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St. Mary Central students hold 9/11 prayer service

ST. MARY Central School students hold pieces of red, white and blue construction paper to create an American flag following the school’s Sept. 11, 2001, memorial prayer service held Wednesday at the school. Photo Provided

Elm Grove Elementary observes ‘Patriot Day’

WHEELING — The tragedies on Sept. 11, 2001, happened a decade or more before they were born, but students at Elm Grove Elementary School stood to learn and honor their signficance Wednesday morning. The school’s flag flew at half-staff as students were led out to the front yard at the ...

Gas producer EQT lays off nearly 200 employees

PITTSBURGH — EQT Corp., the nation’s largest independent natural gas producer, has laid off nearly one-fourth of its workforce. In a news release, the Pittsburgh-based driller confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that it laid off 196 of its approximately 800 employees. EQT said it “is ...

Hands-on learning session held for oil and gas

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — County leaders have lamented that the most valuable export from the Belmont County area is its youth. Businesses, elected officials and educators are meeting with the goal of building local talent among students and giving them the tools to take advantage of the oil and ...

Gold Star monument arrives in Wheeling

WHEELING — A monument in Wheeling commemorating the sacrifices of military Gold Star families losing loved ones to war arrived at Heritage Port Thursday, and now is set in place. The delivery of the black granite tribute came a day earlier than expected, catching organizer John Nanny — ...

Wings & Things Festival in the Park set for Saturday

MARTINS FERRY -- The Fourth Annual Wings & Things Festival in the Park, sponsored by Grace Church of Martins Ferry, is slated to be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at City Park. This event will feature a variety of food items for purchase including several flavors of wings, hot sausage ...

Business After hours is Sept. 19

MARTINS FERRY -- A Business After Hours is being held from 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Ohio River Valley Elks Club, 14 N. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, in conjunction with Softite Community Federal Credit Union. The free menu will feature shrimp, meatballs in grape jelly and barbecue sauce, ...

Lincoln Avenue UMC provides free weekly school lunches

SHADYSIDE — For the past 11 years, Shadyside students in seventh through 12th grades have been treated to a free weekly lunch made by the ladies and gents at Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church. Each Thursday a meal is prepared for between 130 and 170 students at the church’s ...

Jefferson County Clerk of Courts releases July report

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Clerk of Courts John Corrigan Jr. has released his report for July. The auto title department collected vehicle fees and taxes of $783,098.91, with $34,555.09 going to the county and $748,543.82 going to the state. Miscellaneous fees were $4,419 and ...

Employee Appreciation Picnic

Photo Provided Harrison Community Hospital employees enjoy some fun at the recent Employee Appreciation Picnic. Among those taking in the entertainment, games and lunch are registered nurse Rachel Kelley, left, and nursing assistant Susan Ossman. Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison ...

Market launches ‘Steel Valley Chef’ contest

BELLAIRE — The Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market will host its inaugural Steel Valley Chef Competition from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the market on 32nd Street in Bellaire. Join the market as Chefs Mike Travis, Ryan Butler and Dean Barath square off in three rounds of competition. The chefs ...

Zupko graduates from Ohio Court Management Program

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Common Pleas Judges Frank Fregiato and John Vavra are pleased to announce the graduation of Laura Zupko from the Ohio Court Management Program. Only 40 court professionals received this national recognition. The Court Management Program is a certification program ...

Patrol reports fewer fatal crashes during Labor Day weekend

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported fewer traffic fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend this year. The OSHP said in a press release that there were 10 traffic fatalities in Ohio over the holiday, two fewer than last year, according to provisional data. According ...

Free lunch program for Buckeye Local School District outlined

Buckeye Local School District announced its 2019-20 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. Each school ...

Special party planned for special child

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH Managing Editor BETHESDA — This Saturday, it’s time to head to Epworth Park and party like you’re turning 9. That’s exactly what Jacob Murphy of Belmont plans to do — but he has no idea just how special his birthday party is going to be. It’s a ...

Suicide prevention proclamation signed

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday signed a proclamation recognizing that National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 8-14. Linda Masters of the Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition came before Commissioners Mick Schumacher, Carl Davis and Tim Price with ...

Officials consider solutions after OVMC suspends services

WHEELING — Wheeling officials considered alternate uses of the Ohio Valley Medical Center on Thursday, the day following the suspension of its acute and emergency medical services the evening prior. City officials are considering what steps to take next given this week’s closure, Mayor ...

Road closures, line-up announced for Saturday’s 250th Anniversary Parade

WHEELING — The Wheeling 250 Anniversary Parade is set to step off at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Wheeling, where the streets are expected to be lined with spectators. The parade will begin at 20th Street and follow the Market and Main streets route of the annual Fantasy in Lights holiday ...