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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The only voters in Belmont County to cast ballots during Tuesday’s election decided the Democratic primary in Martins Ferry’s 4th Ward. Rick Rodgers beat Pamela Shrodes, 41-20 to earn the nomination for that ward’s council seat, according to unofficial results. To see the unofficial results from around our region, click here.
MONROE COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Ohio environmental regulators have canceled key permits needed for an underground natural gas liquids storage facility proposed along the Ohio River. According to an order from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, permits to drill three three Class III solution mining wells in Monroe County, Ohio were cancelled on Sept…. Read More
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Daelim Chemical USA, a major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio, announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the project. In a joint statement with PTTGC America LLC, the Thailand-based company driving the project in the Ohio Valley, an executive said that despite Daelim’s withdrawal, the project… Read More
BRIDGEPORT, Ohio (WOUB) — The mayor in the Village of Bridgeport has been suspended from office after alleged theft in office. A commission designated by the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday made the ruling against David W. Smith. Auditor of State Keith Faber had appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Smith, who was indicted on February… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) — A partnership proposing to build an ethane “cracker” plant in Ohio has reached economic development agreements to pay two government entities millions in the coming years. A spokesman says that while the agreements are an important step, PTTGC America and Daelim Chemical USA have not made an investment decision on building the… Read More
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Belmont County. According to the Belmont County Health Department, a husband and wife in their 50’s tested positive after health officials there conducted the swab Wednesday. Deputy Health Commissioner Rob Sproul said the two had traveled to Washington D.C. for a political conference…. Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor and lieutenant governor met Wednesday with officials from one of the companies proposing to build a multi-billion dollar ethane “cracker”plant in southeast Ohio. A spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine said no “substantive update” would be provided from the meeting in Columbus with board members from Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical…. Read More
Environmental groups have reached a settlement agreement with a petrochemical company in Ohio to beef up air pollution controls at a proposed petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical America and South Korea-based Daelim Industrial Co. have proposed building a multi-billion dollar ethylene cracker plant on a 500-acre tract of land in Belmont County,… Read More
The race for the 4th Ward Council seat Democratic nomination in Martins Ferry has resulted in a tie, according to unofficial results in Belmont County. Larry Deaton and Rick Rodgers both received 24 votes in Tuesday’s Primary Election. If official canvassing does not change the result, the nomination could be decided by a coin flip.