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Investigation of XTO Well Blast in Powhatan Point Continues

Belmont County is slowly returning to normalcy in the aftermath of a well pad explosion on Feb. 15 near Powhatan Point, but the cleanup process continues. XTO Energy spokeswoman Karen Matusic spoke to the Belmont County Board of Commissioners during a Wednesday meeting and commended the people ...

School Year Ends June 6 in Marshall County

After students missed nine days of class during the recent statewide teachers’ strike, Marshall County Schools administrators have decided to end the academic year on June 6, though John Marshall High School students will see their days extended by 10 minutes for the remainder of the ...

Police Investigate Pair of Threats At Belmont County Schools

An 18-year-old student at Belmont Career Center was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly was overheard threatening to commit a shooting at the school. Later in the day, police officers representing multiple departments responded to a threat allegedly made by a first-grader at St. John Grade ...

Wheeling Park High School Students Join National Walkout

Photo by Heather Ziegler On Wednesday, Wheeling Park High School students take part in the 17-minute National Student Walkout to remember the 17 lives lost in the massacre at a Parkland, Fla., high school. The students also held signs stating “Silence Gun Violence” and chanted “We want ...

Williams Lea Tag Career Fair Offers Opportunities in Wheeling

Already employing more than 500 people inside the Stone Center in downtown Wheeling, Williams Lea Tag continues hiring. The company held a career fair Wednesday with representatives available to speak with prospective employees about available opportunities. “We decided to do this because ...

Wheeling, Belmont County Police reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:29 a.m. Tuesday and 7:22 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled four traffic stops, four vehicle accidents and two miscellaneous calls. WEDNESDAY At 7:22 a.m., Lumber Avenue, false alarm. At 5:47 a.m., Market Street, disorderly adult. At 5:28 a.m., Woodland ...

Wheeling Mayor Honors Residents During State of the City Speech

Former Wheeling City Councilman Barry Crow admits he took some criticism for promoting the purchase and demolition of dilapidated downtown buildings 10 years ago, but he is proud the 1100 block now features the brand new headquarters of The Health Plan. Mayor Glenn Elliott acknowledged Crow ...

Benwood Officials Looking to Temper Truck Traffic

Trucks are moving in and out of Benwood’s northern industrial park, resulting in truck traffic and extreme dust in Center Benwood. Now city leaders are looking at constructing an access road to connect the city’s northern and southern industrial parks, and sending the truck traffic south ...

Project HOPE Homeless Outreach Program in Wheeling Gets Attention From Abroad

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort has been asked to share its story of street medicine with an international audience. Dr. William Mercer, county health officer and founder of the program, said Project HOPE has been invited to submit a paper on ...

Wheeling Firefighters Battle Terrain, Icy Conditions and Flames

A house in the 2200 block of Highland Avenue Extension was destroyed in a two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt in the fire. Several crews from the Wheeling Fire Department arrived at the scene at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters found the structure fully involved ...

Belmont County Judge Sends Child Rapist to Prison for Life

A man who raped a young child repeatedly over the course of two years was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison on Tuesday. Christianson Sean Hill was told he will spend the remainder of his life behind bars for the rape of a child, a felony of the first degree. He also was ...

Federal Bankruptcy Judge From Wheeling Gets National Honor

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patrick Flatley of Wheeling will be the first person from West Virginia to be inducted as a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Flatley has been a bankruptcy judge for 12 years and has a background in the private practice of law and has participated in ...

Steubenville Police Officer Among 7 People Charged With Illegal Hunting

Seven people, including Steubenville police Patrolman Nathan L. Cline, have been indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges associated with illegal hunting of deer and turkey. The indictments came Friday during a special session of the Jefferson County grand jury. Cline, 39, of Steubenville ...

Wheeling Police Find Suspected Meth Lab Materials

Photo by Jessica Broverman Wheeling police officers examine the contents of a bag found inside this vehicle during a traffic stop at about 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Broadway and Zane streets on Wheeling Island. Officers suspected items involved in the making of methamphetamine were in the ...

Virginia Man Facing Child Abuse Charges in Marshall County

A Virginia man accused of violating his bail now faces further charges after allegedly hurting his child so badly, she had to be hospitalized. On March 7, a domestic violence advocate reported to police that Daniel Farry, 38, of Waynesboro, Va., was seen at the Marshall County Magistrate ...

Art Show Opens Saturday at Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will host the 36th annual Marshall County Student Art Show. The exhibit opens on Saturday with a reception from 2-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The artwork will be on display during regular museum hours through April ...

Wheeling, Moundsville Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:46 a.m. Monday and 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, officers handled 15 traffic stops, five vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. TUESDAY At 7:50 a.m., Medical Park Road, burglar alarm. At 7:25 a.m., Main Street, disorderly adult. At 7:02 a.m., Main ...

Elk Lodge No. 28 Selects Students For March

Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28 has announced its Students of the Month for March. The winners are Clare Miller and Dawson Mellinger, both seniors at The Linsly School. Miller, the daughter of Tammy and Greg Miller of Wheeling, is the head prefect at Linsly, captain of both the soccer and track ...

Bethlehem Hillside Slip-Slidin’ Away

A major slip repair is progressing on schedule following a large earth slide just below Oak Circle Drive and behind Community Park in Bethlehem, Mayor Tim Bishop said. Crews with Savage Construction of Wheeling continue to move dirt from the hillside to an open area between the baseball ...

Cambridge Man Gets Jail Time for Barnesville Shootout

Mitchell Tristan Metzler will serve three months in jail and an additional six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after he exchanged gunfire with a man following an altercation last May in Barnesville. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato also on Monday imposed three ...