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Vehicles broken into in Richmond

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating another rash of vehicle break-ins, this time in Richmond.

The sheriff’s department reported more than a dozen vehicles were broken into overnight on various streets, including Sugar, Walnut and Lisbon streets and Cedar Road.

The sheriff’s department reported prior to the latest calls, there have been 23 vehicles broken into, mainly in the Bloomingdale area.

Deputies were concentrating on the Bloomingdale area Tuesday night when the Richmond break-ins were occurring.

Deputies said vehicle windows were broken and items, including change, were taken.

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to call the sheriff’s department at (740)283-8600.

Officers looking at broken truck windows

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are trying to determine how windows on a truck were broken after a nearby shots fired call was received early today.

Police were called around 2:54 a.m. today to the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and Ohio Street about five shots being fired. Officers then found a pickup truck with its passenger and driver windows broken. Since no shell casings were found, officers said they were unable to determine how the windows were broken.

Man struck by vehicle

in Weirton

WEIRTON – A male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Penco Road and Cove Hill Road Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.

The call came in at 1:59 p.m., and the pedestrian was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital by helicopter, according to Lt. Greg Moody of the Weirton Police Department.

Further details were unavailable, and the incident is still being investigated.

City man sentenced in shooting incident

STEUBENVILLE – Travis S. Gray, 22, of 1441 Belleview Blvd. was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. in connection with a shooting incident on March 28.

Gray pleaded guilty to a bill of information charging felonious assault, with a firearm specification.

According to reports, Gray shot a man in the foot in the 1500 block of Ridge Avenue allegedly in connection with a burglary committed earlier by Gray. The shooting victim, who was also the victim of the reported burglary, was trying to get Gray to get into a vehicle.

Jefferson County small animal tag-in

SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County small market animal tag-in will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event is only for goats, lambs and feeder calves and will be held until 11 a.m.

Youth showing hogs are to turn in information only from the packet they receive between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

This tag-in is for all youth planning to participate with these animal species at the Jefferson County Fair, according to Carolyn Piergallini, fair board member.

Day of Prayer to be observed in Weirton

WEIRTON – The Weirton Ministerial Association, in cooperation with the National Day of Prayer Task Force, will host a National Day of Prayer service at noon Thursday in front of the Municipal Building.

This year’s theme is “One voice, united in prayer: We pray!”

The event, which will include local clergy offering prayers for the community, state, country and citizens, is open to the public.

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Gas-fired power plant approved

CARROLLTON – The Ohio Power Sitting Board on Monday approved the construction of a 742-megawatt natural gas fired generation plant to be built by Carroll County Energy.

The plant will be located about 2.5 miles north of Carrollton off state Route 9 on 77 acres of land. The Ohio Power Sitting Board said the plant will have a permanent footprint of 17 acres.

Carroll County Energy filed an application in November to build the plant. A public hearing was held in March.

The Ohio Power Sitting Board’s approval lists 17 stipulations that must be met to ensure sound construction and safe operation of the plant, with minimal impacts to local residents and the environment.

The $800 million plant is expected to create 500 construction jobs.

Spaghetti dinner to be served at fraternity

FOLLANSBEE – A spaghetti dinner will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Theta Thi Alpha Fraternity, 756 Main St.

The dinner is all you can eat, with salad and meatball included. The cost is $7 per person.

Take-out will be available. The public is welcome.

Satellite veterans office to be open

STEUBENVILLE – The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veterans’ benefits.

For information, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at Suite 310, 500 Market St. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Veterans staff to attend schooling

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Veterans Service Office will be closed May 6-9 due to staff educational requirements. All staff personnel must attend school to obtain continuing educational credits, according to officials.

The educational requirements are established by Ohio Department of Veterans Services and co-ordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office. The mandatory education is provided to keep all personnel informed of VA changes, updates in law changes and all facets of filing claims with the VA.

All veterans who use the DAV Transportation Network through the Veterans Service Office are encouraged to call in all appointments early to ensure seat availability.

All constituents who receive assistance through the Veterans Service Office will be notified of procedures that will be followed during the closure.

For information, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571.

Mom 2 Mom Expo at Fort Steuben Mall

STEUBENVILLE – The seventh-annual Mom 2 Mom Expo will be held at the Fort Steuben Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10.

The event will feature the Mother/Daughter Look-Alike Contest at noon in center court, sponsored by WCDK-FM and bounce houses from Kurt James Fun and Games.

Booths will be set up throughout the mall for moms and their families to browse specialty items and services.

For information, contact Steph McVicker by phone at (740) 264-7781 or by e-mail at

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Bridge on county Road 53 closed

NEW SOMERSET – A bridge on Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53), about 3 miles west of New Somerset, was closed Wednesday morning until further notice.

The Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported a county crew was at the bridge Wednesday morning doing work in preparation for a repair project on the bridge when a county dump truck crossed the bridge to turn around. The rear of the truck went through the bridge bed and came to rest in the creek. A crane will have to lift the truck off the bridge.

The county engineer’s department reported the driver was taken to Trinity Medical Center West with minor injuries.

Work was done to repair half of the bridge and the county commissioners agreed to advertise on April 10 for other work on the bridge, with an estimated cost of $107,500. Work is expected to begin in about two months.

