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New store to open at mall

STEUBENVILLE – Abrilyn’s, a New York-style clothing and accessory boutique, is set to open Monday at the Fort Steuben Mall.

The store occupies a corner space in Center Court next to AT&T and will feature women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, including purses, scrubs, jeans, shoes, T-shirts, dresses and tops.

Abrilyn’s owner Mamadou Ly says that he chose the mall as the location for his boutique because of the reputation and shoppers that frequent there.

“Every business in Steubenville should be here,” he said. “There are a lot of stores out there, and there are always shoppers here. I like that the variety of stores always drives traffic throughout the mall, and I think Abrilyn’s will be successful here.”

Ly said he plans to become very involved in the community. “I’ve joined the small business association and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and am looking forward to being an active business owner in Jefferson County.”

As for the unusual name, Ly says it’s a combination of his two childrens’ names.

“Abraham and Madilyn together make Abrilyn,” he explained.

Health department offers egg advice

STEUBENVILLE – The city’s director of environmental health has issued several egg safety guidelines for the Easter season.

According to Tony Pasquarella, “adults and children should wash their hands with warm water and soap before and after handling eggs. And use only eggs that have been refrigerated. Discard eggs that are cracked or dirty.”

“After hard cooking the eggs use food safe coloring for dying the eggs and return them to the refrigerator within two hours,” said Pasquarella.

“Eggs used for a hunt should be hidden in places that are protected from dirt, moisture, pets and other sources of bacteria. Eggs should not be hidden for more than two hours. And eggs found during the hunt must be washed, refrigerated and should be eaten within a week,” stated Pasquarella.

“Questions about food safety can be answered by the Steubenville health department at 740-283-6000 extension 1512 or at 740-424-1077. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline is 1-888-674-6854,” said Pasquarella.

Section of County Road 43 to close

STEUBENVILLE – County Road 43 will be closed from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in a section for culvert replacement and ditching, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported.

The road will be closed from Seven Creeks Road (township Road 383) to U.S. Route 22. There will be no through traffic.

Road closing, other work announced

Pot Rock Road in the Wellsburg area will be closed from Monday through April 15 while crews install a retaining wall there.

Rabbit Hill Road is the official detour during the project, which will be performed by Ohio-West Virginia Excavating as a subcontractor for Dominion Transmission.

The West Virginia Division of Highways also has announced minor road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Pennsylvania Avenue, Cove Road and Three Springs Drive and ditching Eighth and Fifth avenues in Newell.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching Locust Grove East and Castlemans Run roads, West Drive and Pendleton Street and pulling shoulders and ditches along Windy Hill and Hukill Run roads.

Health department sets schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations and tuberculosis testing from 9 until 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Information about the county health department’s immunization program is available by calling (740) 283-8530.

The county health department is located in the Ohio Valley Towers on Market Street.

Salvation Army to hold dinner

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Salvation Army will hold its annual appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. April 18 at Staffileno’s on the River.

Admission is $15, and reservations should be made no later than Thursday by calling (304) 737-0071.

Salvation Army officials will recognize supporters who have helped the organization to provide assistance to local residents in need, particularly during its Christmas kettle campaign.

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Woman charged in bank robbery case

STEUBENVILLLE – Elizabeth M. Ely, 28,of 203 Kingsdale Road, Pottery Addition, was charged Thursday with complicity to robbery in connection with an investigation into the robbery of the Huntington Bank in Richmond on Wednesday.

Damion Sacripanti, 36, of the same address was arrested early Thursday and charged with robbery.

The sheriff’s department reported Sacripanti walked into the bank, demanded cash, jumped over a counter and took about $1,000. He was arrested by deputies early Thursday morning at the Pottery Addition residence after the sheriff’s department received information Sacripanti was involved based on the description of the robber.

The sheriff’s department reported Ely was waiting outside the bank for Sacripanti, but she claimed she didn’t know he was going to rob the bank.

Sacripanti confessed to deputies about the robbery and said he used nearly all the cash to buy heroin.

Lawmakers skeptical of tax passage

A bill before the West Virginia Legislature would increase the cigarette tax in West Virginia from the current 55 cents per pack to $1.55 – but local lawmakers say smokers shouldn’t get fired up just yet.

Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, is among the co-sponsors of Senate Bill 593, and even he doesn’t think it will pass the Legislature this year.

“To be quite honest, it’s not likely,” he said. “The governor (Earl Ray Tomblin) in his platform is pushing for more jobs – and no new taxes. He has indicated he wouldn’t accept it.”

But Kessler added revenue projections for the last quarter of the year are “not good,” and the proposed increase in the cigarette tax could generate between $120 million and $140 million if needed. The money also could be put toward addressing the expected increase in Medicaid costs for West Virginia, he added.

“I’m not optimistic it will pass, but never say never,” Kessler added.

Under the legislation, 75 percent of the revenue generated by the increase in the cigarette tax would be deposited in the West Virginia Medical Services Fund; 1 percent in the Civil Contingent Fund; and the remaining 24 percent in the General Revenue Fund.

Investigators wait to talk to mother in fire

BRIDGEPORT – Ohio State Fire Marshal investigators are waiting to interview a mother whose three children died in a March 17 house fire in the village.

Fire Marshal spokesman Michael Duchesne said the mother, Caroline Jean Owens, remains in a Pittsburgh hospital where she is being treated for burns sustained in the fire. Autopsies have been completed on the children.

”That office will not release their findings publicly until our investigation is complete. … They didn’t say this directly, but I assume it is due to the severity of her injuries that they have been unable to (interview her) at this point,” he said.

The children – Joshua Looby Jr., 5; Ruthann Looby, 4; and Aubrey Looby, 2 – died as a result of the fire that also injured the children’s father, Joshua Looby. He also is undergoing treatment for injuries received in the blaze.

Funeral arrangements for the children include visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road, Brookside. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brookside, preceded by visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m.

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Man found innocent in robbery trial

STEUBENVILLE – A city man arrested and indicted in connection with the Sept. 18 robbery of the Circle K on Lincoln Avenue was found innocent by a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury on Wednesday.

