Regional roundup

Columbia Gas to upgrade gas lines in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — A Columbia Gas of Ohio gas line replacement project is planned this month in neighborhoods north of downtown Steubenville, affecting about 150 customers, officials said.

An open house for residents is planned at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. Third St.

Columbia Gas officials said contractors will work street by street to install new main lines and service lines up to each customer’s home or building. Gas service will not be impacted until it is time for Columbia Gas to connect customers to the new gas system at their meter. For most customers, gas service will be interrupted for approximately two hours. Customers will get advance notice of this service interruption.

If the gas meter is inside, it will be moved outside, officials said.

Any surface that has to be disturbed will be repaired by Columbia Gas. This includes sidewalks, driveways, lawns and landscaping.

The work and clean-up are expected to be completed by this summer, officials said.

Residents can contact Dave Rau, communications manager for Columbia Gas of Ohio, with questions or concerns at (614) 460-6808 or

WIC offers support for new mothers

STEUBENVILLE — A Jefferson County Health Department Women, Infants and Children’s-sponsored breast-feeding support group meeting is set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the WIC clinic located in the Towers building on Market Street.

WIC is a nutrition education program that provides nutritious foods for pregnant women, new mothers, breast-feeding moms, infants and children up to 5 years old, according to WIC Director Ashley Wilson.

“Women who are pregnant, breast feeding, had a baby or miscarriage in the last six months, infants and children up to 5 years of age who meet our income guidelines or receive Ohio Medicaid and live in Ohio qualify for the WIC program,” said Wilson.

“Walk-ins are welcome at the WIC clinic Monday through Thursday throughout the month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. to receive supplemental foods. Questions about the WIC program can be answered by calling (740) 283-8530,” said Wilson.

C.H.I.P. public hearing set for Monday

STEUBENVILLE — The city’s planning and zoning commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday in City Council chambers regarding funding from the Ohio Development Services Agency Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program.

Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi announced the city received a notice of funding for housing rehabilitation assistance for low and moderate income home owners in the city who meet program requirements.

Petrossi said program requirements will be explained at the public hearing.

“Applications will be provided along with eligibility guidelines by representatives of the city’s contracted program administrators, and the Ohio Regional Development Corporation,” said Petrossi.

Island Creek Township trustees to meet

STEUBENVILLE — The Island Creek Township trustees will hold a re-organization meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the township garage, state Route 213.

The regular monthly meeting will follow.

Baby delivered after mom was shot to death

COLUMBUS — Ohio police investigating the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman and a man say doctors successfully delivered the woman’s baby boy, who was then hospitalized in critical condition.

Columbus police say the Monday night shooting at a home a few miles west of downtown also critically wounded another person.

Sgt. Jeff Strayer tells WSYX-TV that the slain woman was about 35 weeks pregnant.

Police say it appears the shooting occurred during a robbery at the home shortly before midnight.