Electronics, tires to be collected

BEECH BOTTOM – Brooke County residents may discard tires and certain electronic devices during a collection set May 3 and sponsored by the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the solid waste authority’s recycling center on Mac Barnes Drive off state Route 2 south of Beech Bottom.

All participants must show proof they are Brooke County residents.

Items that will be accepted include answering machines, computer copiers, cellular phones, CD and DVD players, VCRs, camcorders, calculators, digital cameras, electric typewriters, electric wire fax machines, video game systems, hard drives and various computer equipment, microwave ovens, projectors, pagers, radios, remote control devices, stereos, televisions and telephones.

While small household items will be accepted, officials involved with the collection won’t accept large items such as washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, hot water tanks, refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners or any type of light bulbs or ballast, smoke detectors or household or commercial batteries.

Tires will be limited to 10 per person and must be off their rims, from cars or light trucks only and with a radius of 16.5 inches or less. Tires from businesses won’t be accepted.

Those with questions should call the solid waste board’s office at (304) 527-3947.

Richmond hydrants to be flushed

RICHMOND – Village crews will flush fire hydrants on Tuesday and Wednesday during evening hours, according to officials.

Residents affected are asked to refrain from doing laundry on those days.

Budget meeting set for April 28

STEUBENVILLE – A budget committee meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Suite 310, 500 Market St., to discuss the budget for 2015, according to Schelley Brooks, service officer.

WSX Management Club to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the banquet room at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Friends of Smithfield set meeting

SMITHFIELD – The quarterly meeting of the Friends of Smithfield will be held at 11 a.m. May 3 at the Smithfield Historical Society.

There will be a follow-up on the spaghetti dinner fundraiser for a cleanup of the charred building that was a hardware in earlier days on Main Street.

Officials also are to discuss the Northern Cemetery mowing situation.

New business will include a wine festival participation discussion, the honor project and other grant application possibilities.

The membership drive is under way, with $25 for one year’s membership, $100 for a five-year membership or $1,000 for a lifetime membership. Checks can be made payable to Friends of Smithfield and sent to P.O. Box 73, Smithfield, OH 43948.

Spaghetti dinner benefits youngster

ANNAPOLIS – A four-wheeler accident on July 26 left Kaden Salsberry, 11, of Annapolis, a Harrison Central Elementary pupil, with serious injuries.

The medical bills and transportation expenses going back and forth to Akron Children’s Hospital have been costly for his parents, Steve and Kari Salsberry. He is being tutored at home due to his injuries, his parents noted.

A spaghetti dinner benefit is planned from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the East Springfield Community Center on county Road 39.

The Modern Woodmen of America will match funds earned up to $1,000, according to Becky Ramsey, who can be contacted at (740) 765-5694 for information. The group will take the funds collected from the dinner , double them and give that money for medical expenses.

The dinner consists of spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink for $7 a person. Dine in and take-outs are available.

There will be a silent auction with prints by artists Dave Barnhouse, Don Fusco, Denise Gordon and Rich Gregor, cosmetics, bath products, purses, an Ohio State basket, Steelers basket, car care basket and various gift certificates. There also will be a 50/50 fundraiser and a donation jar.

Rabies clinic set for May 3

FOLLANSBEE – A low-cost rabies clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at Tractor Supply on state Route 2.

No appointments is needed for the event, which is open to area pet owners. Dogs should be brought on leashes, and cats should be in carriers.

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Wintersville Council sets special meeting

WINTERSVILLE – A special Village Council meeting is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday at the municipal office, 200 Grove St., to award bids for lift stations for the village’s Phase II sewer project.

Sleep Outfitters sets grand opening

STEUBENVILLE – Mattress retailer Sleep Outfitters will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in the Hollywood Shopping Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and someone will win a dream vacation for two.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy refreshments and a chance to win the vacation package, including hotel and airfare, to one of a dozen destinations.

WOGH-FM’s Mr. Froggy will be on hand for the event, co-sponsored with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Sleep Outfitters’ parent company, Innovative Mattress Solutions, operates 49 stores in Ohio under the Sleep Outfitters and Mattress Warehouse names.

Humane Society part of Comcast Care Days

WINTERSVILLE – Comcast employees will join forces with the Jefferson County Humane Society to make some improvements to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter on Saturday.

Projects include planting trees, spreading mulch and planting flowers, repainting the community room and lobby areas, general cleaning, window washing, hanging new flags, installing cabinets, sanitizing of crates and carriers, sweeping and mopping of floors and organization of supplies.

The public is invited to join in with the scheduled tasks and purchase drawing tickets for the gift items that will be on display.

Comcast also will make a monetary donation for every volunteer who shows up to help. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m., prior to the work day, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are asked to bring tools relevant to the chore they wish to perform – shovels, rakes, wheel borrows, paint roller holders, etc.

Corporate sponsors involved in this project include Comcast, McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Burger King, Abyss, Lowes, First Class Customs, NAPA Auto Parts, Advance Auto Parts, Hauser’s Furniture, Monroe Muffler, Domino’s Pizza, Zalenski’s Restaurant and others.

Harrison 4-H horse group hosts program

CADIZ – The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee will host the April installment of its equine educational program at 4 p.m. Sunday with Ohio 4-H Horse judge Heather Pariso of Dover. The program will be held in the classroom at Harrison Community Hospital.