James L. Branham, 30, of 1269 1/2 Sinclair Ave. was charged with robbery, with a firearm specification and theft.

Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson dismissed the gun specification upon a request of defense attorney Craig Allen at the end of the prosecution’s case presented by county Assistant Prosecutor Edward Littlejohn.

City Police reported a man entered the Circle K around 4 a.m. on Sept. 18 and demanded money from a clerk. The clerk was able to identify Branham as the robber even though the robber was wearing a cloth mask.

The jury deliberated almost two hours before returning with the innocent verdicts following the trial, which began on Tuesday.

Easter egg hunt set in Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE – An Easter egg hunt is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bloomingdale Park, according to organizers.

Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the event, which will be held rain or shine.

Portman staff to hold office hours in county

STEUBENVILLE – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s, R-Ohio, staff will hold office hours in Jefferson County from noon to 1 p.m. on April 18 at the main branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, 407 S. Fourth St. During this time, constituents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with a district representative who will provide their feedback to the senator.

“Keeping an open dialogue with constituents is a top priority for me, and I encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to talk to a member of my staff,” said Portman.

Portman staff will travel to each county in Ohio to meet with constituents during office hours, connect with local elected officials and attend community events.

No appointments are necessary. For information, call Portman’s District Representative Todd Shelton at (740) 238-8337.

Malkin to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner

SALEM – Conservative TV commentator and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin will be the featured speaker at the Columbiana County Republican Party’s 2013 Lincoln Day Dinner scheduled for April 19.

GOP Chairman David Johnson said they were obviously thrilled to get someone of Malkin’s caliber to be the keynote speaker, with the event being held in the Salem Community Center gymnasium, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Malkin, whose column appears in local newspapers, including the Herald-Star, also works as a contributor on Fox News since 2001 and appears frequently on the “Sean Hannity Show.” She has also authored four best-selling books on current events and politics. Malkin began her journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News before moving to the Seattle Times.

Johnson said he approached Malkin because of her “high standing among conservatives … and because there is probably nobody in journalism that is any more informed about the issues of the day.”

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City man transported after vehicle accident

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was transported to Trinity Medical Center West after a two-vehicle accident on state Route 7 Tuesday, according to City Police reports.

Joseph Krager, 62, 815 Oxford Blvd., was transported by ambulance after being struck by a vehicle driven by Carlon Starr, 34, 32 township Road 582 while Krager was stopped at a stop light. Starr was cited by police for assured clear distance, according to the report.

Krager’s condition was unknown early today. A passenger in Krager’s vehicle refused treatment, according to officials.

Weirton Easter egg hunt set Saturday

WEIRTON – Area youngsters can take part in the Weirton Community Easter Egg Hunt set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Millsop Community Center.

The event is a free for all area youngsters from toddlers to age 12.

The egg hunt is hosted annually by the city’s park board and Weirton Elks Lodge No. 1801, with support from Weirton Eat ‘n Park Restaurant.

Eggs are filled with candy and some have special prize tickets, organizers said.

Smithfield post office has new hours

SMITHFIELD – A survey of the Smithfield post office patrons regarding realignment hours resulted in 154 surveys returned from the 339 mailed to the postal customers.

After reviewing surveys returned and taking into account postal service operational needs, retail hours at the Smithfield location will be 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays, with the office closed from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. for lunch. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the post plan realignment of weekday window service hours, officials said. Access to delivery receptacles will not be reduced from current hours.

Customers have the option of going to the Dillonvale or Bloomingdale offices or the Adena post office.

Fire victims’ funeral services begin Friday

BRIDGEPORT – Funeral arrangements for three children who died in an apartment fire in Bridgeport begin with visitation Friday at Wilson Funeral Home.

Visitation for the Looby children – Joshua Jr., 5; Ruthann, 4; and Aubrey, 2 – is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 920 National Road, Brookside, and again Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m., which will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brookside.

The children died March 17 when a fire broke out at 10:45 a.m. in their apartment at 3115 Main St. in downtown Bridgeport. Their parents – Joshua Looby and Caroline Jean Owens – were taken to a Pittsburgh hospital, where they are being treated for burns.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office still is working to complete its investigation of the blaze, but representatives said last week there was no criminal activity connected to the fire. They also said they could not rule out the fire being electrical in nature. In response to rumors circulating in the community, Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Michael Duchesne said there was “definitely no meth lab” at the apartment.

Duchesne said Tuesday all the investigators were out in the field and could not be reached to discuss the Bridgeport fire.

Game to benefit Special Olympics

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Special Olympics Bears will play the Brooke County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge and Brooke County Sheriff’s Deputies at 7 p.m. April 5 at Wellsburg Middle School.

The game will follow another between FOP members and the Franklin Fire Department at 6 p.m.

Admission is free. There will be door prizes, drawings and refreshments sold.

JVS to host welding workshop

BLOOMINGDALE – The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will host a virtual welding workshop using the teachWELD welding simulator from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 4. Reservations must be made by e-mailing or calling Todd Parker at (740) 264-5545, extension 503.

Another bomb threat at Dominion

NATRIUM – Still waiting to process its first barrel of ethane, the under-construction $500 million Dominion Resources natural gas facility received its second bomb threat in the last two months Tuesday.

“The people who do these things are domestic terrorists,” said Corky Demarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said the West Virginia State Police, Marshall County sheriff’s deputies, officials with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and officials with Dominion explored the construction site Tuesday afternoon. After closing state Route 2 between Fish Creek Road and state Route 89 for about two hours, officials reopened the road upon determining the threat was not credible.

“About 1:30 p.m., a note was found on-site that characterized a bomb threat,” said Dominion spokesman Dan Donovan, emphasizing he did not want to reveal the exact language in the note. “We then evacuated about 700 construction workers.”

Donovan said most of the construction workers, who are working under the direction of Chicago Bridge & Iron, which Dominion hired to build the plant, should return to the site today.

