Recreation Center sets new hours
STEUBENVILLE - Parks and Recreation Director Troy Kirkendall announced new operating hours for the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center as the city copes with a projected budget deficit.
"Starting Monday the recreation center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The recreation center will be closed on the weekends," said Kirkendall.
Kirkendall also announced the creation center will be closed during Christmas week and will re-open on Jan. 2 at 9 a.m.
The city has laid off the four part-time aides working at the center and is moving three full-time recreation department employees to staff the recreation center.
Store robbery under investigation
STEUBENVILLE - A Friday night robbery at the Special Way store on state Route 213 remains under investigation today.
The Jefferson County sheriff's department reported a male wearing a camouflage jacket and a camouflaged face mask entered the store at 7:20 p.m. Friday and ordered the store clerk to open the cash register.
Surveillance video showed the man reported to be in his 20s, five foot eight inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds brandishing a hand gun.
He fled the store and jumped into a red or maroon colored van after taking approximately $40 from the register.
A second person is believed to have been driving the van.
Jefferson County vets elect 2013 officers
SMITHFIELD - An election of officers was held at the meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Association held at the Friendship Park office.
The officers for 2013 will be William Smythe, commander; Frank Santo, vice commander; Lamont McCoy, adjutant; Tony Phillippi, finance officer; Charles Greene, assistant finance officer; Jack Campbell, chaplin; Jay Kolenc, sergeant of arms; and Wally Jancura, Ed Waldman, Don Richards, Paul Greene and Larry Smith, trustees.
Kolenc advanced the colors before the meeting and Campbell gave the invocation.
Smythe conducted the meeting where a representative from Gallagher Monument was present to tell of options for the granite to be used for the Veterans Memorial that is being erected at the Fort Friendship Museum. About 10 legion members had volunteered their time to work on the monument in early November but now the work will be halted until spirng when the weather is warm.