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Flying Dreams Provides New Perspective on Ohio Valley Life

MARTINS FERRY — From several hundred feet up, the Ohio Valley communities we call home are a much different place. Just ask Jeremy Lewis, owner of Flying Dreams Aerial Imaging Services in Martins Ferry. When Lewis considers who we are as a community of towns and small cities, he’s ...

Roofing Company Offers World-Class Craftsmanship

By DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writer MILLERSBURG — When hiring a contractor to work on your home or business, you want to make sure it is done right and attended to with precision and care. At World Class Roofing near Millersburg, the company makes sure you have nothing to worry about when ...

Quality, Compassion Distinguish Good Shepherd Nursing Home

WHEELING — Good Shepherd Nursing Home of Wheeling is known throughout the area for the quality of its resident care. It consistently earns perfect five-star ratings from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service for quality. More importantly, it gets excellent reviews from ...

Mayor: ‘The Friendly City’ Is Living Up to Its Name

By IAN HICKS City Editor WHEELING — There is no shortage of qualities which make Wheeling stand out, from its rich history to its architecture and Oglebay Park, long held up as a crown jewel among municipal parks. But, as one might expect from its nickname — “The Friendly City” ...

Main Street Bank Continues to Grow

WHEELING — Since its founding in 2009, Main Street Bank has seen a growth rate of more than 10 percent each year during the last four years. It has grown to a $408 million bank from a $225 million bank in 2009, said Rich Lucas, president and CEO. The bank has four locations — on Main ...

Murray Applauds Repeal Of Stream Protection Rule

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The ownership, management and employees of Murray Energy Corp. are extremely pleased that President Donald J. Trump has signed the repeal of the Obama administration’s illegal and job killing so-called Stream Protection Rule, as recently passed by the U.S. Senate and House ...

Paull Associates Knows Communities It Serves

By JANET METZNER Staff Writer Paull Associates insurance/Real Estate of Wheeling has expanded its business over the river and through the woods to develop its new, third office in St. Clairsville. “That river is no longer a barrier,” Lee Paull IV, executive vice president, said of ...

Peoples Bank Marks 115 Years in 2017

MARIETTA, Ohio — Peoples Bank, with branch offices in New Martinsville and Sistersville, officially marked its 115th anniversary on Feb. 6. Chartered on Feb. 6, 1902, Peoples Bank is a full-service financial service institution featuring retail and commercial banking, insurance and ...

Two New Commissioners Take Office

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has two new commissioners who are applying new perspectives to the needs of the county and the issues the citizens face. J.P. Dutton has taken on the commission seat vacated by Ginny Favede. He reflects on his local ...

Oglebay Plans Improvements

By JANET METZNER Staff Writer WHEELING — Don’t worry. Missing one leap to an inflatible lilypad doesn’t involve any danger — just an improvised plunge into the clear, cool waters of the Oglebay Park swimming pool. Huge, climbable and jumpable, bouncy water things, including ...

Tourism Poised for More Growth in Ohio Valley

By LINDA COMINS Staff Writer Tourism remains steady on both sides of the Ohio River, with a strong potential for growth in the industry throughout the region. Frank O’Brien, executive director of the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, “We are absolutely on target to ...

Barkcamp a Place for Exercising, Picnics, More

By CRAIG CAMPBELL Staff Writer BELMONT — As they were basking in the warm sunshine on an unusual winter day, Randy and Judy Britton, who live along the Morristown-Flushing Road, stopped from their daily 30-minute walk through Barkcamp State Park to talk about how this “hidden gem” in ...

Welty Home of Wheeling Celebrates 67 Years of Gracious Living

In 1950, the nonprofit Welty Corporation was endowed to provide quality homes for senior citizens. Miss Clara Welty, a local philanthropist, donated her large family residence on Wheeling’s Main Street for the care of the city’s elderly residents. A baby born the year Welty Home was ...

Groups Welcome Members, Share Interests

By JANET METZNER Staff Writer Finding a group to hang out with isn’t as difficult as it used to be. That’s because apps such as Facebook, Meetup and Instagram have become hubs of some of the latest and most active social groups in the Ohio Valley. Group contacts, calendars and ...

Youth Services System, Schools Build Healthy Students

WHEELING — While YSS— Youth Services System, Inc. — began its work with youth through its emergency shelters—Samaritan House and Helinski Shelter—Ron Mulholland, the founding YSS director recognized that youth, and their families, had a complex range of needs beyond shelter during a ...