In February, officials also evacuated workers from the site for a bomb threat that eventually was determined to be a hoax.

“This is not civil disobedience – this is a crime. They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Demarco regarding whoever is making the bomb threats.

Dominion recently entered into a $1.5 billion processing and transportation venture with Caiman Energy known as Blue Racer Midstream, which includes the Natrium plant. This network features facilities across Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio that will move gas and liquids out of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

Blue Racer spokeswoman Casey Nikoloric referred all questions regarding the bomb threats to Donovan. However, she said the Natrium plant should be open by late spring.

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Council to hold special meeting

FOLLANSBEE – Follansbee City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Follansbee City Building to consider approval of the 2013-2014 fiscal budget.

Bergholz man stabbed, hospitalized

BERGHOLZ – A Bergholz man was stabbed in the leg early Sunday morning and was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

According to a report from the Jefferson County sheriff’s department, Ryan Cook was allegedly stabbed by his uncle Adam Cook during an altercation in Bergholz.

The incident remains under investigation today.

Gun found behind dumpster

STEUBENVILLE – A business owner on South Street found a loaded hand gun in a box behind a dumpster Sunday morning.

The city police confiscated the weapon and are investigating the incident.

Brooke County man sentenced to prison

WHEELING – A 42-year old Brooke County resident has been sentenced to 25 months in a federal prison for threatening to harm police who investigated a domestic violence complaint against him.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said the defendant, James W. Richard, admitted to sending threatening letters to a Wellsburg police officer and a Brooke County sheriff’s deputy while he was serving time in the Northern Regional Jail for breaking and entering, domestic assault and brandishing a deadly weapon. The two officers had investigated the offenses for which Richard had been convicted when he mailed the letters.

Richard was convicted of mailing threatening communications.

Upon completion of his 25 month prison sentence, he will be on two years of supervised release. He was remanded to the custody of United States Marshals pending his assignment to a federal institution.

Ihlenfeld said that whenever a law enforcement officer is threatened with bodily harm, his office “is going to do everything it can to make sure that those responsible for making the threats are held accountable.”

Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced minor road work to be performed this week, pending suitable weather.

Crews will be patching state Route 67 and McCords Hill Road and ditching state Route 88 and Locust Grove East, Council Run and Castleman’s Run roads.

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Retail sales show slight decrease

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County decreased about 1 percent in January compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for January totaled $74.14 million, generating $1,112,196 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for January 2012 generated $1,130,949, based on retail sales of nearly $75.4 million.

January piggyback tax figures are historically the highest of the year.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $60.20 million a month in 2012, compared to $54.97 million a month during the prior four years.

The retail sales of nearly $75.4 million in January 2012 was the highest in more than four years.

Man arrested in hammer attack

STEUBENVILLE – Lamont Whatley, 47, of 1533B Euclid Ave. was arrested by City Police on Thursday on a felonious assault warrant in connection with a woman being attacked with a hammer and knife on Feb. 25.

Police said the woman said she was assaulted around 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at a home in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue. Officers said the woman had a 2-inch claw hammer wound in her thigh area and a cut on her finger that she said she received trying to avoid a knife. The woman also said she was kicked and punched about the head, police reported.

The victim was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment of her injuries.

An arrest warrant was issued at the time for Whatley, police reported.

Hounds’ Haven ‘Adopt-A-Pet’ set

STEUBENVILLE – Hounds’ Haven Inc. will hold its Easter “Adopt-A-Pet” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday inside Pet Supplies Plus at the Fort Steuben Mall.

There will be a variety of healthy adult dogs and cats. All animals have been vet-checked, tested for disease, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. No on-site adoptions are permitted, but interested individuals can claim their new pet at the shelter.

Hounds’ Haven also is selling tickets for its Easter drawing on March 30 at Treasure Island Marketplace in Wintersville. Starting at 10 a.m., volunteers will sell tickets for the drawing with all proceeds to benefit the animals at the shelter.

WSX Management Club to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant (former Gio’s Family Restaurant) in the banquet room.

All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

WINTERSVILLE – Wintersville Church of the Nazarene, 377 Longvue Drive off Two Ridge Road, will host an Easter egg hunt from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Children will be divided into age groups for an egg hunt, story time and a craft.

Scrabble session set Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1504 at Eastern Gateway Community College. Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one. No fees are charged.

Bonus words will be words related to Easter.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

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Three Pa. men charged in Weirton

WEIRTON – Three Pennsylvania men were charged with possession with intent to deliver and transporting drugs into West Virginia after a traffic stop Saturday at Cove Road and Three Springs Drive.

City Police said they arrested Kurt M. Habazin of Imperial, Pa., Bryan S. Harlan of Coraopolis, Pa., and Brent D. Fisher of Pittsburgh after receiving reports of a suspicious vehicle. Drugs were found in the vehicle, they said.

Early voting has begun

FOLLANSBEE – Registered voters in the city may cast absentee ballots for the city’s April 2 primary election at the City Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday, as well as Monday through March 29; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and March 30.

For information, call (304) 527-1330.

Pesticide applicator training seminar set

WINTERSVILLE – A pesticide applicator training session will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 28 for those who still need recertified for a private pesticide applications license. The event will be held at the Jefferson County Extension Office at the old Bantam Ridge School.

Soil and water taking orders for stocking

WINTERSVILLE – Stephanie Vance, Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District public relations chairman, said the district is taking orders for its annual pond stocking fish sale. The fish will be purchased through Fender’s Fish Hatchery in Baltic.

The species of fish available are largemouth bass, channel catfish, white amur, black crappie, shell cracker, yellow perch, blue gill and fathead minnows.

Orders will be taken until March 29. Pick up will be from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. only on April 4 at the new location at Bantam Ridge School, Suite A. For the pickup, a large container filled with pond water -5 to 10 gallons of water per 100 fish – is required. Containers should be lined with a new plastic bag before adding water.

The white amurs should be placed in a container with a lid large enough to tie at the top, officials said.

