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Health advocates warn of potential changes, but urge marketplace enrollment

WHEELING — Health care advocates contend many West Virginians could face higher insurance premiums and reduced coverage unless Congress overrides President Donald Trump’s latest executive orders. Representatives of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and WV NaviCare conducted a ...

Powhatan council plans holiday events

POWHATAN POINT — Fire Chief Tom Nelms requested and was granted donations for Halloween and Christmas activities during a Village Council meeting Tuesday. The village, on a motion by Councilman Jerry Binni, agreed to donate $300 to the department for Halloween candy and $500 for Christmas. ...

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Fresh blacktop for Martins Ferry

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON MARTINS FERRY city street department employees, from left, John Russell, Bill Joe Snyder and Chris Hall work to patch potholes on Hickory Street on Monday afternoon.

Harrison enters mining agreement, changes phone plan

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved an agreement with a mining company regarding county roads on Wednesday, as well as a new phone plan for the sheriff’s office. Commissioners Don Bethel and Dale Norris heard from David Longfellow of Oxford Mining on Wednesday; Commissioner ...

Committee narrowly recommends Zatezalo confirmation

WHEELING — The nomination of Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration gained the narrow approval of a Senate committee on Wednesday, and now moves before the full Senate. President Donald Trump has nominated Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary ...

Dead man liable in 2015 Shadyside explosion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Belmont County jury recently decided that Michael Zoeckler was negligent in causing the explosion and resulting fire that claimed his life and the home of his neighbors, Charles and Ciara Patterson, on March 2, 2015. Zoeckler’s residence at 3905 Highland Avenue in ...

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St. John Central High School 2017 Homecoming Court

Photo Provided ST. JOHN Central High School’s 2017 Homecoming Court includes, front row from left, senior queen candidates Lillian West, Brooke Palmer, Francesca Moore, Riley DiLoretta, Jenna Sawinski, Erin Savage and Alyssa Busack. Standing, second row from left, junior attendant Shaylyn ...

South Elementary sets fundraiser

TILTONSVILLE — Buckeye South Elementary is planning on holding a fundraiser in order to help to raise money for technology improvements in the school. Principal Julie Packer said in a release that the school is selling insulated Buckeye Local tumblers and snacks such as popcorn and peanuts ...

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AMONG THE vehicles that were vandalized are these Disabled American Veteran vans.

Bellaire police probing slashed tires on 9 vehicles

BELLAIRE — Bellaire police are investigating the slashing of tires on at least nine vehicles early Monday — including those belonging to the Disabled American Veterans organization, said Bellaire Police Chief Michael Kovalyk. “The veteran service vehicles provide a vital services to ...

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James Dean McMasters, a co-defendant in an alleged Bellaire home invasion that resulted in the shooting death of Joshua Gorayeb, appeared in court for an information sharing conference Monday. His trial remains set for November.

Home invasion suspect in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the co-defendants in an alleged home invasion in Bellaire that led to the shooting death of Joshua Gorayeb appeared in court Monday for a status conference. Prosecution and defense attorneys reviewed the information sharing process, and Belmont County Common ...

Wheeling hit by crime spree

WHEELING — Area police were busy over the weekend, from an attempted robbery and alleged domestic battery in Wheeling to two separate shots-fired incidents in Steubenville. At about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Wheeling police were called after a man attempted to rob the Smith Oil gas station at ...

Legislature launches special session

WHEELING — Bills to exempt military pensions from state taxation and increase the tax credit for rehabilitation of historic structures were among the first introduced during a special session of the West Virginia Legislature that convened Monday. Lawmakers on Monday also unanimously passed ...

Local leaders responding to NY Times piece

STEUBENVILLE — Local business and economic development leaders were incensed by a column that appeared in the New York Times last week depicting the Steubenville-Weirton area as ill-suited to thrive or recover from the Great Recession. The column, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones ...

Local vets organization plans tailgate

A local veterans organization is celebrating its fourth anniversary with an event to raise awareness and funds to assist former military personnel in the Ohio Valley. Helping Heroes will host its first tailgate party at Oglebay’s Haller Shelter at 6 p.m. Saturday. According to Helping ...

Judge OKs taped statements

STEUBENVILLE -- Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller ruled Monday a jury can hear taped statements Michael Shane made to a detective who was investigating the disappearance of Stephanie Pytash. Authorities believe the 35-year-old Pytash was choked to death at a home off of ...

OUE prepared grad for life

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio University Eastern may seem like a relatively small, regional school to some. But even though it might not be as big as other colleges, a recent OUE graduate believes her education there prepared her well for life after school. Melissa Stimpert is from Woodsfield and ...

OUE invites students and community to take part in theatrics

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The theater program at Ohio University Eastern plays a large part in the university’s success and has done so since 1968. With more than 125 productions already presented, it gives students and community members the opportunity to take part in performing art. Students, ...

Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park

Photo Provided Connor Mudrak, 4, pauses from playing to have his picture taken on new playground equipment that was recently installed at the Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park in Morristown. Connor, the son of Misty and Louie Mudrak, is pictured with Park Commission members, from left, Josh Nagy, ...

OUE celebrates 60 years of educating the Upper Ohio Valley

WHEELING — Scores of people who studied, worked and grew at Ohio University Eastern gathered Saturday to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary and learned that fundraising efforts conducted this year will make an OUE education possible for even more local students. A capacity crowd of ...

Dinner to benefit husband and wife battling illnesses

COLERAIN — The Colerain Presbyterian Church is planning a fundraiser benefit to help a husband and wife who are suffering from debilitating illnesses. A Spaghetti Dinner benefit for Kim and Randy Norris is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church, located on U.S. 250, Colerain. The ...