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Ohio County and Belmont County Police Reports

OHIO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Between 1:24 a.m. Friday and 10:25 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to 26 traffic stops, five motorist assists, three vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. FRIDAY At 1:24 a.m., Fowler Road, loud subjects. At 5:59 a.m., Orrs Lane, ...

A Piece of History: 300-Year-Old Wheeling Tree Will Live On as Mementos

WHEELING — As a 300-year-old sycamore tree has slowly been removed from the front lot at Monument Place in Elm Grove in recent weeks, area residents have turned out by the dozens, eager to claim a small “piece of history.” Whether it’s to make a Christmas ornament, a patio planter, ...

Jerry’s Walk to Spotlight Suicide Prevention Efforts

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Jerry’s Walk – Illuminating Suicide Awareness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness, will be hosting its third annual Suicide Awareness Walk at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the St. Clairsville-Richland Township Memorial Park. There is no ...

Man Sentenced to Life for Child Rape

A Monroe County jury sent a West Virginia man to prison for life without the possibility of parole Friday for raping two children. Joshua Carpenter, also known as Brittney Leanna Carpenter, 32, of Huntington, W.Va., was convicted of rape of two minors under the age of 10 Thursday and the jury ...

Better Late Than Never: Spring Has Sprung in the Ohio Valley

Photo by Scott McCloskey A flowering tree begins to bloom Thursday on Market Plaza in downtown Wheeling. While the official start of the spring season was more than two weeks ago, the last few days of warmer temperatures have brought out more signs that spring is in the air around the area.

Wheeling Health Right Now Accepting Payment From Ohio Medicaid

Wheeling Health Right is now accepting payment from Ohio Medicaid, including Ohio managed care organizations, for services to patients. The clinic has been enrolled as a provider for Ohio Medicaid, allowing its providers to offer medical care to more Ohio residents. Wheeling Health Right ...

Work Begins on Chapel Road Bridge in Bethlehem

Photos by Scott McCloskey Crews with Kokosing Construction Co., headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, begin working this week on the 47-year-old Chapel Road Bridge. Workers have been moving equipment into place and have already started replacing supports for the waterline that runs beneath the ...

Boat Building Once Flourished in Wheeling

The growing community of Wheeling was a beehive of boat building in the 18th and 19th centuries, according to history buff and author John Bowman. He returned Tuesday to the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books series to present a Wheeling 250 program based on his latest book, ...

Bridge Street Middle School Principal Joseph Kolb Has Trial Date Set for 2020

A civil suit alleging multiple counts of sexual harassment and retaliation by Bridge Street Middle School Principal Joseph Kolb will get its day in court, but not until next year. A status conference in the case took place last week in the court of Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp ...

School Officials Receive Blood-Control Training

Ohio County Schools nurses on Monday took part in an important safety initiative. Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Manament Agency Director Lou Vargo visited Warwood School, where he led “Stop the Bleed” training for Ohio County nurses, Warwood Principal Joey Subasic and Assistant Principal ...

Development Committee Approves Plans for Bar

Wheeling City Council’s Development Committee on Tuesday greenlit redevelopment of a building set to house a “modernized” bar in South Wheeling. The committee unanimously voted to approve redevelopment at 3532 Jacob St., where property owner Jerry Stone plans to open a new bar ...

Rob Caldwell Named Switzerland Superintendent

The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District has a new superintendent. After an executive session of close to two hours Tuesday evening, the board unanimously named Rob Caldwell, who was interim superintendent, to the position. His yearly salary of $106,000 will remain the same. Caldwell ...