For information, call the office at (740) 264-9790 or go to the district website at

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Firefighters called to structure fire

STEUBENVILLE – City firefighters were called to a fire at a vacant house at 998 Franklin Ave. about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The cause of the fire, which emanated from the second floor and caused extensive damage, is being investigated, officials said.

City crews repair line break

WELLSBURG – City crews worked Tuesday night to repair a break in a water line at state Route 2 and 11th Street.

Traffic was directed around the area by city personnel, but the break didn’t disrupt water to customers, said City Manager Mark Henne.

Health board meeting canceled Thursday

STEUBENVILLE – The city board of health meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum, officials said.

Recycling efforts being slowed

STEUBENVILLE – JB Green Team Executive Director Cliff Meyer is asking for patience from Jefferson and Belmont county residents who use the recycling bins.

“We have had a few mechanical issues with our recycling trucks in recent days and are running behind in our regular schedule. We now have experts examining our trucks to determine the issues and hope to be back on schedule very soon,” said Meyer.

Concealed carry

course planned

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College will offer a concealed carry course on April 4 and 6 in the college’s Pugliese Center, 110 John Scott Highway.

Orientation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 27 at the center. The training will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 4 in the center and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 6 at the Wintersville firing range.

The concealed carry course consists of 10 hours of instruction and two hours of practical training, including range time and live-fire experience. This training also is honored in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states.

The student must complete a written examination that tests his or her competency and a physical demonstration of competency on handgun usage and rules for safe handling and storage of a handgun. Students must be age 21 or older, and payment must be received prior to the course start date. The course is $75. Senior citizens pay $50. The registration deadline is March 27. For information and to register, call (740) 264-5591, extension 310.

Fire marshal: No meth lab at apartment fire

BRIDGEPORT – There was “definitely no meth lab” at the village apartment where three children died during a fire Sunday, said Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Michael Duchesne.

He said Tuesday the fire marshal’s office completed collecting evidence at the scene, but said the investigation is not finished. Officials still are awaiting results of the autopsies of the children, ages 2, 4 and 5.

“The cause of the fire is currently undetermined. (They) cannot rule out electrical causes. There is no criminal activity indicated from the investigation conducted alongside Bridgeport Police Department and Bridgeport Fire Department,” Duchesne said, putting to rest rumors there was a meth lab in the building.

He said the children’s parents are in critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital. He said he does not know if that means they are unconscious.

The blaze occurred about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in an apartment building located at 3115 Main St. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. It took several firefighter units, including Martins Ferry’s ladder truck, many hours to extinguish the blaze.

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City to flush hydrants

WELLSBURG -The Wellsburg Water Department will flush hydrants this week, beginning with Main, Charles and Marianna streets on Wednesday.

They also will flush Commerce Street, Pleasant and Grand avenues, High Street, Duvall Heights, 22nd Street Extension, Brinker Road and Forest Hills on Thursday; and White Bell Circle and state Route 27 to Park Addition on Friday.

Residents will experience discolored water and are advised to refrain from doing laundry during that time. There will be no boil order.

For information, call (304) 737-2143.

Sobriety checkpoint set for Friday

WELLSBURG – The West Virginia State Police will hold a sobriety checkpoint on state Route 2 in front of the state Division of Highways’ Brooke County headquarters from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday.

State Police 1st Sgt. D.L. Robinson said, “This checkpoint will be conducted in an effort to deter and detect impaired drivers. It’s not the intention of the West Virginia State Police to inconvenience the motoring public, but to make the highways safer for those traveling through West Virginia.”

Blood drive set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE -An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Medical Center East in the old business office near the Trinity School of Nursing.

JSWCD financial report available

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District has its 2012 cash basis information on file at the district office, an official noted.

Those interested in reviewing the information can visit the office at its new location at 587 Bantam Ridge Road.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (740) 264-9790.

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Road closing set for Tuesday

SHORT CREEK – Short Creek Road, formerly known as Airport Road, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Tuesday while crews repair a slip there.

The work is expected to be completed April 12, pending suitable weather.

The official detour during the project is Windy Hill Road to Apple Pie Ridge Road. Emergency vehicles and school buses will be accommodated.

Oil, gas committee hosting public forum

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County’s oil and gas committee is hosting a public forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss pipeline land leasing and installation and other landowner questions.

Guest speaker will be Dale Arnold, director of energy services with the Ohio Farm Bureau, and Mike McGlumphy, director of Jefferson County Connections, the one-stop employment and training center in Steubenville.

Arnold works with Farm Bureau leaders to create effective energy policy on local, state and national levels, as well as to establish programs that help farm, small business and residential energy consumers control their energy costs. McGlumphy will key on the state of local employment, job opportunities in the oil and gas industry and education and training requirements.

A question and answer session will follow.

The committee, now known as GO (Gas & Oil) Jefferson County was formed in 2012 to facilitate communication between the community and the gas industry. The group meets monthly, helping commissioners stay aware of local issues and ultimately helping them maximize opportunities and minimize the risks associated with this new industry. It also strives to keep area residents apprised of job openings, training and education opportunities.

The forum is the first in what the GO committee hopes will be an ongoing informational series.

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Boil order lifted in city

STEUBENVILLE – The city water department lifted a boil order for water customers in the LaBelle water district Friday afternoon.

“All water customers may resume normal water usage activities without restriction,” announced Assistant Water Department Superintendent Bill Skinner.

“The City of Steubenville Water Department would like to thank the water customers for being understanding and patient during this time of inconvenience. Any residents who may have concerns or questions may call the staff at the water filtration plant at (740) 283-6041,” added Skinner.

Rally set for today for abuse victim

WEIRTON – A rally organized by the Internet group Anonymous protesting the alleged abuse of a child is set to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Weirton Municipal Building, 200 Municipal Plaza.

Two sentenced for robbery

WELLSBURG – Two Wellsburg men reported to the Northern Regional Jail Friday after being sentenced for the May 1, 2012 robbery of a local gas station.

Joseph Lee Henry Jr., 26, and Brad Jay Mack, 33, both of Wellsburg, were each sentenced to one to 10 years in jail for grand larceny and one to five years in jail for conspiring to commit the robbery. The sentences for each are to run consecutively and were approved by Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson on March 8.

