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Student artists honored

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute fosters and celebrates the talent and creativity of young artists. The 31st annual Regional Student Art Exhibition opened recently with a public reception and awards ceremony at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. Several students received cash prizes for their work ...

“Stop the Bleed”

Wheeling Hospital recently purchased two “Stop the Bleed” kits for the Belmont-Harrison Vocational School District. One will be placed at the St. Clairsville campus and the other at the Cadiz campus. The two schools have about 400 students. The staff at both schools were taught “Stop ...

When physical activity extends beyond PE class

MORGANTOWN — Children are supposed to get an hour of physical activity a day, but fewer than a quarter of them do. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, classroom-based physical activity can boost their activity levels and is associated with longer attention spans, ...

Bordas & Bordas donates to Ronald McDonald House

PITTSBURGH — The law firm of Bordas & Bordas has donated a total of $37,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh in conjunction with their Pittsburgh Steelers partnership for the 2019-2020 season. A check presentation was held prior to the Steelers’ regular season home ...

Dr. Rajai Khoury joins Wheeling Hospital

WHEELING — Dr. Rajai Khoury, a specialist with 40 years of experience in vascular medicine and surgery, has joined Wheeling Hospital. Khoury’s practice, Wheeling Vein and Vascular, will see patients at his St. Clairsville location at 51520 National Road, Wheeling Clinic, Reynolds Memorial ...

Diocese sues former comptroller

STEUBENVILLE — The Diocese of Steubenville is seeking $1.5 million in damages from its former comptroller, David A. Franklin. The suit, filed Thursday in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court, aims to recover performance bonuses the diocese paid Franklin as well as interest the diocese paid ...

Retirement ceremony held for Wheeling PD’s longest serving K-9

WHEELING — The Wheeling Police Department held a special retirement ceremony Tuesday in council chambers for Bella — WPD’s longest serving K-9. Bella, a Dutch Malinois who turns 10-years-old this month, officially retired at the end of 2019 after serving the agency for eight and a half ...

WVU Medicine Reynolds launches outpatient psychiatric services

GLEN DALE — Outpatient psychiatric services opened Monday at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, helping to close a gap created by the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center. All members of the newly-assembled team worked previously at OVMC’s Hillcrest unit in Wheeling. Services at ...

Religious groups in W.Va. back ‘Fairness Act’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 100 members of the clergy from multiple faiths Monday came out in support of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to West Virginia’s housing and employment non-discrimination statutes, though legislative leaders remain wary of the proposed ...

Ye Olde Alpha closed by health department

WHEELING — As Ye Olde Alpha enters its last month in operation at its home on Carmel Road, a recurring plumbing problem has it temporarily shuttered by the Ohio County Health Department. Owner Charlie Schlegel said the Alpha was closed Tuesday morning when health inspectors found water in ...

Mingo Junction Village Council split on appointments

MINGO JUNCTION — Village Council held a reorganizational meeting Friday, and the first vote of 2020 was controversial. First on the agenda was the election of council president, who runs council meetings in the absence of the mayor. Councilman Jack Brettell nominated Councilman Michael ...

School of Nursing’s legacy remains strong

WHEELING — Although Ohio Valley Medical Center has closed permanently, the legacy of its School of Nursing lives on through the dedicated nurses it produced. A capacity crowd filled the Ohio County Public Library’s auditorium Tuesday to share memories of the facility known most recently ...

St. C. resident makes dean’s list

LATROBE, Pennsylvania — St. Clairsville resident Christian Witchey has been named to the Dean’s List at Saint Vincent College. The senior, majoring in management, is among 621 students to achieve the honor for the fall 2019 semester, according to John Smetanka, vice president for Academic ...

Gratitude grants

Photo Provided Ohio River Valley Elks No. 231 presents $2,500 in Gratitude Grants to seven local nonprofit organizations. Recipients were hosted at the annual Veterans Turkey Dinner on Nov. 9 at the lodge on North Fourth Street in Martins Ferry. The Gratitude Grant were made possible by the ...

Holiday travel was safe in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The holiday season passed with a few crashes and arrests for operating vehicles under the influence, but no fatalities occurred on Belmont County’s roads, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s St. Clairsville post. Lt. Maurice Waddell said that from Dec. 28 ...

Purtman sworn in and ready for 2020

By ROBERT DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer BELLAIRE — The Veterans Service Commission of Belmont County looks forward to continuing to assist area veterans in 2020. John Purtman, representing the American Legion, was sworn in for another five-year term Friday by Belmont County Common ...

Thompson retires from Veteran’s Office

CADIZ — After nearly 15 years of service, Jim Thompson has retired from the Harrison County Veterans Service Office in Cadiz. A veteran himself prior to his work with the county, Thompson served 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began working for the office in 2004 shortly after ...

UL Band gives New Year’s surprise

BELMONT — Union Local School District band members and band boosters delivered food and happy New Years wishes to families in the district on New Year’s Day. “The band boosters put the project together, called March it Forward,” band director April Linard said. “It was kind of ...