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Belmont County Junior Fair in Full Swing

St. CLAIRSVILLE – Activities were on a noticeably smaller scale during the first days of the Belmont County Junior Fair, since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and state mandates have put a stop to hopes for a full fair, but the 4-H members were out in force and showing the animals they have ...

REROUTED: OVRTA Bus Stop in Downtown Wheeling Moved For Construction

Buses with the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority that normally make a scheduled stop in front of the Intermodal Transportation Center along Main Street in downtown Wheeling have been rerouted and are now making that stop on South Street between the center and WesBanco Arena while ...

Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center Halts Visitation

WHEELING – The Continuous Care Center at Wheeling Hospital has suspended visitation to the facility after three employees recently tested positive for COVID-19. The employees do not routinely provide direct patient care and did not work at the facility within 48 hours of their symptoms ...

Brooke Commissioners Concerned About Power Plant Loan Guarantee Provision

WELLSBURG – While the West Virginia Economic Development Authority is expected today to consider a loan guarantee for the proposed Brooke County Power Plant, Brooke County Commissioners said Tuesday they are concerned about a provision that may be included with it. The commissioners said ...

Main Street in Wheeling Reduced to One Lane For Pipeline Work

The West Virginia Division of Highways announced Tuesday that Main Street in Wheeling will be restricted to one lane from 11th Street to 16th Street through Oct. 9 for natural gas pipeline work, while Market Street will be closed at the intersection with 20th Street.

Virtual Good Samaritan Dinner Tickets Available Until Thursday

WHEELING – Tickets for Youth Services System Inc.’s annual Good Samaritan Tribute Dinner honoring Chris Figaretti and Vineyard Church are available for purchase until Thursday for next week’s virtual event. The Sept. 17 event will include dinner by takeout or limited delivery, along ...

OSHP Reports 12 OVI Arrests During Labor Day Weekend

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – There was a slight decrease in OVI arrests during the Labor Day weekend compared to last year, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The OSHP conducted its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this past weekend in order to deter intoxicated and distracted ...

Delta Dental Awards COVID Grants to W.Va. Non-Profits

WHEELING – The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has given grants totaling $195,000 to 11 organizations across West Virginia to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These unrestricted grants were intended to help the foundation’s nonprofit partners continue to provide vital ...

Pleasants Power Plant Owners Seek Judgment Against Justice’s Company

CHARLESTON – The owners of the Pleasants Power Plant who received a $12 million tax break from the state last summer engineered by Gov. Jim Justice are seeking a summary judgment against one of Justice’s coal companies. FirstEnergy Solutions, now doing business as Energy Harbor, filed ...

Belmont County Museum Reopens Under New Name

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Heritage Museum, formerly known as the Belmont County Sheriff Quarters Museum, held its grand reopening ceremony Friday after being closed for nearly a year. The museum, which is operated by Belmont County Tourism, first opened in 2014 as a seasonal ...

Oglebay’s Good Zoo Among Recipients for NPS Grant

CHARLESTON – The Oglebay Good Zoo recently received a $200,000 federal grant to help with renovations at the facility in Ohio County. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, ...

Brick Donations Begin Circling ‘Witness Tree’ in Elm Grove

The first 60 engraved bricks honoring and memorializing loved ones were recently put in place beneath the “Witness Tree” at the Osiris Shrine Center in Elm Grove. Many local families and businesses have participated by purchasing a brick to help remember or honor family members or loved ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Manchin’s Proxy Race for Governor

It’s been just over one year since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would remain in the Senate and not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, but it sure seems to me like he’s still running. No, Manchin won’t be on the ballot in November. His proxy, Kanawha County ...

218 Ohio County Students Honored as Stifel Prize Winners

WHEELING — It’s become a rite of summer for hundreds of Ohio County public school students — dressing up in nice clothes and heading to the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center on a Tuesday evening in late June to be named a winner of a George E. Stifel Award. This year, though, ...

Organizations Join Forces for Little Free Library Countywide Project

WHEELING – A collaboration between The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, West Liberty University’s Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary XI Chapter, the city of Wheeling’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Ohio County Virtual Lions Club, and Grow Warwood Pride will bring the joy ...

Junk Vehicle Notices Issued In Wheeling

WHEELING — An effort has officially begun in the city of Wheeling to clean up neighborhoods littered with junk vehicles and illegally housed boats and cars. Ward 2 Councilman Ben Seidler this week told members of city council that the first round of notices have been sent out to property ...

Proper Mask Care Is Important

MARTINS FERRY — While health officials believe people are generally doing a good job wearing their masks to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, some may need more guidance on how to handle them properly. Megan Smolenak, contact tracer with the Belmont County Health Department, said ...

Ohio County Democrats Open Headquarters in Wheeling

WHEELING — Ohio County Democrats have opened their 2020 campaign headquarters to the relief of party faithful, who thought an office space might not be possible for them this year. The current election season has coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, and donations are down this year, ...

Tomlinson Run State Park Facilities Upgraded

NEW MANCHESTER – Some of the facilities at the Northern Panhandle’s lone state park have received an upgrade. Hancock County officials were joined by representatives of the state Department of Natural Resources and others Wednesday while unveiling a series of improvements at Tomlinson Run ...

Church to House Elementary School After Flooding

TILTONSVILLE – St. Joseph Church is opening its doors to the pupils of Buckeye Local South Elementary after flooding damaged the school building over the weekend, days before the planned first day of classes. Superintendent Kim Leonard said the school likely could not reopen for months due ...