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Mountain Bike Club Pushes Kids to New Heights at Oglebay Park in Wheeling

WHEELING — Youngsters climbing on mountain bikes at Camp Russel in Oglebay Park on Saturday morning thought they were just having a good time learning about this challenging, but fun sport. Little did they know they also were getting a good dose of fresh-air, exercise and camaraderie. Those ...

Is Donald Trump Friend or Foe to GOP Hopefuls?

NEW YORK (AP) — He is the Republican Party’s most powerful political weapon. Yet as the GOP fights to defend its delicate House and Senate majorities, President Donald Trump is not welcome everywhere. Some Republican candidates fear that the unscripted and relatively unpopular president ...

Nothing Comes Easy To The Addict

BELLAIRE — Their stories begin in various ways. Sometimes people are injured on the job and become addicted to the pain medication they are prescribed. Others fall in with the wrong crowd and try substances they know they shouldn’t use in an effort to “fit in.” In the end, though, the ...

10 Dead in Texas School Shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old armed with a shotgun and a pistol opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation’s deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens ...

Ohio County Deputies Better Equipped to Save Lives

OHIO COUNTY — School shootings, workplace massacres and concert calamities in this country are just some of the tragedies that have prompted local emergency management officials and medical personnel to take further steps to save lives. The “Stop the Bleed” nationwide program trains ...

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Grants Retrial for Dallas Acoff

WHEELING — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has agreed that Dallas Acoff deserves a new trial. The court denied Friday a writ of prohibition filed by Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith. In doing so, Acoff’s defense attorney Robert McCoid said it essentially confirmed that ...

Martins Ferry Man Fatally Shot by Police Is Identified

MARTINS FERRY — The man fatally shot this week by police who were responding to an emergency call at a Washington Boulevard home has been identified as 59-year-old Kevin Nickle. Tim Skinner, chief investigator for the Belmont County Coroner’s office, said Friday he could not discuss the ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing up to 10

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of ...

Hayden Talks North Korea at Wheeling Chamber Dinner

WHEELING — Former CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden predicts talks between America and North Korea will take place as planned next month, but this will only be the first step toward reducing North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. Hayden served as keynote speaker for the Wheeling Area ...

Arrest Made in March Murder on Wheeling Island

WHEELING — Police have arrested a Wellsburg man for the Wheeling Island murder of Rayna Shae Vaughan. Branden Justen Ensminger, 27, was arraigned on a murder charge shortly after his arrest Thursday. Based on forensic evidence and multiple interviews, detectives believe Ensminger is ...

Belmont County Sheriff Discusses Shooting

MARTINS FERRY — A Belmont County sheriff’s deputy and Martins Ferry police officer were the two law enforcement members who were involved in a shooting near here Wednesday night. Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas gave more details during a press conference Thursday afternoon about the ...

USDA Loans $2.9M For Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Wheeling

WHEELING — Sharon Travis has received nearly $2.9 million in federal funds to help her provide a substance abuse treatment center for women in Ohio County. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, announced Thursday that a federal loan from the ...

Wheeling Pays Tribute To Fallen Firefighters

WHEELING — About 50 people gathered Thursday at Heritage Port to remember the lives of firefighters sacrificed this and last century. They stood around the Fallen Firefighters Memorial with their heads bowed. Wheeling Fire Department Assistant Chief James Blaizer spoke the 38 names of the ...

Wheeling Mayor Responds to Two-Way Downtown Traffic Opponents

WHEELING — Mayor Glenn Elliott disputes city resident Charles Ballouz’s views on the safety and viability of a proposal to allow two-way traffic on Main and Market streets in the downtown area. Ballouz, who has spoken to city council on several occasions, appeared at Tuesday’s meeting ...

Honoring the Fallen in Wheeling

WHEELING — One is too many. More than 20,000 is sobering. That was the sentiment of William Powell, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, during his remarks at Wednesday evening’s Wheeling Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial service held at WesBanco Arena. ...

Police Arrest Suspect in March Murder on Wheeling Island

Wheeling Police today arrested Branden Justen Ensminger, 27, of Wellsburg on a murder charge in connection with the March 21 death of Rayna Shae Vaughn, 21, at a Wheeling Island residence. Ensminger remains lodged in the Northern Regional Jail, Moundsville, where he has been held on an ...

Police Shoot, Kill Man Near Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — A man died Wednesday night after members of law enforcement shot him while they were responding to a domestic violence call outside the city limits. Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said in a statement released just before 11 p.m. Wednesday that at least one officer or ...