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Belmont County Takes Stock Of Damage

After heavy storms and flooding struck the area Sunday, Belmont County Commissioners Josh Meyer, J.P. Dutton and Jerry Echemann invited county Emergency Management Director Dave Ivan to give an update Wednesday on the state of the county and its response. “We’ve had quite bit of rain,” ...

W.Va. Teachers’ Union To Sue State Over New Education Reform Law

CHARLESTON — Not content to let the new education reform law stand, the West Virginia Education Association announced Wednesday it would file suit to block the law in court. According to a press release Wednesday, the WVEA sent Attorney General Patrick Morrisey notice of its intent to ...

Wheeling Planning Commission Approves Buildings on Woodsdale Hilltop

The city’s Planning Commission approved a plan to construct two commercial buildings on the hilltop south of Woodsdale. Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to approve a site plan for a medical building, a multi-purpose commercial building and an adjacent parking lot to be built at a ...

Erie Man Charged with Soliciting Marshall Co. Child

An Erie, Pennsylvania, man remains jailed on felony charges of attempting to solicit a minor for sex earlier this year. According to police records, Saul Vega Jr., 41, made contact with a 13-year-old Glen Dale girl on the dating website Adult Friend Finder and, in May, met the girl for sex. ...

Bridgeport High’s Grandstands Come Down

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, will be a day Bridgeport High School alumni, especially football players, cheerleaders and band members, will never forget. Crews from Edge Co., Inc., of Lansing, started demolition procedures yesterday on the covered grandstands that had graced Bill Jobko Stadium for ...

East Richland Evangelical Friends Church To Celebrate 140 Years

East Richland Evangelical Friends Church will host its 140 Year Celebration as well as the dedication of the Ickes Family Life Center this weekend. Senior Pastor Jerry Wenger said organizers are hoping for a turnout of more than 1,000 people at the ceremony Sunday morning. The IFLC is named ...

New Wheels Christened at Laughlin Chapel

They prayed, they sang and then they poured water on their new bus. Children who attend Laughlin Memorial Chapel on 18th Street in Wheeling took part in a christening ceremony for the chapel’s new school bus Monday morning outside the chapel. The bus represents a means of transportation ...

Wheeling Man Arrested for Making Gun Threat at DMV

Numerous bystanders confirmed with each other that they heard a customer make a threat at the Moundsville DMV Monday afternoon, leading to the man’s arrest. Around 12:30 p.m., a DMV employee called 911, advising that a customer had left “unhappy,” saying that he would be back with a ...

Favede Elected to National Construction Association Board

Ginny Favede’s leadership and professional expertise represent the meeting of two seemingly opposite worlds — economic development and construction. With a little more than two years as the executive director of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Contractors Association and ...

Flood Water Rampages Throughout Belmont County

A massive storm Sunday led to flash flooding in some areas of Belmont County, but all local residents are accounted for. Dave Ivan, director of the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency, said that as of Monday afternoon, authorities had received no missing persons reports in Belmont ...

Knowlton Bridge Collapsed Before Renovation

WOODSFIELD — The 132-year-old Knowlton Covered Bridge on Ohio 26 past Graysville collapsed Friday afternoon, even as the Monroe County Commissioners had hoped to renovate the structure and give it a new lease on life. However, on Friday a cell phone camera captured the three-span bridge’s ...

Peterson Hospital Receives Award

The West Virginia Health Care Association has presented its Best Practice Award for 2018 to Peterson Healthcare & Rehabilitation Hospital for establishing a New Employee Ambassador Program to retain newly-hired employees. Peterson received the recognition during the association’s annual ...

Local Veterans Gather For Free Breakfast

BELLAIRE — Local veterans gathered Saturday morning for a free breakfast in honor of their service amid the festivities of Independence Day weekend. The Bellaire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 626 served up a meal of eggs, sausage, hash browns and beverages as a way to thank veterans of ...

These United States

The creation of what would become the United States of America was not an easy thing to agree upon There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence by Aug. 2, 1776. The motion for independence was adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but the actual declaration ...

Local Restaurants Appreciate Beast Business Boost

When the bats have been put away and the day’s games are done, teams leave the Beast of the East tournament fields in droves, and often as a team, to refuel for the next day. Local businesses owners say the participants in the Beast are a huge boon to business, and that if their restaurants ...

Investigation Opened Into Death of Belmont County Jail Inmate Elzie Leasure

An investigation is underway after an inmate was reported dead at the Belmont County Jail on Tuesday. Chief Deputy James Zusack of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that 46-year-old Elzie Leasure of Bellaire died earlier this week. “He was found (Tuesday) morning ...