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BHS alumni homecoming this weekend

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BELLAIRE — Calling all Big Reds! Bellaire High School homecoming weekend and alumni festivities will be held this Friday and Saturday. Organizers of the alumni events announced some changes to the original plans. Due to a scheduling conflict, the Sons of Italy was not available to host ...

Wheeling Police lend support for levy

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WHEELING — Falling in line with city firefighters, the Wheeling Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 38 is throwing its support behind the city’s efforts to provide a new Public Safety Building for its first responders. Firefighters pledged their support earlier this summer. Members of the ...

Davis to be sentenced in murder case

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WHEELING — The trial scheduled to begin this week for DeAndre Davis ended before it began, which also put the case against two brothers accused of a Wheeling Island murder near its finality. Davis, 27, entered an Alford plea Friday before Circuit Judge David Sims. The plea came three days ...

Five dogs removed from partially collapsed Warwood house

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WHEELING — The Ohio County dog warden removed five dogs from a home in Warwood after emergency officials responded to a call Wednesday afternoon to a partially collapsed structure. Dog Warden Doug McCroskey said he came to the scene after Wheeling firefighters called him regarding the dogs. ...

UL opens learning center

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BELMONT — The former high school library at the Union Local school district campus now hosts a learning center for students who require additional, personalized study, stimulation and one-on-one attention. The program, for those in the sixth through 12th grades, also gives class-time to ...

Prepping cyber security for elections

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections has taken steps toward fulfilling the Ohio Secretary of State’s mandate to increase cyber-security in preparation for the next election and future elections. Robert Roeschenthaler, chief information officer at Eastern Gateway ...

Mineral owners hear predictions about future of natural gas

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WHEELING — Predicting the future of the natural gas industry is a bit like following Alice through the looking-glass, according to an independent energy analyst, but he believes the story will become easier to read by 2022. Jim Halloran, who holds degrees in business and accounting, spoke ...

Early diagnosis remains key to surviving prostate cancer

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WHEELING — Leading a healthy lifestyle and undergoing screening for early detection of prostate cancer are keys to men’s health, said Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center. Merrick, a urologic oncologist, spoke Tuesday at the hospital’s press ...

Audits find issues with state mine safety agency, parks system

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CHARLESTON — The state agency that performs mine inspections is unable to explain increases in mine jury rates, while another agency in charge of state parks doesn’t have the resources to keep up on maintenance. Those were the determinations of two audits submitted Tuesday to the Joint ...

Levy opposition speaks out in St.C.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council has held two out of three readings of a resolution in support of the St. Clairsville Richland Township City School District’s proposal for a levy of 8.56-mills on the November ballot to raise $79.9 million for a new school complex, but a resident has raised an ...

Holzopfel aiding in aftermath

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MARTINS FERRY— A former Martins Ferry firefighter now working as a firefighter in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been in the thick of the intense weather resulting from Hurricane Florence. Seth Holzopfel is a former firefighter for Martins Ferry and Colerain who moved to Myrtle Beach 12 ...

New service director up and running

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MARTINS FERRY — While learning the ins and outs of a new city, Martins Ferry’s recently hired service director Scott Porter got members of City Council up to speed on a variety of issues during a recent meeting. “I’ve been going around and have been meeting with some of the residents ...

Two offenders given second chance

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two convicted drug users were given one more chance to straighten up during hearings Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra. Robert Franklin Henry Jr., 42, of 56940 Pinch Run Road, Bellaire, was sentenced after self-terminating from drug court, ...

Matching funds to cost

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The need to provide local matches for aid for disaster flooding last winter is expected to take a toll on the license plate fee increase and further stall paving and bridgework. That was one of several aspects under discussion when the Belmont County Board of Commissioners ...

Florence’s remnants rolling in

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MARTINS FERRY — Forecasters and emergency managers say the effects will be minimal when the remnants of what was Hurricane Florence hit here today. Officials have been keeping an eye on the storm for more than a week. Last weekend, people in the Upper Ohio Valley braced themselves as the ...

Barnesville industrial park busy

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BARNESVILLE — The two industrial parks in the Barnesville area are thriving with the influx of oil and gas interests. Belmont County Port Authority Director Larry Merry presented an update on progress at the parks to Belmont County commissioners J.P. Dutton, Josh Meyer and Mark Thomas last ...

Day of Hope events support sobriety and prevention

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WHEELING — One had 46 years clean, while another had just 19 days. The differences among those who gathered Saturday in Wheeling to promote substance abuse prevention and recovery were vast. But many of them had one thing in common. Many who came were those in various stages of recovery ...

The show must go on

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry High School Marching Band has always been known as the “Pride of the Purple City,” and this year there is even more reason for the group to hold that designation. Two of the 33 members of the Marching Purple have cerebral palsy, but they haven’t let ...

Transportation plan underway

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Transportation is a pressing need in Eastern Ohio, and efforts to coordinate transportation providers for the greater convenience of the public will be made in the coming months. The first meeting of Belmont County’s transportation service providers for the purpose of ...

Turnout exceeds expectations

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Beetles and Mustangs and Jaguars, oh my! Those were just a few of the hundreds of automobiles on display at the Ohio Valley Mall on Saturday as part of the Belmont County Staying Clean Club’s Car Bike and Truck Show. In its second year, the event drew more participants ...