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HEAP Summer Crisis Program continues

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Ohio Development Services Agency and Area Agency on Aging Region 9 are helping income-eligible Ohioans maintain their utility service through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. The program helps eligible Ohioans pay an electric bill, purchase an air ...

St. C. wreck

Photo by Michael Strough Belmont County sheriff’s deputies investigate an apparent traffic accident in the Walmart parking lot at the Ohio Valley Plaza, St. Clairsville early Friday evening. The Cumberland Trail Fire Department transported at least one person from the scene by ambulance. No ...

St. C. homecoming queen crowned

ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Ariel Ott smiles after she picked the red rose Friday night prior to the game against Martins Ferry to become the Red Devils’ 2020 homecoming queen. Football player Will Balgo was selected as the king. T-L Photo/JOE LOVELL

Northern Panhandle Schools report few call-offs the first week

WHEELING — School districts across the nation are reporting a high number of employee call-offs, but that is not happening in the Northern Panhandle, according to local officials. The number of available substitute employees could be of concern in the future, however, if illness strikes a ...

Buckeye Local, donations help supply students

DILLONVALE -- Students in the Buckeye Local School District received free school supplies this year, thanks to support from donors and the district itself. Assistant Superintendent Scott Celestin said $12,000 worth of paper, pencils and other necessities were procured to assist students and ...

The Jefferson County clerk of courts releases report for August

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John Corrigan has released his report for August. The auto title department collected vehicle fees and taxes of $750,588, with $34,488 going to the county and $716,100 going to the state. Miscellaneous fees were $4,693 and watercraft fees ...

Union Local free meals expanded

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer BELMONT -- Union Local School District is expanding its food service program with all students receiving breakfast and lunch for free. This includes meals served at school and those available for remote learning days served at home for the ...

Lepic volunteered for service

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — James R. Lepic still values his experience as a specialist 4th class in the U.S. Army and is being recognized as the St. Clairsville American Legion veteran of the month. “I joined the Reserves in 1964,” he said, adding he was 19 at the time. “It was the Vietnam ...

St. C. named ‘Cooperator of the Year’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —The Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District recently chose the city of St. Clairsville to receive its 2020 Cooperator of the Year Award. “This award goes to an organization or landowner that both follows our district’s mission to promote and protect the wise ...

Free COVID-19 testing clinic planned at The Highlands

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will be holding a free COVID-19 testing clinic at The Highlands next week. The testing clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Power Center’s lower parking lot located at 565 Cabela Drive near Old Navy. The clinic has no residency ...

Homeless given two weeks before encampments are cleared

WHEELING — New notices were posted Thursday and two more weeks were given before a handful of homeless encampments in Wheeling are expected to be cleared. The new notices give people living in the affected camps along Wheeling Creek until Oct. 2 to relocate. On that date, the encampments ...

Homecoming parade in St. C.

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK City residents turn out Thursday for a parade of St. Clairsville High School homecoming king and queen candidates, the marching band and city police and leaders. The Red Devils’ homecoming game against the Martins Ferry Purple Riders kicks off at 7:30 p.m. today ...

Triadelphia teacher, WPHS coach tests positive

WHEELING — A woman who serves as a Triadelphia Middle School teacher and volleyball coach for Wheeling Park High School has tested positive for COVID-19, coming to school after weeks of illness. A letter sent to WPHS parents said the teacher reported first feeling ill on Sept. 5, but ...

AAA offers advice to protect virtual learners from cyber theft

COLUMBUS - As students start fall classes, many will be hitting the virtual books, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks and identity theft. AAA offers advice to protect families from these attacks and help them recover should one occur. “Cyberattacks are more common than people may ...

Sonny Boy owner remembered

BRIDGEPORT — Joseph Banco, the longtime owner and operator of Sonny Boy restaurant in Bridgeport, died Monday. He was 77 years old. Banco’s eatery, beloved by many in the Bridgeport area and beyond, celebrated 50 years of business in 2015. He opened the restaurant with his wife, Sherian ...

Wheeling man arrested after chase

BRIDGEPORT — An alert neighbor is responsible for a Wheeling man being arrested early Wednesday morning by village police. According to Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba, units were dispatched to the Kirkwood Heights area at approximately 9:51 a.m. after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a woman ...

Groskopf allegedly stole firearms from a Kirkwood Heights residence By KIM NORTH Times Leader Staff Writer BRIDGEPORT — An alert neighbor is responsible for a Wheeling man being arrested early Wednesday morning by village police. According to Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba, units were dispatched to the Kirkwood Heights area at approximately 9:51 a.m. after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a woman who had just observed a man breaking into a nearby home. “The witness said the male entered the residence, retrieved several firearms and then left in a green station wagon-type vehicle headed down Kirkwood Heights Road,” the woman told the dispatcher. Bumba said he encountered the alleged vehicle and activated his lights and siren, but to no avail. “He didn’t stop,” the chief reported. According to Bumba, 59-year-old John Groskopf was eventually arrested after a brief chase, both by vehicle and on foot. “He reached speeds of about 40 miles per hour,” the chief noted of the chase that traveled on several streets through a residential area. “It started (west) on Whitley and turned (north) onto Dekalb. The driver then turned (west) onto Howard before turning (south) onto Sumpter and then (east) onto Bennett where he stopped in the 500 block.” According to Bumba, that’s when Groskopf reportedly exited his vehicle and took off on foot. He was apprehended about a block-and-a-half away. The chief said Groskopf is facing a pair of felony charges that include breaking and entering (F-3) and theft (F-5). Groskopf is currently lodged in the Belmont County Jail under $2,500 surety bond for the B&E and $10,000 for the theft. Bumba said in addition to officers from his department, other units assisting included Bellaire, Martins Ferry and several from the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department.

BRIDGEPORT — A man is being treated for injuries he sustained while crossing U.S. 40 near Big Lots in Bridgeport on Wednesday evening. Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. William Howard said late Thursday the report on the accident still is being completed. However, he said a man was attempting ...

Strengthening youth resiliency in Appalachian Ohio with FAO

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, in partnership with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville, is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity intended to address the social, economic, educational and health challenges faced by young people in Appalachian ...

Rally, virtual service to mark 2020 Days of Hope

WHEELING — With the theme “You Can Touch a Life,” the 2020 West Virginia Days of Hope will take place Friday through Sunday with a virtual service on Sunday and in-person rallies at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Centre Market and YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St. Organized by Youth Services ...

Group rallies against removal of homeless encampments

WHEELING — More than a dozen people bearing signs rallied around the federal building in Wheeling on Tuesday morning, seeking to draw attention to the plight of the area’s homeless population as city officials are planning to remove several of their encampments. One of the event’s ...