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Cutting the ribbon to officially open the headquarters of The Health Plan in downtown Wheeling on Friday, from left, Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, Gov. Jim Justice, company CEO Jim Pennington and former mayor Andy McKenzie.

Officials hope Health Plan will ‘spark’ more development

WHEELING —From the windows of their four-story headquarters in the 1100 block, nearly 400 employees of The Health Plan cannot help but see multiple vacant buildings, such as the former Chase Bank on Market Street and the city-owned structures on Main Street. However, those on hand for the ...

St. Clairsville City Council prepares for upgrades

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council approved annexation of a 1.247-acre portion of Commons Crossing Road, the apron or entrance from U.S. 40 onto St. Clair Commons Road, from Richland Township this week. City Law Director Richard Myser said the township is in the process of drafting similar ...

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BELMONT COUNTY Commissioners Josh Meyer at the left, J.P. Dutton at the center and Mark Thomas on the right renew a contract to house Belmont County’s excess inmates at Jefferson County’s jail.

Commissioners renew contract with Jefferson County Jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners renewed a contract to house excess inmates at the Jefferson County Jail during times of overcrowding. The commissioners contracted with Jefferson county to house inmates at a rate of $55 per day for a period Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, with ...

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Construction crews spent time Tuesday installing a new end barrier on Ohio 7 near Bridgeport. The center barrier was damaged after an accident that took place in early December.

Ohio 7 gets new barrier

BRIDGEPORT — Several months after a damaging accident, a section of Ohio 7 received a new end barrier. The barrier near the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Ohio 7 in Bridgeport was damaged by a vehicle colliding with it back in early December, when an accident involving two ...

Blasting work to resume on Ohio 7

BRILLIANT — Blasting work is scheduled to resume on Ohio 7 this week, with crews hoping to remove stubborn chunks of rock from above the highway. Work has been going on nearly continuously near Rush Run on Ohio 7 since March 2011, when a landslide restricted traffic along the road. Since ...

Martins Ferry cancels council meeting

MARTINS FERRY -- Martins Ferry City Council's regular meeting slated for tonight has been canceled due to the inclement weather. The next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

Co-defendant convicted in fatal Bellaire break-in back in court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the co-defendants convicted in a deadly attempted home invasion in Bellaire was back in court this week, this time to plead guilty to vandalism of government property. Michael Scott Posey, 33, incarcerated, pleaded guilty to damaging sinks and bathroom equipment at ...

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Historic hanging lecture tonight

Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and Erica Keller of the Bellaire Great Stone Viaduct Society invite the public to a presentation at 6 p.m. today at Marion Hall in St. Clairsville. Fregiato will speak about the 1870 hanging of Thomas Carr for the murder of 14-year-old Louisa ...

City facing homeless problems

WHEELING — Robert Staymate said he is willing to risk a panhandling citation to keep a roof over his head so that he does not end up in a homeless encampment, such as the one along the creek in East Wheeling next to the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex. “I don’t want to be out here, but ...

Wheeling leaders OK $2M natural gas contract

WHEELING —City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved allowing energy company American Petroleum Partners to extract natural gas from under 336 acres of city-owned property. The deal is worth $6,000 per acre — about $2 million total before any royalty payments. American Petroleum, ...

WVNCC’s announces President’s List, Dean List

WHEELING – West Virginia Northern Community College announces the following students from Ohio have made the President’s List and Dean’s List for the 2017 fall semester: President’s List The President’s List is comprised of students who maintain a 4.0 grade point average in a ...

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Members of Team Red, White and Blue are show at World’s Gym in Bellaire after a free spin class.

Team Red White and Blue goes for a spin

.BELLAIRE — The owners at Muxie Distributing and Worlds Gym in Bellaire have been committed to the people of our valley since 1952. Most recently Rick Paolina, hosted a free spin class to the local Team Red, White and Blue Chapter from Wheeling. Team Red, White and Blue is a non-profit ...

Treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunction

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital is providing physical therapy to help patients suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, an often-overlooked health matter. Board-certified physical therapist Dina Cooney, who provides the treatment, said, “The problems that are treated in pelvic floor PT are ...

Broadcasting major awarded scholarship

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University sophomore Walker Polivka of Shadyside was awarded a scholarship recently from the Broadcast Education Association. Polivka’s award is for $3,000. Only nine students from seven different campuses nationally were awarded these scholarships after ...

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BELMONT COUNTY District Spelling Bee sponsors gather with the competition’s first-place winner after the event on Thursday at Ohio University Eastern in St. Clairsville. Front row, from left, are Mike McKeever, St. Clairsville Middle School principal, who is holding the bee’s Traveling Trophy to be displayed at the school; bee winner Linh Le, an eighth grader at St. Clairsville, and her mother Katy Le; Amber Toriseva and Lori Robson both of the East Central Ohio Educational Service. Back row, from left, Lisa Stupak of East Central Ohio Educational Service, Richard Silverio and Mark Nicholson of Belmont Savings Bank; Joe Lovell of The Times Leader; and Beth Rushton and Carol Henderson, both bee coordinators and fifth grade teachers. Le will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 27-June 1.

First-place finisher also first official entrant in national bee

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — F-I-R-S-T. That word probably wouldn’t present much of a challenge for the 18 middle-schoolers who took part in the Belmont County Spelling Bee, but it has special meaning for champion Linh Le. The St. Clairsville Middle School eighth-grader finished in first place in ...

WJU names new alumni director

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University has named Ohio Valley native Shannon Payton as its new director of Alumni Relations. Payton will lead the university’s 10,000-plus alumni, providing guidance and leadership for alumni chapter events, the 50-Year Club and Alumni Council, as well as ...

St. Clairsville-Richland City School District receives grant from Lowe’s

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for security purposes. “We are thrilled to announce that Lowe’s has awarded the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District funding for the Secure STC Schools Project. Our ...

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Pictured are two winners of the many door prizes given away at the recent Farm Bureau Membership Kickoff dinner held at Senecaville. From left are Dee Higgs, prize winner; Rusty Winland, Belmont County Farm Bureau president; Carman Mengon, Belmont County Farm Bureau membership coordinator; and Ron Stephen, prize winner.

Belmont County Farm Bureau holds successful membership kickoff

Are you a Farm Bureau member? You may have been asked that question recently as the Belmont County Farm Bureau membership campaign kicked off with the recent membership dinner with more than 175 people in attendance. “Our goal each year is to grow our membership,” said Carman Mengon, ...