Early voting begins for May 7 primary
STEUBENVILLE - In-person absentee voting begins today at the Jefferson County Board of Elections office, 117 N. Third St., for the May 7 primary election.
Voting will be available from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended hours will include Monday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and May 4 from 9 a.m. until noon. In-person voting will end at 4:30 p.m. on May 6.
Noon on May 4 is the latest absentee ballots can be mailed from the board of elections office.
The voter registration deadline is 9 p.m. on Monday.
A Democratic primary will be held in the 2nd and 4th Wards in Steubenville.
A special election will be held in precincts throughout the county with issues on the ballot, including school levies for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school districts; and levies in Saline Township, Richmond, Bergholz and Adena.
Benefit for fire victims set Sunday
BRIDGEPORT - A benefit to help the victims of the March 17 apartment fire in Bridgeport is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56381 National Road.
There will be soup and sandwiches for sale, crafts and other vendors, a 50-50 drawing, an auction and a clothing drive. For information, call organizer Addy Beasley at (304) 238-4729.
Beasley, a Bellaire resident and friend of the Looby family whose three children died in the fire, said as of Monday the mother - Caroline Jean Owens - still is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital. She has received several surgeries for burn wounds.
She said Owens periodically will wake up and mouth words about the fire and ask about her children. It still is not clear if she understands or remembers what has happened to them, Beasley said.
Beasley said the father - Joshua A. Looby - has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering with family members' help. The children's funeral service was held Saturday at St. Paul.
Beasley said the Looby family is seeking clothing donations. For Looby, men's medium shirts and size 30 waist/30 length pants are needed. Owens is in need of women's extra large tops and extra large pants - cotton only. Food and baked goods still are being accepted for the sale, and takeout containers also are needed.
Donations for another family whose apartment was destroyed in the fire also are being taken. Sizes needed include: women's 14-16 pants, extra large shirts, shoes size 8; men's 32 or 34 waist pants, large shirts, shoes size 8; and 10-year-old boy size 8 pants, medium shirts, shoe size 4.
The Ohio Fire Marshal's Office still is investigating the blaze.
UMW Local 1304 to meet Saturday
HOPEDALE - The United Mine Workers of America Local 1304 members will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros.