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Growth Continues at ‘American Defenders’ Museum in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG – The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum continues to grow with new equipment and new displays helping it to share the experiences of service members and others during World War II. Jim Brockman, the museum’s executive director, said a $30,000 grant from the ...

Knee Deep: Crews Putting Finishing Touches on Spruce Street Bridge Deckwork

Crews with Kokosing Construction Co. of Westerville, Ohio, are shown making the final concrete pour and road adjustments on the Spruce Street Bridge in Bethlehem on Monday. The bridge, which spans over Interstate 470 and closed to traffic in October, is expected to reopen to motorists by the ...

St. Clairsville Public Library to Benefit from Improved Internet Service

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A major renovation project has begun at the St. Clairsville Public Library to provide improved and expanded internet service for the public as workers are currently installing new wiring. The upgrade is being done with the help of a federal matching grant that is supplying ...

OC Schools Superintendent Miller: WPHS Graduation Still Set For August 2

WHEELING – Wheeling Park High School’s graduation date is still set for Aug. 2 — at least for now, according to Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller. Miller spoke of the 2020 graduation ceremony, and the start of the upcoming 2020-21 school year at the start of Monday night’s ...

Local Business Helps To Restore Powhatan UMWA Monument

POWHATAN POINT – A local business donated its services to help restore the Powhatan United Mine Workers of America memorial. The more than 10-foot granite stone monument in Powhatan Cemetery is dedicated in memory of 66 men who died in the 1944 Powhatan Mine fire. Randall L. Gallagher ...

Area Quilt Shop Raising Money for Children’s Hospital

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A local quilt shop is helping to raise funds for children’s hospitals through the sale of its cloth facial masks. From Past to Present quilt shop in St. Clairsville has been using its skills to fashion cloth facial coverings for residents. Shop owner Joyce Paglialunga ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Paved with Good Intentions

As the old proverb goes, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to used federal coronavirus relief funds for road repair sounds great in theory, but how they think they’re able to use those funds is unclear. I said last week that I would dive into ...

Garden Growing Well At Wheeling Middle School

WHEELING — At the Wheeling Middle School garden, students learn to sow seeds in the spring and grow bounty they feast on later in the year. But life skills might be the most important bounty students gain from the WMS Garden. While the students haven’t been at school in recent months, ...

A ‘Laid-Back’ Celebration Planned For PTSD Sufferers

BETHESDA — To give those who suffer from PTSD a quiet place to celebrate Independence Day, a local rotary club is planning an event this weekend at the Union Local High School gym. Members of the Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club are slated to host the free event Sunday, July 12 ...

Consol Laying Off 40% Of Workers at Idled Enlow Fork Mine

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Nearly 40% of the miners who were furloughed when Enlow Fork Mine was idled in mid-April will not return to their jobs when the facility reopens. Consol Energy Inc., the mine’s owner, filed a WARN notice this month with the state Department of Labor & Industry, ...

Sen. Portman Tours New Lordstown Motors Truck Plant

LORDSTOWN – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants General Motors to invest in Lordstown Motors Corp. and its manufacturing plant, GM’s former Lordstown assembly facility, where the startup will build its all-electric Endurance pickup truck. “I think it makes all the sense in the world because ...

Usborne Books & More Helps to Get Books to Ohio County Students

Ohio County Schools and Usborne Books & More have joined together to get books to students during the summer when they need them the most. The goal was to purchase as many books as possible to give to the students during the weekly meal distribution from Ohio County Schools. Focusing on ...

Large Gathering in Wetzel County Leads to Spike in COVID-19 Cases

NEW MARTINSVILLE – A “large gathering” of people at an undisclosed event in Wetzel County in late June has led to a spike in coronavirus cases there, Wetzel-Tyler Health Department Administrator Karen Cain said. Cain declined to say what the gathering involved or where it was located, ...

Jefferson County Grand Jury Indicts former Diocese of Steubenville Comptroller

STEUBENVILLE – Former Diocese of Steubenville comptroller David A. Franklin has been charged by a Jefferson County grand jury with four counts of theft, receiving stolen property, falsification and defrauding creditors. Wednesday’s charges, all felonies, come just one day after Franklin ...

Remote Learning Poses Challenges For Vocational Education

WHEELING – The year 2020 started with a push for vocational education and hands-on learning, but this has been made difficult by COVID-19 threats and students forced into online education at home. More than 60 percent of students at Wheeling Park High School are involved in career-based ...

Residents Enjoying Oglebay’s Outdoor Activities

WHEELING – Even during a global pandemic, sunny summer weather is often too enticing to resist. For many Ohio County residents, the tennis courts and wide-open golf courses at Oglebay Park have become a refuge for people wanting to enjoy time outside while still practicing social distancing ...

Brooke Commissioners Discuss Coronavirus Precautions

WELLSBURG – A recent pandemic-related executive order by Gov. Jim Justice and the report of six new COVID-19 cases within the last few days led Brooke County commissioners to reiterate precautions being taken at the county courthouse and other buildings to prevent spread of the ...

New Color-Coded System Explains Ohio COVID-19 Restrictions

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio is implementing new regulations and restrictions during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and local health department officials are planning how those will take effect locally. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul was interviewing potential staff ...

Bridgeport Mayor Pleads Guilty to Theft in Office

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Smith, the mayor of Bridgeport, entered pleas of guilty to third-degree felony theft in office and first-degree misdemeanor conflict of interest occurring from 2016 through 2019. Smith entered his guilty pleas Wednesday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John ...