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Forum Shines Spotlight on Issues Facing Wheeling’s Homeless Community

WHEELING — Basic needs such as water fountains, public bathrooms, Laundromats and storage lockers in Wheeling could help the homeless community immediately, according to a forum Wednesday night organized by Rosemary Ketchum. “It’s basic,” Ketchum said of those needs. “It’s not ...

Capehart Named President of Bluefield State College

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield State College Board of Governors on Wednesday selected Moundsville native Robin Capehart as the college’s next president. Capehart, 66, served as president of West Liberty University for eight years. He has served as BSC’s interim president since January 2019. ...

Cameron High Teacher Jennifer Schwertfeger Named W.Va. Teacher of the Year

CHARLESTON -- Marshall County’s Jennifer Schwertfeger on Wednesday became the 2020 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made as part of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Gala Wednesday night at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, ...

Justice Blames ‘Bad Actors’ for OVMC Closure

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appeared Tuesday at Wheeling Hospital to reaffirm the state’s commitment to health care in the Northern Panhandle. The governor expressed confidence in WVU Medicine’s ability to provide quality health care services and fill gaps in coverage ...

Wheeling Man Indicted on Murder Charge

WHEELING — An Ohio County grand jury this week indicted Crandall Lee Senkbeil for murder in the shooting death of a teenager in January. Senkbeil, 19, was originally charged in May with first-degree murder by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office in the Jan. 23 shooting of Caleb Smail, 19, ...

Merits of AG’s Lawsuit Against Diocese Argued

PARKERSBURG — Attorneys argued Tuesday the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is being held to a different standard in a lawsuit against it by the West Virginia attorney general. A hearing on a motion by the diocese to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey earlier ...

At 9/11 Memorial, New Recognition for a Longer-term Toll

NEW YORK (AP) — When the names of nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims are read aloud Wednesday at the World Trade Center, a half-dozen stacks of stone will quietly salute an untold number of people who aren't on the list. The granite slabs were installed on the memorial plaza this spring. They ...

Schools Look at Youth Mental Health Needs After Hospital Closure

WHEELING — A mental health professional with Ohio County Schools says schools lost their “support system” when adolescent behavioral care ceased at Ohio Valley Medical Center. The Robert C. Byrd Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center at OVMC was the only facility in the area to ...

Letter accuses state of inaction to save Ohio Valley Medical Center

Read the letter sent by Ohio Valley Medical Center by clicking here CHARLESTON - According to a letter sent by the vice president of the Ohio Valley Medical Center, West Virginia officials in Charleston had nearly a 25-day notice about the impending closure of Alecto Healthcare's two medical ...

Justice Expresses Confidence in WVU Medicine

West Virginia Gov.Jim Justice appeared today at Wheeling Hospital to reaffirm the state's commitment to health care in the Northern Panhandle The governor expressed confidence in WVU Medicine's ability to provide quality health care services and fill gaps in coverage caused by the sudden ...

Day of Hope is a Matter of Faith

WHEELING — Hopelessness comes from feeling alone. Wheeling Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday offered that sentiment during a press conference Monday to announce local events to mark the fifth annual West Virginia Day of Hope, a statewide initiative to bring faith communities together to promote, ...

Hampton Inn Wheeling Earns 2018 Hilton Top Performer Award

WHEELING — Only three Hampton by Hilton hotels were named this year as a Hilton Top Performer, and one of them is located right here in Wheeling. Hampton Inn Wheeling has won its first-ever Hilton Top Performer Award for its outstanding achievement in guest experience and business ...

Brown, Johnson Ask Alecto To Find Buyers for Hospitals

MARTINS FERRY — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, sent a letter last week to the executives overseeing the fate of East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. In the letter sent Friday and addressed to Lex Reddy, CEO of Alecto ...

WVDOE Starts Charter School Policy Discussions

WHEELING — County boards of education and local school administrators feel the responsibilities and decisions pertaining to the establishment of charter schools in their county ultimately rest with them, and they want a seat at the table as West Virginia begins its effort to set forth policy ...

Preparation Work for I-70 Bridges Project Set to Begin

WHEELING — As preparations for the long-awaited “I-70 Bridges Project” in Ohio County continue, motorists traveling Interstate 70 between the Marion Street interchange in Bridgeport and the Oglebay Exit in Wheeling should expect daily traffic delays beginning today through Sept. 27. The ...

Wheeling Moving Forward with Washington Avenue Bridge Project

WHEELING — The city and the West Virginia Division of Highways are moving forward with a project to repair the Washington Avenue Bridge in Wheeling. The Division of Highways agreed to fund part of the $7.1 million structural replacement work needed, City Manager Robert Herron said, and ...

Hospital Closings Hit Hard on the Edge of the Rust Belt

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Carrie Jones is looking for work for the first time in two decades. She’s even more worried about what will happen to her psychiatric patients. “Where are they going to go?” Jones said. “We’re honestly like their family.” Jones is among nearly 1,100 ...

Former Wheeling U. Faculty Members Sue for Wrongful Termination

WHEELING — Eight former faculty members of Wheeling Jesuit University are suing the institution claiming they were wrongfully terminated after the school declared it was in a “state of financial exigency” over the summer. Parkersburg attorneys Walt Auvil and Kirk Auvil filed the lawsuit ...

Retired Marine Officer to Give Bethany’s Annual Grimes Lecture

BETHANY — A retired U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel, who witnessed decision-making by top U.S. officials on Sept. 11, 2001, will deliver the Larry E. Grimes Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 in Bethany College’s Steinman Hall. Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 ...