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Oglebay to Host Memorial Day Fireworks Saturday

WHEELING – In celebration of Memorial Day, OglebayPark is kicking off the summer season with a breathtaking fireworks display and a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. Saturday over Schenk Lake. Visitors may view the fireworks from ...

New Tenants to Help Sales Tax Revenue at The Highlands

WHEELING – Closures at The Highlands are costing the Ohio County Development Authority sales tax revenue, but officials expect those losses will reverse during the second half of this year as Menards and six other new tenants are expected to open at the development. Among the new tenants at ...

Third Belmont Correctional Institution Inmate Dies of COVID-19

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Inmates are voicing concerns about what they believe are unsafe conditions inside Belmont Correctional Institution, where three prisoners have died of COVID-19. Meanwhile, an employee of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services has tested positive for the ...

Three Seek GOP Nomination For Ohio County Commission

WHEELING — A three-way Republican primary for a seat on the Ohio County commission is on the delayed June 9 West Virginia primary election ballot. There are three contestants in the race: Zach Abraham, Jim Kleeh and Cecilea Moore. Abraham, 47, served as president of the Ohio County Board ...

Oglebay Institute Adapting During Pandemic

WHEELING – Oglebay Institute is a fixture in the Ohio Valley, bringing art, music, theater, educational camps and more to the young and young at heart. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a screeching halt to all of its in-person activities for more than two months. While OI President ...

Brooke County Health Board Approves Medical Cannabis

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Health Monday agreed to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the county and lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol to out-of-state customers spurred by COVID-19. Mike Bolen, administrator of the county’s health department, told the board ...

City of Wheeling’s Tennis and Pickleball Courts Reopen

WHEEELING – Wheeling’s pickleball and tennis courts reopened to the public at noon Tuesday after they had been closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Assistant City Manager Bill Lanham said those utilizing the courts should take appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus and matches ...

Federal Judge Won’t Dismiss Lawsuit Against Justice-Owned Companies

CHARLESTON — An effort by several companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice to dismiss a lawsuit alleging they owe a Canadian steel manufacturer millions of dollars was denied by a federal judge Monday. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres denied the motion to dismiss filed by attorneys for Nevada ...

Officials Hopeful About EORH’s Future with New Operator

MARTINS FERRY – It appears all the prayers said at a group of large rocks near the shuttered East Ohio Regional Hospital were finally heard. During a short press conference held Monday at those rocks, Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies talked about the news released Sunday regarding the ...

Mitigation Work on West Virginia Welcome Center

Crews with the Hughes Corporation of Sycamore, Pa., continue with mitigation work on the West Virginia Welcome Center in an effort to reduce the possibility of structure damage to the building as a result of any ground subsidence that may occur from longwall mining scheduled by the Tunnel Ridge ...

Central Sets Graduation For Aug. 1

WHEELING – Wheeling Central Catholic High School administrators announced Monday graduating seniors will walk the aisle Aug. 1. The commencement ceremony planned is to be an outdoor event at the Oglebay Park amphitheatre, but the time has not yet been determined, said Mary Hennen, ...

Bethany College Plans to Return to On-Campus Instruction This Fall

BETHANY – Bethany College has announced plans to resume on-campus instruction for the fall semester while prioritizing the safety of its students, faculty and staff in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The college also will freeze tuition for the 2020-21 academic year to help its students have ...

Brooke Pioneer Trail Bridge Vandalized Again

WELLSBURG – The Harrison Run Bridge located on the bike trail in Brooke County just south of Beech Bottom has been damaged for the second time since last summer. Members of the Brooke Pioneer Trail Association are now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Coronavirus Culture Wars Continue

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the newest front in the culture war between the left and the right: the coronavirus. As things begin slowly to reopen and as we learn to live with COVID-19 floating around out there, this battle shows no signs in slowing down. Both sides are foolish. On one ...

Marshall County FRN Food Drive to be Held Online

MOUNDSVILLE — The fifth iteration of the Marshall County Family Resource Network’s “Hunger Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation” food drive will be held online this year. In partnership with the Moundsville Rotary Club, the drive will begin Tuesday with the aim of raising $10,000 for ...

Nogay Selected as West Virginia Superlawyer for Sixth Time

WEIRTON – Attorney Mike Nogay has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers. This is Nogay’s sixth time to receive the honor, which is limited to only 5% of the state’s practicing attorneys. Nogay was chosen in the area of ...

Wheeling Park in ‘Holding Pattern’ as Summer Nears

WHEELING — Even as Wheeling Park grounds crews continue to maintain the facility with the summer season just weeks away, Operations Manager Nat Goudy said they are still in a “holding pattern” with reopening most of the park’s amenities. While golf continues to be the only activity at ...

Eyes on the Sky in Woodsdale

School may be out this spring, but Wheeling Country Day School faculty and families returned to their school’s lawn for a beloved tradition Friday morning. Several dozen families flocked to the front lawn of the school to watch the sixth launching of JoJo VI, a weather balloon outfitted ...

Wheeling Park Grads Help to Promote Dental Hygiene

Wheeling Park High School graduates Grace Myers and Annie Fox, both of whom are West Virginia University students in the WVU Pre-Dental Club, volunteered Friday to distribute dental hygiene products to students at Ohio County Schools meal distribution locations. The dental hygiene products were ...