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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Newly Opened Holiday Inn Express & Suites

MOUNDSVILLE – Marshall County officials participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the nearly $17 million Holiday Inn Express & Suites constructed on two acres of an 11-acre parcel of property in Moundsville. Michael Koker, regional director of Operations for MPH ...

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Warwood

The Warwood Lions Club held a Christmas tree lighting ceremony (along with several other holiday lighted displays) Tuesday evening in Warwood’s Garden Park. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the club was not able to conduct the annual “Light-UP Warwood Night” event as they have for the past 10 ...

Moundsville Moves Forward with Sanitation Rate Increase

MOUNDSVILLE – City leaders unanimously voted to proceed with the approval of a 35.4-percent rate increase for the city’s sanitary board, with some Moundsville council members framing the rate hike as a necessary evil. The increase would net the city an additional $274,000, and contribute ...

Wheeling-Ohio County Airport Runway To Be Updated

WHEELING – Construction work is set for the secondary runway at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, and it will be 75-feet narrower when the project is complete. Ohio County commissioners Randy Wharton and Don Nickerson discussed the project when they met by phone Tuesday night. Commission ...

COVID Could Silence 2020 ‘Festival of Sound’

WHEELING – The 2020 “Festival of Sound” at Wheeling Park High School is still slated to happen online later this month, but high COVID numbers could silence the event if students aren’t soon permitted to gather to play. The color “red” is typically associated with the joy of ...

WLU Fall 2020 Commencement To be Virtual

WEST LIBERTY – The COVID-19 pandemic has sent West Liberty University’s December commencement into the virtual landscape. Social distancing and pandemic restrictions have moved the university to celebrate the fall semester commencement virtually at 11 a.m. Dec. 5. The virtual ceremony ...

Christopher Spring to Resume Water Flow in Coming Weeks Following Repairs

CADIZ – The Christopher Spring will remain temporarily out of service as renovations to repair it are underway. Emily Wagner, owner of the Christopher Spring, said crews are working to make the necessary repairs to have the popular waterway back up and running for the community to enjoy in ...

Cornerstone Christian Academy Students Help Out Local Farm’s Composting Quest

BEECH BOTTOM – After a local farmer spoke to them about principles of gardening, children at Cornerstone Christian Academy applied what they learned to helping him. Michelle Skocz, administrator of the private Christian school, said Eric Freeland recently spoke to the children for about an ...

Wellsburg Plans Holiday Event

WELLSBURG – Visitors to the city’s downtown business district and its town square often have commented on its pleasant appearance, but the area sees much less foot traffic outside the Wellsburg Applefest and other special events. Angela Staffileno, a Brooke County native, hopes to remedy ...

Cafaro Landlords Sue for Lease Payments

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Two landlords representing the Cafaro Co. are suing a North Carolina restaurant chain for violating its lease agreements at Cafaro properties in St. Clairsville and in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Both the Ohio Valley Mall Co. and the Meadowbrook Mall Co. are plaintiffs in ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Slowing the Pendulum Swing

I normally steer clear of national politics in this space. I'm paid to pay more attention to West Virginia government and politics. But it doesn't mean I don't observe the national scene since actions by our federal government trickle down to the state. In two weeks, the Electoral College ...

Cadiz ‘Reverse’ Parade Scheduled for Saturday

CADIZ – With many local Christmas parades canceled due to increasing coronavirus cases throughout the Ohio Valley, at least one is still scheduled to continue — the Cadiz Lighted Christmas Parade is set for next weekend. This year, however, the parade has a new twist to help keep all ...

Hope Springs Eternal

WHEELING — While two local greenhouse and garden center businesses experienced a slow start with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, both businesses flourished once the growing season kicked into full swing. Klug’s Greenhouse, located near Mount Olivet, and Nicky’s ...

Lawsuit Challenging Parking Lot Gun Bill Can Move Forward

CHARLESTON — A federal judge said Wednesday a lawsuit brought by an organization representing domestic violence victims challenging a 2018 law prohibiting businesses from banning guns from parking lots can move forward. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver denied a motion brought by West ...

Holiday Inn Express to Hold Ribbon-Cutting

MOUNSDVILLE — A new hotel situated at the south end of town is set to have its ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 225 Teletech Drive, at the south end of the Kroger plaza, will hold the event at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Ground broke on the five-story, ...

Auditor: Bellaire’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund Owed $23,000

BELLAIRE — The Ohio Auditor’s Office wants the village’s chief of police and a former officer to give $23,000 back to Bellaire’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund. Ohio Auditor Keith Faber’s Office claims that Police Chief Richard Flanagan and former patrolman Michael Wheeler owe ...

Costine Law Marks a Century in Business

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Small business owners of all types are grateful for whatever successes they are able to achieve during the coronavirus pandemic, but one local law firm has 100 years of living and working in the community to be thankful for. Three generations of attorneys have practiced ...

Wishing Well Gift Shop Celebrates Grand Opening in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY – A former hospital gift shop has expanded and reopened in a new location in the city of Martins Ferry. The Wishing Well, which previously operated inside East Ohio Regional Hospital before the facility’s closure last fall, has reopened on Zane Highway. The shop, which ...

WVU Alumni Association President, CEO To Step Down

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University Alumni Association’s President and CEO will leave his post at the end of the academic year to focus on a new mission. Col. Sean Frisbee, USAF (Ret.), who also is vice president for alumni relations, will leave office on June 30, 2021, after more ...

Blood-Alcohol Level Deemed Admissible Evidence in Pa. Trial of Wheeling Man

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. – Blood-alcohol level is admissible evidence in the case of a West Virginia man charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence before the death of his son, a Washington County judge ruled last week. Jonathan Brook Gracey, 53, of Wheeling, was taken ...