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Emergency blood drives planned

STEUBENVILLE — Several blood drives have been scheduled across our region by the American Red Cross

According to Phyllis Riccadonna of the Greater Alleghenies Blood Region, 37 blood drives that had been scheduled to held in our area have been canceled. Several emergency blood drives have been schedule, including:

Riccadonna added the Red Cross is asking the public to come forward with a site to host an emergency blood drive. She can be reached at (304) 989-9929.

Area drives include:

Monday: Crossroads Church, Wintersville; noon to 5:30 p.m.;

April 8: Wintersville United Methodist Church, Center of Hope, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fire destroys home, damages others

FOLLANSBEE — A fire destroyed an unoccupied house at 395 Walnut St. and damaged two adjacent homes Monday morning.

Fire Chief Larry Rea said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but no foul play is suspected.

He said the house had been used for storage by a neighbor and had no electricity or gas.

Rea said the fire spread very quickly through the house and the roof had collapsed when firefighters arrived at about 5:15 a.m.

He said the blaze caused exterior damage to the homes on each side of the burning structure and smoke damage to their interiors.

Rea said a passerby on Main Street observed the burning house on the hillside above the downtown area and called 911, while a neighbor alerted the residents in the adjacent homes so they could evacuate them.

He said an electrical line fell during the fire, and crews with MonPower were called to address it.

Jefferson Health Plan will meet

STEUBENVILLE — The board of directors of the Jefferson Health Plan will hold its regular meeting at 10 a.m. April 9 through the use of electronic technology.

Instructions for accessing the meeting can be requested by e-mailing the Jefferson Health Plan at master@thejeffersonhealthplan.org and will be provided on the Jefferson Health Plan’s website, thejeffersonhealthplan.org.

SVRTA on Saturday schedule

STEUBENVILLE — Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Steel Valley RTA will be operating on a Saturday schedule. The Saturday schedule will continue until authorities have determined the COVID-19 pandemic has passed and it is safe to continue normal operations.

SVRTA officials ask that the Steel Valley RTA service be used only for essential trips such as travel to employment, medical appointments and grocery stores. Complementary Paratransit will also continue to operate for essential trips only.

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