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305th MP Co. heading to Guantanamo

WHEELING — More than 100 members of the 305th Military Police Company of Wheeling were deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Saturday, following an official ceremony at Triadelphia Middle School’s gymnasium. The 400-day deployment is in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to Sgt. ...

UPDATE: Arrest made after Martins Ferry school locked down due to threat

MARTINS FERRY -- Police have arrested at least one individual in connection with a threat against some children at Ayers Elementary School, according to a message from school Superintendent Jim Fogle. Ayers Elementary School was locked down Monday afternoon in the wake of a threat against ...

Santa takes new route through Flushing

FLUSHING — A rainy forecast did little to dampen the holiday spirit as residents welcomed the Christmas season on Saturday with a slate of activities that culminated with the annual Christmas parade through the village. The Flushing American Legion color guard led the procession that ...

Bush: A political patriarch

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Kennedys had their New England coastal hideaway in Hyannis Port, a Camelot-like mystique and a political godfather in Joseph P. Kennedy. For the country’s other political dynasty — the Bushes — it was a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the West Texas ...

Officials: Plant a plus for valley

SHADYSIDE — After the public had a chance to weigh in on a proposal to build an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County last week, officials who have been working to make the project a reality still believe its potential economic benefits far outweigh its possible impact on the ...

First responders working to ‘lift’ children’s spirits for holidays

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The same folks who give us hope in some of most challenging situations of our lives are working to bring a different type of hope to children across the region this holiday season. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department is teaming up with several other agencies, ...

Trouten announces title office relocation moving forward

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Trouten, Belmont County clerk of courts and judge-elect, met Tuesday with architects from McKinley Architecture and Engineering to finalize plans for the relocation of the title office to the former headquarters of The Health Plan, located east of St Clairsville along ...

In GM country, workers aren’t abandoning Trump – so far

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shut down its hulking Lordstown plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions. Will they have jobs come spring? Should they put in for transfers and move ...

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. The World War II hero, ...

Traffic stops result in arrests

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department’s new drug-sniffing dog has been at work for less than a month and is already earning his kibble. Xyrem, the department’s Belgian Malinois, reportedly helped locate a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine in the early ...

Transportation service plan to be reworked

STEUBENVILLE — A plan to coordinate transportation services for the needy will be reworked after the Jefferson County commissioners questioned certain elements of the document. Commissioners first raised concerns about the plan at their Nov. 15 meeting, specifically the naming of a mobility ...

President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. The World War II hero, who ...

Bridge bid rejected

BARNESVILLE — Village Council this week voted to reject the only bid received for the South Street Bridge replacement project. Village Administrator Roger Deal reminded council on Monday that the project, which was advertised for bid earlier in November, had been estimated by the ...

Smith resigns as police chief

BETHESDA — Eric Smith is no longer the village’s police chief. Bethesda Mayor Martin Lucas announced Smith’s resignation during village council’s Thursday meeting. A full council of Charles Little, Jordan Castella, Cindy Foose, Carol Merritt, Jay Van Horn and Ruby Saffell voted ...

Drug profits break $500K

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The prosecution and law enforcement in Belmont County has long been putting convicted drug traffickers’ ill-gotten drug money to a good use. Recently, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra has announced that drug trafficking forfeitures in his court now exceed more ...

Hospitals’ system fully restored

WHEELING — The emergency rooms of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry now are fully operational after resolution of a computer issue. “As of 10 p.m. (Wednesday), our EMSTAR emergency departments are off of diversion,” said Karin ...

Diocese releases names of accused clergy members

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released Thursday the names of 31 clergy members accused of sexual abuse through lists that include dozens of incidents dating back as far as 1950. The diocese released two lists — one of 18 priests accused while serving in the ...

Donor honored by the United Way

WHEELING — When former local United Way executive director George Smoulder introduced G. Ogden Nutting as the United Way’s “Building a Better Community” award recipient Thursday morning, he called Nutting and his wife, Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting, “builders” in the ...

Former nurse sentenced after faking cancer

DELAWARE, Ohio — A Galena woman and former Belmont County resident who claimed she was suffering from terminal lung cancer in an effort to gain money and sympathy was sentenced this past Monday to two years in prison. Tawni Fuller, 34, formerly of Bellaire, was a nurse anesthetist with Ohio ...