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Water outage set for Thursday

WELLSBURG -Wellsburg homes and businesses from 21st Street to the city’s north end will be without water from 7 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Thursday while crews repair a main water line.

In the event of hard rain or heavy snow, the repairs will be rescheduled for Monday during the same hours.

For information, call (304) 737-2143.

Wells Township meeting set

BRIILLIANT – Wells Township will hold its reorganizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the township office at 409 Prospect St.

Mingo council set to reorganize

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council will hold a reorganizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, to be followed by a budget meeting.

Wayne Township road closed

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township Road 213 (Possum Hollow Road) has been closed and will remain closed until further notice, the township trustees have announced.

Community House rentals accepted

FOLLANSBEE – Reservations for the Follansbee Park Community House and shelters at the Follansbee City Building will be accepted from city residents and water customers beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday at the Follansbee City Building.

Reservations from all others will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. No phone reservations for the facilities will be accepted in January, and payment is due with reservations.

The Community House and shelters won’t be available July 6 and July 10-13 as well as Oct. 7-13 because of Follansbee Community Days and Christmas in the Park. The Community House also won’t be available on Aug. 7 and Dec. 4 because of the city’s senior picnic and Christmas party.

For information, call (304) 527-1330.

Wayne Township meeting set

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township Board of Trustees will hold its reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will be held at the township garage on county Road 26.

Park accepting shelter signups

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will be conducting shelter signups Jan. 18 at the park’s clubhouse.

Doors will open at 9 a.m., with registration to begin at 10 a.m.

The cost for shelters ranges from $85 to $200, depending on size and availability of bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The park automatically reserves shelters for those who have made reservations for the same date for at least three consecutive years.

Those groups are required to make a deposit on their rental in December. If they don’t, their dates become available. The park currently has shelters available for weekends in May and June, among other dates.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

JVS board to organize

BLOOMINGDALE -The Jefferson County Vocation School District Board of Education will hold its organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, with the regular meeting to follow,

The meetings will be held at the board office, 1509 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale.

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Veterans group holds meeting

SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County Veterans Association members heard about progress on the Fort Friendship Memorial Wall from Charles Greene, one of the wall founders and volunteer laborers.

“There are 600 inscribed bricks in place and the first phase of the project will be be completed when the weather cooperates,” said Greene.

New members taken into the association are Fred Abdalla, Jack Ernest, Larry Weldon, Charles Wells and John Kafana.

An election of officers was held with William Smythe remaining as commander. Frank Santa is vice commander; Barry Bardone, adjutant; Tony Phillippi, finance officer; Charles Greene, assistant finance officer; Jack Campbell, chaplain; Jay Kolenc, sergeant-at-arms; and Ed Waldman, Walter Jancura, Don Richards, Kolenc and Rick Male, trustees.

Memberships dues are being collected for 2014.

The next meeting will be Jan. 8 rather than the regular date of the first Wednesday of the month.

Karaoke fun night from 6-9 p.m. today

EAST SPRINGFIELD – A karaoke fun night with disc jockey Chelsea Matta will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the East Springfield Community Center, which is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Admission is $3 with $1 going into the singer’s reward jar. Matta will give each singer a ticket, and a drawing will determine which singer gets the winnings.

There is no admission charged for those under age 10.

The karaoke singing is open to all ages.

There will be free pizza with drink.

“Come on out for a great night of fun and sing your favorite songs,” an event promoter said.

There also will be a door prize drawing entitling the winner to two free dinners at the East Springfield Community Center’s monthly fundraiser.

Saline Township trustees to meet

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Saline Township trustees will hold a reorganizational meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a regular meeting, at the township building at 164 county Road 50A.

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Retail sales show increase in September

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased in October by 15 percent compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for October totaled $63.93 million, generating $957,695 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for October 2012 generated $833,815, based on retail sales of $55.58 million.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $63.54 million a month for the first 10 months of 2013, compared to $60.2 million a month for all of 2012.

