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Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik addresses the Belmont County Board of Commissioners regarding possible compensation for services provided to the county jail. The board is awaiting the prosecutor’s legal opinion.

Cumberland Trail Asks for Jail Call Compensation

Cumberland Trail Fire District Chief John Slavik and other district personnel visited the Belmont County Board of Commissioners this week seeking payment for services the district provides to the county jail. Slavik said the fire district receives no money for calls to the jail or for ...

Trial Pushed Back in Child Abuse Case

The trial of a Wheeling couple accused of abuse and neglect of a 2-year-old child has been delayed while attorneys review new information in the case. Apollo Rice, 27, and Sabrina Hall, 18, appeared Friday in Ohio County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge James Mazzone. ...

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Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom in Wheeling lights a candle for the first night of Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday and continues through Dec. 20.

Rabbi Welcomes All to Take Part in Hanukkah in Wheeling

WHEELING — As the first night of Hanukkah approaches, Temple Shalom in Woodsdale is preparing numerous events for the eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom grew up in Wheeling and graduated from ...

Trinity Health System Part of National Merger

Catholic Health Initiatives, the parent company of Trinity Health System, and Dignity Health of San Francisco have agreed to merge and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system that would be the largest Catholic health organization in the United States. According to a press release ...

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Hilltop Elementary School students showing off their hand-wrapped gifts of pajamas for local families in need, from front to back, are Alexis Kimberly, Ty Clemens, Saranee Burnt, Gracie Adams, Macy Baker and Ashton Waller.

Hilltop Elementary Students Gathering Pajamas for Winter

Students at Hilltop Elementary School are taking on part-time jobs as elves to help families this holiday season, as they near their goal of collecting 200 sets of pajamas to donate. Allison Rine’s second-grade students spend their mornings wrapping the presents as part of a month-long drive ...

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Wheeling Middle School teacher Renee Marchese, left, and students Gary McCormick, Kievion’tai Saunders and Emma Davis, help pack bags of food from the Wildcat Food Pantry at the school.

Steenrod Elementary Collecting Gluten-Free Food for Pantry

A free spaghetti dinner served to a person in need does no good — and can even be harmful — if the person is allergic to the gluten found in the pasta. That’s why students and staff at Steenrod Elementary School, along with the school’s PTA Citizenship Committee, are collecting ...

Bellaire Leaders Mull ‘Heavy-Haul’ Permits

Bellaire may have a new means of garnering some cash via heavy-haul permits. During a regular village council meeting Thursday, Administrator Scott Porter recommended council pass a resolution that would require heavy trucks to pay a fee to use certain streets in the village. “We’re not ...

Moundsville Man Facing Animal Cruelty, Domestic Abuse Charges

A Moundsville man faces charges after allegedly picking up his dogs and swinging them by the collar during a fight with his wife late Wednesday. At about 6 p.m., Moundsville police responded to a domestic disturbance on Seventh Street. Knocking on the door yielded no results, but inside, a ...

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‘Chief’s Tree’ Lit in Downtown Moundsville

Photo by Alan Olson Acting Moundsville Fire Chief Gary Brandon, back left, shows his family the fire truck that carried Santa Claus to the Gold, Khourey and Turak annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday. The tree is named “The Chief’s Tree” in honor of former Moundsville Fire Chief ...

Toronto to Buy School Building for $1

Toronto City Council recently approved the purchase of the Karaffa Elementary School building from the Toronto City School District for $1. Members agreed last week to approve the request, noting Mayor John Parker and Attorney Michael Calabria will finalize the agreement, according to ...

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Wheeling Soup Kitchen Gets Donation

Photo by Scott McCloskey The owners of Commonwealth Financial Services of Wheeling donate $2,500 to The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling Wednesday. Participating in the presentation, from left, are Commonwealth Financial owners Joyce and Todd Kimpel, Soup Kitchen Executive Director Becky ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 7:05 a.m. Wednesday and 6:34 a.m. Thursday, officers handled 16 traffic stops, six vehicle accidents and five miscellaneous calls. THURSDAY At 6:34 a.m., W.Va. 2, animal complaint. At 3:28 a.m., South Huron Street, battery. At 2:57 a.m., Chapline Street, ...

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Vehicles traveling west on Interstate 70 are met with backed-up traffic Wednesday morning after a fire extinguisher believed to have fallen off a truck produced vapor inside the Wheeling Tunnel.

Interstate 70 in Ohio County Shut Down Due to Vapor in Wheeling Tunnel

Traffic in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 came to a halt Wednesday morning due to vapor from a fallen fire extinguisher hampering visibility inside the Wheeling Tunnel. Drivers began exiting their vehicles in an effort to discover what occurred in the tunnel. A few drivers put their ...

Ohio County Murder Suspect Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

A suspect in a murder on Wheeling Island earlier this year is facing new charges after a federal grand jury indicted him on several counts related to the alleged distribution of cocaine. U.S. Attorney William Powell announced that DeAndre Davis, 27, of Wheeling was indicted this week on one ...

Steubenville Council OKs Conservation District Issue

Steubenville City Council approved the Garfield Avenue Neighborhood Conservation District Tuesday night during a relatively quiet meeting. Council’s approval of the designation means the city will accept no new registrations of single-family dwellings for rental purposes within in the ...

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‘Nutcracker’ Dances into Capitol Theatre in Wheeling

Photo by Scott McCloskey The Moscow Ballet performs its “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling on Wednesday. The performance is part of the ballet’s 25th-anniversary North American tour and features a Moscow setting, lavish costumes and professional Russian dancers ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 7:07 a.m. Tuesday and 5:32 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled one traffic stop, four vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. WEDNESDAY At 5:32 a.m., Main Street, domestic incident. At 4 a.m., South Huron Street, verbal domestic incident. At 2:43 a.m., ...

Possession Charges Are Filed in Wetzel County

Ryan Richmond, 24, of New Martinsville, has been arrested and charged with alleged drug-related offenses, according to the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said they received a tip of the activity at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Chief Deputy Rob Hayes and Deputy Mike Neff ...

Christmas Parades Set for Saturday in Wetzel County

Short Line’s annual Christmas parade is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Walking units and parade marshals are to line up at the Church of Christ. Motorized units will line-up along the road on Alley Addition, and in the camping area, if needed. The rest of the Saturday Short Line events are as ...