Pariso will discuss “What 4-H Judges Are Looking For and Common Rule Book Violations.”

“This is an essential program for 4-H and FFA horse members,” stated Sherri VanTassel, committee chair. The program is free, and door prizes and refreshments are provided.

Non 4-H/FFA members are asked to RSVP to Tim Tanner at the Extension Office at (740) 942-8823.

Power disruption affects Tomlinson

NEW MANCHESTER – A power disruption occurred in the campground at Tomlinson Run State Park. Electrical service to all other facilities at the park was not affected.

Tomlinson Run campground is open, but with limited services offered. As compensation, campers will pay a special rate, which will be in effect until power is restored, according to campground officials.

The campground opened April 1 and remains in operation through Oct. 31.

For updates on the electrical system situation or information about activities at Tomlinson Run State Park, visit or call (304) 564-3651.

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Juvenile arrested with loaded gun

STEUBENVILLE – City Police officers responding to a report of three male juveniles chasing another male along Market Street around 5:15 p.m. Monday resulted in a juvenile being arrested for having a loaded pistol.

Police reported they spotted the three juveniles in the 400 block of Market Street after receiving a report one of them may be armed. Officers found a loaded .25 caliber pistol on one juvenile and crack cocaine on another juvenile, police reported. Both are 17 years old and were taken to the county juvenile detention center.

Sentence given in teen sex case

STEUBENVILLE – Johntrell R. Terry, 19, of Mingo Junction was placed on three years of probation by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Terry was charged with having sexual relations with a then 13-year-old girl in September.

Defense attorney Steven Stickles said it was consensual sex even though the female wasn’t old enough to consent. He said the victim induced the contact through text messages and claiming she was sick so she could stay home from school.

Henderson also ruled that Terry is a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address where he works or lives to the county sheriff every 180 days for 25 years. Terry faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Drug take back

set for Saturday

Persons who want to dispose of old or unwanted prescription drugs can do so safely at two places in Steubenville and Wintersville on Saturday.

The Wintersville Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Reisbeck’s Food Market and Cardinal Health will accept unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Reisbeck’s, 100 Main St., Wintersville.

The Jefferson County Opiate Task Force is partnering with Walgreens, 2001 Sunset Blvd., for the dropoff, also from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, in the parking lot. There will be give-away items, and people can register for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

Liquids, needles or sharp objects will not be accepted. Both drug take-backs are free and anonymous.

Township to hold

litter collection

BELVEDERE – Wayne Township officials invite volunteers to participate in its litter collection from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Participants should gather at the Belvedere Fire Department at 8:45 a.m. They should wear bright colors, gloves and good walking shoes or hiking boots. Bags and buckets will be provided.

Food distribution set for Thursday

WEIRTON – Two local organizations have joined forces to provide food for area residents in need.

The Salvation Army and the Community Bread Basket will host a mobile food distribution for residents of Hancock and Brooke counties on Thursday. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 796 Cove Road, while food lasts.

To receive food through the distribution, individuals must bring West Virginia residency identification, a rent receipt or utility bill and a box, which will be exchanged for a box of food.

Those interested in receiving food are asked not to arrive before 11 a.m. as the parking lot to the Salvation Army will be closed to allow the truck to be unloaded.

For information, contact the Salvation Army at (304) 748-4310. The distribution is provided through funding from a grant provided by the Mountaineer Food Bank.

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Benefit dinner set for city woman

STEUBENVILLE – A benefit dinner is planned from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 3 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner restaurant downtown for local resident Pam Pizzoferrato of Steubenville who is fighting uterine cancer.

Dinner costs $10 per person and includes pasta with salad, bread and beverage. Delivery will be available, with a minimum of five orders. To order, call (740) 283-9901. The event also will feature a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, cash bar and DJ Sipes. Monetary donations to Pizzoferrato can be made to JPMorgan Chase Bank, 147 Main St., Wintersville, OH 43953.

Tax reform meeting slated Monday

STEUBENVILLE – A “Future of Tax Reform, Flat Tax or Fair Tax” meeting is planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the lecture hall at Eastern Gateway Community College. Doors open at 6 p.m. The meeting is being hosted by Steubenville for Liberty/American Patriot Council. U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, is scheduled to attend.

Red Cross lists blood drives

WINTERSVILLE – The American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter has scheduled upcoming blood drives. They include noon to 6 p.m. May 5 at the Red Cross Chapter, 81 Talbott Drive, Wintersville, and at the Laurels of Steubenville, 500 Stanton Blvd.; 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., May 8, Indian Creek High School, 200 Park Drive, Wintersville; and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 9 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, 1509 county Highway 22A, Bloomingdale.

Seminar planned May 3 at Brightway Center

SMITHFIELD – Answers about why Ohio is vulnerable to sex trafficking will be answered at a seminar planned May 3 at the Brightway Center.

Eileen Spencer, prevention educator for domestic minor human trafficking, will be the keynote speaker at 10 a.m. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.

She will offer a presentation to raise awareness on how to identify a potential victim by looking for physical, psychological and environmental signs. The presentation also will look at components present in human trafficking. It will briefly cover the needs of a rescued victim along with federal and state laws.

The program is free.

Following in two weeks will be a program led by Brad Oliver, Indiana Wesleyan University dean of education, concerning “unleashing your faith and maximize your influence.”