Karaoke fun night at community center

EAST SPRINGFIELD -A karaoke fun night with disc jockey Chelsea Matta will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday at the East Springfield Community Center, which is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Admission is $3 with $1 going into the singer’s reward jar. Matta will give each singer a ticket, and a drawing will determine which singer gets the winnings.

There is no admission charged for those under age 10.

The karaoke singing is open to all ages.

There will be free pizza with drink.

“Come on out for a great night of fun and sing your favorite songs,” an event promoter said.

There also will be a door prize drawing entitling the winner to two free dinners at the East Springfield Community Center’s monthly fundraiser.

County plans blood drives

WINTERSVILLE – The American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter has blood drives planned in the coming weeks.

Blood drives include noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Chester, 416 Carolina Ave. and the Masonic Temple, 202 S. Third St., Toronto; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 13 at Edison High School, state Route 152.

Free dance for middle school pupils planned

WEIRTON – Never Alone WV, a nonprofit organization that supports a drug free community, is sponsoring a middle school dance for pupils in grades sixth, seventh and eighth in Hancock and Brooke counties, including the Catholic schools.

The dance is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Weirton Millsop Community Center.

Admission is free, and light snacks will be provided, according to organizers.

DJ Ninn will be on hand, and there will be a police officer in attendance for safety, organizers said.

For information, contact Patti Barnabei at (30) 797-1579.

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Fugitive caught wearing monitor

STEUBENVILLE – A Weirton man wanted by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department for violating home confinement was still wearing his ankle monitor when he was caught Thursday by City Police.

Officers were checking the area of Welday Avenue for Eric Bee, 32, of 114 Columbus Way, Weirton, when he was seen, police reported. Bee took off running and was caught by officers near Cleveland Avenue, police reported.

Bee initially gave officers a different name but admitted his identity when police heard Bee’s leg monitor beeping, police reported.

Bee was charged with fugitive from justice, falsification and obstructing official business.

Two arrested trying to steal copper pipes

STEUBENVILLE – A man and a juvenile were arrested Thursday by City Police trying to steal copper piping from a vacant house in the 500 block of South Fourth Street.

Officers went to the house around 10:15 a.m. Thursday and heard pounding from inside, police reported. A man, identified as Joseph W. Boyer, 24, of 1321 Plum St., and a juvenile were taken into custody.

Officers reported finding tools used to cut piping.

The juvenile was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of criminal tools. Boyer was charged with criminal trespass.

Springfield Township trustees to meet

BERGHOLZ – The Springfield Township trustees will hold a reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the township building, 722 Monroe St.

Saline trustees to close business

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Saline Township trustees will hold their close-out meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the township complex, 164 county Road 50 A.

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Blood collections set for area

WINTERSVILLE – A blood drive will be held until 1 p.m. today at the American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter, officials have announced.

A bloodmobile will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the Fort Steuben Mall, officials added.

They added that, while supplies last, donors will receive a 2-ounce package of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of coffee.

Harrison school board to reorganize

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Education will hold its reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the administrative office.

Portion of Permars Run Road closed

STEUBENVILLE – Permars Run Road (county Road 77), three-quarters of a mile east of John Scott Highway, will remain closed for a retaining wall replacement through 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, according to Jefferson County Engineer’s Office officials.

There will be no through traffic at that point.

Christmas Eve services to be held

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Christian Church will hold Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. today. All churches in the community are invited to attend, according to the Rev. Wilford Simeral.

Legislation introduced by council

STEUBENVILLE – City Council has introduced an emergency ordinance to amend the city employees’ table of organization.

The legislation will be considered at the Jan. 7 council meeting.

Battery collection buckets to cease

WINTERSVILLE – JB Green Team officials are informing Belmont and Jefferson county residents the household battery collection buckets no longer will be available after Dec. 31.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and want to thank everyone for their participation. We want to thank the residents for making this program such a success,” stated Cliff Meyer, JB Green Team executive director. “Unfortunately due to funding issues, we will no longer be able to provide this service.”

The following locations hosted the pails for the last two years: Bellaire Hardware, Bridgeport Municipal Building, Shadyside Mayor’s Office, Ohio University Eastern, Barnesville Do It Best Hardware, St. Clairsville Municipal Building, Stacey’s IGA, Eastern Gateway Community College, Wintersville Express Care, Franciscan University of Steubenville and M&M True Value Hardware.