Each also will pay half of $3,150 they stole from the gas station as part of a plea agreement reached by Assistant Brooke County Prosecutor David F. Cross and their attorneys.

Cross said as a former employee of the business, Mack knew where to find the money and Henry distracted a clerk there while Mack removed it.

Holy hour to pray for Pope Francis

STEUBENVILLE – The public is invited to join the Franciscan University of Steubenville community for a holy hour Tuesday in thanksgiving for the pontificate of Pope Francis. It begins at 2 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel with the hymn “Long Live the Pope.”

The Rev. Richard Davis, TOR, vice president of community relations, will give a reflection on Pope Francis and lead prayer intentions for the new holy father.

The holy hour is being held on the same day as the Mass for the Inauguration of the Pontificate of Pope Francis.

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OMEGA sets Wednesday meeting

WEST LAFAYETTE – The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association will hold its annual membership meeting and luncheon at noon Wednesday at Raven’s Glenn Winery and Italian Restaurant, 56183 county Road 143.

Registration is $20, which includes lunch.

The keynote speaker will be Randy Cole, controlling board president and policy adviser to Tim Keen, director of the office of budget and management.

Cole is responsible for coordinating shared services and government reform and efficiency initiatives for OBM and the governor’s office. He is the OBM designee to the Ohio Turnpike Commission, the MARCS Steering Committee (the statewide emergency radio system), the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System Steering Committee and the Local Government Innovation Council, which is responsible for overseeing the awarding of $45 million in grants and loans to schools and local governments. He also participates in the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation Program as an adviser for shared services and system delivery transformation.

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Man pleads guilty to selling stolen goods

WHEELING – A Weirton man has pleaded guilty to a charge of selling stolen goods, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Danny Lee Cook, 48, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

Cook was charged with the sale of stolen goods transported by interstate after authorities said he obtained 6,300 pounds of copper wire that he knew to be stolen from Mon Power’s Wylie Ridge Road substation in New Cumberland.

Cook then transported the stolen wire to Canonsburg, Pa., where he sold it to a scrap dealer, Ihlenfeld said. Cook, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI.

Decorations must be removed from graves

BLOOMINGDALE – All winter grave decorations should be removed from Bloomingdale, Unionport and Pine Run cemeteries in Wayne Township by April 1, according to officials.

Decorations left after that date will be disposed of, officials said.

Job hunt help offered to women

WEIRTON – C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Goodwill Industries and the Mary H. Weir Public Library will team to present a free program on April 12 to help women seeking jobs.

To be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, the free program will cover preparation for interviews and other job hunting skills.

It’s limited to 25 participants, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 797-7733.

A class for men is planned later this year.

Beginner ballroom dancing class set

STEUBENVILLE – Area residents can take a beginner ballroom dancing class in April at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Students will learn the basics from the beginning with rhythm patterns such as swing, rhumba, cha cha and slow dance.

The class occurs on Saturdays, beginning April 6 and ending May 11.

The time is noon to 2:30 p.m. at the college’s Gateway Wellness Center, located on the upper level of the Pugliese Center on John Scott Highway. The cost is $95 per couple.

Registration is due by March 28 by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 310.

Cancer center to host art show

STEUBENVILLE – Cancer patients will have their artwork displayed in the Tony Teramana Cancer Center’s medical oncology area beginning Monday.

The Oncology on Canvas exhibit will be available for viewing between Monday and March 29 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit is presented by Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

The Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition honors the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis, officials said.

Individuals diagnosed with any type of cancer, as well as their families, friends, caregivers and health care providers, are invited to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning, officials said.

To date, more than 4,100 individuals have submitted artwork and narratives to Oncology On Canvas.

Soil and water district’s tree seedling, plant sale ongoing

WINTERSVILLE -The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual tree seedling, shrubs and plant sale throughout this month.

New this year are the Ohio prairie nursery garden kits, including rain gardens for sun, rain gardens for shade, butterfly-hummingbird gardens and monarch cafe gardens. Each of the garden kits contain native plants grown in individual pots, set in a 32-pot tray, with name tags for identification. Each garden will cover approximately 100 square feet.

Tree seedlings are young plants grown from seed and sized anywhere between 4- to 15-inches tall, depending on the tree species. Species should be selected based on soil type at the planting site, officials said.

Landowners can obtain planting information on the seedlings from the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation office or from a private forestry consultant.

Orders need to be placed early for best selection, as limited quantities are available for some species.

For information, stop at the office at 587 Bantam Ridge, Suite A, Wintersville. For order forms, view the website at or call the office at (740) 264-9790.

Preschool screenings for Harrison Hills school district scheduled

CADIZ – Preschool screenings for children ages 3-5 will be conducted by the Harrison Hills City School District in cooperation with HARCATUS Head Start, Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Help Me Grow. The screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on April 5 and May 3 at the Harrison Hills City School District Office, 730 Peppard Ave.

Parents must bring a child’s legal birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization record. Children must be age 3 to enter preschool.

Call the Harrison Hills City School District at (740) 942-7785 to schedule an appointment. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Water discoloration reported in city

WELLSBURG – City water customers may experience some discoloration and should refrain from doing laundry until the problem has been corrected.

City Manager Mark Henne said a water line to the former Banner Fiberboard property was opened by crews involved with construction there, disturbing material that had settled in the unused line.

He said the city’s hydrants may be flushed to correct the problem, and it should be resolved today.

County Road 25 to close Thursday

STEUBENVILLE – A portion of county Road 25 (Smithfield Station-Weems Road) will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday due to a culvert replacement.

The portion of the road is .05 miles north of Cross Creek Township Road 189 and 1.5 miles south of Wayne Township Road 191 (McIntyre Road).

There will be no through traffic.

School board sets special meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing Board will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for the adoption of a preliminary agreement for the creation of a conversion online community school.

Steubenville Township report available

MINGO JUNCTION -Steubenville Township’s annual financial report for 2012 is complete and available for review at the Steubenville Township Complex Building.

