City closes Lauretta Drive
STEUBENVILLE - Lauretta Drive was closed early today from John Scott Highway to St. Charles Drive and will remain closed until further notice.
City Engineer Michael Dolak said a 92-foot-long culvert pipe needs to be replaced.
"This project will involve the removal and replacement of the pipe. The work will be done on an emergency contract basis," explained Dolak.
Dolak said all questions about the project should be directed to his office at (740) 283-6000, extension 3303.
Area woman pleads to drug trafficking
STEUBENVILLE -Rhonda S. Schooley, 54, of 103 1/2 Seneca St., Toronto, was placed on two years of probation on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Schooley pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking.
Schooley is charged with selling Roxicodone, a form of the pain-killer oxycodone, twice out of her house on Sept. 25 and Oct. 24.
Schooley faces up to 36 months in prison if she violates probation.
Retail sales show first decrease
STEUBENVILLE - Retail sales in Jefferson County decreased by slightly less than 2 percent in October compared to the same period last year, the first decrease in sales this year.
Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for October totaled $55.58 million, generating $833,815 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county.
Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for October 2011 generated $849,693, based on retail sales of $56.64 million.
Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $60.53 million a month this year, compared to $54.97 million a month during the past four years.
W.Va. asked to remember victims
WHEELING - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asks West Virginia residents to stop and remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings with a moment of silence on Friday.
Tomblin said West Virginia is honoring the request of Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy that residents observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday to honor the memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Churches and government buildings, with the capability, have been asked to ring their bells 26 times in memory of each victim. An employee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said the diocese will honor the memory of the victims, but specific plans were not set as of Wednesday.
"I spoke to Connecticut Gov. Malloy, and told him people across our state are praying for the families and friends of those affected by last week's terrible events," Tomblin said. "While we can't begin to understand their pain, we hope they find comfort in the very difficult days ahead. I ask West Virginians to continue to keep the families in your thoughts and prayers and observe a moment of silence on Friday morning at 9:30."
Early deadline for obituaries
The Christmas Day edition will be delivered to customers Tuesday morning.
The deadline for obituaries to be included in Tuesday's edition will be 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Our business offices will be closed Tuesday, but our customer service department will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to answer delivery questions. Normal deadlines will resume Wednesday.