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Trinity opens new primary care office in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Trinity Health System celebrated the grand opening of its primary care health office in Bellaire on Friday. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce, Trinity officials and other dignitaries. The opening comes on the ...

WWII vets recall Pearl Harbor

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Today on the 78th anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that spurred the United States’ entry into World War II, area veterans are thinking back to their reactions upon hearing that fateful news and their subsequent experiences in the ...

Bethesda couple killed in Sunday storms

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer BETHESDA — Two village residents lost their lives during the bad weather that struck the East Coast on Sunday. Emil and Melodye Kittel died in a car accident on their way back home from a holiday trip. Bethesda police Officer Pete Busack ...

Port Authority mulls landfill

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Port Authority is considering purchasing the closed Crossridge Landfill, obtaining grants to remediate environmental issues and repurposing the land. The port authority met Wednesday and approved a resolution opposing a plan by Greenway Reclamation of ...

Council receives project update

BELLAIRE — Village Council learned more about a planned storm sewer project for Cherry Alley, expected to cost about $343,000. During a regular meeting Thursday, project manager Danny Popp, owner/architect with DDP & Associates of Columbus, Ohio, and Dave Kohlmeier, vice president of ...

Black lung clinics step up to help miners

MARTINS FERRY — A new black lung clinic is set to open at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale this February in response to the closure of East Ohio Regional Hospital’s clinic. Meanwhile, another clinic in Zanesville, Ohio, Genesis Healthcare System, is set to hold an open ...

The Health Plan renews partnership with Charleston Area Medical Center

WHEELING — Within hours of an announcement that a plan for WVU Medicine to purchase The Health Plan of Wheeling has been shelved, at least temporarily, the latter announced it has renewed its partnership with Charleston Area Medical Association. That decade-long relationship between The ...

Cracker plant talks continue

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Preparations continue for an ethane cracker plant that may be coming to the Dilles Bottom area, with state and local leaders meeting with company officials at the proposed plant site this week. Belmont County Commissioner J.P. Dutton attended a meeting between government ...

Ohio governor meets with proposed ‘cracker’ plant developer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor and lieutenant governor met Wednesday with officials from one of the companies proposing to build a multi-billion dollar ethane “cracker”plant in southeast Ohio. A spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine said no “substantive update” would be ...

Filling the void

MARTINS FERRY — To help fill a void in their own small way, members of First Presbyterian Church and the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department are teaming up to host another blood drive this year. Pamala Chieffalo, church member, said the congregation usually holds just one blood drive ...

DJFS awarded $170,000 for START program

By CARRI GRAHAM Times Leader Staff Writer CADIZ — The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services has been awarded $170,000 to aid families with substance abuse issues. The agency was selected to participate in the Ohio START program — Sobriety, Treatment and Reducing Trauma ...

Report links Giuliani with top Republican on intel panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from Democrats compiling evidence on impeachment revealed contact between President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee. The report released Tuesday includes phone ...

Operation Toy Lift set for Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local law enforcement agents are again helping underprivileged children have a merry Christmas. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and the Wheeling Police Department have teamed up and are preparing to give back to children of the Ohio Valley by hosting the third annual ...

Black victims demeaned in named violent crime laws

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were ...

Woodsfield man faces multiple charges following alleged burglary

WOODSFIELD — A Monroe County man was arrested last week for the alleged aggravated burglary of a Woodsfield home that resulted in injury of the occupant. Ethan Lucas, 21, of 310 N. Main St., Woodsfield was arrested by village police with assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s ...

WVU Medicine ‘pushing reset’ on The Health Plan purchase

WHEELING — Executives from WVU Medicine and The Health Plan are stepping back from an agreement for WVU to purchase the Wheeling firm in order to re-evaluate the terms of purchase. Tony Condia, vice president of marketing at WVU Medicine, said the two entities mutually decided to reassess ...

Decisions looming in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City council members and the newly-elected mayor will be facing some big decisions in 2020, chiefly in water and wastewater service. After months of turbulence and a contentious election in November, Monday’s council meeting was peaceful, with city leaders preparing for ...

Jordan retains her council seat

Belmont County Board of Elections members Michael Shaheen, from left, Director Kelly McCabe, Assistant Director Aaron Moore, board member Lois J. Doneson and others announce the results of a mandatory recount Monday for a St. Clairsville council-at-large race on the Nov. 5 ballot. ...

Man dies following fight in Adena

STEUBENVILLE — A case involving a man who died in a fight in Adena on Saturday evening has been turned over to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office for review and to determine any possible charges. The sheriff’s department got a call about the fight shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday at ...

Renovations continue for BCARL’s new facility

BELMONT — Abandoned animals of the Ohio Valley have a new place to call home — construction is underway on a new facility for a local nonprofit organization. Thanks to a generous bequest, the Belmont County Animal Rescue League purchased the former Sunset Motel property, located off ...