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Man drowns near

East Liverpool wharf

EAST LIVERPOOL – Details were few on Saturday night surrounding a drowning incident in the Ohio River near East Liverpool’s Broadway Wharf earlier in the evening.

The condition and identity of the male victim have not been released by authorities, pending notification of all family members.

The call of a drowning at the wharf came in at 6:28 p.m., with East Liverpool police and fire units dispatched, as well as Lifeteam EMS at the scene. Since the majority of the river is West Virginia territory, Hancock County sheriff’s deputies were present as well.

Chester and Newell volunteer fire departments both launched rescue boats to search the waters.

In addition, a boat from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources happened to be in the area investigating an unrelated incident, and responded to the scene as well.

According to Chief John Hissam of the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, the young male victim was apparently swimming in the river with his girlfriend close to the shore.

Chester and Newell rescue personnel searched the water before dragging the river bottom in roughly 10 to 12 feet of water.

After 20 minutes, the young man was located approximately10 feet out from the shore.

The male was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive. Chester VFD rescue personnel performed CPR.

Cadiz to mark Fourth

on Saturday

CADIZ – The Independence Day celebration at Sally Buffalo Park will be held Saturday. All activities will be held at Wallace Lodge unless otherwise noted.

General activities will include a craft show, flea market and food vendors beginning at 10 a.m.

A disc jockey will spin tunes from noon to 6 p.m. and golf cart poker will be held at 1 p.m., with the annual cornhole tournament at 3 p.m.

A golf cart parade will be held at 1 p.m. with signup at the barn area at 3:45 p.m., and the parade will start at 4 p.m.

Kids activities for the day will be a fishing derby from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; bike parade, noon; pet show, 2 p.m.; rain gutter regatta, 3 p.m., with participants making their own boats to run in the race; and family fun games, 5 p.m.

In addition, the Beast of the East is being held with games played throughout the day at Mazeroski Field.

The celebration will conclude at dusk with fireworks.

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Springfield Township sets hearing

BERGHOLZ – The 2015 budget hearing meeting for Springfield Township will be held at 8 a.m. July 7 at the township building.

Engineer releases work schedule

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

– Base repairs – Woodvue Lane (county Road 9).

– Culvert replacement – Woodvue Lane.

– Patching – Hollow Rock Road (county Road 51), Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53) and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Road closings will be announced.

Buckeye board meets Wednesday

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local Board of Educataion will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the administrative office, 6899 state Route 150.

The board will consider implementation of its final offer to its nonteaching bargaining unit.

Ohio trustees approve tuition increase

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio University trustees have approved a 1.5 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students for the upcoming school year, costing students $156 more a year.

Trustees also approved a 3.5 percent increase in campus housing costs and a 1 percent increase in student meal plans.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Friday’s board vote at the school’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville brings yearly tuition to $10,536.

– From staff and wire reports

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Cadiz plans events on July 5

CADIZ – An all-day celebration will be held July 5 at Sally Buffalo Park, Wallace Lodge, beginning at 10 a.m. The festivities will include a golf cart parade, cornhole tournament, flea market, craft show and a disc jockey, as well as the Beast of the East baseball tournament.

Fireworks begin at dusk.

In the Tappan Lake area, fireworks will be held at Tappan Lake Park on July 5, beginning at dusk.

Fourth events planned in Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE – Independence Day events are planned in the village.

The opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on July 3 near the community building area. The Rev. Chuck Mehl of the United Methodist Church will lead the ceremony. Special music will be offered by the Methodist and Shaffer Chappel choirs, and a puppet show is planned.

The Old Timers vs. Teeny Boppers softball game is planned at 6:30 p.m. that day.

On July 4, a breakfast is planned from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Methodist church. A donation will be accepted.

A parade is planned at 2 p.m. at the top of county Road 39, with lineup at 1:30 p.m. A golf ball drop is slated following the parade, according to organizers.

There also will be a “Best Case of the Runs” Outhouse race at 3 p.m. for teams of three, ages 10 years and up. A cash prize will be awarded to the first-place team.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Inflatables will be available at 4 p.m.

Other activities will include a pet parade, games, Jell-O contest and a Chinese auction, among other activities.

A fireworks display will be presented at 10 p.m.

Thunder in the Ville schedule changes

WINTERSVILLE – There have been some changes in the Thunder in the Ville festival lineup this weekend at Indian Creek High School, according to Tom Straka, event organizer.

Mac and Rue will perform beginning at 4:30 on Friday, and the Joseph Sisters will perform until 10 p.m. Saturday.

The fireworks will take place at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Wintersville consumer confidence report ready

WINTERSVILLE – The village’s consumer confidence report for 2013 is available online at, according to officials.

Richmond approves annual tax budget

RICHMOND – Village Council on Monday approved the annual tax budget for the village.

The budget is available for viewing by appointment by calling the clerk-treasurer’s office at (740) 765-5372.

New Cumberland sidewalk work delayed

NEW CUMBERLAND – A project to repair the Station Hill sidewalk downtown once again has been delayed.

Mayor Linda McNeil said the work is scheduled to start on July 11 to allow time to organize the necessary traffic control. Hancock County Sheriff’s Reserve deputies should be available for traffic duty at that time, she said.

The work was scheduled to start on May 26 and was then moved to this Friday. Magnone Glaspell Masonry & Construction of Weirton was awarded the contract in January.

Because Station Hill is located on a heavily traveled state route, traffic through town must be maintained in both directions while the work is being done, McNeil said.

The sidewalk has been closed to pedestrian traffic since June 2012 because of damage caused by truck traffic.

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Tuesday accident

results in fatality

AMSTERDAM – The Ohio Highway State Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle accident that occurred early Tuesday evening on state Route 43 and resulted in the death of one man, according to a release issued this morning.

David Robert Walls, 26 of Lovedale Road, Elizabeth, Pa., was driving a tractor-trailer northbound when his vehicle veered off the left side of the road and down an embankment, according to the patrol. The vehicle reportedly struck a guard-rail and utility pole before overturning, trapping the driver. Walls, who was wearing his seat belt at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.

No other injuries were reported, according to the patrol.