A mother and daughter tea party will be held on May 24, and ladies and their daughters, sisters or friends can bring their own tea cup and saucer if desired. Entertainment will be provided by Kara’s Kids entertainers.

Country Energy concert scheduled

CARROLLTON – Singer Dustin Lynch tickets for the Country Energy Fest Concert at the Carroll County Fairgrounds will be available at the GPS Oil and Safety Store. Lynch will appear at 8 p.m. on May 31.

Tickets can be purchasedfrom 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Prices are $15 and $20 for grandstand seating and $25 and $35 for track seats.

Tickets are available online at or from the Carroll County Fairgrounds, 106 Kensington Road, on the first and third Saturday of each moth from 10 .m. to 3 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Country Energy Fest will offer activities for the family beginning at 11 a.m. There will be barbecued ribs, an antique tractor show and car and motorcycle shows.

The event was organized by the Carroll County Agricultural Society as a fundraiser for the fairgrounds. For information, call (330) 627-2300.

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Vehicles hit by shots fired

STEUBENVILLE – City Police detectives are trying to sort out conflicting stories from people inside vehicles that were hit by gunfire Wednesday evening at Jefferson and Elk streets.

Police received several phone calls about the shots fired shortly after 8 p.m. Several vehicles were reported to have fled the area. Two vehicles eventually were located that had damage from bullets, police reported.

One vehicle was found at Trinity Medical Center West, where the driver claimed he was in an accident after the shots fired and hit his lip on the steering wheel. The driver of the other vehicle claimed a friend was driving it at the time of the shots fired, police reported.

Both vehicles were towed away by police.

No guns were found in the vehicles.

Police Chief William McCafferty said the investigation is continuing.

Two transported following accident

COLLIERS – Two individuals were transported by ambulance, one for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries and another for observation, following an accident Tuesday night on U.S. Route 22.

Brooke County sheriff’s deputies said a slick roadway contributed to a collision between a truck and a car near the Harmon Creek Exit, and no citations are expected. They added the drivers of a few other vehicles failed to stop at the accident’s site, resulting in other minor collisions.

City man sent

to prison for drugs

STEUBENVILLE – Derrick R. Fletcher, 43, of 908 Oakland Way was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Fletcher pleaded guilty to three drug charges.

Fletcher pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking and one count of possession of drugs. He was arrested by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force during a raid on Aug. 7, 2013, at an apartment at 601 Two Ridge Road, Wintersville. The drug task force reported drug buys were made out of the apartment.

The joint recommendation from the county prosecutor’s office and Fletcher’s defense attorney was for nine months in prison. Henderson sentenced Fletcher to the 11 months in prison, stating Fletcher had served four prior prison terms.

Center to offer Easter Sunday dinner

STEUBENVILLE – The Center of Hope located at the corner of Fourth and Market streets will offer an Easter dinner from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone who would like to donate to the dinner or who would like to volunteer during the day are welcome. Donations can be mailed to Center of Hope, P.O. Box 53, Steubenville, OH 43952, and volunteers are encouraged to come to the center on Sunday, said organizer Molly McGovern.

“Our menu for Easter includes ham, scalloped potatoes, a salad, rolls and a beverage. We will also be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday so people will have somewhere to find a meal this weekend,” said McGovern.

Easter egg hunt at Pleasant Hill

STEUBENVILLE – Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2305 state Route 213, Steubenville, will host an Easter egg hunt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The free event for children up through fourth grade will include snacks, a coloring contest, games and the presentation of the Easter story. Questions can be directed to (740) 282-4364.

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Egg hunt set Saturday in Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE – An Easter egg hunt is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bloomingdale Park.

Prizes will be awarded, and the Easter Bunny is scheduled to appear.

For information, call (740) 944-1815 or (740) 944-1591.

State bridges to be inspected

Bridges in Jefferson and Columbiana counties will be inspected next week during daytime hours by an Ohio Department of Transportation crew and a snooper truck, weather permitting.

Workers on Monday will inspect the state Route 7 bridge located over the railroad and Goose Run north of Stratton. Crews will inspect the state Route 7 bridge over the railroad at Yellow Creek on Tuesday.

The U.S. Route 30 ramps to the Newell Bridge over the railroad and the Ohio River in East Liverpool will be inspected on Wednesday.

Traffic will be restricted but maintained at these locations, ODOT reported.

Special meeting of commission today

STEUBENVILLE – A special meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 4:15 p.m. today at Suite 310, 500 Market St., to discuss budget and personnel.

All veterans and interested parties are welcome to attend, according to Schelley Brooks, service officer.

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Library branch to close Sunday

STEUBENVILLE – The Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County will be closed Sunday because of Easter.

No other branches are open on Sundays. All of the branches have regular hours Friday and Saturday.

Springfield Township trustees to meet

BERGHOLZ – The Springfield Township trustees will meet at 7 p.m. April 28 at the township building, 722 Monroe St.

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Saturday robbery under investigation

STEUBENVILLE Authorities are looking for a man they say was involved in a Saturday robbery.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, a man walked into the Pytash Country Market on state Route 213 at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and placed a note demanding money on the counter. After he showed her a gun, the cashier handed over the cash in the register, and the suspect then fled south on Route 213 in a silver Volkswagen Jetta, the sheriff reported.

