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Month: May 2019

St. John Central Closes Grade School; Academy in the Works

Continuing updates on the future of St. John Central in Bellaire, the Diocese of Steubenville announced the grade school will be closing, along with the high school. This is due to low enrollment and declining finances. However, a group of people are working behind the scenes to take over and restructure the school for future generations. Advancement Director Johnetta Leonard-Yaegal along with other St. John Central alumni formed a committee. When they found out about the Diocese of Steubenville’s decision to close the grade school, they called and asked about the charter for that building as well, which they...

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Two Arrested in Steubenville Park Vandalism Investigation

One adult and one juvenile have been interviewed and arrested for vandalizing Belleview Park last week. The last suspect in the investigation is still on the loose but authorities do know who the individual is. In total, roughly $1,600 of damage was done to the fencing surrounding one of the kitty parks. And because this is city property– the consequences are more severe. The matter has been handed over to the prosecutor’s office and once the suspects are formally charged their names will be...

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Bellaire St. John Central Grade School to Close in June

Diocese of Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton announced that St. John Central Grade School in Bellaire, Ohio, will permanently close its doors at the end of the school year in June. The finance councils for the two supporting parishes were asked to consider provisions under which a plan to keep the school open might become more viable. Upon a review of those provisions, it was determined that the supporting parishes simply do not have the resources to keep a Catholic grade school open. The bishop said he finds consolation in the knowledge that families who wish to keep their children enrolled in a...

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Monroe Co. Ready to Break Ground for New Power Plant

Crews will soon be breaking ground on a gas-fired power plant at the Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Hannibal. Commissioners say this will be a huge boost to the local economy. The Long Ridge Energy Generation Project has been in the works for a few years, and will finally be coming to fruition. The 25 acres will soon be home to a new natural gas-fired power plant. The plant will have a capacity of 485 megawatts and is expected to open in the year 2021. The groundbreaking will take place Thursday...

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