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Local counties split over health

Four area counties rank lower than many of Ohio’s counties in the 2019 County Health Rankings data released Tuesday. The state-by-state report was released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Monroe and Harrison counties are ...

Tiltonsville looks to levy for services

TILTONSVILLE — A fire and emergency services levy could be in the works for the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department to provide better service to residents. At a Tiltonsville Council meeting Tuesday evening, village solicitor Edward Littlejohn Jr. said a question was asked to him ...

First Ag Baby of 2019

Daxton James Dvorcek is held by his mother, Megan Nestor, shortly after he was born at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Medical Center West to become this year’s Jefferson County Ag Baby. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces, Daxton and his mother were joined by Derek Dvorcek, holding Hensley ...

Weirton Council hears objections on three charter proposals

WEIRTON — As long as the objections remain in place, three of the 11 proposed changes to Weirton’s city charter will be going before the voters during the city’s June general election. Weirton Council held a public hearing Wednesday to accept comment on a series of ordinances with a ...

Hancock offers survey on 2019-20 calendar

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education is in the process of finalizing its calendar for the 2019-20 school year, and is seeking input from the public. The first of two required public hearings was held during the board’s special meeting Monday. The second hearing will ...

Harrison to receive state money for voting equipment

CADIZ — The Harrison County commissioners received word from the county Board of Elections that hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the way to the county from the state of Ohio. The county will be reimbursed in the amount of $307,920.66 for election equipment, including 20 machines ...

Ground broken for Trinity’s $75M addition

STEUBENVILLE — More than 20 years in the making, community leaders gathered Wednesday to break ground for Trinity Health System’s $75 million building addition. When it’s done two years from now, the five-story, 183,000-plus-square-foot space will feature more than 80 all-new private ...

Rail upgrades will help businesses

STEUBENVILLE — A $30 million project to improve a 30-mile stretch of rail line from Dilles Bottom to Mingo Junction will help existing and future businesses, said Evan Scurti, Jefferson County Port Authority executive director. In June 2018, the Ohio Rail Development Commission received a ...

Crook discusses district being on watchlist

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education announced March 12 that the county’s schools have been placed on the state’s financial watch list. According the Interim Superintendent Jeffrey Crook, the county has not been on the watchlist before, to his knowledge. Crook attributes ...

City school board welcomes new employees

STEUBENVILLE —The Steubenville Board of Education held a brief meeting Thursday at the high school. The board welcomed several new employees to the staff of the Steubenville City Schools. The new employees include Howard Todd Criss, safety coordinator; Kimberly Free, substitute teacher; ...