Since 2011, approximately 2,680 pounds of household batteries have been removed from the waste stream and have been sent to Battery Solutions for processing, officials said.

For information, call the JB Green Team in Jefferson County at (740) 266-6899 or Belmont County at (740) 296-5376.

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Mountaineer donates food

CHESTER -Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, with the help of patrons, donated 2,245 cans of food to the Salvation Army on Saturday during a canned goods drive at the casino.

“We are pleased that Mountaineer Casino, through the generosity of our patrons, is able to help the Salvation Army collect food for those in need of assistance during this holiday season,” Chris Kern, general manager said. “We applaud the Salvation Army and our patrons for providing for needy families who may be having a tough time putting dinner on the table.”

The canned goods drive was held in the Mountaineer Casino hotel lobby on Saturday when 449 guests donated five cans of food each.

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Brilliant water district meeting set

BRILLIANT – The Brilliant Water and Sewer District will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Monday.

The meeting is necessary to pass year end resolutions, sign vouchers and complete any pending items for 2013.

Brooke holiday closings announced

The following are Brooke County government offices and and trash collection affected by Christmas.

– Brooke County Courthouse will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. The Brooke County Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

– Brooke County Public Library will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.

– Brooke County Senior Center will close at 1 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.

– Follansbee Branch Library will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.

– Follansbee City Building will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. Wednesday’s garbage routes will be collected with Thursday’s.

– Greater Weirton Senior Center will close at 1 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.

– Wellsburg City Hall will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. Wednesday’s garbage will be collected on Thursday, and garbage routes for Thursday and Friday will be collected on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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Edison school board sets reorganization

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Edison Local Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 in the board room at Stanton Elementary for its reorganizational meeting.

The board will convene into a special session following the meeting, officials said.

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Market Street bridge closed after mishap

FOLLANSBEE – Market Street Bridge remained closed early today after a semi-truck hit the sign at the entrance on the West Virginia side Tuesday afternoon, according to the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department. The bridge will reopen as soon as the West Virginia Department of Highways conducts an inspection, officials said.

Mingo Council moves regular meeting date

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council has moved its last regular meeting of the month to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 in council chambers at the Village Municipal Building.

Cookie sale at museum rescheduled

STEUBENVILLE – Because of inclement weather last Saturday, the Pleasant Hill School House on state Route 213 has rescheduled its cookie sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Several sizes of trays of assorted homemade cookies will be available. All profits go to the continued restoration of the Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum.

For information, contact Kay Finney at (740) 283-1626.

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Chamber to hold lighting contest

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce will be judging Christmas lights for its annual contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A winner will be named in each of the city’s five wards, with $100 going to each.

Group looking for volunteers

STEUBENVILLE – The U.S. Search, Rescue and Recovery Corps will hold a presentation at 6 p.m. today at Eastern Gateway Community College for area residents interested in becoming trained volunteers in locating those who go missing.

The unit has positions open to new members due to its current expansion in advanced methods, officials said.

The U.S. SARR Corps’ headquarters is located in Beaver Falls, Pa., and operates throughout the Tri-State Area and beyond.

The unit has been in existence for 40 years and continues to research new and more efficient tactics for locating missing people, especially those with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and abducted children.

The meeting will be held in EGCC’s lecture room.

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City accepting applications

STEUBENVILLE – The city Urban Projects office has received a $250,000 Ohio Development Services Agency grant for owner occupied housing rehabilitation.

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

“Families who own and occupy residences in the targeted areas may qualify for assistance. Rental properties and properties being purchased on a land contract are not eligible. Other eligibility requirements also apply,” said Petrossi.

Information about the program is available by calling (740) 283-6000, extension 1702.

Petrossi said applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available.

