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Bellaire Middle School teacher Ellen Johnson and Derrick McAfee stand with members of the class of 1965, who presented McAfee with a check to help some students go on an upcoming class trip to Washington, D.C. From left are Johnson, McAfee, Anita Smigill, Helen Fodor, Annette Ice, Bert Snedeker and Linda Sidon.

Bellaire Middle School receives support

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BELLAIRE — Students from Bellaire Middle School are looking forward to an upcoming trip to the nation’s capital, helped in part by generous donations from a group of alumni. Eighth-grade teacher Ellen Johnson is planning to take a class to Washington, D.C., at the end of March, but the ...

Annual cleanup schedule announced

Community

FAIRPOINT — The JB Green Team has announced the 2018 schedule for the annual Belmont County Community Cleanup collections. Community Cleanups are sponsored by the JB Green Team in coordination with the Belmont County Township Trustees. All Community Clean-up collections are held between 9 ...

The Ohio Annual 
Meeting House was built around 1814 in Mt. Pleasant and is considered to be the mother of all Quaker Meetings west of the Ohio River. The Quakers, or members of the Religious Society of Friends, were abolitionists who helped freed slaves find work and homes in the 19th century.

Mt. Pleasant a haven for freed slaves

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MT. PLEASANT — Abolitionism is one important part of the heritage of several Ohio Valley communities, and one of the many chapters of opposition to slavery occurred in the mid 1800s in Mt. Pleasant. People of that community welcomed freed slaves who were seeking to build new lives after ...

Judge’s family cites ‘medical issues’

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Juvenile/Probate Judge J. Mark Costine is stepping away from his duties on the bench in an effort to “get healthy,” according to a statement issued by his wife. Brenda Costine provided information to The Times Leader via attorney Michael Shaheen that ...

Ohio Valley awaits flooding

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WHEELING — Light rain Saturday seemed to be just the start of heavy precipitation expected to occur overnight into today, keeping emergency agencies on alert for possible creek and Ohio River flooding. Lou Vargo, director of the Ohio County Emergency Management Agency, said the EMA would be ...

Local students take top honors at annual MATHCOUNTS competition

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local middle school students recently competed to test their math and problem-solving skills at the 2018 MATHCOUNTS competition. The event, held at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, was held Feb. 16. More than 85 competitors from 6 area schools participated in the ...

Eight local fire departments get $52K in grants

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MARTINS FERRY — A few of the region’s smallest fire departments are getting a little, and in some cases a lot, of help to buy new equipment and training. Volunteer fire departments from three different counties received grant money totaling about $52,000 from the Ohio Department of ...

Work delayed at well pad

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POWHATAN POINT — Rain continues to stall efforts to cap a natural gas well at XTO Energy’s Schnegg pad near Captina Creek, but the majority of people evacuated in the wake of a Feb. 15 explosion there have returned home. “We’re still working. Obviously the weather has been a factor ...

Local officials brace for weekend flooding

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Officials around the Ohio Valley are preparing for another bout of flooding that may occur over the weekend, as rainfall and saturated ground again threatens to push local waterways out of their banks. Rain over the past few days has soaked the ground in the area, leading ...

W.Va. teachers, service employees out again Monday

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WHEELING — Union leaders representing West Virginia’s public school teachers and service employees announced Friday this week’s two-day statewide walk-out by union members will continue Monday. The move leaves local school districts deciding whether to cancel school for a third day as ...

EMA Officials: Expect worse river flooding

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WHEELING — After several years without a significant Ohio River flood, officials are preparing for the second such natural disaster within a week — and predictions show this weekend’s event will be even worse. Both Ohio County Emergency Management Director Lou Vargo and Marshall County ...

Road closes following embankment failure

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BELLAIRE — A hillside gave way in Bellaire this week, causing an embankment failure on Washington Street in Bellaire. Village Administrator Scott Porter said Wednesday problems with the hillside began about two weeks ago, but after last weekend’s flood-inducing storms it got worse, ...

Wheeling chef wins national game show

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After winning a national chefs’ competition on the Food Network, Vagabond Kitchen owner Matt Welsch plans “to keep putting Wheeling on the map and turn around negative stereotypes for West Virginia.” Welsch, who calls himself the Vagabond Chef, captured a cooking title on “Guy’s ...

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High water from McMahon Creek covers Huddock Hill Road in Richland Township on Thursday. Local emergency officials remind residents not to drive through high water, as the consequences can be deadly.

Local creeks are flooding — again

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MARTINS FERRY — Here we go again. Many Ohio Valley residents dealt with creek flooding on Thursday — and there may be Ohio River flooding this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding occurred on Pipe Creek between Shadyside and Powhatan Point, in the Clarington area ...

St. C. BOE approves personnel matters

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education approved several personnel matters during its recent regular meeting. The board approved supplemental contracts for Tom Sliva as head varsity baseball coach and for Natalie Perzanowski as varsity track ...

Hearts for Hurricane Victims fundraiser set

Community

BETHESDA — The Epworth Center, in partnership with Real Life Community of Faith, will host a fundraiser to benefit the many hurricane victims who are still in need of assistance. Months after the devastation of a hurricane occurred, people are still homeless, roads are still ripped to ...

Joel Braido, area businessman, spearheaded popular criticism of Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith’s performance at Thursday’s village council meeting.

Residents argue about Bethesda police chief

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BETHESDA — Emotions ran high during the Thursday village council meeting, with several residents expressing concerns about Police Chief Eric Smith’s job performance. With about 50 people packed into the community hall, many voiced dissatisfaction with Smith, and called to see him removed ...

Visiting judge to helm probate, juvenile courts

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Supreme Court assigned a visiting judge to take over Judge J. Mark Costine’s duties in Belmont County’s juvenile and probate courts, effective today. Retired Judge David Stucki of Stark County, Ohio, has been assigned to preside over those courts. No ...

WV teachers off the job

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WHEELING — Defying West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s characterization of their efforts as “illegal,” teachers throughout the Northern Panhandle picketed in front of schools throughout Thursday to protest what they believe are low wages and poor benefits. Teachers in ...

Rain delays efforts to cap natural gas well in Powhatan Point

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POWHATAN POINT — Heavy rain again delayed efforts to cap a natural gas well on Thursday, following a Feb. 15 explosion at XTO Energy’s Schnegg well pad near Captina Creek. “Obviously the weather has really hindered our activities today. We continue to do what we can, but flooding in the ...