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Ohio County School Bond Committee: Expect Rising Costs

Members of the Ohio County Schools Bond Advisory Committee told school officials Thursday to set aside a higher amount of contingency dollars for their $76 million property improvement plan, as the cost of construction is likely to rise in the coming months. Todd Dei, civil engineer at ...

Veterans Day To Be Observed Sunday

A public centennial observance of Armistice Day (now known as Veterans Day) will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Spirit of the American Doughboy monument at Wheeling Park. The program will include the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 1 and Post 89, the singing of the National ...

Steubenville Man Arrested in String of Gas Station Robberies

A Steubenville man has been arrested in connection with four armed robberies of gas stations in Steubenville and Weirton throughout October. Steubenville Police reported Dale Alexander, 21, of Steubenville was arrested in Follansbee with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police on ...

Wheeling Police Make Methamphetamine Arrest

Photo by Scott McCloskey Wheeling police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly trafficking narcotics in East Wheeling after executing a search warrant at 97 16th St. Police said Randy Lee Donahue Jr., of Wheeling, was taken into custody after police said he was in possession ...

Martins Ferry City Council Talks Cemetery, Pool Projects

Martins Ferry City Council members discussed several projects Wednesday night, including releasing an endowment fund for Riverview Cemetery. Councilman Tom Burns suggested releasing the fund and placing the more than $180,000 into the permanent improvement fund so that it could be used for ...

Belmont County Health Board To Mull Expenses, Workload

The Belmont County Board of Health plans to examine expenses and workload for some programs offered by the county’s health department. The board held a special meeting regarding budgetary matters last week. “The board is requesting more information on time and expenses on different ...

Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Plans Day of Service

The Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation Inc. will hold its annual day of service at 1 p.m. Monday at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike. After, a flag-raising and pledge of allegiance will be led by Gabe Arlia and the Tri State Young Marines. The National ...

Wheeling, Belmont County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT From 9:57 a.m. Monday to 7:58 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled 24 traffic stops, eight accidents and seven miscellaneous calls. WEDNESDAY At 7:29 a.m., 16th Street, suspicious person. At 7:15 a.m., Market Street, suspicious circumstance. At 6:55 a.m., 16th ...

Don Nickerson Defeats Orphy Klempa for Ohio County Commission Seat

Ohio County has a new commissioner — Don Nickerson, of Wheeling. Nickerson, a Republican, unseated incumbent Orphy Klempa during Tuesday’s election in a 8,572 to 7,102 decision, according to unofficial vote totals. Nickerson said he was excited about his victory and flattered that people ...

Fluharty, Storch Retain W.Va. House Seats

Delegates Erikka Storch and Shawn Fluharty will continue to drive back and forth from Charleston for the next two years. Storch, R-Ohio, and Fluharty, D-Ohio, were the top unofficial vote-getters Tuesday in the race for two seats representing the West Virginia House of Delegates District ...

Clements Earns District 2 Nod

Incumbent state Sen. Charles Clements held on to his seat by a small margin against his challenger, Denny Longwell. Clements, 75 of New Martinsville, who was first appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2016, took in 4,905 votes, against Longwell’s 4,141 in the unofficial results for West ...

Ferro Beats Miller For Commission

Mike Ferro will transition from state politics to county politics in 2019, after taking the seat held by incumbent Bob Miller on the Marshall County Commission. Ferro took 6,262 votes, passing up Miller’s 4,543 by unofficial totals Tuesday night. Ferro had served on the West Virginia House ...

McGeehan, Swartzmiller Win in District 1 House

WELLSBURG — In January, Phil Diserio will return to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 2 after receiving the majority of votes in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial tallies. The district includes Brooke County and a small portion of Ohio County. A Democrat from ...

Pethtel, Kelly Receive House of Delegate Wins

Delegate Dave Pethtel, an incumbent Democrat, has retained his seat on the West Virginia House of Delegates District 5. Meanwhile, David Kelly, current Tyler County commissioner, will take control of the House District 6 seat. Pethtel, in his race, defeated Phillip Wiley thanks to 3,073 ...

Wheeling Native Goodwin Elected Mayor of Charleston

CHARLESTON -- Wheeling native Amy Shuler-Goodwin was elected Tuesday as the next mayor of Charleston. Unofficial results showed the Democrat Goodwin capturing 9,488 votes in the race; Republican JB Akers, 8,492; and Independent Andy Backus, 689. Goodwin will succeed Mayor Danny Jones, who ...

DeWitt, Father-Daughter Duo Win Seats on City Council

MOUNDSVILLE -- A contentious race for two seats on Moundsville City Council saw incumbent Ginger DeWitt retain her seat, while council member Dave Wood — who ran unopposed — will be joined by his daughter, Sara Wood, as an at-large council member. The unofficial election results put Sara ...

Purple City Strikes Down EMS Levy

The city’s proposed EMS tax levy was defeated in a 981 to 770 decision, according to unofficial vote totals. The 3-mill, five-year levy would have generated $180,000 per year for the emergency medical ambulance service that serves the city of about 7,000 people. Martins Ferry Mayor Robert ...

Johnson Easily Keeps U.S. House Seat

MARIETTA -- U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson said Tuesday he is “humbled and honored” to be re-elected to his seat in Congress. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Johnson, R-Ohio, defeated Democrat challenger Shawna Roberts in a 169,132 to 74,997 unofficial decision. “It’s a bittersweet ...