Railroad crossing

repairs to close road

RAYLAND – State Route 150 will be closed to traffic beginning Monday at Rayland for railroad crossing repairs, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. will be performing repairs to the crossing, and it expects to complete the work in three days, ODOT reported

Beginning at the intersection of state Route 150 and state Route 7, traffic will be detoured north on state Route 7 to state Route 151 west to state Route 152 south back to state Route 150, and reverse, according to ODOT.

County water

report mailed

WINTERSVILLE – The 2013 consumer confidence report for the Jefferson County Water and Sewer Department was mailed to all county customers on June 11.

Copies of the report also are available at all local libraries and at the county water and sewer department complex on state Route 43, Wintersville.

Red Cross seeks

area volunteers

WHEELING – The American Red Cross in West Virginia is renewing its efforts to recruit disaster response volunteers for the Northern Panhandle.

A volunteer recruitment event is slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Red Cross office, located at 193 29th St., Wheeling. People can stop in during those hours and learn more about being a disaster volunteer and also fill out an application.

Todd Wines, a Red Cross disaster program manager based in Parkersburg, and Red Cross case worker Jesse Hott said the volunteers are needed to speed up response times to disasters such as house fires and floods. Hott said he responded to 19 fires during this past winter.

“The Northern Panhandle has 12 volunteers. There are two new volunteers in Wheeling. We’re trying to get more there. There are a lot in Wetzel and Hancock County. We’re trying to get coverage in all counties,” Wines said.

There is no cost for the training. Volunteers receive an identification badge and Red Cross clothing. A limited background check is conducted on potential volunteers.

Volunteers respond to a disaster or fire and assess victims’ needs.

For information, call (304) 232-0711.

Ohio mumps cases exceed 2013 total

COLUMBUS – Health officials say the number of mumps cases in a central Ohio outbreak has exceeded the total cases reported nationwide last year.

Local health officials said Tuesday that they’ve tallied 439 cases of the contagious viral illness in Franklin, Delaware and Madison counties. That’s one more than the total reported throughout the United States in 2013.

From staff and wire reports

Roughly half of the Ohio cases have been linked Ohio State University. The illnesses date to early January.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

Health officials have urged people to ensure they’ve received two doses of the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella.

Ohio also has a separate measles outbreak.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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School board

to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to consider personnel for the upcoming school year.

The board will meet at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.

Lou Holtz to

speak at dinner

FOLLANSBEE – Former Notre Dame University football coach Lou Holtz, a Follansbee native, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Follansbee Community Days Dinner.

It will be held Thursday at St. Francis Centre and also honor Don Layburn, entertainment chair for the festival for many years; festival supporter Dan Reasner; and four local bands that have participated regularly.

Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased at the City Building. For information, call (304) 527-1330.

Wells Township plans

fireworks, activities

BRILLIANT – Wells Township’s annual fireworks display will be held at dusk on July 3. The rain date is July 5.

Free swimming will be offered at the township pool, and there will be free hot dogs, chips and pop while supplies last.

The bike and animal parade will begin at 5 p.m. that day. Those wanting to be judged should be at the north end parking lot of the Buckeye Local North Elementary School at 4:30 p.m. There will be plaques for first, second and third places for best decorated bike, ride and animal.

A flag ceremony will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by the band the Original Fantasys. The fireworks display will follow.

Little League members will have a concession stand, and the 4-H group will have a stand and train rides.

Hydroplaning linked

as factor in accident

NEW CUMBERLAND – A one-car accident that took the life of an elderly man on June 13 may have been caused by hydroplaning, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said.

The accident that killed William C. Main, 78, of New Cumberland happened after it rained, and there were puddles on the roadway at the time, according to the accident report.

Main was southbound on state Route 8, just south of the Hilltop Drive-In Theater, shortly after 1 p.m. on June 13 when he lost control of his 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe and spun around, facing north in the northbound lane, the report reads.

The Hyundai slid across the northbound lane and down over a 15-foot embankment on the east side of the roadway, according to reports. The vehicle started to overturn on the passenger side before it struck a tree on the roof above the front compartment.

Main was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Deputy Art Watson said there was a difference between the tread levels of the front and back tires, and Deputy Hugh Tate’s report noted the Hyundai’s tires were a contributing factor.

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Assistance needed for July 4 celebration

NEW MANCHESTER – Organizers of New Manchester’s annual Fourth of July parade say they need the public’s help to pull it off this year.

This year’s parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. July 4, has a theme of “Honoring People Who Died Fighting for Us.” The theme was selected from entries submitted by fourth-graders at New Manchester Elementary School.

Pandie Allison of the New Manchester Parade Committee said organizers are in need of monetary donations for the parade, as well as donations of American flags and ribbons to decorate the area.

“Our funds are depleted, and we are asking for your support,” according to the committee’s fundraising letter.

Monetary donations can be sent to New Manchester Civic Association/Parade Committee, P.O. Box 125, New Manchester, WV 26047.

Also this year, the committee will recognize the top three essays submitted by pupils and the top parade entries.

The top finishers of the essay contest are Nick Truax, first; and Brooklyn Watts and Katie Zoellers, second.

A drawing for a parade king and queen is held each year, and ballots are available at the New Manchester post office.

The committee also is taking nominations for a grand marshal based on civic and military accomplishments.

Parade line-up and registration is at 6 p.m. July 4.

Political columnist to speak in Wheeling

WHEELING – Nationally known political columnist Rich Lowry will be in Wheeling on Thursday as the West Liberty University Economics Club speaker series continues.

Lowry, editor of the National Review, will speak at noon at River City Ale Works at 14th and Main streets. There will be a buffet lunch, and attendees may pay at the door by cash or check.

Lowry joined the staff of the National Review in 1992, becoming editor in 1997.

Lowry is a 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia.

He worked as a research assistant for Charles Krauthammer and as a reporter for a local newspaper in northern Virginia before joining the National Review.

He also serves as a commentator for the Fox News Channel.

The University Economics Club is sponsored by the BB&T Center for Economic Philosophy, chaired by Erik Root, associate professor of political science at WLU. The center is funded through a grant from BB&T Bank.

Additional upcoming University Economics Club events include an appearance by Joy Pullmann, research fellow at the Heartland Institute, on July 24. Her writing focuses on education reform topics, particularly Common Core education standards.

