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‘Brunch Bill’ Headed to State Board

By CRAIG HOWELL For The Intelligencer Weirton Council is sending its proposal for a “brunch bill” to the state’s Municipal Home Rule Board for its consideration, following Monday’s regular council meeting. The second reading of Ordinance 2057 was passed by a 5-0 vote, with ...

Ohio County Board of Education Members Delay Response to Senate Bill 451

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in Ohio County Board of Education member Molly Aderholt's quote in the seventh paragraph. Aderholt said "I am not signing something that was drafted by a third party," not I am not signing something that was affected by a third ...

Marshall County Jury Convicts Man Who Accosted Lost Couple

A jury found a Marshall County man guilty of wanton endangerment involving a firearm Monday in a day-long trial in Marshall County Circuit Court. The defendant, Lonnie Lichwa, 63, was convicted of one of the two counts of wanton endangerment with which he had been charged after he fired shots ...

Suspect in Belmont County Bank Robberies Arrested in California

The man suspected of a series of bank robberies in Maryland, Bridgeport and St. Clairsville was arrested last week in California. Charles Gibson, 57, of Pennsylvania, is believed to have robbed the Bridgeport Unified Bank on Nov. 24, then the Huntington Bank in St. Clairsville in ...

Village of Barnesville Sees Largest-Ever Meth Seizure

Several law enforcement agencies over the last week have reported major drug arrests, including what Barnesville police have called the largest seizure of methamphetamine in their history. Barnesville Police Chief Rocky Sirianni reported a vehicle stop and search by the department’s K-9 ...

Belmont County Health Board Fails to Achieve a Quorum

The Belmont County Board of Health held a brief session Monday, but lacked a quorum to conduct business. Board members Dwight Jenewein, James King and Irene Louda were present for the meeting. Board members Joel Braido, Dr. Renato DelaCruz and Elizabeth Glick were absent. The board heard ...

A Century and Counting: Bellaire Woman, 100, Keeps Busy With Volunteer Work

Lucille Ruthers might have turned 100 years old Sunday — but that’s not slowing her down any. In fact, Ruthers continues to volunteer during weekly produce distributions at the First United Methodist Church in Bellaire, and during the church’s free community dinners, held the last full ...

Village of Barnesville Will Charge Tax Penalties

Barnesville Village Council agreed to allow the Regional Income Tax Agency to begin administering late fees and interest charges on village taxpayers who are late or who fail to pay their taxes, but one councilman held steadfast in his opposition to the plan. Previously, at a council meeting ...

Wheeling Hospital Medical Physicist Named to Review Committee

Dr. Tynan Stevens, medical physicist at Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center, has joined the Graduate Education Program Review Committee of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs. The commission accredits master’s and doctoral level programs, ...

Ohio County Police Reports

OHIO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Between 6:02 a.m. Saturday and 6:26 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to 15 traffic stops, two miscellaneous calls and one accident. SUNDAY At 1:50 a.m., Cabela Drive, welfare check. At 12:33 a.m., Clearview Avenue, K-9. SATURDAY At 11:01 p.m., Cabela ...

Building On Recovery

BENWOOD — After paying off its building debt a year early, the Unity Center is raising funds now to remodel the facility and expand services to people in recovery from addiction. The Unity Center moved from Center Wheeling to Benwood in December 2017. Executive Director Mary Hess said a ...

Dominion Energy Gives to Non-Profit Groups

Three area nonprofit organizations will be able to further meet critical needs of community members in need, following a generous donation to each agency from Dominion Energy Thursday at the Catholic Charities West Virginia Wheeling office. Catholic Charities West Virginia, Marshall County ...

Second Guilty Verdict In Cemetery Theft Case

The trial of the second of two co-defendants, caretakers of the Belmont Memorial Cemetery, ended Friday with a guilty verdict. Keith Dwayne Baratie, 51, was taken into custody and will be sentenced Feb. 19. Baratie and his wife, Karen Sue Ellen Neff, were accused of the theft of nearly ...

300 Winter Items Donated To Distribution Project

During January, the Marshall County FRN organized a Winter Accessories Distribution project for the third year, sponsored in part by Southwestern Energy. This year, over 300 winter items have been given to local organizations and programs for distribution. The provision of these items ...

Wet Weather Causes Woes Around the Ohio Valley

Following a hill slip that brought utility lines down across the Short Creek Road and the adjacent stream Thursday, area motorists are advised to travel secondary roads with caution due to the highly saturated ground, according local emergency officials. Meanwhile, much of the Upper Ohio ...

FEMA Awards $8.3 Million for Road Repair in Marshall, Tyler Counties

Repair work on roads damaged by flooding in Marshall and Tyler counties last year received additional funding from the federal government on Thursday. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced about $8.3 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to the West ...

City of Martins Ferry, Police Union Have Three-Year Contract

Martins Ferry City Council on Wednesday approved a new three-year contract for members of the city’s police department. During the past several weeks, city leaders negotiated the new agreement with members of the Fraternal Order of Police union, which represents officers in the city. Mayor ...

Trinity Health System in Steubenville Launches Program for Veterans

Trinity Health System has launched a new program to honor employees and patients who have served in the nation’s armed forces. The hospital’s “Honor Red, White & Blue” veteran’s program recognizes the contributions of past and current members of the military. While employees and ...

Wheeling, Ohio County and Belmont County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT From 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday, officers handled nine traffic stops, four vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. WEDNESDAY At 8:33 a.m., McColloch Street, disorderly adult. At 8:55 a.m., 16th Street, disorderly adult. At 9:27 a.m., ...

Drivers Face Uphill Battle on 29th Street in Wheeling

Just a week ago, a slab of ice several inches thick and a few dozen feet long greeted travelers headed up 29th Street from Wheeling to Bethlehem. The lane coming down the hill from Bethlehem was no better, as motorists were forced to deal with ruts and deep potholes from an ongoing water line ...