Missing disabled woman found

SALINEVILLE – A 19-year-old Salineville woman with mental disabilities was located by law enforcement and returned to her family after going missing with an older, unidentified man on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Salineville Police Department was made aware of 19-year-old Chelsea Stofen’s disappearance. Stofen was last seen by her family in Salineville on Tuesday with an unidentified white male. Her family became concerned when she did not return home the next day. Salineville Police Chief Andrew Straley said at the time of Stofen’s disappearance that he believed she met the male suspect through social media. Straley noted that Stofen has a mental disability that causes her to have a mental age that is younger than her actual age.

The Salineville Police Department reached out for help in finding Stofen. Agencies that helped included the FBI, BCI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Agency in Washington, D.C.

Straley says he received a phone call Thursday evening from Stofen who was in distress and asking for help. Straley said the phone call ended abruptly when connection was lost. Straley then provide the information to agencies involved in the search. Shortly after Straley received the phone call from her, the Ambridge Police Department in Ambridge, Pa., received a 911 call from Stofen. That department was able to ping Stofen’s phone and determine her location using GPS. Ambridge dispatchers were then able to convince Stofen to exit the house where GPS had located her and she was retrieved by police.

Straley declined to release the name of the male suspect with whom Stofen disappeared. However, he did note the male suspect is about 33 years old and from the Ambridge area. Straley says he expects criminal charges to be filed against the suspect.

Trustees reschedule meeting

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees’ meeting set for Thursday has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A re-organizational meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m.

All meetings are held at the township garage at 25 state Route 151.

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 Christmas.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

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Street work rescheduled

STEUBENVILLE – The Adams Street closing was delayed until Tuesday because of water line breaks in the area.

Water Superintendent Mike Wigal said the concrete repair work on Adams Street is now scheduled from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Wigal said Adams Street from Eighth Street to West Adams Street will be closed to all through traffic during the work period.

Motorists are urged to find an alternate route on Tuesday.

Questions about the project can be answered by calling 740-283-6041.

Mingo Social Services seeking donations

MINGO JUNCTION – Mingo Social services will be hosting its Christmas distribution from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Sophie Schoolcraft, director, said more donations are needed to assist the large number of those seeking assistance. Schoolcraft said all checks should be made out to the Mingo Social Services and sent to the Village Municipal Building, 501 Commercial St., Mingo Junction, OH 43938.

Events planned in Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE – A trim-a-tree event and Christmas caroling are planned at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the village building on Steubenville Street.

Residents are asked to bring an ornament to place on the tree.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be available after caroling at the Bloomingdale Methodist Church.

Harrison Hills school board to meet

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Education’s monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the administrative office.

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Fire reported at Slack Street residence

STEUBENVILLE – An early morning structure fire today at 646 Slack St. resulted in about $10,000 worth of damage to the residence, according to fire reports.

The city fire department responded to a Jefferson County 911 call about 5 a.m. today and arrived to find a small fire in the sunroom area that was quickly extinguished, according to reports. The sole occupant of the residence was identified as Roger Ritchea, no age available. Reports indicated a passerby spotted the fire and called the county 911. Minor smoke and water damage was reported. There were no reports of injuries to the occupant or firefighters, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Caroling canceled at Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE – A Christmas carol event scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Fort Steuben has been canceled.

Judy Bratten, executive director of the fort, said concerns about the winter weather forecast for Saturday is the reason for the cancellation.

Financial statement available at ESC

STEUBENVILLE – The fiscal year 2013 basic financial statements for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center are complete and available for inspection at the ESC’s treasurer’s office at 2023 Sunset Blvd.

Authorities search for disabled woman

SALINEVILLE – Law enforcement officials are searching for a 19-year-old mentally disabled Salineville woman after she disappeared with an unidentified white male on Tuesday.

According to Salineville Police Chief Andrew Straley, village resident Chelsea Stofen last was seen in Salineville on Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. with an unknown male suspect.

The male subject is described as being between 5’11” and 6’1” tall and weighing 180-200 pounds. Straley noted that, based on his investigation, it appears Stofen met the unknown male through a social media website.

Stofen is 5’2” tall with short dark brown hair that is spiked on the top and brown eyes. She was wearing blue jeans, a green sweater and black boots. She was also wearing glasses and carrying a silver purse.

Straley noted that Stofen has a disability which causes her to have a mental age younger than her actual age.

