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“The Nutcracker” is performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. — Contributed

Holiday favorite leaps onto many stages

Nutcrackers are here, there and everywhere at the holidays — from the dollar store’s seasonal decor aisle to the local theater staging the famous ballet to Steubenville’s Nutcracker Village and its more than 150 6-foot wooden statues. But if you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered ...

John Gregg pupils assisting causes

BERGHOLZ — John Gregg Elementary pupils are busy raising funds and collecting new toys and books. The school parent-teacher organization is hosting its annual toy drive through Dec. 15 to help Just Be Clause, an organization in Bergholz that provides holiday gifts to local children in need, ...

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Bishop Mussio visits Fort Steuben

Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School fifth-graders recently visited Historic Fort Steuben in downtown Steubenville as part of the school’s annual field trip. Working with surveying instruments are pupils Alaina Vrable and Tommy Pergi. — Contributed

FINDING JUST THE RIGHT SPOT — Kathy Warhola, left, regional hospital development coordinator for Lifeline of Ohio, and Barb Banfield, Trinity Health System director of nursing, check out one of many bulbs to adorn a Christmas tree in honor of “the heroes of organ, eye and tissue donation.” Trinity Medical Center West, in conjunction with Lifeline of Ohio, the organ and tissue recovery agency that works with Trinity Health System, held a first-time Gift of Life  event Wednesday where transplant recipients and donor families could gather informally for a bittersweet celebration that included making ornaments in honor of the donors. 
-- Janice KiaSKI

Celebrating the gift of life

STEUBENVILLE — Kathy Warhola sat Wednesday evening in the lobby of Trinity Medical Center West, not knowing for certain who she’d see. The regional hospital development coordinator for Lifeline of Ohio, a nonprofit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs ...

Catholic Health Initiatives, the parent company of Trinity Health System, announced Friday a merger is in the works to join with Dignity Health to form the largest Catholic health organization in the country. — Dave Gossett

Trinity’s parent in national merger

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Health Initiatives, the parent company of Trinity Health System, and Dignity Health of San Francisco have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system. According to a press release issued Friday by the ...

Crowded field for Democrats complicates Ohio election

CINCINNATI — The entry this week of the former federal consumer watchdog into Ohio’s 2018 governor race has swelled the current field to at least six Democratic candidates, setting up what could be the largest gubernatorial primary battle in six decades. That came after Republicans ...

About 20 Steubenville High School students in the scholars program helped the Salvation Army of Steubenville pack bags of food Friday morning for 62 area families who will receive assistance at the Dec. 20 distribution. Clockwise, from left, Sgt. Maj. Lorraine Linton and Lt. Erik Muhs expressed appreciation to the helpers, including students Carlo Biasi, Myla Gulan, Mia Pierro and Paige Everhart. — Janice Kiaski

Local Salvation Army remains in need of bell ringers

STEUBENVILLE — Bell ringers and donations are on the early Christmas wish list for the Salvation Army of Steubenville. “As of right now we’re still looking for volunteers for our Red Kettle campaign,” said Lt. Erik Muhs, who serves as commanding officer along with his wife, Barri ...

Oak Glen schools locked down after gun report

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two area schools were placed temporarily on lockdown Thursday morning after officials received reports of a youth with a gun near a Hancock County bus stop. Hancock County 911 received a call at 6:35 a.m. stating someone saw what they believed to be a school-aged child with ...

Briefs

State files lawsuit to recoup money STEUBENVILLE — The village of Smithfield, through the attorney general’s office, has filed a civil lawsuit against three former employees who were found to owe money after state audits in 2008 and 2009. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in common pleas ...

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ICHS Band campaigns for new uniforms

WINTERSVILLE — The call is out to help raise funds for new attire for Indian Creek High School Marching Band uniforms. The band, in conjunction with the ICHS Band Boosters, kicked off a campaign on Tuesday to help raise $120,000 for updated uniforms. Band Director Donald Llewellyn Jr. ...