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Retired Martins Ferry K-9 Ecko Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

The Martins Ferry Police Department is mourning a loss after receiving the news that retired K-9 Ecko died Sunday. Ecko was 11. Officer John Holmes, Ecko’s owner and former handler, said Ecko passed away peacefully in his arms after a tough battle with cancer. The canine was diagnosed with ...

Ohio County Reports 58th COVID-Related Death

One new COVID-related death was reported Thursday night by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, the 58th such death in Ohio County since the pandemic began. The department also reported 23 new positive cases in its Thursday update, bringing that total to 3,349. The Marshall County ...

Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling Hopes To Build Outdoor Fitness Center

Money from this year’s CARES Act could help Bridge Street Middle School build an outdoor fitness center for adolescents, adults and community use. Principal Jessica Broski-Birch approached Ohio County Commissioners this week about the prospect of partnering with the school district to file ...

Groups Oppose Monroe County Ethane Storage Facility in Online Forum

Plans for a Mountaineer Natural Gas Liquids storage facility near the Ohio River in Monroe County are raising fears of pollution and long-term damage to the area and its people. A virtual meeting was held Thursday evening in which environmental groups shared information and comments, with ...

Sanitary Sewer Work Underway Behind WesBanco Arena in Wheeling

WHEELING — Guyer Brothers, on behalf of the city of Wheeling, will continue sanitary sewer pipelining behind WesBanco Arena, 2-14th Street, at the mouth of Wheeling Creek this week through today. The work may produce odors, but it is not hazardous and non-toxic.

Pandemic-Safe Food Pantry Open Monthly in Shadyside

SHADYSIDE — For those in need, the Shadyside Food Pantry is operating a drive-through food distribution to help people stay safe from COVID-19. Nancy Moore, treasurer of the Shadyside Council of Churches that runs the pantry, said people can drive through the Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church ...

Fewer West Virginia Counties Red on COVID-19 Map

Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties remained in red on the state’s COVID-19 alert map Wednesday, but the roster of that club around the state continued to shrink. Of West Virginia’s 55 counties, 15 of them were red — the highest-risk category — on the Department of Health and Human ...

Wheeling City Employees Begin Implicit Bias Training

WHEELING — Building and engaging in positive intergroup interactions will be the focus of city of Wheeling employees starting today, as they participate in implicit bias training titled “The Right To Be Different: How Implicit Bias Influences Our Perspectives and Decision-Making.” Vice ...

Grow Ohio Valley Blooms Through Winter

WHEELING – Even in the midst of the frigid January temperatures, Grow Ohio Valley continues to bring quality nutritious produce to the local Public Market in downtown Wheeling and other local nutrition programs through the use of high tunnel greenhouse technology. Grow Ohio Valley ...

Ziegenfelder Company Employees Get a Big ‘Thank You’ with Bonuses

WHEELING – Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ziegenfelder Company — the Wheeling-based maker of TwinPops — hasn’t missed a beat. Company executives wanted to reward that hard work in a big way. The company awarded their “Zieggy Tribe Members” COVID employee ...

Wheeling Hopes to Help Small Retail Businesses

WHEELING – The city of Wheeling wants to offer pandemic-related relief to eligible small businesses by the way of a new Business and Occupation Tax Credit. Members of the Finance Committee of Wheeling City Council met Tuesday night and introduced details of a proposed COVID-19 City of ...

Moundsville City Building On Track to Reopen

MOUNDSVILLE – Residents may be able to resume conducting municipal business at the city building at the start of next month, according to an update given at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The reopening of the building would come along with resuming in-person council meetings, which have ...

Lindsey Bridge Inspection Could Cause Traffic Delays in Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE — Motorists traveling on W.Va. 2 on the south end of Moundsville Wednesday, and Thursday should expect possible delays throughout both days. Crews will perform an inspection of the Lindsey Bridge, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. Lane closures are scheduled ...

Harrison County Officials Work To Correct COVID-19 Data Discrepancy

Harrison County Health Department is working to ensure that the number of COVID-related deaths in the county is recorded correctly by the state. Officials said the discrepancy between the number of deaths reported by the county and the number reported by the state at coronavirus.ohio.gov is ...

Street Survivors’ Holiday Donations Boost Local Charities

Eight local charities received $300 donations each from the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club over the holiday season, despite cancellations of a number of the club’s events in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Donation recipients included Grow Warwood Pride, Bridgeport Christian ...

Demolition on Moundsville Properties Progressing

MOUNDSVILLE – Dilapidated structures around the city are currently in the process of being demolished, and the city has plans to tear down another eight in the coming months. In November, Moundsville’s city council awarded two contracts to Fairmont-based Reclaim Co. for two sets of ...

John Marshall HS, Sherrard MS Bands Receive Accolades

MARSHALL COUNTY – Two local band programs were recognized for their achievements in the classroom, with John Marshall High School and Sherrard Middle School’s bands being awarded an award for their academic achievement. The Marching Monarchs and the Sherrard Middle School Band were ...

Reporter’s Notebook: You Can’t Please Everyone

For two weeks straight, Gov. Jim Justice lambasted West Virginia media outlets for not reporting more positive stories about the state's vaccine distribution. So far, I have not seen a quota for how many stories one must write in order to not earn the Governor's wrath. I'm the primary ...

Ketchum Joins Grow OV to Lead Edible Mountain Project

WHEELING – Rosemary Ketchum will serve as the chief operations officer of the Edible Mountain Project with the support of Grow Ohio Valley. In July 2020, Grow Ohio Valley was awarded a nationally competitive grant from the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge charged with reversing ...