Straley said his department is working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Missing and Exploited Children Agency, the FBI and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Anyone with information should call the Salineville police department at (330) 679-2223 or any local law enforcement agency.

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Wednesday evening fire destroys house

STEUBENVILLE – A fire at 622 Pine St. early Wednesday evening resulted in the house being destroyed, according to city fire reports.

Firefighters received a call at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday of the house fire.

Crews from Steubenville and Mingo Junction responded. The house was occupied, according to reports, but no injuries to firefighters or occupants were reported, officials said.

Indian Creek curriculum team to meet

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek Local Curriculum Improvement Council/District Leadership Team meeting for the month will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium at the Bantam Ridge board offices.

The meeting is open to the public.

Transit authority sets special meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority will meet in special session at 4 p.m. today in the Robert J. Cutri Modal Center downtown.

An executive session has been scheduled, according to officials.

The group’s regular meeting for the month is planned at 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at Scaffidi’s Pasta restaurant.

Adams Street will be closed Friday

STEUBENVILLE – The city water department will be cementing street openings on Adams Street Friday.

Water Department official Michael Wigal said Adams Street from West Adams Street to South Eighth Street will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Motorists are advised to find alternate routes.

Anyone with questions about the street work should call the water department at (740) 283-6041.

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Rush Run Road closed due to land slide

STEUBENVILLE – Rush Run Road (county Road 17), approximately one-quarter of a mile east of county Road 18, is closed due to a land slide until further notice.

There will be no through traffic at that point, according to the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department.

Permars Run Road work scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – Permars Run Road (county Road 77), three-quarters of a mile east of John Scott Highway, will be closed from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Dec. 23 for a retaining wall replacement project.

There will be no through traffic, according to the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department.

School to present three nights of improv

WELLSBURG – The Brooke High School Theater Department will hold its annual Improv Olympics at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door.

A winning team will be named each night and will perform with their instructor, Nathan Marshall.

Students also will perform original scripts they have been preparing for the Young Playwrights Festival sponsored by the City Theatre in Pittsburgh.

Health department to hold fee hearing

STEUBENVILLE – The city board of health will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday in City Council chambers regarding proposed license fees for food service operators, vending locations and retail food establishments operating in the city in 2014.

According to Anthony Pasquarella, director of environmental health, the public hearing will allow public comments.

All currently licensed food operators/vendors and retail food establishments received prior notification of the date, time, place and proposed fee changes by the director of environmental health dated Nov. 22, said Pasquarella.

Anyone wishing to make comment at the meeting should contact the Pasquarella at (740) 283-6000, extension 1512, prior to Monday.

NAACP will

meet Thursday

STEUBENVILLE -The Steubenville Branch of the NAACP will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn.

Discussion will focus on Nelson Mandela and what he contributed to the world.

The meeting is open to the public.

Gyro sale now on for Thursday

STEUBENVILLE – Because of Tuesday’s inclement weather, the Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 300 S. Fourth St. canceled its monthly gyro sale, rescheduling it from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The gyro sells for $6 each, and the koulourakias (twist cookies) are $5 per dozen.

There is free delivery for orders of four gyros or more. There will be a 25 cent charge for extra tzatziki sauce.

Orders can be phoned in to (740) 282-9835 or faxed to (740) 282-2091.

Patrons should allow a minimum of 20 minutes for phone-in and faxed orders.

Walk-ins also are welcome.

Cross Creek trustees to meet Dec. 31

WINTERSVILLE – The Cross Creek trustees will meet at noon on Dec. 31 for their regular meeting for January and also to reorganize.

The meeting will be held in the board office, 251 Airport Road.

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Two plead guilty to charges

STEUBENVILLE – Holly Boyer, 31, of Steubenville was placed on probation Monday after she pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court to a charge of passing bad checks.

Boyer entered her plea to a bill of information and avoided facing a January term of the Jefferson County grand jury.

Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese told Boyer she is responsible for paying back the victims of her bad checks and urged the woman to change her life for her sake and her children’s sake.

Elijah Foust, 36, of Mingo Junction also entered a guilty plea to a bill of information charging him with possession of heroin and possession of a drug abuse instrument.

