hillbilly Way Thursday to benefit the Mozingo family.
Anyone who purchases a Hillbillies for Hannah T-shirt for $10 at the concert or in advance will receive 10 chances for the guitar, which is courtesy of radio station WOGH-FM.
Like tickets for the concert, the shirts may be purchased at Follansbee Councilman Dave Secrist’s office at 845 Main St., Follansbee, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and Wednesday or through Facebook at Hillbillies4Hannah Benefit Concert.
The concert will be held at 6 p.m. at the Serbian-American Cultural Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students under 18.
The Mozingo family lost their daughter and their home in the Oct. 11 natural gas explosion.
Architect to speak at university
STEUBENVILLE – Duncan G. Stroik, a creator of some Catholic churches and chapels, will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on the church’s rich heritage of sacred buildings.
His talk, “Francis, Rebuild My Church: The Franciscan Tradition of Sacred Architecture,” will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery.
Stroik is an author, practicing architect and professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His built work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in Santa Paula, Calif., and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Stroik is also the author of “The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal,” and the founding editor of the Sacred Architecture Journal.
Stroik’s talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the theology department, the fine arts department and the office of the vice president for academic affairs.
Manchin to meet with area residents
FOLLANSBEE – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will hold a townhall meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Vito’s 2 Restaurant, 570 Main St.
Manchin will discuss current issues faced by Congress and answer questions from those attending the meeting. It is part of a series he has dubbed his Coffee and Common Sense Tour that also will include a stop at the River City Restaurant in Wheeling Friday.
Food will be sold through a breakfast buffet.
UMWA plans regular meeting
CADIZ – United Mine Workers of America Local 7690 members will meet at 9 a.m. Monday.
The meeting will be held at Harrison Community Hospital.
Mall has openings for performances
STEUBENVILLE -Performance slots are quickly filling up for the Holidays at the Fort Steuben Mall. If your business or organization is interested in performing in November or December, please call Steph McVicker, mall marketing director at (740) 264-7781 to schedule a date.
The mall is booking seasonal dance performances, choral groups and special events from Nov. 23 (the day Santa arrives at his workshop) through Dec. 24.
In addition to reserving performance and event dates, the mall is quickly filling up with businesses looking to capitalize on the increased holiday traffic. Contact Lou Petrozzi, general manager at (740) 264-7781 for information.
Truck driver’s death being investigation
SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP – Officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating whether a medical condition led to the death of a truck driver whose tractor-trailer overturned on state Route 151 at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday.
The highway patrol reported Wilbur B. Birney, 69, of 44225 Rumley Road, Jewett, was transporting a load of hay bales when the vehicle overturned at a bend in the highway and into a guardrail there.
Birney was extricated from the truck by Smithfield firefighters and transported to East Ohio Regional Medical Center by the Dillonvale Emergency Medical Service.
The highway was closed for about four hours while crews responded to the accident and removed the truck.
Man in wheelchair struck by vehicle
STEUBENVILLE – A Steubenville man was transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh area hospital after a pickup truck collided with him in his wheelchair in the crosswalk at the intersection of Third and Washington streets at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
According to City Police, Charles Wedlake, 72, of 707 Market St., sustained injuries to his left arm and hand and cuts to his legs and head but was conscious prior to his transport. His condition isn’t known.
The driver of the pickup truck – Nicholas Beeler, 34, of Youngstown – was cited for failure to yield.
According to police reports, Beeler told police he went from the scene to his workplace nearby, where he called 911, then returned.
Beeler is slated to appear in Municipal Court Thursday.
Two transported following accident
STEUBENVILLE – Two area women were transported to Trinity Medical Center West following a collision in which one vehicle struck a home near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bryden Road Thursday.
According to reports by City Police, Fernanda B. Capaldi, 67, of 606 Pine Valley Drive, Steubenville, and Jenna L. Allogia, 23, of 4028 state Route 152, Richmond, were transported to the hospital following the accident, which occurred at about 7:55 p.m.
Both were treated and released from the hospital.
According to the reports, Capaldi pulled from a business into the path of Allogia’s vehicle and veered across the highway and into the house.
Capaldi has been cited for failure to yield.
Psychic fair slated at mall
STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Psychic, Spiritual and Paranormal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in center court of the Fort Steuben Mall.
There will be several specialists on hand to teach guests how to read tarot and angel cards, reach out to the those who have passed and more.
Scheduled participants include Willow Wind Mystics; Readings by Christina; Wheeling Celtic Society; Country Witch Rhonye; the Allens; Storm Raven; Green Fairy; Readings by Ruth; Amber Zullo; Reiki Master; and Moon Dragon Emporium
For information, contact Steph McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781 or email@example.com.