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Classroom at West Liberty University Named for Great Gala Donor WesBanco

For four straight years, WesBanco has supported higher education by sponsoring West Liberty University’s annual Great Gala fundraiser. In gratitude for this consistent and significant support, WLU has named a classroom in its honor. “We are pleased to name a classroom in the Gary E. West ...

Powhatan Point Well Pad Evacuees Return Home

Heavy rain continues to stall the efforts to cap a well at XTO Energy’s Schnegg well pad near Captina Creek, the site of an explosion on Feb. 15, but the majority of the evacuees have returned home. “We’re still working. Obviously the weather has been a factor slowing us down. ...

Man Held at Knife point; Search Ensues in Wheeling

The Wheeling Police Department is in search of a man who reportedly held a local man at knifepoint early Friday morning in the Heritage Port area. According to reports, the victim told officials he was outside of Windsor Manor when an unknown white male approached him demanding he “empty ...

Man Accused of Sexual Abuse Is Arrested by West Virginia State Police

A two-year old case resulted in the arrest of a Mather, Pa. man who allegedly molested a child in 2016, 10 months after a warrant for his arrest was issued in April 2017. West Virginia State Police were informed in August 2016 of a complaint against Jesse Dunfee, 35, when an ex-girlfriend ...

Former Harrison County Probation Officer Repays $20,000 in Stolen Funds

Harrison County officials have been repaid more than $20,000 stolen from the county last year, according to information released by the Ohio Auditor of State. In September, Janel McGowan-Banks, a former probation officer for the county, plead guilty to theft in office and tampering with ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 6 :58 a.m. Friday and 8:14 a.m. Wednesday, officer handled 28 traffic stops, seven vehicle accidents and six miscellaneous calls. Friday At 6:58 a.m., Jacob Street, breaking and entering earlier. At 6:53 a.m., Main Street, disorderly adult. At 2:51 ...

Welsch Gives Hollywood A Taste of Wheeling, West Virginia

After winning a national chefs’ competition on the Food Network, Vagabond Kitchen owner Matt Welsch plans “to keep putting Wheeling on the map and turn around negative stereotypes for West Virginia.” Welsch, who calls himself the Vagabond Chef, captured a cooking title on “Guy’s ...

High Water Strands Those Near Collapsed Bridge in Glen Dale

Flooding in many major creeks in Marshall County has caused several residents of Glen Dale to keep their cars on public property, as the bridge linking them to the main roads is impassable during times of high water. The bridge which had previously allowed vehicle traffic to cross to a number ...

Polish Author To Speak About Holocaust At Wheeling Jesuit University

Noted Polish newspaper journalist and author Anna Bikont will discuss “The Jews, the Poles and the Holocaust: How My Country Struggles With Her Difficult Past” at Wheeling Jesuit University at 7:30 p.m. March 1. Bikont’s presentation will be held in Troy Theater of Swint Hall. The talk ...

Wheeling Prepares for Its 250th Birthday Bash

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer Elaborate parades, theme songs and unique activities involving the Wheeling Suspension Bridge could be in store, as the “Wheeling 250” committee prepares to celebrate the city’s 250th anniversary, which will occur in 2019. From the days of Native Americans ...

XTO Natural Gas Well in Powhatan Point Remains Uncapped

Many of the residents who were evacuated from their homes after an explosion a week ago at the XTO Energy Schnegg well pad near Captina Creek are now permitted to return home, but they are delaying moving back to their homes until the well is capped. When the explosion occurred Feb. 15, close ...

Jake Padlow Seeks Return to Marshall County Commission

Former commissioner Jake Padlow has announced his candidacy for the Marshall County Commission after a six-year hiatus. Padlow, who served two terms as commissioner from 2000-2012, returns to run against Republican commissioner Bob Miller in the May 8 election. Pulling from his past ...

Comment On Social Media Prompts Lockdown in Brooke County

All Brooke County schools were locked down for about an hour Wednesday morning after school officials and police received a report of a pupil at Follansbee Middle School threatening to shoot people at the school. Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer said the pupil believed to have made the ...

Belmont County Commissioners Questioned About Emergency Response

Residents questioned the Belmont County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday about the aftermath of recent flooding and of last week’s well pad explosion near Captina Creek in Powhatan Point. The Rev. Michael Ziebarth, pastor of the Life-Giving Fountain Greek Orthodox Church in Martins Ferry, ...

Faith in Action Caregivers Receives $1,500 Grant From Community Foundation

Faith in Action Caregivers Inc. has received a $1,500 grant through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and its affiliate, the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund. These funds will support the Faith in Action Volunteer Match Program. The nonprofit organization provides free services to ...

Ohio State Highway Patrol Probes Fatal Accident in Harrison County

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol are looking into the cause of a fatal crash outside of Scio that took place on Tuesday evening. At about 4 p.m., Brian J. Williams, 60, of Dellroy, Ohio, was traveling west on Ohio 151 near Scio on his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle. According to ...

Wheeling, Belmont County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:13 a.m. Tuesday and 4:49 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled 10 traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. WEDNESDAY At 4:49 a.m., Lenox Lane, theft from vehicle. At 4:18 a.m., Chapline Street, suspicious vehicle. At 2:23 a.m., ...

XTO Methane Leak Continues

XTO Energy spokeswoman Karen Matusic said officials are still unsure what caused the Schnegg well near Captina Creek to explode nearly one week ago. With several residents still displaced, unknown quantities of methane gas continue to leak into the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Names Next Superintendent of Schools

The Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield announced Tuesday that Mary Ann Deschaine has been named superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and will begin her duties in August. Deschaine comes to West Virginia from the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan, where she ...

Brooke County Power Plant Clears Next Permit Hurdle

An $884 million natural gas electricity generator is one step closer to reality in West Virginia because state regulators on Tuesday issued a siting certificate for the planned Brooke County Power plant. This is one of the projects West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher said may ...