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Engineer releases

work schedule

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

Work includes:

Base repairs – Woodvue Lane (county Road 9).

Culvert replacement – Woodvue Lane.

Patching – Hollow Rock Road (county Road 51), Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53) and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Road closings will be announced.

Pavement marking starts Monday

STEUBENVILLE – Pavement marking work will start at 10 a.m. Monday on Sunset Boulevard from the Brady Avenue interchange to Welday Avenue.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the work will continue throughout the day and evening, weather permitting.

“We hope to continue the work daily until the project is completed. Traffic will be maintained and motorists are advised to be aware of periodic lane closures and changing traffic patterns. And motorists are advised to expect increased delays and urged to drive cautiously through the work zone,” said Dolak.

Aero-Mark Inc. is doing the work.

Water tank work

to impact pressure

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The Jefferson County Water and Sewer Department said rehabilitation work on the county’s East Springfield tank could impact water pressure to customers during the next six weeks.

Customers that may be impacted include Richmond, state Route 43, state Route 152 north to state Route 213, state Route 152 south, state Route 646, Bowers Addition, county Roads 39, 41, 43, 54, 60 and 56 (off of state Route 152 north), East Springfield and township Roads 216, 217, 220, 227 and 249.

Land bank group

schedules meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Land Reutilization Corp. board will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson County Health Department conference room located on the second floor at the Towers, 500 Market Street.

Island Creek

sets budget hearing

STEUBENVILLE – Island Creek Township will hold a Budget hearing for the fiscal year 2015 at 6:30 p.m. July 8, prior to the regular township meeting held on state Route 213.

Several events

planned for PAC

STEUBENVILLE – Several events are planned at the Polish Athletic Club in the coming week.

An executive meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, with a regular meeting set for 8 p.m. Thursday and a steak fry set for 6 p.m. Friday at the shelter house.

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Mount Zion sets

anniversary event

STEUBENVILLE – The Mount Zion Baptist Church, 221 N. Seventh St., will celebrate its 95th church anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Norries A. Hood Jr. officiating as pastor.

The Rev. Michael L. Miles of Mount Olive Baptist Church of Canton will be the guest speaker and will bring along his choir and congregation.

The anniversary committee includes the women’s ministry group, pastor’s aide ministry and the male chorus.

The church was formed on June 15, 1919, with 40 members under the supervision of the Rev. R.B. Cobbs. The first building was located in an upstaris room located in the 100 block of South Third Street.

In July 1942, the Rev. David Allen became pastor and the present site on Seventh Street was purchased.

CMA offers

drawing workshop

WINTERSVILLE – The Center of Music and Art in Wintersville is offering a workshop on drawing in the style of Disney from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Local illustrator Jacob Popcak will teach students between the ages of 8 and 12 how Disney brings a character from concept to completion. Students in this class will also design their own original character.

The cost for this workshop is $20 per student. Students can register by calling (740) 264-3111 or stopping by the store at 264 Main St.

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Periodic closures set for Sunset Boulevard

STEUBENVILLE – City Engineer Mike Dolak said today Sunset Boulevard from the Brady Avenue interchange to Belleview Boulevard will see periodic lane closures starting at 7 a.m. Friday to allow Columbia Gas of Ohio and its contractor to install new gas lines in the area.

“This work is expected to continue for several days until the project is completed,” said Dolak. “Traffic will be maintained, however motorists are advised to be aware of periodic lane closures and changing traffic patterns during the work. Motorists are advised to expect increased delays and urged to drive cautiously through the work zone. This work is part of the Columbia Gas of Ohio gas line upgrade project in the city,” noted Dolak.

Follansbee kickoff dinner planned

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Kick-Off Dinner will be held June 26 at the St. Francis Centre.

Hors d’oeuvres will be available at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Follansbee-native Lou Holtz, former football coach at Notre Dame and ESPN analyst, will be the keynote speaker.

Jeff Wise, Lou Casini, Tom Andreozzi,and Bob DiCiccio will be honored for excellence in music. Donald Layburn will be the parade marshal and Dan Reasner will be honored for making a difference.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Follansbee City Building or by calling (304) 527-1330. Tickets should be purchased by Monday.

Jefferson SWCD sets special session

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson SWCD office, 587 Bantam Ridge Road.

The meeting has been called to review information and documents distributed to the conservation districts by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The district phone number is (740) 264-9790.

W.Va. Day to be commemorated

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Museum and Cultural Center, 704 Charles St., will host a West Virginia Day celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The celebration of the 151st anniversary of the state’s founding will begin with Davin Sutak, a Wellsburg Middle School pupil, presenting the Gettysburg Address.

The 1850-1865 Margaret Ellen Martin Greathouse letters, previously unavailable to the public, will be read by Amanda Withers of Bethany, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Greathouse, who will portray her ancestor, and Jerid Withers, her brother, who will portray Greathouse’s brother, John Martin. New museum board member David Holden will portray the siblings’ cousin, Jacob Fortney.

Greathouse lived in Morgantown and Preston County and corresponded with relatives and friends. Of special interest are John Martin’s letters after he participated in the Battle at Shiloh and Corinth’s Battle as a member of Cavalry Co. C.

Amanda Withers, portraying Greathouse, and Alexis Lucas of Wellsburg, portraying Mary Catherine Greathouse, Greathouse’s daughter, will read the poem, “Blue and Gray.” At the end of the event, those attending are invited to participate in a birthday cake reception.

Weirton church marks anniverary

WEIRTON – St. Peter AME Church will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a guest pastor and choir from Quinn AME Church of Steubenville Sunday

The Rev. Raymond Mickens will give the afternoon sermon at 3 p.m., accompanied by the Quinn choir. The Rev. Ed McDaniel, St. Peter pastor, will lead the morning service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Dinner will immediately follow the morning service and continues until 2:45 p.m.

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Police investigate

possible shots fired

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are investigating whether a gunshot broke a car window around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of South Bend Boulevard.

A resident said he heard a noise outside by his car and heard what he thought was a gunshot, police reported.

Officers searched the area and found no evidence of shots fired and no explanation as to how the car window was broken.

