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Easter Craft and Vendor Event slated for March 20

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An Easter Craft and Vendor Event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at the Belmont County Fairgrounds’ Wise Building. The event will feature 40 different vendors selling a variety of goods, wares and crafts. The vendors will be set up inside and outside ...

Welcoming back the faithful

WHEELING — The short take on COVID-19 and worship in the Ohio Valley? Vaccines have been more than a literal shot in the arm. Clergy report the faithful are trickling back to churches and temples as disease count continues to drop. The longer view? Worship ranging from Roman ...

Some Wheeling council members wavering on Bluefield State project

WHEELING — Wheeling City Council members had mixed reactions to backlash from three local institutions of higher learning, which this week jointly and publicly opposed the city’s efforts to bring Bluefield State College to Wheeling. Some council members on Thursday indicated that, moving ...

Suspect in Wheeling Island shooting now wanted for murder

The suspect in a January shooting on Wheeling Island is now wanted for murder after the victim died Thursday evening. The Wheeling Police Department is now looking for 19-year-old Niyajah A. Hales for the murder of Michael J. Jackson, 41, of Wheeling. Jackson, who was shot on Jan. 28 at the ...

Belmont County sheriff’s dog ‘Loki’ turns 1 year old

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Loki, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department’s unofficial mascot, turned 1 year old on March 9. The dog, purchased by Sheriff Dave Lucas as his personal pet last year, celebrated the occasion on Tuesday with Lucas and children attending the department’s Explorers ...

Former Wheeling man arrested in connection with Capitol attack

A former Wheeling man allegedly seen on video rummaging through documents on the Senate floor during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was arrested Tuesday in connection with the attack on Congress. Dale “DJ” Shalvey allegedly wore tactical equipment, including a green helmet, ...

Oglebay To Celebrate Spring, Easter

WHEELING — The Easter Bunny, daffodils and tulips, and the smells and sights of spring are coming to Oglebay Park in early April. The “Easter Family Weekend” is set for April 2-4, kicking off what Oglebay Park officials hope will be a strong season following a year when many people have ...

Wednesday deadline to nominate in Random Acts of Kindness contest

MARTINS FERRY — The public has until 11 p.m. Wednesday to nominate an essential worker or Good Samaritan from Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson or Monroe county who has lent a helping hand to others during COVID-19 and the recent winter weather. The Times Leader, in partnership with Belmont ...

Easter Bunny to arrive at the OV Mall March 20

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Easter Bunny will hop into the Ohio Valley Mall to visit with local children beginning March 20. The annual Easter Bunny arrival celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Boscov center court area in the mall. The event kicks off the mall's ...

ODOT helping fund transit rides to COVID-19 vaccination clinics

COLUMBUS — As COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp up across Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation is providing extra funding to help local transit agencies and health departments to ensure all eligible Ohioans can get to vaccination sites. “We want to make sure all Ohioans who want ...

Appeal by ex-officer who killed Rice dismissed

CLEVELAND — An appeals court in Cleveland ruled Thursday that the white Cleveland police officer who killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black child playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center, should not get his job back. The 8th District Court of Appeals in its ruling dismissed an ...

Harrison Central students create memorial box for fallen K-9 officer

CADIZ — Local high school students helped create a memorial display case in remembrance of a Steubenville Police Department K-9 that died last year. The Harrison Central High School industrial arts class built a shadowbox in memorial of K-9 Bono, who died unexpectedly in early November. On ...

Wheeling man found guilty in child porn case

A Wheeling man was found guilty in Marshall County court Friday of possessing more than 600 images of child pornography, Marshall County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Canestraro said. Alexander DeLorenzo, 35, was convicted of possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit ...

Encino Energy donates $5,000 to aid the Appalachian Children Coalition

LOUISVILLE — Encino Energy is showing its support of the Appalachian Children Coalition with a $5,000 donation to help improve the overall well-being of children in the region. The Encino Energy Community Partnership Program made the donation to aid in the coalition’s mission of ...

Utility fees on the table in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city is addressing fees and funding questions surrounding utilities and planned water upgrades. During last week’s council teleconference meeting, Councilwoman Terra Butler, a member of the utility committee, said an ordinance will be put before the council next ...

Suspected fentanyl, meth bust in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City police made an arrest late Tuesday and took some suspected fentanyl off the streets. Austin Gheen, 27, of 62913 Glencoe Road, Belmont is being held at the Belmont County Jail on two charges of trafficking in drugs, fentanyl and methamphetamines, and two counts of ...

Wheeling Hospital EMS Presents Horton Award

WHEELING -- The Wheeling Hospital EMS Department awarded the James “Jimmy” Horton Award for 2020 to Brookside Assistant Fire Chief Allan G. Ketzell II. The Horton Award was started in 2019 after Horton died on Sept. 4 that year. It was established to recognize an active emergency medical ...

At-home COVID tests now available at Cadiz library

CADIZ — Harrison County residents will have the opportunity to test themselves for the coronavirus from the comfort of their home now that the Puskarich Public Library is offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits to residents. Library Director Sandi Thompson made the announcement during ...

WhoaZone inflatable obstacle course coming to Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lakes

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District officials announced a partnership with Empire Recreation Management LLC to build WhoaZone inflatable obstacle course at Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lake beaches this year. The partnership was approved by the MWCD Board of ...

Martins Ferry City Council plans spring cleanup for March 27

MARTINS FERRY — The city is gearing up for another spring cleanup on March 27 near the former city garage property on First Street. Martins Ferry City Council President Kristine Davis said Mayor John Davies made the announcement about the cleanup during this week’s council meeting on ...