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Art students create poppy board in honor of veterans

CADIZ — Art class students at Harrison Hills North Elementary created a poppy flower board, made of some recyclable materials they collected, in honor of veterans. Harrison Hills elementary art teacher LeAnn Vancamp, who planned the project, said the mission was to create a field of ...

Rove says Republicans must discuss health care

By JOSELYN KING For The Times Leader WHEELING — Health care is the issue that is most important to Americans, and it is time Republicans stop ignoring it and start talking about it, GOP policy consultant Karl Rove said Thursday. Rove, who served as senior adviser to former President ...

New spike strips to help officers stop pursuits

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Police Department has a new tool expected to help its officers stop vehicles involved in high-speed pursuits or other dangerous situations. Spike strips can be deployed across a roadway to slow down an incoming vehicle. Two of them were purchased for $500 apiece via ...

Civil case dismissed against Thomas

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A judge dismissed the civil case against former Belmont County commissioner Mark Thomas on Wednesday. Thomas had been scheduled to appear Friday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra to update the court on his process of finding and turning over documents ...

Foster care valued in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Foster families continue to fill an important need in the area, and the Belmont County Commissioners recognized the program and two top foster parents in the county Wednesday, in honor of National Foster Parent Appreciation Month in May. Belmont County Department of Job and ...

Gingrich advocates job creation

WHEELING — Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees job creation as a key to improving the health of West Virginians. Gingrich, now an author and senior legal adviser, was the opening speaker Wednesday at The Health Plan’s health care symposium at Oglebay Park. “People who have a ...

Mandatory overtime for nurses at center of hospital strike

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A hospital strike now in its third week is putting a spotlight on staffing shortages at the same time Ohio lawmakers are debating legislation that would allow nurses to refuse mandatory overtime. Many of the nurses among the 2,200 workers on strike at Mercy Health St. ...

Some Ohio legislators yell ‘cut’ to Hollywood tax deals

CINCINNATI (AP) — Lights, camera, cut? Some of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies and equally big bombs have something in common: They were shot in Ohio, taking advantage of a 10-year-old tax credit incentive program. Now some Ohio legislators want to dim the lights on a program aimed at ...

Civil case against former Belmont County commissioner Mark Thomas is dismissed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra dismissed the civil case against former county commissioner Mark Thomas on Wednesday. Vavra said the plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice. Vavra added that the plaintiff, Kathy S. Amos who has power of ...

Shadyside students win XTO contest

SHADYSIDE — Three Shadyside School District high school students won a contest from XTO Energy, calling for them to use their interactive media skills to benefit area non-profit agencies. Winners were announced Tuesday at the high school. While XTO had originally intended to have first, ...

UL board member resigning

MORRISTOWN — The Union Local School District has a vacant school board seat to fill after an announcement from member Billy Porter that he would be resigning as of today. The Union Local Board of Education held a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to review its financial forecast for the ...

Police conduct meth buy-bust

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Martins Ferry resident Richard Lollathin was arrested early Tuesday during a methamphetamine buy-bust conducted by the members of the Belmont County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Sheriff David Lucas said. Lucas made the announcement during a press conference held ...

Bishop makes cuts to save money

STEUBENVILLE — Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton announced Tuesday that four positions in the chancery have been eliminated and one position has been reduced to part-time in order to “make the diocese operate more efficiently and still be able to sustain the ...

Robert Herron reinstated as Wheeling City Manager

WHEELING — Robert Herron will soon return to his job as Wheeling’s City Manager after City Council voted 5-2 to reinstate him on Monday evening. The decision, which will end Herron’s suspension that began on March 11, came one day after he pleaded guilty to DUI in Ohio County Magistrate ...

Burdge receives 16 years in porn case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wesley Alan Burdge will spend the next 16 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Tabitha Gallagher, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted obstruction of ...

New recreation director selected in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city has a new head of the recreation department and is making progress on exploring water privatization. On Monday, Safety and Service Director Jim Zucal notified the council that Lindsay Piccolini has resigned as director of the recreation center as of ...

Drowning death is examined

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he planned to meet Monday with Prosecutor Jane Hanlin to review details in the suspected drowning death of a 1-year-old boy at a house in East Springfield. The sheriff’s department was called around 7:09 p.m. Saturday to 178 Mill ...

Wheeling city manager pleads guilty to DUI

WHEELING — Suspended City Manager Robert Herron pleaded guilty to non-aggravated DUI in Ohio County Magistrate Court on Monday. Herron will serve 104 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine, according to the plea agreement accepted by Magistrate Patricia Murphy. Per the agreement, ...

Remember to Click It or Ticket

WHEELING — Law enforcement agencies across the region are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt laws this week to encourage drivers to buckle up. The West Virginia Northern Regional Highway Safety Office announced its participation in the national Click It or Ticket campaign, set for ...

Inmates using woodworking skills to aid veterans

MOUNDSVILLE — The box containing a deceased veteran’s flag means a lot to surviving family members, and perhaps just as much to the jail inmate who crafted it. Inmates at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail Corrections Center have the opportunity to learn woodworking skills while in ...