Two vacant homes destroyed by fire
STEUBENVILLE - Two vacant homes at 16 and 17 Capital Avenue were destroyed by what the City Fire Department said was a suspicious fire early today.
City Police notified the fire department around 1:30 a.m. today of the fire. Firefighters said both structures were fully involved in flames upon arrival. Fire crews were on scene for more than three hours.
An adjacent house at 15 Capital Avenue suffered minor damage from the flames and heat. The utilities to both homes destroyed had previously been turned off, the fire department reported.
Wintersville Fire and Rescue manned the West End fire station.
Pipe replacement leads to water loss
NEW CUMBERLAND - The Hancock County courthouse was shut down Thursday because of a temporary loss of water service.
Courthouse offices and almost half the city of New Cumberland lost water service at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. All non-essential courthouse personnel were sent home. Service was restored to the courthouse at about 3:30 p.m.
New Cumberland Mayor Richard Blackwell said the city water and sewer department had to shut down service while it was replacing a broken valve near the post office.
Crews were testing valves several months ago and learned that some would have to be replaced, Blackwell said.
The city has issued a boil alert for residents for the next 24 to 48 hours, he said.
Scrabble session set for Wednesday
STEUBENVILLE - Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1502 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 Halloween.
For information, call (740) 264-9893.
Spaghetti dinner at Piney Fork post
PINEY FORK - The Piney Fork American Legion Auxiliary is having a spaghetti dinner at the Legion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children under age 10. Carryouts will be available.