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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 ...

Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream 10th in state

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream is well known for its tasty treats, and the store recently won some extra recognition by placing 10th in the state during the Ohio Farm Bureau 2020 Ice Cream Battle. More than 30 ice cream stores competed across the Buckeye State. “I’m ...

Stronger Together to thank nurses, aids at drive-in

WINTERSVILLE — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, home care services with IC Care have seen a spike in demand and now the company wants to celebrate the hard work of all Ohio Valley state-tested nurse’s aides, certified nurse’s aides, and home health aides. While it is still not wise for ...

Ohio County woman pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $350k from employer

From STAFF REPORTS WHEELING — An Ohio County woman pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges accusing her of embezzling nearly $350,000 from her employer. Cindy Shearer, 58, of Clearview, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one charge of filing false income tax returns in ...

Newellstown Diner reopens

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A downtown restaurant is open for business again, and local leaders hope this is a sign of a return to normalcy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Newellstown Diner held its grand reopening and ribbon cutting Monday, enjoying the enthusiasm of neighboring businesses and ...

Two Marshall County schools close after two workers test positive

MOUNDSVILLE — A total of 47 students and staff from Sherrard Middle School and McNinch Elementary School in Marshall County are being quarantined after one case of COVID-19 was reported at each of the schools over the weekend. In-class learning is now canceled for the next two weeks at the ...

Marshall County Health Department closes after employee contracts COVID-19

MOUNDSVILLE — The Marshall County Health Department is closed to the public for the next two weeks after one employee there tests positive for COVID 19. Health Department Administrator Tom Cook and Preparedness Director Mark Ackermann made the announcement during a press conference outside ...

Fall prevention social media campaign underway

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Staff at the Ohio State University Extension Office have launched a fall prevention social media campaign. It began Tuesday, and organizers are encouraging all older adult serving agencies to support their efforts in raising awareness and providing education about falls. ...

Oversized load stuck

T-L PhotoJENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH A truck pulling an oversize load is stuck at the intersection of Belmont-Bethesda Road and Bridge Street in Belmont, where Ohio 147 and Ohio 149 enter the village, at about 4 p.m. Thursday. It took a couple of hours for a truck-mounted crane to help free the ...

Trump, Biden visit Flight 93 memorial on 9/11 anniversary

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. —President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden marked the 19th anniversary of 9/11 by visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County. The field, now hallowed ground, is the site where 40 passengers and crew members lost ...

Belmont College Dean’s List announced

St. Clairsville, — Belmont College is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. In order to be eligible for the Dean’s List at Belmont College, students must complete 12 credit hours of coursework in term, achieve a term GPA of 3.75 or greater, and ...