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Rep. Cera: Politicians Need to Find ‘Common Ground’ to Help Communities

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Democrat Party’s annual dinner Thursday evening was highlighted by featured speaker Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, suggesting they “spend a little more time working to find common ground” with their political opponents for the betterment of the ...

Murray Energy Extends Lender Payments

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Murray Energy Corp. announced Wednesday that the company will have until near the end of the month to make payments to lenders. In early October the coal company announced a forbearance agreement giving them until Oct. 14 to make payments to lenders holding in excess of 50 ...

Reynolds Memorial Hospital Recognized as ‘Most Wired’

GLEN DALE – Nine WVU Medicine hospitals, including Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, have earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition. Reynolds and the other facilities were recognized as certified level 9, the second highest achievable recognition, on the domestic and ...

Education Chancellor Tours Belmont College

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner toured Belmont College on Wednesday as part of his tour of all of Ohio’s colleges. College President Paul Gasparro took Gardner on a guided tour of facilities and programs. Gardner also met and spoke with some ...

New Tobacco Law in Effect Thursday

STEUBENVILLE – Ohio’s new Tobacco 21 law takes effect today, raising the age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products and alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes and vaping products, from 18 to 21. It also will become illegal to give such products to people under age ...

Clothing Drive Set for Fire Victims

WASHINGTON, Pa. – A clothing drive will be held Saturday in Washington County, Pennsylvania, for the family whose Wheeling home was destroyed by fire early Tuesday. Ben and Megan Dunaway, and their young son, Keegan, escaped uninjured after a vacant home next door to theirs in the Mozart ...

OCDA Starts on Second Highlands Interchange

WHEELING – Preliminary planning for a second interchange at The Highlands is now underway. Ohio County commissioners this month secured a $14 million bond that will cover costs to begin the work, County Administrator Greg Stewart told Ohio County Development Authority members ...

St. Clairsville Now Has Class 3 Water Operators

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city now has Class 3 water operators in place, but many problems remain at the water treatment plant and throughout the distribution system. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had placed St. Clairsville on notice in September and issued numerous costly mandates ...

Urgent Care Clinics Seeing More Patients Due to Hospital Closures

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A local urgent care clinic is seeing an uptick in patients since the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and more recently East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry. Scott McGarry, manager of Doctor’s Urgent Care of St. Clairsville, said both his St. ...

West Virginia Native Discusses Importance of Fiction

WHEELING – Author Meredith Sue Willis returned to Wheeling Tuesday to read from her new novel, “Their Houses,” which includes a subplot based on an actual incident in her native West Virginia. Willis, the author of 22 books, spoke about the importance of fiction at the Ohio County ...

Prep Work Continues for I-70 Bridges Project

Crews with Swank Construction work Tuesday to upgrade sidewalk curbs in the section of National Road between Mt. DeChantal Road and 7th Street in North Wheeling ahead of milling and paving that is set to begin along that stretch of road during evening hours later this week in preparation of the ...

Capitol Theatre Holds Circus for First Time at Downtown Venue

WHEELING – Despite some logistical challenges, for the first time in the history of the Capitol Theatre a circus was held on the stage of the downtown Wheeling venue Monday. The decision was made to move the 2019 Osiris Shrine Circus to the Capitol Theatre because repairs need to be made ...

Field Dedication Tops Homecoming Weekend

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University topped its Homecoming Weekend with a festive opening and dedication ceremony for the West Family Athletic Complex and Tim Weaver Memorial Track on Sunday. “We are grateful to our friend and major donor Gary and Flip West, who together with donors ...

2019 JMHS Homecoming Court

The 2019 John Marshall High School homecoming king and queen will be crowned Friday during halftime when the Monarchs host Brooke High School at Monarch Stadium at 7 p.m. The annual homecoming dance, sponsored by the John Marshall High School Student Council, will be held in the school’s ...

Motorists Should Beware Of Deer During Rut Season

MARTINS FERRY – While many people are gearing up for Halloween this month, there is another season picking up steam that can be just as frightful for motorists — the deer rut. The rut is when male deer are attempting to mate with female deer, which often leads to the animals running into ...

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

I’m going to take a break from the political races and talk about an issue that concerns me greatly: the division in our country. Nationally, an example of this divide can be found in the response to daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a ...

Follansbee Chamber of Commerce to Honor Those Who Make a Difference

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce will be holding its bi-annual dinner Oct. 16 at St. Francis Center to recognize both businesses and people who make a difference in the community. Chamber Chairwoman Debbie Puskarich said the honorees are picked by nominations from local ...

Dungeon of Horrors Welcomes Visitors to Their Nightmares

MOUNDSVILLE – The former West Virginia Penitentiary once again is inviting thrill-seekers to walk its haunted halls during the seasonal Dungeon of Horrors. The Halloween attraction continues to draw crowds from miles around, and West Virginia Penitentiary General Manager Amanda Wolverton ...

Wheeling Physician Earns Credit for Licensure

WHEELING – A pioneering Wheeling physician led the fight for licensure of doctors in West Virginia and, by extension, for nationwide requirements. Dr. James Reeves, a highly academic practitioner and distinguished doctor in Wheeling in the mid-1800s, helped transform medicine into a legally ...