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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 ...

ESTHER BENNETT

Esther H. (Worthington) Bennett, 79, of Bridgeport, OH, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV. She was born in Pleasant Grove, OH, on April 17, 1940, a daughter of the late Edwin H. and Sarah (Monroe) Worthington. Esther was a homemaker and a devoted ...

CRC calling attention to health concerns

WHEELING — The Cancer Research Classic brings some of the best high school basketball teams in the United States to Wheeling each and every year. The event, however, is so much more than just a basketball showcase. Thursday night’s “More Than a Game ... The Untold Truth” event ...

Indigent defense fund to receive highest state reimbursement

CADIZ — The Harrison County Public Defender’s Office, along with public defender offices around the state, will receive the largest reimbursement ever from the state this month and entering the new year. At Monday’s Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting, Public Defender C. ...

OSHP releases New Year’s holiday report

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported four deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2019-20 New Year holiday, according to provisional statistics. Two fatalities were the result of not wearing a seat belt when available, and one was OVI-related. The two-day reporting period ...

Still no sports betting taking place at Wheeling Island heading into 2020

WHEELING — The college football championship game, Super Bowl and Final Four college basketball tournament all will take place within the next four months, and there still is no sports betting available at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack heading into 2020. The West Virginia ...

Wheeling Island fire still being investigated

WHEELING — Both professional fire investigators and members of the public were at the site of the old Exposition Hall at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Wednesday following a fire there Tuesday night. Wheeling Fire Department investigators spent much of New Year’s Day on ...

Citizens group formed to oppose landfill

STEUBENVILLE — A citizens group called the Friends of Cross Creek has joined several public boards in protesting the proposed reopening of the Crossridge Landfill on Fernwood Road. At a press conference Monday held at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse on Fourth Street, spokesperson Bekah Hawrot ...

Koontz named top trooper

WINTERSVILLE — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Trevor L. Koontz says he loves helping people and that is strong work ethic and professionalism on the job. For that, he has been selected as the 2019 Trooper of the Year at the Steubenville Post. Koontz joined the patrol in 2012, and has ...

Prosecutor: Marietta man arrested may be serial rapist

MARIETTA — A 62-year-old Marietta man arrested Sunday for allegedly raping a child beginning more than two decades ago may have also have raped 10 or more other young victims, according to Washington County’s prosecutor. Richard Curtis “Rick” Decker Jr., of 708 Front St. Apt. 14, was ...