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Proceeds from race will support Laughlin Chapel

WHEELING — Laughlin Memorial Chapel would not be able to support the area’s youth and families through after-school programs without good, dependable transportation — and that’s why the proceeds raised from this year’s Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic will go toward the ...

Stolen funds repaid

CADIZ — Harrison County officials have been repaid over $20,000 stolen from the county last year, according to information released by the Ohio Auditor of State. In September, Janel McGowan-Banks, a former probation officer for the county, plead guilty to theft in office and tampering ...

Brown given three years

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The common pleas court saw several sentencings Tuesday. Jeremy Scott Brown, 28, of 509 Clinton St., Martins Ferry, was sentenced for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and endangering children, a felony of ...

Bellaire Middle School receives support

BELLAIRE — Students from Bellaire Middle School are looking forward to an upcoming trip to the nation’s capital, helped in part by generous donations from a group of alumni. Eighth-grade teacher Ellen Johnson is planning to take a class to Washington, D.C., at the end of March, but the ...

Judge’s family cites ‘medical issues’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Juvenile/Probate Judge J. Mark Costine is stepping away from his duties on the bench in an effort to “get healthy,” according to a statement issued by his wife. Brenda Costine provided information to The Times Leader via attorney Michael Shaheen that ...

Ohio Valley awaits flooding

WHEELING — Light rain Saturday seemed to be just the start of heavy precipitation expected to occur overnight into today, keeping emergency agencies on alert for possible creek and Ohio River flooding. Lou Vargo, director of the Ohio County Emergency Management Agency, said the EMA would be ...

Eight local fire departments get $52K in grants

MARTINS FERRY — A few of the region’s smallest fire departments are getting a little, and in some cases a lot, of help to buy new equipment and training. Volunteer fire departments from three different counties received grant money totaling about $52,000 from the Ohio Department of ...

Work delayed at well pad

POWHATAN POINT — Rain continues to stall efforts to cap a natural gas well at XTO Energy’s Schnegg pad near Captina Creek, but the majority of people evacuated in the wake of a Feb. 15 explosion there have returned home. “We’re still working. Obviously the weather has been a factor ...

Local officials brace for weekend flooding

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Officials around the Ohio Valley are preparing for another bout of flooding that may occur over the weekend, as rainfall and saturated ground again threatens to push local waterways out of their banks. Rain over the past few days has soaked the ground in the area, leading ...

W.Va. teachers, service employees out again Monday

WHEELING — Union leaders representing West Virginia’s public school teachers and service employees announced Friday this week’s two-day statewide walk-out by union members will continue Monday. The move leaves local school districts deciding whether to cancel school for a third day as ...

Local creeks are flooding — again

MARTINS FERRY — Here we go again. Many Ohio Valley residents dealt with creek flooding on Thursday — and there may be Ohio River flooding this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding occurred on Pipe Creek between Shadyside and Powhatan Point, in the Clarington area ...

Residents argue about Bethesda police chief

BETHESDA — Emotions ran high during the Thursday village council meeting, with several residents expressing concerns about Police Chief Eric Smith’s job performance. With about 50 people packed into the community hall, many voiced dissatisfaction with Smith, and called to see him removed ...

Visiting judge to helm probate, juvenile courts

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Supreme Court assigned a visiting judge to take over Judge J. Mark Costine’s duties in Belmont County’s juvenile and probate courts, effective today. Retired Judge David Stucki of Stark County, Ohio, has been assigned to preside over those courts. No ...

WV teachers off the job

WHEELING — Defying West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s characterization of their efforts as “illegal,” teachers throughout the Northern Panhandle picketed in front of schools throughout Thursday to protest what they believe are low wages and poor benefits. Teachers in ...

Creeks are flooding — again

Mother Nature is not done with us yet. There have been reports of creek flooding underway in the Ohio Valley, including on Pipe Creek between Shadyside and Powhatan and Little Grave Creek in Marshall County. Several others creeks are full, but have not exceeded their banks yet. A landslide ...

Well still uncapped at Powhatan site

POWHATAN POINT — Many of the residents who were evacuated from their homes after an explosion a week ago at the XTO Energy Schnegg well pad near Captina Creek are now permitted to return home, but they are delaying moving back to their homes until the well is capped. When the explosion ...

Ohio Supreme Court assigns visiting judge to Belmont County courts

Editor’s note: This article has been updated from its original version to reflect new information provided to The Times Leader by the Ohio Supreme Court. ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Ohio Supreme Court has assigned a visiting judge to take over the duties of Judge Mark Costine in Belmont County's ...

Schools prepare for teachers’ walkout

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools officials continue to prepare for a planned two-day teacher walkout set for today and Friday, while teachers and school service employees are strategizing for additional rolling walkouts in selective counties starting Monday if the West Virginia Legislature ...

Martins Ferry police chief: I need new cruisers ASAP

MARTINS FERRY — Police Chief John McFarland wants his officers to have safe vehicles in which to pursue dangerous suspects, but it appears he may have to wait a little longer for those cruisers. Meanwhile, council also heard from a Pearl Street resident who has big ideas when it comes to ...

XTO methane leak continues

POWHATAN POINT —XTO Energy spokeswoman Karen Matusic said the high pressure associated with eastern Ohio Utica Shale wells may have contributed to the explosion at the Schnegg pad near Captina Creek on Thursday. Nearly a week after the well blew, several residents remain displaced, while ...