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July 2, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Felonious assault in 2012 case served

STEUBENVILLE - Sir Damien Harris, 30, of Steubenville was brought to the Jefferson County jail on Monday, where he was served with a felonious assault warrant out of municipal court.

Harris was charged with felonious assault after an incident in which a woman said Harris shoved her head through a glass door on Sept. 30 in the 700 block of North Seventh Street, according to City Police.

Police reported Harris also is a suspect in a shots fired case on Oct. 1. Police reported a house in the 1400 block of State Street was struck with 16 bullets.

Harris was arrested in Hanover Township, Pa., on Oct. 6 on drug and gun charges.

Harris was sentenced to five to 10 years in Washington County Common Pleas Court in May on weapons charges.

A deputy transported Harris from Pennsylvania on Monday.

Graham Road closed for road work

STEUBENVILLE - Graham Road (county Road 18) will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. today and Wednesday in a section for a culvert replacement, the Jefferson County Engineer's Department reported.

The road will be closed 0.6 mile north of county Road 17. There will be no through traffic.

Beautification Committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE - The inaugural meeting of the City Council beautification committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the council chambers.

The meeting is open to the public.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs said the committee includes residents from throughout the city.

"But I am still encouraging anyone with ideas or suggestions on how we can improve our city's appearance to join us tonight for the meeting," Suggs said.

Follansbee Council meeting canceled

FOLLANSBEE - Monday's Follansbee Council meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. July 15 in council chambers of the City Building.

Horse Committee drawing set

CADIZ - The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee will have a drawing for an overnight package that includes two tickets to the Styx/REO Speedwagon concert at the Ohio State Fair, overnight accommodations at the Comfort Suites Hotel adjacent to the fairgrounds and a $50 gas card.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. on July 28, with hotel accommodations for the same night. Concert tickets provide for all-day admission to the fair. Tickets are $20 each for a package valued at $300. The money goes to the committee's "barn fund" to replace the dilapidated horse barn at the county fairgrounds.

A limited number of tickets are being sold, and tickets can be obtained by calling Sherri VanTassel, committee vice chairman and Ohio Expo commissioner, at (740) 546-4706 or the Extension Office at (740) 942-8823. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on July 12.

Fourth of July activities set in city

STEUBENVILLE - The city will host the annual senior citizens luncheon at noon Thursday in the John F. Kennedy community room on North Sixth Street.

Mayor Domenick Mucci said the luncheon will include bingo games and door prizes.

The city also will offer free swimming starting at noon Thursday at the Belleview pool.

Events scheduled at Belleview Pool

STEUBENVILLE - Free swimming lessons will be offered for beginner and intermediate swimmers from noon until 1 p.m. Monday through July 12 at the Belleview Pool.

Parental permission is required along with registration. The only cost is the pool admission fee.

Senior water aerobics will be offered from 11 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 9. Free swimming for those 50 and over will be available from 10 a.m. until noon starting Monday.

Bloomingdale has Fourth plans

BLOOMINGDALE - Several events are planned in the village for the Fourth of July holiday.

A flag raising and opening ceremony are planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the park. Also, an old timers vs. teeny boppers baseball game is set for 7 p.m., followed by a hot dog roast.

Events Thursday include a breakfast served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Methodist church; an Anything that Moves parade at 1 p.m., with lineup at noon at the top of county Road 39; a golf ball drop at 2 p.m.; and inflatables for kids from 4 to 9 p.m. The cost is $4 per child.

A pet parade, sack races, an egg toss, an outhouse race and Jell-O contest are planned Thursday, as well as Deejay Anthony Bailey spinning tunes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Organizers said a Chinese auction is planned Thursday evening and will include gift certificates from the Dove, Frank's, Perry's Glo Putt and Zalenski's and items from Auto Zone, Regis, Thompson's Florist, E-Spa Nails and Tropitan, as well as a Dave Barnhouse print featuring the Bloomingdale Methodist Church.

Oxford Oil leases now with Eclipse

Those who had drilling leases with Oxford Oil Co. in Eastern Ohio now have a contract with Eclipse Resources, thanks to a $300 million deal.

Eclipse, based in State College, Pa., acquired the Oxford company's approximately 184,000 net acres in Ohio and 13.8 billion cubic feet of proven reserves throughout the Utica shale region.

"We are planning a very active drilling program in Harrison, Guernsey, Noble, Belmont and Monroe counties, commencing immediately and continuing for the next several years," Benjamin W. Hulburt, president and chief executive officer of Eclipse. "We plan to grow our operated, Utica focused rig count to up to five horizontal rigs running in the play between now and year-end 2014."

Before the deal, Eclipse owned 41,000 acres in Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties, which is the region with the most productive wells, according to company information. The company now owns about 90,000 acres in these "core Utica shale counties."

Documents in the Belmont County Recorder's Office show that Oxford held dozens of leases throughout the county.

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