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Winterfest to feature curling, cookie eating contest and ‘Beatlemania’

MARTINS FERRY — The second annual Winterfest — slated 4-10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday — is chock full of new ways for adults and children to be entertained during the two-day affair. On Friday, music will be played by Shannon Canterbury from 4-6 p.m. at the gazebo ...

Jets to march in Macy’s parade

BELMONT — For the fifth consecutive year, the Union Local School District will be represented in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Viewers looking closely at their screens might see Elsa Bretz of Bethesda, Nicole Puperi of Centerville, Mollie Hamilton of Flushing and Nathan ...

Faculty member receives award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators has named Kim Ciroli, lecturer in early childhood education at Ohio University Eastern, as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award. According to the association, the ...

Pursuit ends in three facing drug charges

WHEELING — A dramatic high speed pursuit in Center Wheeling at the end of Wheeling’s annual holiday parade resulted in the arrests of three out-of-state men on drug charges. According to Wheeling police, officers attempted to stop a vehicle at 16th and Wood streets in East Wheeling at ...

Eagles makes donation to Bellaire police

BELLAIRE — The Fraternal Order of Eagles 371 donated $3,700 to the Bellaire Police Department for new equipment on Friday, prompting a call from Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan for younger people to get involved. Flanagan said the money from the donation will go toward items the ...

Giving season in full swing at OV Mall

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The season of giving is in full swing at the Ohio Valley Mall, with the Belmont County Salvation Army’s Giving Tree up, the Red Kettle bell ringers at work and Santa Claus listening to children’s wishes for toys this Christmas inside the shopping center. Giving Tree ...

Barnesville EMS getting new squad

BARNESVILLE — Village Council approved a vehicle purchase and heard about new development coming to the area this week. Council met on Tuesday rather than its regular Monday date, due to the observance of Veterans Day. During the session, council approved the purchase of a new 2018 EMS squad ...

Parade a lifelong tradition for locals and visitors alike

WHEELING — As night fell and spots along the route were filled, people reminisced about lifelong traditions of the November parade in the Friendly City. The 2018 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade was received by a bevy of people young and old. Some turned up more than ...

18 naturalized as citizens

WHEELING — A small crowd of family members and friends smiled, cheered and waved American flags Friday morning at the Federal Courthouse in support of 18 people who became naturalized citizens. People from all over the world — from Venezuela, Ghana, the Philippines and Israel, among ...

Wheeling Hospital sponsors Ferry Christmas parade

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Christmas parade, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, has a new title sponsor — Wheeling Hospital. Through 2020, the parade will now be known as the “Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade presented by ...

Snowstorm slows evening commute in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow, slowing Thursday’s evening commute to a crawl, after contributing to at least seven deaths as it swept across the country. From St. Louis to the South and into the Northeast, ...

Man gets maximum sentence of 11 years for rape of minor

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato rejected a recommended sentence of 10 years for an 18-year-old man convicted of rape of a minor and instead imposed the maximum of 11 years. The judge said he made his decision ...

Company wants to move to Bellaire

BELLAIRE — West Bellaire neighborhood residents may soon get the chance to learn more about a trucking company that wants to open a depot in their neighborhood. During a regular Village Council meeting Thursday, David Ray and Troy Boster, representatives of environmental trucking company ...

Rape, abuse case suspects arraigned

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two individuals facing allegations in two different cases involving child abuse and rape were arraigned Thursday before Belmont County Common Please Judge John Vavra and saw their court dates set. John Null Garwon III, 43, incarcerated, pleaded innocent to pandering ...

Lawmakers pass ‘stand your ground’ bill, abortion limits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in the Ohio House opened a lame-duck session by approving relaxed gun regulations and a strict anti-abortion bill, measures long sought by Republicans and at odds with outgoing GOP Gov. John Kasich. The House on Thursday approved the so-called anti-abortion ...

Interstate closes due to truck crash

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the West Alexander exit in Pennsylvania remain closed after a tractor-trailer crashed and caught fire this morning. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department said the highway could be closed for an additional 60 to 90 minutes. Officials said the ...

Belmont County first responders hold active shooter drill

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An active shooter drill that played out Wednesday morning at St. Clairsville High School was essential to help keep students and the public safer in a modern world. That statement came from Belmont County and school officials during the intensive training event. Although ...

Accused kidnappers in court

BELLAIRE — A pair of hitchhikers accused of seizing a car at gunpoint and locking the driver and passenger in the trunk had their preliminary hearings continued during court Wednesday. Belmont County Northern Division Judge Christopher Berhalter continued the pretrial hearing of Jayden ...

Streets closed for Fantasy of Lights parade

WHEELING — The Wheeling Police Department has announced street closures for the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Fantasy of Lights Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Centre Market area will close at 4 p.m. The area includes Market Street from 20th to 23rd streets. However, 22nd ...

New mobile command center on the job

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two local counties are now better equipped to respond to emergencies, thanks to a partnership with the natural gas and oil industry. The Belmont County Emergency Management Agency held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to dedicate its new emergency response vehicle — a ...