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Folk artist Russ Childers shares Appalachian musical 
culture and storytelling with students.






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Students showcase Appalachian folk dances

HANNIBAL — Russ Childers, a folk musician and storyteller from the Cincinnati area, brought some Appalachian tradition and culture to the elementary school students, parents and staff of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District through an artist-in-residence program made possible through ...

Longhorn gives back to community

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Even as Thanksgiving approaches, there are many families across the country who sometimes have a hard time finding a decent meal. But a St. Clairsville restaurant is working with other locations in the chain to help provide food to the less fortunate. Longhorn Steakhouse ...

Huntington fire chief talks addiction, second chances

WHEELING — As fire chief in a city where almost 30 people overdosed in a four-hour period last year, Jan Rader finds herself at ground zero of a crisis she believes “could very well bankrupt our country.” Rader — who was featured in the Netflix documentary “Heroin(e)” — spoke to ...

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Coal truck turnover

T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK Traffic was reduced to a single lane for several hours Wednesday on U.S. 250 near Colerain while officials cleared spilled coal from an eastbound truck that had tipped over. No one was seriously injured, according to firefighters on scene and the Ohio State ...

Thanksgiving food giveaway slated at North Wheeling Dream Center

WHEELING — For 27 years, members of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple have worked hard to make sure area families have everything they need to celebrate Thanksgiving. That tradition will continue this year as the church will distribute free groceries, clothes and other personal items at 11 ...

Wait is almost over for Fantasy in Lights parade

WHEELING — It won’t be difficult finding Santa Claus in the annual Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade on Friday evening in downtown Wheeling. He’s the guy in the red velvet suit and white beard, riding on a sleigh. But there’s another Santa of sorts — in a ...

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Harrison County commissioners stand with members of the Hopedale Volunteer Fire Department in front of the department’s brand new ambulance on Wednesday. Hopedale VFD received the vehicle as part of a levy that provides new ambulances to county departments, and the state-of-the-art vehicle is ready to serve the county. From front are Commissioner Dale Norris, Lt. Austin Marchetta, Fire Chief Mark Marchetta, Commissioner Paul Coffland and Commissioner Don Bethel.

Hopedale department receives new ambulance

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners got a look at a brand new emergency medical vehicle Wednesday — one they said was desperately needed by a local department. The commissioners headed outside to have a look at the shiny new ambulance that is ready for use by the Hopedale Volunteer ...

Barnesville Hospital receives national recognition

BARNESVILLE — Today, on National Rural Health Day, Barnesville Hospital announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health for overall excellence as a Top Quartile Performer, ...

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Photo Provided Getting ready to pack up the nearly 450 Christmas soldier stockings filled by employees of Wheeling Hospital are Beth Zebick, left, coordinator of the hospital’s Community Education and Outreach Department, and Barb Jones, administrative assistant at the hospital. Hospital ...

Bellaire shots fired among arraignments in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man who allegedly fired a shot at the Circle K in Bellaire in September, resulting in a minor wound, was among those arraigned during a recent Belmont County Common Pleas Court session. Shaheim Antell Delquez Price, 23, of 20 Ohio St., Wheeling, pleaded innocent to ...

Smoking continues at casino, video lottery rooms

WHEELING — Smoking may continue in specified areas at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and in limited video lottery rooms, now that the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has declined to change the county’s clear air regulation. A vote wasn’t taken during the board’s meeting ...

WVU seeking to train ‘addictionologists’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — More than one-fifth of West Virginia’s counties don’t have professionals to counsel those who fall victim to drug addiction, and West Virginia University wants to address the need. WVU held its latest “Academic Media Day” at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center in ...

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Students see court up close

Desiree Lyonette, professor with Belmont College, and her second-year criminal justice students visit Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato’s courtroom last week to view the criminal proceedings. Afterward, Fregiato took some time to speak with the students about the issues that ...

Numerous cases heard in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The last of three individuals accused in an attempted break-in in Martins Ferry in which one of the perpetrators was shot with the criminals’ own gun recently was in court. Derion Becker, 23, of 57262 Glenns Run Road, Martins Ferry, appeared before Belmont County Common ...

Oil, gas road repairs enforced

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick told the board of commissioners Monday that her department notified three oil and gas companies that they need to make immediate repairs on four county roads or cease using them. In response, one of those companies has filed a lawsuit against ...

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VOTERS EXIT a polling place at Anna Marie Ayers Elementary School in Martins Ferry on Election Day last Tuesday. Eastern Ohio saw average voter turnout with roughly 35 percent participation.

Voter turnout average

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — About 35 percent of registered voters in Eastern Ohio counties cast ballots at the polls last Tuesday’s general election. According to Belmont County Board of Elections Director Bill Shubat, that is an average turnout for an “off-year election” in which there are no ...

Policy change approved

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health on Monday approved an update to the health department’s weapons policy to match a change in the Ohio Revised Code. Under the new law, a concealed-carry permit holder can have a firearm in a vehicle on the premises if the firearm is ...

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Robber’s sentence is postponed one week

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The sentencing date for the second of two men convicted in an attempted breaking and entering at a Shadyside home on Pipe Creek Road was approaching Monday. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra ruled that Kenneth Leroy Hall, 29, incarcerated, would have his ...

Ohio River Basin to see bulk of investment

CHARLESTON — The bulk of the development from a proposed deal from a Chinese company to develop West Virginia’s natural gas resources is expected to take place along the Ohio River basin, state officials said Monday. Gov. Jim Justice and Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher held a press ...

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Posey’s trial is delayed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The case against one of the four co-defendants in an apparent home invasion in Bellaire that resulted in a shooting death was continued Monday to allow for plea agreement negotiations. Michael Scott Posey, 33, of Bellaire appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge ...