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Crash fatal in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle crash that killed a passenger early Sunday morning in Belmont County. Robert Straight, 48, of Belmont, was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 2:58 a.m. Sunday on County Road 29 when he lost control ...

New life spotted in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Following a fire three years ago in the business district, the section of Fourth Street left empty by that massive blaze is starting to show signs of new life. The area where buildings once stood filled with businesses and offices became vacant lots after the structures had ...

Recycling budget fails in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — An ordinance to approve the J.B. Green Recycling Services budget failed as a motion to do so died on the floor. Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting introduced the ordinance, saying that it was to approve the J.B. Green Team budget. “I guess it comes down to our level and needs ...

Psychiatric care future in flux

WHEELING — The future of inpatient psychiatric services in the Wheeling area remains undetermined with the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center’s Hillcrest unit looming. Daniel C. Dunmyer, president and CEO of OVMC in Wheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, announced ...

New era dawns in Harrison County

A new era in education began in Harrison County on Saturday as a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place for the new $65M school building that will house students in all grades of the Harrison Hills City School District. Board members, state and county officials, construction representatives, ...

EORH St. Clairsville clinics likely will remain open

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The fate of the East Ohio Regional Hospital Outpatient Centers I and II in St. Clairsville is “in flux,” according to an official with Alecto Healthcare Services. Daniel Dunmyer, president and CEO of EORH in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, ...

Alecto made 15 attempts to find buyer

MARTINS FERRY — Alecto Healthcare Services made numerous attempts to keep East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center open by selling them, a company leader said. After it was announced last week that both hospitals would close within two to three months, city leaders in ...

To boost workforce, medical schools try to sell rural life

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — On a field trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Ashish Bibireddy put on headphones and scrolled through a jukebox of music from an influential 1927 recording session. Bibireddy and nine other medical students had already been biking and rafting on their visit ...

Officials call for safety around school buses

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — School buses will be back on the road in a matter of weeks, and law enforcement is cautioning drivers to keep the new school year in mind and exercise caution on the road. “All Ohioans can help make this school year a safe one,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement. ...

Woodstock generation looks back, from varied vantage points

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the weekend that shaped the image of a “Woodstock Generation.” And that image would echo, appeal and provoke for generations to come. To many who went or wished they did, the pivotal festival of “peace and music” 50 years ago remains an inspiring moment of ...

‘Staying Clean’ car show returns to St. Clairsville this September

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An upcoming carshow will be held next month to promote a drug free lifestyle among students. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank A. Fregiato has teamed up with Belmont County Veterans Services and the Classy Chassis Car Club for the third annual Belmont County Schools ...

EMS teams are worried about hospital plans

MARTINS FERRY — With East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling set to close within three months, first responders are concerned about possible long travel times to get treatment. Belmont County and Ohio County first responders are looking at the ...

Jefferson County to crown king and queen

By ESTHER MCCOY For The Times Leader SMITHFIELD — Monday’s opening ceremonies for the Jefferson County Fair will include remarks from Ray Hilderbrand, president, with Linda Daily, secretary, and Debbie Hukill, treasurer, making presentations and introductions. The Jefferson County ...

Mayor ‘shocked’ by EORH closure

MARTINS FERRY — Following the news that East Ohio Regional Hospital will close in 60-90 days, Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak said his city is not just losing a hospital, it’s losing part of itself. “This is more than just a hospital to the community. It’s family. I was born ...

Officials react to closure of East Ohio Regional Hospital

By KAREN FATULA and ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writers MARTINS FERRY — Shocked. Devastated. Sad. Angry. These are some of the words area leaders are using to describe reactions to the impending closure of East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry. It was announced ...

Area facilities offer job options to OVMC-EORH employees

WHEELING — Area agencies and facilities are reaching out with potential job opportunities for medical personnel who are set to lose their jobs as a result of the impending closure of East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. Daniel C. Dunmyer, ...

Belmont Commissioners recognize breastfeeding month

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners recognized August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month Wednesday and had nurses speak about their work encouraging the health of the youngest residents of Belmont County. Linda Mehl and supervisor Lori DeCoy, registered nurses ...

Ohio officials team up for bipartisan gun reform push

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor and Dayton’s Democratic mayor pledged Thursday they will work together in a bipartisan push for gun reforms as the city focuses on recovering from the nation’s latest mass shooting. Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley announced their legislative ...

Hospitals to close

MARTINS FERRY — East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling will close in two to three months, with President and CEO Daniel C. Dunmyer citing a $37 million loss over two years and the inability to secure a strategic partner as reasons for beginning ...

Mayor: Martins Ferry will work ‘diligently’ to find new hospital owner

MARTINS FERRY — Mayor Robert Krajnyak expressed disappointment and concern Wednesday about the news that East Ohio Regional Hospital will close. During a regular City Council meeting, Krajnyak said before the city would take any action, he would await official word from the hospital on ...