Foust was sentenced to a six-month term at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center and two years of probation.

Foust said he had, “messed up his life and wasn’t in the right state of mind” when he used heroin.

PERI will meet Wednesday

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

The program will be provided by the members, featuring Christmas stories, poems or memories. All public employees, spouses and guests are welcome.

Four Seasons to meet Wednesday

WEIRTON – The Four Seasons senior group will hold its December meeting on Wednesday at the Serbian-American Cultural Center. Members who are unable to attend the meeting and who have not already paid their dues for 2014 are reminded that Dec. 31 is the deadline.

Dues are $6 per person and can be mailed to Josie Cekinovich, 104 Denese Drive, Weirton, WV 26062.

Brooke PSD moves meeting time

WELLSBURG – Due to a scheduling conflict, the Brooke County Public Service District board has moved its next regular meeting to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 711 Charles St.

The board normally meets at 5 p.m.

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New Cumberland woman pleads guilty

NEW CUMBERLAND – A New Cumberland woman accused of embezzling money from a Chester credit union pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge, according to Hancock County Magistrate Court records.

Magistrate Scott Hicks dismissed the felony charge of embezzlement against Marsha Ford, 59, and accepted her guilty plea to a charge of petit larceny, court records said.

Hicks sentenced Ford to six months in jail and then suspended the sentence. Ford was placed on one year of unsupervised probation with a $5-a-month probation fee. She also must pay court costs, records said.

There was nothing in the plea agreement about Ford making restitution to the Chester branch of First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, where Ford worked as an assistant branch manager.

Neither Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis nor First Choice President Scott Winwood nor Wheeling defense attorney David Jividen could be reached for comment.

Ford was charged with embezzlement in September following an investigation into $5,000 that turned up missing from the Chester branch’s vault in May.

Ford and two other managers were questioned about the missing money, and all three denied taking it, according to the original criminal complaint, filed by West Virginia State Police Cpl. L.M. Roberts.

The vault is a dual control area in which no one person is supposed to disburse cash without a second person being present, the complaint said. On the day the money turned up missing, that protocol was not followed, the complaint said. There was no surveillance camera footage of the vault on that day either, the complaint said.

Ford confessed to the theft in a meeting with state police on Sept. 9, saying she was having financial difficulties at home. She said she was sorry and would pay it back, according to the complaint.

Armed robbery under investigation

FOLLANSBEE – City Police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday at the Shooting Star Cafe.

City Police Chief John Schwertfeger said a man wearing a black ski mask and bearing a handgun entered the business at about 6:56 p.m. and ordered workers and patrons to the floor. He said the man took their cell phones and cash.

He was described as about 6 foot and wearing a black Carhartt jacket and gloves.

Anyone with information should call City Police at (304) 527-1211.

Vehicle overturned in accident today

FOLLANSBEE – An accident at about 6:35 a.m. today on state Route 2 resulted in a vehicle overturning on its roof just north of the Wabash Bridge.

Brooke County Sheriff’s Deputies said no one was seriously hurt in the accident.

No other information was available.

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Permars Run Road to be closed for work

STEUBENVILLE – Permars Run Road (county Road 77), three-quarter of mile east of John Scott Highway, will be closed from 7 a.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Friday for a retaining wall replacement.

There will be no through traffic, according to the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department.

Retail sales show increase in September

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased in September by more than 7 percent compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for September totaled nearly $62.36 million, generating $935,382 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for September 2012 generated $868,646, based on retail sales of $57.9 million.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $63.5 million a month for the first nine months of 2013, compared to $60.2 million a month for all of 2012.

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Akron man killed in ATV crash

ADENA – Richard J. Slivinski, 51, of Akron died Wednesday in an ATV accident at the Short Creek Sportsman’s Club in Adena, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the woods on a trail, and the deceased was a passenger at the time of the crash, according to reports.

His uncle, Joseph Slivinski, 76, of Dillonvale was driving and was able to get out of the vehicle without significant injury when he discovered that his nephew was unresponsive, officials said.