Stop litter activity set at Fort Steuben Mall

STEUBENVILLE – The JB Green Team and the Fort Steuben Mall will host the annual “Pride … Not Litter activity from noon until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the mall’s Center Court.

Special pot decorating and flower planting will be available for the first 100 students.

The event is free and open to the public.

Economic board moves meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Economic Development Authority has moved its next meeting from March 20 to 6:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Brooke County Library.

The meeting was moved to allow members to attend the Marcellus 2 Manufacturing Expo in Charleston that day.

Easter egg hunt set for March 24

WINTERSVILLE – Fort Steuben Burial Estates, 801 Canton Road, will be the site of the village’s 24th-annual Easter egg hunt on March 24, beginning at 2 p.m.

The rain-or-shine event is open to area children ages 2-10.

Each child will receive a small gift bag with a door prize ticket attached. Several baskets will be available to aid in collecting eggs. Grand prizes in three age groups and other prizes will be awarded.

The Easter Bunny will be present for the hunt, which is held on the cemetery grounds near the new mausoleum.

Signs will be posted for each age group that will include ages 2-4, 5-6 and 7-10.

Enrollment open house st at Madonna

WEIRTON – Madonna High School will hold an open house for open enrollment from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and March 21.

The event is open to parents and students.

For information, contact Steve Grasser at or (304) 723-0545.

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City man charged following foot chase

STEUBENVILLE – A 27-year-old man wanted in Illinois for a parole violation was charged with a multitude of offenses following a foot chase through a LaBelle neighborhood Monday.

Sidney Dontae Watson, Apartment H, 805 Market St., was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under disability, obstructing police business, falsification and tampering with evidence. In addition to being wanted in Illinois, Watson also faces four bench warrants locally, according to reports.

Police said they were investigating reports of alleged illegal activity in an alley between Maryland and Pennsylvania Avenue when they spotted a pickup truck missing a taillight. When they pulled the vehicle over, Watson allegedly fled the scene on foot. A 9 mm handgun was found under a bush, they said.

Follansbee man arrested in robbery

FOLLANSBEE – A city man has been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of the Follansbee Subway shop at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Ronald Anthony DiEugene II, 23, 1019 Virginia Ave., was arrested by City Police for allegedly entering the business bearing a knife and taking about $420.

Police said an employee was leaving through a rear door, following a day’s work, when DiEugene, whose face was concealed, forced her back inside. They said the woman wasn’t harmed.

Police said DiEugene was found with 24 rolls of coins and a large amount of currency on his person in the downtown area.

DiEugene is being held in the Northern Regional Jail and awaiting arraignment in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Wayne Township trustees set meeting

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss personnel matters, according to officials.

Oak Glen to present ‘The Littlest Angel’

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club Players will present a musical adaptation of “The Littlest Angel,” the classic children’s story by Charles Tazewell, March 21-22 on the OGMS stage.

Curtain time each evening will be at 7 p.m.

Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

For information, call (304) 374-7474.

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Robbery reported at Smithfield bank

SMITHFIELD – Jefferson County authorities were investigating an apparent bank robbery this morning in Smithfield.

Witnesses say Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies were called to the U.S. Bank, 1210 Main St., shortly after 9 a.m. Minutes later, sources with the sheriff’s department confirmed a robbery had taken place, although further details were not immediately available.

Bank customers were being turned away, one caller reported.

Area man believed to be homicide victim

NORFOLK, Va. – A 24-year-old Yorkville native is the apparent victim of a homicide being investigated by the Norfolk, Va., Police Department in connection with a shooting early Saturday evening in a residential neighborhood, located not far from the Norfolk Naval Station.

The authorities are not releasing the victim’s name, pending notification of family.

The alleged shooter is a 22-year-old Wisconsin native and Norfolk resident, Austin T. Greening, according to authorities.

Greening has been held in the Norfolk City Jail since his arrest Saturday evening, according to reports. He remains in custody without bond.

Police were called to the Norfolk residence of Greening via a 911 call at about 7 p.m. Saturday on a report that a man had been shot, according to reports.

Greening was scheduled arraignment today.

In addition to a murder charge, he is facing a charge in connection with the use of a firearm, according to reports.

Norfolk Police officials confirmed late Sunday they could not comment on any details of the alleged incident.

PERI to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.

Guest speaker will be Phyllis Foreman, board member at Martha Manor. All retired public employees and spouses are invited to attend.

SRG sets meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Froehlichs Classic Corner Restaurant.

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Structure fire in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE – A structure fire at an occupied house at 1113 Claire Ave. Saturday afternoon resulted in smoke and water damage to the structure but no injuries, according to city fire department reports.

Firefighters responded to a report of residents trapped in a burning house at about 4 p.m. Saturday. According to reports, residents had managed to escape the blaze by the time crews had responded. The fire began in an upstairs bedroom inside a wall before being extinguished by crews, according to the department. The fire caused an estimated $5,000 worth of damage, and there were no injuries to either residents or firefighters.

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Student accepted to Naval Academy

STEUBENVILLE – Meadow Jackson of Steubenville recently was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy after being nominated by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Jackson, a senior at the Jefferson County Christian School, has a 3.85 grade-point average, plays varsity basketball, volleyball and softball, serves as an officer in the French club and plays and sings in two school bands. She also has spent her past two summers volunteering at the AIM Women’s Center in Steubenville.

“Ohio schools are educating the young people who will become the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that Meadow has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions,” said Brown, who nominates each year up to 10 students to military academies.

Recreation committee sets meeting

MINGO JUNCTION – The Mingo Junction Village Council Recreation Committee will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday prior to the regular council meeting.

OSHA 5810 class scheduled this spring

STEUBENVILLE – The Great Lakes OSHA Education Center, in collaboration with RiskControl360 and Eastern Gateway Community College, is offering the course OSHA 5810 – Hazards Recognition and Standards for On-Shore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production.

The course was developed as a result of cooperation from oil and gas producers, service companies and industry associations. The course is available in two seminars this spring. Registration is open.