Follansbee street

work under way

FOLLANSBEE – Crews with Kelly Paving were scheduled to begin milling streets this morning as part of the city’s 2014 paving project.

Work today was scheduled to include Neville Street from Jefferson to Clinton Street, Linden Avenue and West Street.

Work is scheduled to resume at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with milling of Bonnie Prince Drive, Kerry-Kilkenny Drive and the sides of Shannon Boulevard.

The city is asking that all vehicles be off the streets while milling is under way.

Once milling is complete, crews will begin the paving process, which will include Browning alley, Walker Road from Wabash Drive to the entrance to Parkview Park and Chapman Street from Raspberry Alley to Mahan Avenue.

Dancing with Bruins

camp opens Monday

WELLSBURG – Dancing with the Bruins will be hosted by the Brooke High School dance team from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through June 26.

This is for students who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade.

The cost is $40 and includes a free T-shirt.

To reserve a spot, call (304) 794-6440, (304) 670-3999 or (304) 748-3811.

The attire is T-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes.

The Monday theme is “Spirit Day”; Tuesday, “Mismatch Day,” Wednesday, “Crazy Hair Day” and Thursday, “Bruin Dancer Day.”

Concessions will be available.

Harrison Hills

plans work session

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Education will meet in a special section for a work session at 8 a.m. July 17 at Atwood Lodge in Sherrodsville.

There will be no action taken at the meeting.

YMCA, Trinity set

management program

STEUBENVILLE – The YMCA and Trinity Health System will begin their chronic disease management program July 1 at the YMCA Wellness Center at St. John Arena.

The program will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks.

For information, all (740) 264-7183 or e-mail

A doctor’s release will be needed, and forms are available at the YMCA.

Camps, swimming

lessons set

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park has announced plans for its annual day camps and swimming lessons.

Week one of the day camp will run Monday through June 27, and will carry the theme of safety week.

Week two will run July 28 through Aug. 1 with a theme of wild west week.

Swimming lessons for those 4 and older will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 21-25 at a cost of $50 per person.

Space is limited, organizers have announced.

For information or to register, contact the park at (304) 737-1236.

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ODOT schedules bridge inspections

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio Department of Transportation reported several bridges in Jefferson and Columbiana counties are scheduled to be inspected next week during daytime hours by an ODOT crew and a snooper truck, weather permitting.

On Monday, crews will be inspecting the U.S. Route 22 east and westbound bridges located over the railroad, township Road 166A, and Cross Creek near Reeds Mill.

On June 24, the state Route 11 north and southbound bridges over the West Fork of Little Beaver Creek and U.S. Route 30 in Columbiana County will be inspected.

On June 25, crews will be resetting the pier bearings on the state Route 7 bridge at Goose Run.

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

Jefferson County Fair book corrections

SMITHFIELD -The Jefferson County Fair premium book has changes on Page 102, according to Carolyn Piergallini, fair board director.:

Beginning with class B-lot 16, listing both junior doe kid or wether, the wether should not be be listed.

All classes 16 to 23, under class B do not sell, only lot 24-market goat sells. Everything else remains the same.

The fair runs on Aug. 12 through 17.

Crime watch meeting planned

WAYNE TOWNSHIP – A meeting to discuss the formation of a crime watch program for Wayne Township will be held at at 6:30 p.m. today at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

This program is open to all residents and residential areas as well as rural neighborhoods and roads.

This meeting will provide information to get residents started with information for this national program.

Day of Champions set at Brightway

SMITHFIELD – Brightway Center, outside Smithfield on county Road 15, is hosting its second-annual Day of Champions from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the activity center.

Lester Hicks is the keynote motivational speaker, and the day will include physical fitness and educational activities. Teams will rotate from activity to activity while bringing all teams together for cammaraderie and building friendship.

The team winning the most events will be crowned the champions, with members awarded a medal.

To reserve a spot on a team, call (740) 733-7480 for reservations.

River Christian Fellowship holds prayer

EMPIRE – The River Christian Fellowship Church, 183 Nesley St., will hold a P.O.W. Intercessory Prayer Ministry at 7 p.m. Friday. Special guests will be Pastor Rey and Myra Garza of Sebring, Fla.

Call (740) 317-6189 or (330) 362-0012 for information.

Farm Bureau P&E Committee to meet

WINTERSVILLE -The Jefferson County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee will meet at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s Eatery for a luncheon meeting.

A discussion will be held on the cupcake wars project to be held at the Jefferson County Fair, the fair booth to illustrate the benefits of Farm Bureau and float details for the parade.

Mary Ellen Grafton will preside and pennies for friendship will be collected.

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Freeport mans

dies in wreck

FREEPORT – Jason Frost, 28, of Freeport was killed early today in a one-vehicle accident on state Route 800, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

Frost was driving a pickup truck around 12:10 a.m. today when the truck went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment, overturned and Frost was ejected, with the pickup truck coming to rest on him, a trooper reported.

Frost was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol reported.

Speed is considered a contributing factor, the trooper said.

The accident remains under investigation.

Street work set

for Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – A resurfacing project for Woodlawn Road will start at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said Shelly & Sands of Rayland will remove the existing surface and apply a new hot mix asphalt surface between Ridge Avenue to Oregon Avenue.

“If vehicles are left on the street they will be towed and the owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees,” said Dolak.

The repaving project is funded by the city’s Community Development Block Grant funds.

Engineer releases

work schedule

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

Base repairs – Woodvue Lane (county Road 9).

Patching – State Park-Mooretown Road (county Road 54), Hollow Rock Road (county Road 51), Hammondsville-Irondale Road (county Road 50) and Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53).

Road closings will be announced.

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Man transported

after falling

FOLLANSBEE – A man was transported to Weirton Medical Center Thursday morning after falling through the roof of a building at the former Follansbee Steel plant.

Bob Fowler, Brooke County emergency management director, confirmed the man fell through the roof and onto the building’s second floor.

Fowler said the man appeared to have suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported from the scene by the Brooke County Ambulance Service.

The man’s name and other information about the incident wasn’t available.