Adena EMS workers reported Richard Slivinski was brought to them from the woods. No foul play is suspected. Joseph Slivinski explained that he had been hunting, and his nephew was along for the ride. He said that Richard Slivisnki recently had been hospitalized for a concussion.

Checkpoint planned on state Route 7

STEUBENVILLE -The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Steubenville Police Department, will conduct an OVI checkpoint today from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on state Route 7.

The checkpoint, funded by federal grant money, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. It is being held in conjunction with saturation patrols to combat alcohol-related injuries and fatal crashes.

Those who plan to consume alcohol are advised to designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before drinking.

Gift reminder issued by Salvation Army

STEUBENVILLE – Individuals who have taken tags from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program to purchase Christmas gifts for 350 area boys and girls in need are reminded to return the gifts and tags to the location from which they were obtained, Capt. Steve Griffin, commanding officer, said Thursday.

Tags with names and a “wish list” of gifts are available on angel trees at Dollar General in Steubenville and Wintersville; Kings Restaurant in Wintersville; Wal-Mart Superstore; Huntington Bank, Hollywood Plaza, Steubenville; Bob Evans; Applebee’s; Eastern Gateway Community College; the Social Security office, Steubenville; and First National Bank locations in Wintersville and Steubenville.

The “wish list” provides suggestions, but residents are at liberty to provide any age-appropriate gift, which should be returned unwrapped at the location from which the name tag was taken.

There are some tags remaining, according to Griffin.

The gifts and tags need returned by Wednesday.

East Springfield Cemetery meet set

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The East Springfield Cemetery Association will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Christ United Methodist Church.

All citizens of the community are invited to attend and discuss issues of concern regarding the cemetery.

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Benefit set Saturday at sportsman’s club

MINGO JUNCTION – A benefit for Erik Takach, who was injured in an auto accident, will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mingo Sportsman Club on township Road 189.

The event will feature a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction.

There is a $10 donation at the door.

For information, call (740) 733-8428.

An Erik Takach benefit account has been set up at US Bank.

Gentile named assistant whip

COLUMBUS – Democrats in the Ohio Senate have picked new leaders after two members stepped from their caucus roles to pursue statewide offices next year.

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman will become the next minority leader in the Senate following a vote by his fellow Democrats Wednesday afternoon. He will replace Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati who is running for lieutenant governor.

Sen. Edna Brown of Toledo is moving up to minority whip, a job held by Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland. Turner is vying for secretary of state.

Joining the leadership team are Sen. Charleta Tavares of Columbus as assistant minority leader, and Sen. Lou Gentile of Steubenville as assistant minority whip.

The full Senate must act on the transition.

Free Christmas concert set

BETHANY – Town officials and Bethany College’s foreign language department will team to hold a free Christmas concert Wednesday featuring music in various languages.

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s new community hall, which was formerly the fire station off Church Street. Refreshments will be served.

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Police investigating shots fired

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are investigating shots fired around 7:42 p.m. Tuesday near the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue.

Police reported receiving several calls about the gunshots. Officers found three spent shell casings in the alley between Maryland and Pennsylvania avenues.

Police reported officers were unable to locate any witnesses.

Retail sales up in July, August

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased in July and August compared to the same periods last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for July increased 8 percent compared to July 2012. Retail sales totaled nearly $70.84 million, generating $1,062,589 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. He noted piggyback sales tax receipts for July 2012 generated $982,370, based on retail sales of $65.49 million.

Agresta reported retail sales increased more than 9 percent in August compared to August 2012. He said retail sales totaled nearly $62.53 million, generating $937,914 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Piggyback sales tax receipts for August 2012 generated $854,248, based on retail sales of $56.95 million.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $63.64 million a month for the first eight months of 2013, compared to $60.2 million a month for all of 2012.

Park to hold light up Saturday

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will hold its Christmas light up ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to viewing the park and its clubhouse in lights, visitors can enter a drawing for one of several Christmas wreaths displayed at the clubhouse.

Chances are $1 each or six for $5.

OMEGA meeting set Dec. 11

CAMBRIDGE – The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association will hold an executive board meeting/luncheon at noon on Dec. 11 at the OMEGA office located at 326 Highland Ave., lower level, in Cambridge.