Employees and managers who are engaged in all phases of on-shore oil and gas exploration and production, and as a next step from the SafeLand USA Orientation, should attend.

The course includes 18 hazard recognition modules.

Students may select one of two available sessions: April 1-5, with registration due by March 25; or April 29 through May 3, with a registration deadline of April 22.

Classes will be held at EGCC from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost per registrant is $795. To register, contact Shari Bonnell-May of RiskControl360 at (614) 827-0363 or

SHS operating on delay next week

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville High School will be operating on a two-hour delay schedule Monday through March 15 for OGT testing.

All 10th-graders and any junior or senior who has not passed the test should report to school at the normal time of 8 a.m. for the test.

All other students should report to the Commons by 9:45 a.m. all week.

Health department sets schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations, flu shots and tuberculosis testing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Information about the nursing activities for next week is available by calling (740) 283-8530.

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Mingo Junction man sentenced in court

STEUBENVILLE -Michael P. Chapman, 51, of 246 Lincoln Ave., Mingo Junction, was sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors and tampering with evidence.

Chapman was seen on Nov. 13 pulling on the doors to the Parkview Inn in the 600 block of Commercial Avenue, Mingo Junction. A village police officer found Chapman nearby with a backpack. A pry bar was found near a door to the bar and fresh pry marks on the door.

Chapman pleaded guilty to attempted breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, aggravated menacing and tampering with evidence.

Chapman told the judge he has been to prison about eight times.

Brooke clinic canceled

WELLSBURG – A Brooke County Health Department clinic scheduled for Saturday and offering vaccinations required of students entering seventh and 12th grades has been canceled because of lack of response.

The health department will hold a second clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Brooke High School as planned.

It’s aimed at youth who are uninsured, but the vaccines will be available to those with insurance but not able to obtain them through their doctors, for a fee.

For information or to make an appointment, call the health department at (304) 737-3665.

Darkness to Light program offered

STEUBENVILLE – Darkness to Light is a three-hour program designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse and emphasizes child safety as every adult’s responsibility.

The course will be offered twice this spring at Eastern Gateway Community College – March 23 and April 17 – but registration is required by Friday.

Topics include child abuse statistics, potentially dangerous situations, strategies for protecting children, talking about abuse prevention with children and adults and signs of sexual abuse.

Any individual or organization concerned about the safety of children is invited to attend.

The program is being presented by Rhonda Stubbs of A Child’s Place CASA in collaboration with EGCC. Dates and times are March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon and April 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To register, call EGCC at (740) 264-5591, extension 310. There is a $20 fee for training materials.

Edison Local schools set registration

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Edison Local School District’s registration for early childhood and kindergarten-age children who are eligible to enroll is planned on the following days:

April 3: Pleasant Hill Elementary.

April 4: Stanton Elementary.

April 5: John Gregg Elementary.

All sessions are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Requirements include a child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security card.

Children ages 3-5 on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to enroll.

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Jail time ordered in criminal case

STEUBENVILLE – Timothy Taylor, 28, of Mingo Junction was ordered to serve 30 days in the county jail on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Taylor admitted to a probation violation.

Taylor was placed on probation on Feb. 4 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. He was arrested by City Police 10 days later on a charge of petit theft.

Taylor will be back on probation after he is released from the county jail.

Toronto man sent to prison

STEUBENVILLE – Leslie A. Palmer III, 31, of 1310 Madison Ave., Toronto, was sentenced to seven months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to felony theft.

Palmer and another man were arrested on Oct. 21 by Saline Township Police after the officer saw them walking on a road near Hammondsville.

The men claimed their car had broken down. It was found on Brush Creek Township Road 299.

The officer saw a large amount of scrap metal inside the vehicle and contacted the sheriff’s department.

Palmer admitted to taking scrap metal from the Dando Brick Yard on state Route 213 and breaking into a trailer on Brush Creek Township Road 299.

Palmer has a prior theft conviction.

Retail sales show increase in November

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County decreased by 6 percent in December compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for December totaled $57.72 million, generating $865,630 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county.

Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for December 2011 generated $921,386, based on retail sales of $61.42 million.

October and December were the only two months in 2012 that had a decrease in retail sales compared to 2011 figures.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $60.20 million a month in 2012, compared to $54.97 million a month during the prior four years.

Woman given probation for drugs

STEUBENVILLE – Charney Young, 26, of Steubenville was placed on two years of probation Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Young pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse.

Young was charged after a raid on the house she was living in the 1000 block of Claire Avenue in March 2010.

She faces up to 12 months in prison if she violates probation.

County commissioner appointed to group

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham was appointed to the health and human services committee of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

The committee addresses such issues as human services, children services, child support, health, developmental disabilities, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, county homes and aging and Medicaid.

Soil and water photos contest set

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting 8-by-10-inch photos for its annual photography contest.

The photos must be taken in Jefferson County; however, the photographer is not required to reside in the county. A total of three prints may be submitted per photographer, according to officials.

The categories are animals on the farm, culinary bounty and on the waterfront. Adult and youth entries will be judged in the same division. There will not be a separate black and white category; however, black and white photos will be accepted in each of the categories.

The first round of entries will be judged by professional photographers to select the five winners in each category. Those 15 top winning photos will be displayed and voted on by the attendees during the soil and water conservation district’s upcoming annual meeting and banquet. The meeting and banquet are open to the public.

For information and a copy of the rules and application, call the office at (740) 264-9790; visit the office at the new location of 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Suite A, Wintersville, or visit the district’s website at

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Demjan reappointed to aging council

COLUMBUS – William R. Demjan of Steubenville has been reappointed by Gov. John Kasich to a second term on the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging.

The council reviews plans, budgets and issues that impact older Ohioans, and advocates specific administrative and legislative actions.

Demjan has served as one of the council’s 12 appointed members since 2010. His current term will end in November 2015.

Buckeye will operate on adjusted schedule

RAYLAND – Buckeye Local High School will be operating on an adjusted time schedule Monday through March 15 due to OGT testing.