Reports said the man was a white male between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet. He was wearing a red ball cap, glasses, a gray and black striped hooded sweatshirt, a black T-shirt, jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s department.

Red Cross sets blood drives

WINTERSVILLE – The Red Cross will be conducting several blood drives this week.

A drive will be held from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland.

Two drives will be held Friday, both from noon to 6 p.m. One will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Lovers Lane in Steubenville and one will be held at the American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter House in Wintersville.

Council to set levy rates

FOLLANSBEE – Follansbee Council will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the City Building to set levy rates for the upcoming fiscal year.

The rates won’t change from last year’s.

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Weirton Marathon gas stationed robbed

WEIRTON – The Marathon gas station at Pennsylvania Avenue and McHendry Street was robbed by an armed suspect at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall.

The suspect fled, and was not apprehended as of Friday evening. Because the investigation is ongoing, City Opolice declined to provide more details.

Brilliant Legion holds Easter bunny visit

BRILLIANT – The Brilliant American Legion will hold its annual visit with the Easter bunny today starting at noon at the legion home.

This is for children of the community and treats will be distributed.

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 Easter.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

SRG to meet Monday

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

According to SRG President Susan Probert, City Manager Tim Boland and Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi are planning to attend the group meeting to answer questions about special improvement districts.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President Rich Deluca will address the group on chamber programs, including a program aimed a helping new businesses get off to a good start.

Tressel seeking presidency of YSU

YOUNGSTOWN – Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State University less than a month after he applied for the same position at the University of Akron.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports that the head of a firm leading Youngstown State’s search said that Tressel applied for the post on Friday.

A message seeking comment with AGB Search’s president was not immediately returned.

Tressel coached at Youngstown State before leaving for Ohio State where he was forced out following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions.

He has worked as an administrator at Akron for two years. He applied in mid-March for the president’s job there, saying he had 35 years of experience in higher education.

From staff and wire reports

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ODOT announces bridge inspections

Bridges in Belmont and Jefferson counties will be inspected next week during daytime hours by an Ohio Department of Transportation crew and a snooper truck, weather permitting.

Workers on Monday and Tuesday will inspect the Interstate 470 bridge north of Bellaire over state Route 7, the railroad and the Ohio River in Belmont County.

The twin bridges south of Brilliant on state Route 7 over township Road 155 and Little Rush Run will be inspected on Wednesday, and, on Thursday, crews will move to the state Route 7 structure south of Brilliant over the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Traffic will be restricted but maintained at all of these locations during the work, ODOT reported.

Critical incidents, situations seminar set

STEUBENVILLE – Area residents can prepare for a critical incident by attending the Response to Critical Incidents/Active Killer Situations, A.L.I.C.E. Training Wednesday at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Ohio University-Zanesville Campus Director of Public Safety Bethany Hayes will present the free, public seminar at 2:30 p.m. on the college’s Jefferson County campus.

A.L.I.C.E. Training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is well known for school safety, but with shootings in workplaces and public areas such as malls, movie theaters, restaurants, parks and churches becoming more commonplace, safety awareness is important everywhere, according to Hayes.

Hayes will offer suggestions for preventing an incident from occurring in the first place; tips and tricks to ensure personal safety; and options for responding to a shooter.

The event will take place in Eastern Gateway’s lecture hall and is open to the public. Registration is not needed. For information, contact Bob Villamagna at (740) 381-2701.

Concert to celebrate the Easter Season

STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville will celebrate the resurrection of Christ with Resurrexit! A Concert for Eastertide set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Christ the King Chapel.

The Franciscan University Chorale will perform works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Faure, Durufle, Hogan, Proulx and Hancock.

The concert also will feature Jessica Ewell, soprano and Franciscan University assistant professor of music, and David Enlow of the Juilliard School and Church of the Holy Communion, New York City.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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School evacuated after suspected threat

WELLSBURG – Students and staff were evacuated from Brooke High School on Wednesday and the students dismissed at about 12:30 p.m. after a note alluding to a bomb threat was discovered in a restroom, Brooke County school officials confirmed.

Assistant Superintendent Marty Bartz didn’t have specific details about the note but said the evacuation was called as a precaution. He said the building and athletic stadium were searched with the help of the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and nothing was found.

He said buses transported students home at about 12:30 p.m. but parents also were alerted, through an automated calling system, that they could pick up their children.

Bartz said Principal Toni Shute will speak to students about being watchful of suspicious behavior and advise them criminal charges may be filed for making threats.

Bicyclist hurt after accident

STEUBENVILLE – Jeff Bonecutter, 39, of 236 S. Fourth St. was treated at Trinity Medical Center West after the bicycle he was riding collided with a vehicle around 11:44 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Sixth and Market streets.

City Police reported the driver of a vehicle, Allan Byron, 41, of 230 Hallock Ave., Mingo Junction, told officers he was entering the intersection, traveling north on Sixth Street when Bonecutter rode his bike into the intersection. Bonecutter was struck by the vehicle and rolled onto the hood into the windshield, breaking the glass, police reported.

Commission OKs PUD plan amendment

WEIRTON – City planners unanimously approved a request for a planned unit development plan amendment at their regular meeting Wednesday.

Altair Development requested the plan amendment for Phase II of the Village at Colliers Way project located on American Way. The developers asked to change the use from residential to retail/professional offices category.

Mike Chek of Altair Development explained they made the request because a doctor expressed interest in locating his office there.

Subsequent applications still will be required from the developers in coming months for the approval of subdivisions, zoning and building permits, according to officials.

Portman staff to hold office hours

STEUBENVILLE – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s, R-Ohio, staff will hold office hours from noon until 1 p.m. on April 24 in the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Schiappa branch conference room.

Constituents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with a district representative.

No appointments are necessary. Information about the visit is available by calling Todd Shelton at (740) 238-8337.

Vendors sought for festival

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee is accepting applications for the food and craft booth spaces from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the City Building, 872 Main St.

The forms must be returned no later than June 27.

School board announces meetings

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education has moved its next meeting to 6 p.m. Tuesday at its office, 1201 Pleasant Ave.

The meeting will follow a special section at 5:45 p.m. to set levy rates for the upcoming fiscal year. The board normally meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

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Three charged in house burglary

BRILLIANT – Three people caught after they allegedly broke into a house late Thursday evening each were charged with burglary on Monday, the Wells Township Police Department reported.

Police Capt. Sean Norman said a house at the intersection of county Roads 15 and 17 was broken into. A neighbor looked out a window and saw the burglary, yelled at the people involved, who then fled in a vehicle, he said.

Police were able to catch up to the vehicle on Rush Run Road at state Route 7, Norman said. The vehicle was chased to Tiltonsville, where it stopped, he said. Stolen items from the house were found inside the vehicle, Norman said.

Charged with burglary were: Paul Roe, 34, of 460 Canton Road, Wintersville; Catharine Castelinno, 24, of 520 Logan Ave., Mingo Junction; and Shannon Holbrook, 22, of 3031 Elm St., Weirton.

Company imposes safety stand-down

BELMONT – The company that owns a natural gas drilling site where a worker died Saturday is on a self-imposed safety stand-down until an investigation into the man’s death is complete.

The man who was crushed to death by a piece of equipment at the Rice Energy natural gas drilling site in Belmont County has been identified at David Zamora, 43, of Victoria, Texas.

The well site is called Bigfoot 9H and is located off state Route 149 near Belmont. Sheriff Dave Lucas said Zamora’s death was the first related to the natural gas drilling industry to occur in the county.

“It was classified as an industrial accident. Our end of it is over,” Lucas said.

Lucas said he did not know if the man was a Rice Energy employee or a subcontractor. According to published reports, Zamora began working at the site three weeks ago with Lee Specialties, a wireline equipment company, and was expected to be back home in a week.

Rice Energy officials said the company is working to determine exactly what happened at the site.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family friends and coworkers of the individual that was fatally injured. In our five years of operating safely in Appalachia, this is the first major incident to occur on a Rice Energy site and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Mike Lauderbaugh, Rice Energy’s vice president of environmental health and safety. “The safety of our employees, our contractors and subcontractors has always been our top priority. We are working with the appropriate agencies to confirm the cause of this incident and to ensure our continued operations are conducted in the safest manner possible.”

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Child advocacy center receives grant funds

COLUMBUS – In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded nearly a dozen Ohio crime victim service agencies with funding to promote the resources available to victims of crime.

A Caring Place Children’s Advocacy Center in Wintersville is among 10 agencies that will share a total of nearly $10,000 to fund awareness campaigns throughout the week, DeWine said.

“We are pleased that we are able to assist these agencies to promote the valuable services that they provide and assist those who have been victimized,” DeWine said. “My office is dedicated to helping victims and their families in the aftermath of violent crime.”

A Caring Place Children’s Advocacy Center is a place where child abuse victims and witnesses can be interviewed and examined if necessary.

The grants from DeWine range from $870 to $1,000.

Brooke PSD moves meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board has moved Wednesday’s meeting to 3:30 p.m. at its office at 711 Charles St.

The board normally meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

Wells Township hosting Easter events

BRILLIANT -The Wells Township Recreation Department will offer an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the North End Park, across from the Brilliant American Legion.

The Easter Bunny will visit children at the Legion following the hunt. The event is open to children through the sixth grade.

An Easter party will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Township Community Center. Activities will include lunch, games, crafts, egg and cookie decorating and door prizes. Liz Cook, Wells Township recreation director, said the activities will take about an hour, so parents can bring children at their convenience.

Easter egg hunt set Sunday in Wintersville

WINTERSVILLE – The village’s 25th-annual Easter egg hunt is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Steuben Burial Estates, 801 Canton Road, for children ages 2-10.

Each child will receive a small gift bag with a door prize ticket attached.

Several baskets will be available to aid in collecting eggs.

Grand prizes in three age groups – 2-3, 4-6 and 7-10 – plus other prizes will be awarded.

The Easter Bunny will be present for the hunt.

Commissioner named to state committee

COLUMBUS – Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham has been appointed to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio health and human services committee for 2014.

The committee addresses such topics as human services, children services, child support, child care, health, developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, county homes, senior citizens/aging, Medicaid, temporary assistance to needy families and veterans affairs.

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PERI 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 Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. All retirees, spouses and guests are welcome.

Relay for Life meeting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – Planning for the 2014 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society will continue Tuesday when team captains, committee members and volunteers meet at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 2102 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Anyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the relay, which will be held beginning at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville and continuing until noon on June 21.