Cost for registration is $20, which includes lunch.

OMEGA has been awarded grant funds from the Federal Highway Administration and Ohio Department of Transportation to participate in a two-year Regional Transportation Planning pilot program. The primary objectives of this program are development of a transportation plan, interagency consultation, stakeholder outreach and development of regional transportation planning expertise.

Members of the OMEGA staff and transportation partners will showcase the Regional Transportation Planning Program.

There also will be a brief information session provided by Jason Phillips, policy director for Clean Fuels Ohio, a statewide nonprofit organization promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to the transportation industry, government and the general public.

Wells Township to

hold holiday parade

BRILLIANT – Wells Township will hold its annual Christmas parade at 3 p.m. Saturday. The line up will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Buckeye North Elementary School on Third Street.

The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department will pick up nonperishable food items starting at noon before the parade.

Water service interruptions planned

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board will have service interruptions until 4 p.m today in Marland Heights.

Water service may be interrupted periodically as public works crews exercise valves. There also may be periods of low pressure. Water may be discolored, and residents are advised not to do laundry.

Decorating contest in Irondale

IRONDALE – Village officials are sponsoring a house and yard Christmas decorating contest on Dec. 14.

Judging will begin at 7 p.m. with the winners of the contest to be announced at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the village’s regular council meeting.

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UMW Local 1304 meets Saturday

HOPEDALE – The United Mine Workers of America Local 1304 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros, according to Don McLaughlin, recording secretary.

Brightway Center to hold Christmas dinner

SMITHFIELD – Brightway Center, the Kara Bright homestead that is being turned into a activity, sports and spiritual center, is holding a Christmas celebration dinner from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the activity center at 2511 county Road 15, outside of Smithfield.

Along with a dinner of chicken, beef, pasta, vegetables and dessert, there will be entertainment, fundraising activities and a silent auction. The cost is $30 per person. Reservations and payment are due on Monday. Mail payment to Brightway Center, P.O. Box 126, Smithfield, OH 43948.

Salem Township meeting scheduled

RICHMOND – The Salem Township trustees will hold their reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 before the regular meeting gets under way at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the township garage located on state Route 43.

Dance scheduled at Weirton senior center

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center at 3425 Main St. will be the site of a dance at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Hank Vincent and Stone Street Station will perform. A $5 donation is requested.

There will be no second dance in December due to the holidays.

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Benefit show at Scaffidi’s today

STEUBENVILLE – Nashville-signed recording artist Rose Angelica will perform a benefit concert beginning at 6 p.m. today at Scaffidi’s restaurant, 350 S. Hollywood Blvd.

The event will be a CD release party celebrating Angelica’s release of “The Wish” and benefit for Rich and Barbara Wilinski’s daughter Lynette Wilinski Gailey for medical treatments.

“Barb and Rich have given so much for so long to this community,” said Angelica. “It’s time we all step up and pay them back. Their daughter was denied insurance coverage, so I want to use my gift of music to help.”

A portion of the proceeds will go toward CDs and DVDs of “The Wish” will be available for sale.

Donations will go toward the Lynette Wilinski Gailey Surgery Fund. For information, call (740) 314-5233.

Ohio Patrol planning OVI checkpoint

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, officials said, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

Those planning to consume alcohol should designate a driver or make other travel arrangements, officials said.

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

Amish buggy accident reported by patrol

SMITHFIELD – An accident involving a motorist and Amish buggy at about 5 p.m. Saturday on state Route 164 resulted in two men being transported to local hospitals, according to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Daniel Shrock, 22, of 8460 county Road 53, Bergholz, riding in a horse-drawn buggy headed north was struck by a vehicle, also heading north, driven by George Davis, 1112 Kennedy St., Bergholz. The vehicle driven by Davis struck the buggy, forcing the buggy off the right side of the road, while the vehicle driven by Davis veered left and struck a guradrail and overturned, according to reports.

Shrock was transported to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, while Davis was transported to Trinity Medical Center West.

Shrock was in stable condition early today, while Davis’ condition was unknown.