County Road 15 closed for work

RAYLAND — Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15) will be closed this week in a section as crews continue to work to repair a slip caused by flooding rains, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported.

The road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Friday from the intersection of county Road 15A to the top of the hill, near the brick farmhouse.

There will be no through traffic.

City man sent to prison

STEUBENVILLE — James C. Pruitt, 27, of 732 N. Sixth St. was sentenced Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller to one year in prison for threatening a City Police officer and a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy.

Pruitt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of theft, resisting arrest and aggravated menacing and two felony counts of retaliation.

Pruitt was arrested in the 1400 block of Oregon Avenue for stealing items from Kroger on Nov. 25 and threatened the law enforcement officers.

State Route 7 lane switch set

STEUBENVILLE — Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the southbound lanes of state Route 7 from University Boulevard to Franklin Avenue beginning on Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

ODOT’s contractor is resuming work on the state Route 7/University Boulevard intersection project after a break over the winter.

Left turns onto University Boulevard will not be permitted again when traveling north on state Route 7. ODOT reported the same detour will be posted as last year.

Work during this phase will include removal of the state Route 7 northbound pavement, new drainage, lowering the road to match the elevation of the newly constructed southbound lanes and constructing Labelle Avenue for the new marina entrance.

ODOT is encouraging drivers to use an alternate route to avoid delays during the switch on Wednesday.

ODOT’s contractor for the $10 million access improvement project is Shelly & Sands Inc. of Columbus, and the completion date for all work is Nov. 30.

Trashy Art Contest vote set

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents will be able to vote for their favorite piece of trash turned to art as the 11th-annual Trashy Art Contest, held by the JB Green Team, takes place at the Fort Steuben Mall Thursday and Friday.

Students in preschool through seniors in high school were eligible to make art that promotes the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle. Voting is a penny per vote, though any denomination of money will be accepted. JB Green Team donates proceeds to each of the participating schools or teachers to help with the cost of art supplies.

Schools participating include Buckeye North Elementary School, Steubenville High School, Edison High School, Indian Creek Middle School, Toronto High School, Harding Middle School and Hills Elementary School.

Votes can be cast at the mall’s center court between noon and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the winners to be announced at 10 a.m. Saturday.