Blasting above state Route 7 resumes
BRILLIANT - Blasting work recently resumed on the hillside above state Route 7 near Rush Run as part of the $22 million landslide repair project, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
Minor traffic delays are expected between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day, ODOT reported. The blasting schedule may be altered depending upon weather conditions. Both north and southbound traffic will be stopped daily for approximately 10 minutes while blasting occurs. ODOT advised motorists to plan ahead to avoid delays. Only one blast will occur per day.
State Route 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant since a major landslide occurred in March 2011. ODOT's contractor for this project is Beaver Excavating Co. of Canton. Work is expected to be completed in 2014.
Go to heraldstaronline.com to watch a video of recent blasting on the hillside.
Truck wreck causes minor traffic problem
WINTERSVILLE - A tractor-trailer hit a guardrail around 11:27 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. Route 22, near the Broadacre exit, causing minor traffic problems along the highway, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
The driver, Thomas K. Orenbaun, 40, of Bulger, Pa., lost control of the truck and it went off the right side of the road and hit the guardrail, the patrol reported.
Orenbaun, who wasn't injured, was charged by the patrol with failure to control.
Recreation group schedules meeting
MINGO JUNCTION -Village Council's recreation committee is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building to discuss use of the girl's softball field.
Man sentenced in child sex case
STEUBENVILLE - Robin Turner, 66, of 810 county Road 19, Mingo Junction, was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition.
Turner was charged with sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl in December.
County Assistant Prosecutor Edward Littlejohn Jr. read a letter from the victim to the court. In it, the girl said Satan had taken over Turner. The girl said she was mad at Turner but now forgives him.
Bruzzese ordered that Turner be classified as a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff where he lives or works every 180 days for 25 years.
Retail sales show slight increase
STEUBENVILLE - Retail sales in Jefferson County increased about 2 percent in February compared to the same period last year.
Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for February totaled $52.65 million, generating $789,846 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for February 2012 generated $772,042, based on retail sales of $51.46 million.
February piggyback tax figures are historically among the lowest 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.
Mingo council plans special meeting
MINGO JUNCTION - Village Council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss filling the village administrator's position.
The meeting also will include discussion of finances.