Vehicle drives

into house

DILLONVALE – The driver of a 2000 Dodge Dakota drove into a house in Dillonvale at about 2:45 a.m. today, according to Trooper Ed Franke of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The vehicle, with four passengers inside, was eastbound on state Route 152 (Liberty Street) when the driver failed to negotiate a left turn and drove off of the right edge of the road into the home, Franke said.

Two passengers were taken to an area hospital.

“The girl in the front seat had about a 1-inch laceration on her face, and the driver fractured their arm,” Franke said. No one appeared to be in critical condition.

The occupants were ages 19, 21 and 23, and the driver, Shaianne Hoffer of Martins Ferry, was 20. She will face charges including DUI, failure to control, underage consumption and a seatbelt violation. The 19-year-old will face underage consumption charges, and the 23 year-old will be charged with contributing alcohol to minors.

A resident who was inside the house preparing for bed was not injured, Franke said, adding there was significant structural damage to the house and some of the walls.

OSU development

group closes stores

COLUMBUS – The development arm of Ohio State University bought and closed two carryout stores to try to reduce crime in a major campus corridor.

The nonprofit Campus Partners paid $1.1 million for the properties near the Columbus campus and changed the locks on the two stores on Thursday. The property will be sold for redevelopment with hopes of attracting new residents to the area.

Most of the purchase cost is covered by a grant from Ohio State. Money was also contributed by the Columbus Foundation and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Officials say it’s another step in revitalizing the neighborhood bordered by downtown and Ohio State, an effort that began more than a decade ago in the neighborhood known as Weinland Park.

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Ramp closed while

bridge work continues

WEIRTON – State highway officials have announced the ramp leading from the westbound lanes of U.S. Route 22 to state Route 2 south will be closed beginning Friday and for the next two weeks.

Westbound traffic will be directed to continue across the Veterans Memorial Bridge to state Route 7, University Boulevard and back onto the bridge to Route 22 east. From there motorists will be able to turn onto Route 2 from the Follansbee off-ramp.

Various ramps along the bridge have been closed at times in recent weeks while crews work to repair joints and resurface sections of roadway. Inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances could change the project’s schedule.

Drivers again are urged to use caution, watching for changing traffic patterns, reducing speed through the work zone and using other routes when possible.

Heroin distribution

plea entered in court

WHEELING Marcel D. Weaver, 29, of East Liverpool pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing heroin in Hancock County, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

Weaver entered a plea of guilty before Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert to the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of Allison Elementary School in Chester. Ihlenfeld said Weaver was part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin and other drugs in Hancock County and elsewhere between August and December.

Weaver, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison, a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. The case began with a tip provided by the Youngstown office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Holtz to speak

at Follansbee dinner

FOLLANSBEE – Former Notre Dame University football coach Lou Holtz, a Follansbee native, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Follansbee Community Days Dinner.

It will be held June 26 at St. Francis Centre and also honor Don Layburn, entertainment chair for the festival for many years; festival supporter Dan Reasner; and four local bands that have participated regularly.

Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased at the City Building. For information, call (304) 527-1330.

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Richmond council changes meeting

RICHMOND – Village Council has changed its regular meeting from Monday to 7 p.m. on June 23 at the Village Building.

Council during the meeting will hold a public hearing on the 2015 budget.

Department offering safety seat checkup

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer at safety seat checkup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 3297 state Route 213.

No appointment is needed, but those wanting to make an appointment can call (740) 283-8636.

Flag burning ceremony to be held Saturday

BRILLIANT – A flag burning ceremony for old or tattered American flags will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brilliant American Legion Post 573.

Flags can be left at a drop-off container at the back of the post home at any time, according to Roger Cline, commander, who said it is necessary to dispose of flags by burning them.

Chester offers flag disposal ceremony

CHESTER – The Chester American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard will hold a flag disposal ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chester American Legion Post 121. The public is invited.

Spinning Jenny to perform in Newell

NEWELL – The band Spinning Jenny will kick off the Newell Community Improvement Coalition’s 2014 summer concert series at Laurel Hollow Park.

The free concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The band, composed of John Balzano and his three daughters, Julia, Talia and Angelina of Mingo Junction, performs original music, as well as classic rock songs and pop hits.

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Vehicles stuck

by gunfire

STEUBENVILLE – Two vehicles were hit by gunfire in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street around 2 a.m. today, City Police reported.

The police department reported receiving calls about 10-15 shots fired.

Officers found shell casings and two vehicles damaged by the gunfire.

A detective was called to the scene for further investigation.

Indictment returned

against area men

WHEELING -Two Follansbee men have been charged with the illegal possession of firearms, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

Ian K. Saunders, 34, and Mark Campbell, 22, each were indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of unlawful drug user and addict in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

The indictment alleges that both men are addicted to heroin and came into possession of the stolen firearms in January, Ihlenfeld said.

Each count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

This case is being investigated by officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and Weirton Police Department.

JFK Highway to

be closed in section

TORONTO – JFK Highway (county Road 47) will be closed in a section on Wednesday, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported.

The road will be closed from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. between Brandywine Road (Knox Township Road 244) and Warren Ridge Road (Knox Township Road 246) for a culvert replacement. There will be no through traffic.

Mingo Junction

to flush hydrants

MINGO JUNCTION – The village water department will flush hydrants through the village Thursday and Friday nights.

The water department is flushing the hydrants because of complaints of discoloration.

Residents may experience discoloration after the flushing for a period.

Lou Del Bianco

coming to Wintersville

WINTERSVILLE – The Italian-American Cultural Club will present Lou Del Bianco, an artist, writer and inspirational speaker, at 7:30 p.m. June 17 at St. Florian Hall.

Del Bianco will perform “In the Shadow of the Mountain.” Using historical photographs and information, he relives the creation of Mount Rushmore National Monument.

These experiences were learned from his grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, and Italian immigrant and chief stone carver on the Mount Rushmore project. Del Bianco has won numerous awards for his writing and speaking.

This event is open to the public.

Admission is free as well. However, donations will be accepted at the door.

For information, call Jane Antonucci, at (740) 765-4287.

Buckeye board

changes meeting

DILLONVALE – The June meeting of the Buckeye Local Board of Education has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on June 26.

The meeting will be held in the board’s administrative office at 6899 state Route 150.