All buses will operate on their regular time schedule. Students who cannot find alternative transportation will ride their bus at the regular time and report to the commons area for supervision, according to administrators.

Students who drive or ride with others will not have to report to school until 9:30 a.m.

All sophomores and students who are required to take the OGT testing will report to school at the regular time.

Area 16 Workforce meetings set

CADIZ – The Area 16 Workforce Investment Board quarterly meeting will be held at 10 a.m. March 15 in the Harrison Community Hospital on East Market Street.

The Area 16 Council of Government quarterly meeting will be held at 1 p.m. March 21 at the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services office in Cadiz.

Harrison Hills Food Bank date changed

CADIZ – The date of this month’s Harrison Hills Mid-Ohio Food Bank, held in the Westgate building, has been changed to March 13 due to scheduling conflicts.

The time will remain the same – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Edison to present ‘Dear Edwina, Jr.’

RICHMOND – The Edison Junior High Vocal Music Department, under the direction of Dani Carroll, will present “Dear Edwina, Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 in the Edison High School auditorium.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket sales begin on Monday. Adult tickets are $5; student tickets are $3.

For information, contact Carroll at (740) 765-4313.

Removal of cemetery blankets requested

RAYLAND -The Warren Township Trustees ask for the removal of all grave blankets at the Warrenton, Upland Heights and Hopewell cemeteries by March 15.

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Coroner checking cause of driver’s death

STEUBENVILLE – The county coroner’s office is checking the cause of death of a driver who wrecked his vehicle Friday evening on state Route 164, Bergholz, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

David A. Wright, 58, of 833 Washington St., Bergholz, was driving on state Route 164, outside Bergholz, around 10:15 p.m. Friday, when the vehicle went off the left side of the road into a ditch.

The patrol reported it appears the man had a medical condition. The coroner’s office is working to determine if he died from the medical condition prior to the wreck or the injuries from the wreck contributed to his death, the patrol reported.

The accident remains under investigation by troopers.

Man charged in stabbing incident

STEUBENVILLE – Curley Clarke, 65, of 1643 Ridge Ave. was charged with felonious assault early today by City Police after he allegedly stabbed a man at Ridge and Pittsburgh avenues.

Police were called about a man stabbed in the side shortly after midnight. Police reported the victim told police he saw his girlfriend being held by her hair by Clarke with a knife to her neck outside a house on Ridge Avenue. The victim went outside and was stabbed by Clarke, police reported.

Clarke was arrested by officers at his home and taken to the county jail.

Retirees’ council of Local 809 to meet

HOPEDALE – The retirees council of Laborers Local 809 will hold a luncheon meeting at 1 p.m. March 14 at Capraro’s Restaurant located at 135 E. Main St.

Steubenville Saddle Club meets Tuesday

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The Steubenville Saddle Club will holds its March meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Springfield Community Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Blood drive set for March 21 in Jewett

JEWETT – An American Red Cross blood drive is planned from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 21 in the Jewett United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall, West Main Street.

Lupus Support Group meets tonight

STEUBENVILLE – “Bringing Services into the Home” will be the topic when the Lupus Support Group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 905 Market St.

Walter and Pat Howard are project coordinators, and Iris Callahan is an outreach worker.

The group is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and sponsored by Urban Mission Ministries/NCDC.

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Patrol called to fatal accident

BERGHOLZ – The Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to a single-vehicle accident in which a man was killed on state Route 164 Friday.

Bergholz and Amsterdam ambulance squads were dispatched to the accident, which was reported at 10:25 p.m.

The investigating officer couldn’t be reached for other details.

Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced minor road work to be performed this week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching state Route 2 and U.S. Route 30 and ditching along Rockyside, Ferndale and Moscow roads.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22 and ditching along Windy Hill and Girtys Point roads.

Award-winning pianist to appear

WEST LIBERTY – Marshall University professor and pianist Henning Vauth will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at College Hall.

Vauth has won international competitions in Norway and Italy and performed at Lincoln Center and in Paris, Berlin and many other venues in the U.S. and Europe.

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Pedestrian hit by car dies at hospital

WINTERSVILLE – Thomas S. Cadegan, 46, of 1007 Church St., Bergholz, died Friday morning at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from injuries he received when he was struck as a pedestrian crossing Cadiz Road Thursday evening, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

The patrol reported a vehicle driven by Elaine M. Lamatrice, 55, of 159 Churchman Circle, Wintersville, was driving on the road near Malone Street when Cadegan was struck crossing the road around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

The accident remains under investigation.

Cadegan was taken to Trinity Medical Center West and later transported by medical helicopter to the Pittsburgh hospital.

It is the second time in about a month a pedestrian has been struck in that area.

A woman was struck by a vehicle crossing the road on Jan. 27, and she also was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh Hospital.

Zumbathon set for Megan Green event

WINTERSVILLE – A Zumbathon for Megan DeLeles Green is set for 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Florian Hall.

The event is aimed at raising funds for Green’s medical treatments and to support breast cancer research.

More information about Green and the Zumbathon is available on Facebook or by calling 740-632-1773.

Health department sets weekly schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department announced immunizations, flu shots and TB testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Information about the program is available by calling the health department nursing division at (740) 283-8530.

Historian to speak on Christopher Dawson

STEUBENVILLE – Glenn W. Olsen will kick off the inaugural lecture of the John and Mary Carrigg Lecture series at 6 p.m. on March 23 with an address on Christopher Dawson’s Christian View of History.

The event will be held in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center.

The John and Mary Carrigg Lecture Series is named for history professor Dr. John Carrigg, who taught at Franciscan University for 51 years before retiring in 1999.

During the evening, alumni and friends of John Carrigg will be invited to share favorite memories of the professor who was known to generations of Franciscan students for his storytelling abilities that made history come alive. Several Carrigg family members plan to attend.

Carrigg is now 91 years old and living in Kettering, Ohio.

The Carrigg lectures will spotlight topics of historical interest presented by noted historians, authors, or commentators.