The theme for this year’s event is “I Relay – What’s Your Superpower?” The goal is to raise $155,000 for education, research, patient services and advocacy.

Jaclyn Walters Abrams will continue as co-chair of the relay. For information, contact her at or Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner, at

Local bands sought for July 4 Band Blast

WEIRTON – Band Blast will be a music competition featuring local bands, taking place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 4 at the Weirton Event Center.

Organizers are looking for local bands interested in taking part. As part of the application process, bands must include a CD, DVD or a website featuring their music.

Applications must be submitted by May 5 and can be sent to Millicent Zack, City of Weirton, 200 Municipal Plaza, Weirton, WV 26062.

A committee will review applications and submitted materials, before selecting four bands to perform at Band Blast on July 4.

Each band will perform for 20 minutes.

A panel of three judges will score performances on musical ability, stage presence and entertainment quality, and image.

“The audience will be the fourth judge,” said Alicia Ford, part of the organizing committee. Audience members may purchase a vote for a $1 donation.

The first-place band will receive $1,000; second, $500; and third- and fourth-place, $250 each. The winning band will receive a spot in the 2015 Weirton summer concert series schedule.

For information, contact Ford at (304) 797-7003.

All proceeds from Band Blast will go to the Renaissance Weirton organization.

The competition will be followed by a performance from local band Legend and Weirton’s Independence Day fireworks display.

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Zumba studio to hold health fair

WEIRTON – Cindy’s Fusion Fitness, a zumba studio, will hold a free health fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at its Weirton location at 3133 Pennsylvania Ave.

There will be free blood pressure and body mass index readings, door prizes and samples. Steubenville Chiropractic also will be doing free neck and spine examinations.

Work to resume on John Scott Highway

STEUBENVILLE – Work will resume Monday on the John Scott Highway Improvement Project when Shelly and Sands Incorporated of Rayland begins upgrading traffic signals, replacing guardrail and new overhead signage.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said traffic will be maintained with single lane closures and motorists are advised to drive slowly through the construction zone and be aware of daily traffic pattern changes.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late June.

Utica Shale Academy meeting rescheduled

STEUBENVILLE – The April meeting of the Utica Shale Academy has been moved from April 11 to 10:30 a.m. on April 14.

The meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center facility at 2023 Sunset Blvd.

Head Start taking signup applications

STEUBENVILLE – Applications are now being accepted to enroll income eligible children in the Jefferson County Head Start program.

Children must be up to date on immunizations that include four doses of DTaP, polio, measles, mumps and Rubella, a Hib shot, Hepatitis B and Varicella.

Centers are located in Adena, Tiltonsville, Seubenville and Wintersville.

Head Start Social Services Director Sherry Petteway said the Head Start program offers age appropriate lessons in early literacy, phonics, math, science, health and nutrition.

“Head Start also provides nutritional meals, field trips, transportation and services for children with disabilities,” said Petteway.

“For further assistance on enrolling a child parents should call 740-282-0971 extension 151 or 146,” added Petteway.

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Firefighters called to structure fire

BEECH BOTTOM – Firefighters from Windsor Heights and Beech Bottom were called to a structure fire at a modular home on Hukill Run Road at 10:52 p.m. Thursday.

Windsor Heights fire Chief Dave Arthurs said the fire originated from some heat tape on a pipe beneath the home and was extinguished quickly.

Weirton committee approves resolution

WEIRTON City Finance Committee members unanimously approved an annual resolution Thursday to enter into an agreement for an operations, maintenance and repair cost share program for Harmon Creek watershed structures.

The city will contribute $10,000 to split the cost of dam site inspections and maintenance with the West Virginia Northern Panhandle Conservation District. According to the website, the organization’s mission is “to provide for and promote the protection and conservation of West Virginia’s soil, land, water and related resources for the health, safety and general welfare of the state’s citizens.”

“This is the same funding we do every year for maintenance of the dam sites. We also do our own inspections,” Valerie Means, city manager, said. “We always work together with them on this.”

New Cumberland man in court today

NEW CUMBERLAND – A New Cumberland man was scheduled to appear in Hancock County Magistrate Court today on a charge that he solicited sex from a 15-year-old girl.

Douglas E. Wells, 42, was arrested March 24 on a felony count of soliciting a minor via computer following an investigation by the Detective Gerard Spencer of the Weirton Police Department.

The investigation began earlier in March when the girl’s mother called Weirton Police, saying a man had befriended the girl on Facebook, according to a complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

The man asked the girl how old she was and if she would ever date him, a 42-year-old, the complaint said. Spencer used the girl’s Facebook account and cell phone to chat with Wells, who allegedly asked the girl to have sex with him and to perform oral sex on him, the complaint said.

Wells also allegedly asked the girl to send him a nude picture of herself via the computer and had plans to pick the girl up so they could have sex, the complaint said.

The charge applies to “any person over the age of 18, who knowingly uses a computer to solicit, entice, seduce or lure, or attempt to solicit, entice, seduce or lure, a minor known or believed to be at least four years younger than the person using the computer, to commit any illegal act.”

Wells has not yet entered a plea but is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Michael Powell today.

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Two seriously injured in wreck

STEUBENVILLE – Two people were flown by medical helicopters to Pittsburgh hospitals following a single vehicle wreck around noon on Wednesday on state Route 213, Knoxville, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

A trooper reported a car driven by Larry Vincenzo, 66, of 433 county Road 58, Irondale, went off the right side of the road into a group of pine trees. Heather B. Power, 26, of the same address, was a passenger.

