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Clearing Up Confusion About Justice’s Mask Order

I wrote my column last week prior to last Friday's expansion of the mandatory indoor mask executive order by Gov. Jim Justice. But it seems since that order came out and since the governor's comments saying business owners can call the police on customers who refuse to comply, confusion has ...

Ohio Valley Mall Adjusts to Help Keep Shoppers Safe

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Mall’s annual holiday events will change slightly this season in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but many will remain intact with added safety measures in place. Although some of the mall’s holiday hours will differ from in previous years, many of ...

Beetham to Resign Early As Harrison County Prosecutor

CADIZ — The incumbent Harrison County Prosecutor submitted his letter of resignation from the office to allow his successor additional time to prepare for upcoming trial cases. Prosecutor Owen Beetham submitted his letter of resignation to the Harrison County Board of Commissioners ...

Wheeling Symphony Goes Virtual For WSO on the GO Fundraiser

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s WSO on the GO Party in the Barn Fundraiser will go virtual this year. This year’s event is titled the WSO on the GO Holiday From the Barn Virtual Concert & Fundraiser, will be streamed Sunday, Dec. 6 and available from 5-10 p.m. The orchestra ...

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Held Thursday

Main Street Bank held their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday evening in the bank’s south parking lot. As part of the event, bank and Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce officials honored the Chamber of Commerce’s teachers of the year in Ohio County. From left; Del. Erikka ...

Miranda Lambert to Headline 2021 Blame My Roots Festival

BELMONT – The Blame My Roots Festival has snagged a big name act to headline its Summer 2021 event -- country music star Miranda Lambert. The festival made the announcement on Thursday, noting other musicians slated to appear during the July 16-17 event will include 2020 CMA award winner ...

City Leaders Eye Festive Holiday Attire for a Good Cause

WHEELING – During what promises to be a challenging holiday season for many, officials in the city of Wheeling are looking to bring smiles to people’s faces and joy to local children in need by taking part in a special fundraiser. This week, Wheeling Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said the ...

City of Cameron Officials Order Mandatory Water Conservation

CAMERON – The City of Cameron ordered on Thursday a mandatory water conservation alert, citing the dry spell the area has been dealing with this year. Those in Cameron are asked to not use any water for sprinklers, gardens or to wash cars until further notice. If that request is ignored, ...

New Housing Project Eyed at Main Downtown Wheeling Gateway

WHEELING – City leaders are hopeful a new housing development in downtown Wheeling will move forward and not only impact the economy and improve residential options locally, but also greatly enhance the aesthetics of the main gateway into the heart of the city. Members of Wheeling City ...

Fencing Installation Continues at Chapel Road Bridge

Crews with Kokosing Construction continued installing safety fencing on the Chapel Road Bridge in Bethlehem Tuesday after there was a delay in the delivery of fencing supplies due to the pandemic, according to a West Virginia Department of Highways official. The structure is expected to be ...

Blame My Roots Festival Making Plans for Summer 2021

BELMONT – The Blame My Roots Festival today is expected to release its lineup of musical acts for the Summer 2021 event. The 2020 festival was canceled because of COVID-19 virus concerns, but organizers are forging ahead with next summer’s plans. Blame My Roots is set for July 16-17 at ...

Italian Manufacturer Coming to Weirton

WEIRTON – On Wednesday, Governor Jim Justice announced an international manufacturer of metal and plastic containers will open its first U.S. plant at the Half Moon Industrial Park, investing $30 million in an unused facility there and creating at least 40 jobs. "This is nothing but a ...

Moundsville Awards Demolition Bids

MOUNDSVILLE – Moundsville awarded more than $100,000 in contracts for demolition work, the lion’s share of which will lay the foundation for a new city building in the works. Council unanimously voted to award the contracts for two sets of demolition work to Reclaim Co., which was the ...

All Bundled Up in Downtown Wheeling

As colder temperatures invaded the Upper Ohio Valley Tuesday, Stephanie Riker of Wheeling is pictured bundled up with her puppy “Ginger Lou” while waiting outside a downtown Wheeling eatery for her carry-out order. Temperatures in Wheeling were forecast to fall into the upper 20s Tuesday ...

Ohio County Employees To Get Raises In 2021

WHEELING – Ohio County employees each will see a $1,000 raise in fiscal year 2021-2022. County commissioners unanimously agreed to approve the raises early during their meeting Tuesday night, which took place by phone. Commissioner Don Nickerson made the motion that the wage increase be ...

W.Va. Supreme Court: Diocese Exempt From Consumer Protection Law

CHARLESTON – West Virginia consumer protection laws do not apply in a case against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston brought by the Attorney General, the state Supreme Court said on Monday. The court was asked by Wood County Circuit Judge J.D. Beane, who in November 2019 ...

Barnesville Bowling Alley Destroyed By Fire

BARNESVILLE – A longtime village business was destroyed by fire Monday morning, leaving many residents shocked and saddened by the loss and digging into their pockets to help. A passerby noticed smoke rising from the front of Chestnut Lanes bowling alley and called 911 at 11:01 a.m., ...

Council Hears Update on Rural Broadband Auction, Legislative Priorities

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council received updates Thursday about the status of the auction that could bring high-speed broadband access to underserved parts of the state, as well broadband priorities for the next legislative session. Council members heard a ...

Short Creek Man Arrested Sunday on Drug Possession Charges in Wheeling

WHEELING – A Short Creek man was arrested Sunday on drug possession charges following a traffic-related call, the Wheeling Police Department announced Monday. Russell Stanley Lemasters, 50, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and taken Northern Regional Jail ...

City Council Continues COVID-19 Prep

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Safeguards during the coronavirus pandemic and progress in water service were some leading issues during Monday’s teleconference meeting of the St. Clairsville City Council, as well as the need for a new clerk in 2021. Council members congratulated Jason Garczyk, clerk ...