Chester Hall of Fame

accepting nominations

CHESTER – Officials with the Chester Hall of Fame are accepting nominations for the next round of inductions in 2015. The Hall of Fame takes nominations year-round.

Candidates for induction should be past or present Chester area residents who have had a significant, positive influence on the history and development of the city. They may have distinguished themselves in fields such as agriculture, business, education, athletics, philanthropy or any other appropriate area.

Those wishing to nominate a candidate do not have to be from Chester. Nomination forms are available for print-out at the Hall of Fame website:, or contact Jim and Judy Pryor at (304) 387-1548 or Chairman Jerry Smith at (330) 727-4366 for forms or questions.

The nomination forms should be completed with as much supporting information as possible on the candidate. Completed forms may be mailed to: Chester Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 106, Chester, WV 26034.

The Hall of Fame wall is across from Chester Council chambers in the Municipal Building.

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Apartment building hit by lightning

STEUBENVILLE – City police and fire departments were called around 5 p.m. Sunday about lightning hitting the Heritage Village senior apartments at 3010 Johnson Road.

Residents were being evacuated from the building because of the fire alarm sounding when officers and firefighters arrived. There were reports of smoke inside the building but firefighters found no fire.

The police department reported the lightning strike caused a power surge that damaged the fire alarm system.

Three charged in OVI checkpoint

STEUBENVILLE -Three people were charged with operating a vehicle under the influence in connection with an OVI checkpoint conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Friday evening and Saturday morning on state Route 7, near Ross Street.

Patrol Lt. Joseph Fetty said 421 vehicles went through the zone during the four-hour check. He said 362 vehicles were checked and 14 were diverted for more questioning. Four people were charged with having a suspended license.

Fetty said one driver was charged with OVI in the zone and two others were stopped nearby in areas were troopers and other law enforcement were heavily patrolling.

“It takes a lot of people to pull this off. It is very hard to make this successful without the cooperation and help of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Steubenville Police Department,” he said.

Fetty said 15 law enforcement officers from all three departments participated.

One transported following accident

BETHANY – One person was transported by ambulance following a collision between a Jeep and an all-terrain vehicle at about 7 p.m. Saturday on Counselman’s Hill Road.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the collision, which resulted in the Jeep overturning.

No other information was available.

City revitalization group meets today

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

The meeting is open to the public.

PERI to meet

on Wednesday

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

Guest speaker will be Zachary Frymier from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

All members and guests are welcome.

Relay meeting Tuesday at stadium

STEUBENVILLE – The 2014 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society is set to be held 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.

All team captains and teams members participating this year are reminded to meet Tuesday for an informal gathering at the stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be an opportunity for participants to find their spots at the stadium; discover who their relay neighbors will be during the event; meet relay Chair Jaclyn Abrams and committee members; and “build relationships” with other participants.

Those planning to attend Tuesday’s meeting are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share, tableware and a drink.

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.

For information, contact Abrams at or Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner, at

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Treasurer announces tax bills mailed

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said tax bills for the second half of 2013 were mailed on Friday and the last day for payment without penalty is July 10.

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

Credit card payments are only accepted by telephone at 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) or online at and use jurisdiction code 4577. Agresta said Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee for the service. Payments of cash or check can be paid at the treasurer’s office on the first floor of the courthouse.

Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 398, Steubenville, OH 43952, or dropped in the drop-off box located on the alley side of the courthouse. Persons wanting a receipt must return the entire statement along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Agresta urged residents to use the drop-off box because banks are no longer accepting the tax payments.

Lou Del Bianco coming to Wintersville

WINTERSVILLE – The Italian American Cultural Club will present Lou Del Bianco, an artist, writer and inspirational speaker, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Florian Hall.

Del Bianco will enthrall guests with his performance of “In the Shadow of the Mountain.” Using historical photographs and information, he relives the creation of Mount Rushmore National Monument. These experiences were learned from his grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, and Italian immigrant and chief stone carver on the Mount Rushmore project. Del Bianco has won numerous awards for his writing and speaking. This event is open to the public. Admission is free as well. However, donations will be accepted at the door. For information, call Jane Antonucci, at (740) 765-4287.

Weirton Eat’n Park to get visit from Smiley

WEIRTON – Eat’n Park Restaurants Smiley will be visiting the Eat’n Park restaurant at 226 Three Springs Drive at 6:30 p.m. Monday to celebrate his birthday with his youngest friends and fans. Every child present for Smiley’s birthday party will receive a free treat bag with Smiley goodies and a Smiley cookie.

Eat’n Park’s popular Stay Active coloring contest also will be returning for its third year, inviting all of Smiley’s youngest friends to draw and color a picture of how they like to stay active. Winners will be chosen from each Eat’n Park restaurant, including the Weirton location, and one grand prize winner will be selected to win bicycles for a family of four.

Steelworkers picnic set for Thursday

FOLLANSBEE – The Tri-Valley Weirton Chapter of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees will hold its annual picnic Thursday and invites retired steelworkers and employees of support industries to attend and learn more about the group, which is seeking new members.

The picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Follansbee Park. Those planning to attend are asked to call (304) 748-8080 or (304) 797-9785 in advance.

Guest speakers will be David Artman, Weirton Medical Center director of operatons; Judy Raveaux, executive director of C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc.; and Sandy Gaffney, a district representative of Highmark Inc.

Membership applications will be available at the picnic. The first year’s dues for new members will be waived by the group, which meets quarterly at various locations and is planning various community projects.

The chapter’s leaders are John Balzano, president; Walter Dana, vice president; Lynn Bish, secretary; and Betty Bake, Brad Battista and Carl Bish, trustees. Jmmy Centner is regional director for the group.

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May fire department report

The Toronto Fire Department had a total of eight calls for the month of May with an average turnout of nine members per call. The calls included three building fires; one dispatched and canceled enroute; one authorized controlled burn; one alarm sounded due to malfunction; one unintentional transmission of alarm; and one wind storm damage report.

Members of the fire department participated in the mock active shooter drill at the Toronto Junior/Senior High School. Department members also began hose testing during the month of May testing 219 sections totaling 10,950 feet. The department also had to have additional repairs made to the departments utility truck unit 7581.

