Community

Wish Tree continues to spread good cheer

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University Christmas Wish Tree is a tradition that spreads joy to area nonprofits. “The faculty, staff and students get involved every November and December to make this annual giving tree a reality. Providing gifts for children in need is what it’s all about ...

Equipment program set for Career Center

WOODSFIELD — Swiss Hills Career Center students will have the opportunity to get training with a heavy equipment program in 2019. The program also will be a part of the construction trade courses that are offered at the school. Heavy equipment operation consists of backhoes, bulldozers, ...

Traffic commission debates expanding hours for meters

WHEELING — Parking meters in front of a Downtown Wheeling business may get expanded hours after the Wheeling Traffic Commission granted a request Thursday. Members of the traffic commission debated the pros and cons of allowing parking meters in front of the barber shop Stradwick’s Fade ...

Project HOPE, Salvation Army partner for exam room for homeless patients

WHEELING — Project HOPE, along with community partner Salvation Army, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Tuesday for its newest patient examination room located inside the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter at 140 16th St. The public may attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour ...

Bethesda Christmas Cantata planned

BETHESDA — The public is invited to a Christmas Cantata, “When Love Was Born,” along with a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Bethesda Methodist Church on North Main Street.

Fitzsimmons donation to make special wish happen

WARWOOD — A Wheeling native living with the effects of a rare form of lymphoma will get to visit the California Redwood Forest in his wheelchair following a donation from the Fitzsimmons Foundation. Keandre Benjamin, 21, a graduate of Wheeling Park High School, has plans to travel in March ...

Another fatal fire

NEFFS —The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fatal fire that occurred Tuesday night here, said Neffs Fire Department Capt. Robert Conaway. Conaway confirmed the occupant of the house, Louis Meager, died as a result of the fire. The fire call came in at 8:56 p.m. and ...

Jefferson County Clerk releases report

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John A. Corrigan Jr. has released his monthly report for October: Auto Title Department ∫ Vehicle Fees and Taxes: County — $35,658.21; State — $724,562.51; Total — $760,220.72 ∫ Watercraft Fees — $211.82 ∫ Miscellaneous ...

Smith arraigned for accused school threat

BELLAIRE — The Martins Ferry man accused of making a threat via social media that resulted in a lockdown at Ayers Elementary last week was arraigned Wednesday and is set to appear for a preliminary hearing Jan. 9. Thomas James Smith, 35, faces a charge of extortion for the Dec. 3 event. He ...

Martins Ferry students visit `Santa Shop’

AYERS ELEMENTARY School students in Martins Ferry got the chance to shop for reasonably-priced Christmas gifts for their loved ones at the Santa Shop set up this week in the school's library.

The ‘Magic of Christmas’ on Full Display at Barnesville Museum

BARNESVILLE — The “Magic of Christmas” is on full display at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum as dozens of local decorators have transformed the Romanesque style mansion into Christmas splendor for visitors to enjoy. The museum is located at 2 N. Chestnut St. in ...

Cera: House district to receive funding for local projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced Monday the approval of several projects by the State Controlling Board and said he is pleased to see dollars coming back to Eastern Ohio. Belmont College received about $354,881 to assist the school with purchasing Workforce Based ...

The Heart Ball 2019 a masquerade

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The American Heart Association and the Ohio Valley Heart Ball’s Executive Leadership Committee announced a “Masquerade Ball” theme for the upcoming event, which will be on Feb. 23 at the Belmont County Country Club. “We are so excited about the theme for the 51st ...

Senate passes legislation to protect infrastructure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, announced the Senate passage of his legislation that will help protect critical infrastructure in Ohio by enhancing penalties associated with certain types of wrongful acts that disrupt vital operations. “We are beginning to ...

Union Local High School honor roll

Principal’s List With Distinction Shelby Hannahs Nathan Woollard Lacy Bilyeu Emily Dumas Megan Garrison Baylee Magnani Claude Romshak Travis Sells Isabella Westfall Olivia Beard Sarah Bonnett Briana Bumgardner Mollie Hamilton Alexandria Moeller Paoli ...

Buckeye Local Jr. High honor roll

Principal’s List Seventh grade Samantha Ankrom Cassandra Burkhead Andrew Devore McKenna Dutton George Preston Lindsay Kaitlynn Merkel Braydon Neer Gavyn Romanyak Elizabeth Stock Jasmine Yohe Eighth grade Abbey Berze Brooke Bikoski Dayne Carter Corissa ...

Buckeye North Elementary honor roll

Grade 1: Ashdon Bratton, Stephen Cochran, Jack Martin, Sawyer Matthews, Mason Patterson, Jacob Tucker, Declan Vasconcellos, Eric Warner, Ellie Wilson, Kamryn Arnett, Lance Bell, Jaxton Bowers, Aubrey Henning, Ashton Muscari, Tyla Pagett, Leelan Pflugh, Kadin Renforth, Braden Roe, Blake Worwa, ...

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. ...

W.Va. attorney general joins robocalls fight

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined a bipartisan group of 40 attorneys general to stop or reduce robocalls. The coalition is reviewing the technology major telecom companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls, which can make it appear that the incoming ...

City funds latest of eight grants for improving downtown building facades

WHEELING — Businessman and property owner Dean Connors will be able to put the upper floors of his building on Chapline Street to use, thanks to funding from a city of Wheeling program. The building at 1035 Chapline St. is the latest of eight properties to be approved for a grant from the ...