Community

McKinley, educators talk regional workforce needs

WHEELING — Skilled construction and technical workers will be needed in the Ohio Valley in the coming years, and public schools face the challenge of training them. “Everywhere we go ... employers are saying they are having problems finding a trained, skilled work force,” said U.S. Rep. ...

Despite OVMC announcement, city moving ahead with user fee

WHEELING — Mayor Glenn Elliott said Thursday that City Council will move forward with a plan to implement a $2 per week user fee, despite the potential loss of 900 jobs at Ohio Valley Medical Center. Council heard first reading of an ordinance this week to enact the fee, and Elliott said he ...

Martins Ferry schools ready for students, faculty

MARTINS FERRY — The city schools are preparing for the start of classes Aug. 20, with work on the roof repairs and new classes nearing completion. The board of education addressed these, and accepting proposals on slip repairs, Thursday evening. Elementary Principal Nick Stankovich, ...

Crist waives preliminary hearing

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville resident Brian Crist appeared before Magistrate Sophia J. Tully in Lincoln County, West Virginia, on embezzlement charges Tuesday. Crist is the former chief executive officer of Lincoln County Primary Care Center, a nonprofit health care center in Hamlin, ...

Beware of default payment scam

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas is warning residents about a property tax scam involving false notices of default payment that are being left hanging on residents’ doors. The false hangers state that the resident owes thousands of dollars to the state and that items ...

Injection well/fracking presentation held in Richland Township

The Richland Township Trustees hosted an informational meeting on a proposed injection well eyed at a local intersection. More than 50 people, including residents and elected officials, viewed a presentation about the issues surrounding brine injection wells, put on by the Freshwater ...

Man arrested for terroristic threats pleads innocent

BELLAIRE — The Brookside man accused of making threats toward the City of Martins Ferry over the weekend pleaded innocent at his preliminary hearing. Ronald J. George, 60, of 10 Brookside Ave., Bridgeport, faces charges of inducing panic, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and menacing, a ...

48-hour boil order in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Beginning as soon as water service is restored, the City of St. Clairsville has issued a 48-hour boil order for drinking water and cooking purposes for residents on North Market Street from Glendale Avenue north; Overbaugh Avenue from Glendale Avenue north; Glendale Avenue; ...

Brookside man arrested for making terroristic threats

BRIDGEPORT — A Brookside man was arrested over the weekend in Martins Ferry for allegedly making terroristic threats. Ronald J. George, 60, of 10 Brookside Ave., Bridgeport, was arrested Saturday on charges of terroristic threats, menacing, inducing a panic and disorderly conduct. He is ...

John Bingham’s role in 14th Amendment still resonates today

CADIZ — Just outside the Harrison County Courthouse in Cadiz is a bronze statue of John Bingham standing high above the village square with his right arm outstretched and a quizzical look on his face. The mid-19th century congressman is widely viewed as the father of birthright citizenship ...

Man allegedly embezzles $100,000

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A St. Clairsville man is facing felony embezzlement charges in West Virginia for allegedly stealing $100,000 from a nonprofit health care center. Brian K. Crist, 50, was the CEO of Lincoln County Primary Care Center Inc. from 2001-18, and West Virginia law enforcement ...

Continuous Care residents see Pirates play

Photo Provided Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center residents and chaperones pose for a pre-game photo prior to departing for a recent Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park. Many of the residents express their lifelong enthusiasm in following Pittsburgh sports teams. With the help of the ...

Wheeling Hospital’s cardiac rehab program recertified

WHEELING — The recertification of Wheeling Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program confirms what many patients have long known: the program is the “best of the best.” After a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty or stent, valve surgery or TAVR, patients at the center ...

Commissioners hears St. C. water concerns

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The ongoing debate about the possibility of water and wastewater privatization made its way to the Belmont County Board of Commissioners this past Wednesday. Bill Brooks, member of a concerned group of St. Clairsville and Richland Township residents who has been vocal in ...

Wheeling to spend $534,000 on building site

WHEELING — The property where Wheeling officials are hoping to construct a new public safety building could be sold to city taxpayers for more than 10 times its appraised value, county tax records show. If City Council approves construction of a public safety building at a site on 19th ...

Master photographer Jay Stock dies

By SHELLEY HANSON Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — Jay Stock, a Martins Ferry resident who traveled the globe creating iconic photography, has died. Known for his gripping, beautiful and skillful portraits of people, George Francis “Jay” Stock Jr. was a fine art ...

Nonprofits prepare for ‘Dishes and Special Wishes’ fundraiser

WHEELING — Two Ohio Valley nonprofits are teaming up for an upcoming fundraiser to help improve people’s lives around the region. The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling and A Special Wish Ohio Valley announced Wednesday that they will partner to hold the 6th annual “Dishes and Special ...

FBI: Amazon delivery drivers involved in major theft ring

SEATTLE (AP) — A theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of contract Amazon delivery drivers was involved, recently unsealed federal court documents show. According to a search warrant affidavit ...

Brown slams latest voter purge in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown slammed the announcement that the Ohio Secretary of State’s office is making preparations to once again purge thousands of Ohioans off the voter rolls this September. This latest effort could purge more than 200,000 Ohioans from the voter ...

Applications for school clothes accepted

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Families with children in need of new clothes this school year will have some assistance and a chance to shop at the Ohio Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program has made additional funding available ...