State Route 7 traffic to be stopped
RUSH RUN -Beginning today, traffic delays are expected on state Route 7, just north of Rush Run, for tree removal in preparation for another slope repair project to begin late this summer, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
Rolling road blocks will be used to stop traffic in both directions at 15 minute intervals between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to allow for tree removal work on the hillside above state Route 7.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead to avoid delays or use an alternate route, ODOT reported. This project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
ODOT's contractor performing this work is EcoTree Services of Amherst. The cost is about $400,000.
The $16 million slope repair project will be approximately 0.5 mile in length and include excavation and benching the failed rock face and wooded slopes above state Route 7, pavement rehabilitation and construction of a permanent rock catchment area.
School board calls special meeting
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a work meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave. to discuss its comprehensive educational facilities plan.
Approved by the board in 2010, the plan calls for the school district to replace its two middle schools with one central one and its seven elementary schools with one or two school buildings. The board has moved forward with plans to seek state funds and approval of a bond issue for the buildings' construction.
Retail sales show increase in December
STEUBENVILLE - Retail sales in Jefferson County increased in December by more than 10.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for December totaled $63.84 million, generating $957,601 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for December 2012 generated $865,630, based on retail sales of $57.72 million.
Retail sales in Jefferson County averaged $64.11 million a month in 2013, compared to $60.2 million a month for all of 2012; $55.94 million in 2011; and $53.49 million in 2010.
Open house rescheduled
STEUBENVILLE - The Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School Open House and registration has been rescheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The registration was canceled due to Sunday's inclement weather. An informational meeting will be held in Lanman Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Scholarship deadline is extended
STEUBENVILLE - The deadline for the David V. Stivison Appalachian Action Scholarship Fund has been extended to March 21 because of the number of weather calamity days.
Jefferson County Community Action Council Chief Executive Officer Barb West said the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development is offering the scholarship opportunity to eligible high school students in a 30-county service area of Ohio who want to attend an institution of higher education.
The scholarship is offered in collaboration with COAD-member Community Action Agencies and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.
To be eligible, scholarship applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Interested persons may contact the Community Action Council's Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110, for information or to request an application.