Hydrant flushing in city

The city of Toronto Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants Monday through June 13. Water customers should expect a loss of pressure and water discoloration during the process. Refrain from washing laundry when flushing is taking place in the area. For information, call (740) 537-2591.

The schedule, barring any unforeseen problems, is Main South to Loretta Avenue and Main Street north to Freeman Avenue, Monday; Loretta Avenue south to Trenton Street and Freeman Avenue north to Myers Street, Tuesday; Trenton Street south to Federal Street and Myers Street north to Stewart Street, Wednesday; Federal Street south to Dennis Way and Stewart Street north to Spring Street, Thursday; and Dennis Way south to Fernwood Drive, June 13.

Focus in Toronto plans open meeting

The Focus in Toronto organization will host an open meeting at noon Sunday in the Roosevelt Recreation Center to discuss the upcoming 14th-annual Gem City Day, scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 5.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to attend. For information, e-mail or visit

First Presby activities set

Upcoming activities at Toronto First Presbyterian Church include:

Sunday – Worship service at 11 a.m.; Pentecost offering will be received.

Monday – The Elizabeth Circle will meet at noon.

Thursday – The worship and music meeting will meet.

June 13 – July/August newsletter deadline.

The church office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

North River church plans its week

Upcoming activities at North River Avenue Christian Church include:

Sunday – Worship service at 9:45 a.m.; junior church service in the junior worship area for youth ages 5 through fourth grade at 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school at 11 a.m.; the youth group meets at 6 p.m.; and the common ground worship service begins at 6 p.m.

Monday – The Boy Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday – Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. Adult choir practice is set for 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday – The sons’ banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. A sign up sheet is posted on the church bulletin board.

Riverview church holds office hours

Upcoming activities at Riverview United Methodist Church include:

The church office is open from 8 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-2210. The Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army located in the Riverview Church is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-4737.

First UM Church plans activities

Upcoming events at Toronto First United Methodist Church include:

Sunday- The rise and shine service begins at 8 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. The worship service begins at 10 a.m.

Monday through June 13 – Vacation Bible School is from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday – TOPS will meet at 5:30 p.m.

June 13 – TOPS meets at 9 a.m.

Salvation Army aids prescriptions

Salvation Army Toronto Unit prescription assistance program

Those between ages 18-64 who have no prescription drug insurance can call (740) 537-2210 for assistance. A team of volunteers will help clients apply for low-cost or no-cost medications. The free program has been providing assistance since 2002 at the Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave. Assistance is provided on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The entrance to the church is handicap accessible.

Those age 65 or older and who have no prescription insurance are eligible for the program.

This is not a distribution center for medications, but a volunteer-based program that assists in filling out paperwork and sending in necessary applications to drug manufacturers. Once approved, clients begin receiving medications directly from companies in six to eight weeks.

Bible Methodist sets events

Upcoming events at Toronto Bible Methodist Church include:

Sunday – Morning Sunday school, 10 a.m.; service, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.; weekly Bible study, 5:30 p.m.

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OVI checkpoint

set for state Route 7

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and City Police, will conduct an OVI checkpoint on state Route 7 in the city from 10 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday.

The patrol reported the checkpoint, funded through a federal grant, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Troopers and other law enforcement also will be patrolling the areas around the checkpoint.

Rabies clinic

set for Saturday

FOLLANSBEE – Webark Estates will hold a rabies clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tractor Supply store on state Route 2.

The cost is $5 each. No appointment is needed for the clinic, which is open to all area pet owners.

Dogs should be brought on a leash and cats in carriers.

Community cleanup set

in Wayne Township

BLOOMINGDALE – A community cleanup for Wayne Township residents is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the township garage, 11991 county Road 26.

Household furniture, yard decorations, furniture and play equipment, such as toys and bikes will be accepted.

Items that won’t be accepted include paint, household garbage, televisions, electrical appliances, computers and monitors, tires and rims and mattresses and box springs.

PennDOT plans

weekend work

PITTSBURGH – A westbound lane closure is planned for Saturday on Intertstate 376 between the Pittsburgh International Airport and Flaugherty Run off-ramp, according to PennDOT District 11.

Repairs are being made to expansion joints. Single-lane closures will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

PennDOT also announced overnight paving work will be taking place on Steubenville Pike (state Route 60) between Old Steubenville Pike and Hightower Boulevard. Work will be done from 10 p.m. today to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at 1 p.m. Milling and paving work is being done by Lindy Paving. Single-lane alternating traffic will be maintained through the work zone.

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Brilliant Water District budget hearing set

BRILLIANT – The village’s water district will hold a budget hearing for the 2015 budget at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 706 Second St.

Date wrong on Harrison tax bills

CADIZ – Harrison County Treasurer Vicki Sefsick has announced that due to a typographical error, the due date on the second half 2014 tax bills is incorrect. The actual due date is July 23.

The real estate bills were mailed out to county taxpayers this week. Those with questions should call the treasurer’s office at (740) 942-8864.

UMW Chapter to meet Saturday

HOPEDALE – The United Mine Workers of America No. 1304 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros, according to Don McLaughlin, recording secretary.

Old flags accepted for retirement service

Chambers and James funeral homes will be accepting old and damaged U.S. flags for disposal at a retirement ceremony set for 2 p.m. June 14 at James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St., Follansbee

Chambers Funeral Home is at 1030 Main St., Wellsburg.

Wayne trustees set special meeting

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 6 p.m. June 18 at the township garage, 11991 county Road 26.

Trustees are to discuss cemetery issues and the 2015 fiscal year budget.

Commission rules on test objection

STEUBENVILLE – The Civil Service Commission met recently to certify a police sergeant exam and overrule an objection filed by a patrolman.

Commission President Delores Wiggins said Patrolman John Lemal scored the highest on the test.

Wiggins also said the commission has reviewed applications for the City Hall receptionist job and forwarded the results to the city.

“We also reviewed the applications for the Belleview Pool lifeguard and summer jobs,” Wiggins noted.

American Red Cross golf tournament set

WINTERSVILLE – The American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter is holding its annual golf tournament fundraiser on June 22 at Spring Hills Golf Course, with tee off at 8:30 am.

