Community

Wheeling to Demolish Rear Of Another Market St. Building

Wheeling leaders believe creating a parking area behind the four buildings they own in the 1400 block of Market Street will make them more appealing to a developer, so they plan to demolish the rear of the former Sportsman’s Club to make this happen. This demolition will accompany that which ...

Feline Adoptions Back Open at Marshall County Animal Shelter

The Marshall County Animal Shelter has lifted a quarantine on cats at the shelter after a recent outbreak of a contagious disease. Shelter officials reported the facility was again at capacity by the weekend after accumulating a backlog of prospective new arrivals. In late September, the ...

Energy Company Wants to Perform Seismic Testing in Bethlehem

A contractor for Southwestern Energy is seeking permission from Bethlehem Village Council to perform seismic testing on village-owned property next year. Permit agent Jim Little, who said Kingfisher Exploration Services has the contract to do the permitting for Southwest Energy, advised ...

West Liberty University Football Player Facing Domestic Battery Charges

A West Liberty University football player has been charged with domestic battery and unlawful restraint after an alleged altercation with his then-girlfriend. Christopher J. Mitchell, 20, of Youngstown was arrested in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred off campus on Van Meter ...

Jefferson County Murder Suspect Wants to Fire His Attorneys

A judge said Wednesday the aggravated murder trial of a Toronto man will go forward next week regardless of the defendant’s attempt to fire his court-appointed attorneys. Michael Shane, 50, of Toronto is charged with aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in ...

No Injuries Following Fire in Center Wheeling

No injuries were reported after a home caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Center Wheeling. Police, emergency medical technicians and more than a dozen firefighters were called to the 2300 block of Eoff Street at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fire Chief Larry Helms, the fire began on ...

Follansbee City Council Approves Sewer, Water Rate Increase

Citing a need to generate funds for repairs and upgrades and meet a state requirement, Follansbee City Council this week approved increases to the city’s water and sewer rates. Council approved the first reading of an ordinance raising sewer rates from $9.41 to $11.27 per 1,000 gallons and ...

Stifel Fine Arts Center to Hold Shadows Ball Saturday in Wheeling

With sideshow acts, art exhibitions and movie screenings, the second-annual “Shadows Ball” at the Stifel Fine Arts Center will serve up much more than cocktails, according to Michael McKowen. “It is traditional sideshow performances with all kinds of talents. There will be a ...

West Virginia University Medicine, Rockefeller Family Announce New Institute

WVU Medicine and the Rockefeller family announced that they have appointed neuroscientist Dr. Ali Rezai to lead the research programs in neuroscience at the newly formed West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. Rezai, a board-certified neurosurgeon whose clinical areas of ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 9:23 a.m. Tuesday and 7:36 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled eight traffic stops and four vehicle accidents. WEDNESDAY At 7:36 a.m., W.Va. 2, animal complaint. At 5:58 a.m., McColloch Street, disorderly subject. At 4:23 a.m., Main Street, mutual aid ...

Pigs Trapped After Wreck on Interstate 70 in Belmont County

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed for several hours near St. Clairsville Tuesday after two tractor-trailers and a Jeep collided, trapping dozens of pigs inside one of the trucks. Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joe Weaver said traffic on I-70 east was stopped at about 8:15 a.m. ...

Marshall County Commissioners Assist With Flood Relief in McMechen

Marshall County commissioners have agreed to assist a community still battling in the aftermath of flash flooding in late July. Commissioner Scott Varner and Commission President Bob Miller approved a $250,000 contribution to the city of McMechen during their meeting Tuesday. Commissioner ...

Moundsville City Council Approves New Zoning Measures

With reassurance from the city’s building inspector that the measure would not discourage future business development, Moundsville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved updating the city’s 43-year-old zoning ordinance. The updated ordinance, assembled with the help of West Virginia ...

Wheeling Nailers and Thomas Auto Centers Team Up for Veterans

The Wheeling Nailers are joining forces with Thomas Auto Centers of St. Clairsville for its Freedom Tree Initiative this holiday season. The public is being asked to donate nonperishable food items, coats, new shoes and gift cards by placing them under Christmas trees either at the car ...

Man Arrested After Report of Gunshot in South Wheeling

Police arrested a Wheeling man after a report of shots fired in the 4400 block of McColloch Street in South Wheeling late Monday. According to Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl, at about 10:52 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a call regarding a gunshot. Wheeling police ...

New $6M Belmont County Senior Center Opens Doors in St. Clairsville

Tuesday marked the long-awaited grand opening of the new Belmont County Senior Center, which welcomed residents from across the county to tour the facilities. Construction of the building took almost two years and cost more than $6 million. It offers an updated headquarters, an efficient ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 6:55 a.m. Tuesday and 10:19 a.m. Sunday, officers handled eight traffic stops and five vehicle accidents. TUESDAY At 6:55 a.m., Main Street, abandoned vehicle. At 6:49 a.m., Jefferson Avenue, threat. At 6:27 a.m., Zane Street, welfare check. At ...

Marshall County Students Begin Reading Program

Elementary school students in Marshall County began a countywide event dedicated to group reading this week. According to Marshall County Schools literary facilitator Jeannie Blake, Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” will be observed across the nation on Thursday, although students in ...

Jefferson County Judge: Jury Can Hear Toronto Murder Suspect’s Statement

Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller ruled Monday a jury can hear taped statements Michael Shane made to a detective who was investigating the disappearance of Stephanie Pytash. Authorities believe the 35-year-old Pytash was choked to death at a home off of County Road 42, ...

Roger Conroy Named Auditor In Belmont County

Interim Belmont County Auditor Roger Conroy will be taking up the post on on an interim basis, Belmont County Democratic Party officials decided Monday. The party’s central committee met in special session Monday to review and vote on applicants for the position, left open after the ...