Regional roundup

Registration is open

for Tin Man Run

WEIRTON — Registration is currently being accepted for the Tin Man 5K Run and Walk, set to be held as part of the second-annual Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival on Sept. 21.

The run will be part of the opening events for this year’s festival.

Day-of registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Weirton Event Center. Pre-registration is being accepted either online at TriStateRacer.com or in person at the Weirton Municipal Building.

The race is open to all ages, and each participant will receive a swag bag.

Plans for this year’s Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival are in the works, with officials expected to make additional announcements in the coming weeks. A current lineup of activities and attractions includes food and craft vendors, an arm wrestling competition, a “touch-a-truck” event for the youth, music, a fashion show, puzzle hunt, artisan trade demonstrations, crafts and fireworks.

Fire extinguished

at chemical plant

POTTERY ADDITION — Firefighters from several departments worked Thursday morning to extinguish a chemical fire at Barium and Chemicals.

John Parker, county Emergency Management Agency director, said a chemical ignited and firefighters had to use a special procedure to extinguish the blaze because water couldn’t be applied.

It is the third fire at the plant this summer.

Pottery Addition, Pleasant Hill, Toronto and Steubenville fire departments responded in addition to the county’s hazardous materials team.

The state fire marshal will be doing an investigation, Parker said. He said there was no danger to the residents in the area.

Parker said Barium and Chemicals employees work closely with and train with the county hazardous materials team.

Ohio Valley Civil War

Roundtable to meet

WHEELING — Ed Phillips will be the speaker at the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Ohio County Public Library.

He will discuss the role of Carlin’s Battery D, First West Virginia Light Artillery, at the lecture that is free and open to the public.

State Route 151

is set to be closed

NEW ALEXANDRIA –State Route 151 will be closed between Smithfield and New Alexandria from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday so Ohio Department of Transportation crews can replace multiple culverts.

Work will continue through Sept. 6. The road will be open on Labor Day, ODOT reported.

All work is weather permitting.

ODOT reported the detour is to take state Route 7 south to state Route 150, take state Route 150 west to state Rout 152 and then take state Route 152 north back to state Route 151.

AG backs release of

gunman’s records

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Attorney General is siding with media organizations suing for the school records of the gunman who killed nine people earlier this month.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools has denied media requests for access to the high school files of gunman Connor Betts, who was shot dead by police about 30 seconds into the Aug. 4 massacre in Dayton.

The district argues that such “records are generally protected by both federal and state law.”

From staff, wire reports