The four man/woman scramble will include beverages, snacks and meal for $300. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams along with prizes for longest putt, longest drive, closest to the pin and others. Golfers will be able to participate in a live auction that includes two Pirates tickets for the July 2 game that includes a parking pass donated by Vapor Jet.

Major sponsors for the event include IBEW, NECA and Steubenville LMCC, Tri-State Financial, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Hauser Furniture, World Radio, Tri-State Security, American General Insurance, Barium & Chemicals, American General Insurance, Upper Ohio Valley Building Trades, Project B.E.S.T., Iron City Distributing and Carpenters Local 186. Other sponsors include Choice Brands, Wintersville Trophy, Reisbecks Food Market, the Ville Restaurant, Irvin Insurance, Wintersville Fire & Rescue, AEP Cardinal Plant, Dr. Greg McDonnell, Choice Brands, New York Life and Trinity Health System.

Teams can register by phone at (740) 264-7244 or in person at the chapter offices, 81 Talbott Drive, Wintersville.

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Sheriff warns of

asphalt scams

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla is warning residents to be wary of asphalt businesses going door to door offering “great deals.”

He said one resident recently was told it would cost $300 to pave a driveway and then was told the cost was $3,500.

He urges residents to call the sheriff’s department or local police if they believe an asphalt offer may be a scam,

JB Green Team

committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The JB Green Team’s finance and planning committees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pugliese Room at City Hall.

JB Green Team Executive Director Cliff Meyer said the meeting will be executive session to discuss personnel.

Brooke Republicans

to hold dinner

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Republican Executive Committee will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at 2 p.m. June 28 at Brooke Hills Park.

The dinner is open to everyone. The cost is $20, with children under age 12 admitted free. Reservations should be made by calling Lynn Davis at (304) 737-0333 by June 25.

The group’s Facebook page is at Brooke County GOP.

Annual community tire cleanup set

WINTERSVILLE – Cross Creek Township, in conjunction with the JB Green Team, is having its annual community tire cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the township office, 251 Airport Road.

The cleanup is for Cross Creek Township and Wintersville residents only.

Passenger tires will be accepted at a cost of $1 each. Truck tires, dealer tires or rims will not be accepted.

There is a 10-tire limit per vehicle.

Superload set

for Friday move

MOUNDSVILLE – Yet another Williams Energy superload will travel through the Marshall County hills Friday, as the company will move a 40-yard long tank from the Benwood CSX rail yard to the Oak Grove natural gas processing plant on Fork Ridge Road.

Williams spokeswoman Helen Humphreys on Tuesday said the journey is set for a 9 a.m. Friday start. She said this machine is significantly lighter than the dual 510,000-pound, 41-yard long, de-ethanizer machines Williams moved earlier this year, so company officials believe they can complete the journey in a single day. They hope to reach Oak Grove by 5 p.m. Friday, Humphreys said.

“It should not be as much of an inconvenience as the first two were,” Humphreys said. “If someone gets caught behind it, they should not be stuck anywhere near as long as they may have been with the first two. Because it is nowhere near as heavy, we can pull it on a trailer.”

Humphreys said the route plans are identical as those Williams used for its de-ethanizers moves. This plan calls for the tank to proceed from the CSX rail yard onto state ROute 2 before moving south to state Route 86 in Glen Dale. From there, it will move east to state Route 88 in Sherrard, then southeast to U.S. Route 250 in Limestone. It will continue to move southeast along Route. 250 to the intersection of Fork Ridge Road before traveling west along Fork Ridge Road to the Oak Grove facility.

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Route 151 to be closed at Bowerston

BOWERSTON – State Route 151 will be closed for six days for railroad crossing reconstruction just east of state Route 212 near Bowerston, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad will close state Route 151 at 9 a.m. on Monday and plans to reopen the road by 7 a.m. on June 14, ODOT reported.

Beginning at the intersection of state Route 151 and state Route 212, traffic will be detoured west on state Route 212 to state Route 164 north to state Route 332 south back to state Route 151, and reverse, ODOT reported.

School board calls special meeting

WELLSBURG -The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to address several personnel matters.

They include filling positions in the extended school year summer program and the assistant principal position at Brooke High School, which became open with the transfer of Stephanie Blundon to Wellsburg Primary School.

The meeting will be held at the board’s office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.

Man charged with assault, animal cruelty

FOLLANSBEE – A Follansbee man has been arrested for assault, animal cruelty and other offenses in connection with an incident Thursday.

Daniel Yost Jr., 31, of 109 Sunset Lane also faces charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, trespassing and failure to be fingerprinted by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

According to police reports, sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Fourth Street at Hooverson Heights about 3:30 p.m. where they found a man holding Yost to the ground.

The man told the deputies he saw Yost throwing a dog to the ground repeatedly, a statement supported by other witnesses, and intervened.

The man said Yost swung at him so he hit him once, knocking him to the ground, and held him until police arrived.

The owner of the dog, described as an 8-year-old mutt, said it appeared to be all right, but she would take it to a veterinarian to be checked.

She said Yost entered her fenced property to reach the dog.

The police reports said Yost was uncooperative during his arrest, swearing at a Follansbee police officer on the scene and attempting to kick out the windows of a sheriff’s department cruiser.

His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Patrol to conduct OVI checkpoint

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced troopers will be conducting 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, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint, the patrol reported.

Wells Township yard sale set

BRILLIANT – Wells Township’s annual community yard sale will begin at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday throughout the township.

Those interested can pick up fliers with the addresses of participants at the Kwik King in Brilliant, at the township office, 409 Prospect St. or Bukmir’s Pharmacy on Third Street.

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Commissioners to meet on runway issues

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse to discuss issues surrounding the paving of the runway at the county airport.

Commissioners halted paving work Thursday after it was determined a rubber sealant used on cracks caused a test strip of asphalt to bubble during paving work.

Commissioners and the regional airport authority must decide whether to put an additional layer of asphalt down or grind off the existing asphalt and put down a thicker layer. Money is still remaining in state grants that would pay for adding an additional layer of asphalt but grinding off the existing asphalt and putting down a thicker layer would put the project over the budget.

The runway has been closed for several weeks during the construction of the runway extension and the asphalt overlay on the existing runway.