The patrol reported speed was a factor in the crash.

Man arrested in shooting incident

STEUBENVILLE – Travis S. Gray Jr., 22, of 1441 Belleview Blvd. was arrested by City Police on Wednesday in connection with a shooting on Friday afternoon.

City Police were called to investigate a shooting outside a residence in the 1500 block of Ridge Avenue about 4 p.m. Friday. Police said a man was shot in the foot and transported to Trinity Medical Center, treated and released.

Gray was being held on a $250,000 bond and is set to appear today in municipal court.

Sheriff issues scam warning

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a warning about an apparent scam making its way through the area.

According to information released Wednesday, the sheriff’s department has received multiple calls from Hancock County residents saying they have been contacted by individuals claiming to be from Microsoft requesting access to home computers.

Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said a resident from Weirton received a call from what appeared to be a local number listed under the name “Danny McNelty.” Because the resident did not recognize the number, Fletcher said multiple calls went unanswered. “The resident finally answered the phone to be greeted by a man with a foreign accent claiming to be from Microsoft,” Fletcher said. “The resident questioned this because of the local number, upsetting the caller, who then hung up.”

Fletcher said a female resident received a similar call requesting information about her home computer, became suspicious and hung up on the caller. He said he wants residents to be wary of callers requesting personal, financial and computer information.

“It is possible for anyone to spoof a number to make it seem like it is from the local area. There are even phone applications that allow people to call under different numbers,” said Detective Chris Waide, adding the Hancock County Detective Division has received complaints of this nature for some time.

Detective Matt Harvey said some individuals have even paid for services offered only to find out too late it was a scam. Residents such calls are encouraged to report them to the sheriff’s department at (304) 564-4100, or Tip411.

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Blaze spreads from trash fire

WELLSBURG – Firefighters from Wellsburg, Franklin Community and Follansbee were called to a fire Tuesday that spread from a pile of trash being burned by a resident near Susquehanna Road and again at 6 a.m. today when it rekindled.

Wellsburg Fire Capt. Tom R. Diserio said the fire was extinguished at 8 a.m.

Diserio said wind spread the fire to a shed, garage, boat and camper on the property, and firefighters were dispatched Tuesday at about 5 p.m. The blaze also spread through hay in the garage. He said the shed and camper were destroyed by the fire.

Diserio didn’t know if the resident will be cited but said the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Brooke County Sheriff’s Department were notified. He noted because of dry conditions, residents aren’t permitted to burn before 5 p.m.

Because there was only a remote hydrant in the area, tanker trucks were provided by four other fire departments.

Brooke play to open Thursday

WELLSBURG – Brooke High School’s production of “Anatomy of Gray,” a fable for adults, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school’s auditorium.

Admission is $7 for adults and teens and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets for both that production and the upcoming production of “Wild Dust” also are available for $10.

Wayne trustees plan special session

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township trustees are to meet in special session at noon Thursday at the township complex, county Road 26, to discuss fire and EMS contracts.

Wintersville street committee to meet

WINTERSVILLE – Village Council’s street committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, prior to the council meeting, at the Municipal Building, 200 Grove St. Members are to discuss the U.S. Bike Route Project.

Village seeks pool workers, lifeguards

MINGO JUNCTION – Village officials are accepting applications for certified lifeguards and concession stand workers.

Applications are available at the village administrator’s office in the Municipal Building through the end of April. Applicants must present a valid form of identification.

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Man sentenced in shooting case

STEUBENVILLE – A man who shot his friend with a shotgun on Oct. 19 after a night of drinking was sentenced Monday to five years in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

John J. Greene, 31, of 2825 county Road 55, Hammondsville, pleaded guilty to felonious assault with a firearm specification.

Greene admitted in court he was drinking with a longtime friend at Greene’s house when the friend left in a vehicle. Greene believed the friend was attempting to steal something so he fired a warning shot at his friend with a shotgun. The shot hit the friend in the arm,

The friend drove back to Greene’s house, got out of his car and collapsed in the yard.

“I’m sorry all this happened. I learned from my mistake. I didn’t intentionally shoot at him,” Greene said.

Greene will serve three years on the firearm specification prior to serving two years on the felonious assault charge.

State Route 9 to be closed for work

CADIZ -The Ohio Department of Transportation reported state Route 9, beginning Monday, will be closed during daytime hours for tree trimming work.

State Route 9 will be closed during daytime hours from Hanover Ridge Road to state Route 151. Beginning April 14, crews will work between Hanover Ridge Road and Camp Road (Archer Township Road 185).

ODOT’s Harrison County crew will be using a “SkyTrim” unit for canopy removal and right-of-way clearing and maintenance.

ODOT reported crews are expected to work on about 3 miles of state Route 9 for the next month weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.. No official detour will be posted, and motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.

UMWA Local 1304 to meet Saturday

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

Boil order lifted in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE – The boil water advisory issued Saturday for the Pleasant Heights and Lincoln Heights area of the city has been canceled.

Water Superintendent Mike Wigal said water samples are satisfactory and no further precautions are necessary.

Anyone with questions should call the water filtration plant at (740) 283-6041.